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Notes of Parish Meetings

Notes from the Parish Council Meeting - May 2012

The following were amongst items discussed at Parish Council meetings and information received by the Clerk. The full minutes may be found here.

March Council Meeting
The council agreed to endorse the tree works at Woodlands Park but only on the understanding that all trees which are removed will be replaced. The council also agreed to press ahead with plans for the footpath between the church and the Recreation Ground carpark to provide safe access to the Recreation Ground.

April Council Meeting
The family of Ron Lipscombe, who had lived for most of his long life in Girton, has generously offered to provide a memorial bench in his honour. This will be located on the Recreation Ground in a position for people to sit and watch the football which he so enjoyed himself. The Council recorded its gratitude for the gift.

The plans to purchase extra recreational space from South Cambs DC have moved on a step as the joint committee of the Council and the Town Charity reported its proposals for the use of the land. The Council enthusiastically accepted the plan: if the Charity agrees we shall put in a planning application which, if successful, will enable the purchase to go ahead.

We have been informed that Sustainable Girton are planning a litter pick in Wellbrook Way, which will include the removal of some fly tipping from the SCDC site. Our thanks to Sustainable Girton, and we appeal to anyone who sees fly tipping to inform the Clerk immediately.

Huntingdon Road
There is a proposal to extend the 30mph limit on the Huntingdon Road to Girton College, something the Parish Council first suggested many years ago. The County Council is now consulting on the plans and you can make your views known at but you will have to be quick: the deadline is 9th May.

Girton in Bloom
The late spring has meant that the Planters have continued to look beautiful throughout April, but will shortly be replanted for the summer season.As always, if you are interested in sponsoring or caring fr one, please inform the Clerk.

The Parish Council has been informed of a `Best Kept Garden 2012' competition for Council tenants, with a closing date of 22nd June and fantastic prizes to be won. Further details are available from the Clerk.

We would also like to remind residents that although this is not the time for extensive hedge trimming, it is your responsibility to keep your hedges from obstructing the footways. In particular please keep brambles from growing out of your hedges.

Pet problems
The hedge between the Ten Acre Field and St John's Field was recently cut back quite fiercely. One unexpected result was the distribution over quite a wide area of a large number of plastic bags of dog muck which had presumably been collected by the owners and then just pushed into the hedge. It is unclear what such people thought would then happen to them, but they are now both an ugly mess and a health hazard. We are aware that the dog bins are not always in the most convenient places and occasionally become over-full, but we appeal to all dog owners to act responsibly.

We have recently received details of the Cinamon Trust charity, which helps elderly or terminally ill pet owners with services such as walking and care. They can be contacted on (01736) 757900 or

Just a reminder that notices for the Parish Noticeboards should be A5-sized or smaller, and should be for specific events rather than long-term items. We suggest that they are put up the week before the event.

Dates of Next Meetings
The next meetings of the Parish Council will be on Wednesday 16th May and Wednesday 20th June 2012, starting at 7.30 p.m. at St Vincent's Close Community Centre. Members of the public are welcome to attend all Parish Council meetings and to speak in the open session at the start.