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Notes of Parish Meetings

Notes from the Parish Council Meeting - July 2012

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

This copy has had to be submitted before the June Parish Council Meeting, therefore we cannot provide a report on June's Council meeting, but the following items are to be decided at it.

At the Annual Parish Meeting in May we omitted to agree the dates for Parish Council meetings. The Chairman will propose that we continue the present pattern of the third Wednesday of each month starting at 7.30pm.

We have invited a structural engineer to look at the War Memorial and at the quotation we have had from a stonemason. His view is that the damage is only cosmetic, and affects only concrete and not stone. We therefore anticipate the cost of repair will be much less than initially feared. We are extremely grateful to those members of the public who have already contributed and shall be delighted to receive further donations, but it is now proposed that the work should be put in hand immediately with the Parish Council making up any shortfall. If you would like to contribute, please contact the Clerk first to establish the state of the fund. The Town Charity wishes us to note that the reason given last month for its inability to contribute was not quite accurate: the reason is to do with the Charity's legal inability to `relieve taxes', and since this Parish Council has taken ownership of the problem it becomes a taxable issue.

Cllr Bromwich, with the help of Professor Irvine, has produced a report on flooding in Girton, following Cllr Reynolds' report to the Annual Parish Meeting. The Council will be asked to endorse the report and request the relevant authorities to take appropriate action.

The annual RoSPA inspection of our sports and play equipment has taken place, and our Health & Safety Officer has drawn up a schedule of necessary works based on it and his own regular inspections. It is pleasurably short. As part of its final responsibilities, Taylor-Wimpey will be undertaking a separate inspection of the equipment at Wellbrook Way.

More on flooding
The Council has arranged for the drain between Thornton Way and the Wellbrook Way woodland to be cleared and re-graded. This drain is an important part of our flood defences. Meanwhile we are monitoring reports of increased surface water in Woodlands Park following the works there, and the Chairman is in contact with the relevant officer.

Huntingdon Road
The results of the consultation on a 30mph limit on Huntingdon Road have now been analysed, and show an overwhelming preference for the proposal (91.5%). This will now go through to the next stage.

Forthcoming Meetings
The next meetings of the Parish Council will be on Wednesday 18th July and Wednesday 15th August 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.