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Notes of Parish Meetings

Notes from the Parish Council Meeting - November 2012

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

Council Meeting
Ian Fieldhouse and Stuart Coates from Stepford Homes gave a presentation to the Council on the plans for the NW section of Wellbrook Way, where there is a planning application for 22 homes. There will be access over a raised platform is as that is the only area on the road to which Stepford Homes have access until the road is adopted. Road surface water will be attenuated and discharged into the ditch at the NE of the site. Car parking is mainly within the curtelege of the dwellings; there is no space for Car Club vehicles. The private roads maintenance will be paid by a sinking fund to be provided by the purchasers. The demographic is such that they would expect some 40 children to live in the development. The S106 provides some money for education. Plans of the development are available online and in the Parish Office, and the Parish Council will be considering them in the week beginning 5th November.

Looking to Girton Feast in July 2013, the Council approved that a Dog Show could take place on St John's Field and have given the Groundsman authority to decide on the location of other activities.

Remembrance Day
This year Remembrance Day falls on a Sunday, and the Civic Remembrance Ceremony will start at 10:55am at the war memorial. All are welcome to join us for the Two Minutes' Silence whether or not you wish to stay for the Remembrance Service in the Church.

Bus Services
We have received a number of complaints about the unreliability of the Citi 6 bus service, particularly early in the morning. The Chairman has written to Stagecoach asking for information.

Fly-Tipping
There has been a spate of fly-tipping in Washpit Lane, and at least one fixed-penalty notice has been issued. We are grateful to the member of the public who brought this to our attention; it is a great help to be told of fly-tipping as soon as it happens as this improves the chances of identifying the culprits. The South Cambs waste team did a remarkably good job of removing the waste and other litter from Washpit Lane.

Dog Bins
We have received several complaints about over-full dog bins, but the waste team assure us that generally the problem is not that the bins are full, but that dog owners fail to put their bags inside the body of the bin, and some appear to think that if they see plastic around the mouth of the bin they should simply drop their own bags on the ground. Please, if you think a bin is full and do not want to investigate, just take your dog waste home or to another bin. Meanwhile the Council is exploring the possibility of more or larger bins, but this is not in our gift

Anonymous Complaints
We occasionally receive anonymous complaints on the telephone answering machine or by letter. Please note that the Council cannot act on an anonymous compliant, and unless you provide contact details no further action will be taken. Your details will not be revealed to anyone else without your permission.

The Groundsman writes...
With Autumn here, the cricket square top-dressed and most of the conkers off the trees, it is time to face the winter months. Especially, I turn my mind to two of the ongoing issues.

Firstly, bicycles. There is an existing by-law forbidding the riding of them on the Recreation Ground. Whilst we encourage their use for travel to and from the Rec, I must reinforce their exclusion. As the ground gets softer, the amount of damage done by bicycles cannot be overstated. So I would appreciate if riders would stay off the main Rec and confine riding to the outside of the Ten Acre Field only.

As a side issue, I notice young (but mainly not-so-young) children cycling and on push-scooters doing furious circuits of the Pavilion on the path. Whilst I do not want to be a killjoy, parents should be mindful of who may be met round the corners. I have myself had several collisions and near misses. I can take it, but there are many more frail and fragile than me!!

Secondly, dogs and their doings! I feel that most of our users are obeying the restrictions we laid down but a brief recap is probably useful. Dogs are forbidden from all the main Rec, bar the western edge, and from the Ten Acre Field bar a 10-metre strip round the outside. In these permitted areas, the dogs must be on a lead or under close control (ie to heel), not on the loose. On St John's Field and in the Girton Wood they may run free.

One of the effects of the season is that much of the growth by the hedges dies back exposing many sins of the past. Apart from the odd bike frame and other hardware there is the expected plethora of plastic bottles. But worse of all is the mess of dog faeces, much loose but most in nice little bags that inconsiderate dog-owners have tossed away. We appreciate that the only dog bins are by the car park/tennis courts, but this is an emptying issue. I find this action by a minority of selfish dog-walkers intolerable. Any ideas on how we solve this problem would be appreciated.

All this may make me sound like a grouch, but really I am only looking after the area on your behalf.

Forthcoming Meetings
The next meetings of the Parish Council will be on Wednesday 21st November and Wednesday 19th December 2012, starting at 7.30pm 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.