Notes of Parish Meetings
Notes from the Parish Council Meeting - February 2013
The following were amongst items discussed at Parish Council meetings and information received by the Clerk. The full minutes may be found here.
The Council received an update report from the University's North-West Cambridge development team. We were told that the archaeology team has made many interesting discoveries, and that the University is currently voting on the plans. In response to a question on access, the team reported that the archaeologists gain access from Huntingdon Road but all of the works traffic will enter via Madingley Road.
The Council has approved a new schedule of fees for our facilities for 2013--14 which reflects an average 2.8% increase. It is regrettable that fees have to rise but users will be aware that all our costs are rising, and this is the only way we can afford to maintain our level of service.
Due to changes in Government policy over local taxation, the Chairman reported that the precept agreed at the last Council meeting would actually prove to be a significantly larger percentage increase per household than we had assumed. There will therefore be an extraordinary Council meeting to re-assess this on 24 January.
We regret that the weather has meant that there has been much less sport played on our grounds this season. When the ground has not been waterlogged it has been snow-covered. However, Cllr Gordon and a small team have been able to check the new hedge plants between the Recreation Ground and the St John's Field, and replace the few which failed to survive.
Plane Tree at CAE
We have been informed that the London Plane at the Cambridge Academy has been found to be infected with a fungus which has rotted the trunk and rendered the tree unsafe. Sadly, the tree will have to be removed as soon as possible.
Waste and Recycling
You may have read in the media that the so-called 'Terminator', built to process black bin waste and remove recyclables, is damaged and unlikely to be brought into service until the end of the year at the earliest. It is very disappointing that all black bin waste will simply be landfilled for the foreseeable future, but this makes it all the more important that residents carefully remove everything that can be recycled and place it in the blue or green bins.
The level of rainfall in 2012 has made very clear how important it is that all of our ditches are kept clear and free-flowing. Many residents do not realise that the responsibility for this in most cases falls on those whose dwellings back on to the ditch (so-called `riparian owners'). If there is a ditch abutting your property, please ensure that you keep it clear of rubbish and growth, both for your own sake and for that of the village as a whole.
The next meetings of the Parish Council will be on Wednesday 20 February and 20 March 2013, 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.