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Notes of Parish Meetings

Notes from the Parish Council Meeting - March 2013

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

Council Meetings
At the January meeting the Council received a report on the progress of the plans for NW Cambridge. Infrastructure works are due to start later this year and accommodation works by 2015. An access will be made from Huntingdon Road near Holly Nurseries, but the main haul access will be on Madingley Road. There will be a grey water main for non-potable use and a high level of sustainability in all the construction. The Director responded to a question by promising that the design of the accesses should be more sympathetic to the area than the NIAB one. The project team are also in discussion with Girton Youth Project over the provision of a skatepark on the site.

The Council agreed a new schedule of fees averaging a 2.8% increase, roughly in line with inflation, and a response to the NIAB 2 (now known as Darwin Green 2) environmental scoping report which can be viewed at the Parish office.

At an extraordinary meeting on 24th January the Council revised its proposed precept in the light of the Government's changing plans. Again an increase of 2.8% per household was proposed and agreed.

The meeting on 20th February will receive a report from Barrett Homes on the NIAB/Darwin Green development, and will decide on financing an inset into the GPN on the current state of the Village Plan.

Annual Parish Meeting
It will not be long before the Annual Parish Meeting will need to be organised. It was suggested last year that Monday was not a popular day, so one proposal would be Thursday 23 May: it would help to have feedback on this date.

Around the Village
The planters have looked good all the way through the dreary winter months and we again express our thanks to those who finance and maintain them. They will shortly need replanting and we shall again look for support for this valuable village project.

The Tree Council is keen for Cambridgeshire to plant a Jubilee Oak Tree, and Girton will be submitting a proposal for a site in the Hibbert-Ware Garden. It is hoped that local youth groups will be involved in both the planting and the ongoing maintenance of the tree.

We have had a number of complaints about dog mess around the village. Please may we again ask dog owners to ensure that they use the bins around the village, and that they ensure that their contributions are pushed right into the bin mouth.

Many of the road verges around the village are looking in a rather sorry state. The wet weather means that vehicles driving onto the verge are likely to churn up the surface and spoil the verge. May we remind you that it is illegal to drive onto verges and pavements; and also generally unnecessary since it rarely leaves the roadway clear enough for two-way traffic anyway. May we request that if you or your contractors have cut up your verges you consider reinstating them.

Village Trees
Our Tree Warden has produced a comprehensive report on the health of all the Council's trees. Sadly several of them are diseased and may need removal, but we shall be developing a plan for maintenance and replacement where necessary, to ensure the preservation of our green landscape. We are very grateful to Mr Cull for the hard work he has put into his report.

Huntingdon Road at 30
Sharp-eyed drivers should have noticed that the 30mph limit is now in force on Huntingdon Road. We have asked for better signage to be erected, and hope that all motorists will observe the new limit.

NIAB Development Consultation
The public exhibition regarding the outline proposals for Darwin Green Two (NIAB 2) will be on Friday 15th March from 3.00-7:30pm at the Cotton Hall, Girton.

Forthcoming Meetings
The next meetings of the Parish Council will be held on Wednesday 20th March and Wednesday 17th April, 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 at the open session at the start.