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Notes of Parish Meetings

Notes from the Parish Council Meeting - May 2013

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

April Parish Council meeting
The Clerk noted that she has written to the Post Office requesting the provision of a post box in Wellbrook Way

The Council appointed Mrs Sian Franklin to be a Parish Council Trustee of the Cotton Hall. We are grateful to Sian for taking on this task for the Council.

The Council approved a motion authorising the Chairman to request that all relevant bodies concerned with planning of the NW Cambridge Development recognise that part of it falls within Girton's parish boundary, and that during the planning process due recognition is given to the impact of the development on the whole of Girton and the services available to it (schooling , sports provision, public transport etc.), both in terms of phasing and long term provision. We hope that this will remind the developers of their responsibilities to our community, which can be overlooked in their concern to ensure a coherent community within the development.

The Council also agreed to the fencing of the public space preliminary to work being started on the bowling green. The situation of the fencing will ensure that the play area is still accessible but we ask all parents to ensure that their children stay well clear of what will become a building site for a while.

Around the village
We have been informed of a number of incidents of graffiti around the village and have asked SCDC to clear them with the help of the Probation Service. We would ask villagers to report any graffiti they see so that we can ensure they are dealt with as soon as possible.

A member of the community has also suggested that the Parish should keep a register of potholes and puddles so that we can agitate to have them dealt with. Please send reports, with full details of size and location and a photo if possible, preferably by email, to the Clerk.

Whilst this is not the time for extensive hedge-trimming, again we would ask all residents to check your hedges and ensure that they do not encroach onto the highway. We have had several complaints that there are several which need attending to; we hope not to have to take any further action against householders. In particular please check that brambles do not grow onto pavements where they can cause significant injury. To clarify the note in last month's Girton Parish News, it is entirely permissible to trim hedges during the spring and summer, provided that due diligence is observed to ensure no nesting birds are disturbed.

Annual Parish Meeting
This year a major item at the Parish Meeting will be the progress of the Village Plan, on which you will find more information in this edition of the Girton Parish News. Please make an effort to attend the meeting on Tuesday 21st May at 7.30pm in the Glebe School. There will be refreshments and an opportunity to look at the societies' stalls from 7pm, and the meeting should finish by 9pm.

Brief reports will be received from the Parish, District and County Councils, the Police and the Town Charity, with plenty of time for you, the residents, to raise your own concerns.

Forthcoming Meetings
The next meetings of the Parish Council will be held on Wednesday 15th May and Wednesday 19th June, starting at 7.30pm at St Vincent's Close Community Centre. The May meeting is the Parish Council's Annual General Meeting, at which the council's committees will be re-constituted. Members of the public are welcome to attend all Parish Council meetings and to speak at the open session at the start.