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Notes of Parish Meetings

Notes from the Parish Council Meeting - June 2013

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

May Parish Council Meeting
The May meeting was the Annual General Meeting of the Council, at which a Chairman was elected for the year and other officers and committees were appointed. Details will be given in the minutes of the meeting which will soon be available on the village website. A new departure was the appointment of Cllr Brian Bromwich as Floods and Drainage Officer to co-ordinate work in this important area. The Council agreed to continue its practice of meeting on the third Wednesday of each month.

Although our lawyer has now completed the transfer of the open spaces at Wellbrook Way, disquiet was expressed over monies still owing to the Parish by Taylor-Wimpey, and the Council agreed to write to the Chief Executive of SCDC to this effect. Meanwhile our own lawyer is doing his best to ensure these funds are released to us.

The Council noted with approval that potholes throughout the village have been marked up for filling. If you notice a pothole which has not been marked with white paint (assuming the work has not been completed before you receive this report) please notify the Clerk.

Girton Bowling Green
After years of frustration it is a delight to report that the first sods have been turned on the Public Land at Wellbrook Way for the development of our bowling green. The work will be overseen by a committee led by Cllr Richard Westley, while Cllr Ray Gordon is in charge of the neighbouring development of a community building in the hands of the Town Charity.

Around the Village
Several new incidences of graffiti have been noted, after sterling work by SCDC and the Probation Service to clear the previous lot. Again, please report all cases you notice.

There has also been a spate of fly-posting. While posters (A5 or smaller) about events relating to the village can always be displayed in the Parish notice-boards any other posters around the village will be removed. We would also remind everyone that permission is required from the County Council to place advertisements of events along the highway verges.

We have been informed by the County Council that various delays have meant that it will not now be possible to re-plant Woodlands Park until the end of the year, and apologise to residents on their behalf.

The County has brought forward a small part of its plans to replace all its streetlights, and will shortly be replacing the lamps in Weavers Field. It can do this without disruption as the existing standards will be used.

The Council has been asked for local views on the location of real-time passenger information (RTPI) at the bus stops on Huntingdon Road (Thornton Road, Howes Place, Richmond Road, Fitzwilliam College and Histon Road Corner). If you have any views on the relative value of RTPI at these locations please contact the Clerk.

The District Council will shortly be consulting on its Local Plan, which will set priorities for development for the coming years. By the time you read this the proposals should be available in the Parish Office,and on-line at the District Council's website.

Forthcoming Meetings
The next meetings of the Parish Council will be held on Wednesday 19th June and Wednesday 17th July 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 at the open session at the start.