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Notes of Parish Meetings

Notes from the Parish Council Meeting - August 2013

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

July's Parish Council Meeting
In an open session at the start of the meeting the Council received reports from Tracy Mann (SCDC) and Marcia Whitehead (Bidwells, working for Barratt Homes) concerning the plans for the NIAB site (now known as the Darwin Green development). Tracey concentrated on governance, noting that although none of the development is in Girton's parish it would be possible for the Parish Council to be involved in the management of the country park which is a major part of the development. She also noted that issues of governance will arise at the NW Cambridge development, and these are issues the Parish Council will need to consider in due time. Marcia then outlined the plans for Darwin Green 2, which reaches up to the A14. The country park will stretch along the A14, and down to the City boundary to the east of Wellbrook Way and Thornton Close. There will be accesses from Wellbrook Way, but on being questioned she reported that the landowners are not willing to allow any access until the planning application is submitted, and there is as yet no timetable for this. The site will include a primary school, and a library and secondary school which will also serve Darwin Green 1 and the NW Cambridge site.

The Council elected Mr Lee Taylor to fill the vacancy on the Council and we look forward to welcoming him at the next meeting.

The Council agreed to work with Histon and Impington Parish Council on a joint response to the proposed A14 upgrade expressing shared concerns.

The Chairman reported that in advance of the NW Cambridge development the University is installing a flow meter in Beck Brook, to ensure that when the development goes ahead no more water will run from it into the Brook. He also reported that Anglia Ruskin University is planning to develop is sports field for more formal sports use, and he is in conversation with the University over its plans and access for the public.

Out and About
The County Council has had a team repairing potholes around the village. However we have reported to County Councillor John Reynolds that a number of significant holes appear to have been overlooked. The uneven pavement along Girton Road has also been reported to him again.

Work has now commenced on the NW Cambridge site and the Parish Council is braced to receive a number of detailed planning applications related to the project. We have already approved the surface water management plan and the management of land contamination.

The South Cambs Local Plan
South Cambridgeshire District Council has just published its proposed Local Plan. The Local Plan when adopted will guide development in the District for the next 20 years. The draft Plan is available on http://www.scambs.gov.uk and we encourage all residents to give their views, specifically on the proposal to upgrade Girton's status to permit more development here.

Forthcoming Meetings
The next meetings of the Parish Council will be held on Wednesday 21st August and Wednesday 18th September, 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.