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Notes of Parish Meetings

Notes from the Parish Council Meeting - October 2013

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

Parish Council Meetings
The August meeting is exclusively for the approval of payments. In September the following items were considered:

The Balfour Beatty Street Lighting plans were approved in general, but several concerns were raised about specific areas, and these will be reported back to Balfour Beatty.

The Council considered responses to a number of consultations, in particular the District Council's Local Plan and its proposals for implementing the Government's Community Infrastructure Levy. On the former the Council objects to upgrading Girton's status to a Minor Rural Centre; on the latter it objects to CIL funding being channelled into the A14 upgrade.

On the A14, the Council agreed a joint statement with Histon & Impington Council concerning the stretch between the Girton flyover and Histon exit as follows:

Girton Parish Council and Histon & Impington Parish Council have studied the proposals to make the A14 3-lanes each way between our villages, and agree on the following comments:

1. We are concerned at potential increases in atmospheric, noise, light and visual pollution as well as concern over drainage, and ask that adequate safeguards are implemented through our villages;
2. As a contribution to reducing most forms of pollution and standing traffic and to improve safety and reliability, we request that engineers consider the imposition of a 50mph limit through our villages; a 50mph limit would increase the capacity of the road.
3. As a contribution to reducing chronic noise pollution we request the entire stretch of road is surfaced with sound-reducing tarmac through our villages.
4. As a contribution to providing direct line-of-sight protection for our villages, we request that suitable physical barriers are provided and ultimately large vegetation to provide cover and absorb pollutants through our villages.

North West Cambridge Development
The parish council are to have an extended and informal meeting with the North West Cambridge project team, at their invitation, and we are very pleased that they want our views.

Missing: One Table
Following the Feast, Girton Parish Council discovered that one of the Pavilion tables has disappeared. If anyone can shed light on this loss we would be extremely grateful.

Out and About
Now the nesting season is over we ask residents to look at their hedges and cut the right back to their boundaries. We are aware that some of our Parish footpaths have become very overgrown, and the Council is doing its best to clear them.

Five flowering pear trees have been planted in Woodlands Park by the County Council and have done a great deal to restore the road to its status as a tree-lined avenue again.

Remembrance Day
An early reminder that there will be a simple, short act of remembrance at the War Memorial on Monday 11th November, as well as the Sunday service.

The Revised Electoral Roll
Forms will shortly appear requesting households to register for the Electoral Roll. The Roll is published in two forms, the second of which is available to anyone who wishes to purchase it, and there is a column allowing electors to opt out of this version. Please note that even if you opted out in previous years you must repeat that preference this year or you will be included.

This is the last year in which households will be registered together: from next year each individual elector will register separately; and at that point we hope that a single opt-out decision will be valid for life.

Forthcoming Meetings
The next meetings of the Parish Council will be held on Wednesday 16th October and Wednesday 20th November, 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.