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Notes of Parish Meetings

Notes from the Parish Council Meeting - November 2013

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

October's Parish Council Meeting
A donation of £65 was voted to the Royal British Legion for the Poppy Day Appeal.

The Council has received a request from the University of Cambridge for permission to erect a rabbit-proof gate across Footpath 8. Our footpath officer has raised no objection, and despite some scepticism expressed as to the efficacy of any gate permission was granted. We shall request assurance that the gate will not impede anyone wishing to use the path.

Following several unanswered letters from the Clerk to The Post Office, the Council passed a motion calling on The Post Office to install a letter box in Wellbrook way. We are very aware that residents are significantly inconvenienced by the absence of such a facility,

Many concerns were raised by members at the way the street-light replacements are being handled. We believe the excavations are being left open for an unacceptably long time, that they are being inadequately guarded, that the spoil heaps are obstructing the footways to an unacceptable extent and that the standards are being left in a dangerously unstable condition. The Clerk is writing to Balfour Beatty and to the County to call for action. If you are aware of any careless activity to do with these works please let the Clerk know, preferably with photographic evidence.

Out and About
We ask residents again to look at their hedges and cut them right back to their boundaries. In particular please ensure that hedges and trees are not obscuring light from nearby street lamps.

The spate of graffiti continues to blight the village. The story even made the Cambridge News. A sharp-eyed resident used a mobile phone to photograph one offender, and investigations are continuing. Rumour has it that the identities of some offenders are known to some of our young people, and this information should be passed on to the police. This is an activity which causes significant expense as well as defacing the village and we intend to pursue offenders with all the force we can.

For much of October the team building our Bowling Green have been busily maintaining the other Greens in their care, but they should be back in Girton by the time you read this, and the development is still on target.

Last month we reported the loss of a table in the aftermath of the Village Feast. Our thanks to Councillor Williams for locating it for us.

Remembrance Day
Sunday November 10th is Remembrance Sunday and there will be a civic ceremony at the War Memorial at 10.45am, followed by a service in St Andrew's Church. On Remembrance Day, Monday 11 November, there will be an informal Act of Remembrance at 11.00am with a two minutes' silence and a reading of 'They shall grow not old'. Everyone is welcome to all of these events.

Forthcoming Meetings
The next meetings of the Parish Council will be held on Wednesday 20th November and Wednesday 18 December, 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.