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Notes of Parish Meetings

Notes from the Parish Council Meeting - February 2014

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
As noted last month, the December meeting approved a number of policy documents which will be placed on the Girton website. The Council also agreed to rent the Bowling Green to the Bowls Club for a peppercorn rent and to pay for the maintenance of the site at least for the first year. The Council has also stipulated that individuals will be allowed to use the green, though only under the aegis of the Club to ensure no damage is caused to the playing surface. The item on the budget was deferred pending further information

In January the Council reconsidered the budget proposals, and agreed a 2.5% increase in the precept, or £1.26 per year, based on the tax levied on a Band D property. This should enable us to continue the level of service we currently offer though some projects will have to be paid for out of our reserves.

The Council also received a number of presentations concerning plots within the NW Cambridge project. These include the community centre which, although within the City boundary, will be an important focus for the development as a whole. Members raised questions about car and cycle parking among others, and were assured that our views are valued by both the developers and planners.

The Council agreed to write to Balfour Beatty enumerating our concerns over the streetlight replacement project. It also agreed that the Recreation Ground car park should not be used by traders wishing to sell food or drink.

The Council noted the letter in last month's Parish News concerning graffiti, but cannot respond to anonymous requests. The chairman is however happy to talk with anyone who openly contacts him.

Users of the Parish car park will be aware that the surface is degrading badly, and in particular two large potholes have developed at the entrance. The Council has plans to resurface the whole of the car park but this will take time. We meanwhile remind all users that they use our facilities at their own risk, and the Parish Council cannot be held responsible for damage or loss however caused.

A14 Upgrade
The Highways Agency has now released its report of the consultation on the A14 upgrade between Girton and Huntingdon. An executive summary document and the full report are available from the Parish Office during opening hours, and can also be seen on the Authority's website www.highways.gov.uk (enter a14 into the search box). There should now be a further consultation in the spring on the plans for the preferred route.

Out and About
From the end of February and during the bird nesting season trimming of hedges is deprecated. We therefore ask all residents to check your hedges during this month to ensure that they do not encroach beyond your own boundary. We have already had 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 bramble whips are cut out as soon as they develop to prevent them causing injury to bypassers.

We understand that the recent bad weather has left the ground wet underfoot, and usual pathways difficult to use. However, this is no excuse for a rise in the number of dog-walkers cutting across the pitches at the Recreation Ground, some even leaving dog mess on the pitches, which is totally unacceptable. We would remind all our readers that dogs are not allowed on the playing fields at any time.

Next meetings
The next meetings of the Parish Council will be held on 19th February and 19th March 2014, starting at 7.30 pm 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.