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Notes of Parish Meetings

Notes from the Parish Council Meeting - May 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
At the April Council meeting the Parish Council will be asked to approve all works necessary for the urgent job to repair the car park and create a footpath around the northern edge to provide safe access to the Recreation Ground and to the School gates. There will be a temporary fence along the Churchyard boundary, and when eventually the ground is levelled and cleared of weeds a hedge will be planted.

The Council will also be considering a response to the public consultation on the proposed primary school on the NW Cambridge site, and the erection of permanent fencing at the Wellbrook Way Bowls Green.

After many years of faithful service, our Finance Officer Natalie Stone has decided to retire. We are very grateful for all that she has done for the Council and the Parish, and wish her well in her future. This means that we now need a replacement Finance Officer to keep our day-to-day accounts and provide an Annual Return each year for our external Auditors. If you feel that this is a service you could offer to your community, the Clerk has full details of the job, which is very part-time and is paid according to the NALC scale.

As we come to the Parish Council elections there are likely to be a number of new faces on the Council for the next four years. It is now too late to put your own name forward, but if you would like to help your village in any other ways please let the Clerk know of your willingness to help and skills you might contribute - there are a lot more activities than the Council itself can comfortably undertake, from auditing our accounts (informally) to zealous reading of consultations.

Are Your Verges Unkempt?
There has been such a spate of dog-fouling on our road verges that our contractors have informed us that they are not prepared to strim any areas where they see dog muck. Failing to clear up after your dog is deeply anti-social behaviour and affects us all. If you are a dog owner, please act responsibly, and remember that bagged faeces may be placed in any general waste bin (not, of course, recycling bins!). If you see anyone failing to clear up please do report them as we would like to clear our village of this nuisance.

Out and About
As the warm weather comes so do ice cream vendors, who have already been seen in Girton - none are licensed so at present none should trade. Please report any you see so that we can ensure they obtain a licence. The NW Cambridge development is now progressing fast. The archaeology has provided insights into the medieval hamlet of Howes and Roman irrigation methods; and by the time you read this the spine cycleway through the site should have been approved. At the same time final plans will be prepared for the Huntingdon Road and we hope these projects will be co-ordinated. The A14 consultation is under way: please look at and make your views known. We hope to have a briefing on the A14 as part of the Annual Parish Meeting - details next month (the meeting will be later this year because of the elections).

Next Meetings
The next meetings of the Parish Council will be held on 21st May and 18th June, 2014, 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.