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Notes of Parish Meetings

Notes from the Parish Council Meeting - July 2014

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

NIAB Junctions
June's Parish Council meeting had to be early to comply with legislation concerning elections. Because of this there was an extraordinary Council meeting on 18th June, largely to approve the month's payments and the Annual Return. However we also had a presentation from the County Council over revised plans for the town-bound Huntingdon Road cycle lane. The main change is an increased size for the island bus stops which will incorporate the bus shelters; the upstand between the carriageway and the cycle lane is also to be an improved design. The plans now go to the County Council on 8th July.

At the meeting on 4th June the Chairman welcomed new and returning members of the Council: the full list of members can be found at here. There are still two vacancies and we are advertising to fill them: if you are interested please contact the Clerk. The Council appointed its various committees and officers, but we still need a Tree Officer and a Footpaths Officer. Derek Cull has been a wonderful Tree Officer and Brian Bromwich has put a lot of work into the footpaths, including improving the surfaces, but both have now retired, and we thank them for all they have done. The Tree Officer keeps us aware of any concerns about trees and investigates where necessary. The Footpath Officer is responsible for keeping an eye on all our paths and ensuring that any necessary cutting back is done. If you feel you could fulfil either of these roles we would be grateful to hear from you. The Council considered and approved the Planning Application for the primary school on the NW Cambridge site.

Out and About
We have noticed a number of overgrown hedges around the village and request all owners to keep hedges trimmed to your boundary. We would also like to thank the residents who keep undergrowth on footpaths by their properties cut back.

We have received notification that the developers of the NIAB site have applied for a street works licence in order to complete the outstanding issues at the NIAB junction.

M11 Feeder
Copies of the documents received regarding the M11 Motorway (Junction 14 Connecting Road) Scheme are available for public inspection at the Parish Office until 24th July, 2014.

Summer Blooms
The new season's flowers in the village planters are looking lovely. We should like to take this opportunity to thank all those who kindly sponsor the planters which brighten our village, sponsors including Churchfield Court, Mr & Mrs K Gentles, Girton Allotments Society, Girton Co-operative store, Girton Village Celebrations (who sponsor two planters), Peter Graves Florists, Gretton School, Panther Taxis, Scallywags Nursery and Wendy’s Taxis, as well as those sponsors who wish to remain anonymous. Thanks also to the sponsor who, as a parting gift on leaving the village, has very kindly donated £200 for the planters project. We also thank all who have agreed to water the planters, but if you see one looking thirsty please do give it a bucketful of water.

We have received several messages of appreciation about the planters, including the following message from a Girton resident: ‘Please accept and pass on my appreciation and gratitude for the wonderful flower tub displays dotted through out the village. I have been unwell recently and can assure you and those involved in their upkeep that they have assisted me in getting better by cheering my spirits, so thank you.’

Next Meetings
The next meetings of the Parish Council will be held on Wednesday 16th July and Wednesday 20th August, 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 in the open session at the start.