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Notes of Parish Meetings

Notes from the Parish Council Meeting - January 2015

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

Cllr John Reynolds
It was with shock and sadness that the Parish Council heard of the death of Cllr John Reynolds in late November. As the village's County Councillor, John had worked closely with the Parish Council and attended Parish Council meetings for thirty-five years, and his hard work, enthusiasm and good humour will be very greatly missed. Our thoughts are with his wife and family at this sad time.

The following are amongst items discussed at Parish Council meetings and information received by the Clerk. The full minutes of Council meetings are published on the village website: www.girton-cambs.org.uk/council/html

Parish Council Meeting
This report has to be prepared even before the Parish Council agenda is produced, but as well as the 2015-16 budget and precept, the agenda will include a response to the Boundary Commission's electoral review of Cambridgeshire. The proposed text opposes the increased workload which a reduction in member numbers would bring, and notes that, if the Bar Hill ward is to be changed, the Commission should be aware that Girton has far more in common with Histon and Impington than with Madingley or more distant villages. It also reiterates the village's fixed opposition to any changes in Girton's parish boundary, as indicated in the Village Plan.

We are gratified that the immediate response to our report on the status of the speed table at Pepys Way was the arrival of a repair crew, who tackled this and the growing dip just south of the A14 bridge.

The works at Oakington Road bridge are drawing to a close and although this has meant disruption to traffic the end result will be the removal of all the pipe-work below the bridge, allowing for greater flow at times of near-flood. We are still working with the Environment Agency on other steps which we believe should be taken to alleviate the risk of flooding.

The Council has been informed that Stagecoach intend to reduce the frequency of the Citi6 from every 20 minutes to every 30 minutes, Monday to Saturday with no change on Sunday, from 4th January 2015. The Chairman believes this is unreasonable and has asked for the issue to be placed on the agenda. We do not know what powers we may have to change this decision but we shall do our best.

Defibrillator for Girton
It is planned to fit the defibrillator on the right-hand wall of the Pavilion, facing Girton Glebe School, in mid-December - so hopefully, this will be available by the time you're reading this! Details of a course for First Responders to use this equipment will be forwarded when available, so please get in touch with the Clerk if you are interested in undertaking this role.

Thanks for footpath works
With the onset of winter, we are most thankful to those residents who recently volunteered to alleviate the muddiness of the footpath in Girton Wood by applying wood chippings to the path. These works will hopefully make the footpaths much easier to navigate, so thankyou again to those public-spirited villagers who did the work.

Games Surfaces footwear
Following the resurfacing of the tennis courts, all users will wish to keep the courts in good condition for as long as possible. To this end, the Council has agreed a policy: 'The only permitted footwear for users of these courts is flat soled sports shoes, e.g. tennis shoes. Use of hard/ridge soled trainers can damage the playing surface and is forbidden.'

The Multi-Use Games area has also recently shown some small tears as the result of unsuitable footwear being worn, and again users are requested to wear appropriate footwear, without studs.

Out and About
The footpath hedge-cutting on Oakington Road has been gratefully received, and it would be lovely if others could emulate this by keeping overgrown hedges cut back to their properties' boundaries.

Next meetings
The next regular meetings of the Parish Council will be held on 21st January and 18th February, both 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.