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The Girton Parish Council
Minutes of a meeting held on Wednesday 15th September 1999
Present: Chairman: K Bonnett
Parish Councillors: E Bullman
In attendance was the Clerk, Mrs P S Knight.
There were no apologies received.
2. MINUTES OF MEETING HELD ON 21st July 1999
Signed as a correct record subject to the following amendments. Para 4. Change "tennis court gates" to "tennis room door" and Para 7a) change "P Starling has drafted an article" to "P Starling would be drafting an article".
3. MATTERS ARISING FROM THE MINUTES
3.1 Reduction of speed limit on Oakington Road, minute
10. The Clerk reported that she had contacted Sergeant Davidson
from Bottisham Traffic Section on this issue. Police Sergeant Chatfield,
Traffic Enforcement and Policy Manager wrote to say that they would carry
out an initial traffic speed survey for a period of seven days to assess
the problem. Inspector Keith Hood, (local Sector Commander tasked
with the responsibility for policing the area) would then forward the survey
results and any other relevant statistical data on to the Clerk.
The Clerk was asked to enclose a reminder of the village 30mph speed limit
with her report on the above, in the Girton Parish News.
4. RECREATION GROUND COMMITTEE
Copies of the inspection of the play equipment carried out by Wicksteed
Leisure Ltd were circulated to the meeting. Great concern was expressed
by R Daniels that the slide that was made and supplied by Wicksteed Leisure
just a year ago now fails the BS EN 1176 safety test on its handrail gaps.
Clerk to check correspondence regarding purchase of the slide and report
to the Recreation Ground Committee. It was noted that the Logworld
Fort was viewed as being beyond economic repair and should be replaced
in the near future. The report will be discussed further at the next RGC
meeting on Tuesday 28th of September. Thanks were given again to the Councillors
who regularly check and repair the play equipment.
5. RECREATION GROUND DEVELOPMENT COMMITTEE
N Knights reported on the meeting held on Monday 13th September.
The letter containing the finalised request to Sport England Lottery will
go off this weekend and it is hoped to commence the project early next
year. Three tenders for the MUGA had been received and were within
the expected budget.
6. REPORTS FROM OTHER GROUPS
6.1 Safer Girton. The Chairman recorded thanks to Ann Round for putting together a wonderful Girton Presentation for the Marshall Safer Village Award 1999. It was hoped that if won, the £500 prize money would subsidise the babysitting course currently running in the village.
6.2 Youth Work. A Meek reported that:
6.3 Girton Community Web Site. Mrs Wilson reported that Mr Wilson had set up a Web Site for the village, which was supported by the Girton Parish News and the Girton Parochial Church Council. It was discussed and agreed with no dissension that the Parish Council supported the Web Site policy to use the Internet as a means of informing and building up the community of Girton. The Clerk agreed that she would be happy to send in the monthly minutes of the Parish Council meetings.
6.3 Community Association. Mrs Wilson expressed a belief that this group should be revived, as it was a useful vehicle for pulling together interest groups in the village. It was decided to reconsider this at a later date.
6.4 Woodland Trust. Mrs Scrine reported that over £10,000 had been pledged towards the Millennium Wood by the people of Girton. There were still 'legal' delays but the Clerk was doing her best to hurry things along. Mrs Godby reported that some villagers were upset that housing areas of greatest contributions had been listed. It was noted that it was numbers of contributing houses in any area that was listed, not actual amounts pledged.
7. OPEN SPACES
Minutes of the meeting held on 31st August 1999 were circulated.
8. REPORT FROM DISTRICT COUNCILLORS
Councillor Healey reported on a recent Planning Policy meeting and
circulated two articles. The first was on the issue of land use planning,
electromagnetic fields and the possibility of adverse health effects, and
the second was a report on the theoretical capacity of Girton to sustain
another 136 new houses. It was noted with great pleasure and with
thanks being recorded to Councillor Healey that Girton will be downgraded
to a Limited Rural Growth Settlement once the Wellbrook Court land has
9. REPORT FROM TOWN CHARITY
The Chairman reported that he had received the draft document of a planning obligation agreement (Section 106 Agreement) regarding possible development behind Wellbrook Way. The provisional draft contains Public Open Space Provision including Play Areas, Education Contribution of £168K, 30% Affordable Housing and Community Hall Site and Contribution of £100K. It was decided that the Parish Council needs to make a response to this legal document after it has been circulated to all Councillors. A working party of Councillors Bonnett, Hiley and Wilson volunteered to draft a reply once all comments were received back.
10. APPROVAL OF COSTINGS FOR WORK ON WAR MEMORIAL
A Meek reported that he had received a quote from Hibbitts of £5,324 (exc. vat) to repair the war memorial. This quote includes dismantling the memorial, removing the 3 blocks with lettering on that require repairing, making new stone blocks in the same material, cutting the lettering and putting in the black filling. R Hiley proposed that the Parish Council should meet the cost in full and P Starling seconded this. A Meek proposed an amendment to this with a direct approach to the church requesting a donation of £1,000 and invitations to families and organisations within the village who might like to make a donation. The Parish Council could make up the rest. G Scrine seconded this amendment. A vote was taken to support the resolution as amended and was passed eleven votes for, and two against. Clerk to put a letter to the Secretary of the Parochial Church Council regarding this before their meeting of next Tuesday.
S/1448/99/F Calcott, 18 Bandon Road.
Chalet Bungalow. Objection; over-development of site.
S/1199/99/F Duerden, 64 Church Lane.
The Red House, 90 High Street, Girton It was noted that
no fresh planning application was necessary for the new owners of The Red
House to run a "computer network and security consultancy" from the Old
Mill House, previously used as a solicitors office.
12.1 Joe Beddows
Skateboard ramp. Clerk to follow up.
14. ANY OTHER BUSINESS
14.1 Mrs Scrine reported that a member of a family from Weaver's
Field had written insolent personal graffiti in the bus shelter about person.
Mr Betson agreed to see if he could clean it off.