Parish Council

Councillors - Elected 3 May 2018

Oliver Hipwell (Biodiversity and Tree Officer)
Robert Murden (Vice Chairman, Parish Council representative on Gliding Club and Little Gransden Aerodrome Consultative Committees)
John Jefferies (co-opted 3 May 2018)
Noushin Rostami (co-opted 6 September 2018, Trustee Little Gransden Village Hall)

Clerk:
Sylvia Sullivan, Telephone: 01767 677906, Email: clerk.lgpc@aol.com Office hours: 10 am to 4 pm Monday to Friday

Meetings
Will be held at Little Gransden Village Hall on the following Thursdays at 7:30pm throughout 2019:

* 3 January
* 7 March
* 28 March (Annual Parish Meeting)
* 2 May (Annual General Meeting)
* 11 July
* 5 September
* 7 November

Members of the public are welcome to attend meetings. Items that they would like Councillors to discuss must be presented in writing to the Clerk at least a week before the meeting.

Agenda and Minutes of meetings are placed on the village noticeboard and are posted on the website Blog, together with other information, notices and news.

Planning applications
Additional meetings to discuss planning applications may be held. Provisional planning meeting dates for 2019 are 7 February. 4 April, 6 June, 1 August, 10 October, 5 December.
Planning applications may be viewed on South Cambridgeshire District Council website.

Meet your councillors
John Jefferies
John Jefferies was born and brought up on the family farm at Fullers Hill, Little Gransden, where he continues to live and work. He has served on the Parish Council for several years, including two terms as Chairman.

Oliver Hipwell
Born in Little Gransden and now moved back into the village, as well as working on my familiy’s farm for the past 8 years: these connections mean I have a true passion about the village’s rural environment and fascinating history. I understand the importance of everyone having a voice, and feel that I am able to provide the voice and outlook of a younger member of the community.

Robert Murden
Robert Murden has lived in Cambridgeshire all his life, moving to Little Gransden in 2008. He is married with two daughters. His career began in production engineering for high-tech companies in Cambridge and progressed to purchasing manager for a large heating and ventilation company. Inthe past he was an enthusiastic football and cricket player and half-marathon runner. He is now retired, which gives him more time to play golf and bowls.



Noushin Rostami (co-opted 6 September 2018)
I am a resident of Little Gransden. I moved here almost 18 years ago and brought up my young family. Due to work commitments, I was away from the village for a period of time. However, I have been back more than four years and, for good. I work part-time as an Occupational Health Adviser for Cambridge University. I so enjoy being part of this beautiful and friendly village. As a Parish Councillor I hope to be a voice for my co-residents. I bring my life experience as a mature mother who is also thinking of the legacy we leave for future generations living in this area.

Monday, 18 March 2013

ANOTHER VACANCY FOR PARISH COUNCILLOR

The statutory notice has been placed on the noticeboard.

Following the resignation of Mr John Hawkins, a vacancy exists for a Parish Councillor.

The vacancy will be filled by election if any ten local government electors for the said electoral area submit a written request within 14 days (not counting Saturdays, Sundays, and Bank Holidays) from the date of 25 February 2013, and if no such request is made the Parish Council will fill the vacancy by co-option.

Requests should be addressed to:

The Electoral Registration Officer
South Cambridgeshire District Council
South Cambridgeshire Hall
Cambourne Business Park
Cambourne
Cambridge
CB3 6EA

Thursday, 14 March 2013

Little Gransden Energy Group (LGEG) January 2013



Electricity supplies:  As reported last month, the Sustainable Parish Energy Partnership (SPEP) that was set up by South Cambridgeshire Council, are looking at the possibility of setting up a scheme for “collective switching” of electricity supplies. It appears that other district councils are also looking into this possibility.  We have not yet had any report about the discussions at Coton Village Hall on 14th November.  Any further developments on this scheme will be reported next month.
Electricity monitors:  These are still available on a free loan, if you should like to find out when, why, who, and what, are using so much electricity in your house!  Please contact Trevor Brown (details below).  These monitors were supplied to Little Gransden by SPEP.
The New Scientist magazine reported in their edition of 30th June 2012 that we should be paying attention to the colour of the light in our work place and home.  Natural light varies subtly over the course of the day.  We have evolved to respond to these variations, which influence our mood, sleep patterns, and health.  Normally, the artificial light at work or at home never varies.

In the morning, we are woken up to the rising sun with a very yellow light, which normally stirs us into activity.  Around midday, when the sun is shining, the blue sky radiates more blue light into our eyes and reduces our melatonin levels, which enhances our mood and improves our alertness.  By evening time, as the sun sets, the light becomes very red, and allows the melatonin levels to increase, and prepares the body for sleep.

NASA is concerned about their astronauts when they live under artificial fluorescent light in space craft for days on end.  They are now investigating the use of different colour light to wake them up, then keep them is peak alertness under blue light, and then to encourage them to get a “good night’s sleep” by relaxing them under a redder light.  Similarly, Boeing, in their new 787 Dreamliner aircraft are developing lighting that can be colour controlled, and allow passengers to have a warm reddish light, so that passengers will arrive at their destination feeling more refreshed.

So, perhaps, we should wake up under lights with a colour temperature of 2000 to 2700K (warm white), work under halogen or artificial daylight of 3500 to 5000K (blue white), and retire to bed under reddish light (how romantic!).  Or we could save electricity by getting up when the sun rises, and go to bed when the sun sets – just like our great grand parents did! 

Little Gransden Energy Group (LGEG) October 2012



Energy Performance Certificates are abbreviated as EPCs.  It is a legal requirement to obtain an EPC for a house if it is to be sold, or rented out.  An EPC is now required before solar pv panels are fitted to a building, and the rating of the EPC has to be a “D” rating or better to get the full Feed in Tariff (FiT).

Anyone buying a house should carefully read the EPC for a prospective house, to understand its heating and lighting costs.  The EPC also recommends potential improvements, estimates the costs involved, and indicates the potential savings possible through reduced energy costs.

The average EPC rating for houses in England and Wales is D60.  The scale of energy efficiency is rated from “A” (very energy efficient, with a value of 92 plus) down to “F” (not energy efficient, with a value from 1 to 20).  The larger the house, the more difficult it is to achieve and “A”, “B”, or “C” rating, because more energy is required for heating and lighting than for a small house.  For new houses, the Building Regulations are being made progressively more strict each year, so that new houses are much more energy efficient than those produced 5 or 10 years ago.

The assessment has to be carried out by an Accredited Assessor, who will take measurements of the building and do a “walk round”, non-invasive, assessment. 
The survey considers the following topics, and allocates a 5 star rating to each:
1. Wall, roof, and floor construction and insulation.
2. Type of windows installed, and the draught-proofing and glazing insulation properties.
3. Type of fuel for the main heating system, its age (efficiency), thermostats, and controls.
4. Secondary heating, if present.
5. Hot water system and controls.
6. Type and efficiency of lighting.
The survey also includes any solar thermal or solar pv systems that may be installed.

A quick comparison of total heat, hot water, and lighting costs for 4 example properties is:
300 year old thatched house (55 sq. m area) – EPC rating F34.  Annual running costs £936.
Small detached bungalow     (50 sq. m area) – EPC rating D57.  Annual running costs £723.
1998 semi-detached house   (55 sq. m area) – EPC rating C69.  Annual running costs £503.
4 bed highly insulated house (229 sq. m area) – EPC rating C77.  Annual running cost £1335.
NB  The latter is 15 Main Road, which is fitted with both solar thermal and solar PV systems, but could be improved to a “B82” rating.

An EPC rating was obtained for Little Gransden Village Hall, and scored “D98”.  The certificate is displayed in the Entrance Hall.  The Hall comes under a different rating system from domestic houses.  Village Halls and Commercial Buildings are rated from “A” (very efficient 0 –25), down to “G” (very inefficient over 150).  A rating of “A0” is zero nett carbon dioxide emissions, and “A+” is even better with negative nett carbon dioxide emissions (i.e. overall, the building generates more energy than it uses).

An EPC is currently valid for 10 years, but there is a move to reduce this to 5 years, as a rating can be affected by heating costs.  The two EPC assessments for the Village Hall, and for 15 Main Road, were carried out by Tony Wyatt from Bar Hill, Cambridge.  Tony Wyatt was very helpful is explaining how the EPCs are calculated, which enabled me to write this article. 
Tony can be contacted on 07779 620593, or by email on tony@yourenergyassessor.co.uk.
See also www.yourenergyassessor.co.uk for details and the cost for domestic properties.

Little Gransden Energy Group (LGEG) September 2012



Little Gransden Village Hall:  Quotes were obtained to put solar pv panels on the Village Hall roof.  The proposal was for the installation of a 4 kWp system.  Prices quoted ranged from £6,930 to £9,397, including VAT at 5%.  This would have generated an income and savings of approx. £1,000 per annum, which would have gone a long way to subsidise the current Village Hall electricity cost of £2,500 per annum.  In the event, the project was put on hold, as there were doubts about the life and maintenance of the asbestos roof on the building.

Little Gransden Energy Group (LGEG)



The National Self Build & Renovation Centre in Swindon are holding an Eco Workshop that covers Retrofit Eco Solutions on Saturday 25th August.  To register for free entry, phone 0845 223 4455 or visit www.nsbrc.co.uk.

Grand Designs Live are holding an exhibition at the Birmingham NEC from 12th to 14th October.  See www.GrandDesignsLive.com for details.

You may be interested in an electronic marketplace for shares in community led sustainable energy projects, currently being developed by Emily Mackay. Emily is based in Cambridge, and would be happy and interested to hear from people with questions.  Her email address is emily.mackay@microgenius.org.uk, and phone number is 07952 471291. There is also information at www.microgenius.org.uk.

Little Gransden Oil Purchase Scheme:



This scheme is to be terminated due to the lack of interest from households in Little Gransden.  Only 9 households took up the option of a delivery in early August 2012, to get the lower summer prices.  In future, if oil purchasers wish to be involved in bulk buying to get cheaper heating oil deliveries, they should contact either:

Agricole Ltd.   
Contact:  Anna Taylor.  
Telephone:  01954 719 452.
Email:  anna@agricole.co.uk
Or
Cambridge ACRE.  
Contact:  Julie Weekes.   
Telephone:  01353 860 850
Cambridge ACRE require a £20 p.a. membership fee.