Parish Council

Councillors - Elected 3 May 2018
Laura White (Chair, Parish Council appointed Trustee Little Gransden Village Hall)
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)

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.

Laura White
I am a qualified seamstress, working on various theatrical, film and TV productions over the past 12 years. I now work in the education sector, with a Performing Arts Department in Cambridge as well as running a small alterations company. My love for the countryside is rooted deep inside, as I was brought up in the countryside of Essex/Suffolk border, spending most of my time as a child exploring all the local lands, climbing hay bales and making dens with my younger brother. I first came to the Gransdens just over 12 years ago, visiting my now, in-laws. Four years ago, my husband and I found ourselves drawn back to the beautiful village of Little Gransden, from Cardiff city. This little village is definitely our home, where we feel so lucky to be able to bring up our family.

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.

Thursday, 14 March 2013

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.

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