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.

Thursday, 29 August 2013

Meeting of Parishioners

There will be a "Meeting of Parishioners" for the election of a Churchwarden at the end of the 9.30 service at Little Gransden Church on 22 September.

You don't need to be on the Church electoral roll to attend and vote for a Churchwarden - anybody living in the parish of Little Gransden is entitled to do so.

Friday, 23 August 2013

Local Plan consultation extended by two weeks


The Parish Council has been notified that the consultation period for the Local Plan has been extended by two weeks to 14 October. 

According to the District Council:
"Council bosses took the decision to extend the consultation as a background assessment included with the recently published draft Local Plan for consultation had not been updated with the latest information used to compile it.
Planning officials have confirmed that all the latest information – such as how many homes could be built on the proposed sites – was used when compiling the draft Plan, but as the data contained in one document from earlier assessments had not been updated, South Cambridgeshire District Council has taken the decision to extend the consultation so everyone has at least six weeks to view it and have their say.
"The updated information will be available on the Council's website by Monday 2 September.
"The proposed new homes being consulted on are in addition to those already committed to in South Cambridgeshire's earlier Local Plan, mainly on the edge of Cambridge and at the new town of Northstowe.
The Plan out for consultation would see a new town built north of Waterbeach, a new village at Bourn Airfield and a major extension to Cambourne to support new jobs being created in Cambridge and South Cambridgeshire.
"In this final stage anyone responding to the consultation will be given the choice of saying whether they support or object to the draft Plan in a format set by government. This will make sure views can be passed on to an independent inspector who will consider whether the plan needs to be changed before it is finalised.
"All views will be considered at a meeting of all councillors next spring to review comments before the plan is submitted to government for independent examination.
"The extended consultation will close at 5pm on Monday 14 October – a two-week extension to the original date. To have your say please visit www.scambs.gov.uk/localplan or you can attend one of the remaining public exhibitions in September.
"Further information and a simplified response form are also being included in South Cambridgeshire District Council's residents' magazine which is delivered to all homes in the district. Deliveries begin this Friday.
"Anyone who has already commented during this consultation will be contacted to be given the option to update their views. Anyone who responded to previous consultations is also being contacted to inform them of the extension."

Sylvia Sullivan
Parish Clerk



Wednesday, 7 August 2013

Little Gransden Energy Group (LGEG) – Roundabout article for August 2013


Energy saving and the Conservation officer:
A meeting was held in Little Gransden Village Hall, and at The Nook in Primrose Hill (with thanks to Jane Bourne and Chris Coneley) so that owners of historic houses could meet and discuss energy saving in their houses, with the Conservation Manager at South Cambs District Council, David Bevan.  Also participating from SCDC, were Jane Green (Head of New Communities) and Siobhan Mellon (Parish Energy Project Officer).


Whilst the owners of historic buildings recognise that they are "custodians" of their houses, and have a responsibility to maintain the appearance of their houses, it is not reasonable to expect the owners to live in the same conditions at 200 or 300 years ago!  There does appear to be a hopeful relaxation of constraints by the Conservation Officers that will allow some improvements in energy efficiency of historic buildings in the near future.


Here is a comparison between taking a hot bath, and heating a house.  A well insulated house is similar to sitting in a hot bath for up to an hour.  A house with poor insulation in the walls, ceiling, windows and floor, and with draughts around windows and doors, and open chimneys, is like sitting in that bath with the plug removed, and the hot water tap turned on to replace the lost water going down the drain!  A well insulated house means that you spend less money on energy to keep it at the same temperature.


The price of heating oil has risen 6 fold in the last 34 years, and should be expected to continue to rise.  The dramatic rise in the world population since 1950, and the rising economic standards in China, India, South America and South Africa, has increased the demand for fossil fuels.  Coupled with this pressure, is the need to extract oil from more difficult areas of the world, such as the deep water in the Gulf of Mexico, and in the Artic, which costs more to produce.  Supplies of crude oil are limited to this planet, and it is claimed that the Peak Oil Output for this world was reached a few years ago!


Examples of the 14 different ways in which the energy efficiency has been improved in the house at 15 Main Road were outlined as examples of what can be done.  However, for many historic houses, breathable insulation, and lime render should be installed.  The example of Coton Village Hall was on display, as was the recent improvements to the insulation in the Committee Room in Little Gransden Village Hall.


Solar PV output:
The 2.22 kWp solar PV array at 15 Main Road has now been operational without any problem for 2 years.  The annual output of electricity was:
1st June 2011 to 31st May 2012 – 2097 kWh during a relatively dry period.
1st June 2012 to 31st May 2013 – 2026 kWh during a relatively wet and cold year.
The difference in annual electricity output is surprising small at 71 kWh (3.4%), considering the much worse weather in the last 12 months or so.


Contact:  
     Trevor Brown on telephone 677285,  email:  trevor.brown40@hotmail.co.uk.
Websites for reference:
www.energysavingtrust.org.uk – independent non-profit organisation that offers impartial advice on methods of energy saving.
www.gov.uk/decc  – the Department of Energy and Climate Change website (amended website address).
www.SPEP.net – South Cambs SPEP website (Sustainable Parish Energy Partnership).
Interactive Energy Display

MINUTES OF PARISH COUNCIL MEETING 11 July 2013

LITTLE GRANSDEN PARISH COUNCIL
MINUTES OF PARISH COUNCIL MEETING
Thursday, 11 July 2013, 7.30 p.m.,
Little Gransden Village Hall.
Present: J Bourne (Chair), B Bates, J Gillett, A Penrose, S Kindersley, R Hopwood (Bidwells), 30 members of the public
Minutes taken by S Sullivan
Ms Jane Bourne welcomed everyone and introduced herself as the new Chair elected at the AGM in May. She thanked Mr Gillett for his previous term as Chair. She then introduced Mr Rob Hopwood, from Bidwells, land agents.

PRESENTATION REGARDING POTENTIAL DEVELOPMENT OF LAND TO NORTH AND SOUTH OF PRIMROSE WALK
Mr R Hopwood, of Bidwells, acting on behalf of Mr Johnson and Mr Arnott gave a 10-minute presentation regarding the potential development of land to the north and south of Primrose Walk, including to the rear of the Village Hall paddock. He distributed plans to identify the areas in question and described potential benefits to the community in terms of making up Primrose Walk, additional parking and turning space for vehicles, retention of trees, and a proportion of affordable homes in what could be a mixed development of 15–20 houses. He answered questions from a number of residents.
The Chair thanked Mr Hopwood for his presentation. She said that Councillors would not discuss the matter at this meeting and invited residents to make their views known to Councillors or in writing to the Clerk.
2013

118. APOLOGIES FOR ABSENCE District Councillor Smith

119. DECLARATION OF DISCLOSABLE PECUNIARY INTERESTS Declaration of any disclosable pecuniary interest in a matter to be discussed at the meeting and which is not included in the register of interest.
Item 127 Old Rectory Trees Councillor Penrose declared a personal interest, having made a representation in a personal capacity.

120. OPEN FORUM Councillor Penrose said that he had been approached by a resident about overgrowing brambles on Primrose Walk – Councillor Kindersley offered to look into this.
The Chair then invited members of the public to indicate which agenda items they wished to speak to.
Mr J Jefferies wished to speak to item 121; Mrs V Seabright, Mrs A Wareham and Mr D Pemberton wished to speak to item 127.2; Mrs A Wareham wished to speak on Item 127.1
Mrs E Miller wished to speak to item 130.

121. COOPTION OF FIFTH PARISH COUNCILLOR – The Chair said that after consideration concerning the experience and complementary skills best suited for the remaining Parish Council vacancy it was proposed that Little Gransden Parish Council would place an invitation in August Roundabout and on the Village Notice Board inviting candidates to put themselves forward to fill that
vacancy. Applicants would be asked to submit a written account of themselves highlighting their strengths, what they felt they could bring to the Parish Council and the reasons why they wished to be considered. Applications should be directed to Clerk Start date for applications would be Thursday 1 August 2013 for a 3 week period up to and including Friday 23 August 2013. Proposed by J Bourne; seconded by A Penrose.
The Chair invited Mr J Jefferies to speak. Mr Jefferies said that this course of action was not necessary – an election had been held for one vacancy – five candidates had stood, and it should be possible to co-opt a fifth councillor from the remaining four candidates. The Chair thanked Mr Jefferies.
The Parish Council then voted on the proposal, which was carried by a majority of 2:1 with one abstention.

122. CONSULTATIONS AND PROCEDURES –
122.1 Local Development Plan It was noted that SCDC had replied to Little Gransden's submission to the Local Development Plan and were not minded to agree to it. Further public consultation would take place from 19 July to 30 September. Residents could view the exhibitions across the district – nearest ones were on 30 July at Cambourne and 4 September at Gamlingay. A notice had been placed on the board. Councillor Kindersley had drawn attention to the need to give consideration to transport issues within the Plan. Cllr Bates asked Cllr Kindersley what was the point of asking Parish Councils for submissions when they were rejected. Cllr Kindersley replied that parishes needed to be better prepared and to demonstrate evidence of widespread consultation and support for any proposals. This had not been the case with Little Gransden. Cllr Gillett remained concerned about the condition of the access to Primrose Walk – Cllr Kindersley offered to look into this.
122.2 Strategic Direction Statement – Water. This was given to Cllr Penrose to consider.

123. ASSET MANAGEMENT The recommended action since the last meeting was reviewed: split saltbin – ACTION: A Penrose to report to Highways Authority; parish council noticeboard – had been revarnished by a resident; village sign – plaque had been cleaned and screws fitted kissing gate – ACTION: Mr Sargeant offered to deal with this other items – ACTION: A Penrose to liaise with Mr T Brown,

124. DISTRICT COUNCILLORS' REPORT combined with

125. COUNTY COUNCILLOR'S REPORT S Kindersley said that the County Council had held its AGM and had changed back to the old committee system, which would work much better. The Council would think twice before agreeing to very large contracts. He invited comments from residents for Issues and Options in the Local Development Plan. He said that 3,300 houses were planned for Bourne Airfield, and road widening from St Neots to Caxton Gibbet. With regard to Super Fast Broadband, the first tranche of upgrades would not be in South Cambs, to his disappointment. He hoped that South Cambs villages would be included in the second tranche. The response-on-demand transport scheme had been suspended and the existing approach to public transport would remain for the time being. Little Gransden would benefit from work to be carried out on Bridleway 4. He advised of roadworks – dressing of road surfaces in Meadow Road, Great Gransden, and in Waresley and Abbotsley. He was now Vice-Chair of the County Council.

126. WEBSITE – Cllr Penrose presented a paper prepared by the Clerk in consultation with Mr A Griffiths. Councillors APPROVED the recommendation that the website be developed to include meeting Agendas and Minutes and other Parish Council information (proposed by A Penrose, seconded J Bourne). Councillors thanked Mr Griffiths for volunteering to develop and continue to manage the website. Residents were invited to register on the website for updates. www.littlegransden.org.uk ACTION: Clerk and Mr Griffiths

127. PLANNING –
127.1 Cambridge Gliding Club – the application for a variation of condition – the dispensation for the club's annual competition from 10–19 August was noted.
The Chair invited Mrs Warehm to speak. Mrs. A Wareham commented that the increased activity during the competition period was very intrusive for her as the gliders flew directly over her house low enough for her to be able to see the pilot.
127.2 Old Rectory Trees The Chair reported that this matter was referred back to South Cambs District Council Planning Committee for review as the estimated claim for compensation for underpinning the Old Rectory had escalated with the recommendation that the TPOs be revoked. It came before the Planning Committee on Wednesday 3 July. Little Gransden Parish Council, on behalf of themselves and residents, wrote to the Chairman of the Planning Committee to express concern and dismay over the recommendation to revoke TPOs which were confirmed only 9 months ago, when nothing had changed. LGPC also expressed concern considering the haste with which this matter appeared to have been assessed by the Council and presented to the planning committee without further consultation with LGPC.
As Chair of Little Gransden Parish Council, Jane Bourne attended the Planning Committee meeting but made no personal representation on behalf of LGPC. Councillor Bridget Smith made a representation to the Planning Committee. The Planning Committee voted to REVOKE the TPOs which would then result in the trees being felled. The Chair confirmed that Little Gransden Parish Council as a body had not issued any instructions for further action in this matter.
The Chair invited Mrs V Seabright, Mrs Wareham and Mr Pemberton to speak. Mrs Seabright said that the decision to revoke the TPOs was made by 9 votes to 3. She had agreed to replant. She had to attend the High Court in response to a restraining order from Councillor Page. She would like clarification from A Penrose and B Smith.
Mr Penrose responded that he had made it clear under item 119 that his representation had been made in a personal capacity.
Mrs Wareham said that she felt that with limited resources it was outrageous to put trees above buildings and to put people under such stress.
Mr Pemberton asked who was paying for the action in the High Court?
Mr Kindersley replied that the Council's legal team was being paid by the tax payer.
The Meeting resumed. Mr Kindersley left at 9.00 pm.
127.3 Parish Planning Forum – It was noted that the next forum would be on 17 July.
127.4 1 Church Street – The Old Rectory S/0354/13/FL It was noted that this had been approved by SCDC.
127.5 7 Church Walk S/2300/12/FL It was noted that this had been approved by SCDC.

128. WAR MEMORIA
L Councillors reviewed the condition of the memorial. The Clerk reported that it had been the subject of restoration work several years ago: the inscriptions were legible; the memorial would benefit from gentle cleaning before the next Remembrance Day service and during 2014 in commemoration of WWI. ACTION: J Gillett

129. HIGHWAYS

129.1 Roads: There was a notification of repair works to be carried out to B Bridge on Main Road, approximately 50m south of The Chequers Public House. The works would begin on 22 July and last for around 5 days. Two way traffic lights would be in place during working hours. ACTION: J Bourne to place notice on noticeboard and website. 129.2 Footpaths; Bridleways It was noted that Bridleway 7 had been resurfaced and dressed. ACTION: Clerk to thank PROW officer.

130. LITTLE GRANSDEN AERODROME

The Chair invited Mrs E Miller to speak. Mrs Miller said that there had appeared to be an increase in the number of aeroplanes taking off from the Aerodrome.
Councillors asked the Clerk to make enquiries of the owners. ACTION: Clerk

131. NEIGHBOURHOOD WATCH – It was noted that the next Police Panel meeting 18 July at Haslingfield.

132. BIODIVERSITY SURVEY
A Penrose reported that he was enlisting help from Trevor Brown and Martin Davies and would report to next meeting.

133. TREE WARDEN'S REPORT
Councillors noted that Mrs Timbrell could not attend the meeting and had resigned as tree warden. They thought the role of tree warden could be incorporated within the biodiversity group. They also noted that there was an outstanding note with regard to the ash trees at the foot of Primrose Hill, which appeared to have signs of dieback. ACTION: Clerk to thank Mrs Timbrell for her conscientious work in this role, and to put a note in Roundabout reminding property owners to check that hedges and trees were not obstructing the public highways.

134. LGEG
update – Trevor Brown was invited to report. He said that the group had met on Tuesday 9 July to hear three members of staff from SCDC who addressed them about energy saving measures in historic houses. It was felt that conservation officer did seem to be making some movement towards a more pragmatic approach to listed homes. Councillors thanked Mr Brown and congratulated him on the display that he had created.

135. CHURCH Cllr Bates reported that the fete had raised £1,680 for the church, which needed to work on the east end, estimated at about £20,000.

136. WINDMILL
There was no progress to report.

137. VILLAGE HALL Trevor Brown reported that refurbishment of the kitchen and the meeting room had been completed, with carpet tiles to be laid on Tuesday 16 July. There would be an opening ceremony and cheque presentation at 2.30 pm on Wednesday 17 July. All were invited.

138. FINANCE
: Councillors APPROVED expenditure as follows: SCDC Election expenses £715.94; Clerk's salary May 2013 £202.33, June £202.33; reimbursement of photocopying and stationery expenses £12.33, E-On Energy £20.42.

139. TRAINING J Bourne reported that she had attended Chair's training on 20 June and 4 July. She had found the training to be stimulating and helpful and excellent value for money. She would recommend it to all councillors as worthwhile.

140. DATE OF NEXT MEETING
Thursday 5 September 7.30 pm, Little Gransden Village Hall (other meetings) 7 November.
Provision for Planning Meetings: 5 August, 7 October, 2 December, 6.00 pm Village Hall.

141. CLOSURE OF MEETING 9.30 pm
Little Gransden Parish Council has adopted the Model Publication Scheme under the Freedom of Information Act.