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)

Sylvia Sullivan, Telephone: 01767 677906, Email: Office hours: 10 am to 4 pm Monday to Friday

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.

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.

     Trevor Brown on telephone 677285,  email:
Websites for reference: – independent non-profit organisation that offers impartial advice on methods of energy saving.  – the Department of Energy and Climate Change website (amended website address). – South Cambs SPEP website (Sustainable Parish Energy Partnership).
Interactive Energy Display

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