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.

Friday, 16 May 2014

Little Gransden Energy Group (LGEG)

Solid wall insulation:
As mentioned last month, the Cambridgeshire local authorities have been awarded funds by the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) to assist privately owned houses, and rented houses, with the cost of the insulation of houses with solid walls. An event that was planned by SPEP on Wednesday 23rd postponed. Grants are available towards the cost of external insulation. See details on the website

Measurement of heat losses through exterior walls:
For solid walls, 45% of the total heating costs are due to heat losses through the exterior walls.
Houses of the same size, but with cavity walls are better insulated than for solid walls, and the total heating costs will be correspondingly lower. Even so, for cavity walls, 35% of the total heating costs are due to heat losses through the exterior walls, but see below for insulation benefits of cavity insulation.

The measurement of heat loss through buildings is the "U-value", the units of which are "watts/square metre" (i.e. the amount of heat passing through an area of a square metre).

Approximate values for different external wall constructions are:
Solid 9" (225mm) brick wall – U-value 2.0 w/sq m
Cavity brick wall 11" (280mm) – U-value 1.6 w/sq m
Cavity brick wall with cavity insulation – U-value 0.6 w/sq m
Modern cavity wall with insulated 150mm cavity – U-value 0.2 w/sq m
New house in Primrose Hill built in 2013 – U-value 0.1 w/sq m

As can be seen from these figures, a house with solid brick walls will lose 10 times as much energy through the exterior walls as a modern house with an insulated 150mm cavity. The new house in Primrose Hill used SIPs (Structural Insulated Panels) to give a quicker building method that is even better insulated than most new houses built today. This is likely to be the building method of the near future.
A Passive House, or a Zero Energy house, would normally have a U-value of around 0.15 w/sq m.
It is possible with external, or internal, insulation, to improve the insulation of solid 9" brick walls to a U-value of around 0.3 to 0.5 w/sq m. Again, for more information, refer to

An example of external wall insulation has been installed at 15 Main Road, Little Gransden in 2002. The cost of this extra insulation has now paid for itself through savings in oil useage, as well as giving increased comfort. An example of internal wall insulation was installed in the Committee Room and the kitchen of Little Gransden Village Hall in 2013.

Trevor Brown on telephone number 01767 677285, or email

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