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.

Sunday, 29 November 2015

LITTLE GRANSDEN PARISh COUNCIL

CONSULTATION - ELECTORAL REVIEW OF SOUTH CAMBRIDGESHIRE DISTRICT COUNCIL
 
The Local Government Boundary Commission for England has formally commenced an electoral review of South Cambridgeshire District Council. The purpose of this letter is to inform you of the review and seek your views on future ward boundaries for the council.
 
The Commission is carrying out a review to deliver electoral equality for voters across the district. At present, some councillors represent many more, or many fewer, electors than their colleagues elsewhere in the district. The review aims to correct those imbalances.
 
What is an electoral review?
 
The electoral review will recommend new electoral arrangements for South Cambridgeshire District Council. In particular, it will propose:
 
  • The total number of councillors elected to the council in the future.
  • The number of wards.
  • The number of councillors representing each ward.
  • Ward boundaries.
  • Names of wards.
 
For parishes, the review can recommend changes to the electoral arrangements of parish and town councils i.e. the number, names and boundaries of parish wards and the number of parish councillors for each parish ward. However, this is only in circumstances where the parished area is to be divided between wards. Even in these circumstances, the Commission will not normally recommend any change to the number of councillors to be elected to a parish or town council. The Commission has no power to consider changes to the external boundaries of a parish or the creation of new parishes. 

When?
 
Today, 24 November 2015, is the start of a 10 week public consultation during which the Commission is inviting proposals for new warding arrangements.  The consultation will close on 1 February 2016. After considering all representations made during this consultation, the Commission intends to publish draft recommendations in May 2016. There will then be a further period of consultation on the draft recommendations. Final recommendations are expected to be published in September 2016. The new electoral arrangements will come into effect at the local elections in 2018.
 
How to get involved?
 
This is a public consultation and we welcome views from individuals and organisations across the district on where they think new ward patterns should be drawn.
 
The Commission is minded to recommend that 45 councillors should be elected to South Cambridgeshire District Council in the future. It is now inviting proposals to help it draw up a pattern of wards to accommodate 45 councillors.
 
In drawing up a pattern of wards, the Commission must balance three criteria, which are set out in law, namely:
 
·         To deliver electoral equality where each councillor represents roughly the same number of electors as others across the district.
·         That the pattern of wards should, as far as possible, reflect the interests and identities of local communities.
·         That the electoral arrangements should provide for effective and convenient local government.
 
We are asking local people and organisations for their views as to the best pattern of wards for the district which meet the requirements set out above.
 
The Commission will treat all submissions equally and will judge each case on its merits and against the statutory criteria. If you wish to put forward a view, we would also urge you to ensure that your submission is supported by evidence. For example, if you wish to argue that two parishes should be included in the same ward, make sure you tell the Commission why they should be together, providing evidence about community facilities, ties, organisations and amenities, rather than simply asserting that they belong together.
 
There is plenty more advice on our website about how you can get involved in the consultation and put your views forward. Log on towww.lgbce.org.uk to find out more. 

Posted by Parish Clerk.

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