Parish Council

COUNCILLORS AND CONTACT DETAILS

Chair: Mrs Noushin Rostami, 34 Primrose Hill, Lt Gransden SG19 3DP email nrostami.lgpc@gmail.com (Co-opted 6 September 2018; Trustee and Parish Council representative Little Gransden Village Hall; co-ordinator Friendship Club)

Robert Murden, 40 Primrose Hill, Lt Gransden, SG19 3DP Tel:01767 677520 email bobmurdenlgpc@btinternet.com (Elected 3 May 2018; Parish Council representative Cambridge Gliding Club and Little Gransden Aerodrome Consultative Committees)

John Jefferies, Ash Tree Cottage, Fullers Hill, Lt Gransden SG19 3BP email jrjefferies@btconnect.com (Co-opted 3 May 2018; co-ordinator Information Signs working party;

Oliver Hipwell, Hill Farm, 8 Main Road, Little Gransden SG19 3DN Tel: 07944 547685 email oliverhipwell.lgpc@gmail.com (Elected 3 May 2018; Vice-chair; Biodiversity & Tree Officer)


Jaco Koen, 31 Primrose Hill Little Gransden SG19 3DP Co-opted 9 July 2020 email: jacokoen.lgpc@gmail.com

Clerk

Mrs Sylvia Sullivan, 3 Primrose Hill, Little Gransden SG19 3DP Tel: 01767 677906, email clerk.lgpc@aol.com

Office hours: 10 am to 4 pm Monday to Friday


Meetings
Because of the Covid-19 pandemic, meetings will be held using remote video conferencing, unless advised otherwise, on the following Thursdays at 7:30pm through 2020:

* 9 July (revised date)
* 3 September
* 5 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 2020 are 6 February. 2 April, 4 June, 6 August, 1 October, 3 December.

Planning applications may be viewed on the 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.

Jaco Koen
Born in South Africa I became a naturalised British citizen in 2009. Moving to Little Gransden in February 2016 with my wife Estelle and daughter Lani, we have fallen in love with the village, the surroundings and the people here. As a keen DIY'er I keep busy at home on weekends, and during the week I am the Managing Director of RNT Tanks and Silos Ltd, located in Gamlingay. Previous to this I have worked in Life Sciences for various companies in the UK and abroad. There have also been a few years in Botswana, where I started a commercial hydroponic farm growing tomatoes for the local market. Although I enjoy the basic things in life, I appreciate the importance of progress and am a student in getting his balance right. If successful, I would offer both my managerial and practical skills and experience to the benefit of the council and the residents of Little Gransden.





Wednesday, 18 November 2020

Friday, 30 October 2020

Agenda for Little Gransden Parish Council Meeting 5 November 2020

 Agenda (with Clerk's briefing notes) for Little Gransden Parish Council Meeting 5 November 2020.



Friday, 23 October 2020

Halloween and Bonfire Night

 Updates from Duty Commissioner, South Cambridgeshire District Council

Halloween

At this stage (15 October 2020), no national advice has been given on the tradition of trick or treating but please bear in mind that some people, especially those who have health problems and are vulnerable, may not be happy to have people calling on them.

The passing of sweets at the doorstep will be harder to do whilst maintaining a social distance and many hands dipping into a pot of sweets is going to increase the risk of transmission.

That doesn’t mean that people can’t enjoy Halloween. There are plenty of online articles with suggestions for alternative Halloween entertainment, such as pumpkin trails, spooky walks, craft activities and safe ways to leave treats out for people to collect. 

Bonfire night

Cambridgeshire Fire and Rescue Service has published guidance about safely marking Bonfire night during the pandemic. The emergency services are preparing for a busier night than usual because of the cancellation of many organised public events leading to more people having displays and bonfires in their own gardens.

 Head of Community Fire Safety, Group Commander Per Middleton has urged caution, saying: “While most people enjoy fireworks responsibly, they can quickly become a disaster and, in the wrong hands, they can cause injury and damage to property. Fireworks are explosives and should be treated with respect. Only use fireworks in accordance with the manufacturer’s instructions and the firework safety code, ensuring all necessary safety precautions are taken.”

 He added: “We would strongly discourage people from lighting bonfires in back gardens as they present significant risks to residents if they get out of hand. Not only this, but the smoke can also aggravate coronavirus symptoms for those that might be shielding or isolating.” 

If you intend on buying fireworks for a home display, please follow the firework safety code:

  • Only buy fireworks marked with a CE mark
  • Don't drink alcohol if you're setting off fireworks
  • Keep fireworks in a closed box and always follow the instructions carefully when using them
  • Light them at arm’s-length using a taper and stand well back
  • Never go back to them once they are lit. Even if a firework hasn't gone off, it could still explode
  • Never throw fireworks, and never put them in your pocket
  • Respect your neighbours – don’t let off fireworks late at night and remember there are laws in place you must follow
  • Take care with sparklers – never give them to children under five. Even when they've gone out, they can still be hot, so put sparklers in a bucket of water after use.

Pets find the noise of fireworks very stressful and are best kept indoors throughout the evening - and why not turn on some music to mask the noise? In a recent survey, 62 per cent of dog owners and 54 per cent of cat owners reported that their pets show signs of distress during fireworks season. The RSPCA’s Bang Out Of Order campaign encourages the responsible use of fireworks and the adoption of tighter regulations concerning their use.


Posted by Little Gransden Parish Clerk


Wildlife Trust - Gransden, Waresley, Hayley and Gamlingay Woods


Waresley and Gransden Woods SSSI Nature Reserve - Will be closed from 23 October due to poor ground conditions. (Browne’s Piece will remain open)

 

Hayley Wood -  will be open as usual from the start of next week.

 

Gamlingay Wood - is open to the public arriving by foot. Parking on the track upto the wood has been reviewed by the landowner and the Wildlife Trust BCN. We hope to implement provision for parking as soon as farming and forestry operations allow.

Posted on behalf of the Wildlife Trust by Little Gransden Parish Clerk

Saturday, 12 September 2020

Mobile library returns

The good news is that the mobile library is returning to visit Little Gransden starting Friday 2nd October 2020. We have had the mobile vehicle risk assessed and service can now resume, but with restrictions to access and precautions in place. Sadly there will no browsing the books allowed as in all libraries at the moment.

So you can either use the Select and collect service via the Cambridgeshire libraries website which would be a chosen random selection of titles, or access the library catalogue and placing an order for specific titles which I can bring on a future visit, if they are available.  All books returning will be put into 3 days' quarantine before they are taken off your library records.

The library service may have sent you the following via an email with all the relevant links to the website.

We will be returning to our regular stops, but unfortunately access to the vehicle is limited to help keep staff safe and we will be providing books selected in advance.

Customers can pre-order books to collect from our usual reservation servicehttps://cambridgeshire.spydus.co.uk currently FREE of charge, or the New Select and Collect service which allows you to request a collection of books based on your tasteshttps://cambridgeshire-self.achieveservice.com/service/Select_and_Collect or by calling 0345 045 5225

Simply choose the mobile library as a pick up point and order as far in advance as possible to ensure a selection is ready and issued for you to pick up from your stop (ideally a week in advance, but we will do our best with forms received after this).

Posted by Parish Clerk on behalf of Huntingdon Library Services

Minutes of meeting of Little Gransden Parish Council 6 August 2020

 Minutes of meeting of Little Gransden Parish Council 6 August 2020

Friday, 28 August 2020