Parish Council

COUNCILLORS AND CONTACT DETAILS

Chair: 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; Bikeability scheme)


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


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

Mr Terence Burbidge, 11 The Drift, Lt Grnasden SG19 3DX Telephone: 07841 602586 email terryburbidgelgpc@gmail.com (co-opted 11 July 2019)


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
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.

Terry Burbidge (co-opted 11 July 2019)
I served as a soldier in the British army for over 20 years taking part in various operations and postings around the world. Since retiring from the army I have worked in space, defence and security for several government departments. I moved to Little Gransden in 2015 where I work mostly from home with occasional business meetings in and around London. My interests are mostly technical and I spend a fair amount of time on amateur radio experimentation with particular interest in the field of radio frequency design and antennas.

Thursday, 14 March 2013

Little Gransden Energy Group (LGEG) October 2012



Energy Performance Certificates are abbreviated as EPCs.  It is a legal requirement to obtain an EPC for a house if it is to be sold, or rented out.  An EPC is now required before solar pv panels are fitted to a building, and the rating of the EPC has to be a “D” rating or better to get the full Feed in Tariff (FiT).

Anyone buying a house should carefully read the EPC for a prospective house, to understand its heating and lighting costs.  The EPC also recommends potential improvements, estimates the costs involved, and indicates the potential savings possible through reduced energy costs.

The average EPC rating for houses in England and Wales is D60.  The scale of energy efficiency is rated from “A” (very energy efficient, with a value of 92 plus) down to “F” (not energy efficient, with a value from 1 to 20).  The larger the house, the more difficult it is to achieve and “A”, “B”, or “C” rating, because more energy is required for heating and lighting than for a small house.  For new houses, the Building Regulations are being made progressively more strict each year, so that new houses are much more energy efficient than those produced 5 or 10 years ago.

The assessment has to be carried out by an Accredited Assessor, who will take measurements of the building and do a “walk round”, non-invasive, assessment. 
The survey considers the following topics, and allocates a 5 star rating to each:
1. Wall, roof, and floor construction and insulation.
2. Type of windows installed, and the draught-proofing and glazing insulation properties.
3. Type of fuel for the main heating system, its age (efficiency), thermostats, and controls.
4. Secondary heating, if present.
5. Hot water system and controls.
6. Type and efficiency of lighting.
The survey also includes any solar thermal or solar pv systems that may be installed.

A quick comparison of total heat, hot water, and lighting costs for 4 example properties is:
300 year old thatched house (55 sq. m area) – EPC rating F34.  Annual running costs £936.
Small detached bungalow     (50 sq. m area) – EPC rating D57.  Annual running costs £723.
1998 semi-detached house   (55 sq. m area) – EPC rating C69.  Annual running costs £503.
4 bed highly insulated house (229 sq. m area) – EPC rating C77.  Annual running cost £1335.
NB  The latter is 15 Main Road, which is fitted with both solar thermal and solar PV systems, but could be improved to a “B82” rating.

An EPC rating was obtained for Little Gransden Village Hall, and scored “D98”.  The certificate is displayed in the Entrance Hall.  The Hall comes under a different rating system from domestic houses.  Village Halls and Commercial Buildings are rated from “A” (very efficient 0 –25), down to “G” (very inefficient over 150).  A rating of “A0” is zero nett carbon dioxide emissions, and “A+” is even better with negative nett carbon dioxide emissions (i.e. overall, the building generates more energy than it uses).

An EPC is currently valid for 10 years, but there is a move to reduce this to 5 years, as a rating can be affected by heating costs.  The two EPC assessments for the Village Hall, and for 15 Main Road, were carried out by Tony Wyatt from Bar Hill, Cambridge.  Tony Wyatt was very helpful is explaining how the EPCs are calculated, which enabled me to write this article. 
Tony can be contacted on 07779 620593, or by email on tony@yourenergyassessor.co.uk.
See also www.yourenergyassessor.co.uk for details and the cost for domestic properties.