Parish Council

COUNCILLORS AND CONTACT DETAILS

Chair: Robert Murden, 40 Primrose Hill, Lt Gransden, SG19 3DP Tel:01767 677520 email r.j.murden@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@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)


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.

Friday, 19 December 2014

JULIA NORRIS TRUSTEE REQUIRED





Can you spare a couple of hours a month to be a trustee of a small local charity?
The Julia Norris Trust is responsible for the delightful almshouses in Little Gransden, which are for those with connections to both the Gransdens and district. The Trustees are about to embark on an exciting development project so it is a great time to become involved and feel that you are making a real difference to a much-valued community asset. If you think that you might be interested in joining the Trustees and wish to find out more, please ring Mark Barlow 01767 677361
Posted by Parish Clerk


POWER CUT - PRECAUTIONS FOR VULNERABLE CUSTOMERS



Power cuts are quite rare these days but certainly not unknown in the Gransdens!
UK Power is working to help vulnerable customers should there be a power cut. They have a Priority Service Register for those who may need extra support during a power cut.  Residents will receive
  • A priority number that they can call 24 hours a day if they have a power cut
  • Regular text message or phone updates during a power cut
  • A welcome booklet
  • Extra support from the British Red Cross to visit their home during an emergency (UK Power will check with them first)
UK Power is working hard to raise awareness of their new number to call during a power cut (0800 3163105) and to encourage eligible customers to sign up to the Priority Services Register so we can get them the support they need.
 Posted by Parish Clerk

WINTER HEALTH QUICK GUIDE




Keep warm and well this winter - your doctor's surgery should have supplies of Winter Health Packs, available when seeking your 'flu vaccination. The packs contain:
o   A leaflet on falls
o    NHS Choose Well leaflet
o    Age UK Winter booklet
o   Healthy Eating Menu card
o   Tea bag
o   Evaluation leaflet
o   Telephone number of helpline, shown clearly on the front of the pack.
Posted by Parish Clerk


Monday, 17 November 2014

LITTLE GRANSDEN PARISh COUNCIL - VOLUNTEERS?

The Parish Council is asking for help in the following ways:

Flood alert - space for sandbags?

SCDC are looking for anyone with spare space in an outbuilding or garage who would be prepared to store a few sandbags to facilitate distribution at times of flooding should contact either Cllr Mick Martin at SCDC onemergencyplanning@scambs.gov.uk or contact Adrian Penrose -  apenroselgpc@btconnect.com

Wildflower areas 
There has been an encouraging response from residents to making some wildflower areas in the village - if you would like to coordinate this task, please contact Adrian Penrose - apenroselgpc@btconnect.com
Speedwatch
Laura White is organising training for volunteers - contact Laura for more details - wynn_laura@hotmail.com

Posted by Clerk

LITTLE GRANSDEN PARISh COUNCIL

Planning meeting
Thursday, 20 November, 6.30pm Little Gransden Village Hall
S/2415/14/FL Willow Tree House, Church Street, Single storey side extension 
Posted by Clerk

Little Gransden Energy Group (LGEG) November 2014



Wood fires:  The cold evenings at the beginning of October caused us to have a fire in our wood burning stove in the lounge for several evenings running.  Somewhat belatedly, I had a look up the chimney whilst relaying to fire ready to relight it later that day.  It really ought to be swept, as it has not been swept before.  After a phone call, it was arranged for a chimney sweep to clean the chimney in 5 weeks’ time.  I should have organised this last summer!
Open fires are very inefficient, as most of the heat from the fire, and in the room, is drawn up the chimney and lost.  Typical fuel efficiency for an open fire is around 10% of useful heat, compared to 80-90% for an efficient enclosed stove.  Fires need an air supply, and it is more effective/efficient to supply the fire with air ducted from outside, instead of drawing air from the room.  Air drawn from the room by the fire has to be replaced from air drawn into it as cold draughts.
The effectiveness of a wood fire is dependent on the type of wood, and how dry the wood is.  Freshly felled ash contains about 35% moisture, whereas poplar wood can contain up to 60%.   Trying to burn damp timber produces steam, and less heat as a result.  Damp wood can also cause more smoke, and tar deposits in the chimney.
Timber should be stored in a ventilated area and under cover for at least 6 months to allow the timber to dry before being burnt.
Some of the best timbers for burning are ash, beech, hornbeam, hawthorn, apple and cherry.  Oak and elm are dense timbers, but can be slow to burn.  These two timbers are better burned as a mixture with other timbers.  Spruce and horse chestnut woods tend to spit, so should not be used in open fires for this reason.  Softwoods such as pine and spruce are easy to light, and burn quickly, so are best for starting a fire.
Supplies of wood can be found in adverts in “The Villager” magazine, or from the website www.bigbarn.co.uk/logpile.

A rough guide to the size of a stove is that a 5kW stove should be able to heat a room 2.4m high by 25 square metres floor area, but the insulation of walls, ceiling, and windows, plus draught proofing, and air supply, all have an influence on this estimate.

Information about wood burning stoves is available from:
 www.energysavingtrust.org.uk/generating-energy/choosing-a-renewable-technology/wood-fuelled-heating.


Friday, 17 October 2014

FLOOD RISK



Are you concerned about the risks of flooding? If you are a landowner, what are your rights and responsibilities?

Cambridgeshire County Council have issued an explanatory document The Rights and Responsibilities of a Riparian Owner
which you can Download here

Saturday, 4 October 2014

LITTLE GRANSDEN VILLAGE HALL - POP UP CAFE

Phyllis' Wednesday cafe continues to be very popular - it will be open from 11 am - 1 pm on 15th and 29th October. Brighten up an autumn morning by dropping in for a good chat - you're sure to meet old friends or make new ones - or if you're enjoying a brisk walk or a cycle ride, why not call in for a little refreshment along the way!

Posted by Secretary

Wednesday, 24 September 2014

The Village Directory has been updated

The Village Directory has been updated - download a copy to keep the contact details for the Parish Council and all the clubs in the Gransdens easily to hand.
Posted by Clerk


You can download the latest version here

Monday, 18 August 2014

LITTLE GRANSDEN PARIS COUNCIL - RECYCLING SCHEME RECYCLED?

What do you think of the Recycling Service? Cambridgeshire County Council is consulting on the Household Recycling Service until Friday 26 September. Residents are being encouraged to complete the online questionnaire at http://www.cambridgeshire.gov.uk/recyclingcentreservice.
 
This online consultation focuses on residents' current use of the service and their thoughts on the options being considered - which range from closing sites; transferring them to charitable or voluntary organisations; reduction in hours and days of operation across all sites; charging for certain DIY waste streams; and limiting the use of sites to larger vehicles to deter trade waste use. This online consultation will run alongside surveys being undertaken by AmeyCespa on our behalf at all of the nine household recycling centres (HRCs) within Cambridgeshire (Alconbury, Bluntisham, Milton, March, St Neots, Thriplow, Whittlesey, Wisbech and Witchford) to ensure users of the service can have their say.

Posted by S Sullivan Parish Clerk



Friday, 15 August 2014

RECYCLING SURVEY


What do you think of the Recycling Service? Cambridgeshire County Council is consultatiting on the Household Recycling Service until Friday 26 September. Residents are being encouraged to complete the online questionnaire at http://www.cambridgeshire.gov.uk/recyclingcentreservice.
 
This online consultation focuses on residents' current use of the service and their thoughts on the options being considered - which range from closing sites; transferring them to charitable or voluntary organisations; reduction in hours and days of operation across all sites; charging for certain DIY waste streams; and limiting the use of sites to larger vehicles to deter trade waste use. This online consultation will run alongside surveys being undertaken by AmeyCespa on our behalf at all of the nine household recycling centres (HRCs) within Cambridgeshire (Alconbury, Bluntisham, Milton, March, St Neots, Thriplow, Whittlesey, Wisbech and Witchford) to ensure users of the service can have their say.

Posted by S Sullivan Parish Clerk

Tuesday, 24 June 2014

PUBLIC TRANSPORT IN LITTLE GRANSDEN

How are you finding the new public transport services? Have you experience of the demand-response transport? What about the new scheduled bus timetables? The Parish Council is considering this at its next meeting so do let us know how these services are working for you.

Posted by S Sullivan (Parish Clerk)



Thursday, 12 June 2014

Parish council Planning meeting agenda



Meeting agend can be downloaded Here

SURVEY - COUNTY COUNCIL

Handyperson Services complete 'odd jobs' around the home, mainly for people aged 60 plus.

The County Council, Cambridge City Council, district councils and Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), are working together to develop a countywide Handyperson Service. To help develop this service a survey has been produced for people over 60 or with a disability, carers, professionals and organisations and groups to say what sort of handyperson service they would like to be provided. The survey is now 'open' and closing date for responses is 5.00pm on Monday 23rd June 2014. Below are links to the survey should these be of interest for inclusion on your website for local people to be able to share their views.

*       Individuals over 60 or with a disability and/or Carers:  
 
*    Professionals answering as an individual or on behalf of an organisation/group:
https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/3TRHRPQ

 
Posted by S Sullivan, Parish Clerk

Friday, 16 May 2014

Parish Council Minutes

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 www.actiononenergy.net.

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 www.actiononenergy.net.

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.

Contact:
Trevor Brown on telephone number 01767 677285, or email trevor.brown40@hotmail.co.uk