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)

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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
Will be held at Little Gransden Village Hall, subject to Government guidelines and regulations in response to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Thursdays at 7:30pm through 2021:

* 4 March

* 6 May (Annual General Meeting)

* 8 July (Annual Parish Meeting)

* 2 September
* 4 November


Members of the public are welcome to attend meetings - because of Covid-19, please notify the Clerk in advance. Items that you 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 2021 are 4 February, 1 April, 3 June, 5 August, 7 October, 2 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.





Monday, 26 July 2021

Summer and Autumn activities 2021

For a variety of courses, entertainments and activities covering a wide range of age groups, have a look at The Library Presents https://www.cambridgeshire.gov.uk/residents/libraries-leisure-culture/libraries/the-library-presents

This covers events 

Also the University of the Third Age has a branch at Cambourne:



Greater Cambridge Biodiversity Supplementary Planning Document

 

Greater Cambridge Biodiversity Supplementary Planning Document 

 

A consultation had recently opened  for the new Greater Cambridge Draft Biodiversity Supplementary Planning Document. 

 

This consultation runs between 9am on 23rd July to 5pm on 17th September 2021 during which time comments will be taken. Details of where you can view the Draft Biodiversity Supplementary Planning Document and how to submit your comments can be found on the linked webpage 

 

Biodiversity Supplementary Planning Document  

  

 

Monday, 19 July 2021

Covid-19 community update from South Cambs District Council – 16 July 2021

Covid-19 community update – 16 July 2021

Dear volunteer coordinators and parish councillors

 

As you will be aware, the Government is going ahead on Monday (19 July) with ‘Step 4’ of its roadmap out of lockdown. After this date, many of the measures that have been in place to prevent the spread of the virus will no longer be mandatory but the Government is still saying that many of these measures are still recommended in many circumstances.

 

We know that cases are rising across the country (including in South Cambridgeshire where, up to 11 July, we had 330 new cases in the preceding seven days, across all age cohorts (30% 0-17yrs, 25% 18-24yrs, 26% 25-44yrs, 16% 45-64)). You may be interested to note that in Longstanton, Swavesey and Oakington, cases per 100,000 residents hit 674, which was the highest figure across Cambridgeshire and Peterborough. We are not yet out of the woods.

 

Some of the latest Government and local Public Health messaging is shown below, and I would also like to draw your attention to some insights from the Government’s behavioural scientists.

1. Signage

Councils and community groups are encouraged to remove outdated signage. Even if an organisation is going to continue to encourage people to wear masks, the recommendation is to have new signage to communicate this. This is because signage that has been around for the past year will be ignored, as people will assume that after 19th July it will be out of date. Not only will this mean that the messaging won’t ‘cut-through’, but it may also make it even more difficult in the autumn to clearly communicate any new measures that may need to be reintroduced. Any new signs that are displayed should also make it clear what the expectations are: the more explicit the signage, the less people will confront each other based on their own assumptions or interpretations of what is the ‘right’ or ‘wrong’ thing to do. If you need some support to create signage, please contact reopening@scambs.gov.uk, and we can help you to provide updated signage.

2. Messaging and identity

The Government’s behavioural scientists are recommending that it’s better to focus on scenario-based decision making, rather than identity-based decision making. In other words, individuals should make balanced decisions based on the situation rather than sticking rigidly to a set of behaviours regardless of the circumstances.

 

For instance, people may choose to wear a mask when they’re in a poorly ventilated public place and to keep a safe distance from strangers at the train station but they may choose not to wear a mask in a crowd when they need to be able to communicate with a child or an older person and they may choose not to keep a distance from friends and family from different households. Tolerance and understanding is going to be very important and we should try to avoid engrained attitudes along the lines of 'I wear a mask because I care about other people' or 'I don't wear a mask because I believe in freedom'.

 

If we are not very careful, it will be difficult to encourage everyone to adopt measures later that need to be introduced or re-introduced (for example) in the autumn. We all need to help to encourage scenario-based decision making, as well as tolerance and understanding.

Government’s timetable for summer and autumn

Below you can see the Government’s timetable for the next couple of months:

·         On 19th July, most legal restrictions will end, removing social distancing and social contact restrictions and enabling remaining businesses to reopen – read what you can and cannot do

·         By the end of July, the government will publish an updated Covid-19 outbreak management framework for local areas

·         On 16th August, the rules on self-isolating will change for people who are fully vaccinated and for the under 18s

·         In September, the government will undertake a review to assess the country’s preparedness for the autumn and winter; they will consider whether to continue the post-19th July rules or strengthen the public and business guidance.

Government guidance for Step 4

The Government is promoting the following guidance while the prevalence of the virus remains high:

  • whilst the government is no longer instructing people to work from home if they can, the Government is expecting and recommending a gradual return over the summer
  • the Government expects and recommends that people wear face coverings in crowded areas such as public transport
  • they are encouraging people to spend time outside or to let in fresh air
  • they are recommending that people minimise the number, proximity and duration of social contacts
  • they are encouraging and supporting businesses and large events to use the NHS COVID Pass in high-risk settings

You may wish to share the Government’s video which outlines this, on Facebook or Twitter.

Local Public Health recommendations for Step 4

  • Meeting people outdoors or in well-ventilated places
  • Keeping a polite distance from others
  • Wearing a face mask in crowded places
  • Washing your hands thoroughly and often.

You may wish to share this messaging via a vlog from Jyoti Atri, Director of Public Health for Cambridgeshire County Council, using the County Council’s Facebook or Twitterposts.

Vulnerable people

Whilst the Government is moving away from legal restrictions, Government has published updated guidance on protecting people who are Clinically Extremely Vulnerable (CEV) to Covid-19. The guidance comes into effect on Monday (19th July). The guidance advises CEV people, as a minimum, to follow the same guidance as everyone else. However, it also notes that CEV people who are at a higher risk of serious illness if they were to catch Covid-19, may wish to think carefully about additional precautions. The Government guidance sets out a number of suggested measures for CEV people to consider, related to socialising, vaccinations, work and travel.

 

We know that many Clinically Extremely Vulnerable people are anxious about this next step, so it is worth highlighting a key study on immunosuppressed and immunocompromised groups. Public Health England looked at more than a million people in at-risk groups and found that those that are immunosuppressed have significantly better protection from symptomatic infection following the second dose of a Covid-19 vaccine. 

Cambourne drop-in vaccination clinic this Sunday – and more locations

A reminder that the drop-in vaccination clinic is happening in Cambourne on Sunday, from 10am to 4pm. Please do share our posts on FacebookTwitter and Instagram within your communities if you haven’t already done so.

 

AstraZeneca and Pfizer will both be available (and offered based on age), and people can attend for their first dose or second dose (second doses only available if people had their first dose on or before 23 May – eight weeks ago).

 

You can also find information about all other drop-in vaccination clinics via Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Clinical Commissioning Group’s dedicated webpage, or by following them on FacebookTwitter or Instagram.

 

Finally, on vaccines, I wanted to share this video, produced by another Council to remind people that “one jab is only half a job”. Feel free to share this in your groups as well.

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We will send a further community update when there is useful information to share. Thank you again for all your support.

 

Best wishes

Bill Handley

Lead Cabinet Member for Community Resilience, Health and Wellbeing

South Cambridgeshire District Council


Friday, 16 July 2021

2021 Minutes of Little Gransden Parish Council AGM and Ordinary Meeting 6 May 2021

 2021 Minutes of Little Gransden Parish Council AGM and Ordinary Meeting 6 May 2021

New Countryside Code

To view the code and for more information see www.gov.uk/countryside-code






 

Monday, 5 July 2021

Little Gransden Village History

 


Time Travel website - Councillor Oliver Hipwell now administers this website:

https://sites.google.com/site/littlegransdentimetravel/features

If you have photographs or information you would like to add please contact Councillor Hipwell or the Parish Clerk.

For more information on local  history, see The Gransdens Society http://www.gransdenssociety.org



Saturday, 3 July 2021

Agenda for Little Gransden Parish Council Annual Parish Meeting and Ordinary Meeting 8 July 2021

 Agenda for Little Gransden Parish Council Annual Parish Meeting and Ordinary Meeting 8 July 2021 7.30 p.m. Little Gransden Village Hall

The Agenda also includes any reports received.


Members of the public are cordially invited to attend.

Covid-19 precautions - please wear masks, use hand sanitizers and observe social distancing. It would also be appreciated if you would notify the Clerk if you wish to attend - clerk.lgpc@aol.com