Parish Council

Councillors - Elected 3 May 2018

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, Trustee Little Gransden Village Hall)

Sylvia Sullivan, Telephone: 01767 677906, Email: Office hours: 10 am to 4 pm Monday to Friday

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.

Energy Group

This group was set up at the request of Little Gransden Parish Council, and is associated with the Sustainable Parish Energy Partnership (SPEP), which was set up by South Cambridgeshire District Council. Its purpose is to spread information about ways in which householders can save energy (and hence money), and to protect to the environment.

Similar organisations have been set up in many other parishes, including in Gamlingay, Coton, Girton, and the Cambridge City based “Cambridge Carbon Footprint”. The latter have organised an annual “Open Eco Homes” event, where you are able to look round houses that have taken steps to greatly improve their energy efficiency, as inspiration to what everyone else could do. The EcoHub in Gamlingay have organised a free annual “Green Day” at which anyone can call in and talk to companies (supplying insulation, solar & heating systems, efficient lighting, etc.), and organisations such as the RSPB, and to learn about environmental and energy saving issues.

South Cambridgeshire District Council has purchased 3 infra-red cameras, which LGEG have borrowed for a week or so for the last 4 winters. This has enabled local householders to see where the heat losses are in their houses. These cameras are now available to any South Cambridgeshire householder by arrangement (and with training) from their Cambourne offices.

Cambridgeshire Energy Switch is a bulk purchase scheme for electricity supplies that has been organised by the Cambridge Councils.

SPEP have organised various talks about energy saving measures and experiences of the various parish groups in Cambridgeshire.

LGEG write an article about energy saving matters in the Roundabout magazine most months.

For further information, refer to the following websites:

Posted on behalf of Trevor Brown