Great Gransden is a parish in Cambridgeshire, in the Huntingdonshire District. This web site includes information about the Parish Council, the village facilities it manages, the data and agenda for the next meetings, the minutes of previous meetings and the policies under which it operates: please see the links below and in the sidebar on the left.
Great Gransden has 9 Parish Councillors - Andrew Pett, Giles Scott, Jeff Gorton, Nick Ginn, Michael Capps, Nigel Day and Peter King, who were returned following an uncontested election in 2018, and James Catmur, who was later co-opted onto the Parish Council. Lisbeth Ricciardi Corner has very recently been co-opted onto the council, filling the last remaining Parish Council vacancy.  

Your Privacy is important to us.

The parish Council takes care to safeguard the privacy of personal data supplied to us, in whatever form. A copy of our current privacy notice can be viewed online here. The current version was last edited in May 2018 to ensure conformance with the new GDPR legislation.

Your Parish Council always welcomes your questions, comments and suggestions. Please contact us via email here: gransdenpc@hotmail.co.uk

The next Parish Council Meeting is on Monday 4th November 2019.

The agenda for a PC meeting is published at least 3 clear days in advance; here is the one for  November. For the regular monthly meetings, the clerk's report is also available to view before the meeting.

 Minutes of previous meetings
status
 October 2019
 draft
 September 2019
 approved
 August 2019
 approved
 July 2019 approved
Annual Parish meeting 2019, held on Thursday 18th April 2019 draft
Please note: draft minutes will not be considered official until approved by the Parish Council at a subsequent meeting

Audit of the Accounts for 2018/19

The audit of accounts for Great Gransden Parish Council for the year ended 31st March 2019 has been completed and the accounts have been published.  Notice of conclusion of audit can be viewed here together with sections 1, 2 and 3 of the Annual Governance and Accountabilit Return 2018/19.

Gransden 2020 Vision

Great Gransden is in the process of establishing a Neighbourhood Development Plan, which is an opportunity for the community to have more say in the way the village develops over the next year. The Parish Council has delegated authority to a Steering Group to oversee this work, and there is a separate website giving information about progress, and details of steering group and other meetings - see 2020vision.gransdens.org/

2019 11 - date of new A14 opening revealed!

posted by N Day   [ updated ]

Highways England have revealed the date on which the new section of the A14 will be opened - it's the 9th of December! The full press release can be seen here:


Some of the junctions have been renumbered, and some of them are limited-access - for example at J23, if you are on the A1198 you can't head eastward on the new A14, nor can you leave the new A14 at this junction if you are heading westward. More details about the limitations can be seen on the PDF file available for download from the press release page, or by following the following link:

Slow moving vehicles will be prohibited from the new bypass and will be directed to use alternative local access roads.

Get involved in the 'Big Conservation'

posted 25 Oct 2019, 14:20 by N Day   [ updated 3 Nov 2019, 21:49 ]

NHS CAMBRIDGESHIRE AND PETERBOROUGH CCG have sent us the following info re consultations to shape the NHS:

Get involved in the Big Conversation about how we shape our NHS

Local residents are being encouraged to have their say on the future of local NHS services as part of The Big Conversation.

Funding for healthcare across Cambridgeshire and Peterborough is under pressure. More people are using NHS services locally, and resources are limited. At the moment, the local NHS is buying more than it can afford which means that some difficult decisions need to be made about the services it can afford to provide in the future.

The Big Conversation has been created to help Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), who buy the healthcare services in the local area, to understand what is most important to the local community. Feedback received will be used to create a set of principles that will inform our future plans and help shape our local NHS.

Local residents can give their feedback by attending one of the events taking place across Cambridgeshire and Peterborough during October and November. Or, by completing a short survey online at https://bit.ly/NHSBigConversation

Find out more about The Big Conversation and local events online:

Have your say on parks, open spaces and play areas

posted 20 Sep 2019, 12:26 by N Day   [ updated 3 Nov 2019, 21:50 ]

Huntingdonshire District Council are asking for your input on their policy open spaces, etc:

"We’re looking at how these places can benefit the people of Huntingdonshire. We want to know why you do or don’t use them and how we could encourage you to use them more often. To tell us what you think fill out the Parks, Open Spaces and Play Areas Questionnaire on the HDC site here.   Survey closes on 4 October 2019."

Job vacancy: Parish Clerk

posted 2 Sep 2019, 09:36 by N Day   [ updated 2 Sep 2019, 09:37 ]

 Applications are invited for the post of Parish Clerk & Responsible Financial Officer. The role will include overseeing the administration and expenditure of the Parish Council, communicating with principal authorities and other organisations, managing the meeting process, preparing reports, and other duties including dealing with contractors and liaising with residents.

The ideal candidate will be IT literate with excellent communication skills, willing to undertake specific Parish Clerk training, have the ability to take notes during meetings as well as directing Councillors on procedural matters and an ability to be flexible with regard to the needs of the job. Some evening work required.

Days and times of working are flexible, however you will be expected to complete up to 10.5 hours per week. Salary in accordance with experience and commensurate with Local Government pay scales.

To apply for this role submit a letter and CV to Andrew Pett, Chairman of Great Gransden Parish Council, 4 Baldwins Manor, Great Gransden, or by email to andrew@harrispett.com

New Local Plan for HDC

posted 3 Jun 2019, 07:01 by N Day   [ updated 3 Jun 2019, 07:01 ]

Huntingdon District Council adopted a new Local Plan in May 2019, and consequently the principle of 'Tilted Balance' no longer applies when considering planning applications. For a copy of the local plan and accompanying statements, visit consult.huntingdonshire.gov.uk/portal/pp/hlp2036/adoption/adoption_of_hlp2036

April 2019 - Error in Council tax bills explained

posted 8 Apr 2019, 02:37 by N Day   [ updated 3 Nov 2019, 21:51 ]

The recent council tax bills had an error in the way they showed the percentage increase in the County Council component of the bill. The following explanation has been issued by HDC - but basically, the error is purely in the explanation of how the figure was calculated, and NOT an error in the final amount that we all have to pay:

Amanda Burns, Revenues and Benefits Manager, said: “Huntingdonshire District Council collects Council Tax on behalf of a number of organisations including Cambridgeshire County Council. These bills have been issued within the last week setting out the Council Tax amounts that are due to be paid in 2019/20, and details of these organisations and their charges are clearly stated on the bill.

Following media coverage over the past few days, we can confirm that the total amount of Council Tax shown on residents’ bills and the respective amounts for each of the organisations is correct. However, the percentage figure for the increase in the County Council general charge has been overstated at 3.2%, rather than the actual 2.99% correctly requested by the County Council. Cash figures remain unaffected.

As the amounts billed for are correct, there is no need for the Council to reissue Council Tax bills. Payments should be made in line with the instalment schedule shown on the Council Tax bill. Information about the Council Tax charged by other organisations can be found in the leaflet sent with the bill, or on the appropriate authority’s websites”.

The reasons for the issue are as follows:

National changes in 2016/17 enabled the County Council to levy an additional charge to meet Adult Social care pressures, and the funding raised is used specifically to provide adult care services.

Any County Council tax increase in subsequent years is then calculated in terms of the increase on the previous year’s total charge; that is the Cambridgeshire County Council general charge plus the separate Adult Social Care element. The figure shown on this year’s HDC bill represents the Council Tax increase on the general charge without last year’s ASC increase included. This is in line with how the calculation took place prior to introduction of the Adult Social Care charge. This had the presentational effect of overstating the CCC general charge increase at 3.2%, rather than the actual figure which is 2.99% in real terms. Importantly the cash figure that people pay is absolutely accurate.
This issue has now been manually addressed, and any future bills sent by HDC will show a 3.0% increase in the County Council’s General charge, as the law requires us to round the 2.99% increase figure to 1 decimal point.

Cambourne to Cambridge Better Transport Project - Phase 2 Consultation

posted 24 Feb 2019, 15:59 by Diane Taylor   [ updated 7 Mar 2019, 09:16 by N Day ]

The consultation is now open and closes at midnight on Sunday 31st March 2019.

The Cambourne to Cambridge Better Public Transport Project is divided into two phases, with a new Park & Ride facility along the A428 being developed in parallel. Following initial consultation in 2015, Phase 1 consultation took place in 2017/18. Your views are sought on Phase 2: the link west of the Madingley Mulch roundabout to Bourn Airfield and on to Cambourne, along with a new Park & Ride facility.

Find out more about route planning for the Phase 1 section, running east from Madingley Mulch roundabout to Cambridge, at the Phase 1 Route webpage. Full details of the phase 2 consultation can be found at:
www.greatercambridge.org.uk/transport/transport-projects/cambourne-to-cambridge/cambourne-to-cambridge-phase-2

Oxford-Cambridge rail link consultation

posted 29 Jan 2019, 04:51 by N Day   [ updated 29 Jan 2019, 05:14 ]

A public consultation has just started regarding the routing of a new railway between Cambridge and Bedford, part of the proposed new rail link between Oxford and Cambridge. The 'Have Your Say' page (eastwestrail.co.uk/haveyoursay) contains links enabling you to download a consultation document (the best place to start), a technical report, a picture of the 5 route options, and a feedback form - which can be filled in online, or you can download a PDF version and return that by post.

They say "Please submit your feedback by 11.45pm on 11 March 2019 when this consultation will close". Anyone can send in feedback - it is not limited to one reply per household - and people outside the area can also send in feedback, so you might want to tell friends and relatives about this.

Front page of Bedford to Cambridge Consultation Document
Consultation Document
(PDF 932KB)
Front page of Bedford to Cambridge Technical Report
Technical Document (PDF 2.6MB)
5 Route Options on a Map
Route Options Map
(JPG 346KB)
Consultation feedback form - pages 1 to 3
Feedback Form (link)

Rural Watch is out and about

posted 5 Dec 2018, 13:48 by N Day   [ updated 3 Nov 2019, 21:52 ]

The Parish Council has been sent a message by Richard Braddick about 'Rural Watch' which we think is worth drawing to the attention of our parishoners. If you wish to participate, please get in touch with Richard using the contact info below.


'Rural Matters' logo
RURAL WATCH, a joint volunteer and police operation, was out and about in the rural communities again last night. Although not as busy as the previous watch a large area was covered by patrolling vehicles.

One vehicle was stopped and a small amount of drugs seized and a report of a male standing in a driveway late into the night was checked out and all was found in order with the male.

Patrolling vehicles checked farms, businesses, villages and remote lanes and tracks throughout the night and I am pleased to report that very little suspicious activity was found.

The watch will be out and about again later this month, if you feel you would like to join and help deter crime in your community please email me.

WORKING TOGETHER TO HELP DETER RURAL CRIME.

Kind Regards
Richard

PCSO 7101 Richard Braddick
St Neots Safer Neighbourhood Team
St. Neots Police Station | Dovehouse Close | St. Neots | Cambridgeshire | PE19 1DS
Mobile: 07921-094801
Call: 101
Richard.braddick@cambs.pnn.police.uk


2019 meeting dates

posted 4 Dec 2018, 03:09 by N Day   [ updated 11 Dec 2018, 03:06 ]

At the December 2018 meeting, the Parish Council agreed that the 2019 meetings would folllow the normal pattern of the 1st Monday of the month (except when this is a bank holiday, when the meeting will be delayed one week). This means the next meeting will be on the 7th of January, with subsequent meetings on February 4, March 4, April 1, May 13, June 3, July 1,  August 5, September 2, October 7, November 4 and December 2. The Annual Parish Meeting was put down for the 18th of April.

As usual, extra planning meetings may be scheduled as necessary.

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