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 date and agenda for the next meetings, the minutes of previous meetings and the policies under which it operates - please see the links below, in the menu bar above, and in the sidebar on the left. (Note: the sidebar might be hidden if you are viewing this device on a mobile device.)

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; James Catmur, who was co-opted later that year; and Lisbeth Ricciardi, who was co-opted in 2019.

Your Parish Council always welcomes your questions, comments and suggestions. See our contact page for info on how to get in touch. And you can attend our meetings via Zoom - see below - and join in the Open Forum section of the meeting.

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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 on our privacy page. Apart from formatting changes (to improve accessibility) and a change to the contact details in December 2019, the current version was last edited in May 2018, to ensure conformance with the newly-introduced GDPR legislation.

In order to improve accessibility, the site appearance was changed in December 2019, and several pages revamped. A new Accessibility Policy is being developed, and will be announced here when it has been adopted by the Parish Council.

Parish Council meetings

The next regular Parish Council Meeting is on Monday 1st March 2021.
See this post for a copy of the agenda, and information about joining us online.

Meetings are normally held in the Reading Rooms. However, to comply with the rules on social distancing - and to allow those who are self-isolating to participate - we are now holding our meetings online. (Previously, meeting had to be held in person, but new Government regulations now permit online meetings.) We are using Zoom (https://zoom.us/), which allows the Councillors and the Parish Clerk to be online together, and also allows interested parties to watch and listen in. During open forum sessions, members of the public will be able to participate: signal your intention to speak, and you will be asked for your input. Apart from the Open Forum, please keep yourself on mute. If you are unable to join us via Zoom but want to contribute to the open forum, please email your comments to the Parish Clerk in advance of the meeting.

(We recommend you sign up with Zoom and experiment before attending your first Parish Council meeting online. You can join a test meeting by visiting https://zoom.us/test.)

Join us on Zoom using the meeting ID 313 378 5045 and passcode 941083

The agenda for a PC meeting is published at least 3 clear days in advance. For the regular monthly meetings, the clerk's report is also available to download before the meeting, with a link on the agenda page. Meetings are normally the 1st Monday of each month (unless that is a bank holiday, in which case the meeting is on the 2nd Monday); extra meetings are sometimes held to allow the parish Council to discuss an urgent matter, such as a planning application where we have to give our input before our next scheduled meeting.

Minutes of previous meetings, in PDF form
status
February 2021
draft
January 2021
approved
 December 2020
approved
Annual Parish meeting 2019
held on Thursday 18th April 2019
draft
Please note that draft minutes will not be considered official until approved by the Parish Council at a subsequent meeting.

Gransden 2020 Vision

Great Gransden is in the process of establishing a Neighbourhood Plan (also known as a Neighbourhood Development Plan), which is an opportunity for the community to have more say in the way the village develops over the next years. 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/, and their Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/GreatGransdenNDP

News and other Announcements

What follows is a number of posts containing information that might be of interests to parishioners, along with announcements by the Parish Council. If there are a lot of posts, they may continue onto other pages, with a link to them at the bottom of this page. Old posts about parish council meetings will be moved to the meetings page; other posts will be moved to the old posts archive before being eventually deleted - though if they are very temporary notices, for example about road closures, they may be just deleted once they are no longer of relevance.

(Some posts may contain links to other sites, but the Parish Council has no control over the contents of the referenced sites, nor their privacy and accessibility policies; please exercise reasonable caution when visiting them. Indeed, the owners of those sites may make changes that invalidate the links we have supplied, so please let us know of any problems! Likewise, any attachments to or images or quoted texts (indicated by colour and indentation) within the posts are as supplied to us and are provided here for your convenience, but the Parish Council cannot speak for the accuracy and accessibility of this information.)

PC meeting, March 2021

posted 24 Feb 2021, 07:02 by N Day   [ updated 24 Feb 2021, 07:39 ]

Agenda for the Parish Council meeting on March 1, 2021

click here to get a copy of the agenda in PDF form, and the Clerk's notes are available via this link. When ready, the minutes  will follow the agenda, and you will be able to download a copy in PDF form.

From Catherine Fox, Parish Clerk:

The Next Meeting of the Parish Council will be held at 7:30 on Monday 1st March 2021 via remote conferencing on Zoom (Meeting ID 313 378 5045, Password 941083 or via this link) with Andrew Pett in the chair.

Please Note: Due to restrictions currently in place around COVID-19, there will be no physical meeting. Those who wish to comment on any item on the agenda are invited to join the Parish Council via ‘Zoom’. Councillors will not be making decisions about items not on the agenda. Any personal information given will be dealt with in line with the Parish Councils General Privacy Notice, full details of which can be found on the website.

All members of the Council are hereby summoned to attend for the purposes of considering and resolving the business to be transacted at the meeting as set out below.

1. Silent Prayer.

2. Apologies for absence.

3. Declarations of Interest.


(a) Councillors to declare any disclosable pecuniary interest in any items on the agenda;

(b) Councillors to declare any other interest in any items on the agenda.

4. Minutes. Consideration of the minutes of the meeting on 1st March 2021.

5. Open Forum for 15 minutes to enable members of the public to bring any matters to the attention of the Parish Council. 

6. Matters Arising.   

  1. Neighbourhood Plan – report and update from Andrew Pett.
  2. Arrangements for Annual Parish Meeting (22nd April).
  3. Feedback from LHI Panel Meeting 24th Feb 21 - Giles Scott.

7. Tree Survey

Review of report from OMC Associates and further action required.

8. Gransden Sports field and Recreational Association (GSRA). 

Report from Nick Ginn on the status of the GSRA. (To include future of the committee and to confirm Licence Renewal).

9. Clerk’s Financial Statement.  For February 2021 and Budget Review.

10. Cheques for Approval.   

11. Highways.  Any repairs or maintenance.

12. Correspondence.

  1. HDC Development Planning – Management Team Update.

  2. Waterbeach Neighbourhood Plan Submission (comments 16th Feb-20th April) - To note.

  3. Sand Road – Damage to Path/Sunday Working.

  4. Community Warden Scheme.

  5. Damage by HGVs to verges Crow Tree Street.

  6. Notification of Calor Rural Community Fund – Applications open 10th March 2021.

13. Planning.

  1. PARISH COUNCIL CONSULTATION – APPLICATION REF. 20/02486/HHFUL.
Installation of renewable energy apparatus - photovoltaic (PV)/solar panels for water heating and ground source heat pump for space heating.
22 Little Gransden Lane Great Gransden Sandy SG19 3BA.

14. Next Meeting.

Monday 12th April 2021 at 7:30 pm.  

Annual Parish Meeting: 22nd April 2021 at 7:30pm.

 

NDP steering group meeting, February 2021

posted 20 Feb 2021, 07:00 by N Day   [ updated 20 Feb 2021, 07:03 ]

The NDP steering group are holding an online meeting on Wednesday February 24 at 7pm. Anyone can attend via Zoom, the joining details are:

Agenda:

1. Apologies

2. Declarations of Interest in the agenda of the meeting

3. Minutes of previous meeting of 13 January for approval

4. Open forum - 15 minutes for members of the public to ask questions.

5. Update on actions from previous minutes
  • Renewable Heating Project JK
  • Facebook postings DWP
6. Local Green Spaces DWP

7. Village boundary DWP

8. NDP document
  • Work to complete DWP
9. Consultation DWP

10. Next Meeting


11. AOB

PC meeting, February 2021

posted 30 Jan 2021, 05:00 by N Day   [ updated 9 Feb 2021, 08:52 ]

Agenda for the Parish Council meeting on February 1, 2021

click here to get a copy of the agenda in PDF form, and the Clerk's notes are available via this link. The minutes  follow the agenda, and you can download a copy in PDF form.

From Catherine Fox, Parish Clerk:

The Next Meeting of the Parish Council will be held at 7:30 on Monday 1st February 2021 via remote conferencing on Zoom (Meeting ID 313 378 5045, Password 941083 or via this link) with Andrew Pett in the chair.

Please Note: Due to restrictions currently in place around COVID-19, there will be no physical meeting. Those who wish to comment on any item on the agenda are invited to join the Parish Council via ‘Zoom’. Councillors will not be making decisions about items not on the agenda. Any personal information given will be dealt with in line with the Parish Councils General Privacy Notice, full details of which can be found on the website.

All members of the Council are hereby summoned to attend for the purposes of considering and resolving the business to be transacted at the meeting as set out below.

1. Silent Prayer.

2. Apologies for absence.

3. Declarations of Interest.


(a) Councillors to declare any disclosable pecuniary interest in any items on the agenda;

(b) Councillors to declare any other interest in any items on the agenda.

4. Minutes. Consideration of the minutes of the meeting on 4th January 2021.

5. Open Forum for 15 minutes to enable members of the public to bring any matters to the attention of the Parish Council.

6. Matters Arising.
  1. Neighbourhood Plan – report and update from Andrew Pett.
  2. East West Rail Conference – Report from James Catmur.

7. Grass Cutting Contracts. Renewal of Cemetery contract.

8. Sports Field Licence Renewal.

9. Clerk’s Financial Statement. For January 2020 and Budget Review.

10. Cheques for Approval.

11. Highways. Any repairs or maintenance needed.

12. Correspondence.
  1. Elm Trees on Church Street.
  2. Proposed EWR station at Cambourne.
  3. Response from HDC planning enforcement re FFL (Final Floor Levels) – Hayfield Homes.
  4. Notification of Foxton Neighbourhood Plan – Resuming submission of public consultation period (12th Jan – 23rd Feb 2021).
  5. Moles at the Cemetery.
  6. Speeding along Meadow Road.
  7. Huntingdonshire Local Highway Improvement Panel meeting – Invitation to attend.
13. Planning.
  1. PARISH COUNCIL CONSULTATION – APPLICATION REF. 20/02199/FUL.
    Repair works to external boundary wall, piers and railings.
    Gransden Hall 21 Meadow Road Great Gransden SG19 3BD.

  2. County Planning, Minerals and Waste Cambridgeshire County Council.
    Consultation on Our Local Validation List Requirements.
14. Next Meeting Monday 1st March 2021 at 7:30 pm.

Minutes of the Parish Meeting held on 1st February 2021


By remote conference

Those present were:
  • Andrew Pett Chairman
  • Jeff Gorton Parish Councillor
  • Giles Scott Vice Chairman
  • James Catmur Parish Councillor
  • Catherine Fox Clerk
  • Nigel Day Parish Councillor
  • Michael Capps Parish Councillor
  • Peter King Parish Councillor
  • Nick Ginn Parish Councillor
  • Lisbeth Ricciardi Parish Councillor
  • District Councillor Richard West and County Councillor Julie Wisson
and 2 members of the public

1. The meeting was opened at 7:30 pm with a silent prayer.

2. Apologies. No apologies were received.

3. Declarations of Interest. There were no declarations of interest.

4. Minutes of the previous monthly meeting
held on 4th January 2021 which had been circulated, were approved and will be signed accordingly by the Chairman.

5. OPEN FORUM. The meeting was closed for 18 minutes.

Councillor West informed the meeting that after the widespread flooding of the local area over the Christmas period, the Overview and Scrutiny Flooding Task and Finish Group had met on the 27th January. Work had begun on the review of flooding across the district and the associated responsibilities of all local authorities. There will be four meetings which will take into account additional evidence including witness accounts. This will then form the basis on which recommendations will be made to mitigate the impact of flooding after heavy rain in the future.

As District Councillor, Cllr West had also been assisting Cllr Pett in responding to a resident’s concern over the removal of the asbestos roof sheets from the garages at the bottom of Mandene Gardens. Cllr West confirmed that he had tried to contact Jim Finney but had yet to receive a response. Given the nature of the issue, Cllr West will continue to press for a response and appropriate action to be taken to ensure that any works possibly involving the removal of asbestos are conducted in line with proper procedures.

County Councillor Wisson confirmed that there would be a meeting to confirm the budget on 9th February 2021. This budget will be tight as Covid pressures have contributed to a difficult year. It is hoped that the libraries and recycling centres will be able to remain open; although the pressure on the system is significant. Currently it is anticipated that the Local and Mayoral elections in May will go ahead as planned.

David Prest spoke on behalf of the Tennis Club. The club are currently looking at undertaking substantial renovation works to resurface three courts and replace the wooden fencing around the edges. The total cost of the works is likely to be in the region of £40,000. Funding of £30,000 is available from the Amey Community Funding Scheme, with the additional amounts to be met by the Tennis Club itself. So that the expression of interest form to the Amey Community Fund can be completed, a letter is required from the Parish Council in support of the renovation and improvement initiative. Councillors unanimously agreed to provide a letter which could be used. Clerk and Chair to liase with the Tennis Club to ensure that all points are addressed.

In addition to this, the Tennis Club also have plans to install a water supply to the clubhouse. This will enable the installation of running water as well as a toilet, kitchen and a cess pit. There are various external funding opportunities available which the Tennis Club will explore. The Parish Council noted these plans and will look again when further detail is available.

6. Matters Arising

6.1 Neighbourhood Development Plan

Councillor Pett reported that the NDP Steering Group had last met on the 6th January 2020. As Chair of the NDP Steering Group, David Prest gave a short report to the Parish Council.

Most of the plan is written, however face to face consultations have been prohibited under Covid restrictions. There is both a Facebook page and a website page dedicated to the NDP which councillors and parishioners are encouraged to join and engage with. This is currently acting as a means of informal consultation. A draft version of the first part of the plan is currently on the website, the second part will be uploaded in the next 7-10 days. The NDP had applied for a grant with Locality which was awarded. Unfortunately, as consultations were unable to go ahead, this will need to be repaid at the end of the financial year and a new funding application submitted. As part of the Community Action Plan and in an effort to achieve a net zero carbon balance, the NDP Steering Group are looking at Ground Source Heat Pump systems for within the village. There is public money available for feasibility studies as a village-wide initiative, or as a smaller group or even individual properties. There is a broad scope of options available that will help pull ideas around this together in a more structured way. The next meeting of the NDP Steering Group will be held on 24th February 2021.

6.2 East West Rail Conference.
Councillor Catmur had attended the East West Rail Conference. No specific information was provided at this virtual meeting which covered more generic details of the plan.

7. Grass Cutting Contracts
Councillors considered two quotations for grass cutting at the Cemetery and Garden of remembrance. After due consideration and having taken into account recommendations from neighbouring parishes and overall costs, Councillors unanimously agreed to accept the quotation from The Mower Shed for the 2021 season. (Proposed Councillor Pett and seconded by Councillor Scott)

8. Sports Field Licence Renewal.
The licence for the sports field between the Parish Council and the GSRA is due to expire in March 2021.The original licence is dated 1990 but was varied in 1993 where it was extended for 28 years.

The Parish Council unanimously agreed to extend the agreement by a further 25 years, subject to agreement by the GSRA. (Proposed by Councillor Pett and seconded by Councillor Gorton) Clerk to draft a revised version of the Deed of Variation agreement to reflect new dates.

9. Financial Statement for January 2021.

The sheet filed as Appendix No. 1 had been circulated. The statement was unanimously approved and signed by the Chairman. Councillors also noted the budget review as at the end of January 2021.

10. Payments for approval. The following payments were approved:

Proposed Councillor Pett, seconded by Councillor Scott.

1. Clerk’s expenses for January 2021 £27.78
2. SSE – Street Lighting Dec 2020 £118.61
3. HMRC - PAYE (period ending 5th Mar) £136.00
4. Balfour Beatty – Q1307 Crow Tree St
Replacement Lantern
£554.48*
5. Express Matting Services Ltd £89.20**
*To be paid by electronic transfer
**To be paid by electronic transfer once goods have been received.

Automated Payments payable February 2021

1. DD BT – Broadband Reading Rooms
(11th February 2021)
£29.99
2. SO Clerks Salary – January 2021
(6th February 2021
£718.25
3. SO Caretaker Salary – February 2021
(28th February 2021)
£544.16

11. Highways

11.1 There is a pothole developing next to the Windmill. Clerk has previously reported this to Highways but will do so again.

11.2 The pot hole has worsened considerably on Middle Street near to Little Lane. This has previously been reported to Highways. Clerk to report again.

11.3 A large and potentially very dangerous pothole has developed on Meadow Road outside Gransden Hall. Clerk to report to Highways.

11.4 The Sewer Cover outside Old Barn Farm on Meadow Road appears to be collapsing and will need attention. Clerk to report.

11.5 Animals digging are causing an issue on Hardwick Road. Clerk to report.

11.6 Councillors noted that, despite being cleared by volunteers, the drains on Waresley Road need to be cleared professionally to stop the road from flooding.

12. Correspondence

12.1 The Parish Council has sought to preserve the Elm Trees on Church Street for a prolonged period of time. However, it has become apparent that they are at the end of their lives and are no longer viable. Permission will need to be obtained from HDC for their removal, with the stumps to be killed and ground down; possibly to be removed completely in the next couple of years or so.

Councillors noted the report from Mr and Mrs Kokelaar on the Elm Trees and wished to thank them for their cooperation and support. At the time of the meeting, the report from OMC Associates (commissioned by the Parish Council) was not yet available. However, once it has been received, the Clerk will approach HDC for permission to remove with supporting evidence taken from both sources. This course of action was proposed by Councillor Pett, seconded by Councillor Scott and unanimously agreed.

12.2 Councillors noted the proposed location for the EWR station at Cambourne but will make no formal comment.

12.3 Planning enforcement at HDC had confirmed that the finished floor levels of the Sand Road development are in line with the approved scheme. Therefore, no breach of planning control has been confirmed. The Parish Council await the detailed explanation of how this conclusion was reached.

12.4 Councillors noted the Notification of Foxton Neighbourhood Plan – Resuming submission of public consultation period (12th Jan – 23rd Feb 2021)

12.5 Several residents had contacted the Parish Council to raise concerns over the increased number of mole hills in the cemetery. Councillor Gorton confirmed that over the past 25 years there have always been moles at the cemetery site. This is due to soil there which is sandy, moist and well-drained. It is felt that, as in previous years, the situation will resolve itself in the springtime and therefore at this time no further action will be taken.

12.6 Councillors noted correspondence from residents who were concerned about speeding traffic along Meadow Road. This has been discussed previously. Unfortunately, changes to the speed limit are not supported by the local constabulary despite numerous requests. Councillors agreed that speeding motorists pose a real threat to horses and also to pedestrians who are forced to walk in the road due to a lack of footpath. The Parish Council agreed to approach Highways for the relevant permissions to place appropriate signage. It was also agreed that the Parish Council would fund the cost of the signs and any installation costs. (Proposed by Councillor Scott, seconded by Councillor Pett and unanimously agreed). Clerk to contact Highways.

12.7 Huntingdonshire Local Highway Improvement Panel Meeting. The panel meeting to discuss the LHI Bid will take place on 24th February at 10.45am. Councillors discussed the feasibility study that had been provided prior to this meeting considering all factors that may prohibit its success Notably, the total cost of the initiative had been flagged at being over the £10,000 Cambridgeshire County Council contribution limit. This was partly due to a built-in contingency amount. In light of the importance of speed reduction measures and safety within the village, Councillors agreed that they would be prepared to increase the Parish Council’s contribution if necessary, to effectively guarantee the contingency amount and therefore secure the LHI Funding. This was proposed by Councillor Scott, seconded by Councillor Pett and unanimously carried.

Due to his work on the original bid application, it was agreed that if possible, Councillor Scott would attend the meeting on behalf of the Parish Council.

13. Planning

13.1. PARISH COUNCIL CONSULTATION – APPLICATION REF. 20/02199/FUL

Repair works to external boundary wall, piers and railings

Gransden Hall 21 Meadow Road Great Gransden SG19 3BD

Councillors unanimously voted to recommend ‘Approval’ on the grounds that there was no reason to object to the planned repair works.

13.2. County Planning, Minerals and Waste Cambridgeshire County Council

Consultation on Our Local Validation List Requirements

Councillors noted the documentation but will make no formal comment.

13.3
Councillors noted the placement of shipping containers on the filled in ditch at the edge of the Sand Road Industrial Estate.

The Next Meeting has been arranged for Monday 1st March 2021 at 7:30pm

This meeting closed at 8:59pm.


NDP steering group meeting, Jan 2021

posted 13 Jan 2021, 09:30 by N Day   [ updated 13 Jan 2021, 09:31 ]

The NDP steering group are holding an online meeting on Wednesday January 13 at 7pm. Anyone can attend via Zoom, the joining details are:

Agenda:

1. Apologies

2. Declarations of Interest in items on the agenda of the meeting

3. Minutes of previous meeting of 09 December for approval

4. Open forum - 15 minutes for members of the public to ask questions.

5. Update on actions from previous minutes
  • Renewable Heating Project – consultation JK
  • Renewable Heating Project – RCEF information DWP
  • ·Facebook site – thread ideas ALL
6. NDP document
  • · Feedback from Rachel Hogger DWP/MD/AC
  • · Work to complete DWP
7. COVID timetable delays

8. Next Meeting

9. AOB

PC meeting, January 2021

posted 31 Dec 2020, 11:09 by N Day   [ updated 13 Jan 2021, 09:52 ]

Agenda for the Parish Council meeting on January 4, 2021

click here to get a copy of the agenda in PDF form, and the Clerk's notes are available via this link. The minutes follow the agenda, or you can click here to download a copy in PDF form.

From Catherine Fox, Parish Clerk:

The Next Meeting of the Parish Council will be held at 7:30 on Monday 4th January 2021 via remote conferencing on Zoom (Meeting ID 313 378 5045, Password 941083 or via this link) with Andrew Pett in the chair.

Please Note: Due to restrictions currently in place around COVID-19, there will be no physical meeting. Those who wish to comment on any item on the agenda are invited to join the Parish Council via ‘Zoom’. Councillors will not be making decisions about items not on the agenda. Any personal information given will be dealt with in line with the Parish Councils General Privacy Notice, full details of which can be found on the website.

All members of the Council are hereby summoned to attend for the purposes of considering and resolving the business to be transacted at the meeting as set out below.

1. Silent Prayer.

2. Apologies for absence.

3. Declarations of Interest.


(a) Councillors to declare any disclosable pecuniary interest in any items on the agenda;

(b) Councillors to declare any other interest in any items on the agenda.

4. Minutes. Consideration of the minutes of the meeting on 7th December 2020.

5. Open Forum for 15 minutes to enable members of the public to bring any matters to the attention of the Parish Council.

6. Matters Arising.

1. Neighbourhood Plan – report and update from Councillor Pett.

2. Entrance to the Park from Little Lane - Update.

3. Update on Windows and Doors – 18 Fox Street.

7. Cambridgeshire Acre. Renewal of membership.

8. Replacement LED Lantern – Crow Tree Street.

9. Risk Register Updates – Councillor J Catmur.

10. Multi-Use Games Area. To consider the cost/appointment of maintenance contractor.

11. Sportsfield Grass Cutting. To consider the Parish Council’s financial contribution.

12. Clerk’s Financial Statement.
For December 2020 and Budget Review.

13. Cheques/Payments for Approval.


14. Highways.
Any repairs or maintenance needed.

15. Correspondence.

1. Roadworks & events bulletin 1st - 15th January 2021.

16. Planning.

1. PARISH COUNCIL CONSULTATION – APPLICATION REF. 20/02383/HHFUL:
Proposed Greenhouse, hardstanding and re-siting of fence.
3C Fox Street, Great Gransden, Sandy, SG19 3AA.

17. Next Meeting. Monday, 1st February 2021 at 7:30 pm.


Minutes


(these are to be considered draft until formally approved at a PC meeting - see home page)

Those present were:

  • Andrew Pett Chairman
  • Jeff Gorton Parish Councillor
  • Giles Scott Vice Chairman
  • James Catmur Parish Councillor
  • Catherine Fox Clerk
  • Nigel Day Parish Councillor                                          
  • Michael Capps Parish Councillor
  • Peter King Parish Councillor
  • Nick Ginn Parish Councillor                                                   
  • Lisbeth Ricciardi Parish Councillor

  • District Councillor Richard West

  • And 3 members of the public

1. The meeting was opened at 7:30 pm with a silent prayer. 

2. Apologies. Apologies were received from County Councillor Julie Wisson

3. Declarations of Interest. There were no declarations of interest.  

4. Minutes of the previous monthly meeting held on 7th December 2020 which had been circulated, were approved and will be signed accordingly by the Chairman.

5. OPEN FORUM. The meeting was closed for 4 minutes.

Councillor West informed the meeting that after the widespread flooding of the local area over the Christmas period, the Managing Director Joanne Lancaster had begun to set up local conferences for the purpose of bringing together key local representatives. The proposed attendees will be Chairmen and Clerks of Parishes that were affected, along with County and District Councillors and representatives of emergency planning agencies. These meetings will be held virtually and locations to be looked at will be those adversely affected by the flooding.

Councillor West commented that possible challenges for 2021 continue to include the Sand Road Development, the East West Rail Project and the A428. Consultations around the London Luton Airport Arrival Routes remain ongoing.

Councillor West confirmed that, on a positive note, HDC have been awarded future High Street funds for St Neots. This will mean that the town will attract new amenities that can then be utilised by village residents.

6. Matters Arising                

6.1 Neighbourhood Development Plan Councillor Pett reported that the NDP Steering Group had last met on the 9th December 2020. This meeting was a working meeting, looking at the development boundary proposal. Using the HDC criteria, the document had been reviewed again. The next meeting is scheduled for the 13th January and will also be a working meeting. It is hoped that following this, the draft will be finalised and will be then sent to Rachel Hogger and then ultimately submitted to HDC.

Councillors queried the timescales around this and asked when the draft would be viewable by the Parish Council. Councillor Pett informed the meeting that once the draft had been returned from Rachel Hogger, it would first go to the Steering Group for review before being presented to the Parish Council prior to its submission to HDC. Timescales for this should be February/March.

6.2 Entrance to the Park from Little Lane The entrance to the park from Little Lane remains treacherous. The increase in footfall has meant that grass at the edges of the concrete steps has worn away becoming slippery. The Parish Council agreed to purchase and install plastic grass protector around the affected area. To ensure that delivery is not impacted by the current pandemic, and that work to install it can begin while the school remains closed, it was agreed that this should be sourced via Amazon. Councillor King and Councillor Capps to liaise with Clerk to organise purchase and installation.

6.3 Update on Windows and Doors – 18 Fox Street Councillors noted the recommendation from Kathy Render for discharge of conditions following receipt of revised drawings. Once formal discharge on the planning portal has been granted, new quotations for works required will be obtained. The specifications required have substantially changed since the submission of the initial drawings and it was agreed that previous quotes would now not apply.

Councillors wished to pass on their sincere thanks to Jason Dixon for his help in providing the drawings required to secure discharge of conditions.

7. Cambridgeshire Acre Membership Renewal It was unanimously agreed to renew the Parish Councils membership of Cambridgeshire Acre at a cost of £57 for the year. This was proposed by Councillor Pett and seconded by Councillor Capps.

8. Replacement LED Lantern Crow Tree Street Councillors unanimously approved the quotation provided by Balfour Beatty for £462.07 ex VAT. (Proposed by Councillor Pett, seconded Councillor Gorton) All replacements are LED for longer life and better efficiency. In future, as more of the older lamps in the village fail, they will also be upgraded.

9. Risk Register Updates Councillors noted the updates to the Risk Register previously circulated by Councillor Catmur, in particular changes around the internet provision in the village and the financial viability of HDC/CCC.

Tilted balance had also been re-added as a relevant risk. It was noted that although the threat of tilted balance had for the moment receded, it remained a serious risk. This risk though lessened by the adoption of the NDP, is not removed entirely.

10. Multi-Use Games Area Councillors considered the quotations provided from Sportsafe UK and ROSPA for the annual inspections of the play equipment. It was agreed that as the MUGA does not have any equipment, it does not need to be included. The quotes were comparable, but it was unanimously agreed that taking into account recommendations from neighbouring parishes, ROSPA should be asked to do the inspections. This was proposed by Councillor King and seconded by Cllr Ginn. Due to ROSPA’s timetable of inspections, this means that the next one will be done in May/June.

11. Sportsfield Grass Cutting  The Parish council and the GSRA agreed that the standard of cut at the Sportsfield had been high. As the existing contractor, Buchans Landscapes and Grounds Maintenance were asked to re-tender for the 2021 season on the same specifications as for the 2020 season. Councillors unanimously agreed to accept the quotation of £2392.25 ex VAT. This was proposed by Councillor Ginn and seconded by Councillor Capps.

It was noted that in order to properly monitor the cost of the grass cutting and to help manage the budget, Buchans should be asked to notify the Parish Council in advance of any cuts being done that may result in expenditure over budget. Buchans will be informed that payment will only be made for additional cuts if the Parish Council are notified in advance

This was unanimously agreed. Clerk to specify this when accepting the quotation.

 12. Financial Statement for December 2020.  The sheet filed as Appendix No. 1 had been circulated.  The statement was unanimously approved and signed by the Chairman.  Councillors also noted the budget review as at the end of December 2020. 

The meeting paused for 11 minutes at 8pm to hear the Prime Ministers National Address around the pandemic.

13. Payments for approval.  The following payments were approved:

Proposed Councillor Pett, seconded by Councillor Scott.

1          Clerk’s expenses for December 2020                                                 £30.46

2.         Phil Reed Plumbing and Heating                                                         £120.00
            Attendance at RR Cottage (Invoice no 073)

3.         Phil Reed Plumbing and Heating                                                         £185.00
            Attendance at RR Cottage (Invoice no 078)

4.         ICO Data Protection Renewal Fee                                                      £40.00

5.         Cambridgeshire ACRE Annual renewal Fee                                       £57.00

6.         HMRC - PAYE (period ending 5th Feb)                                             £136.00

7.         Mr R McIntosh – Garden of Remembrance (Dec)                               £7.50  

Automated Payments payable January 2021

1.         DD                  BT – Broadband Reading Rooms                                £29.99
                                    (11th January 2021)

2.         SO                   Clerk’s Salary – December 2020                                £574.60
                                    (6th January 2021)

3.         SO                   Caretaker Salary – January 2021                                £544.16
                                    (28th January 2021)

14. Highways

14.1 There is a pothole developing next to the Windmill. Clerk to report to Highways.

14.2 The left-hand side of Mill Road (on the approach to the Windmill from Great Gransden) continues to deteriorate with parts now subsiding and falling away. Clerk to report to Highways.

14.3 A pot hole has developed on Middle Street near to Little Lane. Clerk to report to Highways.

14.4 Councillors discussed the responsibility for public footpaths, in particular the one that runs from Sand Road to Bourn which has become almost impassable. Unfortunately, this path is a sunken footpath which is on the lowest part of the land and therefore is liable to flood with water coming from the fields. In this instance, it was agreed that no reasonable action can be taken to mitigate this.

14.5 Cllr Pett confirmed that he had written to Ian Winfield of Highways to thank him for his help in getting the drainage problems within the village resolved.

15. Correspondence

15.1 Councillors noted the Roadworks and Events Bulletin for the 1st – 15th January 2021.

16. Planning

16.1 PARISH COUNCIL CONSULTATION – APPLICATION REF. 20/02383/HHFUL

Proposed Greenhouse, hardstanding and re-siting of fence

3C Fox Street Great Gransden Sandy SG19 3AA

Councillor Scott raised the point that the original plans for the house had been altered to move the building away from the conservation area, and that therefore any building inside the area now may be viewed as contradictory. A hardstanding as proposed may be better suited to directly in front of the house itself – therefore not impacting the conservation area at all.

On balance, it was noted that the revision of the plans was to move the buildings further from the conservation area and did not apply to hard standings. Any works that create additional off-road parking therefore removing congestion on the public roads would have a positive impact for many.

After discussion, it was proposed that the Parish Council recommend ‘Approval’ on the grounds that there were no reasonable grounds to object. This was proposed by Councillor Ricciardi and seconded by Councillor Capps with 6 votes in favour and 3 abstentions.

16.2 The results of the official written report requested from Hayfield by HDC in relation to FFL (Final Floor Levels) of some of the new houses being built in Sand Road is still outstanding.

The Next Meeting has been arranged for Monday 1st February 2021 at 7:30pm. This meeting closed at 8:29p



Audit of accounts, 2019-2020

posted 6 Nov 2020, 03:59 by N Day   [ updated 6 Nov 2020, 04:00 ]

In preparation for our annual audit, the Parish Council published our Annual Governance and Accounting Statements for 2019-20. You can also download a document describing your rights to inspect and comment on the accounts. Our accounts have now been audited, and accepted without comment. You can download a copy of the external auditor certificate and also the notice of conclusion of audit.

Annual Governance Statement, 2019-20

posted 12 Jul 2020, 10:25 by N Day   [ updated 12 Jul 2020, 10:27 ]

In preparation for our annual audit, the Parish Council is publishing our Annual Governance and Accounting Statements for 2019-20. You can also download a document describing your rights to inspect and comment on the accounts.

Playground reopening!

posted 1 Jul 2020, 05:05 by N Day   [ updated 16 Sept 2020, 05:45 ]

The Government ordered the closure of outdoor playgrounds at the start of the pandemic. Effective from Saturday, the 4th of July, this ban is lifted – but you still need to obey the requirements for social distancing. The government has issued the following advice to parents and users:
  • Children and parents must not interfere with closure measures where a playground remains closed. If it is closed then this will be for a good reason. Do not endanger yourself by breaching closure measures. Wait until the playground has been opened properly.
  • Maintain social distancing within the playground, according to the government’s latest advice.
  • If the playground is too busy then find another playground in which to play.
  • Wash your hands before entering the playground and after you have finished. Use hand sanitiser often.
Also, to reduce the risk of virus transmission, food and drink must not be consumed when at the playground.

The Multi-use game area (MUGA) is already open, but currently for use only by members of a single household at a time (or with up to one other person, provided proper social distancing is maintained).

DO NOT USE the MUGA or the playground if you are showing coronavirus symptoms, or if you or any of your household are self-isolating. Use of these facilities is at your own risk.

A guide to NHS Test and Trace in Cambridgeshire and Peterborough

posted 17 Jun 2020, 13:50 by N Day   [ updated 17 Jun 2020, 13:53 ]

As part of its response to the Covid-19 pandemic, Cambridgeshire County Council and Cambridgeshire County Council and Peterborough City Council have set up a Health Protection Board, made up of Public Health professionals, specialists from Public Health England, local authority and health representatives and other relevant bodies. The Board is responsible for producing the Local Outbreak Control Plan by the end of June 2020, and has published a PDF document entitled "The Guide to Test and Trace in Cambridgeshire and Peterborough".

Local councils have been asked to share the document widely. Version 1 is appended below, and the latest version can be downloaded at www.cambridgeshire.gov.uk/residents/coronavirus/coronavirus-covid-19-test-and-trace.

The document says "The model has two main objectives. 1. To prevent people from getting COVID-19. 2. Where individuals are infected or there are outbreaks in settings, to have a clear and robust response to prevent further transmission to control and contain the virus. We want our residents and settings to be clear about what they need to do, where they can get advice and most importantly what plans are in place to protect us all in whatever situation may arise and wherever we may be." It then goes on to give detailed advice on recognizing the symptoms, what to do if you think you may have COVID-19 or are contacted by the NHS Test and Trace service, and how to get help and more information. the Document also describes how schools and care homes are protected.

MUGA partly reopening... but not the playground

posted 12 May 2020, 13:11 by N Day   [ updated 12 May 2020, 13:12 ]

The good news

The Government is easing lockdown restrictions, so with effect from Wednesday 13th May the Great Gransden MUGA (Multi-use games area) in Fox Street is now open... but with restrictions. Basically, only one household can use it at a time - but you can be joined by at most one other person, provided all the rules about social distancing are followed. Also, you must not use it if you have Covid-19 symptoms, or if anyone in your household is (or should be) shielding or self-isolating.

(In practice, it's best to restrict your MUGA time to , as the 2-meter social distancing guideline is for when you're all standing still: if you're exercising together, the safe distance is much further than that!)

The bad news

The children's play equipment remains out of bounds, as the Covid-19 virus can survive on hard surfaces for some time.

The background

As described in an earlier post, during the first phase of the Covid-19 lockdown the govenment order all outdoor facilities such as our MUGA and the children's playground. As announced in a FAQ on the 11th of MAY (see www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-outbreak-faqs-what-you-can-and-cant-do/coronavirus-outbreak-faqs-what-you-can-and-cant-do#public-spaces--outdoor-activities--exercise), the restrictions have been eased with effect from the 13th of May:

1.3 Are you reopening tennis courts / golf courses / basketball courts etc

Yes. Sports courts can re-open, but you should only partake in such activities alone, with members of your household, or with one other person from outside your household, while practising social distancing. You should take particular care if you need to use any indoor facilities next to these outdoor courts, such as toilets.

You should not use these facilities if you are showing coronavirus symptoms, or if you or any of your household are self-isolating.

Another document, entitled 'Staying safe outside your home' (also published on the 11th of May) talked about the 2-metre rule:

1. Keep your distance from people outside your household

Whilst recognising this will not always be possible, it is important to be aware that the risk of infection increases the closer you are to another person with the virus, and the amount of time you spend in close contact with them. Therefore, you are unlikely to be infected if you walk past another person in the street.

Public Health England recommends trying to keep two metres away from people as a precaution. However, this is not a rule and the science is complex. The key thing is to not be too close to people for more than a short period of time, as much as you can.

...

4. Avoid being face-to-face with people if they are outside your household

You are at higher risk of being directly exposed to respiratory droplets (released by talking or coughing) when you are within two metres of someone and have face-to-face contact with them. You can lower the risk of infection if you stay side-to-side rather than facing someone.

The plea

Please help us all get though the Covid-19 safely, and help avoid further spikes in the pandemic, by following the rules and guidelines!

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