Council Business

An update from the Chair of Great Staughton Parish Council
I wrote last month about the community spirit, the help from our local volunteers and I know you all would want to me to thank them again for their continuing support. Whilst there are now signs of an easing in the lockdown I know we also would like to continue to pay tribute to our magnificent health and social care workers, and also to other essential workers across many sectors
I am sure many of you like me will have learnt the benefits of online meetings with friends and families and the Parish Council held its first virtual meeting via Zoom on 21st May. This may make it more difficult for residents to attend in the future but we will make it possible for you to join virtually if you have a special issue. We do though hope it will be possible to resume normal meetings by the time of our next Parish Council meeting. We will need to review when it will be possible and safe to hold a Parish Assembly.
• The Community Land Trust Board has also met via an online meeting and is now dealing with the detailed aspects of the land transaction to facilitate the affordable housing development on the Green. As I write legal agreements have not yet been signed but it is very close and various surveys and searches on land issues have been conducted in relation to the field. I hope I can give you more certain news by next months Life magazine.

• I have no more news on the Highways scheme through the Town

• The proposal for a possible Parish wide heating scheme is now being explored with neighbouring Parishes and you will see a separate article on it in the magazine.
If there are any issues you wish to raise with the Parish Council please contact me or the Clerk details are in the magazine.
In the meantime I sincerely hope everyone is and continues to stay well.

Bob Jewell
Chair Great Staughton Parish Council

 

 

Great Staughton Parish Council
Agenda
7.30pm on Thursday, 21 May 2020
Virtual Meeting via Zoom

1. Apologies for absence – Ian Gardener

2. Election of Officers –
The following posts are to be elected:
Chair
Vice Chair
Responsible Finance Officer

3. Residents’ Forum

4. Election of Sub committees
Planning (all Councillors)
Playing Field – 5 Parish Charities – 3
Village Hall – 3 Footpaths – 1
Highway Warden & Road Safety – 1 Life magazine – 1
Neighbourhood Watch – 1 Speed Watch – 1
West Hunts Friendship Club – 1

Nominations to the Clerk or at the meeting

5. Report from District councillor Darren Tysoe

6. Matters Arising:
❖ Ditches Cage Lane – WM to report whether J Brown has completed his part of the ditch.
❖ Time Banking – we are still waiting for a response from Little Staughton PC. Nothing further to update
❖ Green Close Potholes – DM to update
❖ Ridge and Furrow Fields – c/f as IG assisting the clerk with this issue
❖ ‘Dogs on Leads’ signs – waiting for HDC to put the signs up
❖ Car Parking charges – DT
❖ Footpath outside 71 Beachampstead – reported to CCC
❖ Street Lighting Parish Energy Handover – CCC have not contacted the clerk yet.
❖ Fallen trees in River Kym – Environment Agency have been notified
❖ Streetlight repair (number 17) in Dillington – quote previously circulated
❖ Police Surgery proposal
❖ Village grass cutting – emails circulated
❖ Parish Heating Scheme – BJ/HG

7. Attendance at other meetings

8. Planning:
9. 20/00125/FULTDC – Land West of 69 the Highway – comments sent to HDC. Correspondence received from Gerald Day regarding 69 the Highway planning application.
20/00545/FUL Land at Corner of Moor Road, Great Staughton – underground cable – no comments or objections
20/00541/HHFUL New Pond Farm, The Town – dormer windows – no comments or objections
19/02613/FUL – Land North East of 114 Little Staughton Airfield -objections previously raised. The matter discussed at DMC on 18 May.

10. Highways – LHI Bid 2021/22 – DM to report.

11. Correspondence – see cashbook

12. Cashbook – review payments in and out

13. Affordable Housing update – BJ

14. Reports from:
• Village Hall committee – HG
• Playing Field committee – NY
• Neighbourhood Watch
• Speed watch – DM

13. Parish matters

14. Meeting dates for 2020 – 2 July, 17 September, 19 November

 

An update from the Chair of Great Staughton Parish Council

I hope everyone reading this is well. Great Staughton is blessed with a wonderful community spirit and this has shown itself at this time. I would like to pay my tribute to all those who have taken time to volunteer to help others. I know from personal experience the community groups are so useful and helpful. Cathy and I have been self-isolating for a while and we have been very grateful for people getting us our medication and shopping. I would also like to thank local businesses which have adapted to try to ensure everyone is helped.
The residents of Great Staughton have shown their appreciation every Thursday to all the essential workers. We pay special tribute to our magnificent health and social care workers, but also to other essential workers across many sectors. A continued service from retail, distribution, all the utilities and waste collection services is vital for our well-being. I know our Parish is very grateful.
We would normally have had our Parish Assembly in late April early May, but this year it has had to be postponed. This is a great shame as I particularly wanted to say thank you to John Harrison who retired at the end of March. John has been looking after the verges and surrounding areas along the Green and Highway for over 25 years. I am sure I speak on behalf of everyone when I say what wonderful job you have done John and the whole village thanks you. We are pleased to welcome Phil Yates to the role, he has a hard act to follow.
I also would have paid tribute to a Parish Councillor who has recently resigned after about 20 years. Janet Bowen has been a very able, thoughtful, and conscientious Councillor. She has served in many roles on the council being a real advocate for the preschool, charities, and Friendship club. She has served for many years on the playing field committee and more recently on the community land trust. This will be another very hard act to follow and we thank you deeply. The Parish Council is pleased to welcome James Duberly to the Council as a co-optee.
I would also have updated residents at the Assembly on a number of matters, but I will mention a few of the most important here.
• The affordable housing project on Charities field on The Green is moving forward. Heads of Agreement outlining the agreed terms have been signed by all parties and it is hoped that a planning application will be submitted soon. The current emergency has made things more difficult and introduced a level of uncertainty but it is hoped that Chorus will be able to proceed. Whenever we hold an assembly it is intended we can show a video depicting a model of the 12 dwellings which are to be built on the field.
• The proposed change of speed limit through The Town has been accepted as a valid scheme to receive part funding from the County Council Highways. The Parish Council will be required to contribute but this is good news for safety on the road through the Town. Incorporated in the scheme will be speed reminder signs throughout the village. No timescale has been agreed at the moment but we have agreement to work up a scheme with the County Council.
• At last years Parish Assembly we heard about the possible Parish wide heating scheme being developed for Swaffham Prior. I am pleased to say Helen Glanville has progressed this and it is agreed we can make an application for the first tranche of funding to assess the feasibility of a scheme.
I am sure there are many other issues you would have wanted to raise and on which the Parish Council would have wanted to provide information. I hope that we can hold a Parish Assembly at an appropriate time when all issues can be discussed.
In the meantime I sincerely hope everyone stays well, stays safe, and follows Government advice.

Bob Jewell
Chair Great Staughton Parish Council

 

COVID 19

Following Government advice please be aware of the following.
• The village Hall and Pavilion are closed for all uses other than for volunteers helping in the current crisis and for cleaning and essential maintenance.

• The play equipment on the playing field is not to be used as it could cause grouping of children or other ways of transmitting the virus.

A leaflet has been delivered throughout the village by volunteers offering help and assistance. The Parish Council is very grateful for their efforts and fully supports them.
Please follow Government advice and stay safe.
If you require any help, or have any local queries please contact
Bob Jewell (Chair) gtstaughtonparishchair@outlook.com
Or
Jo Russel (Clerk) gtstaughtonparishclerk@outlook.com

 

Please Note The Parish Council Meeting on 26th March will be held as a virtual meeting.
The Parish Assembly planned for 30th April has been postponed.

Parish Council meetings will be held on the following dates in 2020

January 23rd

March 26th

April 30th  Assembly

May 21st AGM

July 2nd

September 17th

November 19th