Minutes of a Meeting of the Parish Council held in the Village Hall, Great Gidding on Tuesday 17th April 2012 at 7.30pm.

Present: Cllrs Alexander, Giddens, Hill, Hodson, Trolove and clerk

851.12 Apologies for absence were received from Cllrs Hayden and Howden and accepted

852.12 Minutes of the meeting held on 20th March 2012 were agreed and signed

853.12 Matters arising (information only)

854.12 Members declaration of interest for agenda items -none

855.12 Commemorative Tree for Jubilee Wood.   Mr Tony Scott had arranged for the Deputy Lord Lieutenant to plant a tree in the Jubliee Wood and Cllr Trolove was given authority to purchase a suitable specimen funded from the village maintenance budget up to £35.

856.12 The Great Gidding Newt Trail update – awaiting arrival of the 3 interpretation boards

857.12 Speedwatch – there had been no interest in this initiative and it was agreed not to pursue at this time

858.12 Uncontested Parish Council Election – 6 councillors had applied for re-election

859.12 Diamond Jubilee Celebrations update – all three events were proceeding

860.12 Recreation Ground improvements to entrance and fencing – two of the three quotes requested had been received and it was agreed to accept the quote from A Stancombe Fencing Contractors Ltd for £408 inc VAT

861.12 Anglia in Bloom – there had been no response from parishioners to support an entry this year so an application would not submitted

862.12 Planning – no plans received

863.12 VAT refund of £455.54 was noted

864.12 Invitation to nominate 2 people to attend Jubilee Picnic at Burghley House – Mr & Mrs Andrew Alexander and Mr & Mrs M Trolove were nominated to represent the village

865.12 Notice of Audit had been received and public notice displayed

866.12 Housing Needs Survey report – it was agreed to ask for examples of where similar schemes had been successful for discussion at next meeting

867.12 Local Minor Improvement Bid – invitation to present application to panel received but written representation submitted

868.12 Rural Broadband – Shailesh Vara MP had offered to arrange a meeting with BT – it was agreed to accept this opportunity

869.12 Reconciliation of accounts and payment of cheques agreed

S Dalley (clerk)                                                                  £295.70

M Read (Clarion delivery)                                                    £10.00

870.12 Representatives reports

Rights of Way – Cllr Giddens – no known problems

Allotments – Cllr Howden – enquiry from family who do not live in the village but child attends school.   It was agreed that the remaining half plot was not available to rent at this time as still being used for manure heap.   A waiting list would be started.

Highways & Police – Cllr Hayden – not report

School – Cllr Alexander

Village Hall & Recreation Ground – The new chairs (100) were now in use.

Finance & Charities – Cllr Hodson had produced end of year accounts these would be submitted for council approval next month

Tree Warden – Cllr Trolove had planted the wildflower seeds received from HDC around the new pond in the wood.   A meeting had been arranged with the CC Tree officer for 21st May to assess the trees in Gains Lane

871.12 Correspondence received

HDC Standards committee meeting 5th July 2012

Invite to HDC meeting 25th April  ‘What will localism mean for our Parish Council’- Cllr Alexander agreed to attend

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