Minutes of a Meeting of the Parish Council held in the
Village Hall, Great Gidding on Tuesday 21st February 2012 at 7.30pm.


Present:   Cllrs
Hayden (Vice Chairman), Hill, Hodson, Howden, Giddens, Trolove, District Cllr
Tuplin and Clerk


807.12 Apologies for
absence were received from Cllr Alexander and accepted

808.12 Minutes of
17th January 2012 were agreed and signed

809.12 Matters
arising (information only)

810.12 Members
declaration of interest for agenda items – Cllr Trolove 811.12


811.12 Rent review
– it was agreed that wef 1st April 2013 the following rent increases
would take place – Allotments from £15 to £20 per plot (due
to water rates) all agreed. FBT from £50 to £65 per acre (present rent held
since 2009) all agreed. Grazing from £322.40 to £400 per annum (present rent
held since 2004) agreed with one abstention.
All rents to be reviewed annually.


812.12 The Great
Gidding Newt Trail update – The Big Lottery Fund Awards for All Grant file has
been closed with the remaining balance being used for the interpretation boards

813.12 Clarion – a
draft edition was amended and would be sent out in time to advertise the Annual
Parish Meeting


814.12 Rural Housing Needs Survey – this had been distributed to all

815.12 Diamond
Jubilee – village celebration – no update


Dispensation to allow members of Great & Little Gidding Parish Council to
speak and vote on matters relating to the Village Hall and Recreation Field and
the Great Gidding Charities.   This was
due for renewal on 30th April and it was agreed to apply to the
Standards Committee at the District Council for a further period.


817.12 Membership
renewal – Cambs ACRE Action with Communities in Rural England.   It was agreed to renew this membership of
£40 (includes Cambs Playing Fields Association)


818.12 Planning –
Erection of a free range poultry unit (turkeys) at Land near Ellands Farm,
Barnwell Road, Hemington – noted


819.12 Fields in
Trust – Queen Elizabeth II Recreation Ground – no update


820.12 Litterbin
location on Main Street.   The District
Council have agreed to resite the bin to the opposite side of the road to
improve visibility at the Mill Road junction.
(This will be carried out in the next financial year)


821.12 Local Minor
Highway Improvements Funding request.
The cost of a pavement along Chapel End from Main Street to Gains Lane
exceeded the budget allocation.   It was
agreed to request a kerb along this stretch of road which would define the road
edge, stop the overrun of the verge and lead to improved safety.


822.12 Vehicles
exceeding speed limit through the village, speedwatch meeting – no update


823.12 Anglia in
Bloom – village support would be requested via the Clarion


824.12 Grazing
agreement/licence for Parish Field – a draft of both were discussed and
amendments made for approval at the next meeting


825.12 Annual
Parish Meeting 17th April – it was agreed to invite a representative
from the School, Church and History Society to give an update on recent events
and plans for the future


826.12 Reconciliation
of accounts and payment of cheques were agreed

S Dalley (clerk)

PC Ok (printer cartridge)


Representatives reports

Rights of Way –
Cllr Giddens reported several Anglian Water drain covers had gone missing but
most have since been replaced

Allotments –
Cllr Howden reported interest in a half share of the vacant plot

Highways &
Police – Cllr Hayden reported that at the last Neighbourhood Forum meeting the
Police had highlighted the parking issues outside the school in Gt Gidding.  Tony King CC Highways had offered to visit the
village for an update – clerk to arrange suitable date

School – Cllr
Alexander – no report

Village Hall
& Recreation Ground – Cllr Howden – replacement chairs would be the next
big budget item for the hall.

Finance &
Charities – Cllr Hodson – budget update given and accepted

Tree Warden –
Cllr Trolove – no report

828.12 Correspondence

Letter from resident concerning
grass verge – redirected to CC Highways

North West Hunts Neighbourhood
Forum 4th April 7pm, Yaxley

Town and Parish Clerk’s Guide to
the May 2012 Elections – noted

Community Hubs – a meeting has been
organised for 27th Feb at Gt Gidding

Invite to HDC meeting 25th
April at 7pm, Pathfinder House – noted

Huntingdonshire Flood Forum –



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