Minutes of the Meeting of Great & Little Gidding Parish Council held on Tuesday 20th December 2016 at 7:30pm

Present: Cllrs A Alexander (Chair), R Giddens, R Hayden, P Hodson and P Jarvis

In Attendance: L Ellis (Clerk), County Cllr S Bywater, District Cllr D Tuplin & one resident

CCC = Cambridgeshire County Council
HDC = Huntingdon District Council
PC = Parish Council

Chairman’s Welcome
The Chairman welcomed everyone to the meeting.

Apologies and reason for absence

Cllrs L James (illness) & E Richmond (holiday)

Member’s declaration of Disclosable Pecuniary Interests

Public and press participation session with respect to items on the agenda

To confirm and accept minutes of the meeting held on 15th November 2016
To take the minutes as a true and accurate record.

Cllr Giddens requested two amendments to the minutes which were agreed by Council.

Proposed by Cllr Hayden and seconded by Cllr Hodson. The minutes were then duly signed by the Chairman.

Matters arising from minutes
Tree Warden Scheme: The email response received from D.Cllr Tuplin was duly noted and Council agreed that there would be no further discussion on the item.

Grass cutting quotation – Item to be deferred to the January meeting.

Hedge cutting quotation – it was noted that a local farmer had agreed to undertake the work which would cost a maximum of £100.

Communication from Councillors
D Cllr Tuplin reported that a Mayor will be elected in May 2017 and stated that this role will be an extremely important position and that it is imperative that the right candidate be elected.

Cllr Giddens reported traffic is speeding along Main Street since the cessation of Speedwatch. It was also noted that vehicles were parking half on the road and half on the pavement. It was agreed that reference should be made to this matter in the next edition of the Clarion.
C Cllr Bywater reported that CCC had reversed their decisions on street lights being switched off and a change to the gritting routes. The additional funding required for these reversals will be come from their general reserves. CCC budgets will be reviewed again in the New Year.

Cllrs Bywater and Tuplin left the meeting at this juncture (8:10pm)

Cllr Hayden reported that the roads were in a terrible condition and it was becoming a safety issue. All road and highways issues should be reported on the CCC on-line fault reporting system.

Cllr Alexander reported that he had met with two contractors and had received quotations for the tree works. It was proposed by Cllr Jarvis and seconded by Cllr Hodson that the quotation from Ayres Tree Care be accepted. Council agreed to the proposal.
The Clerk to raise a purchase order advising that the contractor should liaise with Cllr Alexander for access purposes. It was noted that a meeting has been arranged for 12th January to meet with representatives from CCC to discuss ownership and liability.

Horse warning signs
Item deferred to January meeting.

Grass cutting at village ponds
Council considered the grass cutting at village ponds and agreed that they would not make any arrangements to cut the grass at the ‘horse pond’

Correspondence duly noted.

The resident left the meeting at this juncture (8:35pm)

a)Payment of accounts
£103.82 – L Ellis (100974)
£305.21 – Salaries (SO)

All payments were unanimously approved and all associated documentation was initialled by two signatories.

Items for discussion at the January meeting
Horse warning signs
Road issues
Council minutes

Date of next meeting
Tuesday 17th January 2017

Meeting closed
The Chairman thanked everyone for attending, the meeting then closed at 8:37pm

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