Parish News – February 2018
The February meeting was the first of the year. At the Public Forum, the discussions were around the issue of potential subsidence in Haywards Close properties, possibly caused by trees edging the playing field. There was broad agreement that there is no immediate problem, but it is possible that there has been poor management of the trees in the past. The Parish Council received a report from a tree surgeon and it was agreed that it might be advantageous to get a second opinion and also to approach the District Council for opinions on the possible removal of certain trees and to put into place a professional management programme.
Representatives from the committee of the Pub at Grafham approached the Council to ask for a grant of £700 to help defray the costs of their proposed village entertainment day on 19th May to celebrate the marriage of Prince Harry to Meghan Markle. The Council agreed to this grant as part of their budget to benefit the residents of the village.
There has been some concern about the state of the hedge cutting along the back road to Brampton. It isn’t clear who was responsible, but concerns have been raised by both Brampton and Grafham Parish Councils. Peter Downes, who was in attendance, has agreed to ask questions about the complete mess that was made and left on the road in an effort get the road and hedges cleared properly. Mr Downes has already made contact with Highways England and Cambridgeshire Highways about the state of this road and requested the filling in of pot-holes and the provision of more passing places.
Also under discussion was the weight and speed of traffic diverted through the village at times of road closures. In the past it has been suggested that parking on Breach road would slow through traffic. However, the weight and volume of this traffic can make the practice of parking on the road, quite hazardous. Some answers may be in having conversations with the A14 project to discuss weight limits and appropriate diversions.
In May 2018 there will be elections to the District and Parish Councils. In a separate article in this edition of the Gossip, you can find details of how to obtain and submit a nominations form should you wish to stand as a Parish Councillor. At this stage it is unclear which of our current Council will stand again. There are seven seats on the Parish Council. Should there be seven candidates, then they will be elected unopposed. A poll will only be conducted if there are more than seven candidates. Should there be fewer than three candidates, the Parish Council would be unable to function and control would pass to the District Council. If you want to stand as a candidate for the Parish Council, please contact the Clerk as soon as possible to receive a nominations pack and information on how to proceed.
The next meeting of the Parish Council will be on March 20th at 7.30pm at the village hall.
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