Later today, the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner will be launching a consultation regarding the police precept. The Commissioner is proposing to increase the policing part of the Council Tax by £1 per month per household – £12.00 per year (based on a Band D property). The press release can be found on here. The survey itself can be found here. The consultation will be running until January 29th.
We urge Great Shelford residents to check their bin collection dates this festive season, as the regular collection days are changing due to the extended bank holidays. Please use the following table to see how collection dates have been affected:
|Date of usual collection||Revised collection date|
|Monday 25 December||Wednesday 27 December|
|Tuesday 26 December||Thursday 28 December|
|Wednesday 27 December||Friday 29 December|
|Thursday 28 December||Saturday 30 December|
|Friday 29 December||Tuesday 2 January|
|Monday 1 January||Wednesday 3 January|
|Tuesday 2 January||Thursday 4 January|
|Wednesday 3 January||Friday 5 January|
|Thursday 4 January||Saturday 6 January|
|Friday 5 January||Monday 8 January|
|Monday 8 January||Tuesday 9 January|
|Tuesday 9 January||Wednesday 10 January|
|Wednesday 10 January||Thursday 11 January|
|Thursday 11 January||Friday 12 January|
|Friday 12 January||Saturday 13 January|
From Monday 15 January collections will return to their regularly scheduled day.
Great Shelford Parish Council would like to thank the 200+ local residents who attended the Christmas fair and Illuminations switch on at the Memorial Hall on Saturday December 2nd.
The event raised a total of £773 for the Village Playscape Project.
Carols were sung by Shelford School KS2 children, led by Mrs Jenkins and introduced by Revd Simon Talbott, Priest in charge of St Mary the Virgin,Great Shelford. The Illuminations were then switched on by Head Girl, Elizabeth Cousins and Head Boy Daniel Lockey.
Villagers enjoyed a visit from Santa, nativity photo booth, stalls in the Memorial hall, hot dogs, mince pies and mulled wine dispensed by Playscape with the City of Cambridge Brass Band playing Christmas carols.
Gallery (Click for larger Image)
Over the past few months we have seen a steady rise in anti-social behaviour on the Great Shelford recreation ground, such as extensive littering near the pavilion (including discarded drug paraphernalia) and several attempts to start fires on the skateboard ramp and copse area. In addition, the skateboard ramp has sustained substantial damage that has necessitated its closure for several weeks while we conduct expensive repairs.
This behaviour is clearly unacceptable and potential dangerous to nearby residential properties. As a result, the parish council will be stepping up security in the area with increased police involvement and CCTV monitoring. Residents are encouraged to report any witnessed vandalism by calling 101 for the non-urgent police line, or 999 in the case of emergencies such as fires or violent crime.
Between 00:30am and 07:30am on the 10th of December 2017, there will be a full road and footway closure in place at Granhams Road either side of the level crossing. This will allow Network Rail to carry out level crossing track maintenance works.
The Parish Council meeting on Wednesday 15th November 2017 will continue review of the Major Village Issues with Part Two, covering the
Neighbourhood Plan, Housing and Planning. Status of NP, acceptance of Housing Needs Survey and further actions to support it. Blue sky exercise – at the moment GSPC is largely constrained to making piecemeal changes. The NP gives us a once in a generation opportunity to (try to) be more radical. We need to look at the land available in the village centre and how we could plan its use to ameliorate the pressure on village facilities. Lead: Councillor Bridget Hodge
Please come along to the Parish Council meeting and make your views known.
This year’s Christmas fair and lights switch-on event is scheduled for December 2nd and will take place at the Great Shelford memorial hall, starting a 6:00 PM. The event will feature a brass band, stalls, a nativity photo booth, refreshments and carol singers.
The event timetable is as follows:
6:00 PM : Fair opens
6:15 PM : Carols by the KS2 Shelford School students
6:30 PM : Switch on by the Shelford School head girl and boy
Stalls are currently available at £10 each. For more inquires, please contact Angela Milson on 01223 841100 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Playscape has entered the Aviva Community Fund 2017, a competition that provides winners with a grant of up to £25,000 for local community causes. Should they win, Playscape seeks to spend this grant on various improvements to the Great Shelford recreation ground. If you would like to see Playscape make it to the finals, please sign-up and vote here.
At the Annual Parish Meeting in April we talked about a number of big issues for the village:
- Traffic and parking issues.
- Provision of improved recreation facilities – Playscape and Grange Field.
- Pressures on village facilities – school and surgery full, etc.
We will be devoting 15-20 minutes in each Parish Council meeting over the next few months to look at our main issues in detail. There will be an opportunity for village residents to ask questions and comment on the issues. The current timetable is:
- 18 October GSPC finances. We are currently running a larger than normal cash surplus (by historical standards). Are we happy continuing to do so? What is the likely impact on the precept for 2018-19. Current cash v Grange Field acquisition costs and other issues. Lead: Helen Harwood
- 15 November Neighbourhood Plan, Housing and Planning. Status of NP, acceptance of Housing Needs Survey and further actions to support it. Blue sky exercise – at the moment GSPC is largely constrained to making piecemeal changes. The NP gives us a once in a generation opportunity to (try to) be more radical. We need to look at the land available in the village centre and how we could plan its use to ameliorate the pressure on village facilities. Lead: Bridget Hodge
- 17 January Highways. Current status, 2018 Local Highways Initiative, re-evaluation of existing assumptions (no one-way system, no traffic calming, no expansion to car parking, etc.): Lead: Barrie Ashurst
- 21 February Recreation. Playscape and Grange Field ++. Lead: Malcolm Watson
These are key issues for the Village. Please come along and make your views known.
The Stapleford and Great Shelford Neighbourhood Plan steering group will meet again this Thursday 5th October at 6.00pm in the community room at Cox’s Close in Stapleford.
We are a very informal group and all members of the community are welcome to join us. Indeed, we depend on your ideas as to how you would like the villages to look in 20 years’ time, and what improvements you would like to see. Some of you have already submitted ideas at our various consultation events, and we have tried to take these into account in the proposals being drawn up by our four “spotlight groups”.
For this meeting we are joined by Mark Deas of Cambridgeshire ACRE, who is now retained by the group to advise us on the development of the plan. Mark also put together the housing needs surveys for the two parish councils, and some of you will have met him at the open meeting on affordable housing (Great Shelford, 5th September).
Mark will be providing support for the spotlight groups, to run a “scoping workshop” later in the year, to help us put the various ideas into a workable plan.
We look forward to seeing you again, to hearing more of your ideas for our villages, and your reaction to the ideas we have put together so far.