Shelford Co-op Village Public Meeting (Memorial Hall – Feb 20th – 7:00 pm)

As you are aware, the Co-op intend moving to new premises on the corner of Granhams Road later in the year. This has caused some, largely adverse, comment from a number of residents.

The planning authorities (South Cambs and the Parish Council) will consider the application on the basis of issues such as traffic, highway safety, parking and noise. Any concerns residents have about the store moving, such as lack of convenience or distance from the centre of the village, are not something a planning committee can consider and need to be discussed directly with the Co-op management.

We are always anxious to hear residents’ views and have therefore set up a public meeting at 1900 on Tuesday 20 February in the Memorial Hall. The Co-op has been invited to send a representative, but has declined to do so.

 

Consultation on Raising Police Precept

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.

Changes to Bin Collections Over Christmas and New Year

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.

Christmas Illuminations Switch on and Fair Attracts Over 200 Local Residents and their Families

 

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)

Anti-social Behaviour on the Recreation Ground

 

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.

Review of Major Village Issues Part Two – Neighbourhood Plan, Housing and Planning

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.

Christmas Fair and Lights Switch-On Scheduled for December 2nd

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 angela_niblett@hotmail.com.

Review of Major Village Issues Part One – Finances

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.