Barclays Great Shelford Closure

Barclays wrote to Great Shelford Parish Council (GSPC) on 17 January to announce that it was closing its branch in the village. The reasons given have nothing to do with the recent theft of the ATM from the branch, but focused on declining footfall. GSPC believes that the closure will have a significant negative impact on the communities in Great Shelford and the surrounding villages:

  • This is the last bank branch in the South of the county. The nearest alternative branch is not easily accessible by public transport and necessitates a drive through congested traffic, with severe parking problems around the branch.
  •  The local villages have a significant elderly population, for most of whom Internet or telephone banking is not an option.
  •  A number of local businesses are cash-based and rely on the branch being there to bank their takings.
  • Without the branch being in Great Shelford, there is a danger of a domino effect, with shoppers not visiting the village and therefore further damaging other businesses.

Barclays, along with other members of the British Banking Association (BBA), has a duty of care under the ‘Access to Banking Standard’, which came into effect in May 2017. This set out best practice guidelines for banks considering closing branches or reducing opening hours by more than 30%. The Protocol required that a bank must carry out a full assessment of the impact of the closure or significant opening hours reduction on the community, after consulting with affected customers and their representatives (such as local councils and residents’ groups). The bank is then required to publish this assessment, detailing the reasons for the closure and the outcome of the community consultation, before the closure or hours reduction takes effect. It seems that has not happened in the case of the Great Shelford branch.

What is GSPC doing in response to the closure?

  •  GSPC’s views on the issue were made verbally in a call to Irene East, Barclays Head of Corporate Relations Eastern on 18 January. There was a further call with Terry Staff, Community Banking Director for Cambridgeshire on 21 Jan. Mr Staff made it very clear that Barclays would not reverse the decision, nor would they consider mitigation such as mobile banking or leasing smaller premises. Obviously, GSPC’s views will be confirmed in writing.
  • We have recorded a short interview to be broadcast on BBC Radio Cambridgeshire.
  • GSPC holds its main bank account with Barclays. We have made it clear that we will close the account unless the decision is reversed.
  • We have organised a public meeting in the Memorial Hall 7:30pm on Tuesday 5 Feb to allow residents to make their views known. Barclays were invited to the meeting, but have declined to attend.
  • A petition asking Barclays to reconsider is being circulated.
  • We are asking Barclays customers to complain in writing and also to give consideration to moving their accounts.
  • We will be lobbying other local parish councils, District and County councillors and our MP for support.

Links:
Public Meeting Poster
Barclays Petition
Barclays Bank Closure Proforma Letter

We need to fight the closure as hard as possible. Please help us by:

  • Forwarding this to friends and neighbours.
  • Signing the petition (copies in the Library and Memorial Hall).
  • If you are a Barclays customer, write to them to complain. Consider moving the account and tell them what you are doing. If you do contact Barclays, please let Mike Nettleton know.

For further information please contact Clerk Mike Winter 07870 807442 parishclerkgreatshelford@gmail.com or Chair Mike Nettleton 07805 356468 mike.nettleton@eagleanalysis.co.uk.

Babraham Road Park & Ride Development Meeting on Tuesday February 5th

Cambridgeshire County Council invites Great Shelford and Stapleford residents and users of the Babraham Road Park & Ride site to come talk to the Council’s Energy Investment Team about a new clean energy project being considered for the site. As a County Council, we’re looking for innovative new ways of using our assets to generate clean energy, reduce our environmental impact while generating revenue for much-needed public services. With our partner, Bouygues E & S, we’re designing a renewable energy system at the site. Our renewable energy system solar panels mounted on carports above the car parking spaces. An artist’s impression is included below.

These panels will generate clean, renewable electricity to power not only the site, but also for electric vehicle chargers, neighbouring customers and autonomous vehicles planned for 2019. The project will be underpinned by battery storage which will store green electricity, allowing us to power the different demand centres after dark. This project could pave the way for public transport to move away from fossil fuels, a known contributor to poor air quality. The same team has been designing a similar project planned for the St Ives Park & Ride, on the northern end of the Guided Busway.

Members of the team developing the project will be at the Great Shelford Memorial Hall at 1830hrs on the evening of Tuesday 5 th February. So please come, meet the team and have your say! Your input will be vital in shaping the future of the project. If you’re unable to meet the team, please contact mlei@cambridgeshire.gov.uk with questions or concerns.

April 2019 / March 2020 Budget and Precept Summary

The Parish Councils Finance & General Purpose (F&GP) Committee meeting on 5th December 2018 reviewed proposals from all Committees for the following year’s budget and resultant Precept application. The F&GP Committee after lengthy debate agreed a Budget recommendation to the Full Parish Council of £375,219 for the year April 2019 to March 2020. This proposed Budget would result in a Precept increase of 11.5% over the current year April 2018 to March 2019.

For a summary of the main budget headings on the F&GP proposal, click here.

Christmas Lights Switch-on Recap

Sunday 2nd December saw the annual switching on of the Christmas Lights in Great Shelford.  This year the Great Shelford Parish Council teamed up with the Shelford School PTA and Playscape committees to host a bigger and better event than ever before.  It proved to be a great success, with hundreds of local people coming along to the Memorial Hall and carpark to mark the start of the festive season.  The evening raised an impressive sum of over £4,500 for local causes and feedback has been very positive.

The event kicked off with the Cambridge University Steel Pan Society (CUSP) bringing a little bit of the Caribbean to the British winter as they entertained the crowd with some Christmas Classics!  The Memorial Hall hosted a bustling Christmas market with local sellers bringing a wide range of wonderful products including jewellery, homewares, artisan preserves, local beer and much more!  Outside, the car park was closed to vehicles and provided a fantastic space to host the children’s carousel, a selection of Christmas themed games, a fabulous hamper raffle, tombolas, BBQ, beer and gin bar and of course mulled wine and mince pies!

The lights were switched on at 5.45pm by Abigail Pearce and William Cousins, Head Girl and Boy at Shelford School before a lovely rendition of ‘Winter Wonderland’ and ‘Christmas on the Beach at Waikiki’ by the Shelford School Choir.  Then it was time for everyone to join together in for for some carol singing by lantern light.  The evening was finished off with a festive performance from CSD Brass Band.

We would like to thank everyone who organised the event, helped on the day and turned up to support it.  Generous sponsorship was provided by Redmayne Arnold & Harris, Day Accountants, Gatward & Sons, Pinkster Gin and Moonshine Brewery.  Jim Rayment assisted with electrics on the day and two local carpenters, Simon Sparrow and Rolando Pincay did a brilliant job of building outdoor games and mobile bars.  Barker Bros provided the meat for the BBQ and Days of Ashwell supplied rolls.  Lucy Barlow led the school choir and carol singing.  Simon Talbott did a great job of compering and the parents of Shelford School together with other local volunteers did a magnificent job of running all the activities.  Plans are already underway for next year!

Christmas Lights Switch-on Sunday December 2nd

Please join us on Sunday December 2nd from 4pm to 7:30pm outside the Memorial Hall as we light up for the festive season! The event will feature a gift market, carols, beer & mulled wine, hot food, kids’ activities, hamper raffle, santa’s grotto, live music & more!

Event hosted by Gt Shelford Parish Council with the support of Shelford School PTA, Shelford Playscape and local churches. For more info contact parishclerkgreatshelford@gmail.com

Memorial Hall Car Park Closure Sunday 2nd December 2018

The Car Park will be closed off from 0600hrs on Sunday 2nd December 2018 and will remain closed until the Monday morning. No vehicles or equipment are allowed to be in the car park from the closure date and time.  Any vehicles or equipment found in the Car Park on Sunday morning will be removed by a contractor with significant charges and fees made for recovery of the vehicle or equipment. Please observe all barriers and cones as a safety precaution

Parish Council Authorises Feasibility Study for New Car Park and Replacement of Memorial Hall.

At the September Parish Council meeting GSPC agreed to commission a Feasibility Study into building a new car park and replacing the existing Memorial Hall. This follows on from initial ideas generated over the last nine months or so. The aim is to present the Feasibility Study to the village in April 2019, with enough detail to allow the Parish Council and village to proceed to a detailed design. Completion of the detailed design would then be the final checkpoint before deciding whether to go ahead with construction. The Terms of Reference for the Feasibility Study are here.

The project will potentially be of huge benefit to the village, but GSPC recognises it is also potentially high risk in terms of costs and disruption. By taking a phased approach we believe we can mitigate these risks and give everyone an opportunity to contribute to the project and review its viability before we commit to major expenditure.

Click here to see the terms of reference for the study.

 

Parish Council Open Meeting on Highway Issues 26th September

The Parish Council is holding an open meeting on the 26th September at 7:30pm in the Memorial Hall to report to residents progress on the recent changes and to present future proposals. The meeting will offer the opportunity to give feedback and to input suggestions for change. Issues could include yellow lines, loading bays, disabled parking, possible car-park restrictions (pay and timing), road and pavement issues and traffic flows. All are welcome. For more info:

Barrie Ashurst 07803 001985
Stefan Harris-Wright 07990 846955

*Edit click here for presentation slides from this meeting*