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.
The Parish Council is sad to announce that Wenda Burbidge died peacefully at home on Sunday August 27th.
Wenda was our Parish Clerk from 1991 to 2014, a role she carried out with calm efficiency and dedication, even after significant surgery. Wenda was a valued support to all the parish councillors serving during those years and to our village man.
The funeral will take place at St Mary’s Church on Monday September 18th at 2pm. Family flowers only, but donations can be made to the Arthur Rank Hospice.
The Parish Council send our condolences to Geoff and the family.
The Recreation Ground will be sprayed with weed-killer on September 5th, starting early morning and ending at approximately 8:30AM. The materials being used are harmless to animals, but have an unpleasant odour whilst being sprayed. Please do not walk in the immediate areas being sprayed for your own comfort. The sprayed area will be overseen by our contractor as it moves around the recreation ground. As an additional safety precaution, please observe all instruction issued by our contractor on site.
An Automated External Defibrillator (AED) has been installed in a secure cabinet next to the Tesco Express. This device is for delivering life-saving electric shocks to those suffering from sudden cardiac arrest (SCA), a heart attack that renders the victim unconscious. While most ambulances are fitted with AEDs, using the device on a SCA victim while waiting for the ambulance to arrive will significantly improve their chances of survival. The AED has clear instructions and safeguards that prevent improper use. As such, no medical training is required to use an AED. In order to open the secure cabinet, please call 999 or 112 and request the access code and an ambulance dispatch. The Great Shelford Parish Council would like to thank the Shelford Support Group for their generous contribution towards the AED. Click here for more information about how and when to use AEDs.