Report on recent meetings, Dec 2009 & Jan 2010

The following topics were discussed or reviewed at meetings in December and January.
 
Village Plan. A copy of the Plan has now been circulated to every householder and a sub-committee, reporting to the Parish Council and incorporating members of all interested parties, including the Churches, is now formed. As noted in an earlier report, the Parish Council will be responsible for recording the activities of the sub-committee and reporting its activities to the Annual Parish Meeting.  A presentation has been made to the Local Strategic Partnership and a meeting, held on 15/12/09 in Dry Drayton village hall detailed group interest, ideas and possibilities for action.

Housing Needs Survey. The findings of this survey, implemented by the Rural Housing Enabler, are awaited. 

Footpaths. Clearances continue. The footpath bridges and drainage systems have been surveyed and necessary remedial work is in hand. A new footpath map has been prepared with a copy to all households. Copies will also be displayed on the village notice boards.

Green Group. The suggestion that infra-red monitoring of houses be carried out to reveal the extent of their insulation, was rejected as an invasion of privacy.

Vacancy.  A public declaration of the Parish Council vacancy has been made.

A14, improvement schemes. The Parish Council monitors the works proposed and is concerned about the possible increase in traffic through the Village. A letter expressing this disquiet has been sent to the authorities/contractors.

Cambridge University. Possible development between Madingley and Huntingdon Road.  Comments have been forwarded to the S.C.D.C Planning Office.

Finance. Disbursements included Victoire Press £260.00 for ‘Village Walks and guide’ and £71.62, O S Licence and Map. The village precept for 2010-2011 will be £4000.00. The increase in Council Tax is predicted to be 3%.     

Planning Applications. Two applications have been received:-
              Mr Day, Oakington Road, for a double garage.
              Mr Arnold, High Street, for house extension.
 
Future Agenda Items. The Community is reminded that Parish Council agenda items should be sent to the Parish Clerk, in writing, at least 14 days prior to the Parish Council meeting and that village organisations are invited to forward short reports on their activities to Council meetings.
The following organisation may be of interest to some members of our community.

VILLAGE BENEFITS ADVICE SERVICE
Every year large amounts of social security benefits are unclaimed because many people do not know what they are entitled to, or how to claim, and older people and those with disabilities face particular difficulties. The Village Benefits Advice Service helps people to claim their share of these benefits, by offering advice and assistance.
Telephone number 01353 666990
VILLAGE BENEFITS ADVICE SERVICE
PO BOX 257
ELY, CAMBRIDGESHIRE, CB7 9EA

MICROSOFT – Microsoft donations to charities.

Working with the Charity Technology Trust through their Charity Technology Exchange Service, Microsoft is amongst a number of technology companies that makes software such as Microsoft Office available to the voluntary sector with supporting training. In this area the Papworth Trust and the Varrier –Jones Foundation have received software donations. If you would like to recommend or have more information about this programme, contact:-

Paul Morris        0203 139 6279     e’mail       paulmor@microsoft.com 
www.ctxchange.org/about ctx/partners/microsoft

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