Posts Tagged ‘Housing’

Report on the meeting of 15th May 2012

June 10, 2012

This meeting consisted of the Annual Parish Council Meeting followed by a Parish Council meeting.  During the Annual Parish Council Meeting Parish Council appointments were made:-

Chairman                                 Mr. P Fane

Vice Chairman                        Dr. N Irish

Treasurer                                 The Clerk, Mr. R Stone

Independent Auditor               Mr. H Russell

Reports were received from District and County Councillors and during the period of public participation a fundamental re-examination of housing policies for the Village was suggested as a priority. The Council agreed that in 2012/13 the principal focus, apart from the normal duties, would be on three major Village interests, housing, road safety and a recreational facility.

Parish Council representation to the Village Organisations was reviewed; and each Member’s individual responsibilities for specific areas within the Council defined. Dry Drayton Council memberships of ACRE, CPRE, CAPALC and Society of Local Council Clerks were noted.

The Statement of Accounts for the year 2011/12 was tabled, examined and approved. The Independent Auditor, Mr. H Russell was thanked for his services.

During the Parish Council Meeting Insurance. The Council noted that:

Village assets such as the ‘bus shelters are to be re-assessed in value with a corresponding increase in insurance premium. Allotment rents are to be raised.

Planning. A planning request for an outbuilding at Sherman Oaks, Park Lane, was approved.

Financial Support. Three requests were tabled and agreed, Freaky Friday the sum of £200.00 for repairs to the School field, Baby Owl £200.00 for books and toys, and Little Owl £100.00 for planting shrubs and trees.

Finance. Disbursements for the month of May were £360.00, grass cutting, £10.00 ‘bus shelter glass cleaning, £50.00, Internal Audit, £277.68, Salary, and £301.69, LGS Services. £142.19, VAT refund and £11.50, Allotments wayleave, were received.

The next meeting of the Parish Council will be on 19th June 2012.

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.

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Report on recent meetings, Dec 2009 & Jan 2010

January 21, 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

Report on the May Meeting

June 2, 2009

The May meeting followed the published agenda. Amongst routine business, the following topics were reviewed:

Madingley Road Cycle Path: This project progresses and a recent survey indicated over one hundred potential users. Negotiations with local landowners continue.

Callow Brook: the drainage problem is being addressed.

Telephone: the two BT boxes are under repair.

Finance: the audited Statement of Accounts was approved and adopted. Disbursements included £513.90 for Parish Council insurance and £258.75 for grass cutting.

Public House: various possibilities are being explored and the owners have applied for a new licence.

Housing Needs: the Rural Housing Enabler from ACRE, Miss Catherine Shilton, will be addressing the Parish Council at its next meeting on June 16th.

Village web site: this has been updated by Mr L.Waters. Its size and content will be discussed at the next Parish Council Meeting.

Village Plan: the Parish Council was suspended for a short period to allow an open discussion of the final version of the Village Plan. The discussion was positive and well focussed and on resumption of the Parish Council meeting the final version of the Village Plan was formally adopted. The Village Plan will now be forwarded to Cambridgeshire ACRE for consideration and evaluation. Developments will be reported in due course.

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