Parish Open Meeting
Thursday 18th April 2019 Longstowe Village Hall 7.15pm
Present: Cllr Barbara Cooper (Chairperson)
Cllr Will Bevan
Cllr Geoff Hemmins
Cllr Peter White
Bobbie Coe – Clerk
Also present: Cllr Tumi Hawkins (SCDC), Mr Richard Murden and members of the Parish.
Tea, coffee and biscuits were served from 7.00pm. The meeting started at 7.15pm.
Minutes of the 2018 Open Parish Meeting were available.
Apologies for absence were received from Cllr Ben Holland and PCSO John Coppard.
Chairman’s Report: Cllr B Cooper gave a comprehensive report for the year 2018–2019. A copy will be kept with the Minutes.
A handout of the unaudited accounts for 2018–2019 was available.
Cllr Tumi Hawkins and Cllr Mark Howell were thanked for all their hard work over the year on behalf of Longstowe and for their presence at most of our meetings.
Richard Murden was thanked for his work on the Public rights of way in the Parish. Andy Church was thanked for his grass-cutting. Michael Murden was thanked for his work cleaning the bus shelters.
Mr Richard Murden, Rights of Way co-ordinator, reported that everything is as it should be.
Cllr Tumi Hawkins’ written annual report covered the Governance in the District Council; the ambitious 5-year business plan covering growing local businesses and economies, affordable housing, being green, being modern and caring. There were details on the Accounts and Budget, new investment strategy, and grants. Housing and Planning included Village Design Guide and Neighbourhood Plan as well as the Local Plan. Community Issues included the increased activity at the Gliding Club, the Bourn Airfield Development (BAD) and the self-builders in Caldecote.
Cllr Mark Howell’s written report covered Cambridgeshire Roads; Alconbury Weald Civic Hub; the removal of charges for computer use in libraries; Joint Minerals and Waste Plan; Quit Smoking campaign; LGBT Fostering; Apprenticeship Celebration Event for National Apprenticeship Week 2019; East West Rail; Secondary school places.
PCSO John Coppard’s annual written report covered Police staff movements; Op Astragal, a day of action regarding road offences and road safety; Burglaries, of which there have been a number in Longstowe over the last year; changes in communication, in particular the e-cops correspondence; Home security advice on Shed break-in’s; County Lines.
There was a very lively debate on new buildings in the village, both current and proposed. It was highly recommended that the village review the current framework and make recommendations to SCDC, using the results of the recent survey as a basis for discussion on type and size.
The possible pathway from Longstowe to Bourn was also discussed.
There was a vote of thanks to Cllr Barbara Cooper for chairing the meeting, her report, and for her work as Chairperson of the Parish Council over the last year.
The Open Meeting concluded at 8.20pm.