LONGSTOWE OPEN PARISH MEETING
Thursday 19th April 2018
Longstowe Village Hall 7.15pm
Cllr Barbara Cooper (Chairperson)
Cllr Will Bevan
Cllr Geoff Hemmins
Cllr Ben Holland
Cllr Peter White
Bobbie Coe – Clerk
Also present: Cllr Bridget Smith, Cllr Sebastian Kindersley, Mr Richard Murden and other members of the Parish.
Tea, coffee and biscuits were served from 7.00pm. The meeting started at 7.20pm.
Minutes of the 2017 Open Parish Meeting were available.
An apology for absence was received from Cllr Mark Howell.
Chairman’s Report: Cllr B Cooper gave a comprehensive report for the year 2017– 2018. A copy will be kept with the Minutes.
A handout of the unaudited accounts for 2017–2018 was available.
At their last meeting as representatives for Longstowe, due to boundary changes, Cllr Bridget Smith and Cllr Sebastian Kindersley were thanked for all their hard work over the years 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 we needed more way markers. During the year he had adjusted the kissing gates. He had also piled rubbish from a fly-tip on a byway ready for the Council to remove, which they did within 48 hours. There were no expenses for this year.
In her last report as our Councillor, Bridget Smith said she had been challenged by Longstowe and had enjoyed supporting and working with the village. She reported that the Local Plan was still being discussed and that Longstowe should provide details of their recent survey to the new Local Plan beginning in 2019. In the absence of an accepted Local Plan, no proof of a five-year land supply had meant that over 5,000 unplanned houses have been accepted and the Planning Authority is facing a ‘Scheme of Delegation’, where national government takes over the decision-making. The new Plan map sent to the Parish Clerk appears to originate from the Mayor’s office, highlighting a complete lack of communication.
In his last report as our Councillor, Sebastian Kindersley reported further on the Local Plan. He also reported on the 9,000+ potholes through the area. These can now be reported on-line at https://www.cambridgeshire.gov.uk/residents/travel-roads-and-parking/roads-and-pathways/roadworks-and-faults/. Also reported was the sale of Shire Hall and movement out of Cambridge of the City Council offices.
Matters raised: the replacement of the village sign just before the Red House, damaged in an accident; the Clerk explained that, due to other signs further north, the County Council were unwilling to replace it. The Clerk was asked to re-request replacement. Also raised was the problem of ‘pavement parking’. This can be reported on -line but in the first instance the Clerk was asked to contact the people concerned. Speeding along the High Street was raised; it is particularly bad between 6.30 to 9.00am and 4.30 to 7.00pm. Clerk was asked to request Police speed-camera action. There is also one lorry which travels too fast and wakes up the village between 5 and 5.30am. Also reported was a burst water main outside no. 20.
The Open Meeting concluded at approximately 8.25 pm.