October Parish Meeting Report

There was a Parish Council meeting on 27th October. Due to resignations the Parish Council had only six councillors of whom four were in attendance. However there were four applicants wishing to be co-opted on to the Parish Council in place of Ian Storr and Betty Grimes who had resigned. It is a sad fact that we cannot co-opt every willing volunteer who puts their name forward and the Council voted to co-opt Tony Gill and Pauline Joslin. Tony and Pauline had served previously on the Parish Council and had continued to assist the Council with matters such as planning, footpaths and trees where they had expertise. Tony and Pauline were welcomed on to the Council and the other two candidates, Tom Fletcher and Tim Tack, were thanked for offering their services to the Council. There will soon be another opportunity for Tom, Tim or others to join the Parish Council following the recent resignation of Jim Coe. During the time Jim was on the Council he was always willing to offer his help. He inspected the main play area each month and helped set up the group of residents who are looking to raise funds for better play equipment in the village. Many of you will remember the survey he helped organise. He also helped co-ordinate the sports clubs regarding the recreation field maintenance. Village residents can call for an election to fill the vacancy caused by Jim’s resignation. Details are shown on the village website and the village noticeboard but the period for calling such an election ends on or around 12th November. If no election is called for by residents then the Parish Council will ask for permission to fill the vacancy by co-option. The implications are clear. If residents in the village want a direct say in who fills the vacancy they need to call for an election to be held.

The Parish Council has approved a planning application by St Mary’s Church for a new Church Community Hall. This has gone to the District Council who have also approved the application subject to some improvements to the access road from Main Street. This requires use of a small area of land owned by the Parish Council and the Council considered what was required of them and Chivers Farm in order for this condition to be met.

The councillors confirmed their support for the Village Plan Group and agreed that £1,000 from the special project fund would be made available to help this project get started.

Hardwick owns a speed camera which can be used by trained volunteers to monitor speeding through the village. However there are only two trained volunteers at present and we need a minimum of three. If anyone is interested in being trained for this role please contact our Parish Clerk on hardwickpc@lgs-services.co.uk .

District Councillor Grenville Chamberlain gave a report on the significant progress that has been made in getting the eyesore which is the fire damaged building on the corner of St Neots Road and Cambridge Road sorted out.

The Greater Cambridge City Deal consultation on improved bus services and cycleways was noted. It is understood that all houses in the village have received a copy of the consultation documents and residents are encouraged to make their views known. Fortunately all options, other than doing nothing, will be a direct benefit to Hardwick but we can have a say in which option we prefer. If residents want to know more an exhibition is being held in Hardwick at the Community Primary School on Tuesday 3rd November from 5:00pm to 8:00pm.

The results of the St Neots Road development survey results were reported to the Parish Council and they will help the Parish Council when it has to comment on the planning application when it is made.

Thank you for all your feedback and comments about Hardwick and its issues.

 

St Neots Road Survey Results

Many residents in the village attended a drop in afternoon at the school on 8th September at which Circle Housing presented their plans for a 184 houses development on St Neots Road between Meridian Close and Hall Drive.

The Parish Council wanted to find out the views of the residents on such a plan and on the possible consequences for improved facilities within the village.

The Parish Council distributed about 150 survey forms on the night and has made further copies available since then to those who could not attend on the evening through the Hardwick Village website.

Many thanks to all those who completed the surveys. We received back exactly 100 completed surveys which was a fantastic response. The contributions are all valued and will help guide the Parish Council in its submissions to South Cambridgeshire District Council whenever a planning application is made for the development.

Thanks also to the village shop and the Blue Lion for agreeing to collect completed surveys; to the Village Plan group for their suggestions and to Robert Cassey for his help in collating the results.

Here are the summary results.

Question 1 – Do you agree that the proposed new housing development at St Neots Road should go ahead subject to meeting planning obligations?

Question 2 – Do you agree with the traffic planners that the St Neots Road development will not cause additional traffic problems in the village?



Other Notes:

  • Potholes on roads need improving
  • St Neots Road by A428 roundabout is too dangerous
  • Worries about the use of Hall Drive as a rat run

Question 3 – Do you agree that there should be more pre-school facilities in the village?

Question 4 – Do you agree that there should be a doctor’s surgery in Hardwick?

Question 5 – Would you likely register with a new doctor’s surgery based in Hardwick if one was started in the village?

88 Responses
No: 27%
Yes: 73%

Other Notes:

  • Many residents who stated ‘no’ cite their existing doctor as the reason for them not to move to a local surgery.

Question 6 – Do you agree that a multi-purpose community centre is needed in Hardwick?

Question 7 – Do you agree that the number and quality of sports pitches, the facilities for match officials and storage for sports related equipment in the village needs to be improved?

Question 8 – Do you think that additional retail or food/drink outlets should be provided in Hardwick?


Other Notes:

  • Many residents don’t want new facilities to take business away from existing facilities such as Madingley Mulch, the village shop, or the café by Pet Paks
  • Some respondents would like to see a café that caters to young people

Question 9 – Please indicate which facilities you would probably use if they were available in Hardwick:


 

I hope you find the results of interest. If you want to help more in helping to decide the future of Hardwick please sign up to the Village Plan. See http://www.hardwickplan.uk/

Steve Rose

Chairman

Hardwick Parish Council

September Parish Meeting Report

The meeting was attended by 5 of the 7 Parish Councillors. District Councillor Chamberlain was out of Parish on business.

Since the last meeting Councillor Betty Grimes has stepped down from post which creates a vacancy that can only be filled with a by election. The other vacancy created by Ian Storr’s resignation in May can now be filled by co-opting applicants as no one came forward in the Summer and 4 months have passed. It is a complicated system that we must adhere to so please don’t be put off if you are thinking of joining the council and contact the clerk.

Two villagers have applied for the co-opted post and these will be voted upon at an extra meeting before next month when both people can attend to briefly address the council as neither was at the meeting. Matters that were dealt with this month included the agreed sharing of Speed Watch equipment with Caldecote and Toft once volunteers have been trained and the football clubs being asked to check the pitches at the end of the fixtures to clear up all the tape, gloves and litter from the touchlines. There was a long discussions following a resident’s request for the Council to pay for a dropped kerb outside their house when the double yellow lines are introduced; but it was decided that the Council would not pay although they were sympathetic with the situation. Another long discussion followed the request of the Hardwick Sports and Social Club to erect two lockable bollards in the Parish car park disabled parking bays outside the Pavilion. It was decided that first the HSSC should make every attempt to approach those using the bays without a Blue Badge, as they know who they are, reminding them not to. The new village litter picker has started and we thank Joan Harding for the summer months during which she did the role voluntarily. The Council will arrange for the brambles around the skate park to be cut back and extra litter checks by council members should improve the appearance of this area of the rec. Coton Ladies Netball club will be using the all-weather courts this winter and if any other clubs would like to please contact the clerk. The driveway leading to the church will be widened at the road end to facilitate their planning application for a community hall behind St Mary’s. Our new street lights are nearly all working but with the perfect growing conditions this Summer lots of trees have flourished and if your street light is obscured please let me know (jane@humphriesfamily.org.uk) I am trying to check on all our village lights to ensure good visibility at night. We are also doing a check on the condition of the village notice boards and I will clear them of out of date notices as soon as I can.

The next meeting is on 20th October in the Community Room at 7.45pm. If you are thinking of joining the Parish Council it is a good idea to come along to a few meetings to familiarise yourself with the day to day duties of the post.

Written by Jane Humphries