Unfortunately late last Monday afternoon a fire spread through the Wiser Recycling Approved Authorised Treatment Facility in St Ives, Cambridgeshire. Staff were evacuated quickly and there were no injuries from the incident but what started as a small fire took hold very quickly and operations and building at this site have been destroyed.
As a result the upcoming electrical waste collection in the village has been cancelled.
Wiser is looking in to other facilities in the local area and are hoping to resume electrical waste collection as soon as possible.
The meeting took place in the Social Club as the school was closed for the summer break. All 9 councillors attended and about 12 members of the community.
In the open part of the meeting at 7.45pm Carter Jonas made a short response to the decision made at the July meeting to oppose the planning application for houses near Grace Crescent. They have offered a greater contribution of section 106 money which is to benefit the village and would be put towards village facilities like a community building to replace the community room which would be required for the extra children attending the school and pre-school.
Martin Cassey reported on behalf of the Village Plan Steering Committee and emphasized that they would not be rushing towards a neighbourhood plan at the moment as it may cause confusion and greater bonding is still required with the Parish Council. Grenville reported that the devolution Deal was still unclear and a final decision would be made in October.
Chris Fuller gave a detailed report on the works required on trees around the recreation ground which will be cut back to reveal the dog walk area west of the pitches and cleared well back from the car park near the Social Club. These bramble bushes will also be pruned hard from the eastern side too. The Council thanked him for his time given to the report.
Wild flower mixes will be sown in several locations around the village including outside the school, church, Cahills Corner and on the Laxton Ave green. The planting will be in small blocks so mowing can still keep these areas tidy.
A new litter picker is required for the village, it is a paid position needing about 4 hours per week with a remuneration of £140/month. Not all the village is cleaned just the recreation grounds and parks. Please contact the clerk if interested.
Written by Jane Humphries