6 Parish Councillors and 5 member of the community attended the December meeting.
During the public session Grenville Chamberlain, our District councillor, carefully explained the reasons for the burnt out building on St. Neots Rd not yet having been demolished.
It needs a certificate of authorised demolition to be taken down and this can only be given once the gas supply is disconnected. A date with the gas supplier was agreed and for reasons unknown to us the gas company did not turn up. The adjoining business will have to have their gas supply temporarily stopped for a few days while this operation takes place and they have only agreed to this once heating for their business is no longer needed. A new date is set for May 2017. Both the Parish Council and Grenville are powerless in this situation but enquiries will be made as to whether portable heaters could be supplied sooner to bring the date forward.
2 councillors have offered their resignation since the last meeting and there will either be a by-election or co-option to replace them.
Hardwick Playparks group presented their new design and new footprint for the improvement of the Egremont Rd play area. The PC didn’t challenge the plans and will wait for a like for like quote for the first stage of work and advice from the clerk.
Carter Jonas responded to the objections from the PC to the Grace Crescent development after listening to their response the PC still objected on transport grounds and parking for residents of Grace Crescent but did acknowledge the provision of facilities for the community.
Tony Gill will talk to Radio Cambridge regarding the cuts to road gritting through Hardwick and shortly after the meeting the County Council agreed to keep Hardwick to Comberton on its gritting route.
An outline planning permission for 155 dwellings off St. Neots Rd has been submitted to the planning department. There was a lengthy discussion and the PC objected initially on the grounds that there is not enough information regarding planning obligations and we will reply once these are given to us by the planner.
The new possible routes for the busway which will connect Cambourne and Cambridge via Hardwick were discussed and residents views were considered. A likely route is between the A428 and St.Neots Rd. which is quite narrow in places but with good landscaping, sound barriers and a stop for Hardwick is the preferred route of the PC.
The next meeting is 24th January at 7pm and a budget planning meeting on 31st January also at 7pm.