The meeting was mainly concerned with two matters. The first that we need to redouble our efforts at finding two new councillors, with only three out of five we need everyone to attend to be quorate. If you, or someone you know, is interested then please contact us. The second issue discussed was the outcome of negotiations with CERN, owners of Babraham Farms, regarding the Black Barn and the playground site behind the George. CERN have told us that they would only consider selling the freehold of the barn and are not prepared to lease it to us. The combined cost of the freehold and the remedial works is way beyond the budget available and so the Black Barn project is regretfully closed. Better news on the land behind the George that we would like to put a playground on. CERN and the PC are to negotiate a long lease for the use of the land.
This brief meeting was the Annual Parish Council Meeting at which the Chairman and Vice-Chairman are elected for the coming year. Before that could take place the Council co-opted Stuart Laurie as a councillor. The council now has 5 members again.
Lydia Macpherson was again elected as Chairman, with Denise Dear being Vice-Chairman. Stuart Laurie is to be the BPC representative on the Village Hall Committee. Other representative positions will be filled on an as required basis through the year.Continue reading
The 9 April Meeting was postponed to the 16th.
The meeting heard that the 4 people who stood for election to the PC have been returned. This leaves one vacancy, a position that can be filled by co-option following the 7 May election. The elected councillors are, Lydia McPherson, Ian Kime, Denise Dear and Charlotte Rogers.
Annual accounts for the PC were presented and approved and will now be sent for audit.
A report of the latest meeting of the Village Hall Committee was presented and discussed.
SummaryThe PC meets in January each year to set out forthcoming spending plans and to set the precept. The amount we are asking you for in 2015-2016 is fractionally higher, details will be sent from SCDC in the coming weeks. The council was shown details of a new building for the campus, a development that already has outline planning consent. The building is being developed with Imperial College London. The application will be formally submitted this month, the council has decided in principle to approve the application.Continue reading
The meeting considered a revised planning application for the Solar Farm on the eastern edge of Sawston. A greatly reduced scheme has been proposed following the rejection of the initial proposal. The PC confirmed its objections. The matter is to be considered by SCDC planners in early December. The Research Campus Master Plan application has been passed to the minister for a final decision.