New Clerk – You may already be aware that we have a new Parish Clerk. Claire Perrott of 13 Cow Lane has taken over from John Garstang. The Council would like to thank John for all his hard work over the past 8 years and welcomes Claire into the role.
Bonfires – The issue of bonfires has been brought to the Parish Council several times this Autumn, with reports of acrid smoke drifting over parts of the village. Please could villagers be aware that burning plastic etc is unneighbourly and could even be against the law
Ecops – We are often asked why we never see a PCSO in the village. There are only 16 PCSOs to cover 105 Parishes and at a recent Police and Crime Commissioner meeting the Council learned that 30% of crime occurs in 3% of the streets. It is therefore in those places that the PCSOs concentrate their presence. We are very lucky in Rampton that we do not have any of the 3%.
If you would like to be kept informed of crimes in the area Parishioners are encouraged to sign up to ecops https://www.ecops.org.uk/
Infant playground – the Council recognises that the infant playground is looking a bit jaded and would benefit from a new piece of equipment. We would like to hear from parents of preschool children with ideas of what their small people would enjoy playing on. We cannot guarantee to fulfil all requests but there are some grants available…
Flytipping – there have been a few recent incidents of flytipping around the village, these have been reported to the County Council and their clean up is in progress. It is worth noting that the two main areas where this occurred are now closed to traffic for the winter period.
Wildflower area – Recently the wildflower area on the recreation ground has become less “wildflower” and more “grass”, in an attempt to bring back the flowers the council would like to reset and reseed the area and would like to thank all who volunteered and turned up to help clear the area.
Bulb planting – We would like to thank all the volunteers who gave up a Sunday morning to help brighten up the village by planting another 50 kg of daffodils in the verges around the village, and a further 1500 British Bluebells in the spinney.
Newsletter editor – Karen Williams has been editing the newsletter for several years and would now like to pass this on. If you would like to edit the newsletter, we would love to hear from you.
If you have any questions or comments about any of these items please contact the Council via
Rampton Parish Council has a vacancy for the position of Parish Clerk & Responsible Financial Officer (One post). The position is a part time appointment working from home based on 32 hours per month (c 8 hrs/week) with a salary in accordance with Local Government NJC SCP 15 – 20 (£8.873 – £10.099 per hour) subject to experience. As the job is task driven and the hours worked may be more or less than shown depending on circumstances, the successful applicant must be prepared to be flexible and adaptable.
Applicants must be computer literate (email, Word and Excel), and have a good working knowledge of bookkeeping.
For further information and a job description contact: Chair, Rampton Parish Council, 19 Cow Lane, Rampton, CB24 8QG. Telephone 07773 521275 e-mail RPCCawley@nullgmail.com .Closing date for applications is 31st July 2017.
Ideally applicants should have previous experience within the Parish Council sector and hold the CiLCA qualification, however applications from those willing to gain that qualification are encouraged to apply. Initial training will be provided involving three full training days over three months
The traffic management survey is now complete, in total 190 responses were received before the June 3rd.
For the cushions 46% preferred removal whilst 42% wanted to keep them, however 81% are concerned about speeding traffic and 87% thought a reduction in speed would make a safer and more pleasant environment.
77% would not support removal speed measures without replacement, and flat topped humps were the preferred option (60%) with a speed indicator sign second (52%).
A small committee of villagers has been meeting regularly over the past six months to discuss the idea of creating a Parish Plan to help guide the future development of the Parish of Rampton.
To this end, we have compiled a short questionnaire which will be distributed to every household within the next month. There will be a separate adult and child questionnaire with a prize draw for each. It will also be possible to complete the questionnaire online.
The fruit trees in the community orchard need a winter prune and to be weeded around the base. There is also some cleaning of the playground equipment to be done. It would be great if villagers could come and help on Saturday 11th February from 10am-12pm. Any questions please call Cllr Linda Cawley on 07773 521275.
Gallagher’s, who are undertaking phase 1 of the Northstowe development , and part of this work involves improvements to the B1050, this was meant to involve closures to the B1050 midweek overnight for about 20 nights, but the work now seems more complex and they require to close the road for two weekends in addition
From 2000hrs on Friday 14th August, 2015 to 0500hrs on Monday 17th August, 2015
From 2000hrs on Friday 21st August, 2015 to 0500hrs on Monday 24th August, 2015.
At the Annual Parish Council Meeting last night several concerns were raised about the current state of the speed restriction measures installed at the beginning of April at the two entries to the village.
The county council have been asked to provide a safety audit and this is a summary of their response: –
Location of eastern build out (Cottenham End)
Average speeds appear to be high, possibly due to the lack of development,
Although no accidents have been reported, it’s a concern locally of drivers misjudging the time available to pass the feature,
Moving the feature to a different location would create new conflict with higher inbound speeds,
Removal of the feature would remove the conflict. This will also remove the traffic calming being achieved on the inbound speeds.
In addition to this I attended site last Friday to observe the traffic movement and behaviours. I also drove this section in both directions to get a 1st person perspective of the situation. From this I agree with the safety audit.
As an immediate response to the matter I am proposing the attached plan 000-005 to be implemented, following Parish approval. Once completed it will then be monitored and further arrangements can be made to slow vehicles speeds if required, through the use of speed cushions/ full width road humps or other methods.
Unfortunately, there has been a marked increase in the amount of dog mess on the recreation ground, so check your children’s and your own shoes if you have visited.
The Parish Council would like to remind dog owners that dogs are banned at all times from anywhere on the recreation ground. Leaving dog faeces anywhere and especially where children play shows a spectacular lack of consideration. Do as you would be done by.
The trees in the orchard on the recreation ground need a bit of weeding around the bottom. If you would like to help, please come along on Saturday 8th November at 10am with some shears etc. Any queries please call Linda Cawley on 07773 521275
The previous newsletter had a short piece about the installation of the new street lights. This has now (almost) been completed. The removal of some of the old lamp posts has still to be done. Some of the delay has been due to the steel reinforcing of the old cables connecting the lights. This has been removed from the lights in Cow Lane, but has still to be done in the other streets.
Please will you let any of the Parish Council know if you have problems with the new lighting. Deflectors can be fitted if you find the new brighter lights are intrusive and make it hard to sleep. Similarly please let us know if the making good of the road works has been inadequate.
Speed reduction in the village
One of the most persistent and dangerous problems in Rampton is the speed of some vehicles passing through the village. At certain times of the day it can appear that all traffic is travelling at excessive speed. It was a ‘midnight racer’ that demolished the lamp post and notice boards outside the village hall.
The Parish Council has successfully obtained grant support for new speed control measures through the County Council’s Local Highways Initiative, and intends to tackle the problem in two stages. Stage one will involve putting ‘Give way to on-coming traffic’ signs and lane reduction build-outs at both entrances to the village. The mock-up images below show what the build-outs could look like. These will have no effect on any individual properties on the village roads.
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These build-outs only slow traffic coming into the village, and are very common in some of our neighbouring villages accommodating emergency, commercial and farming traffic without problems. If you have any objections or comments about this proposal please contact one of the Parish Councillors or the Clerk. If the measures are effective that will be it. There will be no second phase, but if speeding remains a problem the Council will consider installing some of the new rubber based speed cushions or other measures. These are less noisy than the hard ones and can be moved to other locations if needs be.
Should the second phase be needed it would be useful to know the preferred options. The short questionnaire can be returned to any Parish Councillor or the Clerk or you can submit your responses online here. Your name is optional, but your response will not be considered if there is no street name; High Street, Green and Church End residents’ views having priority.