Parish Council News October 2017

  • 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@nullgooglegroups.com or by phoning the Clerk on 01954 252641.

Vacancy for the position of Parish Clerk

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

Traffic Management Survey Results

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%).

The full report is here: –

raw data in csv format

 

Parish Plan Questionnaire

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.

Thanks to volunteers for cleaning the Rec & Pruning

Thank you to all those who braved the cold and damp weather on 11th February to help with pruning and weeding the fruit trees in the community orchard.

The trees are all growing well and the stakes and chicken wire have now been removed.

The infant play equipment was also pressure washed (thanks to Bingo for the pressure washer loan) as the matting had become quite slippery.

The bench in the infant play area has also been replaced.

Recreation Ground Maintenance – Volunteers needed

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.

Village Bulb Planting Days

Some bulbs have been acquired to brighten up our village during the early Spring, and any helpers would be useful to help plant them.

We will also be planting bluebells in the woods.

Collect Daffodils, Narcissi and Bluebells at the Village Hall

Planting instructions provided.

10am – 12 Saturday 29 and Sunday 30 October 2016

Village Bulb Planting Days

 

Some bulbs have been acquired to brighten up our village during the early Spring, and any helpers would be useful to help plant them.

We will also be planting bluebells in the woods.

Collect Daffodils, Narcissi and Bluebells at the Village Hall

Planting instructions provided.

10am – 12 Saturday 29 and Sunday 30 October 2016

B1050 Road Closures

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

Weekend 1

From 2000hrs on Friday 14th August, 2015 to 0500hrs on Monday 17th August, 2015

Weekend 2

From 2000hrs on Friday 21st August, 2015 to 0500hrs on Monday 24th August, 2015.

road closures b1050

Speed Reduction Measures

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)

  1. Average speeds appear to be high, possibly due to the lack of development,
  2. Although no accidents have been reported, it’s a concern locally of drivers misjudging the time available to pass the feature,
  3. Moving the feature to a different location would create new conflict with higher inbound speeds,
  4. 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.

Click here to view the plan 000-005

As a few opinions were expressed last night, anyone with a strong opinion (either way) is encouraged to contact Sophie Parsons as below: –

Please use ‘FAO: Sophie Parsons, Rampton Priority Feature‘ as the subject of your email.

Annul Parish Meeting

Rampton Annual Parish Meeting will be held in the Village Hall, Church End, Rampton on Monday May 11th 2014, at 7.30pm.

Agenda

  1. To approve the Minutes of the Annual Parish Meeting held on 28th April 2014
  2. Matters arising from the Minutes of the Annual Parish Meeting held on 28th April 2014, not covered elsewhere on this Agenda
  3. Annual Reports & Questions
    • County Councillors – Cllrs Jenkins and Mason
    • District Councillors – Cllrs Edwards, Harford and Wotherspoon
    • The Parish Council – Cllr Eden.
    • New Parish Councillors
    • All Saints Church
    • Friends of All Saints Church
    • Rampton Village Hall Management Committee
    • Townlands & Educational Foundation Charities
    • Rampton Car Care Scheme
    • Rampton 77 Committee
    • Energy & oil buying group
    • Rampton Website
    • Rampton Arts Group
  1. Open Forum – including traffic calming, public transport, Northstowe and other issues and wider discussions of above items.
  2. Any Other Business
  3. Close of meeting

Dog Mess

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.

Community Orchard Maintenance

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