Roger’s Ramblings – November 2015

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Now, hands up, who heard my dulcet tones on Radio Cambridgeshire following the Government announcement of extra funds into infrastructure improvements in the Region? – not many? – none? – I thought so, but it was at 7am! I was asked to comment on the A428 and it’s impact on our village and I hope I made the point that we have endured the misery it causes us through noise, delays, rat runs and safety issues for far too long. The economic benefits of dualing the only single carriageway stretch of this road between the East Coast and Milton Keynes are quite obvious, and the news that the improvements may be sooner is great. But, as we know, nothing is certain and “the one who shouts the loudest gets the attention” so we must keep campaigning – and it’s easy – write or email your local Councillors, the Highways Agency, your MP, or join the excellent campaign initiated by Jonathon Djanogly in conjunction with the Hunts Post on www.jonathandjanogly.com/A428petition – we must keep the pressure on.

On the same theme, the Community Transport Bus – the only bus we have! – is due for review, and whilst many of us don’t use it, for those that do and don’t drive it is a lifeline. Any letters of support would help preserve the service, so email: paul.nelson@cambridgeshire.gov.uk

I am often asked about the Village Green Trust and thought it may be useful to say a few words on the subject. We are most fortunate to have the Trust that was set up by the Parish Council some years ago to administer funds received from granting the change of use for accesses over the village green. For example, if a house was built on an old farmyard the access was established but permission for the change of use was required. The Trust currently holds funds of around £73,000.00 and the Trustees – the Parish Council – are only able to spend the interest earned, not the capital. Clearly in years of high interest rates this was substantial but now less so, and the simple guidelines for the allocation of the funds is that it must be for the benefit of the village. The Trustees usually meet after a PC meeting but only if there is business to transact, so applications need to be made well in advance as the PC only meets every two months, and need to be made to the Clerk to the Council who’s details always appear at the end of my spiel – Cricket Club take note!

Finally, we need a volunteer to keep a regular check on the Play Equipment. We have an obligatory safety check once a year but the Insurers are now requiring a weekly visual check, so I thought that a parent of a regular user would be ideal for this job. It is merely to point out any breakages, trip hazards etc. Please call me if you can help.

The village Christmas Party is on Saturday, 5th December, in The Cade at 2pm.

Our next PC meeting will be in The Cade on Tuesday 10th November commencing at 7.30pm.

Any problems or praise to me at 45 Caxton End, or on 01480 880122 or rtp@eplusmail.com or our Clerk, Jane Bowd on 01480 468451 or eltisleypc@btconnect.com

Roger Pinner Chairman Eltisley