Expired Local News Items from St. Neots

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A local news item from Little Paxton Parish Council

Council Vacancy

Notice of Vacancy in office of Parish Councillor on the Little Paxton Parish Council

Notice is hereby given pursuant to section 87(2) of the Local Government Act 1972 that due to the resignation of Councillor David Clark there is a vacancy on the Little Paxton Parish Council.

If, within 14 statutory days after the date of this notice, a request for an election to fill the vacancy is made in writing to the Returning Officer, Huntingdonshire District Council, Pathfinder House, Huntingdon PE29 3TN by ten electors of the town an election will be held. If no such notice is given the Parish Council will fill the vacancy by co-option.

If any member of the Parish would like to be considered for co-option please contact the Parish Clerk.

Mrs Jennifer Gellatly
Parish Clerk
3rd May 2017
Deadline for responses 23rd May 2017


A local news item from Little Paxton Parish Council

Keep Little Paxton Tidy

After the success of the Spring Clean Community Litter Pick, Little Paxton Parish Council organised a Children's 'Keep Little Paxton Tidy' poster competition.

Children were encouraged to design an A4 poster to keep the village clean & tidy and the winning designs would be displayed in the Council Community Notice Boards.

With the help of Little Paxton Primary School, Little Paxton Beavers and Cubs, over 300 entries were received.

Competition judges, Cllr David Clark and Cllr Katie Potts were amazed at the amount of effort that went into the designs.

Cllr David Clark said' The number of competition entries was overwhelming and it was incredibly difficult to decide on the winning entries.'

Cllr Katie Potts, who is an artist, said 'The amount of thought that went into the posters demonstrated how much the children care about keeping Little Paxton tidy for everyone to enjoy. Many of the posters showed how litter affects wildlife such as hedgehogs and fish.'

The winners were

Age group 1(Foundation, Yr1, Yr2)- 1st prize Storme-Maisie Randall, 2nd prize- Miley Barlow, 3rd prize Abigail Brown

Age group 2 (Yr 3, Yr 4) - 1st prize - Sophie Jones, 2nd prize -Jessica Webb
3rd prize Sophia McSeveney

Age group 3 - Yr 5, Yr6, 1st prize - Isobel Warner, 2nd prize -James Jarvis
3rd prize - Lauren Cobey

Prizes were presented at the Little Paxton School Assembly on Thursday 30th March. Each prize-winner received an Easter egg and a Cineworld Gift voucher.


A local news item from Little Paxton Parish Council

Annual Parish Meeting

Little Paxton Parish Council will be holding its Annual Parish meeting on Thursday 20th April at 7pm- 7.30pm in the back room of the Little Paxton Village Hall.

All residents of Little Paxton and members of the public are most welcome.

The meeting will include reports of the Council's activities during the past twelve months and its plans for the year ahead.

Parish Clerk Jenny Gellatly said 'The Council has had a busy year working on several community projects including Community Led Plan, applying for grant funding for a Petanque pitch, obtaining planning permission for the cemetery extension and progressing the replacement garages.'

Light refreshments will be available.


A local news item from Little Paxton Parish Council

Children's Free activity sessions

Little Paxton Parish Council has organised three childrens' games & activity sessions on the green open space area at Gatekeeper Walk (opposite the Community Hub) in Little Paxton during the school Easter holidays.

The sessions will be run by Huntingdonshire District Council's Sport & Active Lifestyles Team and will include short tennis, fun crazy golf, football goals and games.

Parish Clerk Jenny Gellatly said, 'The Council is aware that there are no play facilities on Samuel Jones Crescent and strives to make childrens activities more accessible to this area of the village. This will be the fifth year the Parish Council has organised activities for children at Samuel Jones Crescent'.

The sessions are free and there is no need to book.

The Childrens' activities will take place on Tuesday 4th April, Thursday 6th April & Wednesday 12th April from 10am to 12 noon and are for children 7-11years. There is no toilet provision


A local news item from Little Paxton Parish Council

Petanque for Little Paxton

Little Paxton Parish Council is delighted to announce it has bagged £1000 from a Tesco funding scheme.

Tesco teamed up with Groundwork to launch its Bags of Help funding initiative, which sees grants of up to £5,000, £2,000 and £1,000 - all raised from the 5p bag levy - being awarded to thousands of local community projects every year.

Millions of shoppers voted in stores up and down the country. And it can now be revealed Little Paxton Parish has been awarded £1000.
The Parish Council will now start work to bring a Petanque pitch for Little Paxton project to fruition.

Vice Chairman, Cllr Paul Chapman said, 'The Council is delighted to be awarded a £1000 grant and has now appointed a contractor to install a two lane ( 12m x 7 m) Petanque pitch on the QEII Playing Field. I would like to thank everyone who delivered leaflets to households in Little Paxton to promote the Bags of Help Petanque project and to shoppers for voting for our project at Tesco stores during the month of January'.

Lindsey Crompton, Tesco's Head of Community, said:
"Bags of Help has been a fantastic success.
"We've been overwhelmed by the response from our customers. The great thing about Bags of Help is that local people are invited to decide how the money will be spent in their community. We can't wait to see the projects come to life."

Voting ran in stores throughout January with customers choosing which local project they would like to get the top award using a token given to them at the check-out.

Since launching in 2015, Bags of Help has awarded more than £27 million across more than 3,500 local projects.
Tesco customers will get the chance to vote for three different groups each time they shop. Every other month, when votes are collected, three groups in each of Tesco's regions will be awarded funding.


A local news item from Little Paxton Parish Council

Zebra Crossing- Mill Lane

Cambridgeshire County Council (CCC)
Local Highway Improvement Scheme (LHI)

In Sept 2015, the Parish Council agreed to submit a bid for funding for an improved crossing on Mill Lane between the roundabout and the Great North Road.

In Oct 2015, volunteers helped the Parish Council carry out a traffic survey on Mill Lane. The Council agreed at its meeting on 15th Oct 2015 to contribute £2500 towards the project. The CCC LHI would contribute up to a maximum of £10,000.

11th Jan 2016, the Parish Council gave a presentation to a panel on the CCC Projects team.

1st Mar 16, CCC advised the Parish Council that the funding bid was successful and that the project would be delivered in the 2016/2017 financial year.

Since Mar 16, meetings were held with officers of CCC LHI to agree the best type of crossing. The Parish Council agreed on 6th July for the improved crossing to be a zebra crossing as the road lay out met the highways criteria for a zebra crossing.

9-30th Sept 16 CCC carried out a statutory consultation with notices in the press. A safety audit was carried out by CCC.

The zebra crossing is due to be installed late Feb /early Mar 2017.

The improved crossing on Mill lane is a Little Paxton Parish Council initiative


A local news item from Little Paxton Parish Council

Proposed development at Riversfield

Just an update from last night's Full Council meeting. There were 13 members of the public present. Many spoke in the public forum about the proposed development at Riversfield.
The Parish Council has set up a working party of 5 councillors to review the Riversfield planning application and provide a recommendation to Full Council at its meeting on the 9th February.

The Parish Council was notified by HDC on Friday 27th Jan about the planning application with an expiry date for comments the 17th Feb.

21 days is the statutory requirement.

There is no mandatory requirement by the developer to hold a public consultation or carry out community engagement.

Residents can comment on the application via the HDC website www.huntingdonshire.gov.uk or write a letter to the planning authority.
Planning Reference 17/00108/OUT


A local news item from Little Paxton Parish Council

Proposed development at Riversfield

The Parish Council was notified on Friday by Huntingdonshire District Council of the following outline planning application:

17/00108/OUT Part of land at Riversfield, Great North Road, Little Paxton- Development of up to 199 dwellings and 6,970 sq. metres (75,000 sq ft) of class B1 business premises with open space, new accesses from the Great North Road, roads and associated infrastructure.

The expiry dates for comments from the Parish Council and residents is 17th Feb. The expiry date for comments from the press release notification in the Hunts Post is 22/02/17. The Planning authority will not be making any decision until after 22 Feb.
The statutory expiry date for the planning application is 19th April 2017.

All plans etc are available to view on the HDC website and at the District Council's office in Huntingdon. The statutory timescales are also published on the website.

Any member of the public can comment on a planning application by commenting online on HDC's website or by contacting the Planning Authority by letter.

There are occasions when a Planning Application is referred to an HDC Management Panel Meeting. Objectors to the application can only speak at Panel if they have written in to the Planning Department objecting to the application within the consultation period for the application.

Planning decision notices are available on the HDC website.

Huntingdonshire District Council
Head of Planning
Pathfinder House
St Mary's Street
PE29 3TN
Tel 01480 388388

More information about Proposed development at Riversfield


A local news item from Little Paxton Parish Council

Mill Lane Bridge, Little Paxton

Just a reminder that the bridge at Mill Lane, Little Paxton will be closed on Thursday 26th January for bridge repairs.

The closure is from 8am - 6pm.


A local news item from Little Paxton Parish Council

Defibrillator Awareness Session

Forty three residents attended the Community defibrillator awareness session in Little Paxton Village Hall on Saturday 14th January.

The event was organised by Little Paxton Parish Council and the session was run by the Community Heartbeat Trust.

Chairman of the Council, Cllr Jean Matheson said,' The community defibrillators are top of the range and it was great to see such a fantastic turn out. Anyone can use the defibrillators, which are public accessible and are available twenty four hours per day. The awareness session helps to provide confidence and show residents how easy it is to use the defibrillators.

The funding for the three village community public accessible defibrillators was from The Big Lottery.



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