Fireworks Night

We are entering that time of year again in Graveley, please be considerate to other villagers with pets and livestock/ponies/horses, who would like to know in advance if there will be fireworks nearby so they can take steps to safeguard their animals.

If you are having fireworks it would be good if you could let anyone that you think might be affected know if you have not already done so.

There are also a few thatched cottages in the village so please be mindful when setting off fireworks in particular rockets too close as this may not be ideal and often these properties have clauses in there insurance against bonfires within 100 meters of these properties.

Thank you

Operation London Bridge – Death of Senior National Figure

You may have heard in the press regarding operation London Bridge – This is to mark the death of a Senior National Figure which could include the following Figures:-

Members of the Royal Family
P.M. or Former P.M.
Serving MP
Mayor / Council Leader
Other Prominent Person

We are given guidance of the processes to follow and action steps to take. Graveley would implement the below actions / protocol  to mark the death of a Senior National Figure:-

  • Follow the national timetable that will be communicated
  • Communicate with the local clergy & what is planned across the Diocese
  • Fly the Union Jack at half mast located at the Three Horseshoes, returning to full fly for proclamation
  • Update the homepage of our website
  • Any scheduled meetings of the Parish to be cancelled

Kind regards

Annual Parish Meeting

Please note the Annual Parish Meeting of Graveley will be held in the village Hall on Thursday the 30th of May at 7PM.

Bonfires and Barbecues

Dear All,

As we enter the summer months in Graveley, please be considerate to your neighbours when having a bonfire or barbecue, also be aware of the safety risks associated to this by surrounding buildings and thatched cottages in the village, below are some guidelines to follow:-

Bonfires and barbecues
Garden bonfires are usually lit to dispose of garden waste but always create smoke which adds to air pollution, particularly at a local level, and which will contribute to the general background level. Bonfire smoke can cause problems for asthmatics, bronchitis sufferers, and people with heart conditions, and frequently cause a nuisance to neighbours by preventing them from enjoying their gardens, opening windows or hanging washing out. Any bonfire is a potential safety risk and can spread to fences or garden buildings, and piles of garden waste are often used as a refuge by animals, especially hedgehogs. It is not always necessary to light a bonfire, and garden waste can be disposed of in various other ways.

Bonfire guidelines
If a bonfire is the only practicable option for disposing of garden waste, please follow these guidelines to avoid causing nuisance:
only burn dry material and never burn household rubbish, rubber tyres, or anything containing plastic, foam or paint
don’t use old engine oil, meths or petrol to light the fire. Choose a day when the wind will disperse the smoke quickly, but not blow it into your neighbour’s garden – check the weather forecast.
See also https://www.gov.uk/garden-bonfires-rules published by GOV.UK

Barbecues
Barbecues can easily cause annoyance through smoke and cooking smells so think of your neighbours:
Tell your neighbours about the barbecue, or invite them
Site the barbecue so the wind blows smoke away from your neighbours
Don’t light the barbecue when neighbours have their washing out
By following these simple tips you can help avoid unnecessary conflict and keep your barbecue fun for all involved!

Thank you everyone.

Cotton Wind Farm – Noise Complaints

It has been brought to our attention that people in the village are concerned that the councils are not, apparently, taking notice of the wind farm noise complaints which have been and are still being sent to them. The parish council, have requested the village representative on CFRA for the information and details of what to use in cases of complaint to the Ombudsman. The attached document contains sufficient evidence for individuals to allow detailed complaints to be made to the Ombudsman.

The author cannot be held responsible for any eventuality arising from evidence used from this document. Individual claimants can use this information and send to the Ombudsman in support of their complaint. It is the responsibility of the individual making the complaint to ensure the accuracy of the information in their complaint.

Kind regards

Graveley Parish Council

Attachments

Total Attachments: 1

Download: complaint document 2019.doced2 - Copy (1) (852 KB)

Graveley Speed Monitoring

Too all Parishioners in Graveley village, you may have noticed recently that we have installed a speed monitoring device in the village (m-sid Vario). This is to further support our speed calming project throughout the village following the installation last year of the white gates at all entry points to the village. The device was funded by the A14 community fund project with a grant of £5,724.

It is a fact that radar-driven speed displays slow down traffic. This positive effect can be attributed to the display’s ability to alert drivers with responsive messages wherever the device is deployed (entrance to villages, private sites, residential areas).

The Speed Signs are dot-matrix displays that are able to show speeds driven as well as individual bitmaps, which is an additional benefit. Speed displays offer speed and time triggered bitmaps (such as smileys) and short text messages. Morelock Signs provides a full range of speed displays for all applications. The unit also records the data, this data can be downloaded to support future evidence for further measures in the future.

We have three locations identified in the village for the installation of the device, the unit is battery powered and has to be moved around the village every four weeks as part of the terms and conditions of use.

Please find details attached on the device for your perusal:

I am sure you can appreciate that the management of such a device does take some commitment of time, this is currently being managed by myself on behalf of the village, if you would be interested in supporting me with this I am looking for some volunteers that would be willing to takeover the management of moving this around the village / replacing the battery etc. (Team of two people required with some steps). Please let me know if you are interested in supporting this very important project for our village.

Kind Regards

Steve Fairclough

Attachments

Total Attachments: 1

Download: m-sid-vario (916 KB)

South Cambridgeshire Local Plan 2018

What is the South Cambridgeshire Local Plan?

The South Cambridgeshire Local Plan sets out the planning policies and land allocations to guide the future development of the district up to 2031. It includes policies on a wide range of topics such as housing, employment, services and facilities, and the natural environment.

Adopted South Cambridgeshire Local Plan

The South Cambridgeshire Local Plan was adopted on 27 September 2018 (as set out in the Adoption Statement): Please see attached files or you can visit http://www.scambs.gov.uk/localplan2018

Attachments

Total Attachments: 2

Download: scambs-adoption-statement-final (96 KB)
Download: south-cambridgeshire-adopted-local-plan-270918_sml (12 MB)

We will remember them

They may no longer be with us – the last of their number, Harry Patch, died in 2009, aged 111 – but we will remember them.
Around the country including Graveley thousands of people will pay tribute on Sunday to those who died on foreign soil or at sea for their country, and those at home who endured the anguish and hardship of global war.

On the 100th anniversary of the Armistice events will take place in every corner of the British Isles to commemorate the sacrifice of a generation during the First World War, which only came to an end at 11am on November 11, 1918, after an almost incalculable loss of life.

Please do join us at 6.00pm this evening for the service and act of remembrance in the church.

100th Birthday Celebration

Thank you everyone who attended the 100th Birthday celebration of Bill Stevens at the Graveley Village Hall coffee morning. A fantastic turnout I am sure Bill appreciated everyone coming along to celebrate this milestone with him. Please see a few pictures below:

100th Birthday Celebration

Please join us at the coffee morning on Thursday the 1st of November in the Village Hall at 10.30am. This will be a special event as we will be celebrating Bill Stevens 100th birthday. Congratulations Bill all the best from Graveley.