Parish Councillor Vacancy

Stapleford Parish Council currently has one vacancy for a new councillor. We are keen to receive applications from anyone who wants to get involved in supporting the local community. We are particularly keen on hearing from the younger parishioners to ensure their voice is heard and to develop a range of views and opinions. The requirement is to attend the monthly Parish Council meeting, of which there are 10 annually as we do not meet in August or December, and these usually take approximately two hours. We would also like councillors to get involved in their personal area of expertise which could be the environment, youth, facilities, planning matters, community spirit, or anything else which needs addressing in the parish; the amount of time outside the meeting you invest is up to you and it may be worth attending a Parish Council meeting for an insight into how business is conducted and what we do.

Please do consider being a Councillor and supporting your community. To stand for election as a Parish Councillor, you must be:

  • At least 18 years old on the day of your nomination, and
  • A British citizen, an eligible Commonwealth citizen or a citizen of any other member state of the European Union.

You must also meet at least one of the following four qualifications:

  • You are, and will continue to be, registered as a local government elector for the parish in which you wish to stand from the day of your nomination onwards.
  • You have occupied as owner or tenant any land or other premises in the parish area during the whole of the 12 months before the day of your nomination and the day of election.
  • Your main or only place of work during the 12 months prior to the day of your nomination and the day of election has been in the parish area.
  • You have lived in the parish area of within three miles of it during the whole of the 12 months before the day of your nomination and the day of election.

If you are interested, please contact either Howard Kettel for an initial conversation or any of the other councillors for an informal conversation as to what being a councillor in Stapleford entails. More information is available from Belinda Irons, the Parish Clerk, also.

Getting out and about

Now that the COVID-19 has been slightly relaxed, people may want to get out and about. Aside from the local options of Wandlebury, Magog Down and around Dernford Lake, one could venture out a bit further afield to make use of the many footpaths in Cambridgeshire; if you’re stuck for ideas, John Harris has a website with walks nationally and a section on Cambridge. The National Trust also opened some of its facilities, not the houses or formal gardens, for one to explore but it is worth checking their website first to check places are open.

However, please follow the Countryside Code, sticking to signposted footpaths, bridleways or where access has been provided by the landowner for a permissive path through their land. And if you’re walking your dog, please ensure they are under control at all times (this does not mean always on a lead, just under control) and that you pick up any waste and suitably dispose of it.

Motorists warned to be vigilant

The South Cambridgeshire Neighbourhood Team is warning Motorists to be vigilant:

We are urging motorists across South Cambridge to be vigilant following a number of handbag thefts from vehicles over the past month.

A total of 22 vehicles were broken into between 19 April and 12 May including incidents in Stapleford, Sawston, Duxford, Great Shelford, Haslingfield, Grantchester, Swavesey, Milton, Oakington and Fen Drayton.

In the majority of cases purses, wallets and handbags have been targeted and in some instances the thieves have gone on to use the victims’ bank cards in shops.

We’re focusing our patrols in these areas but would urge all motorists to make sure their cars are locked and double checked when left unattended as we’re seeing incidents when windows are left open and doors unlocked.

Also ensure all valuables, such as handbags, wallets, mobile phones and tools are removed from the vehicle.

Call 101 or go online to report any suspicious behaviour in your area.

Parish Council Meeting May 2020

Even with this lockdown Parish Councils must continue to work for and deliver to their communities, and Stapleford Parish Council is no different. The next SPC meeting, which is also the Annual Parish Meeting, is at 1915 on 13 May 2020 and will be conducted using the Zoom video messaging service. Any parishioners wishing to join the meeting can do so at the following link:

SPC Meeting 13 May 2020 Invitation

The agenda can be downloaded by clicking here.