The meeting was mainly concerned with two matters. The first that we need to redouble our efforts at finding two new councillors, with only three out of five we need everyone to attend to be quorate. If you, or someone you know, is interested then please contact us. The second issue discussed was the outcome of negotiations with CERN, owners of Babraham Farms, regarding the Black Barn and the playground site behind the George. CERN have told us that they would only consider selling the freehold of the barn and are not prepared to lease it to us. The combined cost of the freehold and the remedial works is way beyond the budget available and so the Black Barn project is regretfully closed. Better news on the land behind the George that we would like to put a playground on. CERN and the PC are to negotiate a long lease for the use of the land.
This brief meeting was the Annual Parish Council Meeting at which the Chairman and Vice-Chairman are elected for the coming year. Before that could take place the Council co-opted Stuart Laurie as a councillor. The council now has 5 members again.
Lydia Macpherson was again elected as Chairman, with Denise Dear being Vice-Chairman. Stuart Laurie is to be the BPC representative on the Village Hall Committee. Other representative positions will be filled on an as required basis through the year.Continue reading