Little Abington Parish Council


Accessibility Standards


The Public Sector Bodies (Websites and Mobile Applications) Accessibility Regulations 2018 requires public sector bodies, which includes local councils like Litle Abington Parish Council , to make reasonable adjustments  to websites so they are accessible to people with various disabilities such as :


• Impaired vision
• Motor difficulties
• Cognitive impairments or learning disabilities
• Deafness or impaired hearing

The legislation comes into effect on 23 September 2020.

Little Abington Parish council has published its Accessibility Statement . Please contact us if you need help or more information  E-mail clerk@littleabington.clara.co.uk

What is a Parish Council?

Parish councils are the first tier of local government in England and Wales and they are closest to the people. They are funded through your local Council Tax.
 

What does a Parish Council do?

The Parish Council has several responsibilities including representing the local community and improving quality of life in the village.   

For example:

  • The Annual Village Clean Up
  • Improving footpaths
  • Road safety and reducing speeding. We are looking into ways of improving road safety in the village.  LAPC organised and paid for the inter-active signs on Cambridge Road and for the Speedwatch equipment .
  • Cycle routes.
  • Reviewing planning applications.  The Council’s opinion is taken into account before plans are approved
  • The Parish Council can make grants for projects that will benefit the community
  • The Parish Council pays for services such as Street lighting, Village and  footpath maintenance,  Roadside verge cutting

Planning

The Parish Council  is a consultee for planning matters. It is consulted about planning applications for development in the parish and in nearby Granta Park in Great Abington. It makes recommendations to The Greater Cambridge Planning Team ( jointly managed by South Cambridgehire District Council and the Cambridge City Council).  South Cambridgeshire District Council is the Local Planning Authority and decision maker.

In general planning applications are discussed at Parish Council meetings. Sometimes a Planning Committee Meeting will be held. This may be because the planning application needs time for review and discussion including allowing adequate time for public participation or because Parish Council meeting schedules  will not meet the tight time scales the Local Authority requires.  

The Greater Cambridge Planning Team  maintains a database of planning applications on its website. From this, you can find details of applications, plans and decisions going back over several years.   See

https://www.scambs.gov.uk/planning/view-or-comment-on-a-planning-application/

What does a Parish Councillor do?

There are 7 Parish Councillors. We meet once a month. Most councillors serve on at least one committee and have an additional responsibility. The position is unpaid.

If you would like to know more do, please, contact a Parish Councillor or the Clerk or come to our next meeting.

Clerk:  Genevieve Dalton  07703 486562     email clerk@littleabington.clara.co.uk             

Chairman:  Sheila Bolden   shelen@ btinternet.com  

Becoming a Parish Councillor 

 The criteria to qualify as a Parish Councillor in Little Abington are that you must:

  • be at least 18 years old
  • be an elector
  • be a UK or Commonwealth citizen, or
  • be a citizen of the Republic of Ireland, or 
  • be a citizen of another Member state of the European Union
AND
•  for the whole of the previous 12 months have occupied (as owner or tenant) land or other premises in the parish, or
•  have worked in the parish (as your principal or only place of work), or
•  lived in the parish or within three miles of the parish boundary
 
Disqualification
 
Certain people are disqualified from standing. This includes 
• paid officers (including the Clerks) of the council, 
• bankrupts
• and those subject to recent sentences of imprisonment.
       
Parish Councillor  role outline
 
For more information please contact the Clerk - Genevieve Dalton clerk@littleabington.clara.co.uk or the Parish Council Chairman - Sheila Bolden shelen@btinternet.com
      
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Little Abington Parish Council Village Maintenance Contract

The contract for village maintenance has been reviewed. The  new contract commenced in April 2020. Feedback is always welcome.   

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PARISH COUNCIL DOCUMENTS
In line with the requirements of the 2015 Transparency Code for Smaller Local Authorities all Little Abington Parish Council meeting agendas and minutes, including planning  are published on the Little Abington Parish Council page of the Abingtons web site where you will also find meeting papers and items linked to the Transparency Code, including financial information.
 
We publish agendas and minutes on the Parish Council notice board which is on the corner of Church Lane and the High Street in Little Abington. Little Abington Parish Council minutes are also available in the parish councils’ file in the Abington Institute.
 
The Clerk can be contacted for more information about Little Abington Parish Council meetings and the Transparency Code.
 
e-LAPC: If you would like to receive reminders about Little Abington Parish Council meetings and agendas please contact the Clerk
 
mailto:clerk@littleabington.clara.co.uk