Great Gransden is a parish in Cambridgeshire, in the Huntingdonshire District. This web site includes information about the Parish Council, the village facilities it manages, the date and agenda for the next meetings, the minutes of previous meetings and the policies under which it operates - please see the links below, in the menu bar above, and in the sidebar on the left. (Note: the sidebar might be hidden if you are viewing this device on a mobile device.)

Great Gransden has 9 Parish Councillors - Andrew Pett, Giles Scott, Jeff Gorton, Nick Ginn, Michael Capps, Nigel Day and Peter King, who were returned following an uncontested election in 2018; James Catmur, who was co-opted later that year; and Lisbeth Ricciardi, who was co-opted in 2019.

Your Parish Council always welcomes your questions, comments and suggestions. See our contact page for info on how to get in touch. And you can attend our meetings via Zoom - see below - and join in the Open Forum section of the meeting.

Privacy and Accessibility are important to us.

The Parish Council takes care to safeguard the privacy of personal data supplied to us, in whatever form. A copy of our current privacy notice can be viewed on our privacy page. Apart from formatting changes (to improve accessibility) and a change to the contact details in December 2019, the current version was last edited in May 2018, to ensure conformance with the newly-introduced GDPR legislation.

In order to improve accessibility, the site appearance was changed in December 2019, and several pages revamped. A new Accessibility Policy is being developed, and will be announced here when it has been adopted by the Parish Council.

Parish Council meetings

The next regular Parish Council Meeting is on Monday 7th December 2020.

Meetings are normally held in the Reading Rooms. However, to comply with the rules on social distancing - and to allow those who are self-isolating to participate - we are now holding our meetings online. (Previously, meeting had to be held in person, but new Government regulations now permit online meetings.) We are using Zoom (, which allows the Councillors and the Parish Clerk to be online together, and also allows interested parties to watch and listen in. During open forum sessions, members of the public will be able to participate: signal your intention to speak, and you will be asked for your input. Apart from the Open Forum, please keep yourself on mute. If you are unable to join us via Zoom but want to contribute to the open forum, please email your comments to the Parish Clerk in advance of the meeting.

(We recommend you sign up with Zoom and experiment before attending your first Parish Council meeting online. You can join a test meeting by visiting

Join us on Zoom using the meeting ID 313 378 5045 and passcode 941083.

The agenda for a PC meeting is published at least 3 clear days in advance; here is the one for the November 2020 meeting. For the regular monthly meetings, the clerk's report is also available to view before the meeting: see link on the agenda page. Meetings are normally the 1st Monday of each month (unless that is a bank holiday, in which case the meeting is on the 2nd Monday); extra meetings are sometimes held to allow the parish Council to discuss an urgent matter, such as a planning application where we have to give our input before our next scheduled meeting.

Minutes of previous meetings status
November 2020
 October 2020 extra meeting
 October 2020
September 2020
Annual Parish meeting 2019
held on Thursday 18th April 2019
Please note that draft minutes will not be considered official until approved by the Parish Council at a subsequent meeting.

Gransden 2020 Vision

Great Gransden is in the process of establishing a Neighbourhood Development Plan, which is an opportunity for the community to have more say in the way the village develops over the next year. The Parish Council has delegated authority to a Steering Group to oversee this work, and there is a separate website giving information about progress, and details of steering group and other meetings - see

News and other Announcements

What follows is a number of posts containing information that might be of interests to parishioners, along with announcements by the Parish Council. If there are a lot of posts, they may continue onto other pages, with a link to them at the bottom of this page. Old posts will be moved to the old posts archive before being eventually deleted - though if they are very temporary notices, for example about road closures, they may be just deleted once they are no longer of relevance.

(Some posts may contain links to other sites, but the Parish Council has no control over the contents of the referenced sites, nor their privacy and accessibility policies; please exercise reasonable caution when visiting them. Indeed, the owners of those sites may make changes that invalidate the links we have supplied, so please let us know of any problems! Likewise, any attachments to or images or quoted texts (indicated by colour and indentation) within the posts are as supplied to us and are provided here for your convenience, but the Parish Council cannot speak for the accuracy and accessibility of this information.)

Audit of accounts, 2019-2020

posted 6 Nov 2020, 03:59 by N Day   [ updated 6 Nov 2020, 04:00 ]

In preparation for our annual audit, the Parish Council published our Annual Governance and Accounting Statements for 2019-20. You can also download a document describing your rights to inspect and comment on the accounts. Our accounts have now been audited, and accepted without comment. You can download a copy of the external auditor certificate and also the notice of conclusion of audit.

PC meeting, November 2020

posted 29 Oct 2020, 04:13 by N Day   [ updated 5 Nov 2020, 11:03 ]

Agenda for the November 2020 Parish Council meeting:

(click here to get a copy of the agenda in PDF form. The Clerk's notes are also available via this link. Minutes of the meeting are appended below, and the PDF version can be download using this link.)

From Catherine Fox, Clerk 28/10/2020:

The Next Meeting of the Parish Council will be held at 7:30 on Monday 2nd November 2020 via remote conferencing on Zoom (Meeting ID 313 378 5045, Password 941083) with Andrew Pett in the chair.

Please Note: Due to restrictions currently in place around COVID-19, there will be no physical meeting. Those who wish to comment on any item on the agenda are invited to join the Parish Council via ‘Zoom’. Councillors will not be making decisions about items not on the agenda. Any personal information given will be dealt with in line with the Parish Councils General Privacy Notice, full details of which can be found on the website.

All members of the Council are hereby summoned to attend for the purposes of considering and resolving the business to be transacted at the meeting as set out below.


1. Silent Prayer.

2. Apologies for absence.

3. Declarations of Interest.

(a) Councillors to declare any disclosable pecuniary interest in any items on the agenda;

(b) Councillors to declare any other interest in any items on the agenda.

4. Minutes.

Consideration of the minutes of the meeting on 5th October 2020 and also of the extraordinary meeting held on 16th October 2020.

5. Open Forum.

for 15 minutes to enable members of the public to bring any matters to the attention of the Parish Council.

6. Matters Arising.

1. Update on recruitment of new Reading Room Caretaker.

2. Reading Room Car Park Update – Update from Councillor Capps.

3. Neighbourhood Plan – report and update from Councillor Pett.

4. Water Bailiff.

5. Repair of broken swing.

7. Sportsfield Grass Cutting/Maintenance.

To consider arrangements for 2020/21.

8. Cemetery Extension Grazing Licence.

To consider the revised documentation.

9. Clerk’s Financial Statement. For October 2020 and Budget Review.

10. Cheques for Approval.

11. Precept for 2021/22. To consider the Parish Council’s budget.

12. Highways. Any repairs or maintenance needed.

13. Correspondence.

1. Luton Airport – proposed new hold area.

2. Closure of Waresley and Gransden Woods.

3. Nuisance Noise at the MUGA.

4. Audit of our accounts 2020 – External Auditors Certificate.

14. Planning.

To paint the exterior of No.18 Middle Street in the same colour as No.16 Middle Street.
18 Middle Street Great Gransden Sandy SG19 3AD.

15. Next Meeting: Monday 7th December at 7:30 pm.

Minutes of the meeting (also available in PDF format, see above)

Those present were:

  • Andrew Pett. Chairman;
  • Jeff Gorton, Parish Councillor;
  • Giles Scott; Vice Chairman;
  • James Catmur, Parish Councillor;
  • Catherine Fox, Clerk;
  • Lisbeth Ricciardi, Parish Councillor;
  • Michael Capps, Parish Councillor ;
  • Peter King, Parish Councillor;
  • Nick Ginn, Parish Councillor ;
  • Nigel Day, Parish Councillor;
  • District Councillor Richard West;
  • And 1 member of the public.
1. The meeting was opened at 7:30 pm with a silent prayer.

2. Apologies. Apologies were received from County Councillor Julie Wisson

3. Declarations of Interest. There were no declarations of interest.

4. Minutes of the previous monthly meeting held on 5th October 2020 and also of the extraordinary meeting held on 16th October 2020 which had been circulated, were approved and will be signed accordingly by the Chairman.

5. OPEN FORUM. The meeting was closed for 8 minutes.

Councillor West commented on the proposed new holding stack consultation for Luton airport.

NATS holdings (formerly National Air Traffic Services) are working with Luton Airport which could lead to more aeroplanes passing over our region when leaving a holding stack north of St Neots and continuing descent to Luton . Consultations remain ongoing around options to simplify the arrival routes for flights.

The areas affected are villages stretching from Boxworth to Papworth Everard and over to St Neots. Huntingdon, Alconbury and Brampton will also be affected by a potential increase in sound from 50dBA to 60dBA with aircraft stacking between 8,000 and 13,000 feet.

Councillor West also confirmed that the Government proposals for overhauling the planning system had been discussed at scrutiny and cabinet meetings. Following these discussions, the Strategic Planning Cabinet Member (Councillor Jon Neish) will be writing to Parish and Town councils with the local planning authority response. Councillor West fully supports the work of the Neighbourhood Development Plan and confirmed that the intention is that communities will set the agenda for planning within their own areas.

Councillor West had responded to a resident in relation to concerns that piling being undertaken by the Sand Road developers may potentially cause damage to his property. Having contacted the enforcement officer at HDC, Councillor West confirmed that this was a civil matter. Unfortunately, since the privatisation of the building regulators, controls and checks were looked after by internal teams and not by the council.

The closure of Waresley and Gransden woods been discussed at the Waresley-cum-Tetworth Parish Council meeting after the discussion it was agreed to write to Mark Ricketts of the Wildlife Trust requesting re-opening of the woods. Councillors of Great Gransden acknowledged the response by Waresley-cum-Tetworth and will discuss their response at item 13.2.

6. Matters Arising

6.1 Reading Room Caretaker Update. Councillor King confirmed that Georgia Yarrow had accepted the role of Caretaker at the Reading Room, effective 1st November. The final contracts are sill with the solicitors but have been approved. Once received, they will need to be signed by Cllr Pett and a second representative of the Parish Council. The rent will be paid to the Parish Council on the 1st of each month for the sum of £720.00. Councillor King proposed that salary payments should be made by standing order on the 28th of each month (or the nearest working day) to ensure that funds were received and cleared in a timely way. Similarly, the clerk’s salary (currently paid by cheque) should also be paid via a standing order. This was seconded by Councillor Pett and unanimously agreed. These automated payments will commence on 28th November 2020 and will be reported as payments made to the full council at each ordinary meeting thereafter.

6.2 Playing Field Car Park. Councillor Capps confirmed that there had still been no response to the request for quotations and therefore no further action had been taken. It was decided that the potential costs of resurfacing the car park were likely to be too high and that for now this would not be taken any further. However, lighting at the car park is still required – especially given the increased usage during the current times. Councillor Capps suggested that as trenches were dug to accommodate the lighting, it might be possible to ask the contractor to also fill in the potholes.

6.3 Neighbourhood Plan – Report and Update. Councillor Pett reported that the NDP steering group were next due to meet on 4th November 2020. At that meeting, a report would be finalised for publication on Touchbase. This will cover the same elements that were presented to the Parish Council in September – covering an overview of aims and objectives of the plan.

One of the issues raised by the NDP Steering Group was around a Ground Source Heat Project. Unfortunately, the current funding rules have changed and therefore no progress can be made on this at the moment. With the use of oil likely to become disallowed in the future this will need to be looked at again at a later date.

6.4 Water Bailiff. Unfortunately, due to a change in personal circumstances, the recently appointed Water Bailiff will no longer be able to continue to volunteer his expertise. Councillors noted the fantastic job that he had done with the weeds and plants so far. The Clerk has investigated the process for appointing another Water Bailiff. However, without a volunteer who already has the necessary qualifications and experience to voluntarily undertake the role, the process is not straight forward. Therefore, at this point in time, the Parish Council agreed that no further action should be taken.

6.5 Repair of broken swing. The toddler swing in the playground has been broken beyond repair. Quotes for its replacement had been requested from Wicksteed who are the manufacturers of the damaged one so that the swings match and are of equal quality. Councillors agreed to approve the quotation which is listed in item 10,

7. Sports field Grass Cutting/Maintenance
. Councillor Ginn confirmed that the current contractor had done a superb job with all users of the Sports field happy with the standard of cut being done. Councillors unanimously agreed to ask the existing contractors to tender again for 2021/22 on the existing specifications.

8. Cemetery Extension Grazing Licence
, A revised Grazing Licence had been received from the solicitors following the Parish Councils previous requests for amendment. Councillors felt that the revised version was a suitable agreement and unanimously agreed to accept it.

9. Financial Statement for October 2020. The sheet filed as Appendix No. 1 had been circulated. The statement was unanimously approved and signed by the Chairman. Councillors also noted the budget review as at the end of October 2020.

10. Cheques for approval. The following payments were approved:

Proposed Councillor Pett, seconded by Councillor Scott.
 1 Clerk’s salary for October 2020  £574.60
 2 Clerk’s Office expenses for October 2020 £26.58
 3 Playground Supplies Ltd
(Components for refurbishment of Wooden Train)
 4 CAPALC – Finance Training x2  £60.00
 5 CAPALC – Clerk’s Knowledge Training  £250.00
 6 Mrs C Fox – New Speedwatch Battery  £21.98
 7 PKF Littlejohn LLP – External Audit Fee 2019/20 £360.00
 8 Wicksteed Leisure Ltd (Replacement Toddler Swing) £208.32
 9 DP Garden Works and Grounds Maintenance
(Cemetery Grass Cutting – October)
 10 Mr R McIntosh – Garden of Remembrance
 11 Buchans Landscapes
(Sports field Grass Cutting – October)

11. Precept for 2021/22

A summary of receipts and payments had been circulated together with a proposed budget. Basic annual costs for next year were estimated to be £21,775. Councillors considered future costs of ongoing tree work, a possible contribution towards the LHI bid if the funding application is successful together with any increase in reserves. Councillors agreed to set aside £500 toward the Multi-Use Games Area (MUGA) sinking fund, £1000 for street lights, and £500 for annual maintenance costs of the MUGA. A budget was also agreed for future Reading Room cottage works (to include the replacement windows and door) of £3500.00 and £2,000 for provision for the Reading Room village hall. Additionally, a provision was agreed for the Playing Field Car Park behind the Reading Room. In line with the amounts held for the Sports field carpark, this was agreed at £3000.00

The precept amount for 2021/22 was discussed at length. It was noted that in comparison to other similar villages within HDC, the precept amount was very low. The average Band D precept in parishes similar to Great Gransden is £77.28, whereas currently the Band D precept in the village is £56.05. Whilst not an ambition to meet the ‘average’ level, the comparison is helpful in highlighting parity with other villages. The Parish Council has several areas highlighted by residents that require expenditure. For example, the play equipment, provision for older children and traffic reduction/calming measures. Many of the facilities in the village are under increased usage as people spend more time in the immediate locality. An increase in the precept amount would allow the Parish Council to make a step-change by meaningfully enhancing services and amenities where previously it could not afford to do so.

Councillors considered the financial implications of an increase to residents, especially during the current pandemic. An increase to put the precept in line with that of other comparable villages would equate to an increase of approximately 50 pence a week for Band D properties (roughly £26 per year). It was felt that this increase could be justified in one go rather than by staggered increments and would mean an increase next year would be unlikely. A larger precept would help the Parish Council be in a position to respond to issues and feedback received in line with the NDP Touchbase publication (see item 6.3)

Taking these additional considerations into account alongside reserves and known expenses, Cllr Pett proposed raising the precept to £35,000, an increase of £10,000 on last year. Seconded by Cllr Scott and carried with 8 votes in favour and 1 abstention. The budget for 2021/22 was discussed and will be formally agreed at the next meeting.

12. Highways

12.1 Blocked drains in the village still remain an ongoing problem particularly on East Street/ Church Street. Drainage issues have been reported frequently with evidence of water now coming from underneath properties on Church Street – possible compromising foundations. Drainage issues have become increasingly apparent following the reduction in scheduled routine maintenance – symptomatic of financial restraints. Due to the severity of the drainage problems, all of the drains must be done – doing just one or two is not sufficient and will have little to no effect.

In Cllr Wisson’s absence, Cllr West will email Highways to highlight the pressing need for action to be taken.

12.2 The Oak Tree on Little Gransden Lane will be added to the inspection list. Associated issues and concerns can then be monitored and the landowners approached.

12.3 The elm trees near the Old Vicarage need attention. Unfortunately, after much time and financial cost they have become unattractive and are unsustainable. A proposal will be made regarding their future following the tree reports that are currently outstanding.

12.4 The Pothole at the bottom of Crow Tree Street has started to open up again despite being repaired on several occasions. Clerk to report to Highways once again.

12.5 Councillors noted that the hedge at the crossing of West Street at Little Lane had been cut back. This has much improved the visibility for people trying to cross at that point.

13. Correspondence

13.1 Councillors noted the proposed new hold areas for Luton Airport. It was felt that option 2 was preferred as it was slightly more favourable than Option 1 for residents of Great Gransden. There is little to no noise from commercial aircraft currently and therefore Councillors felt that the option offering the least noise would be better.

13.2 Councillors noted all correspondence received from villagers, including notification of the formation of an action group campaigning for the re-opening of the Waresley and Gransden Woods. Councillors felt that clearly a large amount of money had been spent on the erection of steel gates to prohibit access to the woods and questioned why this money was not spent on the drainage and ditches within the woods themselves. Funding had been received from the developers of Sand Road which was to be used to enhance and improve the woods – mitigating against any damage caused by a potential increase in visitors. The closure of woods does not suggest that works to this effect have been undertaken.

Councillor Pett suggested that a meeting could be arranged between Chairs of the local Parish Councils (Waresley-cum-Tetworth, Abbotsley, Gamlingay, Great Gransden) and the Wildlife trust so that the issues raised by all Parish Councils could be discussed. Clerk will draft a letter to the Trust summarising the details above and will copy in all other relevant Parish Council Clerks.

13.3 A complaint about nuisance noise had been received from a resident regarding the use of music on the MUGA (Multi-Use Games Area) by a commercial fitness class. Currently, there are no restrictions on the use of music on the MUGA nor on its usage for group fitness activities – noting that no other Parish facility would be available without a small charge. A policy around commercial usage currently does not exist. However, the introduction of a charge may intimate an informal agreement for usage which is in contravention of the no-booking policy of the MUGA. Councillors remain mindful of the benefits of the MUGA as a recreational facility for all and do not wish to curtail people’s enjoyment of it, especially at these difficult times. It was decided that commercial usage should be looked into in more detail at a later date. For now, the Clerk will contact the user in question and request that going forward, there is no music to be played so as not to cause disturbance to residents living in close proximity.

13.4 The report from the external auditors had been received with no findings.

14. Planning

To paint the exterior of No.18 Middle Street in the same colour as No.16 Middle Street
18 Middle Street Great Gransden Sandy SG19 3AD

Councillors unanimously recommended ‘Approval’ citing no reasons for objection.

15. The Next Meeting has been arranged for Monday 7th December 2020 at 7:30pm

This meeting closed at 9:33pm

October 2020 - extra PC meeting

posted 12 Oct 2020, 06:54 by N Day   [ updated 12 Oct 2020, 06:55 ]

An extra PC meeting has been called this month, primarily to discuss the appointment of a new caretaker for the Reading Room; it will be held online via Zoom, on Friday the 16th at 7:30pm. Due to the nature of the business, that item of the agenda will be closed to the public. The full agenda follows, but is also available in PDF format.

1.  Silent Prayer.                                                                   

2. Apologies for absence.

3. Declarations of Interest. 

(a) Councillors to declare any disclosable pecuniary interest in any items on the agenda;

            (b) Councillors to declare any other interest in any items on the agenda.

4. Open Forum for 15 minutes to enable members of the public to bring any matter to the attention of the Parish Council.

5. Approval of a solid entrance from playing field to the School Gates.

 ‘Public Bodies (Admission to Meetings) Act 1960

(2) A body may, by resolution, exclude the public from a meeting (whether during the whole or part of the proceedings) whenever publicity would be prejudicial to the public interest by reason of the confidential nature of the business to be transacted or for other special reasons stated in resolution and arising from the nature of that business or of the proceedings; and where such a resolution is passed, this Act shall not require the meeting to be open to the public during proceedings to which the resolution applies.’


6. Recruitment of new Reading Room Caretaker – Panel Recommendation

In line with the legislation above, this item will be closed to the public.  

7. Next Meeting Monday 2nd November 2020 at 7:30pm.

PC meeting, October 2020

posted 1 Oct 2020, 05:52 by N Day   [ updated 12 Oct 2020, 07:32 ]

A meeting of the Parish Council was held on Monday 5th October 2020 via remote conferencing on Zoom, with Andrew Pett in the chair. Minutes of the meeting can be downloaded using this link. (Minutes are to be considered draft until approved at a subsequent meeting.)

Please Note: Due to restrictions currently in place around COVID-19, there will be no physical meeting. Those who wish to comment on any item on the agenda are invited to join the Parish Council via ‘Zoom’. Councillors will not be making decisions about items not on the agenda. Any personal information given will be dealt with in line with the Parish Council's General Privacy Notice, full details of which can be found on the website.

A copy of the agenda in PDF format follows, but can also be downloaded using this link, and a PDF version of  the clerk's report. is also available.

1.    Silent Prayer.

2.    Apologies for absence.

3.    Declarations of Interest. 

(a) Councillors to declare any disclosable pecuniary interest in any items on the agenda;

(b) Councillors to declare any other interest in any items on the agenda.

4.    Minutes. 

Consideration of the minutes of the meeting on 7th September 2020.

5.    Open Forum for 15 minutes to enable members of the public to bring any matters to the attention of the Parish Council.

6.    Matters Arising.   

1.     Reading Room Caretaker – Update.

2.     Bluebell-19 Coronavirus Support Group – Update from Councillor Catmur.

3.     Reading Room Car Park Update – Update from Councillor Capps.

4.     Neighbourhood Plan – report and update from Councillor Pett.   

5.     GRSA Committee – Update from Councillor Ginn.

6.     Middle St – consideration of traffic survey results from Cambs County Council.

7.    Approval of Cemetery Tree Works.

8.    Replacement Windows and Doors – 18 Fox Street. Update.

9.    Local Highways Improvement Bid 2021/22.

10. Clerk’s Financial Statement.  For September 2020 and Budget Review.

11. Cheques for Approval.

12. Highways. Any repairs or maintenance needed. 

13. Correspondence.                        

1.     Skate Park.

2.     Sand Road.

3.     Suspected Box Blight at Garden of Remembrance.

4.     Elm Trees – Church Street.

5.     Proposed TTRO – Closure of Meadow Road (B1046) 15th – 17th Dec 2020.

14. Planning.

1. PARISH COUNCIL CONSULTATION – APPLICATION REF. 20/01400/HHFU. Single storey rear extension following demolition of existing conservatory. 2 Whittets Close, Great Gransden, Sandy, SG19 3AL.

15. Next Meeting. Monday 2nd November 2020 at 7:30pm. 

Reading Room Caretaker

posted 8 Sept 2020, 08:37 by N Day   [ updated 8 Sept 2020, 08:41 ]

Great Gransden Parish Council are looking to fill the position of Caretaker for the Great Gransden Reading Room. The post is for 18 hours a week and would suit either a single person or a couple. If required, accommodation can be provided.

Please contact the Parish Clerk at for details.

2020-08-17 - extra parish council meeting

posted 12 Aug 2020, 04:25 by N Day   [ updated 19 Aug 2020, 04:20 ]

There's going to be an extra parish Council meeting on Monday, to discuss some planned tree works at 33 Meadow Road, and also temporary traffic regulation 2020C19-009 to close Middle Street and Little Lane, Great Gransden to support social distancing outside Barnabas Oley.

The TTR would run for up to 18 months from 7 September 2020 between 8:30 - 9:30 and 14:45 - 15:30, Monday to Friday, term time only. You can get more info from the County Council's web page on TTRs, but for your convenience we have attached a copy of the draft order and the map below. (Both are in PDF format.)

You can access the meeting agenda using this link, and attend the Zoom meeting using the details on our home page.

edited to add: the minutes of the meeting are available for download; they are to be considered draft until approved by the Parish Council.

Annual Governance Statement, 2019-20

posted 12 Jul 2020, 10:25 by N Day   [ updated 12 Jul 2020, 10:27 ]

In preparation for our annual audit, the Parish Council is publishing our Annual Governance and Accounting Statements for 2019-20. You can also download a document describing your rights to inspect and comment on the accounts.

Playground reopening!

posted 1 Jul 2020, 05:05 by N Day   [ updated 16 Sept 2020, 05:45 ]

The Government ordered the closure of outdoor playgrounds at the start of the pandemic. Effective from Saturday, the 4th of July, this ban is lifted – but you still need to obey the requirements for social distancing. The government has issued the following advice to parents and users:
  • Children and parents must not interfere with closure measures where a playground remains closed. If it is closed then this will be for a good reason. Do not endanger yourself by breaching closure measures. Wait until the playground has been opened properly.
  • Maintain social distancing within the playground, according to the government’s latest advice.
  • If the playground is too busy then find another playground in which to play.
  • Wash your hands before entering the playground and after you have finished. Use hand sanitiser often.
Also, to reduce the risk of virus transmission, food and drink must not be consumed when at the playground.

The Multi-use game area (MUGA) is already open, but currently for use only by members of a single household at a time (or with up to one other person, provided proper social distancing is maintained).

DO NOT USE the MUGA or the playground if you are showing coronavirus symptoms, or if you or any of your household are self-isolating. Use of these facilities is at your own risk.

A guide to NHS Test and Trace in Cambridgeshire and Peterborough

posted 17 Jun 2020, 13:50 by N Day   [ updated 17 Jun 2020, 13:53 ]

As part of its response to the Covid-19 pandemic, Cambridgeshire County Council and Cambridgeshire County Council and Peterborough City Council have set up a Health Protection Board, made up of Public Health professionals, specialists from Public Health England, local authority and health representatives and other relevant bodies. The Board is responsible for producing the Local Outbreak Control Plan by the end of June 2020, and has published a PDF document entitled "The Guide to Test and Trace in Cambridgeshire and Peterborough".

Local councils have been asked to share the document widely. Version 1 is appended below, and the latest version can be downloaded at

The document says "The model has two main objectives. 1. To prevent people from getting COVID-19. 2. Where individuals are infected or there are outbreaks in settings, to have a clear and robust response to prevent further transmission to control and contain the virus. We want our residents and settings to be clear about what they need to do, where they can get advice and most importantly what plans are in place to protect us all in whatever situation may arise and wherever we may be." It then goes on to give detailed advice on recognizing the symptoms, what to do if you think you may have COVID-19 or are contacted by the NHS Test and Trace service, and how to get help and more information. the Document also describes how schools and care homes are protected.

MUGA partly reopening... but not the playground

posted 12 May 2020, 13:11 by N Day   [ updated 12 May 2020, 13:12 ]

The good news

The Government is easing lockdown restrictions, so with effect from Wednesday 13th May the Great Gransden MUGA (Multi-use games area) in Fox Street is now open... but with restrictions. Basically, only one household can use it at a time - but you can be joined by at most one other person, provided all the rules about social distancing are followed. Also, you must not use it if you have Covid-19 symptoms, or if anyone in your household is (or should be) shielding or self-isolating.

(In practice, it's best to restrict your MUGA time to , as the 2-meter social distancing guideline is for when you're all standing still: if you're exercising together, the safe distance is much further than that!)

The bad news

The children's play equipment remains out of bounds, as the Covid-19 virus can survive on hard surfaces for some time.

The background

As described in an earlier post, during the first phase of the Covid-19 lockdown the govenment order all outdoor facilities such as our MUGA and the children's playground. As announced in a FAQ on the 11th of MAY (see, the restrictions have been eased with effect from the 13th of May:

1.3 Are you reopening tennis courts / golf courses / basketball courts etc

Yes. Sports courts can re-open, but you should only partake in such activities alone, with members of your household, or with one other person from outside your household, while practising social distancing. You should take particular care if you need to use any indoor facilities next to these outdoor courts, such as toilets.

You should not use these facilities if you are showing coronavirus symptoms, or if you or any of your household are self-isolating.

Another document, entitled 'Staying safe outside your home' (also published on the 11th of May) talked about the 2-metre rule:

1. Keep your distance from people outside your household

Whilst recognising this will not always be possible, it is important to be aware that the risk of infection increases the closer you are to another person with the virus, and the amount of time you spend in close contact with them. Therefore, you are unlikely to be infected if you walk past another person in the street.

Public Health England recommends trying to keep two metres away from people as a precaution. However, this is not a rule and the science is complex. The key thing is to not be too close to people for more than a short period of time, as much as you can.


4. Avoid being face-to-face with people if they are outside your household

You are at higher risk of being directly exposed to respiratory droplets (released by talking or coughing) when you are within two metres of someone and have face-to-face contact with them. You can lower the risk of infection if you stay side-to-side rather than facing someone.

The plea

Please help us all get though the Covid-19 safely, and help avoid further spikes in the pandemic, by following the rules and guidelines!

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