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 how to get in touch

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

There is an extra Parish Council Meeting on Monday 17th February
The next regular Parish Council Meeting is on Monday 2nd March 2020

Meetings are held in the Reading Rooms unless otherwise noted. The agenda for a PC meeting is published at least 3 clear days in advance; here is the one for the February planning meeting. For the regular monthly meetings, the clerk's report is also available to view before the meeting. 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). Note that May 4th 2020 is not a Bank Holiday, despite what some diaries say, so our May meeting is on that date! The 2020 Annual Parish Meeting is scheduled for the 23rd of April.

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

Audit of the Accounts for 2018/19

The audit of accounts for Great Gransden Parish Council for the year ended 31st March 2019 has been completed and the accounts have been published.  You can download a copy of the Notice of conclusion of audit, along with sections 1, 2 and 3 of the Annual Governance and Accountability Return 2018/19.

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.)

2020 meeting dates

posted 28 Jan 2020, 06:40 by N Day   [ updated 28 Jan 2020, 06:41 ]

At the December 2019 meeting, the Parish Council agreed that the 2020 meetings would folllow the normal pattern of the 1st Monday of the month (except when this is a bank holiday, when the meeting will be delayed one week). This means the next meeting will be on the 6th of January, with subsequent meetings on February 3, March 2, April 6, May 4, June 1, July 6,  August 3, September 7, October 5, November 2 and December 7. The Annual Parish Meeting was put down for the 23rd of April.

As usual, extra planning meetings may be scheduled as necessary.

2019 12 - Part of Waresley Woods closed

posted 10 Dec 2019, 03:03 by Nigel Day   [ updated 27 Jan 2020, 09:23 by N Day ]

(This article has been updated to have a direct link to the map of the closures as of 10 Dec, as the Wildlife Trust BCN have now added this to the Waresley Wood page of their website.)

The Wildlife Trust BCN have had to temporarily close some of the paths through Waresley Woods to avoid damage. (A copy of their press release is attached below for your convenience.) According to their map, it's just the southern part of the Waresley & Gransden Woods reserve that's affected at present, but they may need to close the whole reserve if the temporary closure is ignored. The press release says:

Due to the heavy clay soil, during periods of poor weather excessive footfall can cause damage to the paths within the nature reserve. This adversely impacts upon ground flora and also creates conditions that are unsafe for some visitors.

Some paths are closed off to the public to prevent issues getting worse. Please respect the temporary closures - if closed paths continue to be used we may have to close the whole site to the public. We apologise for any inconvenience.

Please note – there are no public rights of way within the woodland. All access to the nature reserve is by kind permission of the landowner (The Wildlife Trust BCN) and may be withdrawn at any time. Please refer back to this webpage for updates on permissive access to this site:

UPDATE 27 January 2020: All of Waresley and Gransden Woods now closed! According to a Touchbase article, the Reserves Manager said:

As I am sure you are aware, the condition of paths in the woods has deteriorated and all of Waresley and Gransden Woods will be closed to the public from the start of next week, Monday 27 January

2019 11 - date of new A14 opening revealed!

posted 12 Nov 2019, 02:49 by N Day   [ updated 28 Jan 2020, 06:04 ]

Highways England have revealed the date on which the new section of the A14 will be opened - it's the 9th of December! The full press release can be seen here:

Some of the junctions have been renumbered, and some of them are limited-access - for example at J23, if you are on the A1198 you can't head eastward on the new A14, nor can you leave the new A14 at this junction if you are heading westward. More details about the limitations can be seen on the PDF file available for download from the press release page, or by following the following link:

Slow moving vehicles will be prohibited from the new bypass and will be directed to use alternative local access roads.

Update, 10 Dec 2019:

A section of the new road did open yesterday as planned - see the story on the Highways England web site. Unfortunately, the opening was marred by large delays in the morning at the M11/A1 junction (see the Cambridge News article), and, according to last night's TV news, the new section has already suffered its first accident.

(This post was further updated 27 January 2020, to improve accessibility.)

Get involved in the 'Big Conservation'

posted 25 Oct 2019, 14:20 by N Day   [ updated 3 Nov 2019, 21:49 ]

NHS CAMBRIDGESHIRE AND PETERBOROUGH CCG have sent us the following info re consultations to shape the NHS:

Get involved in the Big Conversation about how we shape our NHS

Local residents are being encouraged to have their say on the future of local NHS services as part of The Big Conversation.

Funding for healthcare across Cambridgeshire and Peterborough is under pressure. More people are using NHS services locally, and resources are limited. At the moment, the local NHS is buying more than it can afford which means that some difficult decisions need to be made about the services it can afford to provide in the future.

The Big Conversation has been created to help Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), who buy the healthcare services in the local area, to understand what is most important to the local community. Feedback received will be used to create a set of principles that will inform our future plans and help shape our local NHS.

Local residents can give their feedback by attending one of the events taking place across Cambridgeshire and Peterborough during October and November. Or, by completing a short survey online at

Find out more about The Big Conversation and local events online:

New Local Plan for HDC

posted 3 Jun 2019, 07:01 by N Day   [ updated 3 Jun 2019, 07:01 ]

Huntingdon District Council adopted a new Local Plan in May 2019, and consequently the principle of 'Tilted Balance' no longer applies when considering planning applications. For a copy of the local plan and accompanying statements, visit

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