Vandalised St Neots landmark may change ownership to allow long-awaited repairs

16:00 16 March 2014

The Day Column, St Neots.

The Day Column, St Neots.

Archant

Ownership of a St Neots landmark – vandalised a year-and-a-half ago – could pass to Huntingdonshire District Council in an effort to finally get it repaired.

Since the Day Column in the Market Square was damaged in August 2012, town councillors have been negotiating with HDC to replace the bronze lighting arm.

However, last week St Neots Town Council clerk Ed Reilly said that the “long and difficult” attempts to take action were continually thwarted by the district council. He said HDC insisted the arm needed to be repaired – rather than replaced – and had nominated three engineers on an approved list to carry out the work. However, none of them were available.

He added: “It does seem to be the district that is delaying it so councillors have taken the decision to say ‘if they are not are just going to let us repair it, then they are going to take responsibility for it.’”

A spokesman for HDC said: “I can confirm that we have received a proposal from St Neots Town Council, and that we are considering their request.”

0 comments

More news stories

09:31
Police investigation launched following collision which has killed a pedestrian

A woman in her 30s has died following a collision on the A1 southbound carriageway earlier this morning (Thursday).

Yesterday, 18:07
Gas canister accident, survivor Guy McCallan, at his home in Wistow, with his wife Katie,

A couple from Ramsey have issued a warning to people using gas canisters, after a Sunday night bonfire almost ended in tragedy.

Yesterday, 13:00
Danny Warby

A court has been told that a lorry driver was looking at his phone before an accident near Huntingdon that killed a Cambridgeshire police officer.

Yesterday, 10:56
The scene following a ram raid on a Sawtry newsagents

Audacious thieves have struck a newsagents in Sawtry overnight using a JCB in an attempt to steal the store’s cash machine.

Most read stories

Local business directory

Cambridgeshire's trusted business finder
HOT JOBS

Show Job Lists

Digital Edition

Image
Read the Hunts Post e-edition E-edition

Newsletter Sign Up