Councillors listening on Riverside
I READ with interest the letter relating to Riverside Park (October 22). I find it disappointing to be accused of being a councillor who does not want to look shame-faced saying it will not be used as another car park. The whole point seems to have been m
I READ with interest the letter relating to Riverside Park (October 22).
I find it disappointing to be accused of being a councillor who does not want to look shame-faced saying it will not be used as another car park.
The whole point seems to have been missed. We as Councillors do think we have a great amenity in the town. In fact that is one of the reasons we did not want it dug up for the guided bus.
What we are doing is consulting with users and tourists alike. It was surprising just how many tourists to Huntington I spoke with during the days I was involved in the consultation in the streets of our town.
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There were all sorts of ideas about the future of the park, as well, of course, as some ideas for minor improvements.
The hard-standing surface can be used for many things and was welcomed by a large majority of the people I spoke with. It frees up the car park when events such as the fair take place, so that those who use the car parking facility will still be able to do so. Remember, we are not suggesting any increase in car parking numbers.
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It also means that - and this was thought to be an excellent idea by many - open air events by Huntingdon Town Council and the like could use the facility, one example being a "last night of the proms".
One comment I did take on board was that we should limit the number of days' usage a year.
When this area is not is use, it can be used as a multi-purpose play area.
Yes, Riverside Park will still be green.
The writer went on to complain about the fair. Personally, I do not like fairs, since my early days of seeing them desecrate Clapham Common, where I grew up.
However, my personal opinions do not matter. As many people forget, we councillors are only the representative voice of the people.
Yes, lots of people want to see the fair moved, or not to come to our town at all.
I have asked searching questions. Why do they have to be here? Why can't we put them in another location? Regrettably, I get the same answer. They have an ancient right to come to Huntingdon going back some 120-plus years. They could even use Market Square if they wanted to. They have a right to "public land", which does not include Mill Common, which, as pointed out, is owned by the Freemen.
I welcome constructive correspondence on both the fair and Riverside Park. That is what democracy is all about.
Please do not run away with the idea that your local representatives do not listen to you. I know I speak for my fellow councillors, Jeff Dutton and Mike Simpson: we all believe in action (on your behalf), not promises.
Cllr COLIN HYAMS
Huntingdonshire District Council