Don’t need pub

WHEN I had finished reading The Hunts Post (July 11), I cannot tell you how depressed I felt about three items in particular that I just cannot believe our councillors have agreed to. Firstly, the decision to turn the old post office into another public

WHEN I had finished reading The Hunts Post (July 11), I cannot tell you how depressed I felt about three items in particular that I just cannot believe our councillors have agreed to.

Firstly, the decision to turn the old post office into another public house. Around the market square there are at the moment seven businesses concerned with food and drink and just round the corner there are another two licensed premises where it is proposed to open yet another pub. I believe Fiona Birke thinks they intend to sell coffee and food - wrong, Fiona, they are licensed. An officer from CAMRA predicts that at least two businesses will close if this goes ahead, so what is the point of allowing Wetherspoons to come here?

A suggestion was made a while ago that the post office should be used for a youth centre. We desperately need something for the young people in the town, but once again something that we really do need is ignored.

Secondly, 98 per cent of the people in this town want a cinema. They voted for it, attended meetings for it and once again nothing. And lo and behold they find £1million for a community centre at the back of a supermarket. Who is going to use this state of the art building? The evangelical church, the Cambridge youth service, and the Eaton Socon Community Association. I suspect it will have a nursery and bingo, with line dancing, a real hub of activity like the Jubilee Hall. It certainly will not benefit the people of St Neots.


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Thirdly, I cannot believe that Cambridgeshire County Council is considering destroying the lives of people with special needs by shutting their centres, as for a mother of a daughter with learning difficulties the Bargroves was a life-line. Where can all the people who use the centre go?

The suggestion was made that they would be given money to go swimming or to a football match. Are the people who think these ideas up on our planet? I suggest that the head of disability services, Penny Butler, visits Bargroves to see how much support these people need. As for choice, they either stay at home or go to a centre.

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JOY WINTERS, Blackwood Road, Eaton Socon

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