AS a resident of Eaton Ford and someone who works in Huntingdon, may I reiterate the excessive concentration of resources devoted to Huntingdon and how little is devoted to St Neots. Any money donated, such as that offered by Mr Rowley, must be additional
AS a resident of Eaton Ford and someone who works in Huntingdon, may I reiterate the excessive concentration of resources devoted to Huntingdon and how little is devoted to St Neots.
Any money donated, such as that offered by Mr Rowley, must be additional to funds from local government and not used to divert funds elsewhere.
As a regular member of the audience at Riverside summer band concerts, I have read with dismay suggestions that his money be used for a bandstand. Surely money was allocated for this several years ago. I understand that design problems have delayed a decision.
Huntingdon has one - maybe that could form the basis of a design. Yes, the riverside floods, so maybe it would need to be higher with more concrete but surely not beyond the ability of a local authority (I've designed and built bigger structures myself and I'm not a professional builder).
St Neots definitely needs a cinema, but one run by a commercial venture showing up-to-date films, not a part-time arrangement in the Priory Centre.
I understand that a number of operators are already interested in providing facilities in St Neots. This must be encouraged and might offset the commercial development that may be providing jobs but is blighting the approaches to town.
While £1million may not be sufficient to build and run a cinema, surely it could help with land, maybe as a reduced charge lease of local authority land to an interested operator - better than a steel-fenced and closed open air pool site.
St Neots is now down to a part-time swimming pool and those of us who wish to swim in term time have to pay large amounts to go to a private pool.
An open-air pool is little use in a UK climate: maybe this donation could finance some form of extension to the Ernulf pool to be made available to everyone
In the meantime, the interest from this donation would be more than sufficient to provide the following: street and public open space cleaning, which takes place in St Neots, but seldom in the areas of Eaton Ford and Eaton Socon; cleaning and replacement lamps in the dangerous obstructions (eg street bollards) in the St Neots Road through Eaton Socon; a warden to patrol and advise drivers who park on pavements that their action will eventually cause the death or injury of mothers/children/invalid scooter drivers who are forced into the road.
Lack of action will probably be blamed on another authority but, as a payer of extortionate taxes, I'm interested in what gets done rather than bureaucracy and political infighting.
Inflation is running high and, if money allocated is put under the mattress for as long as the case with the bandstand, it won't buy much after a few years.
BRUCE TUCKER, Jutland Rise, Eaton Ford