Let’s find positives’ rather than arcade
AN arcade, with all the anti-social aspects that it would involve, hits a completely different tone to the redevelopment of Huntingdon and the High Street that has been noted and enjoyed over the last few years. I would be very disappointed to find that a
AN arcade, with all the anti-social aspects that it would involve, hits a completely different tone to the redevelopment of Huntingdon and the High Street that has been noted and enjoyed over the last few years. I would be very disappointed to find that an arcade had been approved.
While it would of course be a private venture, it would have a negative impact - there have been studies that have shown that, for some people, playing such games can increase loneliness, depression and aggression - surely everyone would agree that we don't want these aspects multiplied in our town.
Add to that the negative financial aspect of people frittering away money in an anti-social manner, when the debt assistance agencies are telling us that there are significant debt and credit problems in our area, and it becomes quite difficult to see how an arcade would be a good thing for our community.
Perhaps some suggestions would be helpful regarding what could be opened with a view to creating a social place that could still be a successful commercial venture. I think the idea from John Nunn, of the Card Gallery, to make the Market Square come alive with cafés, restaurants and coffee shops, similar to what has happened in Peterborough, would be a great step in the right direction. A safe, fun and secure place for youth to join the community and hang out would be another option.
It would be great to see some local entrepreneurs coming up with commercially-viable ideas to develop Huntingdon further into the lively and involved community it shows signs of becoming.
- 1 Eight Huntingdon children handed anti-social behaviour interventions
- 2 A1 set for night-time and weekend closures until August
- 3 Suspected case of bird flu in swan reported to DEFRA
- 4 Meet the Sassy Lassies cycling group encouraging women in Huntingdonshire to ride
- 5 7 of the most beautiful churches in Cambridgeshire
- 6 Police check home of 101-year-old animal rights patron for stolen beagles
- 7 New homes plan for Huntingdonshire village
- 8 Part of The Busway set for weekend closure with diversions near St Ives
- 9 Site cleared after 'grenade' prompts alarm
- 10 A "determined" Huntingdon man takes on Everest after a double lung transplant
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