THE plan to redevelop the Priory quarter of St Neots should make more of the riverside frontage for the benefit of everyone, councillors were told last week. During a meeting last Wednesday to look at the regeneration of the area, St Neots Town Council and the district council discussed a controversial blueprint for redevelopment. The blueprint was labelled by some councillors as disappointing after it stated the site was right for housing, bars and restaurants, but wrong for a cinema. At the meeting, David Piggott, of CB Richard Ellis, who worked on the report gave a presentation outlining his findings. He said the area would have to include town council offices, a public meeting room\/hall, community contact centre, enhanced library and provisions for the voluntary sector. However, he again said the location would be prime housing land - a route the town councillors are adamant not to follow. Cllr Paul Ursell said: "I would personally not like to see residential housing on the site. This is a major entertainment venue in the area and is a very popular facility." Cllr Barry Chapman added: "I'm absolutely totally against developing this site. The concept of knocking down the Priory Centre and putting up flats will do nothing for St Neots. I think the best option for this town is to keep the Priory Centre." Steve Ingram, head of planning at HDC, said: "I do not think anyone is promoting knocking down this building. I think something should be done to maximum the riverside for the benefit of everyone." Mr Piggott went on to say that were was "uncertain demand for a cinema" in St Neots and that match funding would be needed for a cinema to work in the town. Mr Ingram added: "St Neots is at a really exciting stage and now it is about coming up with ideas to realise the opportunities." INFORMATION: Would what you like to see in the Priory area of St Neots or what do you think the town is lacking? Send your views to: email@example.com or write to: The Hunts Post, 30 High Street, Huntingdon, Cambs, PE29 3TB.