AS I am writing this letter, I can see exactly 41 people playing on the field outside my house. I am of course referring to the Riverside playing field in Huntingdon – a field that I have been informed by the council is intended to create a car park. Af
AS I am writing this letter, I can see exactly 41 people playing on the field outside my house.
I am of course referring to the Riverside playing field in Huntingdon - a field that I have been informed by the council is intended to create a car park.
After spending an hour on the council website I eventually managed to come across some plans of the so-called car park. A car park for 105 cars, as the planning letter quoted, it seems would require over a third of the field to create.
Consider for a moment the building of a guided bus route that will, of course, destroy a section of our much-loved recreation area. "To promote public transport" I believe was the argument put forward with the idea. How does a car park for 105 cars promote public transport?
I assume that the car park is intended primarily for the overflow of council workers who will not be able to use their own car park because a new building is being built on it.
I am somewhat baffled at the council's strong need to destroy all the recreation areas in Huntingdon.
And so I ask people to help stop this ridiculous idea. As stated on the planning letter, the public can voice their opinion of the car park by contacting the council either by phone on 01480 388327 or by sending a letter to Pathfinder House, St Mary's Street, Huntingdon, PE29 3TN.
They can also comment on the plans via the council planning website by going to http://planning.huntsdc.gov.uk/publicaccess/dc/DcApplication/application_searchform.aspx and searching for plan application number 0602186FUL.
I SYMPATHISE very much with the sentiments in the letter from Sue Bushby (July 12) concerning, among other things, the plans to add another 105 spaces to the Riverside car park.
I am against anything that will damage the local environment in and around the Huntingdon East Ward, but there has to be a balance between the two sides of the argument.
A lot of things have gone forward under the banner of progress recently. Some have been very good, some not so good and the odd one or two not very good at all.
In this case, I have been told that the need for more parking in the town outweighs the need for two football pitches.
As far as safety is concerned, more lighting and CCTV cameras will be put in place and the cameras are monitored 24 hours every day of the year.
Councillor MIKE SIMPSON
Huntingdon East Ward
Huntingdonshire District Council
MAY I point out that there is an error in Sue Bushby's letter "Riverside is a car park too far" (July 12).
The building adjacent to the MS Therapy Centre belongs to St John Ambulance, not to the Red Cross, whose building is on Huntingdon ring road almost opposite Pathfinder House.