Who’s taking responsibility?

I GET incensed each week over some of the stories I read. Do the people who run Huntingdon take no responsibility for the decisions they make or the legacy their predecessors have left us? The lad killed on the by-pass; what ducking and diving over which

I GET incensed each week over some of the stories I read. Do the people who run Huntingdon take no responsibility for the decisions they make or the legacy their predecessors have left us? The lad killed on the by-pass; what ducking and diving over which department should pay for the works to make crossing the road safer. Safer, not safe.

Tower Fields was sold so we could have a cinema complex and fast food outlets in exchange for the sports complex that became known as Jubilee Fields. This was seen as a great achievement, and we saw a lot of councillors patting each other on the back at the time in the press.

What use is it really when it just so far away and inaccessible without a car. No wonder the majority of our youngsters resort to computer games rather than kicking a ball around as we did as kids.

There is a fantastic facility, in public ownership, most suitable and central in California Road, soon to become another high density housing estate. I urge public bodies to bring the sports field back to California Road as it was, not 30 years ago. Our youngsters would be safe without busy roads to cross.


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More of them would participate in sport or outdoor activities if those facilities were more accessible, with all the benefit that brings. Our local authorities have a poor record of retaining public open space.

Then I read a comment from HDC that Centenary House is a modern building. Yet Ekins, Dilley and Handley occupied it a long while before Pathfinder House was built. If Pathfinder House was so structurally unsound, it is taking a lot of effort to knock it down. Listening to the authorities it should have just fallen down. But it was not built to council specifications. Funny that.

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At about the same time, as Pathfinder House was being built, the council was coming round to inspect the footings of a single garage we were building. Why were they not inspecting the construction of such a conspicuous and complex structure to ensure it was built to extant regulations and would last?

Are the 14 flats so essential to the redevelopment of Pathfinder House site? Keep the land as open space as it was before the wooden huts were built for Don Bennett and his Pathfinders during the war. These wooden huts lasted longer than Pathfinder House. Some are still serving the community as scout huts.

In another 30 years we may need that land to erect some portable buildings to decant the council workers into while they rebuild Pathfinder house again. You can sell the Crown Jewels only once.

ALLAN BROCKLEBANK

St John's Street

Huntingdon

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