THERE is a pathway in St Ives, alongside Thorndown School, which though a popular thoroughfare has long lain neglected. So I was delighted when at the time of recent local council elections it suddenly became a burning issue. More recently, both the Conse
THERE is a pathway in St Ives, alongside Thorndown School, which though a popular thoroughfare has long lain neglected. So I was delighted when at the time of recent local council elections it suddenly became a burning issue.
More recently, both the Conservative and Liberal Democrat local groups have been proud to announce that, due to their individual efforts, a magnificent new path has been laid for the benefit of townspeople for years to come.
They are quite right. I have been to look. It is indeed an excellent path, which probably did need resurfacing. Unfortunately, it is the one north of the school, whereas it is the southern path that is more in use and still in a poor state. I believe that there is to be a survey of the town to see where this type of work needs to be done, but I hope it will not be delayed until the next local election.
Meanwhile, some well-meaning persons have decided that it is essential to remodel St Ives town square, which has developed over a long period of time and now lends a great deal to the character of the town - our statue of Oliver Cromwell, in particular, being the central feature.
The anonymous persons want none of that. They would much prefer a plaza style, which is probably typical of the towns where they spend their holidays in France or Italy, but hardly typical of Huntingdonshire.
It was a good idea, and the public consultation was most professional, but we St Ivians do not need our town square changed. They would be more appreciated if they would concentrate on boring but necessary repairs and maintenance work in the town.