Town councillors were shown plans for Giffords Park land between Somersham Road and the A1123 at last Wednesdays planning meeting. The proposals include a new ground for St Ives Town Football Club, allowing it to move from Westwood Road, a possible solar farm and a commercial/employment area that would allow ­businesses on the industrial estate to move to larger premises but remain within the town. Space for a supermarket and petrol station has also been added in the plans, providing a ­possible alternative to Morrisons, which hopes to build a store next to the Marsh Harrier on the other side of Needingworth Road. Other space is set aside for a hotel, residential care and a car showroom. Land has been offered to St Ivo School for a ­possible sixth form centre. The blueprint for the east of the town, entitled St Ives The future?, claims that Giffords Park can provide key employment land needs for the town up to 2036. It says the proposals have received interest from several operators. It adds: Giffords Park has the potential to become a major employment centre, and existing and new public transport links to the town will allow local people a sustainable mode of travel. The plans also state: This is not a short-term in-fill site which gives little or nothing back to the community as a whole. As an employment-led scheme, including a food store, sufficient capital will be generated to pump-prime important community ­facilities such as St Ives FC, ­residential care and opportunities for St Ivo School and others. A window of ­opportunity exists with a long-term landowner who is willing to play a full role working with the community. This will allow the land to be managed and developed effectively as an asset of the town.