Is there a better site for housing?

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Living in Elm, I can appreciate the rural charm, the open green spaces and the gentler pace of life.

However, it appears that a small parcel of land that is between Abington Grove and Henry Warby Avenue, which abuts the rear of the cemetery, is about to be developed.

Having spoken to Maxey/Grounds it appears that if planning permission is granted, 30 houses (25% social housing) will be built next year.

The access to this proposed development is not via the main road the B1101( Fridaybridge Road) but by a small narrow cul de sac (at present) in Henry Warby Avenue, just barely a car’s width.

I appreciate that housing is required but 30 houses on this size of plot is far too many and the extra traffic a burden to the existing infrastructure.

Are there not brown field sites that could be developed first? Rather than spoil this green and pleasant land.

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RAIL LINK

Town needs railway

Since 1969 and the closure of Wisbech East railway station, Wisbech has been an isolated one-horse town living on its past glories, slowly tumbling back into the mud. The kind of town people either come to retire to or want to run and escape from.

The town has a captive labour market being situated in the middle of nowhere, with high unemployment amongst the locals and minimum wage, poorly paid and insecure jobs.

Most of the jobs available go to people coming into the country from overseas instead of locals.

A railway station with good services would open this artificially low wage captive insecure labour market up to the outside world – and bring in new companies and much-needed better paid secure jobs.

Far too long has Wisbech slumbered, getting more and more run down as the years have passed – with its tumbledown derelict shops and collapsed shops in the high street, Wisbech is becoming an eyesore town.

One of the biggest problems with the re-instatement of the railway is where would a station be sited. A perfect site in the middle of the town was thrown away by planners without a thought for the future, so a pet food factory development could be built a few years ago.

I speak of the former Wisbech East goods yard. The yard even had a platform with a suitable building and track, and was perfectly sighted for a town centre station. OK the factory development brought jobs, but it robbed Wisbech forever of a perfect station site for a new in-town railway station.

A correspondent refers to the town as being a dormitory town if the railway returns. Wisbech already is a dormitory town – those who have transport and want to work in a secure job with a decent wage have to go to Cambridge, Peterborough and beyond every day to work and just come home in the evenings.

Wisbech is dying on its feet and needs new jobs and life – let the railway come and open up this one horse town to the outside world. It’s decades overdue.

Paul Johnson,

Tydd St Giles.

Rail would be a fillip

The letters concerning the proposed railway link were instructive. On the one hand you had people taking a constructive and positive view raising potential problems and offering solutions. On the other hand there were people who obviously do not want a railway link.

I very much want a railway link. I think what the letter from Victoria Gillick totally missed was the psychological fillip it would give residents of Wisbech. We would no longer be cut off from the mainstream!

She also has a very poor view of what Wisbech has to offer. Wisbech is a market town with attractive buildings and location. It would be great to be a dormitory town for Cambridge. That would mean young families moving in. What would follow would be some of the stores we lack and improved local bus services. It would also make Wisbech more attractive to retirees.

I am therefore grateful to our local MP for keeping up the momentum.

David Silver

REMEMBRANCE

World War 2 salute

I am writing on behalf of St Clement’s Church, Historic Group, Outwell.

We made an appeal to your newspaper earlier in the year for any known relatives of The Fallen named on the Outwell Memorial who gave their lives in World War 1.

Our appeal was published in your newspaper and the response was a great success and helped us to complete a Book of Remembrance containing letters and photographs of the men who gave their lives. The appeal continues until 2018.

It is also our intention to compile records of the men listed on the Memorial for World War Two and complete a similar book to mark the 70th year of the outbreak of World War 2. The book will be launched in May 2015 at Outwell Church.

I now ask that you make our appeal known, through your newspaper, to any family members or friends of the men whose names appear on the memorial for World War 2.

Our request is for letters, photographs or any relevant correspondence that we can include in the book. Any documents or photographs will be scanned and the originals returned to the owners.

When the book is completed in May 2015 it will be on display together with World War 1 records. They will be exhibited on a regular basis at Outwell Church for all to visit and see.

Anyone with information about the following, please telephone 01366 383994 or email vivian1@talktalk.net

Alfred Stewart Arnold, Bernard Bidwell, Ernest James Blunt, Reginald George Brown, Eric Cooper, Ray Cooper, Thomas Payne Hite, John Cephas Hornigold, Herbert Mee, George Ernest Sprigs, Arthur John Charles Soper and Kenneth George Wilson.

Tony Judd,

St Clement’s Church,

Historic Group.

CHRISTMAS APPEAL

Outstanding generosity

Thank you for including my letter in your newspaper, asking for the donation of Christmas trees and decorations for our Santa’s Grotto.

The generosity of your readers has been outstanding! We have been given trees by people in Wisbech and all over the district, especially Whittlesey. Thank you to all who gave so happily.

We look forward to seeing you all in Santa’s Grotto on any Saturday up to Christmas and on the Sunday and Monday immediately before Christmas Day.

The Grotto is in the Institute in Hill Street and runs from 10am to 3pm each day.

A visit to Santa is just £5 per child, including a gift from Santa, and £1 for adults.

Happy Christmas to you all.

John Smith

Chairman, Friends of the Institute, Wisbech

CHRISTMAS LIGHTS

Bright show

March Christmas lights are once again shining with some wonderful new pieces, including the March narrow boat and the train named in honour of Gordon Blake, who generously left us a large legacy in his will.

Many thanks to Mick Beer, Dean Elkin, Clinton Elkin, Robert Peachey who have spent many hours in all weathers putting the lights up and Sue Beer for her hard work in repairing and checking them.

Thanks also to the Middle Level Watermen’s Club for adding to the spectacle with their decorated boats also Pet and Carol on Halcyondays. To March ATC, March Rotary Club, the Christmas Lights Committee, John Whitehead for compering the evening, alongside Duncan Partington, the group In The Mood, the entertainer on stage, Hannah Hawkin from Eddie’s who switched on the lights, along with Mayor Kit Owen.

A big thank you to Father Christmas for coming to March on his bright new sleigh, complete with reindeer, escorted by the March Lions Club members.

But most of all thank you all for coming along to see the wonderful March Christmas lights display and switch-on.

Cllr Bernard Keane

Chairman of March

Christmas Lights Committee