Letters: Please keep March footpath open

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I see the FDC are planning to close down the public footpath/right of way in March from the town bridge past Greetings card shop – terminating the easy access route for members of the public to the community facilities, the library, the sports centre, swimming pool and the community park.

I just wondered how long this public footpath has been in existence? I’m sure there is more than one person everyday who uses it and thus, as one person uses it, the council have a duty to maintain it.

The only other alternative as a one-off situation is that local shops and businesses and the Chamber of Trade get together to raise and partly fund the restoration of this footpath. This must not, however, become a precedent to ease council funding cuts as I am sure local businesses pay their business rates in any case!

The wider implications of closing this public footpath down could lead to local farmers closing down footpaths across their fields and housing estate developers blocking off footpaths and public rights of way.

Mark Burton,

Chatteris.


march festival

You made it a success

As chairman of the March Summer Festival Committee, I’d like to thank everyone involved in this year’s Festival.

The committee worked very hard through the year, as did the Lions to ensure the gala went smoothly.

I’d also like to thank all of the participants, our sponsors and all of the volunteers who gave up their time to ensure the event was a success.

We are now planning for 2016 – if you would like to help in any way please contact Clive Lemmon on 01354 653709 or clive.mtc@btconnect.com

Marcus Phillips,

Chairman, March Summer Festival.

MARCH OPEN GARDENS

A pleasant

hour for all

Anyone admiring the colourful year-round displays of flowering baskets and tubs in March might also want to see behind-the-scenes in some of the gardens belonging to green-fingered people throughout the town.

There will be gardens open every weekend in July and others in August and September to raise funds for St Mary’s and St Peter’s churches.

Enjoy a pleasant hour or two in the gardens and also a cup of tea or home-made cake, find a bargain at a bric-a-brac stall or win a tombola prize.

Details of all the gardens are in the ‘March Open Gardens’ leaflet from 01354 652841 or email: mar.geo@talktalk.net

Margery Payne,

March.


County council election

Thanks for your vote

I would like to thank everyone who voted for me as Councillor for Wisbech South on Cambridgeshire County Council in the recent by-election.

Thank you for supporting me and placing your trust in me and I will do my best to help residents. I would also like to thank everyone who helped me with the campaign.

Finally, I have been asked to point out that Peter Lagoda (who was the reason for the by-election) has nothing to do with the Fixings and Plastics Centre any longer. This business is now under new management and I wish them success for the future.

Coun Samantha Hoy,

via email.

newspaper collection

Farm treat

A party of 35 youngsters and 16 adult helpers from March schools enjoyed a fun-filled and educational day out to Pidgeon’s Farm.

It was courtesy of the monies raised by the donation of newspapers, by members of the public, to the Rotary Club’s monthly collection in City Road car park on the second Saturday, 9am–noon.

The excited children were taken to the venue, with free admission, a packed lunch, drinks, tractor rides and pocket money. The tired, but happy girls and boys then returned to their various schools.

This annual event is wholly funded by income from the sale of the newspapers, which are recycled in equine bedding. This collection has been taking place for over 40 years.

This is one of the local community projects funded by the Rotary Club of March each year. Rotarians just give their time, there are no expenses. Rotarians Ross and Jan Davies, with Terry Emery supervised the function.

Godfrey Smith,

President, Rotary Club of March.