Sir Graham Bright visit

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The special guest at a Manea meeting was Cambridgeshire Police and Crime Commissioner Sir Graham Bright.

Sir Graham attended a recent MAPIG (Manea’s Action Plan Implementation Group) open meeting to speak to residents about the parts of the Plan his department is responsible for.

There were also additional presentations from many other speakers, all of who were invited to focus on their particular responsibility for the actions in the Plan.

Anne Marshall, the Street Scene Officer for Fenland District Council was one of them, as dog fouling was one of the major problems highlighted in the original questionnaire.

She explained how to report offences anonymously and what steps are currently being taking to address the problem, which is one for most villages and towns in Fenland.

Representatives from the other emergency services, including the ambulance service and fire brigade, gave informative updates, as did members of the Parish and District Councils regarding their specific responsibilities.

Pete Towrow (MAPIG member) gave an update on the Plan’s progress and the greatly enhanced rail service provision for the village. Every household is kept updated via Manea Matters, the village magazine; the editor also gave a presentation.

Dianne Rowe, MAPIG Co-ordinator, said, “MAPIG is totally impartial and we exist to monitor the progress of the actions within the action plan. We’re getting there but there’s a great deal of work still to be done.

“We are very grateful to all the speakers for taking the time to address the meeting and we were pleased with the number of residents who attended. We hope to continue to hold an open meeting on an annual basis so the people of Manea can have their say.”