Reassurance from councillor

I NOTICE from the articles and subsequent letters the level of concern shown in your newspaper regarding the district council’s consultation on development in the north of March area.

I am glad that the residents of March have engaged with the district council to input their thoughts into the process and trust they will be listened to.

As a county councillor our interests lie in Estover field and I want to reassure residents that the county council is committed to providing good quality football and sports facilities in the Estover Road area of March.

Furthermore, these need to be well planned and sustainable so they benefit both current and future generations. This is why I asked the county council and the FA to carry out a report to look at football provision in March, including the future of the Estover playing field.

The council is not bound by law to provide sports facilities but it is only right, if we want our children to grow up healthy with a love of exercise and sport, that we help secure appropriate facilities for the community.

This report demonstrated a real lack of quality football facilities in March particularly at Estover Road, something many of us already knew. But what this report has provided is the vital evidence necessary for all parties to use in master planning for the growth areas.

The county council is insisting that development in the Estover Road area must be accompanied by good quality sports facilities and have urged the district council to make sure this is safeguarded in any plans.

As a local councillor I will continue to argue to make sure those sports facilities are included in any plans and that they are sustainable.

STEVE COUNT

Cambs County Councillor March North