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Letters from the Fenland Citizen, fenlandcitizen.co.uk, @FenlandCit on Twitter

Community Plans offer an opportunity for everyone in our community of Doddington to make themselves heard. They provide a way for you to say if you want more open spaces, more effective public transport, affordable housing, better access to health care, a chance to buy local produce at local shops and to choose how your community can help everyone in it to relax and make the best of their social and leisure time.

The Community Led Plan process offers a structured process whereby the residents of our village can help identify the most important local issues and use this evidence to develop a detailed plan of action to bring about specific improvements to Doddington Village in line with the wishes of the residents.

We, the Doddington Village Action Group (DVAG), have been working as a voluntary steering group to organise a questionnaire to be distributed to all Doddington residents in the near future. This would take about 15 minutes to complete and, once completed, the data will be analysed and evaluated by a professional independent company and this will then be turned into an action plan to enable the “Community Led Plan” to be produced.

Copies will be distributed by volunteers and, should we miss you, there will be spares at the Post Office, the Three Tuns, The George, Reflection by Charlotte, and the newsagents. If the completed questionnaires could be returned to the venues above we would be most grateful.

We sincerely hope that you will take this opportunity to let us know your views and help us to make the improvements to our village that will ensure its success for generations to come.

Michael Manze,

Chairman, Doddington Village Action Group.


Monorail is unsuitable

I refer to Alan Lay’s letter in the March 25 Citizen and recall the ‘monorail’ correspondence of a few years ago.

I believe the present favoured proposal is to re-open the former ‘heavy rail’ (to use the correct term) route between Wisbech and March to enable passengers to travel on conventional trains between Wisbech and Cambridge without changing en route.

This would not be possible with a monorail.

Allan Sibley,


Fenland – not Disneyland

I note the Monorail point has raised its head again.

As for Mr Lay attending the collective meeting at the Boathouse and coming away bemused, he has to be a UKIP Councillor?

I didn’t go anywhere close to the meeting, yet I could answer six of his questions without taxing my brain. Just thinking on a common sense view, many of his questions are just an attempt to provide the area with a Disneyland attraction for the adventurous that will not take you to Cambridge.

Intended travellers without cars and those over 65, many with walking problems where stairs are involved, would think twice about having to travel seven miles on a Monorail.

As for costs, in Sydney, Australia, they have disbanded their Monorail as being costly and too little used.

The one-time shuttle between Wisbech and March failed, mostly due to the infrequency of the service and passengers with cars making the journey quicker.

I would draw Mr Lay’s attention to his 2014 statement, where he mentions the benefit to the area that would bring £50-£98 million to the area. Now that’s some footprint.

Mr Lay is just one person when there are so many more intent people who want to see this branch re-opened. Whilst double-tracking could give an opening to freight, even a distribution depot in the immediate area in an intelligent effort to get heavy transport off the roads. That’s up to all the rail freight companies to consider.

With a direct rail-link to Europe, the advantages to businesses in Wisbech alone would be of enormous advantage.

This is what Mr Lay should be thinking about – and not vote-catching.

Owen Smithers,



Please sort this out

After going for a long walk the other night to the shop on the A47 I had to walk half the way to the shop, which is half-a-mile from our home, on the road in my yellow jacket because there is no street lighting along the path until you reach the other end.

As I was walking when a car came along I had to quickly jump onto the pavement, which is so full of potholes and hardcore I nearly fell over onto my forehead.

There is also mud on the path which is very slippery, especially when there is a frost.

This is very dangerous, especially for elderly people who have to walk with a stick or cannot see very well in the dark.

I suppose, when there is a serious accident and someone is hurt – or worse – we will hear that same old pathetic excuse from the council ‘we will do something about it’.

Do it now, to make sure it doesn’t happen.

Paul Thompson,



Can they read?

Do residents of Elm care about children when allowing their dogs to mess on a nice grass area of the former canal?

It’s an ideal area for young children to play football, ride bikes and meet with friends.

Or is it that the dog owners can’t read? It states on a post to pick up after your dog.

One hundred poop bags cost just 89p – please consider using.

A caring dog walker,

via email.


Limits set at safe speed

Re the recent letter from Bob Mitchell.

Some years ago I did an A.D.I. course with view to becoming a driving instructor. There the Metropolitan Police advised a policy of progressive driving which basically said speed limits were set at safe speed and all vehicles should be travelling at that speed, or a few miles less – thus minimising the need for overtaking.

If people decide to drive substantially below the limit they are effectively forcing everybody to drive at that speed. What right do they have?

And where does it end if somebody wants to drive at 30 in a 60? Also, impeding the flow of traffic is an offence.

John J,



Closed when we want ’em

Fenland Distict Council have the puzzling habit of closing their leisure centres on Bank Holidays – just when the public actually have their greatest opportunity for making use of them!

Wishing to find out the Easter opening times for the Chatteris centre, I picked up a copy of FDC’s handy guide ‘Easter holiday activities programme’ which covers all four of FDC’s centres.

Remarkably this document neglects to mention either the regular centre opening times, or the reduced holiday opening.

Included are full-page programmes of activities for Wisbech, March and Whittlesey, but nothing for Chatteris.

For decades Chatteris subsidised the other three Fenland market towns’ leisure centres when we paid the same council tax without any fitness provision.

Now it appears that our successful ‘dry side’ subsidises the other towns’ ‘wet sides’.

Come on FDC – time for a discounted, non-swimming membership rate for the only town without a pool!

Chris Howes,


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