Following numerous complaints from residents regarding speeding though the villages and particularly the danger this represents in the vicinity of the two schools, Elm Parish Council decided at its November meeting to try to set up and support an Elm Parish “Speedwatch” under the guidance of Cambridgeshire Police.
In order to proceed to the next stage, volunteers are needed.
If you are interested in helping in this worthwhile project and have a few hours during the day each month to spare, please email the Parish Clerk, Mr Terry Jordan, at: firstname.lastname@example.org giving your name and address.
Full training is given and equipment provided – all that is needed is your time when it is convenient to you.
The more volunteers we have the better and, as soon as we can get this scheme up and running the better, as it would facilitate further speed reduction plans.
‘Mayhem’ will get worse
Many of your readers must have noticed the enormous increase in trailer tractors currently going to and fro along the A141 and A142.
Their steady 37mph and all day everyday movement is already causing mayhem on our roads. The site of one of these, with an enormous queue behind it, is now a common theme in Fenland.
I counted 11 in six minutes along the March By-pass on a recent Sunday lunchtime.
What many of your readers will not know is that these are feeding the Anaerobic Digester that has been built at Mepal. This will now be a continuous event all year round.
Re the planning application by Fengrain for another AD in Wimblington – other people have already articulated sound comprehensive reasons why this should be refused, but if I may, I would like to point out the following:
Firstly, this has nothing to do with green energy, of which I am all in favour.
This is all about millions of pounds, yes millions of pounds, of Government subsidies that Fengrain are hoping to get.
Secondly, this has nothing to do with enhancing the national energy infrastructure, the energy will be used by Fengrain and will not reach the national grid.
Thirdly, even in Fengrain’s traffic report, it states that there will be an increase of 78 lorry movements a day on our roads to feed the new AD.
Well, given that they are likely, I would suggest, to also be delivered on trailer tractors, this is going to be hundreds more of these on our roads every day – on top of the enormous increase already approved for the Mepal AD.
When we talk about adverse impact on our community, it should be noted that with regards to this application this isn’t Eastwood End, nor Wimblington, nor March; this is going to impact upon business, leisure and visitors across the whole of Fenland for years to come.
free car parking
Use cash from reserve funds
The Fenland District Council leader instigated a lot of hullabaloo over car owners being ‘rich’. It depends how an individual defines wealth.
Of far more importance to me is the FDC’s veiled threat of imposing parking charges at Fenland towns.
It would be a huge mistake and small traders would suffer as a result.
I know of several towns where empty shops have been transformed into a glut of cafes and restaurants and financial premises, motorists visiting larger towns to purchase goods.
The idea is a no-brainer and the winners supermarkets, but their parking spaces will be increasingly used by some motorists who have no intention of entering the buildings.
At March I notice one or two areas with double yellow lines are being used by motorists to park vehicles.
For a long time now I have not seen beat police on patrol, nor community officers and traffic wardens to enforce parking law.
Like the dinosaurs they seem to have faded into the mists of history.
I support the idea of local councils making use of reserve funds which amount to a few million pounds to keep our car parks free for use and our commercial centres reasonably prosperous.
Spend in the places where we live.