Please end mud hell

Letters from the Fenland Citizen,, @FenlandCit on Twitter
Letters from the Fenland Citizen,, @FenlandCit on Twitter

There are certain things you can expect living in the country.

Windy weather across the Fens, following tractors slowly up the roads, that smell in the air you just don’t get anywhere else are just some examples.

Certain things you don’t expect. Having so much mud left on the roads that you can’t even walk along the road, let alone drive safely.

I live off Station Road in the village of Coldham, which is left in such a state cars are constantly covered in mud.

The road does not have footpaths so you have to walk through the mud just to get from one end to the other. This is a concern for the children who have to get to the main road enabling them to get the school bus.

I ride a motorbike and have on numerous occasions come close to falling off due to the state of the road. I now won’t use the bike unless the road has dried out fully – this I feel spoils the whole fun of having it.

Tractors and other farm machinery have flattened the edges of the road, doing away with whatever drainage we once had. After heavy rain the water just stands on the road, which causes its own problems.

Friends and family are reluctant to visit due to the state the road leaves their own vehicles.

When you complain to the Coldham Wind Farm they generally have two answers.

One – other contractors.Two – it’s the council’s responsibility to maintain the road.

Sending the sweeper up the road on the odd occasion following phone reminders from residents does not resolve these issues.

The road needs constant maintenance following any work on the surrounding fields.

Those responsible should consider diverting machinery in another direction which would not impact on the local residents – fields shouldn’t only have one entry and exit.

I pay road and council taxes and expect to get the service I am paying for. I don’t think I am asking the world, just common decency be demonstrated to the people living on this road.

Please would someone take note and do something.

Garry Lawrence,

via email.


Trains must compete

In your article in today’s Citizen you write that the coalition say that re-opening the railway could halve travelling time between Wisbech and Cambridge to “under two hours”.

It currently takes about an hour to drive to Cambridge so the rail link will not be used by the majority of people who have access to cars. To be successful the rail link will need to compete on cost and travel time with the car.

Peter Wood,

Tydd St Giles.


What effect?

I refer to your report on page 3 of the November 12 issue.

I find it difficult to imagine what adverse effect the proposed turbines at March Landfill Site in Hundred Road would have on the “wider setting of St Wendreda’s Church” which is some two-and-a-half miles away ‘as the crow flies’ on the opposite side of the town. Given that the spire of St Wendreda’s is not visible from ground level at the Landfill Site I doubt that the turbines, even if 85 metres hub-height, would be visible from the ground at St Wendreda’s.

Also I am intrigued by the potential for the turbines to have an impact on “the integrity of MOD Radar systems”. Are there such systems in the area of the Landfill Site? If so, where and what purpose do they serve?

Allan Sibley,



Thank you

On behalf of the clients who attend, and volunteers who run, March Foodbank, I should like to say a big “thank you” to all readers who have donated food over the last year.

In November 2013 we opened our doors to people in food crisis. Sadly, the number of people needing help has been steady throughout our first year.

Ten tonnes of food has been distributed, helping dozens of families and single people. We are dependent on our voucher holders, who identify the client’s need of food, as well as the generosity of local businesses, churches and schools.

Individuals, whom we shall probably never meet, donate food at Tesco (Hostmoor), Sainsbury and Iceland shops in March. Our sincere thanks for all your support.

We would love to be able to report March no longer needs a Foodbank, but the evidence shows that, for the foreseeable future, we need to continue.

Anyone wishing to volunteer email: Thank you.

Barbara Taylor,

(Co-ordinator of March Foodbank)

Little fish from the ornamental pond in St Peter’s Church Gardens, Wisbech – you loved to swim with your family and friends, enjoying the blue of the sky above you. The warmth and light that the sun gave you on a nice sunny day. The sound of laughter and chatter from schoolchildren peering in your pool, naming you Mr Blobby; not meaning to be cruel.

Always the first one in the queue when food was sprinkled on the water for you.

One day in November you have disappeared. No more silver shine of the moonlight at night reflecting in your pond. You have gone.

Some of us will miss you little fish. Some of us cared.

Sad Wisbech resident


Remembrance in verse

I wrote this poem on November 9 and although Remembrance Day has gone, I feel that the sentiment remains:


Here I sit in a noisy trench.

Surrounded by mud and Death’s evil stench.

How I long to be with you again.

Instead of being in this horrific terrain.

Gunfire and bombs make a terrible row.

How I wish I was with you right now.

Here I sit, looking at fields of green.

Remembering where once I’d been.

Waiting for news from another war.

Wondering when my grandson will be at my door.

Not knowing is as bad as it gets.

Once you have lived through it, no-one forgets.

Here I am on an island far away.

Helping to keep the enemy at bay.

In a piece of the British Isles.

Which is far away in miles.

A ship explodes; the smell is rank.

Not wanting to die in waters dank.

Being in the desert sun.

In full kit and with a heavy gun.

Patrolling for unexploded mines.

Walking between very fine lines.

Doing this for the common good?

Not wanting to go home in a coat of wood.

Here I stand; head held high.

In salute to those who served and now are on high.

A brother, a son , a father, others just like you.

We will never know the horror you went through.

You are safe in the ground of green.

Where everything is calm and serene.

A poppy I hold, not much to say.

Except that if it wasn’t for you I wouldn’t see day.

Karen Thompson,



Thank you

I would like to thank, through your newspaper, everyone in Chatteris who supported, donated and helped collect during the recent RBL Poppy Appeal.

We raised a total of £8,254.79, purely on the sale of poppies throughout the two weeks, which was a small increase on last year: as always a wonderful response from the people of Chatteris.

As this year is the 100th anniversary of the commencement of the First World War, we were selling the centenary enamel lapel pins (dated 1914-2014).

We were inundated with requests for these and subsequently sold out within the first week.

However I have received a further supply of them and should anyone like to buy one (£2) they can telephone me on 01354 695257 or 07774 121 545.

Volunteers for next year can also contact me via those numbers.

My thanks to each and every one who contributed in some way.

Thank you all.

Lynda Behagg,

Chatteris Poppy Appeal



A waste?

Just read about the donation from Tesco to Chatteris Christmas light fund.

It’s a pity they couldn’t have found a more worthy cause.

A total waste of £2,500.

Sandra Rose (via Facebook),



Big thanks

I would just like to say a big thank you to all the customers that visited the Curry’s PC World store in Wisbech on Saturday, November 15, and donated money to our Children In Need collection which entailed two sales colleagues having their head shaved (Kathy and myself) and one of our managers, Ben, having his beard shaved off.

So far we have collected over £400 from customers and colleagues. Once again, Thank you.

Addie Booth,