I went to the Joint Area Committee meeting this afternoon. Before you start furiously clicking to get away from this page - let me tell you why it's important.
JAC brings together Fenland and County Councillors to discuss various Highways matters. Two important issues were raised today, of very contrasting scales. The first was a petition requesting support for a set of double yellow lines to prevent parking on the junction along Stonald Road near Sudbury Court. It is a relatively low cost item, but we agreed to take it away and see whether a deal can be done to find some funding - no guarantees, but we will try. The petition was supported by a resident of Sudbury Court and by the appropriate District Councillor for the Ward, Councillor Kay Mayor.
The second item was to bring forward proposals for a Market Towns Strategy for Whittlesey - which is a much needed piece of work which will develop an overarching roads strategy for the Town. Included in this will be considerations for a bypass - ideas for which are currently being worked out. In fact the only bit of the whole report that I expressed concern about was this phrase:
"Initial desktop study work looking at Whittlesey traffic issues and the scope, impact and costs/viability of a bypass has commenced"
What I commented about was the word viability - I asked for it to be replaced by "possibilities" because I don't want "no" to be part of the solution.
I have been a Councillor in Whittlesey for over ten years and this is the first time I have known any sort of firm plans to be brought forwards - that is testament to the amount of work local Town, District and County Councillors have done to push this issue. Indeed, I was supported today by fellow County Councillor Ralph Butcher (who also supported the Sudbury Court petition).
This is still going to take time - but at least we can see progress being made.