We had Fenland's "State of the District Debate" this afternoon. Basically, a Council meeting that is help once a year to discuss how things are going. Part of it included a summary of the financial challenges facing Fenland District council, something I am also dealing with as a County Councillor. More of that another time.
Another part was a presentation from Alan Melton, the Leader, about opportunities moving forwards. I was quite heartened that once again he gave great credence to some of my ideas about a large business park in the centre of Fenland as a means of funding an A605 Whittlesey Bypass -given that a bypass would provide rapid access from Fenland to the A1. He was also kind enough to mention it as my idea.
He also talked about plans that have been put to the new Greater Cambridge and Greater Peterborough LEP to upgrade Chesterton railway station and potentially improve railway lines from Cambridge to Peterborough. I made the point during the debate about the increase in rail usage from Whittlesey over the last few years (since Peterborough decided to charge extortionate rates for Station Parking!!) basically making the point about hte need for more trains to stop.
It is good to see positive ideas still coming forward despite the financial tough times that Councils face. We have to keep trying to look forwards and move forwards.