Happy New Year

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Happy New Year

Once again, it’s been a busy year in our ward. So much has happened and here are just some of the highlights…….

• We’ve seen Miss Bell take her place as the new headteacher and Miss McGroarty as the new deputy headteacher at Heritage Park Primary, two very popular appointments and so right for the school.

• Agreement was secured from the council to name the new road into the development opposite Stanground Community Centre as ‘Fishpool Drive’ in memory and celebration of the life of Peggy Fishpool and the huge amount of time she invested into Stanground and our city’s’ children by way of her stables and riding school.

• The ‘Wonky Donkey’ micro pub opened in Fletton, a now much-loved community asset.

• Fletton Lake (The Knotholes) had become literally a dump, but together with IKEA the land owners, our enforcement team, the community payback team and volunteers, a huge amount of work was undertaken to clear the area. Measures were also put in place to prevent vehicle access, the primary mechanism used for the fly tipping.

• Mrs Hepworth-Lavery, our much loved retired headteacher at Heritage Park Primary, was presented with a lifetime achievement award by the Mayor for her services to education in the city.

• We won our fight against the proposed Poultry Farm & Slaughterhouse planning application which would have seen this highly unsuitable production plant sited nearby.

• Our new community defibrillator was installed at Heritage Park Primary School and we also completed our first free lifesaving training course for residents.

• Nearby the Tenter Hill planning application appeal was defeated. Brian, Ray and I all wrote to the planning inspector in support of residents and it was great that he agreed with the original planning committee decision in that it was correct in refusing the application on the grounds of ‘a lack of open space’.

• We were delighted to hear the £5M investment we lobbied hard to secure for the much needed road improvements at the Whittlesey Road / Pondersbridge junction had finally been signed off and survey work had begun.

• And finally, I hope you read the heart-warming story and success in having a headstone found in Park Farm, reinstated to its rightful place in Ramsey. The work I am called on to perform as a councillor is very varied but this I’m sure, will take some beating.

There were hundreds of personal individual cases too that I can’t go into and we’ve had some challenges with crime and anti-social behaviour but overall, thanks to your efforts and vigilance, we are a very low crime area and continue to be looked upon as one of the best wards in the city.

I’d personally like to thank all of you that invest in our area and city, run local businesses, our schools, community centres, nursery’s, community cafes, churches, pubs, scouts, sports associations, litter pickers, residents’ associations and first responders. Together you make our ward a great place to live.

To all those unsung heroes, our volunteers. I know you’re out there and you’re doing great work. Be assured, the work you do is deeply treasured by the community. Thank you.

And of course, to all our emergency workers working night and day to look after us in our time of need and to ensure our safety. Thank you.

Pretty sure you’re all fed up with elections so I won’t dwell on that too much save to say they are thankfully over and I hope we can all now come together and carry on working for what is best for our community.

It’s my turn to seek re-election in May next year and I hope you will lend me your support so as my work for our ward and city can continue, you can be assured of mine.

Rita and I would like to wish you all a Happy, Healthy & Prosperous New Year.

Chris