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Dear All,

As lockdown begins to ease, and we hope for warmer weather, I want to update you on the Committee’s plans. We have decided to plan to restart our meetings in September and are now contacting speakers for the meetings. There will be more details once we have a programme arranged.

Meanwhile, there is to be a consultation on proposals for Market Town Enhancements in the Town. Funding for these enhancements comes from the District Council being successful in seeking money from the Cambridge & Peterborough Combined Authority. Already I have attended a walkabout to have the proposals explained. Ideas being discussed have to be delivered quickly, i.e. before March 31st 2022.

HDC artists impression of 'parklet'.Ideas being explored include more public seating, with solar charging built in, to enable a quick top-up of a mobile phone, and parklets, these are areas of seats, planters with shrubs and maybe additional bike parking.

Locations for these enhancements are being sought in the town centre area, roughly from The Waits to Station Road. However, when you walk around the area there are not many obvious locations.

Much more information will be available at a Market stall this coming Friday, 16th April. From 8.30am to 12.30pm. The market remains for now in the Cattle Market Car Park. See also HDC’s information:
https://www.huntingdonshire.gov.uk/leisure/parks-nature-reserves-and-green-spaces/parklets-project/


Tim Reed is to give a talk titled, “St Ives nightingales and notes from a  year on The Waits” as part of Noble’s Field Trust AGM. The meeting will be held by Zoom on Monday 26 April at 7.30pm. To join enter the meeting code 7441652074 and then password GE3gvt. Noble’s Field is a small public open space managed by the Noble’s Field Trust. The field is to the south of the Thicket Path, adjacent to the Scout’s Centre.

 

 

Nearby, on the north side of the Thicket Path, the long awaited country park, developed on part of the old golf course, has now opened. Named Berman Park, it includes a new walking route from the town to the Spires housing development. A visit to the new country park can easily be combined with one to Noble’s Field, where you can picnic by the river.

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 We look forward to seeing you at one of our events as soon as we can recommence
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Kind regards

David Stewart
Chair: Civic Society of St Ives