Cake and community at Duxford annual parish meeting
Duxford's annual parish meeting for the village is always well attended. Some years there is some quite sharp debate and questioning - Duxford is a village that holds people to account! This year the plans and proposals for the proposed village hall and the work to make Brewery Fields an attractive amenity seemed to hit the spot. There is a great deal to do but the underlying point is that for a village of this size not to have a central amenity for clubs, meetings sports etc seems unusual.
There were presentations on village speedwatch plans - and confirmation that the police are being helpful in assisting the setting up. Petra Shakeshaft the new incumbent was there, and the agenda had reports from the various clubs and societies that make the village.
Pete Dee the energetic parish council chair made a plea for volunteers to get behind various proposals including the village hall plans, and noted that the annual summer fair had not taken place because there simply hadn't been people coming forward to help run it.
After a tea break with a good deal of cake to be had, the evening heard some more reports and I briefed people on the various road and transport issues, including the unwelcome proposition that is still out there of a 24/7 motorway service station on land to the east of the village. I also talked through the growth and the economy around here, especially the local science based hubs at Hinxton and Babraham and Granta Parks at Abington, that is making our villages places where people want to come and live, and work. The congestion on the A505 was raised and I talked through the proposals to masterplan the station and start work next month on how the A505 can take extra capacity - not necessarily through dualling as that ship has probably sailed. Potholes came up - and the parish confirmed that the county was getting good and repsonding quickly on filling them in. We also talked about the recent return of caravans and the issues lost year - the parish appreciated the support that the county and district had given on ther ground at the time.
I backed up what Pete Dee had said about volunteering - strong communities can cope with and get the best out of change - and we have a fast changing area.