An editorial comment in the Thorney Post came under fire at Monday’s Parish Council meeting.
The editorial, asking why there wasn’t a public outcry over the number of quarries being developed between the village and Peterborough, was criticised by Russ Bevington, who said the Parish Council has consistently objected to plans.
“We don’t want extra lorries in the village, we don’t want the congestion, but there is very little we can do,” he said.
“The Parish Council has objected on traffic grounds, but the Highways Agency will never say the A47 can’t cope, no matter how many extra lorries use the road.”
Other councillors asked if there was any benefit to the village from the quarries. They were told there’s a £1 per tonne tax which goes to a national fund and communities affected by quarrying can apply for grants. Thorney had applied in the past but had not been successful.
The Parish Council has said no to a skateboard park in the village.
Recently re-elected city councillor Steve Allen said four people had raised this with him when he was canvassing and he wondered if one might be built on public space at the new Park Farm housing development at the eastern end of the village.
Margaret Long said a skate park had figured quite low down the list when surveys were done to see what type of play equipment was wanted in the park.
Russ Bevington said planning rules would not allow a skate park to be built within 100 metres of homes, so finding somewhere suitable would be difficult.
Ray Wood said if one was built there would be no end of complaints.
The village’s fight against dog mess continues …
The Parish Council has obtained stencils which will allow them to paint warning signs on pavements where fouling is a particular problem. A bin for dog poo is to be installed on the green space at the corner of Chestnut Drive and Berberis Close.
Police are to conduct speed checks along Whittlesey Road in response to complaints about speeding in the extended 30mph limit.
John Bartlett has been re-elected chair of Thorney Parish Council. Margaret Long was re-elected as vice-chair.
The war memorial at the Bedford Hall is suffering from the effects of weathering and its lettering needs to be re-filled.
Ray Wood brought the issue to the attention of Thorney Parish Council, who said the memorial was the property of the Royal British Legion.
Sheila Reeve, who is a member of the legion, said she would raise it at their next meeting and Mr Wood said the council should be prepared to help with cost of repairs.
Bollards along The Causeway will not be removed.
Peterborough City Council has suggested their removal to declutter the road following its downgrade from trunk road status.
But the parish council wants them retained. There was concern that cars would be parked on the verge and that gipsies may also move in.
Members did agree the bollards were very dirty and said they should be washed.
A quote of just under £3,000 has been obtained for making new replica level-crossing gates for Kingsline Close.
Two further quotes are due this month and the council will then apply for grants from the wind-farm community fund.
Rotten village signs will cost around £250 each to be recast in metal.
Andy Bunyan reported figures to the parish council meeting on Monday. The signs would then have to be painted.
The current signs were erected in 1980 paid for by private donations and cost £1,500 for the four.
There had been a suggestion at a previous meeting that the four signs should be replaced by just one, sited on the grass verge at the crossroads.
Russ Bevington said he thought removing a sign from the far end of the village and erecting one at the crossroads would exacerbate the “us and them” feeling among some villagers.
A heritage-style streetlight for Abbey Place will cost the village £4,500, it was reported.
The light was missed when the City Council installed the new streetlights in the “heritage part” of the village as it was inaccurately listed as being in Wisbech Road.
Ray Wood said no-one seemed to have noticed and he didn’t think the parish council should pay any more.
Barbed wire has been strung across a stile on a public footpath linking Whittlesey Road with Toneham. The wire was put up when cows were turned out into the field. It has been reported to the City Council.
Allotment holders should contribute to the cost of an access road, it was agreed by the Parish Council.
The current road was been churned up over winter, making it inaccessible for all but 4x4s.
The parish wants to lay heavy-duty mesh which will prevent the ground being churned up and allow grass to grow through, but the cost might be £6,000.
Andy Bunyan said he thought the City Council should pay as it was their land. Steve Allen suggested the best way forward was to put rents up so that the allotment holders made a contribution, helping pay for the access road over a number of years. He thought the City and Parish Councils could also contribute.
An accurate quote is being sought.
Costs are being obtained to buy privet hedge plants to cover ugly railings at the crossroads.
Free hawthorn hedge plants are available, but Thorney Parish Council wants evergreen privet to hide the railings and match the hedges at the house opposite and the Rose & Crown.