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posted Aug 1, 2018, 4:59 AM by Lois Dale

Please see the attached files for details of suggestions that could be used to improve The Green.  These are only suggestions, contrary to rumours, nothing has been finalised or been given permission!  
I hope to be able to put up better plans soon, but these will give you an idea.  These are available to view in real life in the Parish Office and will be in The St Mary's Centre from 7pm when there is a Parish Council meeting.  We are aware that no bins are shown on this plan.
The initial idea was to find a way to provide safe easy access to a big enough noticeboard and to provide safe pedestrian areas away from the cars and parking.  The land is Highways so any plans will need scrutinising and safety auditing by Cambs County Council.  
The Clock Tower is having a condition survey done so that the Parish Council can plan for any work that needs doing.  The Heritage Lottery Fund can provide grants to preserve historic buildings and enhance their setting as well as promote education about local history and produce information boards.  Any project would see this as a major component and we would expect most funding to come from this source or similar.
We need the residents constructive feedback and opinions.  Please look at the entire drawing, not just the tree, have an open mind and 'think outside the box'.  Maybe you can think of something completely different to revitalise the village centre for all users?  Maybe a few small changes or additions would make a world of difference?
We are aware that parking is important for local residents and to access the shop.  This current suggestion shows a reduction in parking by about 3 cars.  Parking for school drop off etc is very kindly allowed at Houghton Mill and the Three Jolly Butchers.  Parking can be achieved along village roads further away without necessarily causing problems.  There is also a large car park on St Ives Road for Playing Field users.
Any responses or questions need to be in writing to clerk@houghtonwytonpc.co.uk or The Parish Council Office, The St Mary's Centre, Chapel Lane.
NOTE: The Parish Council has NOT put these on Facebook at any time, does not currently intend to and does not accept any comment via social media.

Cambridgeshire Scrapbook

posted Sep 28, 2017, 5:18 AM by Site Administrator   [ updated Sep 28, 2017, 5:23 AM ]

I’m Mike Petty, the Cambridgeshire local historian, formerly of the Cambridgeshire Collection.

 For more than 20 years I have been compiling A Cambridgeshire Scrapbook. It comprises over 3,000 pages and more than 20,000 fascinating facts, features and (occasional) fallacies reported in Cambridge newspapers between 1897 and 1990. It is arranged week by week – so you can check to see what was hitting the headlines whenever you first took an interest in the area and how it has developed since then

It is free to read, free to download, free to use. Just search ‘Cambridgeshire Scrapbook’ on your computer or tablet.

 I have also put together scores of mini-scrapbooks including areas of Cambridgeshire. 

These Scrapbooks reveal some of the events that have helped shape the community of today and put the present in its context. They are not comprehensive but are worth a look.

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It’s my way of saying ‘thank you’ for all the help folk have given me over more than 50 years of trying to discover something of this fascinating county.

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