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‘Dogging’ developments


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Peterborough City Council is digging into its coffers to provide road surface improvements for Splash Lane. According to natural networks project officer James Fisher the Council has received various complaints about the current state of the road surface down there. 

The Council plans to level the surface of the byway and tarmac it from the Woodlands entrance to the Nene Park Trust car park. Apparently, the Nene Park Trust has plans of its own to improve the surface of the car park – possibly tarmacing it, erecting a gate and height barrier and hedgerow management. 

A height barrier will be needed because the suggested improvements will make this an ideal location for travellers, who will not be able to access the Ferry Hill car park once a height barrier and gates are erected there, to pitch-up in their vans and turn it into the usual shit hole, which will cost the City Council even more cash to clean up when they are finally moved on. At least the travellers will keep the doggers away. 

Well known locally as a spot for dogging, a nice new surface on the car park will mean that exhibitionists won’t get their high heels and brothel creepers muddy. And neatly trimmed bushes will give voyeurs a better view. However, the Trust is monitoring the use of the car park and considering its long-term future. There are of course other people who use the car park – ramblers, anglers and so on and their wishes should be considered. 

This is a country by-way. The volume of traffic using it and consequently the number of complaints regarding the state of the road surface must be small. Save on our council tax by filling in the potholes and re-surfacing the lane with crushed stone – the suggested treatment for the lane beyond the car park – and ensure that it retains the character of a country lane not a city centre car park. 

Space for the departed in your back yard


As cities and populations grow so too do the number of people shuffling off this mortal coil. And of course we need to find somewhere to bury them.

And, as our society becomes increasingly multi cultural the need arises for multi-faith burial, not just traditional Christian burial grounds.

The cemeteries in the towns are full. Local authorities have in-filled every last bit of green space with housing development so existing cemeteries can’t be extended. So where do the new cemeteries go?

The solution is obvious. In prime agricultural land next to a conservation village in land that is used for recreation and the production of organic vegetables.

The need for new burial space in a developing and expanding city is undeniable. However, locations for such space need to be more carefully considered. Consultation is happening. Residents of this corner of the shire need to make their views known. The Council prefers online interaction so fill in the form on consultation.

For details of the consultation and to make your feelings known go here.

The fear here – as always – is that other development could sneak in by the back door. What if the proposed sites are no longer needed for a cemetery. Oh look! There are three prime parcels of land, owned by the council in locations that make them obvious candidates for housing development or worse, travellers’ sites.

Someone somewhere has a bit of an axe to grind when it comes to development in the village. What about exploring other sites – next to the Crematorium in Marholm for example, or Glinton?