LETTER: I do not share Anna Bailey’s upbeat assessment of Barton Road progress
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I was interested Councillor Anna Bailey’s upbeat assessment of the progress of work on the Barton Road site as reported in the Ely Standard of February 1.
I regret to say that as a Barton Road resident I do not share her enthusiasm and I wonder if Ms Bailey has visited the site recently.
If she does she would note that the temporary footpath arrangements may be suitable for a lone pedestrian, but not for anyone with limited vision, or pushing a buggy, or in a mobility scooter.
The supports for the temporary barriers protrude into the walkway and the pavement surface is very uneven. This is a matter of concern as Barton Road is well used by pedestrians of all ages.
In the car park itself a number of spaces are out of use as there is an area outside the building site boundary being used for storage of materials.
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This lack of spaces has considerable impact on local residents as on-street parking is now difficult to find.
Access to the buildings at the rear of Centre E is also severely impeded. The photographs attached were taken on the afternoon of Sunday February 4th.
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Ms Bailey reminds us that this development “is projected to deliver £1.7m to ECDC tax payers, so we can deliver great projects like the new Hive Leisure Centre.”
I note that ECDC were pleased to tell us that yet again they planned no increase in Council Tax this year.
I wonder how many residents feel that a small increase is justified in the light of the much heralded improvements?
Perhaps there is a need for us to understand that all improvements come at a cost, either to our pockets or to the environment and facilities we value.
After all the number of assets the Council has to dispose of must be limited.