Time to move on and see what happens

Week on week the sabre rattling continues about the Nene Marine project – it’s reminiscent of the Bridge Road enhancement scheme that has become a hotchpotch scheme that has done nothing to improve safety or speed.

Objectors and dissenters had ample opportunity from September 7, 2010 to raise their concerns and put it in black and white.

Then it was recently decided to hold an “extraordinary meeting” to listen to presentations that would enable the public to discuss their concerns, observations/objections they have but it all seems a little late in the day when planning was approved on December 6, 2010.

To my knowledge not one person to date has officially written to the parish council to complain.

I was asked recently if I thought that the Nene Marine project would bring jobs or business to Sutton Bridge.

My reply was as follows: “I don’t care if it brings jobs or business into Sutton Bridge but I do care that it will, hopefully, raise the profile and be much more aesthetically pleasing to the eye from both sides of the River Nene and for travellers passing through.”

Maybe, just maybe, they won’t pass us by.

The negative remarks made about local businesses in Sutton Bridge failed to recognize that we have many that are thriving – Cindy’s, Smith’s Bakers, the greengrocers, the Co-op, Bridge Hardware, the flower shop, hairdressers/barbers shops and R & W Butchers to name but a few.

Is your glass half empty or half full?

Not everything is about money, not everything is about jobs – the naysayers would be far more effective/constructive by pulling together to make it work.

Putting time and effort into being constructive is a far more effective tool.

It’s time to move on. As they say, “the proof of the pudding is in the eating.”

Vicky Hills

Sutton Bridge