"This blog was part of my May 2010 general election campaign to represent South East Cambridgeshire at Westminster as an independent MP."
Monday, 4 January 2010
All of Newmarket ought to be in Cambridgeshire!
These are the famous Newmarket balls. They came from China and they cost a mint. They were intended to enhance the old Newmarket Jubilee Clock Tower traffic roundabout. Many people believe that they are an expensive eyesore, out of keeping with their surroundings. They are sited within the area of Newmarket controlled by Suffolk County Council, based in Ipswich, and Forest Heath District Council, based in Mildenhall. Some people - including me - say that the whole Town of Newmarket would be better served by it being within the County of Cambridgeshire, served from Cambridge, and the District of East Cambridgeshire, whose present Chairman, my friend Councillor Peter Cresswell, lives in Newmarket.
This is the famous Newmarket Stallion statue that was erected by public subscription and stands proudly at the centre of the Stetchworth traffic roundabout at the junction of the approach roads to Newmarket (the A1303 from Cambridge and the A1304 from London). This fine and stylish work of art epitomises for me not only statuary at its most magnificent but also what much of Newmarket and the Town's history and business are all about. Though the statue was paid for by businesses and residents of Suffolk and Cambridgeshire and well beyond, I am absolutely delighted that it stands within the County of Cambridgeshire, the District of East Cambridgeshire and the constituency of South East Cambridgeshire.