Despite the icy weather (which we thought was going to get worse, but hasn't as yet), to Burwell Village College last evening for a meeting of the South Area (of East Cambridgeshire District) Neighbourhood Panel. Though I am still a sceptic with regard to the value of Neighbourhood Panels, I have not missed one of the South Area meetings - yet.
We had some interesting reports, most notably from the Police, and our new Inspector, Andy Bartlett, impresses me considerably. It is very evident that he means business.
We also had an address from the Chairman of the Cambridgeshire Police Authority, Ruth Rogers, who was there with her Chief Executive.
There were useful updates regarding Neighbourhood Watch and Speedwatch.
Members of the public as well as members of the Panel were given a chance to speak up during the 'Open Public Forum' as well as elsewhere and I am truly sorry that so few take that chance. Indeed, I wonder sometimes why some people attend such meetings, for there are some who say nothing at all.
I, of course, am not backward about coming forward and I 'went to town' on two matters, one very important and one less so but very topical during this period of 'global warming' that we are all shivering in.
First, I commended the chairman on having recently written a very good letter about the vexed issue of speeding and heavy traffic along the B1102 through Burwell, Swaffham Prior, Swaffham Bulbeck, Lode and Stow-cum-Quy, and the severe heavy traffic hold-ups being experienced on the A142 on the approaches to the A14.
There are traffic-calming installations in or at all of the villages mentioned but the ones at Quy are not of the best design and everybody - including Mr Philip Harper of the Parish Council who was specially invited to the meeting - recognises this. However, Quy needs traffic-calming because of the speeders (who are not from Quy but speed through Quy, mostly to and from Cambridge). I just wish that the installations that are there were of a different design.
When I got home, I found that the padlock on my gate was frozen solid. I had a problem - but I solved it with an unusual method.