Chairman James Pocklington , Keith and Linda Scott ,Cllr John Hough ,Paul Hurton ,Cllr Sarah Dodds ,Mike Edwards, Brian Shaw, Keith Harrison, Di Dray,Sandie Trafford, Eric Howard and Irene Howard, Michael and Joan Kingswood.
1. Apologies were noted from Gary Dray and Dave Heal
2. The Chairman welcomed new attendees
The Chairman had contacted Stagecoach. It was clear the plan to route buses up Church St to turn right into Newmarket, right down Upgate and into Mercer Row from 20th February was a done deal. Cllr Hough explained it was not an issue for the County Council or Town Council, but a Police matter relating to traffic control and parking. It appeared that there would be no extra bus stops, nor any advantage to bus travellers, whose journeys would be lengthened by delays of 10 minutes or more. It was concluded that Cllr Hough would invite Dave Skepper of Stagecoach and James Pocklington would invite Sgt Lee Willoughby the Police Liaison Officer to a meeting in the next couple of weeks. Cllrs Dodds and Hough clearly shared residents’ concerns about traffic circulation, safety of schoolchildren and pram users etc. Parking needed to be properly controlled.
These were considered, approved by those who had attended the previous meeting.
5. Matters arising
a) The Chairman reported the new sign for the end of Watts Lane had been ordered for delivery early the next week. It became clear that the Planning officers were again being asked to consider an application for housing and a shop on land at the junction of Watts Lane; the last application was vetoed by County Council Highways.
b) The Chairman reported that an application was in hand to put a formal right of footway between Watts Lane and Spire View, for the Definitive Map. Forms would again be circulated – Brian had sent a few round – to submit as evidence of the customary access
c) Irene confirmed the Amvale bus had been seen blocking access to the bus station again. She had not managed to get the registration number
d) Cllr Dodds would book the Dog Warden to come in February to instruct volunteers for Dogwatch.
There being no other business the meeting closed at 8:05 p.m.