Winter Fair visitors have their say for Mill Road masterplan

December 9, 2008 11:19 AM
Mill Road Winter Fair

County councillors Nichola Harrison and Kilian Bourke receive support from David Howarth MP at their stall.

Liberal Democrats quizzed visitors to Cambridge's annual Mill Road Winter Fair on Saturday to gather ideas and opinions as they prepare to draw up a community masterplan for the area.

Supported by the city's MP David Howarth, members of the Petersfield and Romsey wards asked people to say what they liked most and least about Mill Road and how it could be made an even better place.

Petersfield county councillor, Nichola Harrison, said: "A lot is right about Mill Road, and the recent campaign against Tesco has shown how much people value its character and care about its future.

"But the Tesco struggle and, perhaps even more importantly the current gloomy economic climate underline the fact that we can't take Mill Road's success for granted.

"Now is a good time for the community to think about how to protect the best things about Mill Road and what can be done to make it an even better place for the future.

"The plan can only be successful if it is a true community effort, so we will be consulting all Mill Road's residents, businesses and other organisations over the coming weeks."

The Winter Fair was officially opened by Cambridge Mayor, Cllr Mike Dixon and local organisations, shops and businesses organised a variety of events and attractions.

Romsey county councillor, Kilian Bourke, invited visitors to ride in his rickshaw to raise money for the mental health charity, Lifecraft.

Mr Howarth said: "Every year, it is wonderful to see how the whole community gets behind this Winter Fair. It goes to show why Mill Road is such a special place and we must work to protect it for the future.

"I would encourage everyone to get in touch with the Liberal Democrat councillors and take part in the discussion which will guide the preparation of the new community masterplan."

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