Tuesday, 16 October 2007

Village Fault Lines

some 4 or 5 months since the election of a new Parish Council, how far have we progressed?

The Addingham/Bolton Abbey Cycle Route
Continues to divide the village with a significant amount of bad blood and feeling being whipped up by the Ilkley Gazette. The next step is probably the daubing of doors with slogans by one or other of the parties involved or maybe a hunt, by local landowners on horseback, of the pro-route brigade.

The Addingham Medical Centre
Inches forwards. At least now we have a doctor in the frame to build it and I understand the tendering process has started...albeit on the proviso that the Scout Hut will be demolished on time and a home can be found for Beavers/Cubs/Scouts. Not sure where the kids who smoke/drink behind the hut will go, maybe a local councillor will invite them round for tea and crumpets?

The Addingham Community Pavilion
Started as a new Scout Hut and is now an all-singing, all-dancing community facility costing a significant amount of wonga.
Whilst the facilities for organisations using it (Scouts, football, tea dances...) will be superb, it seems a lot of money. Can't help wondering whether the Youth Centre could be extended/refurbished for a lot less?

Thought we had reached the nadir but then....
Bus Shelter Blues!
It seems there's now an argument over the siting of a bus shelter in the village and, yet again, feelings are running high and letters are pinging off to the Ilkley Gazette. Glad to see that the important matters in the world are being dealt with by the village.

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