St Ives
Cambridgeshire




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by Philip Grosset




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ALCONBURY AIRFIELD

The USAF ceased flying from Alconbury in 1995. There was a proposal by ADL (Alconbury Developments Limited, a powerful consortium of the British Airports Authority, Ministry of Defence and Kingspark Developments) to make it into a large freight centre combining road, rail and air traffic. This aroused much local opposition - particularly because of possible increased congestion on the already overcrowded A14 road between Huntingdon and Cambridge, and to the proposed flights which might have ended up as a constant stream of aircraft throughout the day and night. This is the last thing anyone who lives near the flight path (that would go right over St Ives) wanted!

Then on 17th December 1998, a special meeting of the Planning Committee of the Huntingdonshire District Council, attended by many protestors, reacted to public concern and rejected the development by 11 votes to 9, with 2 abstentions. However, a subsequent meeting couldn't agree on the reasons for rejection, so the whole issue had to come up yet again at a full meeting of the Council on February 17th 1999. The councillors then decisively rejected the proposal by 32 votes to 18. This was very much against the wishes of their own planners and their council leader, so was a magnificent example of an elected body actually heeding public opinion.

Eventually In August 2011 the government declared the old airfield would become an Enterprise Zone under its new owners, Urban and Civic, which, it is hoped, would bring up to 8000 jobs to the area and could include up to 5000 new homes. But there'll be no flying. Hurrah!

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Bridge Street
ST IVES TRAFFIC SCHEME



Bridge Street in January 2002, when cars were still allowed. This was the view looking up it from the bridge.

Bridge Street
Bridge Street in July 2002, looking down towards the bridge. Since then, no daytime parking has been allowed there, except for loading and by the disabled.
Car on bridge
No cars sign
This extra road sign at the bridge was added to make it absolutely clear in words (as previously suggested on this page) that cars must never be driven across the bridge. But why the capital"A" for "at"?
The car on the right was stopped by one of the new (and welcome) Community Support Officers in June 2005 - but many fewer cars now try to cross the bridge. It may seem odd, but heavy vehicles are still allowed to cross here, but that is because there is nowhere for them to turn.

Bridge St 1890s
This is what Bridge Street used to look like in the 1890s. No problems with cars then!


FARMERS' MARKET
Farmers' market Eel Pie
Farmers' markets are held on the 1st and 3rd Saturday mornings of each month. This was the very first one on May 17th 2003, when Eel Pie provided a happy musical background. Ostrich burgers are still one of the attractions!
OLD COCKPIT
Before these new houses and apartments could be built on the old Permanex site at the corner of Ramsey Road and The Waits, an archaeological dig revealed the existence of the circular remains of an old cockpit, dating back to at least the 18th century. There is even a possibility that illegal cockfighting may have taken here in Cromwellian times. Not one of the attractions currently offered by the new development!
Old Permanex site
Kiosk
STIK IN THE SUN
STIK screen
Fireworks
ST IVES SUMMER FESTIVAL

August 2004. This, unfortunately, lost a lotr of money so turned out be the last of the splendid open air concerts with classical music and fireworks, that used to be held as part of the St Ives Music and Arts festival, which has now been replaced by a more down-market Summer Festival.
Stick gum here
WHERE TO STICK YOUR GUM

This latest sophisticated little device to help clean up the streets can be found on some town centre lamp-posts.
Duck in Crown Street
THE LAST WORD
Peacock
Above: traffic control problem in Crown Street, March 2007. Ducks like wandering along from The Waits.
On left: this solitary peacock could often be seen strolling down the middle of Westwood Road and Church Street. It was eventually removed to a safer site by the police. The photo was taken in January 2008.


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