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Annual Parish Meeting, 23rd May 2013: Future of Mettle Hill and Meldreth


The key theme of the evening was the future of the Mettle Hill land. Mettle Hill has now been safely secured for the benefit of the community of Meldreth.


It will take time to determine the best use of the land, which is an area of about five acres (100 x 200 metres). The plot consists of both the former travellers’ site and an open field behind which is about the size of two football pitches.


Suggestions which were submitted for its use during the evening were extremely interesting, varied and welcome! Generally, it was felt that a mixture of activities was preferable with some form of daily attendance on the site being important.


Over 70 suggestions were received with 13 requests for allotments topping the bill. A community orchard and a café with toilets each received six requests; solar power 4; nature reserve and small business units each scored 3. There were another 24 suggested uses each scoring 1 or 2. Keep a look out for the full list which will be published on the Parish Council website and in future issues of Meldreth Matters.


All of these ideas will need to be critically assessed for feasibility, need, practicality and cost effectiveness. This will be the task of a dedicated community project team which it is hoped can be formed from those in the community who register their willingness to volunteer. Developments will be regularly reported in Meldreth Matters.


It was very encouraging to see 60 to 70 people attending this year’s Annual Parish Meeting. Many local groups used the opportunity to exhibit displays about their activities. Following the annual report by the Parish Council on the past year, the meeting was opened to a discussion on Mettle Hill. A review of the 2005 Parish Plan preceded a request for volunteers to update the plan to reflect the current needs of


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