The year ahead

Author: Andreas Markides Posted: 25 August 2017

As I had previously been advised by wise people, August has proved to be a quieter month! I have not had any external engagements, even though I have had many meetings and discussions with staff at Britannia Walk in preparation of my future schedule and forthcoming events. Something tells me that in a few days' time I will be hit by a tsunami!
We start on the 6 September with the first Trustees meeting to be followed soon afterwards by the Locan Cup which is being organised by the East Midlands Region in Lincolnshire. The sad news is that I have been judged "not good enough" to take part in the golf itself; I therefore look forward instead to the organised tour of Lincoln city and cathedral. 
There follow in quick succession the first Council meeting on the 20th; a meeting with the chair of ADEPT on the 22nd; and the Annual Dinner of the Yorkshire and Humber region in Leeds on the 29th.
Finally, the more eagle-eyed amongst you, will have noticed that last month I started a new column feature entitled "Did you know?" My intention behind that is to prompt a reaction from some of you and therefore start to engage a little bit more with grassroots membership.
Please feel free to email me with any views or comments which you may have - or alternatively, please send in your own "Did you know?” I very much look forward to my post bag being swamped with your messages!


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Did you know…

Eddington is the University of Cambridge’s ‘’exemplary sustainable community’’ on the NW edge of the city. When fully developed by 2027, it will provide 3,000 homes and 2,000 student bedrooms.
The greenest aspect of Eddington is that car travel(and even owning a car) is strongly discouraged. Every new resident has a meeting with a travel planner who advises on alternatives to driving.
There is only one parking space for every four or five flats reserved for university staff, who will occupy half the 3,000 homes. Renting a parking space costs £85/month and only a handful of the first hundred residents have so far bought a car.
Even the luxury homes have no driveways and visitors arriving by car will have to pay for parking if they stay more than 90 minutes. A total of 12,000 bike spaces will be provided for a development of 8,500 residents.
Source: The Times, SEPT 2017