Review of the year - February and March

PUBLISHED: 09:15 25 December 2010

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REVIEW 3

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The Crow’s review of the year continues with February and March

IT’S the time of year to cast our eyes back over the last 12 months, and pick out the highs and lows of a year of Royston news.

Reporter Joe Tyler takes a trawl through the archives to see what news has affected the people of Crow country in 2010.

February

11 – An appeal to save Royston Hospital was launched by veteran campaigner Terry Hutt, who presented 300 signatures to MP Oliver Heald.

The hospital had been under threat of closure from East and North Herts Primary Care Trust, but it was confirmed in August that it was to remain open, and undergo a redevelopment.

Also this month

11 – One of Royston’s most iconic buildings, the old police station on Priory Lane, was put up for sale. It was eventually brought by an unnamed bidder in for over £325,000 in October.

18 – Damage to the carvings at Royston Cave were revealed, with a warning there would be no quick fix to save the landmark.

18 – The tooth of a 55 million year old shark was found in a quarry in Barrington.

March

4 – Members of the North Royston Action Group were victorious in their attempts to stop a housing development in Betjeman Close, Royston.

Led by chair Jayne Bratton, Fairview Homes were forced to withdraw their plans, and also re-submit designs for sites at Thackeray Close and Coombelands.

In November, the land at Coombelands was eventually passed for development by Royston Town Council, where 59 homes will be built.

Also this month

11 – A woman criticised North Herts District Council after they moved her into a Royston flat she described as a “building site.”

18 – Plans for the opening of Store 21 in the former Woolworths premises on Royston High Street, were revealed.

25 – Residents called for a bypass to be built to ease traffic on Newmarket Road, Royston.

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