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Pondering... Council Tax - Easy To Pay, Not So Easy To Claim Help...


Pondering on Arbury... things that make us go hmm... on Arbury we do sit and ponder...

On the Arbury Estate, we archivists often think that the older we get, the more nonsensical life becomes. We decided we'd share a few of the things we find distinctly odd - and, sometimes, downright annoying...

It's odd that the Council takes our council tax from us, decade after decade, without once uttering 'PROVE YOU ARE WHO YOU SAY YOU ARE!', but as soon as somebody is ill and needs help paying, various forms of ID are needed... a passport? Chance would be a fine thing! A recent bank statement? But I was pressed to go paperless to save the planet - and you've been receiving payments from my bank account for over thirty years anyway - without question! My birth certificate? Yes, I have it - somewhere! But WHERE?! Shall I fork out for a new one?

These sort of nitpicking things can contribute greatly to stress at times of illness, as one of our Arbury Archivists is discovering.

Hmmm... oh well... here are some nice Arbury bits and bobs...

One of our favourite South Arbury views - the corner of Verulam Way, with the hump (sadly departed) and the hills and the Kingsway Flats.

The front of a Cambus ('It's Much Less Fuss!') timetable from 1987, listing the North Arbury to Cherry Hinton and Addenbrooke's Hospital routes.

A 1969 aerial view from South to North Arbury. The large supermarket building at Arbury Court and the Arbury Community Centre in Campkin Road were yet to be built. The community centre opened in 1974.


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