Ely Waterway Reopens After Derailment

BBC’s Look East ran a short news item on the reopening of the stretch of waterway closed due to the train derailment. We have included it here for all to view.

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Although I am not sure if Network Rail’s Kate Snowden realises that we are still compelled by law to measure road distances in miles going by her comment: ‘We had to build a temporary road that was over a kilometre long’.

Ely Cathedral. Too Expensive?

Image: The Oldie magazine

Yet another news item on BBC’s Look East about Ely.

A columnist in this month’s edition of The Oldie magazine claimed the cathedral ‘never stops asking for money’ and that staff are ‘snooty and grasping for money’.

It costs £5.20 to enter the cathedral for tourists, but Look East forgot to mention that residents of Ely are entitled to an annual pass for free!

Do you think you should pay to enter a place of worship or is Ely Cathedral just seen as another money-grabbing tourist attraction?

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Your Views On Conserving Ely City

Residents of Ely are getting their chance to see and comment on the future of Ely’s conservation area next week.

An open day will be held on Wednesday 5th September at The Vernon Cross Room at The Old Gaol, Market Street, Ely, between 2.30pm and 7pm, to allow local residents to come and have their questions answered on the proposed changes to conservation area.

The existing conservation area in Ely mainly covers the city centre; the proposed new area would significantly increase the size covered.

Rosie Burton, Conservation Officer at East Cambridgeshire District Council, said: “The open day at the Old Gaol is a great opportunity for anyone to come along and speak to me about our plans for protecting the historic centre of Ely.

“So far we have only had a few comments in from the public which either means everyone is happy with the proposals or have not yet submitted their thoughts. It is important that if you have a question or point of view you get in touch with us – if I don’t have your feedback, I cannot allow for them when we set the final boundaries.”
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