Work in Ely and need to park all day?

District Council officers are appealing to businesses in Ely for information as they seek to determine whether a permit-parking scheme for employees is viable in the city.

With new car parking regulations due to come into force on 10th December, there will be early morning restrictions on all city centre long stay public car parks, allowing vehicles to park for 90 minutes between 8:00 am and 10:00 am.

In essence this will mean that if vehicles park at 8:30am they will be able to remain in the car park for the remainder of the day unrestricted. However if they park earlier than 8:00am they will have to leave the car park by 9:30am and will be unable to return for two hours.

The District Council has written to businesses in the city to find out whether a special permit scheme for companies in Ely is required and wanted, and what the level of demand could potentially be.

Councillor John Seaman MBE, Chairman of the Environment & Transport Committee, said: “The new car parking regime which is to start in December is designed to meet the needs of shoppers, visitors and commuters. However, we do not want to inconvenience those who work in the city.

Read more

An Ulterior Motive For Reducing ADeC’s Funding?

Image: ADeC Cinema website

Many of you will be aware about the current funding debacle at ADeC. If not, here’s a re-cap: East Cambridgeshire District Council’s community services committee voted to slash by 40 per cent the funding it gives to Art Development East Cambridgeshire (ADeC), which runs Ely’s cinema and art gallery as well as hosting concerts and plays.

It looks like ECDC are being somewhat conservative (excuse the pun) with truth!

The Council say they have to make cuts but actually they didn’t, they volunteered to do so. They then cut a huge chunk of the money from ADeC without actually consulting it. Despite pleas from residents who filled the public seats in the council chamber, the £70,000 was cut from the £174,242 council grant was voted through by councillors from the controlling Conservative group meaning that the Babylon Gallery and the cinema are likely to close.

One of the theories is that they want to sell Babylon Bridge House for development or that they want to tie it in with a change of tenure at the Maltings, which is going to be refurbished in April. The theory goes that this is a way of getting ADEC out first.

They have also come into £100,000 unexpectedly from a legal action so they didn’t even need to reduce funding in the first place!