ShapeYourPlace is coming to East Cambridgeshire

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043/12

Date:

03/04/2012

A new community website designed to let local people talk, debate and highlight the issues which matter most to them is launching this week in East Cambridgeshire.

ShapeYourPlace which began in Fenland in 2010, is a one stop site for everything to do with the place people live is going to cover five areas of East Cambridgeshire: Ely, Soham and East villages, Littleport, South villages and West villages.

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The full ECDC press release can be viewed here:ShapeYourPlace is coming to East Cambridgeshire

What will the future of Burwell look like?

Reference:

044/12

Date:

04/04/2012

A packed audience heard how the future of Burwell is moving forward with two scenarios now being further investigated.

Residents at a meeting of the Burwell Masterplan Working Party heard the results of the recent consultation on the various options for the Burwell Masterplan.

The discussion focused on the level of growth which the community wish to see in the future after hearing over the last decade Burwell has grown at an average rate of 28 dwellings per year.

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The full ECDC press release can be viewed here:What will the future of Burwell look like?

Western link nearly complete

Reference:

046/12

Date:

05/04/2012

Residents living in and around the West of Ely will soon have their long awaited path open and ready to use.

The strip of land along the A10 bypass leading to the roundabout with the A142 has split ownership between East Cambridgeshire District Council and the developer – the Kier Group.

The Council came to agreement with the Developer to complete the route of the footpath/cycleway while the land was being transferred into it’s ownership.

This work is now nearly complete with just the landscaping of the area to be finished.

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The full ECDC press release can be viewed here:Western link nearly complete

Soham’s young and old help with cemetery clean up

Reference:

047/12

Date:

18/04/2012

Last weekend, over 40 volunteers of all ages helped to clean up the cemetery in Soham – the home to the graves for hundreds of local residents.

The work had been coordinated by Councillor Julie Webb Vice Chair Soham Town Council and her husband Tim Webb and supported by organisations including the Viva Youth Group and East Cambridgeshire District Council who supplied rubbish bags, gloves and high visibility jackets.

The volunteers tidied graves, removing climbing ivy from gravestones as well as cleaning and de-webbing the public toilet.

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The full ECDC press release can be viewed here:Soham’s young and old help with cemetery clean up

Funding our future infrastructure

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048/12

Date:

19/04/2012

Work to develop a new way of funding future schools, leisure facilities and transport networks has moved a step forward following a meeting in East Cambridgeshire this week.

The Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) is set to replace Section 106 agreements as the main way of securing developer contributions towards the delivery of infrastructure and services which growth requires.

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The full ECDC press release can be viewed here:Funding our future infrastructure

Helping to bring empty homes back into use

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049/12

Date:

20/04/2012

Councillors in East Cambridgeshire have agreed to remove a layer of red tape to encourage more people to bring empty properties back onto the housing market.

East Cambridgeshire District Council runs a Discretionary Renovation Loan Scheme which offers interest free loans of up to 20,000 to help bring an empty home back into use.

To increase the number of people coming forward for the loan, members have decided to remove means testing from the application procedure which has deterred applicants in the past.

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The full ECDC press release can be viewed here:Helping to bring empty homes back into use

Helping to improve your business

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050/12

Date:

23/04/2012

Retailers across East Cambridgeshire have the chance to sign up to a free taster session to help improve their business.

The District Council is sponsoring a free taster session of ‘The Guide to Successful Retailing’ which was inspired by Mary Portas, on Monday 30 April between 5pm and 8pm at The Grange in Ely.

The course has been developed for small and medium sized business owners and managers to offer local retailers a brief insight into the Mary Portas Masterclass programme.

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The full ECDC press release can be viewed here:Helping to improve your business

Bidding to increase recycling and retain weekly collections

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052/12

Date:

24/04/2012

An outline bid has been put together by East Cambridgeshire District Council to the Government for money to make it easier to recycle more of the district’s waste while keeping weekly rubbish collections.

The Department for Communities and Local Government announced a 250m scheme last year for local authorities to bid for funds to increase the quality of waste collection and make it easier to recycle.

The District Council has submitted a bid for nearly 5m to deliver the following:

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The full ECDC press release can be viewed here:Bidding to increase recycling and retain weekly collections

Festival is the r-eel deal

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053/12

Date:

24/04/2012

Ely’s Eel Festival Weekend is returning this May and there are a whole host of activities to get involved in.

The fun begins on Saturday 5 May with all the usual favourites back from eel throwing (don’t worry they are stuffed toys), a carnival procession from the city centre to the river and re-enactments highlighting Ely’s heritage and links with the eel.

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The full ECDC press release can be viewed here:Festival is the r-eel deal

Uncovering the impact of migrants in East Cambridgeshire

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051/12

Date:

24/04/2012

Work to understand the impact of migrant workers, the issues they face and how to support them in the future has been revealed in East Cambridgeshire.

A report into the work undertaken by the Migration Impacts Fund Project in East Cambridgeshire uncovered problems such as housing and language barriers but also ways to resolve the issues.

When the project began in 2010, it aimed to carry out research on the impact of migration, private housing conditions and the effect on communities.

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The full ECDC press release can be viewed here:Uncovering the impact of migrants in East Cambridgeshire