The Dean & Chapter of Ely Cathedral have released a statement to deny claims that Ely Cathedral are currently negotiating with ECDC to lease the small piece of land next to the Broad Street car park with a view to extending the car park. Here is the full statement from the Ely Cathedral website.
As a result of the recent correspondence and coverage in both the national & local media, the Dean & Chapter of Ely Cathedral feel it necessary to make an official statement regarding the East Cambridgeshire District Councilâ€™s plans to use an area of Cathedral land to extend the Broad Street car park.
The ECDC (East Cambs. District Council) approached the Cathedral in January 2006 about leasing the small piece of land next to the Broad Street car park with a view to extending the car park to create approximately 59 new spaces. As with any request of this nature the Dean & Chapter would not be in a position to make any decision without input from two legally established independent bodies; firstly the Cathedralâ€™s Fabric Advisory Committee (FAC) and secondly the Cathedral Fabric Commission for England (CFCE) which is based in London and has executive authority over both the FAC and the Dean & Chapter on all matters regarding the Cathedral fabric, buildings and land.
However before any proposal could be fully discussed by Chapter, the Cathedral received a letter from the ECDC informing them that they no longer wished to proceed with their request to lease Cathedral land. As far as the Cathedral is concerned the matter is now closed and Chapter are not in negotiations with anybody regarding this land.
Since this issue has created such strong feelings within Ely, the Dean & Chapter would like it noted that they would never consent to permanent car parking on Cathedral land that impacted in any way the view of the Cathedral from the Park or Meadow and, as legal custodians of this ancient building and surrounding park, feel very protective of both the Cathedral and its land.
Chapter has received a number of letters and other communications about this matter. We hope that this statement both clarifies the situation and assures all concerned parties of the position regarding this emotive issue.
The original press release can be found here.