Royal Mail To Close Post Offices In Ely, Little Downham & Soham

In a move likely to create chaos for the postal needs of people in Ely, Little Downham & Soham, the Royal Mail is to close the Post Offices of St. Johns Road, Ely, Main Street, Little Downham & Hall Street, Soham.

This will leave the Post Office in High Street Ely to meet the demands of Ely’s ever growing population. If you had the misfortune to use this Post Office you will be aware of the miserably long queues. How on earth it will cope with the sudden increase of trade is anyone’s guess.

The Royal Mail are so far out of touch with the public that they fail to realise that the success of local shops and of post offices is intertwined. Take for example Little Downham Post Office, the closure will hit the elderly and the very poor, who are dependent on a local service to pay bills and receive cash which also supports the continued existence of the local shop.

None of the post offices named will close immediately Post Office bosses insist they have drawn up the list initially for public consultation, and that people will have until August 26 to give their views on whether the services should be ended or not.

We understand that an official announcement will be made on Tuesday about these forthcoming closures.

The fight begins…

Companies Tender To Run The Maltings

The first round of the process to find a new company to run the Maltings, the historic centre for conferences, exhibitions and banqueting in Ely, has been completed with seven companies short-listed for the next stage.

An independent external consultant vetted the 12 initial expressions of interest, looking at areas such as the ability to invest in the building and whether they would be capable of running a prestigious community venue.

The seven short listed companies, which were unanimously agreed by all parties at Policy and Resources Committee, will now have 50 days to submit their full tender ready for a final decision to be made so the building can reopen later this year.

The short listed companies are: Crown Group (UK) Ltd, Duchy Catering, Sedoxo Prestige, Digby Trout Restaurants (Elior), Alfresco, Yes Dining and Leiths (Compass).
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Ely Folk Festival Review 2008

Image: The Gang

Armed with stubby pencils, scraps of paper and a camera Ely Online once again ventured down to The Ely Folk Festival to capture the spirit of the event. With me (John Glover) on words and Karl Bedingfield (on the piccies) we hope to give you a slice of the weekend from a non-folkie angle. Holly and Mike were camping and completed the Ely Online team.The forecast was dodgy but the list of bands was great. For my diary of the weekend, read on:
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