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Council Requests Review of Boundary Commission Plans

Reference:  Date:  Mon, 11/07/2016 Councillors from across the county will take their final votes on whether to complete the process for a devolution deal for Cambridgeshire and Peterborough next week.   Full Council meetings will take place involving the seven councils set to form a new Combined Authority.   The first meetings will take place on Tuesday 15 November 2016 with Cambridgeshire County and Cambridge City Councils.  

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International packaging firm makes significant relocation within East Cambs

Reference:  Date:  Mon, 11/07/2016 Councillors from across the county will take their final votes on whether to complete the process for a devolution deal for Cambridgeshire and Peterborough next week.   Full Council meetings will take place involving the seven councils set to form a new Combined Authority.   The first meetings will take place on Tuesday 15 November 2016 with Cambridgeshire County and Cambridge City Councils.  

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New Car Park At The Dock in Ely Opens

Reference:  Date:  Mon, 11/07/2016 Councillors from across the county will take their final votes on whether to complete the process for a devolution deal for Cambridgeshire and Peterborough next week.   Full Council meetings will take place involving the seven councils set to form a new Combined Authority.   The first meetings will take place on Tuesday 15 November 2016 with Cambridgeshire County and Cambridge City Councils.  

 Christmas 2017 Events in and around Ely

Reference:  Date:  Mon, 11/07/2016 Councillors from across the county will take their final votes on whether to complete the process for a devolution deal for Cambridgeshire and Peterborough next week.   Full Council meetings will take place involving the seven councils set to form a new Combined Authority.   The first meetings will take place on Tuesday 15 November 2016 with Cambridgeshire County and Cambridge City Councils.  

Final Consultation On East Cambs Local Plan

Reference:  Date:  Mon, 11/07/2016 Councillors from across the county will take their final votes on whether to complete the process for a devolution deal for Cambridgeshire and Peterborough next week.   Full Council meetings will take place involving the seven councils set to form a new Combined Authority.   The first meetings will take place on Tuesday 15 November 2016 with Cambridgeshire County and Cambridge City Councils.  

Councillors to make final decision on devolution

 

Mon, 11/07/2016

Councillors from across the county will take their final votes on whether to complete the process for a devolution deal for Cambridgeshire and Peterborough next week.

Full Council meetings will take place involving the seven councils set to form a new Combined Authority.

The first meetings will take place on Tuesday 15 November 2016 with Cambridgeshire County and Cambridge City Councils. 

The full ECDC press release can be viewed here:Councillors to make final decision on devolution

UK’s first sake brewery blessed in traditional Jichinsai ceremony

Date: 
Tue, 11/01/2016

A ground breaking ceremony like no other has been held at the construction site of the UK’s first sake brewery in East Cambridgeshire. 

The event which is known as a “Jichinsai” is a traditional Shinto ceremony undertaken to purify the building site prior to laying the foundations and to pray for the safety of the people involved in the construction. 

The full ECDC press release can be viewed here:UK’s first sake brewery blessed in traditional Jichinsai ceremony

Next steps in place for Barton Road development

Date: 
Wed, 10/26/2016

 

Following the approval for planning permission in August of this year, initial steps to progress the development of 11 homes on Barton Road, Ely are set to commence on the 7th November.

 

The next stage of the development will be an archaeological survey, which will identify whether there is anything of historical interest on the site.

 

The full ECDC press release can be viewed here:Next steps in place for Barton Road development

Next steps in place for Barton Road development

Date: 
Wed, 10/26/2016

 

Following the approval for planning permission in August of this year, initial steps to progress the development of 11 homes on Barton Road, Ely are set to commence on the 7th November.

 

The next stage of the development will be an archaeological survey, which will identify whether there is anything of historical interest on the site.

 

The full ECDC press release can be viewed here:Next steps in place for Barton Road development

UK’s First Sake Brewery Appoints Local Contractor

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Date: 
Tue, 10/25/2016

The team behind the UK’s first Sake brewery have appointed a local contractor to undertake the building work which is now underway.
Patrick Doyle Contractors have been awarded the contract for the build, which will be based at Fordham Abbey Estate, East Cambridgeshire and will see £9m invested over a period of five years.

The full ECDC press release can be viewed here:UK’s First Sake Brewery Appoints Local Contractor

Skills show helps bridge the gap between education and employment

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Date: 
Fri, 10/21/2016
A local skills show has brought together young people and local employers to talk about career opportunities in the district.
 
The East Cambridgeshire Career & Skills Show, organised by a partnership including Ely College, East Cambridgeshire District Council and Form the Future, is now in its third year and has continued to grow and attract attention from the schools, colleges and business alike.
 

The full ECDC press release can be viewed here:Skills show helps bridge the gap between education and employment

Skills on Show at Ely Cathedral!

Reference: 
Date: 
Tue, 10/18/2016

Wednesday will see a variety of pupils from local schools and colleges come together to explore the employment opportunities in the area.

Held at Ely Cathedral, the East Cambridgeshire Career & Skills Show allows businesses to interact with and inspire pupils, as well as informing them of the skills required for their chosen career. The event is organised by a partnership including Ely College, East Cambridgeshire District Council and Form the Future.

The full ECDC press release can be viewed here:Skills on Show at Ely Cathedral!

An apple a day … or the day of the apple

Date: 
Fri, 10/07/2016
The classic English apple is set to be celebrated once again at the annual Apple Festival in Ely.
 
From humble beginnings over 15 years ago, the event has now grown into one of best apple celebrations in the area.  What’s more Watergull Orchards, one of Cambridgeshire’s apple and juice producers and supporters of this event, will once again be in attendance with their impressive display of apples.
 

The full ECDC press release can be viewed here:An apple a day … or the day of the apple

Result for the Parish of Ely – North Ward by-election

Date: 
Thu, 10/06/2016

On Thursday 06 October 2016, voters in took to the polls to vote in the Parish of Ely – North Ward By-Election.

 

Polling stations nationwide opened at 7am and closed at 10pm.

The count venue was the Council Chamber, East Cambridgeshire District Council.

The turnout was announced as 16.17%. 

At 23.03pm, the Returning Officer, John Hill, declared the count totals, which are as follows: 

 

The total number of ballot paper counted was 855

The number of votes cast in favour of Edward Bengt Carlsson Browne (Labour Party) – 179

The full ECDC press release can be viewed here:Result for the Parish of Ely – North Ward by-election

Who’s That Knocking at my Door?

Reference: 
Date: 
Wed, 10/05/2016

Register of Elector forms have been delivered to over 37,000 households during the last few weeks and give details of the eligible electors in the district.  These are a combination of Household Enquiry Forms (HEFs) and Individual Registration Forms (ITRs) which need to be returned.

The full ECDC press release can be viewed here:Who’s That Knocking at my Door?

Inaugural Health & Happiness Day Hailed a Hit

Reference: 
Date: 
Tue, 09/27/2016

Yesterday Ely Country Park was filled with visitors interested in what the area’s health and wellbeing organisations had to offer.
The inaugural Health and Happiness Day hosted by the East Cambridgeshire Health and Wellbeing Partnership, featured demonstrations and guidance from a spectrum of local businesses and organisations to encourage local to make positive impacts on their health.
Councillor Joshua Schumann, Chair of the East Cambridgeshire Health and Wellbeing Partnership said:

The full ECDC press release can be viewed here:Inaugural Health & Happiness Day Hailed a Hit

Details of Parish of Ely – North Ward By-Election Announced

Reference: 
Date: 
Tue, 09/20/2016

Information regarding the election of a parish councillor for the Ely North Ward has been released today.
Polling stations for eligible voters will be open from 7.00am until 10pm to vote for a new parish councillor on the 6th October 2016.
Persons nominated for the role are Edward Bengt Carlsson Browne (Labour Party), Mark Cooney (Spotted in Ely), Richard Gareth Llewelyn Morgan (no description) and John Yates (Independent).
Postal votes for the election will be sent out on Thursday 22nd September to those who have registered.

The full ECDC press release can be viewed here:Details of Parish of Ely – North Ward By-Election Announced

Fun to be had at first Health & Happiness Day

Reference: 
Date: 
Wed, 09/21/2016

Dance classes, korfball and a climbing wall are just some of the activities planned for the East Cambridgeshire Health and Wellbeing Partnership’s flagship Health and Happiness Day.

The event which will be held at Ely County Park on Sunday 25th September, will provide guidance and activities for residents to show how they can make positive impacts on their health.

The full ECDC press release can be viewed here:Fun to be had at first Health & Happiness Day

New Website set to Boost Tourism to Ely

Date: 
Tue, 09/13/2016

A new website designed to showcase the gems of Ely has been launched by the town’s tourism ambassadors.

Visit Ely has refreshed the design and feel of www.visitely.org.uk making it easier to navigate and more visually appealing.

It has also been made mobile responsive and has links with social media networks which should increase its reach by 80,000 users in the next year.

The full ECDC press release can be viewed here:New Website set to Boost Tourism to Ely

Consultation Shows Support for Devolution

Date: 
Wed, 09/07/2016

Councillors have welcomed the outcome of a public consultation on proposals to devolve power and hundreds of millions of pounds of funding from Westminster to Cambridgeshire and Peterborough.

The consultation was launched in July and finished in August. It included a proportionally representative Ipsos MORI phone poll of 2,280 residents as well as an online survey which 1,500 people completed, plus comments from business, community groups, parish councils and other organisations.

The scale of the response has surpassed similar consultations in other devolution areas.

The full ECDC press release can be viewed here:Consultation Shows Support for Devolution

Free tours of Ely’s Landmarks to celebrate its history and heritage

Reference: 
Date: 
Mon, 09/05/2016

A host of Ely’s historic landmarks will open their doors to the public free of charge as part of the National Heritage Weekend (9-11 September).

Ten venues in the city are involved in the programme and some guided walking tours have also been arranged to take in period buildings and significant architecture.

Among highlights are a visit to The Stained Glass Museum to see windows dating back to 1200 and the fossil and Roman remains exhibitions at Ely Museum.

The full ECDC press release can be viewed here:Free tours of Ely’s Landmarks to celebrate its history and heritage

Approval Given for UK’s First Sake Brewery

Reference: 
Date: 
Wed, 08/24/2016

East Cambridgeshire District Council Planning Committee yesterday gave unanimous approval to the construction of the UK’s first Sake brewery, to be built at Fordham Abbey, near Ely.

The full ECDC press release can be viewed here:Approval Given for UK’s First Sake Brewery

Approval Given for UK’s First Sake Brewery

Reference: 
Date: 
Wed, 08/24/2016

East Cambridgeshire District Council Planning Committee yesterday gave unanimous approval to the construction of the UK’s first Sake brewery, to be built at Fordham Abbey, near Ely.

The full ECDC press release can be viewed here:Approval Given for UK’s First Sake Brewery

Countdown begins for Health and Happiness Day

Reference: 
Date: 
Tue, 08/30/2016
The countdown has begun for East Cambridgeshire Health and Wellbeing Partnership’s flagship Health and Happiness Day, which will be taking place at Ely Country Park this September.
 
The day, which will provide guidance and taster sessions, showing how residents can live healthier and make positive impacts on their health, is on Sunday 25th September from 11am until 3pm.
 

The full ECDC press release can be viewed here:Countdown begins for Health and Happiness Day

No barrier to building for people who stick to the rules, says Council

Reference: 
Date: 
Tue, 08/30/2016

A local authority planning department that approves 94% of applications has said that there is no barrier to building for people who follow the rules. Officers for East Cambridgeshire District Council have worked hard to challenge the reputation the sector has for hindering rather than helping people with applications for development. But while the majority of cases get the thumbs up, their firm but fair policy means they take a hard line with people who do not follow due process.

The full ECDC press release can be viewed here:No barrier to building for people who stick to the rules, says Council

Ely Markets Goes Continental This Bank Holiday Weekend

Date: 
Fri, 08/26/2016

Ely Markets will play host to a range of continental delicacies and delights over the long bank holiday weekend.

From Saturday 27th August until Monday 29th August, visitors to Ely Market can indulge in what the visiting continental market has to offer. An array of food stalls will hold everything from freshly made paella, crepes and tartiflette to artisanal cheese, breads, olive oils and preserves. There will also be a variety of continental crafts available, including handmade Provençal soaps, amber jewellery, woodcarvings, objets d’art and fashion accessories.

The full ECDC press release can be viewed here:Ely Markets Goes Continental This Bank Holiday Weekend

Ely Markets Goes Continental This Bank Holiday Weekend

Date: 
Fri, 08/26/2016

Ely Markets will play host to a range of continental delicacies and delights over the long bank holiday weekend.

From Saturday 27th August until Monday 29th August, visitors to Ely Market can indulge in what the visiting continental market has to offer. An array of food stalls will hold everything from freshly made paella, crepes and tartiflette to artisanal cheese, breads, olive oils and preserves. There will also be a variety of continental crafts available, including handmade Provençal soaps, amber jewellery, woodcarvings, objets d’art and fashion accessories.

The full ECDC press release can be viewed here:Ely Markets Goes Continental This Bank Holiday Weekend

Game On: Escape Rooms Craze set to storm Ely

Reference: 
Date: 
Thu, 08/25/2016

A fast-growing craze that sees members of the public locked in a room and asked to solve puzzles to escape is set to storm Ely.

A pop up Escape Room, which is an immersive interactive experience, and which has been referred to as a real-life Crystal Maze, is being launched in Oliver Cromwell’s House.

Groups of between four to eight people will be arrested and imprisoned by Cromwell’s men and given an hour to find the clues, solve the riddles and crack the code to locate a golden key.

The full ECDC press release can be viewed here:Game On: Escape Rooms Craze set to storm Ely

Game On: Escape Rooms Craze set to storm Ely

Reference: 
Date: 
Thu, 08/25/2016

A fast-growing craze that sees members of the public locked in a room and asked to solve puzzles to escape is set to storm Ely.

A pop up Escape Room, which is an immersive interactive experience, and which has been referred to as a real-life Crystal Maze, is being launched in Oliver Cromwell’s House.

Groups of between four to eight people will be arrested and imprisoned by Cromwell’s men and given an hour to find the clues, solve the riddles and crack the code to locate a golden key.

The full ECDC press release can be viewed here:Game On: Escape Rooms Craze set to storm Ely

East Cambridgeshire Leisure Centre boosted by £1.5M Sport England grant

Reference: 
Date: 
Thu, 08/18/2016

Sport England’s Project Committee has approved a conditional lottery award of £1.5M towards the development of the East Cambridgeshire District Leisure Centre.

At its full council meeting in June, East Cambridgeshire District Council agreed to proceed with the new District Leisure Centre project, subject to receiving £1.5M funding from Sport England. Confirmation of lottery award means the project is now fully funded and can go ahead.

The full ECDC press release can be viewed here:East Cambridgeshire Leisure Centre boosted by £1.5M Sport England grant

Ely scoops double award win for its Parks and Green Spaces

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Date: 
Thu, 07/28/2016

The city is celebrating a double award win for its parks and green spaces thanks to the Keep Britain Tidy Green Flag Awards Scheme.

Ely Country Park and Jubilee Gardens are among 1,686 parks and green spaces that have received a prestigious Green Flag Award – the mark of a quality park or green space.

A Green Flag flying overhead is a sign to the public that the space boasts the highest possible standards, is beautifully maintained and has excellent facilities.

Councillor Richard Hobbs, chair of commercial services said:

The full ECDC press release can be viewed here:Ely scoops double award win for its Parks and Green Spaces

E.coli outbreak from unwashed salad leaves

Date: 
Thu, 07/21/2016

A strain of E.coli has been identified as being the case behind an current outbreak of illness across the UK. Public Health England has issued some guidance in regards to protecting yourself and your family:

The full ECDC press release can be viewed here:E.coli outbreak from unwashed salad leaves

Ely Southern Bypass

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Date: 
Thu, 07/14/2016

Confirmation of Ely Southern Bypass Funding.

Cllr James Palmer, Leader of the Council states

“I am delighted that the Government have confirmed their support for the Ely Southern bypass by granting funding of £16m. 

 This has been a long process, but I am confident that the residents of East Cambridgeshire will soon see the benefits of all the work that has been put into getting the bypass built.

 These are exciting times in East Cambridgeshire with the bypass, cinema and leisure centre all scheduled to be completed by the end of 2017.

The full ECDC press release can be viewed here:Ely Southern Bypass

Ely Southern Bypass

Reference: 
Date: 
Thu, 07/14/2016

Confirmation of Ely Southern Bypass Funding.

Cllr James Palmer, Leader of the Council states

“I am delighted that the Government have confirmed their support for the Ely Southern bypass by granting funding of £16m. 

 This has been a long process, but I am confident that the residents of East Cambridgeshire will soon see the benefits of all the work that has been put into getting the bypass built.

 These are exciting times in East Cambridgeshire with the bypass, cinema and leisure centre all scheduled to be completed by the end of 2017.

The full ECDC press release can be viewed here:Ely Southern Bypass

New District Leisure Centre given the green light

Reference: 
PR/28Jun16/Leisure
Date: 
Fri, 07/01/2016

 

Members of East Cambridgeshire District Council have agreed to build the proposed new District Leisure Centre at Downham Road, subject to receipt of £1.5m grant funding from Sport England.

At Full Council on Tuesday 28th June, Councillors fully supported the proposals and costs put forward by Mace, project managers employed by the District Council to progress the scheme.  They agreed the preferred contractors to build the new centre are Pellikaan. The leisure centre will comprise:

•      An eight lane 25m Pool

The full ECDC press release can be viewed here:New District Leisure Centre given the green light

New District Leisure Centre given the green light

Reference: 
PR/28Jun16/Leisure
Date: 
Fri, 07/01/2016

 

Members of East Cambridgeshire District Council have agreed to build the proposed new District Leisure Centre at Downham Road, subject to receipt of £1.5m grant funding from Sport England.

At Full Council on Tuesday 28th June, Councillors fully supported the proposals and costs put forward by Mace, project managers employed by the District Council to progress the scheme.  They agreed the preferred contractors to build the new centre are Pellikaan. The leisure centre will comprise:

•      An eight lane 25m Pool

The full ECDC press release can be viewed here:New District Leisure Centre given the green light

Acquisition of land for commuter car park

Reference: 
PR/28JUN/carpark
Date: 
Thu, 06/30/2016

 

East Cambridgeshire District Council has purchased land close to Ely railway station with the aim of providing additional car parking spaces for commuters.

The land is close to the Tesco ‘Click and Collect’ depot at The Dock. Subject to obtaining planning approval, the Council is aiming to provide at least 100 new car parking spaces and a lit walkway linking the new carpark to the existing car parking facility at Angel Drove.

It is expected that the cost of parking at the new site will be the same as the prices at the Angel Drove car park.

The full ECDC press release can be viewed here:Acquisition of land for commuter car park

East Cambs agree plan for Lancaster Way coach parking

Reference: 
PR/24Jun16/CoachParking
Date: 
Fri, 06/24/2016
East Cambridgeshire District Council is pleased to announce that it has approved a plan to secure coach parking for Ely.
At the Commercial Services committee meeting on Wednesday 22nd June 2016, Councillors approved the recommendation to enter into a license to secure coach parking at Lancaster Way Business Park. 

The full ECDC press release can be viewed here:East Cambs agree plan for Lancaster Way coach parking

EU Referendum results for East Cambs

Reference: 
PR/24Jun16/EUref
Date: 
Thu, 06/23/2016

 

On Thursday 23rd June 2016, voters in East Cambridgeshire, and throughout Britain, took to the polls to vote whether to remain or leave the European Union.

Polling stations nationwide opened at 7am and closed at 10pm.

The verification/ count venue for East Cambridgeshire was Ross Peers Sports Centre, Soham.

Verification of all 69 of East Cambridgeshire’s boxes (including one for postal votes) was completed at 18:14 on Friday 24th June, and the turnout was announced as 77.07%. Counting began straight afterwards.

The full ECDC press release can be viewed here:EU Referendum results for East Cambs

Emergency tree felling work taking place in Ely next week

Reference: 
PR/17Jun16/TreeWork
Date: 
Fri, 06/17/2016

 

Removal of a mature willow tree in Ely will take place next week, on Wednesday 22nd June, to ensure the area remains safe to the public.  

The Willow tree (tree number 2183, highlighted on the site plan) is situated near the corner of Lavenders Land, on the edge of the Riverside footpath, off Willow Walk.

After recent inspections, it has been found that the main stem of the tree is badly decayed, rotten and deteriorating rapidly, and in the interests of public safety, must be felled.

The full ECDC press release can be viewed here:Emergency tree felling work taking place in Ely next week

Emergency tree felling work taking place in Ely next week

Reference: 
PR/17Jun16/TreeWork
Date: 
Fri, 06/17/2016

 

Removal of a mature willow tree in Ely will take place next week, on Wednesday 22nd June, to ensure the area remains safe to the public.  

The Willow tree (tree number 2183, highlighted on the site plan) is situated near the corner of Lavenders Land, on the edge of the Riverside footpath, off Willow Walk.

After recent inspections, it has been found that the main stem of the tree is badly decayed, rotten and deteriorating rapidly, and in the interests of public safety, must be felled.

The full ECDC press release can be viewed here:Emergency tree felling work taking place in Ely next week

Planning Committee approves demolition of unauthorised building

Reference: 
PR/15Jun16/Planning
Date: 
Wed, 06/15/2016

 

East Cambridgeshire District Council’s Planning Committee took the decision to authorise the Planning Service to arrange the demolition of an unauthorised building at Sappers Rest, Mepal.

The building was erected without planning permission and a retrospective planning application was refused.

After all other avenues of negotiation were exhausted with the applicant to secure its removal, an Enforcement Notice was served on the building as it was expedient to do so and in the public interest.

The full ECDC press release can be viewed here:Planning Committee approves demolition of unauthorised building

Decisions from East Cambs Planning Committee 08/06/16

Reference: 
PlanningComm/08/06/16
Date: 
Mon, 06/13/2016

Following this month’s meeting of the Planning Committee at East Cambridgeshire District Council, the following decisions were made:

 

  1. 16/00158/FUL – Refurbishment and partial demolition of existing building to provide six residential townhouses and one residential flat over retained commercial unit – 10 Forehill, Ely, CB7 4AF
    Decision: Approved

 

The full ECDC press release can be viewed here:Decisions from East Cambs Planning Committee 08/06/16

Statement in response to a question from local papers regarding Syrian refugees

Reference: 
St/24May16/Refugees
Date: 
Tue, 05/24/2016

 

East Cambridgeshire District Council has been asked for its position on housing Syrian refugees in response to the government’s announcement last year that the UK will accept 20,000 refugees between now and 2020.

The full ECDC press release can be viewed here:Statement in response to a question from local papers regarding Syrian refugees

A Taste of the Continent in Ely this Bank Holiday Weekend

Reference: 
PR/24May16/ContMark
Date: 
Tue, 05/24/2016

 

A taste of the continent is coming to Ely this Bank Holiday weekend with the return of the Continental Market on Saturday, Sunday and Bank Holiday Monday, 28 – 30 May.

Experience the sights and sounds of a traditional continental market, with stalls selling everything from freshly made paella, crêpes and tartiflette to artisanal cheese and charcuterie, olive oils and preserves, as well as all kinds of patisserie and confectionery. Plus there will be many crafts including handmade Provencal soaps, amber jewellery, woodcarvings, objets d’art and fashion accessories.  

The full ECDC press release can be viewed here:A Taste of the Continent in Ely this Bank Holiday Weekend

Project to provide young people in need with daily essentials

Reference: 
PR/23May16/Essentials
Date: 
Mon, 05/23/2016

 

A project to help provide essential items for children and young people who may not have access to basics, such as toothpaste and soap, has been set up in partnership with the Police and East Cambridgeshire District Council.

The packs of basic toiletries, underwear and other essential care items will be made available through schools, GP services, food banks and other community-based organisations with the help of East Cambridgeshire Community Safety Partnership.

The full ECDC press release can be viewed here:Project to provide young people in need with daily essentials

Archaeological dig at new District Leisure Centre site underway

Reference: 
PR/16May16/dig
Date: 
Mon, 05/16/2016

 

The archaeological excavation of the site on Downham Road, where East Cambridgeshire District Council is hoping to build a new leisure facility for the District, will start this week (commencing 16th May).

At the request of the Cambridgeshire County Council Historic Environment Team, the whole 2.8 hectare site will be excavated because it is located in an area of high archaeological potential.

The work is being carried out by Cambridge Archaeological Unit, part of the University of Cambridge and is expected to take 13 weeks.

The full ECDC press release can be viewed here:Archaeological dig at new District Leisure Centre site underway

Ely Markets adding heart to Love Your Local Market Campaign

Reference: 
PR/10May16/Markets
Date: 
Tue, 05/10/2016

 

Ely Markets is participating in the national, high profile Love Your Local Market 2016 campaign led by the National Association of British Market authorities with support from the wider markets industry and Government.

Ely Markets is joining over 1200 markets across the country by taking part in the Love Your Local Market campaign and are promoting Ely Markets as a great place to start your business. Vibrant Ely Markets is at the heart of our community and offers a chance to try out your products on one of our great weekly markets. 

The full ECDC press release can be viewed here:Ely Markets adding heart to Love Your Local Market Campaign

Decisions from East Cambs Planning Committee 04/05/16

Reference: 
PlanningComm/04May16
Date: 
Tue, 05/10/2016

 

Following this month’s meeting of the Planning Committee at East Cambridgeshire District Council, the following decisions were made:

 

  1. 15/01325/FUM

Proposed development of 14 affordable semi-detached houses (10 x 2 bed and 4 x 3 bed) including improvements to New Road.

Land to Rear of 1 to 7 Sutton Road, Witchford

Decision: Refused

 

The full ECDC press release can be viewed here:Decisions from East Cambs Planning Committee 04/05/16

East Cambs paving the way for a housing revolution

Reference: 
PR/10May16/CLTs
Date: 
Tue, 05/10/2016

 

With four Community Land Trusts (CLTs) having been established in the District so far, East Cambridgeshire District Council (ECDC) is helping lead the way nationally in terms of community-led development, supporting people who choose to live and work locally. 

CLTs for Soham, Witchford, Swaffham Prior and Stretham & Wilburton have all become legal entities, with support from the ECDC’s CLT scheme. Stretham & Wilburton, in particular, are well on their way to having their first affordable homes available.

The full ECDC press release can be viewed here:East Cambs paving the way for a housing revolution

East Cambs launches 3R campaign to tackle radicalisation

Reference: 
PR/10May16/3Rs
Date: 
Tue, 05/10/2016

 

A campaign to help prevent vulnerable young people in particular from becoming radicalised and drawn into extremism has been launched by East Cambridgeshire District Council.

The 3R campaign stands for “Recognise, Report and Result” and gives partner agencies a simple message about how to support young people at risk of becoming involved in extremist activities.

Partner agencies include secondary schools, Scout and Guide groups, youth clubs, parish councils and other groups working with teenagers and young adults.

The full ECDC press release can be viewed here:East Cambs launches 3R campaign to tackle radicalisation

Sutton Parish Council to host Business Forum

Reference: 
PR/9May16/Forum
Date: 
Mon, 05/09/2016

 

East Cambridgeshire District Council (ECDC) will be supporting a business forum organised by Sutton’s Parish Council on the 19th May 2016.

The Parish Council is working on a joined up Neighbourhood Plan to help shape important developments across Sutton and the local area. Key to this is consulting with its business community to understand their needs and future plans.

The full ECDC press release can be viewed here:Sutton Parish Council to host Business Forum

Council warns against deadly food supplement

Reference: 
PR/09May16/DNP
Date: 
Mon, 05/09/2016

 

East Cambridgeshire District Council is warning consumers against purchasing any supplements which may contain the chemical commonly known as DNP.

This extremely dangerous and toxic compound is marketed over the internet as a weight loss or body building supplement but, if taken, it can quickly cause kidney failure and even death.

Furthermore, taking this product alongside other performance enhancing drugs such as Clenbuterol can greatly increase the risks of dying. There have been six reported deaths linked to the supplement in the UK and dozens worldwide.

The full ECDC press release can be viewed here:Council warns against deadly food supplement

New access improvements completed at Ely Country Park

Reference: 
PR/09May16/Access
Date: 
Mon, 05/09/2016

 

Further access improvements have been carried out at Ely Country Park to enable more people to enjoy a fantastic day out.

Access improvement works at the sloped footpath connecting Springhead Lane and the wildflower meadow in Ely’s award winning Country Park were carried out on behalf of East Cambridgeshire District Council.

The full ECDC press release can be viewed here:New access improvements completed at Ely Country Park

Jason Ablewhite elected as new Police and Crime Commissioner for Cambridgeshire

Reference: 
PR/06May16/PCCEresult
Date: 
Fri, 05/06/2016

 

Jason David Ablewhite has been elected as Cambridgeshire’s new Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC).

The vote took place on Thursday 5th May across Cambridgeshire and Peterborough, with the result being declared on Friday 6th May at 17:27.

Jason Ablewhite, the Conservative Party Candidate, beat Dave Baigent, Labour Party, after second preference votes were counted, as neither had managed to get 50% in the first round.

Jason Ablewhite received a total of 81,851 votes, while Dave Baigent received a total of 72,480 votes.

The full ECDC press release can be viewed here:Jason Ablewhite elected as new Police and Crime Commissioner for Cambridgeshire

Community spirit high as Queen’s Beacon burns brightly in Burwell

Reference: 
PR/22Apr16/Beacon2
Date: 
Thu, 04/28/2016

 

As many as 150 people turned out to see the lighting of the Queen’s Birthday Beacon in Burwell last Thursday (21 April).

The celebrations, organised by East Cambridgeshire District Council in conjunction with Burwell Parish Council, began with the ringing of St Mary’s church bells.

This was followed by a superb performance from the Burwell Community Choir, who sung beautifully by The Guildhall in their black outfits and blue scarves, covering a range of songs from Waka Waka (This Time for Africa) by Shakira to Bridge Over Troubled Water by Simon and Garfunkel. 

The full ECDC press release can be viewed here:Community spirit high as Queen’s Beacon burns brightly in Burwell

Council dog warden reminds owners of new rules

Reference: 
PR/28Apr16/DogWarden
Date: 
Thu, 04/28/2016

 

New East Cambridgeshire District Council dog warden Jenessa Springhall is reminding dog owners of the changes to microchipping laws that come into force this month.

Now, owners of dogs found by the police or local authorities not to have a microchip will have the benefits explained to them and be given a short period to comply with the microchipping law. If they do not, they could face a fine of up to £500.

The full ECDC press release can be viewed here:Council dog warden reminds owners of new rules

New allergy rules helping sufferers in East Cambs

Reference: 
PR/22Apr16/Allergy
Date: 
Mon, 04/25/2016

 

To mark Allergy Awareness Week 2016, East Cambridgeshire District Council is reminding food businesses in the local area about rules which went live just over a year ago.

Since December 2014, all food businesses in East Cambridgeshire have had to verbally explain or signpost to where allergen information can be found.

The full ECDC press release can be viewed here:New allergy rules helping sufferers in East Cambs

One week to go until the Cambs PCC Election

Reference: 
PR/22Apr16/1weekPCC
Date: 
Mon, 04/25/2016

 

There are now just 7 days to go until voters across Cambridgeshire and Peterborough start flocking to the polling stations to choose their new Police & Crime Commissioner (PCC).

Over a four-year term, the Police and Crime Commissioner oversees the running of local police forces, including appointing the Chief Constable, setting the local budget and deciding what the priorities should be for the police in their area.

The full ECDC press release can be viewed here:One week to go until the Cambs PCC Election

Get your taste buds ready for Ely’s Food and Drink Festival

Reference: 
PR19Apr16/Elyfood
Date: 
Mon, 04/25/2016

 

More than 50 artisan food and drink traders will be descending upon Palace Green on Sunday 1st and Monday 2nd May for Ely’s Food and Drink Festival.

Celebrity chefs Jean Christophe Novelli, Jack Stein and The great British Bake Off’s Ian Cumming will be rubbing shoulders with local restaurant chef’s Zahid Ahmed from Syhlet Restaurant and Lucy Jarman from The Old Fire Engine.

The full ECDC press release can be viewed here:Get your taste buds ready for Ely’s Food and Drink Festival

Roll up for the World Eel Throwing competition

Reference: 
PR/18Apr/Eelfest
Date: 
Tue, 04/19/2016

 

How far could you throw an eel? That will be the question on everyone’s lips at the World Eel Throwing competition taking place on Eel Day which is part of Ely’s Eel Festival Weekend this Spring Bank Holiday. 

No actual eels will be harmed in the contest – the organisers use toy eels. It is all part of the fun and just one of the eel-related activities happening across the weekend which runs from April 29 to May 2 in celebration of all things eel.

The full ECDC press release can be viewed here:Roll up for the World Eel Throwing competition

East Cambs first to ratify devo deal

Reference: 
PR/15Apr16/Devolution
Date: 
Fri, 04/15/2016

 

East Cambridgeshire District Council has agreed to ratify a devolution deal worth nearly one billion pounds for East Anglia.

Members of the Council voted to ratify the East Anglia Devolution Agreement at the Special Council Meeting on Wednesday 13th April. The proposed Deal was announced in the Chancellor of the Exchequer’s budget speech in March this year.

The full ECDC press release can be viewed here:East Cambs first to ratify devo deal

East Cambs first in East Anglia to ratify devo deal

Reference: 
PR/15Apr16/Devolution
Date: 
Fri, 04/15/2016

 

East Cambridgeshire District Council has agreed to ratify a devolution deal worth nearly one billion pounds for East Anglia.

Members of the Council voted to ratify the East Anglia Devolution Agreement at the Special Council Meeting on Wednesday 13th April. The proposed Deal was announced in the Chancellor of the Exchequer’s budget speech in March this year.

The full ECDC press release can be viewed here:East Cambs first in East Anglia to ratify devo deal

It’s the final countdown to the PCC election, but do you know why you should be voting?

Reference: 
PR/14Apr16/PCCarticle
Date: 
Thu, 04/14/2016

 

With just three weeks to go today until the election for the new Cambridgeshire Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC), we ask the questions: do you really know what it’s all about? And why is it important to vote?

If the answer to one or both of these questions is no, then this article will give you all the information you need, from the role of a Police and Crime Commissioner, to the election process, to where you can find the most up-to-date information.

The full ECDC press release can be viewed here:It’s the final countdown to the PCC election, but do you know why you should be voting?

The Queen’s birthday celebrations in East Cambridgeshire

Reference: 
PR/14Apr16/Beacons
Date: 
Thu, 04/14/2016

 

Next week the nation will honour the Queen’s 90th birthday with celebrations around the country and East Cambridgeshire District Council will join in with its own special events.

Burwell has been chosen as the site in East Cambridgeshire for the lighting of the Queen’s birthday beacon, a series of which are being lit around the UK to commemorate her birthday.

The Queen will light the first of more than 1000 beacons across the country to mark her birthday. Castle Mound at Burwell will host the District Council’s beacon.

The full ECDC press release can be viewed here:The Queen’s birthday celebrations in East Cambridgeshire

Get set for a r-eel-y good time

Reference: 
PR/12Apr16/FoodSafari
Date: 
Tue, 04/12/2016

 

The participating food outlets for the much-loved Food Safari, part of Ely’s Eel Festival Weekend, have now been finalised.

A variety of the city’s restaurants, cafés and food venues have embraced the ‘eel’ theme, and will produce a range of imaginative treats for the festival weekend, which will take place from the 30th April to 2nd May.  

The full ECDC press release can be viewed here:Get set for a r-eel-y good time

Rare Bee Orchids to be preserved with new mowing programme

Reference: 
PR/11Apr16/BeeOrchids
Date: 
Mon, 04/11/2016

 

Rare Bee Orchid plants discovered in Ely will be given the opportunity to flourish thanks to a new mowing programme.

The regular grass cutters, who maintain public open spaces for East Cambridgeshire District Council, recently found a small colony of Bee Orchids, which they mowed around for protection.

This and other sightings were reported to the Ely Local Group of the Wildlife Trust for Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Northamptonshire, who completed a survey of the area, discovering many more plants in the process.

The full ECDC press release can be viewed here:Rare Bee Orchids to be preserved with new mowing programme

Decisions from East Cambs Planning Committee 06/03/2016

Reference: 
PlanningComm/06Apr16
Date: 
Thu, 04/07/2016

 

The full ECDC press release can be viewed here:Decisions from East Cambs Planning Committee 06/03/2016

New district leisure centre planning application submitted

Reference: 
PR/05Apr16/ELC1
Date: 
Tue, 04/05/2016

 

Further progress on delivering the new district leisure centre was made this week with the submission of the reserved matters planning application.

The scheme has been granted outline planning permission under the hybrid planning application for the cinema, but the plans have to go through the Reserved Matters process to agree the design and layout of the site.

The tender processes to procure an operator to run the new district leisure centre and a contractor to build it are also underway.

The new centre will provide:

The full ECDC press release can be viewed here:New district leisure centre planning application submitted

Council-owned land at The Vineyards in Ely to remain as open space

Reference: 
PR/04Apr16/Vineyards
Date: 
Mon, 04/04/2016

 

The triangular piece of land at The Vineyards, closest to Ely market square, and solely owned by East Cambridgeshire District Council (see map), is to remain as open space. The decision for the land not to be developed was reached after a review by Councillors at the Asset Development Committee meeting on Wednesday 23rd March 2016, where views of local members and residents were also shared.

The full ECDC press release can be viewed here:Council-owned land at The Vineyards in Ely to remain as open space

Council launches self-build register

Reference: 
PR/04Apr16/Self-build
Date: 
Mon, 04/04/2016

 

East Cambridgeshire District Council has launched a self-build register on its website and is inviting everyone who has an interest in building their own home to sign up.

Ensuring the anonymity of contributors, the Council will use the information on the register to explore ways in which it might be possible for people and plots to be brought together.

The full ECDC press release can be viewed here:Council launches self-build register

Apprenticeship grant opening doors of opportunity for local people and businesses

Reference: 
PR/29Mar16/Apprenticeships
Date: 
Tue, 03/29/2016

 

An apprenticeship grant scheme made available by East Cambridgeshire District Council (ECDC) is paving the way for more young people to access new careers, and is offering local businesses a much needed helping hand, enabling them to grow.

Last year’s grant – a total of £16,000 provided by the District Council’s Economic Development Team – was given as either a stand-alone amount, or as a top-up to the National Apprenticeship AGE Grant worth £1500 per company, which the Council also encourages businesses to apply for.

The full ECDC press release can be viewed here:Apprenticeship grant opening doors of opportunity for local people and businesses

Approved: Barton Road & Fordham facilities to stay open

Reference: 
PR/29Mar16/EPC2
Date: 
Tue, 03/29/2016

 

East Cambridgeshire District Council (ECDC) is pleased to confirm that at the Asset Development Committee meeting on Wednesday 23rd March, the Committee approved the recommendation from Commercial Services Committee to keep both Ely’s Barton Road and Fordham’s public conveniences open.

The full ECDC press release can be viewed here:Approved: Barton Road & Fordham facilities to stay open

News from Cambridgeshire County Council – Making the case for a new Soham Railway station

Date: 
Tue, 03/29/2016

A major feasibility study has been commissioned which aims to bring Soham Railway Station a step closer to being built.
 
Cambridgeshire County Council in conjunction with East Cambridgeshire District Council has formally commissioned Network Rail to undertake the GRIP (Governance for Rail Infrastructure Projects) 3 Options and Feasibility study.

The full ECDC press release can be viewed here:News from Cambridgeshire County Council – Making the case for a new Soham Railway station

Ely’s Barton Road toilets to remain open

Reference: 
PR/16Mar16/EPC
Date: 
Thu, 03/17/2016

 

East Cambridgeshire District Council (ECDC) is pleased to announce that positive steps have been taken in light of public feedback to retain the public conveniences at Barton Road, Ely. At the Commercial Services committee meeting on 15th March 2016, councillors voted to keep the Barton Road toilets open.

The full ECDC press release can be viewed here:Ely’s Barton Road toilets to remain open

Debate on £1 billion Devolution Deal supported by East Cambridgeshire District Council

Reference: 
PR/16Mar16/Devo1
Date: 
Wed, 03/16/2016

 

East Cambridgeshire District Council is in support of the East Anglia Devolution Deal announced today by the Chancellor of the Exchequer in his budget speech. The Deal will now be put to a debate.

Some 22 authorities and The New Anglia LEP for Norfolk and Suffolk have signed to put the Deal in front of their members to debate whether to agree or turn down the proposals, as well as the chance to go back to the Government with new proposals in the Autumn.

The full ECDC press release can be viewed here:Debate on £1 billion Devolution Deal supported by East Cambridgeshire District Council

Debate on £1 billion Devolution Deal supported by East Cambridgeshire District Council

Reference: 
PR/16Mar16/Devo1
Date: 
Wed, 03/16/2016

 

East Cambridgeshire District Council is in support of the East Anglia Devolution Deal announced today by the Chancellor of the Exchequer in his budget speech. The Deal will now be put to a debate.

Some 22 authorities and The New Anglia LEP for Norfolk and Suffolk have signed to put the Deal in front of their members to debate whether to agree or turn down the proposals, as well as the chance to go back to the Government with new proposals in the Autumn.

The full ECDC press release can be viewed here:Debate on £1 billion Devolution Deal supported by East Cambridgeshire District Council

East Cambridgeshire District Council encourages voters to register ahead of PCC elections in May

Reference: 
PR/14Mar16/PCCE1
Date: 
Mon, 03/14/2016

 

East Cambridgeshire District Council is urging local people to register their vote for the upcoming Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) elections in line with the launch of a major national advertising campaign.

On Thursday 5 May, voters will go to the polls to elect their Police and Crime Commissioner, but must first register at www.gov.uk/register-to-vote.   

The full ECDC press release can be viewed here:East Cambridgeshire District Council encourages voters to register ahead of PCC elections in May

Littleport to celebrate spring with the "Best Dressed Shop Window" competition

Reference: 
PR/14Mar16/BDSW
Date: 
Mon, 03/14/2016

 

This March, Littleport’s shops are being challenged to do more than just a spring clean, but instead to create the best spring-themed window display possible.

This is part of the town’s “Celebrate Spring” event on Saturday 2nd April. 

Although the theme is “spring,” this year is also the 150th anniversary of Beatrix Potter’s birth, so traders taking part have been encouraged to incorporate this into their displays. 

The full ECDC press release can be viewed here:Littleport to celebrate spring with the "Best Dressed Shop Window" competition

Central Government makes East Cambs District Council new host of national housing programme

Reference: 
PR/11Mar16/NPSS
Date: 
Fri, 03/11/2016

 

The incredible turnaround of East Cambridgeshire’s Housing Options team has led to them being named the new host of a national housing programme.

The National Practitioner Support Service (NPSS) programme is funded by Central Government via the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG), and was previously hosted by Winchester City Council.

The full ECDC press release can be viewed here:Central Government makes East Cambs District Council new host of national housing programme

St Mary’s Street car park, Ely, closed on 15th March for tree maintenance work

Reference: 
PR/9Mar16/SMtree
Date: 
Wed, 03/09/2016

 

St Mary’s Street car park will be closed on the 15th March to allow for essential tree maintenance work.

Signs will be displayed in the car park a week in advance of its closure to serve as a reminder to those who use the facility. This will give people enough time to make alternative parking arrangements for that day should they need to.

The task will be carried out by the East Cambridgeshire District Council Open Spaces Team.

The full ECDC press release can be viewed here:St Mary’s Street car park, Ely, closed on 15th March for tree maintenance work

One stop shop for free business support a hit with local companies

Reference: 
PR/9Mar16/S2G
Date: 
Wed, 03/09/2016

 

Local companies took to the Maltings this Tuesday [8th March] for what was a very successful first pop up business surgery.

The free event in Ely, which took place from 8.30am until midday, was organised by Signpost to Grow of the Greater Cambridge Greater Peterborough Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) in conjunction with East Cambridgeshire District Council. Around 20 business owners attended.

The purpose of the event was to provide free, independent advice to local companies who are looking for support to grow.

The full ECDC press release can be viewed here:One stop shop for free business support a hit with local companies

Decisions from East Cambs Planning Committee 02/03/2016

Reference: 
PlanningComm/02Mar16
Date: 
Fri, 03/04/2016

 

Following this month’s meeting of the Planning Committee at East Cambridgeshire District Council, the following decisions were made:

The full ECDC press release can be viewed here:Decisions from East Cambs Planning Committee 02/03/2016

Christmas cards turned into cash for Ely Foodbank

Reference: 
PR/22Jan16/Foodbank
Date: 
Wed, 03/02/2016

 

This week, it was announced that 2015’s Christmas Card Campaign saw 1.2 tonnes of cards converted into much needed cash for Ely Foodbank.

The money, which proves it pays to recycle, was raised after Ellgia Recycling teamed up with East Cambridgeshire District Council to create collection points at Ely, Littleport and Witchford, where residents could drop off Christmas cards for recycling, as well as any food they wished to donate.

The full ECDC press release can be viewed here:Christmas cards turned into cash for Ely Foodbank

Extra flavour added to this year’s Food & Drink Festival as trio of celeb chefs is announced

Reference: 
PR/23Feb16/F&D
Date: 
Tue, 03/01/2016

 

Ely’s best kept secret has finally been revealed – the celebrity chef line up for 2016’s Food & Drink Festival.

The first of three wonderful chefs to be appearing at this year’s festival, which will take place on the 1st and 2nd May, is Jean-Christophe Novelli, the award-winning French chef and Michelin Star restaurateur. He simply loved being at the event last year, and is back by popular demand.

The full ECDC press release can be viewed here:Extra flavour added to this year’s Food & Drink Festival as trio of celeb chefs is announced

New bus shelters a welcome addition to Market Street

Reference: 
PR/19Feb16/BusShelters
Date: 
Tue, 02/23/2016

 

It was out with the old and in with the new at Market Street, Ely, as four replacement bus shelters were erected, much to the delight of local residents.

They were installed the week beginning 18th January and were completed that Sunday. Work was undertaken in the evenings to reduce disruption.

The full ECDC press release can be viewed here:New bus shelters a welcome addition to Market Street

Sutton Division By-Election Results Announced 19/2/16

Date: 
Fri, 02/19/2016

 

East Cambridgeshire District Council can confirm that, at 23:35 on Thursday 18th February 2016, Lorna Helen Dupre, of the Liberal Democrats, was declared as the duly elected new County Councillor for the Sutton Division.

Lorna Helen Dupre replaces Cllr Philip Reed, of the Conservatives, who was elected as the Sutton Division County Councillor in May 2013, but left the seat vacant after he passed away in December 2015.

The full ECDC press release can be viewed here:Sutton Division By-Election Results Announced 19/2/16

New insect and reptile farm proves East Cambs is ‘open for business’

Reference: 
PR/15Feb16/InsectFarm
Date: 
Mon, 02/15/2016

 

A new insect and reptile farm is to be constructed in Mepal, having been unanimously agreed by East Cambridgeshire District Council’s Planning Committee.

The decision, which proves the District is very much ‘open for business,’ was made on Wednesday 3rd February. It has given Monkfield Nutrition Ltd planning permission to re-develop Arthur Rickwood Farm, formerly occupied by ADAS, who are an independent provider of environmental consultancy, rural development services and policy advice.

The full ECDC press release can be viewed here:New insect and reptile farm proves East Cambs is ‘open for business’

Decisions from East Cambs Planning Committee 04/02/2016

Reference: 
PlanningComm/03Feb16
Date: 
Tue, 02/09/2016

 

Following this month’s meeting of the Planning Committee at East Cambridgeshire District Council, the following decisions were made:

1.    Q178 Fenland Model Club – Variation of conditions in relation to hours and name.

Decision: Approved subject to amendment to condition 9.

2.    Q179 Outline application for 63 dwellings at field west of 1B Upton Lane, Littleport.

Decision: Approved subject to s106.

3.    Q180 Variation of condition 3 for extension to Lancaster Way Business Park.

The full ECDC press release can be viewed here:Decisions from East Cambs Planning Committee 04/02/2016

A right Royal effort that’s anything but rubbish

Reference: 
Date: 
Tue, 02/09/2016

 

To help kick start the ‘Clean for The Queen’ campaign, East Cambridgeshire District Council is offering residents the chance to borrow the tools to take on the trash.

Clean for The Queen is a campaign to clear up Britain in time for Her Majesty the Queen’s 90th birthday, which will be officially celebrated later in June this year.

You can start now and also take part in the Clean for The Queen weekend on the 4th, 5th and 6th of March.

The full ECDC press release can be viewed here:A right Royal effort that’s anything but rubbish

Bottisham By-Election Results Announced 4/2/16

Date: 
Thu, 02/04/2016

 

East Cambridgeshire District Council can confirm that, at 23:35 on Thursday 4th February 2016, Alan Gordon Sharp, of the Conservative Party, was declared as the duly elected new councillor for Bottisham Ward.

Alan Gordon Sharp joins Cllr David Chaplin, of the Conversatives Party, as one of two elected members for Bottisham Ward.

He replaces Cllr Vince Campbell.

The full ECDC press release can be viewed here:Bottisham By-Election Results Announced 4/2/16

Littleport’s popular Adams Community Market to return this month

Reference: 
PR/02Feb16/Adams Market
Date: 
Tue, 02/02/2016

 

After a short break at the beginning of this year, the much-loved Adams Community Market returns to Littleport on Saturday 6th February. 

The market takes place in Adam’s Heritage Shop on the first and third Saturday of each month, fast becoming the hot spot to purchase your weekly quality food essentials, such as meat, eggs and vegetables. It’s also a chance to treat yourself to a few delicious sweet and savoury delights.

The full ECDC press release can be viewed here:Littleport’s popular Adams Community Market to return this month

Littleport’s popular Adams Community Market to return this month

Reference: 
PR/02Feb16/Adams Market
Date: 
Tue, 02/02/2016

 

After a short break at the beginning of this year, the much-loved Adams Community Market returns to Littleport on Saturday 6th February. 

The market takes place in Adam’s Heritage Shop on the first and third Saturday of each month, fast becoming the hot spot to purchase your weekly quality food essentials, such as meat, eggs and vegetables. It’s also a chance to treat yourself to a few delicious sweet and savoury delights.

The full ECDC press release can be viewed here:Littleport’s popular Adams Community Market to return this month

East Cambridgeshire’s residents advised to act quickly to secure energy saving grants

Reference: 
PR/02Feb16/AOE
Date: 
Tue, 02/02/2016

 

Homeowners and landlords are being urged by East Cambridgeshire District Council to apply now for grants that can be used to make their properties more energy efficient and cheaper to run.

The grant funding was secured by Action on Energy, which is a partnership scheme between Cambridgeshire Local Authorities. The partnership’s aim is to improve the lives of local residents by facilitating energy efficiency improvements in homes and reducing energy costs for householders.

The full ECDC press release can be viewed here:East Cambridgeshire’s residents advised to act quickly to secure energy saving grants

East Cambridgeshire’s residents advised to act quickly to secure energy saving grants

Reference: 
PR/02Feb16/AOE
Date: 
Tue, 02/02/2016

 

Homeowners and landlords are being urged by East Cambridgeshire District Council to apply now for grants that can be used to make their properties more energy efficient and cheaper to run.

The grant funding was secured by Action on Energy, which is a partnership scheme between Cambridgeshire Local Authorities. The partnership’s aim is to improve the lives of local residents by facilitating energy efficiency improvements in homes and reducing energy costs for householders.

The full ECDC press release can be viewed here:East Cambridgeshire’s residents advised to act quickly to secure energy saving grants

Free workshop shows East Cambs’ pub owners the way to a perfect hygiene rating

Reference: 
PR/02Feb16/FoodHygiene
Date: 
Tue, 02/02/2016

 

Chefs and food business operators from pubs in East Cambridgeshire were educated on how to cut the mustard in order to achieve and retain a food hygiene rating of five.

The free, half-day workshop, which took place on Monday 11th January, was conducted by the District Council’s Environmental Services team at The Grange in Ely.

Attendees were taught by the officers who inspect food businesses in the area and were given the opportunity to ask questions throughout the morning and then speak with them at the end of the course to receive further guidance.

The full ECDC press release can be viewed here:Free workshop shows East Cambs’ pub owners the way to a perfect hygiene rating

Free workshop shows East Cambs’ pub owners the way to a perfect hygiene rating

Reference: 
PR/02Feb16/FoodHygiene
Date: 
Tue, 02/02/2016

 

Chefs and food business operators from pubs in East Cambridgeshire were educated on how to cut the mustard in order to achieve and retain a food hygiene rating of five.

The free, half-day workshop, which took place on Monday 11th January, was conducted by the District Council’s Environmental Services team at The Grange in Ely.

Attendees were taught by the officers who inspect food businesses in the area and were given the opportunity to ask questions throughout the morning and then speak with them at the end of the course to receive further guidance.

The full ECDC press release can be viewed here:Free workshop shows East Cambs’ pub owners the way to a perfect hygiene rating

High-speed fibre broadband reaching nearly 100,000 premises

Reference: 
PR/22Jan16/Broadband
Date: 
Fri, 01/22/2016

 

Cambridgeshire is celebrating being a leading digital county with the high-speed fibre broadband roll-out programme reaching close to 100,000 homes and businesses that could not get it before.

Take-up of fibre broadband is among the highest in the country at nearly 30% with faster connections changing people’s lifestyles and helping to drive the local economy.

The full ECDC press release can be viewed here:High-speed fibre broadband reaching nearly 100,000 premises

Establishment of Local Authority Trading Company approved

Reference: 
Date: 
Tue, 01/19/2016

At East Cambridgeshire District Council’s full Council meeting, on the 7th January, the members approved the establishment of the Local Authority Trading Company (LATC).

The Company will act as the commercial arm to the Council, allowing it to generate additional funds which will be reinvested back into the services for local residents.

The full ECDC press release can be viewed here:Establishment of Local Authority Trading Company approved

Questions answered over proposed Barton Road development

Reference: 
PR/12Jan16/BartonRd
Date: 
Tue, 01/12/2016

 

Members of East Cambridgeshire District Council responded to residents’ letters containing questions over the proposed housing development at Barton Road, Ely, at the full Council meeting on Thursday 7th January.

The full ECDC press release can be viewed here:Questions answered over proposed Barton Road development

New communications partnership

Reference: 
PR/Jan16/Spirus
Date: 
Thu, 01/07/2016

 

East Cambridgeshire District Council has formed a new partnership with Spirus to deliver its PR and communications over the next six months.

With the new four year Corporate Plan for East Cambridgeshire at the heart of the council’s strategic vision, and with the contract for PR and communications coming to an end and once again up for tender, a need was identified for an increased level of resource and support to effectively communicate ECDC’s activities and key messages.

The full ECDC press release can be viewed here:New communications partnership

Notice of Election: District Ward – Bottisham

Reference: 
101/15
Date: 
Tue, 12/29/2015

A notice of election is to be issued for the District Ward of Bottisham on Wednesday 30 January.

The by-election follows the resignation of Councillor Vince Campbell from the District Council who was elected in May this year.

If the election is contested, the poll will take place on Thursday 4 February 2016 between 7am and 10pm.

The full ECDC press release can be viewed here:Notice of Election: District Ward – Bottisham

O Christmas tree, O Christmas tree – what to do with an old Christmas tree

Reference: 
100/15
Date: 
Tue, 12/29/2015

As New Year approaches, many residents may have a rather sad needless real Christmas tree in their front room – well East Cambridgeshire District Council can offer a solution.

Residents can leave their real tree out – cut to the height of their wheelie bin – on the days when their green recycling is collected up until Friday 29 January.

The full ECDC press release can be viewed here:O Christmas tree, O Christmas tree – what to do with an old Christmas tree

May Christmas waste and recycling collections bring tidings of comfort and joy

Reference: 
099/15
Date: 
Mon, 12/21/2015

Over the Christmas and New Year period, the waste and recycling collection days in East Cambridgeshire will be subject to minor changes.

In order to allow for bank holidays, residents should put out their wheelie bins and black bags out on the following dates:

Normal Collection Day                  Revised Collection
Monday 21 December                   no change
Tuesday 22 December                  no change
Wednesday 23 December            no change
Thursday 24 December                no change

The full ECDC press release can be viewed here:May Christmas waste and recycling collections bring tidings of comfort and joy

Looking to get out and about this Christmas holiday?

Reference: 
098/15
Date: 
Mon, 12/21/2015

This Christmas, walk off any festive indulgence and learn about the hidden delights of Ely through two special guided tours
 
The Christmas Combination Tours on Sunday 27 and Monday 28 December at 10.30am will take people on a festive Guided City Walk.

The full ECDC press release can be viewed here:Looking to get out and about this Christmas holiday?

Progress being made on Soham Railway station

Reference: 
097/15
Date: 
Fri, 12/18/2015

Cambridgeshire County Council and East Cambridgeshire District Council have today (Friday 18 December) reaffirmed their commitment to developing the business case to bring a railway station back to Soham.

A lot of work has already been done on building the case for a new station which included the allocation of £1 million from the Local Transport Board to assist with the development of the case.

The full ECDC press release can be viewed here:Progress being made on Soham Railway station

Jingle along to the special Christmas card recycling banks

Reference: 
096/15
Date: 
Tue, 12/15/2015

With the excitement building as Christmas nears East Cambridgeshire District Council and Ellgia Recycling have come together to help Ely Food bank.

Normally the authority encourages residents to put Christmas cards and envelopes in their blue wheelie bins, however for this Christmas special recycling bins will be located in Ely, Littleport and Witchford.

These bins will be in place from Monday 21 December to Friday 15 January and will be emptied by locally based Ellgia Recycling who will recycle the card and paper.

The full ECDC press release can be viewed here:Jingle along to the special Christmas card recycling banks

Don’t fall ill over a poultry mistake

Reference: 
095/15
Date: 
Tue, 12/15/2015

Planning on a lavish Christmas dinner this year with turkey, duck or goose? Well take care as every December many people fall ill after eating food that isn’t being  prepared, cooked, reheated or stored  properly.

Officers at East Cambridgeshire District Council Environmental Team and the Food Standards Agency are giving advice on how to defrost, cook and store a turkey to make sure that food poisoning doesn’t spoil anyone’s Christmas.

Some of the basic tips include:

The full ECDC press release can be viewed here:Don’t fall ill over a poultry mistake

11 new high quality homes planned for Barton Road, Ely

Reference: 
094/15
Date: 
Tue, 12/15/2015

East Cambridgeshire District Council has submitted a planning application to build a terrace of six new high quality town houses and five apartments on the edge of the car park in Barton Road Ely.

The design of the new homes, which will be in the Ely Conservation Area, has been inspired by Waddington Terrace on St Mary’s Street Ely and with clever reorganisation there will be no loss of car parking spaces when the scheme is complete.

The full ECDC press release can be viewed here:11 new high quality homes planned for Barton Road, Ely

Notice of Vacancy: District Ward – Bottisham

Reference: 
093/15
Date: 
Fri, 12/11/2015

A notice of vacancy has been issued for the District Ward of Bottisham.

The notice follows the resignation of Councillor Vince Campbell from the District Council who was elected in May this year.

To call an election to replace Cllr Campbell, a request must be made in writing to the District Council by two electors for the District in order to set the election process in motion.

Should anyone have any questions or queries please contact the Electoral Services Team on 01353 665555.

 

The full ECDC press release can be viewed here:Notice of Vacancy: District Ward – Bottisham

Have yourself a Merry Ely Market Christmas

Reference: 
092/15
Date: 
Wed, 12/09/2015

Shoppers can get well and truly into the Christmas spirit at Ely Markets this December.

The Markets will be operating throughout the festive season, ready for people to take advantage of great local produce and unique gift ideas:

The full ECDC press release can be viewed here:Have yourself a Merry Ely Market Christmas

Looking for land in Witchford

Reference: 
091/15
Date: 
Mon, 12/07/2015

As Community Land Trusts (CLTs) in East Cambridgeshire continuing to move forward, the recently established Witchford CLT is now looking for land to develop.

The CLT, which was set up by residents to help house local people and deliver facilities for the benefit of the community has recently undertaken a review of the land they are know is available.

However the CLT is aware there may be other sites which could be suitable but don’t know about its availability.

The full ECDC press release can be viewed here:Looking for land in Witchford

Decisions from East Cambs Planning Committee – December 2015

Reference: 
090/15
Date: 
Thu, 12/03/2015

Following this month’s meeting of the Planning Committee at East Cambridgeshire District Council, the following decisions were made:

1.    Retrospective application for erection of a marquee for use in connection with functions at Rosewood Stud, Freckenham Road, Chippenham. The applicant is: Mr Wayne Murfet

Decision: Approved

2.    Proposed erection of 25 residential dwellings, public open space and associated landscaping.at land formerly 21 Newmarket Road, Stretham. The applicant is: Stretham and Wilburton CLT & Laragh House Developments Ltd.

The full ECDC press release can be viewed here:Decisions from East Cambs Planning Committee – December 2015

Recycling rates in East Cambs keep getting better

Reference: 
089/15
Date: 
Thu, 12/03/2015

Residents in East Cambridgeshire are continuing to help the district to climb the league tables after another stellar year of recycling.

The Department for Environment Food & Rural Affairs has announced the recycling performance for English councils during 2014/15 and for the second year running East Cambridgeshire was the third most improved area with an increase of 11.2% from 2013/14.

The full ECDC press release can be viewed here:Recycling rates in East Cambs keep getting better

Did Cromwell really ban Christmas?

Reference: 
088/15
Date: 
Wed, 12/02/2015

This December, Oliver Cromwell House is inviting visitors to a special ‘Puritan Christmas Party’.

The event on Saturday 19 December from 2pm, will offer a glimpse at what Puritans got up to at this time of the year and see how families celebrated behind closed doors.  

This guided tour will provide the answer as to whether Cromwell really did ban Christmas and allow visitors to learn when the Christmas traditions celebrated today were first introduced.  

The full ECDC press release can be viewed here:Did Cromwell really ban Christmas?

Littleport prepares to celebrate Christmas

Reference: 
087/15
Date: 
Mon, 11/30/2015

The Christmas spirit is arriving in Littleport early this December as the town gears up to celebrate the festive period.

On Saturday 5 December, a range of activities have been planned including:

The full ECDC press release can be viewed here:Littleport prepares to celebrate Christmas

Grants approved to help communities

Reference: 
086/15
Date: 
Mon, 11/30/2015

Young people and a book club are among those set to benefit from grants totalling £2,000.

At Commercial Services Committee at East Cambridgeshire District Council, Councillors agreed funding for the following projects from the Community Fund Grant Scheme:

The full ECDC press release can be viewed here:Grants approved to help communities

More disappointing rail news for the District

Reference: 
085/15
Date: 
Mon, 11/30/2015

East Cambridgeshire District Council is to write to Network Rail expressing its disappointment that further work in the district is being put on hold.

The District Council and Cambridgeshire County Council had been pushing for much needed improvement to the rail network which would help freight and the local economy.

Last week’s announcement from Network Rail’s new chairman, Sir Peter Hendy that following his review of the enhancement and investment programme in railway control period 5 (2014-19), plans to upgrade the Ely North Junction have been delayed.

The full ECDC press release can be viewed here:More disappointing rail news for the District

Major institutions across the county declare their support for diversity by taking the Equality Pledge

Reference: 
084/15
Date: 
Thu, 11/26/2015

East Cambridgeshire District Council has joined the University of Cambridge and Cambridge City Council to underline their support for diversity and equality by taking the Equality Pledge.

Joining them are leading organisations from across the county including councils and emergency services.

The Equality Pledge is being made today during the national pre-launch celebration event for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Trans History Month 2016 which is being hosted in Cambridge.

The full ECDC press release can be viewed here:Major institutions across the county declare their support for diversity by taking the Equality Pledge

District Leisure Centre plans making progress

Reference: 
083/15
Date: 
Thu, 11/19/2015

With archaeology work set to begin on the cinema development outside Ely this month, significant progress is also being made on the District’s Leisure Centre development.

This autumn, Mace Group were appointed to help bring the project to fruition using their many years of expertise in leisure centre development.

They will assist the Council specifically with the contractor and operator tender process as well as work with the architects during the detail design and planning process.

The full ECDC press release can be viewed here:District Leisure Centre plans making progress

Decisions from East Cambs Planning Committee – November 2015

Reference: 
082/15
Date: 
Fri, 11/13/2015

Following this month’s meeting of the Planning Committee at East Cambridgeshire District Council, the following decisions were made:

1.    Erection of 2 No. dwellings following demolition of existing outbuildings at land o rear of No.69 High Street, Bottisham. The applicant is: Timeline London Ltd

Decision: Approved

2.    Installation and operation of a solar farm and associated infrastructure at Goose Hall Farm, Factory Road, Burwell. The applicant is: Lightsource SPV 115 Ltd

Decision: Approved

The full ECDC press release can be viewed here:Decisions from East Cambs Planning Committee – November 2015

Working together to tackle fraud across the county

Reference: 
081/15
Date: 
Fri, 11/13/2015

Local authorities across Cambridgeshire have successfully bid for extra Government money to pilot a stronger and more coordinated approach to detecting and fighting fraud.  

The Cambridgeshire Anti-Fraud Network (CAFN) brings together the five District Councils in Cambridgeshire plus the County Council to work together to identify local and cross-boundary fraud.

The full ECDC press release can be viewed here:Working together to tackle fraud across the county

Do you have what it takes to lead the Board?

Reference: 
080/15
Date: 
Fri, 11/13/2015

East Cambridgeshire District Council has ambitious plans for a new Local Authority Trading Company (LATC) and is seeking a forward thinking and dynamic leader to become the Company’s Chairman.

The LATC is a key part of the development of a more commercial approach at the Council as the authority looks at alternative ways of generating income to mitigate loss of Local Government funding from Westminster.

The full ECDC press release can be viewed here:Do you have what it takes to lead the Board?

Littleport leads the county in ‘Healthier Options’

Reference: 
079/15
Date: 
Tue, 11/10/2015

A pilot project encouraging healthier eating in restaurants and food outlets has had three businesses sign up in Littleport – more than other place in Cambridgeshire.

Sharmans Café, the Swan on the River and YPL are all serving up healthier foods for their customers after signing up to the Healthier Options project, which encourages outlets to make simple swaps on their menus that are healthier and taste just as a good.

The full ECDC press release can be viewed here:Littleport leads the county in ‘Healthier Options’

No charge for toilets to be introduced in East Cambs

Reference: 
078//15
Date: 
Tue, 11/03/2015

Following a consultation with residents and visitors in East Cambridgeshire, the District Council is no longer intending to take forward the option of introducing a charge to use public conveniences.

The consultation was part of a review of the service which has assessed the current state of the nine toilets in Ely, Littleport, Burwell and Fordham which currently cost over £200,000 a year to run.

The full ECDC press release can be viewed here:No charge for toilets to be introduced in East Cambs

Littleport Town Team celebrates a year of progress

Reference: 
077/15
Date: 
Wed, 10/28/2015

A new market, community based activities and improved communications are just some of the successes of a year of work by the Littleport Town Team and their partners.

After organising events to celebrate Christmas and Easter and distributing newsletters, the small team of volunteers is now looking to help improve the general appearance of the town centre

This will be done via a signage and street furniture review in the New Year while more work will be done to promote the Adams Community Market and organising events.

The full ECDC press release can be viewed here:Littleport Town Team celebrates a year of progress

Fantastic Careers and Skills Fair highlights potential in East Cambs

Reference: 
076/15
Date: 
Wed, 10/28/2015

Students and local businesses came together last week at the annual East Cambridgeshire Careers & Skills Fair to see how they could help shape each other’s future.

The event brought together Year 11 and Sixth Form students from the four secondary schools in East Cambridgeshire and Kings School Ely to talk to the top employers in the district through speed networking, Q&A sessions and exhibitions.

The full ECDC press release can be viewed here:Fantastic Careers and Skills Fair highlights potential in East Cambs

A spooky recycling opportunity for East Cambridgeshire

Reference: 
075/16
Date: 
Wed, 10/28/2015

Residents in East Cambridgeshire no longer have to worry about leftover Halloween pumpkins creating a recycling horror story thanks to the District Council teaming up Ellgia Recycling.

Normally the authority encourages people to put food waste in their green wheelie bins, however for this Halloween special pumpkin recycling bins will be located at the Council offices on Nutholt Lane in Ely.

The full ECDC press release can be viewed here:A spooky recycling opportunity for East Cambridgeshire

Join our autumnal celebration of Ely Farmers’ Market’s 15 years

Reference: 
074/15
Date: 
Fri, 10/23/2015

On Saturday 24 October, Ely Farmers’ Market will be continue its year-long celebration of  providing shoppers with some of the best local produce around over the last 15 years

Visitors to the Farmers’ Market are invited to visit the promotion stall with tasters and samples to try from producers on the market to allow shoppers to try before they buy.

The full ECDC press release can be viewed here:Join our autumnal celebration of Ely Farmers’ Market’s 15 years

Update on Cinema development

Date: 
Tue, 10/13/2015

The following statement is from Cllr Joshua  Schumann, Chairman of Planning Committee:

The full ECDC press release can be viewed here:Update on Cinema development

Cider along to this year’s Apple Festival

Reference: 
072/15
Date: 
Tue, 10/06/2015

It’s that corking time of year again when people head to Ely with unidentified apples from their gardens and put into practise months of training to peel an apple to enter the record books.

Next Saturday (17 October) it is the city’s fifteenth Apple Festival organised and ran by East Cambridgeshire District Council and Watergull Orchards.

Visitors to Palace Green between 10am – 4pm will be able to take part in a whole host of events such as:

The full ECDC press release can be viewed here:Cider along to this year’s Apple Festival

East Cambridgeshire aiming for Gold Standard

Reference: 
071/15
Date: 
Tue, 10/06/2015

With East Cambridgeshire setting a high standard in tackling homelessness, the District Council has been asked to host the National Practitioner for Department of Communities and Local Government’s (DCLG) Housing Gold Standard.

Steve Tong, the Practitioner for the East of England and Kent, will be based in the Housing Options team for three days a week where he will help authorities work towards the Gold Standard.  

The full ECDC press release can be viewed here:East Cambridgeshire aiming for Gold Standard

Local businesses encouraged to sign up to help district’s young people

Reference: 
070/15
Date: 
Tue, 10/06/2015

With hundreds of students coming to this year’s annual East Cambridgeshire Careers & Skills Fair, local businesses are being encouraged to sign up to meet the best young talent in the district.

The event brings Year 11 and Sixth Form students from the four secondary schools in East Cambridgeshire and Kings School Ely the chance to talk to the top employers in the district through speed networking, Q&A sessions and exhibitions.

The full ECDC press release can be viewed here:Local businesses encouraged to sign up to help district’s young people

Ground breaking Community Land Trusts are making progress

Reference: 
069/15
Date: 
Fri, 09/25/2015
Community Land Trusts (CLTs) in East Cambridgeshire are continuing to move forward bringing together developers, landowners and residents for the good of a town and village.
 
With the recent ground breaking ceremony taking place for the Stretham and Wilburton CLT – where 50 homes, 15 of which will be affordable, are being built along with a doctor’s surgery, small business units and open space – other schemes are also progressing well.
 

The full ECDC press release can be viewed here:Ground breaking Community Land Trusts are making progress

More improvements at the Country Park

Reference: 
068/15
Date: 
Fri, 09/25/2015
Ely’s award winning Country Park is now easier to access thanks to a new gateway which has been installed.
 
The Springhead Lane entrance now has a new gate design and the loose stones along the path have been swept helping to make the surface much sturdier underfoot.
 
This work has created improved access for wheelchair users and pushchairs following consultation with local access groups and users of the Park.
 

The full ECDC press release can be viewed here:More improvements at the Country Park

Littleport set for new Community Market

Reference: 
067/15
Date: 
Tue, 09/22/2015
This Saturday (26 September), a new market is being launched in Littleport meeting the requests of local residents.
 
Littleport’s Adams Community Market – a joint initiative between Littleport Town Team and The Adams Heritage Centre – will run every Saturday from 9am to 1pm. 
 
A great line up traders will be at the first event at the Heritage Centre on Main Street: 

The full ECDC press release can be viewed here:Littleport set for new Community Market

New team in place to monitor Ely’s Riverside

Reference: 
066/15
Date: 
Fri, 09/11/2015

With the new mooring arrangements coming into effect on Ely’s Riverside this week, a new team have been taking the chance to meet residents, local businesses and boat owners.

The two Riverside officers – Rachel Gormley and David Heighway – are there to help manage the Council’s moorings and ensure visiting boats can access spaces and enjoy the historic city.

The full ECDC press release can be viewed here:New team in place to monitor Ely’s Riverside

100 busy but very successful days in East Cambridgeshire

Reference: 
065/15
Date: 
Thu, 09/10/2015

Since May, everyone at East Cambridgeshire District Council has been busy delivering the objectives of the 100 day commitment – with the deadline now passed, the authority is ticking off a vast range of achievements.
 
The 100 Day commitment focused on progressing six areas to benefit and improve the conditions for residents and businesses in East Cambridgeshire – these included:

•    Delivering a financially sound and well managed Council
•    Genuinely affordable housing
•    A fantastic place to live
•    Improving local transport

The full ECDC press release can be viewed here:100 busy but very successful days in East Cambridgeshire

Disappointing news on Soham rail but Councils continue station push

Reference: 
064/15
Date: 
Wed, 09/09/2015
With Network Rail putting on hold plans to double a section of rail track Ely and Soham, local Councils are determined this decision will not hold up their work on developing the business case for a new Soham Railway Station.
 
Cambridgeshire County Council and East Cambridgeshire District Council had been pushing for the much needed capacity improvements to the rail track which would help freight and the local economy.
 

The full ECDC press release can be viewed here:Disappointing news on Soham rail but Councils continue station push

Time is running out to apply for Solid Wall Insulation Funding

Reference: 
063/15
Date: 
Thu, 09/03/2015

Grants of up to £6,000 are available on a first-come first-serve basis for homeowners wanting to install solid wall insulation.

Residents are being urged to apply before the limited pot of money is used up.

Grants are available for solid wall properties usually built before 1930 without a cavity and are not means tested.

The full ECDC press release can be viewed here:Time is running out to apply for Solid Wall Insulation Funding

What will you being seeing at the Heritage weekend?

Reference: 
062/15
Date: 
Tue, 09/01/2015
This year’s Heritage Weekend Programme is going to be full of exciting things to do in historic Ely from Friday 11 to Sunday 13 September.
 
A series of events have been organised by the Tourist Information Office at Oliver Cromwell House to form part of East Cambridgeshire’s contribution to the national programme.
 
A number of homes and buildings will be opened specially for the weekend and special guided walks have also been organised to allow residents and visitors to learn more about Ely’s past.
 

The full ECDC press release can be viewed here:What will you being seeing at the Heritage weekend?

Have your say on toilet review

Reference: 
061/15
Date: 
Tue, 09/01/2015

Residents and visitors to East Cambridgeshire District Council now have the chance to have their say on the review into Public Conveniences in the district.

The review began earlier this year by assessing the current state of the nine toilets in Ely, Littleport, Burwell and Fordham which currently cost over £200,000 a year and looked at how other areas are managing their toilets.

One of the ways many District Councils across the country fund their public conveniences is through a charge to fund improved facilities.

The full ECDC press release can be viewed here:Have your say on toilet review

Littleport set to join in National Heritage weekend

Reference: 
060/15
Date: 
Mon, 08/17/2015

The Littleport Town Team is joining in the UK wide celebration of the National Heritage weekend.
 
The weekend, which runs from Friday 11 to 13 September, will see the celebration of the town’s heritage.  It is ten years since an array of white shirts were suspended over the Main Street in a creative promotion to celebrate Littleport’s connection with Hope Bros.  

Ten years on, the team aim to capture the town’s heritage once again – in a slightly different style.

The full ECDC press release can be viewed here:Littleport set to join in National Heritage weekend

First winners of the Recycling Award scheme announced

Reference: 
059/15
Date: 
Mon, 08/17/2015

A couple from Ely are first winners of the East Cambridgeshire Recycling Award Scheme.

Mr & Mrs Dean from Downham Road, Ely were pulled out of the hat after their household entered the competition by simply putting their recycling bin out for collection.

Each day, monitoring staff follow a recycling collection crew. All residents putting their recycling bin out for collection are entered into a prize draw at the end of the month.

The full ECDC press release can be viewed here:First winners of the Recycling Award scheme announced

The Annual Canvas has begun in East Cambs

Reference: 
058/15
Date: 
Thu, 08/06/2015

Residents in East Cambridgeshire will be getting forms through the post as part of the Annual Canvas in the district.

The forms ask residents if there are any changes regarding who is eligible to vote in that property.

The full ECDC press release can be viewed here:The Annual Canvas has begun in East Cambs

Continental Market comes to Ely for the Bank Holiday weekend

Reference: 
057/15
Date: 
Wed, 08/05/2015

This August Bank Holiday weekend, shoppers and visitors to Ely’s Market Place can enjoy the delights of the Continental Market as it returns to the city.  

The Market, which will be on the High Street on the Saturday then the Market Place on the Sunday and Monday will accompany the usual market traders to offer a great range of products.

As usual, the market is operated by Savoir Fayre, so traders will include:

The full ECDC press release can be viewed here:Continental Market comes to Ely for the Bank Holiday weekend

Flying the flag again!

Reference: 
056/15
Date: 
Wed, 08/05/2015

Ely’s Country Park and Jubilee Gardens have been awarded the Green Flag Award.

The green spaces are among a record-breaking 1,582 parks which have received a prestigious Green Flag Award – the mark of a quality park or green space.

The award recognises and rewards the best parks and green spaces across the country. A Green Flag flying overhead is a sign to the public that the space boasts the highest possible standards, is beautifully maintained and has excellent facilities.

Ely Country Park is an open space which has a number of features including

The full ECDC press release can be viewed here:Flying the flag again!

Have your say on enforcement policies

Reference: 
055/15
Date: 
Wed, 07/29/2015

Residents in East Cambridgeshire are been given the opportunity to have their say on the Food and Health and Safety enforcement policies in the area.
 
The District Council’s Commercial Team are responsible for:
 
• enforcing food safety legislation in around 880 premises
• registering and keeping an up to date register of food businesses
• approving establishments that require approval and ensuring these feature on the Food Standards Agency website

The full ECDC press release can be viewed here:Have your say on enforcement policies

New arrangements from mooring on Ely’s Riverside

Reference: 
054/15
Date: 
Tue, 07/28/2015

New mooring arrangements are being introduced by East Cambridgeshire District Council to the riverside in Ely from Monday 7 September to ensure visiting boats can access spaces and enjoy the historic city.

Following an extensive consultation with boating organisations, businesses and local residents, the new scheme, allows boats to moor for free for 48 hours with then no return for 48 hours.

The full ECDC press release can be viewed here:New arrangements from mooring on Ely’s Riverside

Trial of toilets for Country Park

Reference: 
053/15
Date: 
Fri, 07/24/2015

East Cambridgeshire District Council has launched a trial of public toilets in Ely’s award winning Country Park.

The trial, which lasts from July until September to cover the school summer holidays, follows consultation with the people who use the park who said toilets were the number one thing they would like to see installed.

The toilets, which consist of three portable units (male, female and baby changing/disabled), will be cleaned and stocked daily by an external cleaning company and will be open between 8am and 6pm.

The full ECDC press release can be viewed here:Trial of toilets for Country Park

Help to contribute to toilet review

Reference: 
052/15
Date: 
Wed, 07/22/2015
With the review into public conveniences managed by East Cambridgeshire District Council gathering pace, residents are to be given the chance to have their say on one of the options.
 
The review has recently assessed the current state of the nine toilets in Ely, Littleport, Burwell and Fordham which currently cost over £200,000 a year and looked at how other areas are managing their toilets.
 
One of the ways many District Council’s fund their public conveniences is through a nominal charge to fund improved facilities. 
 

The full ECDC press release can be viewed here:Help to contribute to toilet review

New company to generate income for Council

Reference: 
051/15
Date: 
Tue, 07/14/2015

The creation of the Local Authority Trading Company (LATC) by East Cambridgeshire District Council is set to take a step forward this week.

At the Full Council meeting on Thursday 16 July, members will be asked to approve a number of measures to help create the new LATC such as establish a committee to act as a Shadow Board for the company and produce a business plan.

The full ECDC press release can be viewed here:New company to generate income for Council

New four year Corporate Plan for East Cambridgeshire

Reference: 
050/15
Date: 
Tue, 07/14/2015

A new Corporate Plan covering the next four years is being presented to the Full Council meeting at East Cambridgeshire District Council this week.

The document builds on the authority’s 100 Day commitment to bring more detail to how the Council will improve the district for residents and businesses in East Cambridgeshire through the following six priorities:

The full ECDC press release can be viewed here:New four year Corporate Plan for East Cambridgeshire

Sunday Market to welcome car booters this summer

Reference: 
049/15
Date: 
Mon, 07/13/2015

With the Weekly Sunday Market attracting an increasingly wide range of shoppers – the experience is being opened up to local residents to join in via a car boot throughout the summer.

Starting on Sunday 26 July, the District Council is inviting anyone wishing to take part in a car boot to get in contact and book a space.
Sunday Market to welcome car booters this summer

Decisions from East Cambs Planning Committee – 30 June

Reference: 
048/15
Date: 
Thu, 07/02/2015

Following this week’s meeting of the Planning Committee at East Cambridgeshire District Council, the following decisions were made:

1.    Proposed residential development comprising of 2 two storey two bed dwellings, garaging, parking and associated site works at land north east of 2 Crockfords Road, Newmarket. The applicant is: HH & Miss CJ James

Decision: Approved subject to conditions

The full ECDC press release can be viewed here:Decisions from East Cambs Planning Committee – 30 June

Helping to make homes better across the district

Reference: 
047/15
Date: 
Tue, 06/30/2015

A young family in Ely is looking forward to a warmer and better looking home as well as saving money thanks to help from the Cambridgeshire initiative, Action On Energy.

Alasdair and Abigail live in New Barns and opted to install heavily subsidised solid wall insulation to tackle some of the problems they have experienced in their home.

The full ECDC press release can be viewed here:Helping to make homes better across the district

Boundary Commission minded to reduce Council size in East Cambs

Reference: 
046/15
Date: 
Tue, 06/23/2015
The Local Government Boundary Commission for England (LGBCE) has today written to East Cambridgeshire District Council to confirm it is ‘minded’ to support the reduction in Councillors at the authority from 39 to 27.
 
The decision follows a request from the District Council for the LGBCE to review the size of the authority in April 2014.
 
The LGBCE will now invite proposals from the Council, interested parties and members of the public on how the wards in the District could be reshaped to accommodate 27 Councillors.
 

The full ECDC press release can be viewed here:Boundary Commission minded to reduce Council size in East Cambs

Come and celebrate 15 years of Ely Farmers’ Market

Reference: 
045/15
Date: 
Wed, 06/17/2015

On Saturday 27 June, Ely Farmers’ Market will be celebrating 15 years of providing shoppers with some of the best local produce around.

The day will be marked with food demonstrations, the chance to sample tasters of delicacies available for sale as well as the opportunity to enter a prize draw to win a hamper of Farmers’ Market goodies.

The full ECDC press release can be viewed here:Come and celebrate 15 years of Ely Farmers’ Market

Decisions from East Cambs Planning Committee – June 2015

Reference: 
044/15
Date: 
Wed, 06/17/2015

Following last week’s meeting of the Planning Committee at East Cambridgeshire District Council, the following decisions were made:

1.      Erection of day room/utility block ancillary to gypsy caravan site and stabling – retrospective at Second Field West of Pony Lodge, Grunty Fen Road, Witchford.

The full ECDC press release can be viewed here:Decisions from East Cambs Planning Committee – June 2015

Leisure centre feedback to be taken on board

Reference: 
042/15
Date: 
Mon, 06/15/2015

Comments from residents, sports clubs and local organisations are to be heard at a meeting next week as further progress is made to deliver the district’s new leisure centre.

Following a consultation exercise in May, 164 responses were received – which highlighted the following areas:

The full ECDC press release can be viewed here:Leisure centre feedback to be taken on board

New Chairman and Vice Chair to fly the flag for East Cambridgeshire

Reference: 
041/15
Date: 
Wed, 06/03/2015

At last week’s Annual Council meeting at East Cambridgeshire District Council, Councillor Michael Allan was elected by his fellow Members to the role of Chairman of the authority.

Cllr Allan, will be joined by Cllr Peter Cresswell as the new Vice Chairman for the two years of his Chairmanship.

The two council members will represent authority at a number of events throughout the district, county and region to promote the very best of East Cambridgeshire.

The full ECDC press release can be viewed here:New Chairman and Vice Chair to fly the flag for East Cambridgeshire

Oliver Cromwell House awarded 2015 Tripadvisor certificate of excellence

Reference: 
040/15
Date: 
Fri, 05/29/2015

The awards keep coming for Oliver Cromwell’s House in Ely as it has received a TripAdvisor® Certificate of Excellence award. 

 

Now in its fifth year, the award celebrates excellence in hospitality and is given only to places which consistently achieve great reviews on TripAdvisor. 

 

The full ECDC press release can be viewed here:Oliver Cromwell House awarded 2015 Tripadvisor certificate of excellence

100 day commitment to East Cambridgeshire

Reference: 
039/15
Date: 
Thu, 05/28/2015

The Leaderships at East Cambridgeshire District Council have this evening (Thursday 28 May) outlined their plans to continue to make the district a better place to live and work.

The 100 Day commitment focuses on progressing six areas to benefit and improve the conditions for residents and businesses in East Cambridgeshire – these include:

•    Delivering a financially sound and well managed Council
•    Genuinely affordable housing
•    A fantastic place to live
•    Improving local transport
•    Improving infrastructure

The full ECDC press release can be viewed here:100 day commitment to East Cambridgeshire

Plans for the new district wide leisure centre need your help

Reference: 
038/15
Date: 
Tue, 05/12/2015
This month, residents, clubs and local organisations are being invited to have their say on the early designs for the district’s new leisure centre.
 
The new facility which will form part of the leisure village on the A10 near Ely aims to meet most of the demand for leisure facilities in East Cambridgeshire for  the next 25 years.
 

The full ECDC press release can be viewed here:Plans for the new district wide leisure centre need your help

‘Delivering on our promises’

Reference: 
037/15
Date: 
Tue, 05/12/2015
A new leisure centre, a railway station for Soham and a commitment to deliver more Community Land Trusts are all on the agenda for the returning Leader of East Cambridgeshire District Council. 
 
Following the election of a new District Council last week, Councillor James Palmer returns as Leader of the Council after the Conservative Party maintained control of the authority. 
 

The full ECDC press release can be viewed here:‘Delivering on our promises’

No lions, tigers or bears but plenty of Eels on our Food Safari

Reference: 
036/15
Date: 
Wed, 04/29/2015

This weekend, Ely will not just be celebrating the humble eel with a parade and throwing competitions – there will also be the Eel Food Safari.

The Eel Food Safari, will see restaurants and cafés producing special festival dishes such as the Prince Albert’s smoked eel with beetroot Battenberg to jelly eel fudge from Roly’s to Grand Central’s sizzlin

The full ECDC press release can be viewed here:No lions, tigers or bears but plenty of Eels on our Food Safari

Full Council ratifies East Cambridgeshire Local Plan

Reference: 
035/15
Date: 
Wed, 04/22/2015

The Local Plan for East Cambridgeshire, which manages growth and development in the district for the next 15 years and beyond, has been adopted by Full Council.

The Local Plan seeks to ensure development in the district is ‘sustainable’ by looking at how much, where and when development should take place.

The full ECDC press release can be viewed here:Full Council ratifies East Cambridgeshire Local Plan

Postal votes now issued

Reference: 
Date: 
Tue, 04/21/2015
Thousands of postal vote packs are being delivered to homes across East Cambridgeshire from today.
 
To help those who are new to this type of voting, the Electoral Services team is giving the following advice, as the elections in May, draw closer:

The full ECDC press release can be viewed here:Postal votes now issued

Festival set to r’eel them in

Reference: 
034/15
Date: 
Mon, 04/20/2015
Ely is the place to be this May to celebrate the life and times of the humble little eel.
 
The Eel Festival is back from Friday 1 May until Monday 4 May with all the usual fun activities taking place.  
 
It all begins with City Centre Business Eel Throwing Competition on the Market Place on Friday 1 May. City Centre retailers and businesses will battle it out to be crowned ‘City Centre Eel Throwing Business of the Year’ sponsored by the Ely News. The stuff socked eel title is currently held by Whizzle.
 

The full ECDC press release can be viewed here:Festival set to r’eel them in

Not long left to register to vote

Reference: 
033/15
Date: 
Fri, 04/17/2015

Residents in East Cambridgeshire are being reminded they have only days left to register to vote in this year’s General and local elections.

In order to vote in the elections on Thursday 7 May, people need to have registered to vote by the deadline on Monday 20 April.

The process is simple and can take as little as three minutes online via www.gov.uk/register-to-vote.

The full ECDC press release can be viewed here:Not long left to register to vote

Celebrity Chef line up for Food and Drink Festival

Reference: 
032/15
Date: 
Tue, 04/14/2015

The line up of celebrity and local chefs for this year’s Ely’s Food and Drink Festival as part of the Eel Festival is now complete.

Joining Valentine Warner – the renowned food writer and cook – who is opening the event on Sunday 3 May, will be Jean-Christophe Novelli the 5 out of 5 AA Rosette and Michelin award winning chef and Alex Rushmer the Mas

The full ECDC press release can be viewed here:Celebrity Chef line up for Food and Drink Festival

Decisions from East Cambs Planning Committee – April 2015

Reference: 
031/15
Date: 
Thu, 04/02/2015

Following this week’s meeting of the Planning Committee at East Cambridgeshire District Council, the following decisions were made:

1.      Detached house and garage at land adjacent 39 East Fen Common, Soham. The applicant is: Mr & Mrs J.M.A. Sinclair.

Decision: Approved subject to conditions

2.      Alterations and extensions to Lode Village Social at  45 Lode Road, Lode. The applicant is Mr Craig Stretton.

Decision: Approved subject to conditions

The full ECDC press release can be viewed here:Decisions from East Cambs Planning Committee – April 2015

Make your mark on the district

Reference: 
030/15
Date: 
Tue, 03/31/2015

Have you ever thought about running for office? Do you think you could help improve your local community and parish? Do you want to get involved in how the district is run?

If so nominations are now open for anyone who wants to stand for election on Thursday 7 May to become a District and/or a Parish Councillor in East Cambridgeshire.

The full ECDC press release can be viewed here:Make your mark on the district

Enjoy Easter and park for free in Ely’s city centre

Reference: 
029/15
Date: 
Fri, 03/27/2015
With towns and cities across the country gearing up to welcome visitors during the Easter holidays, anyone coming to Ely is reminded that parking is free in the city centre.
 
With the spectacular Cathedral, great independent shops and markets plus a beautiful riverside, Ely draws a huge number of people to visit during the school holidays. 
 
With nearly 1,000 free car parking spaces in the city centre, there are plenty of spaces for visitors to Ely to make use of.
 

The full ECDC press release can be viewed here:Enjoy Easter and park for free in Ely’s city centre

How did Cromwell change our Easter traditions?

Reference: 
028/15
Date: 
Fri, 03/27/2015
Visitors to Oliver Cromwell House in Ely this Easter can take part in a special event to learn about how the Lord Protector changed how the nation marked Easter.
 
The Easter Family Event on Saturday 4 April at 11.30am will allow people to join a guided tour of Oliver Cromwell’s House to learn about the origins of our Easter Traditions and how things altered under Cromwellian rule. 
 

The full ECDC press release can be viewed here:How did Cromwell change our Easter traditions?

New weekly Sunday Market to launch in Ely

Reference: 
027/15
Date: 
Thu, 03/26/2015

On Easter Sunday 5 April, shoppers and visitors to Ely’s Market Place can witness the beginning of something new.

Ely’s Markets are expanding with a new Weekly Sunday Market which will take place every Sunday throughout the year (except Remembrance Sunday and seasonal adjustments around Christmas and New Year).
New weekly Sunday Market to launch in Ely

Find the best places to shop and eat in Ely

Reference: 
026/15
Date: 
Thu, 03/26/2015

A new guide has been launched to encourage local day trippers and visitors to make the most out of a visit to Ely.

The Ely Shopping and Eating Guide highlights the fantastic restaurants, independent stores and activities people can experience in the city this spring and summer.

The full ECDC press release can be viewed here:Find the best places to shop and eat in Ely

Community Land Trusts in East Cambs continue to lead the way

Reference: 
025/15
Date: 
Wed, 03/18/2015

The progress of Community Land Trusts (CLTs) in East Cambridgeshire is moving forward at pace – demonstrating how communities and councils can work together to help local people get an affordable home.

In Swaffham Prior, the local CLT is currently overseeing eight homes being built as the project looks to tackle the rapidly rising house prices in the village as well as meeting the needs of local residents.

The full ECDC press release can be viewed here:Community Land Trusts in East Cambs continue to lead the way

Giving Ely a spring clean

Reference: 
024/15
Date: 
Tue, 03/17/2015

On Sunday 29 March, residents in Ely can come and join a host of organisations as they work to give the city a spring clean.

As part of a week of action in Ely to tackle speeding, parking and anti-social behaviour, the East Cambridgeshire Community Safety Partnership, City of Ely Council, East Cambridgeshire District Council, Cambridgeshire Constabulary and others are encouraging people to come forward and help tidy Ely.

The full ECDC press release can be viewed here:Giving Ely a spring clean

More money to support recycling in East Cambs

Reference: 
023/15
Date: 
Tue, 03/17/2015

With recycling rates in East Cambridgeshire projected to go over 54 per cent this year, the District Council has won more money from Government to help promote recycling further.

The Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) announced East Cambridgeshire District Council was one of 46 successful bids to receive funding through its Recycling Reward Scheme.

The full ECDC press release can be viewed here:More money to support recycling in East Cambs

Inspector approves future plans for East Cambs

Reference: 
022/15
Date: 
Tue, 03/10/2015

After many months of work, consultation and examination the Local Plan, which manages growth and development in East Cambridgeshire for the next 20 years, has been approved by a Planning Inspector.

 

The full ECDC press release can be viewed here:Inspector approves future plans for East Cambs

Benefit Fraud is a crime which affects us all

Reference: 
021/15
Date: 
Tue, 03/10/2015

With a local resident being sentenced to a 12 month Community Order for benefit fraud, officers at East Cambridgeshire District Council are hoping the sentence will act as a deterrent to others.

Paul Day, 53, from Littleport pleaded guilty to falsely claiming Housing and Council Tax Benefit totalling £17732.22 at Cambridge Magistrates Court.

The full ECDC press release can be viewed here:Benefit Fraud is a crime which affects us all

Act fast to get a grant to improve your home

Reference: 
020/15
Date: 
Fri, 03/06/2015

Residents in East Cambridgeshire are being encouraged to put Monday 16 March in their diaries to apply for a home energy efficiency grant through the Green Deal Home Improvement Fund.

The Government have announced the third release from the Green Deal Home Improvement Fund (GDHIF) worth up to £70 million.

The full ECDC press release can be viewed here:Act fast to get a grant to improve your home

Decisions from the Planning Committee – March 2015

Reference: 
019/15
Date: 
Thu, 03/05/2015
Following this week’s meeting of the Planning Committee at East Cambridgeshire District Council, the following decisions were made:
 
1. Construction of seven dwellings plus three flexible dwellings with potential for employment use at Kings of Witcham Ltd, The Slade, Witcham. The applicant is: Mr. C. Every
 
Decision: Approved
 

The full ECDC press release can be viewed here:Decisions from the Planning Committee – March 2015

Balanced budget approved for East Cambridgeshire

Reference: 
018/15
Date: 
Tue, 03/03/2015
Members at East Cambridgeshire District Council have voted for a Council Tax freeze as part of the balanced budget for 2015/16.
 
Councillors at Full Council heard how the ongoing success of the District Council’s medium term financial strategy and the restructure of the authority last year had helped to strengthen the organisation’s budget. 
 
As part of the budget, the Council is freezing its proportion of the council tax for the second year in a row in order to qualify for the Government’s Council Tax Freeze Grant.
 

The full ECDC press release can be viewed here:Balanced budget approved for East Cambridgeshire

Sending a belated Valentine to this year’s Food and Drink Festival

Reference: 
017/15
Date: 
Mon, 03/02/2015
After thousands of people came out to enjoy Ely’s first Food and Drink Festival as part of the Eel weekend last year, planning is well under way for 2015 – with the first celebrity chef signed up.
 
Valentine Warner – the renowned food writer and cook, famous for his BBC series ‘What to Eat Now’ and a host of cookery books including ‘What to eat next’ has agreed to open next year’s event on Sunday 3 May.
 

The full ECDC press release can be viewed here:Sending a belated Valentine to this year’s Food and Drink Festival

Service Station guilty of hygiene offences

Reference: 
016/15
Date: 
Wed, 02/25/2015

A local Service Station has been fined £3,000 and ordered to pay £1,500 costs for breaching food hygiene regulations.

Rozina Limited which managed the Jet Service Station on Ely Road, Witcham Toll pleaded guilty to eight breaches of food hygiene regulations last week at Cambridge Magistrates.

The case followed a customer complainant which was investigated by the Environmental Health Team at East Cambridgeshire District Council.

A number of food safety contraventions were discovered including:

The full ECDC press release can be viewed here:Service Station guilty of hygiene offences

Oliver Cromwell House is a ‘Hidden Gem’

Reference: 
015/15
Date: 
Wed, 02/25/2015

The judges have been round, the assessments have been made and the result is Oliver Cromwell’s House in Ely has been awarded the Visit England’s ‘Hidden Gem’ accolade.

The House is only one of two attractions in the eastern region to receive an award in this year’s round of awards.

The Assessor noted the efforts which had been made to improve the visitor attraction since last year from new signage to displays and initiatives to improve the customer experience.

The full ECDC press release can be viewed here:Oliver Cromwell House is a ‘Hidden Gem’

AbsolutELY to become the number 15

Reference: 
014/15
Date: 
Fri, 02/13/2015

With Stagecoach taking over the Norfolk Green AbsolutELY bus service in Ely from April, the service is to be renamed the number 15.

Last year, the service, which helps residents get to work, shop in the city centre or catch up with friends, had its financial support extended until February 2017.
 
With passenger numbers rising year on year – in 2012/13, the annual number of journeys was 40,285 and in 2013/14 this rose to 50,807 – East Cambridgeshire District Council and Cambridgeshire County Council agreed in Autumn 2014 to continue the service.

The full ECDC press release can be viewed here:AbsolutELY to become the number 15

Love your local market this Valentine’s Day

Reference: 
013/15
Date: 
Tue, 01/27/2015

On Saturday 14 February, shoppers, residents and visitors will have the chance to show their love for one of Ely’s most favourite markets.

This year it’s Ely Farmers’ Market’s 15th birthday – to be celebrated on Saturday 27 June. To mark the occasion, people are being asked to give their memories of the market on special blackboards to use in the summer celebrations.

The memories can be about the early days of the Farmers’ Market or can delve further back into the past to highlight what markets in Ely used to be like in the previous decades.

The full ECDC press release can be viewed here:Love your local market this Valentine’s Day

Want to hear about the Council’s financial plans?

Reference: 
012/15
Date: 
Mon, 01/26/2015

Companies are being invited the annual Business Ratepayers’ Consultation Networking Event to learn East Cambridgeshire District Council’s budget plans for 2015/16.

The meeting, on Tuesday 3 February at The Grange in Ely from 8.30am to 10am, will explain the key projects for the authority and allow businesses to speak to organisations who can provide grants, advice and assistance.

A number of exhibition stands will be present including:

The full ECDC press release can be viewed here:Want to hear about the Council’s financial plans?

Council Tax freeze proposed for East Cambridgeshire

Reference: 
011/15
Date: 
Mon, 01/26/2015

East Cambridgeshire District Council is to unveil a balanced budget for 2015/16 and 2016/17 which will include a proposed council tax freeze for its residents this year.

The announcement follows a significant reduction in management costs and the ongoing success of the District Council’s medium term financial strategy which has continued to deliver savings for the authority.

This has allowed the Council to save nearly £3/4 million in the current financial year from a net budget of £8.79m.

The full ECDC press release can be viewed here:Council Tax freeze proposed for East Cambridgeshire

Tree to be felled in Soham

Reference: 
010/15
Date: 
Tue, 01/20/2015

East Cambridgeshire District Council has been made aware of the beginning of the removal of a large tree in Soham this week.

The Wellingtonia in the garden of a property on Red House Gardens will begin to be felled by professional tree surgeons on Wednesday 21 January.

Tree to be felled in Soham

Making Planning in East Cambs easier to access

Reference: 
009/15
Date: 
Tue, 01/20/2015

Changes have been made to the Planning Duty Service to make it easier to talk to and contact the Planning Team at East Cambridgeshire District Council.

From this week (Monday 19 January), the General Enquiries Service is now available via 01353 665555 at the following times: Monday – Thursday 8:45am – 5pm and Friday 8:45am – 4:30pm.

The full ECDC press release can be viewed here:Making Planning in East Cambs easier to access

How to keep warm this winter

Reference: 
008/15
Date: 
Tue, 01/20/2015
As the temperatures fall amid yellow warnings of severe weather, residents in East Cambridgeshire are being given tips to keep warm.
 
By keeping your home and yourself warm as the days get cold, people can go a long way stay well this winter. Advice from the District Council and a number of agencies includes:
 

The full ECDC press release can be viewed here:How to keep warm this winter

Ensuring our loos are the best they can be

Reference: 
007/15
Date: 
Fri, 01/16/2015
A review is to take place of the public conveniences owned by East Cambridgeshire District Council and used by residents and visitors in the district.
 
The work will look at how to make the best use of the nine toilets in Ely, Littleport, Burwell and Fordham which currently cost over £200,000 a year to ensure they are fit for purpose for the years ahead.
 

The full ECDC press release can be viewed here:Ensuring our loos are the best they can be

Beware of possible Council Tax scam

Reference: 
006/15
Date: 
Fri, 01/16/2015
Residents in East Cambridgeshire are being warned to watch out for a possible Council Tax scam.
 
The Anglia Revenue Partnership, which deals with council tax payments and benefits on behalf of East Cambridgeshire District Council, is highlighting a recent call they received from a customer in Suffolk.
 

The full ECDC press release can be viewed here:Beware of possible Council Tax scam

Assessing and working to improve indoor sports in East Cambs

Reference: 
005/15
Date: 
Fri, 01/16/2015
A wide ranging assessment of indoor sports facilities in East Cambridgeshire has highlighted the need to work in partnership to deliver better services for local residents.
 
The research conducted by The Sports Consultancy, looked at all of the indoor sports facilities available in the district, assessing the supply, satisfaction, size and quality of facilities.
 

The full ECDC press release can be viewed here:Assessing and working to improve indoor sports in East Cambs

Oliver Cromwell House nominated as a ‘Hidden Gem’

Reference: 
04/15
Date: 
Wed, 01/14/2015

Oliver Cromwell’s House in Ely – the former home of the Lord Protector – is being put forward for Visit England’s ‘Hidden Gem’ accolade.

Having again passed the annual Visitor Attraction Quality Scheme Assessment set by the tourist organisation, the House’s high score means it has been nominated for the special accolade.

This new award from Visit England aims to acknowledge smaller attractions and raise their profile.  There will be a further assessment of the House in the spring and the venue will find out if it has won in the summer.

The full ECDC press release can be viewed here:Oliver Cromwell House nominated as a ‘Hidden Gem’

Tourism delivering economic benefits in East Cambs

Reference: 
003/15
Date: 
Tue, 01/13/2015

Tourism is having a huge impact on the economic fortunes of East Cambridgeshire as millions of visitors and pounds pour into the area.

New research shows in 2013, there were 3.4 million trips to the district worth £182 million to the local economy, with the tourism industry directly employing 3,335 people.

The ‘Economic Impact of Tourism’ report from TSE Research, highlights how the total number of trips, day visitors, day visitor spend and total tourism monetary value has increased dramatically since the last report in 2010.

The full ECDC press release can be viewed here: