Chairman's Chat

22nd September 2017

Dear Colleague,

First and foremost, I have pleasure in welcoming Christine Whelan to the Council following her success in the Ely South By-Election on Thursday 7th September 2017.

I was very pleased that the Councillors and Officers who joined us on the tour of Dalham Hall Stud last Friday morning, enjoyed the occasion.  We were made extremely welcome by everyone at the stud.  The horse breeding empire of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed is managed in an immaculate fashion.  The horse in the photograph below is their top stallion Dubawi, whose stud fee is £250,000.  During the season it covers four mares a day which brings in £1million.

May I remind you that the Parish Conference will be taking place, at Littleport Leisure Centre, on Tuesday 10th October 2017 from 12pm onwards.  James Palmer, Mayor of the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Combined Authority, will be attending to discuss devolution and to give everyone an update.  The event will also include presentations from various parish councils, showcasing a number of great projects that are taking place in the district.  If you have not registered to attend, you still have an opportunity to do so.  Please email :

As we are all aware, planning issues continue to dominate life at the Council.  This month the Planning Committee had to schedule an extra meeting to determine the additional applications that had been received.  Next month’s meeting will take place over two days, such is the demand.  Having sat through the first part of last Monday’s meeting, I readily acknowledge that Members have a difficult balancing act when arriving at their decisions.

Civic engagements continue to play a significant part of my life.  Last Sunday Roslyn and I were privileged to attend The Battle of Britain Commemoration and Thanksgiving Service in Bury St Edmunds.  As we sat in the pew, the speech made by Winston Churchill sprung to mind “Never in the field of human conflict was so much owed by so many to so few”. How true those words were.

Last evening I was invited to the Annual Wing Reception at RAF Alconbury and this coming Sunday I will be attending the Civic Service in St. Ives.

Looking ahead to next week, the Ely Standard East Cambridgeshire Business Awards take place on Thursday evening.  The awards highlight the success of local firms and their significant contribution to the District’s rapidly developing economy.  East Cambridgeshire is a front runner to become the major business expansion area in Cambridgeshire.  I am more than happy to support Darren Hill, our Business Development Manager and his team in any way I can, and I look forward to presenting the Council’s sponsored Innovation Award at the event, to the winning entry.

Forthcoming meetings:

w/c 25th September 2017

Monday, 25th September at 4.00pm in the Chamber – Shareholder Committee

w/c 2nd October 2017

Wednesday, 4th October at 9.30am in the Chamber – Planning Committee
(Please note this is an all day meeting)

Thursday, 5th October at 6.00pm in the Chamber – Full Council

Friday, 6th October at 10.00am in Committee Room 2 – Mepal Outdoor Centre Working Party

With Kind Regards

Yours sincerely

Councillor Peter Cresswell

Chairman of the Council