Chairman's Chat

1st June 2018
Dear Colleague,
It was a considerable honour for me to have been elected as Chairman of the Council for a further year, at last week’s Annual Meeting. Little did I imagine, when I was first elected to represent Cheveley Ward back in 2003, having moved to the district the previous year, that I would have the privilege of serving in the post for a total of four years. I may have set some sort of record here at East Cambs, but there is a civic head who, as a record breaker, far eclipses me.
I send my warmest congratulations to Councillor Mike Rouse who has been elected as the Right Worshipful the Mayor of the City of Ely for 2018/19, 42 years after he first held the post. Mike has a wealth of knowledge on the city of his birth. I always appreciate the history of Ely he is more than happy to impart. Roslyn and I wish him and his daughter Cassie, who will serve as his Mayoress, a very rewarding and enjoyable year in office.
The Extraordinary Council Meeting which followed last week’s Annual Meeting, gave us an opportunity to acknowledge the significant contribution Andy Wright made to this Council, during his 39 years of service. By conferring him with the title of Honorary Alderman, we were able to place on record our deep appreciation for his years of eminent service.

As my newsletter is circulated to all Parish Councils in our district, and in turn to all Parish Councillors, may I take this opportunity to remind you that 2019/20 applications for Local Highway Improvement Schemes (LHI), must be submitted by Tuesday 31st July 2018. After that date, an officer from the County Council’s Highways Service will contact all parishes that submit applications, to develop a Feasibility Study. This is to ensure that the project scope and budget are accurate and achievable. The Feasibility Study is then presented to the LHI Member Advisory Panel for consideration. LHI guidance can be obtained online, but should you require further advice, this can be obtained by emailing:
For those of you who travel to and from Ely on the A142, please be aware of the overnight closure for five nights, between 9.00 pm – 5.30 am from next Monday 4th June until Friday 9th June, to complete work on the roundabout on the Stuntney Causeway. Advance warning signs will be displayed and diversion routes in place via the A10 and the A1123.
Finally, may I draw your attention to two forthcoming events. Tomorrow, Saturday 2nd June and on Sunday 3rd June, Ely Museum will be holding an open weekend, which will give residents an opportunity to learn about their exciting redevelopment plans. Both days will include Curators’ Highlights Tours.
On Sunday 10th June, G’s of Barway will be hosting their Open Farm Sunday from 10am - 4pm. There will be a variety of activities taking place. Both events are free and will be well worth a visit.
Forthcoming meetings:
Week commencing 4th June 2018:
  • Monday, 4th June – Regulatory Services Committee, at 4.30pm in the Council Chamber
  • Wednesday, 6th June – Planning Committee, at 2.00pm in the Council Chamber;
There are no meetings or seminars week commencing 11th June 2018.
Week commencing 18th June 2018:
  • Monday 18th June – Resources and Finance Committee, at 4.30pm in the Council Chamber.


With Kind Regards

Yours sincerely

Councillor Peter Cresswell

Chairman of the Council