Chairman's Chat

10th November 2017

Dear Colleague,

It will be an honour for me to represent the Council at Remembrance Services over the next three days. This morning I will be attending the Veterans’ Day Service at the American Cemetery at Madingley. The Cemetery contains 3809 headstones, including airmen who died over Europe, and sailors from North Atlantic convoys. I attended the Service two years ago, in my role as Vice Chairman, and it was extremely moving. It is organised by the American Battle Monuments Commission.

Tomorrow morning, I will be laying a wreath on behalf of the residents of the district, at the 11th hour on the 11th day, at the War Memorial in the Market Square in Ely. On Sunday we will be attending the Annual Service of Remembrance in Ely Cathedral, and afterwards I will be re-laying the Council’s wreath at the War Memorial.

The Vice Chairman, Councillor Lis Every, will be in Bury St Edmunds tomorrow at a Remembrance Service in the Appleby Rose Garden, in the Abbey Gardens.

Since my last newsletter, we have attended the South Cambridgeshire District Council Chairman’s Reception, Ely Choral Society’s Celebration Concert when they were joined by Ribe Kammererkor from Denmark, Ely’s twinned city, and last evening we were invited to Home-Start Cambridgeshire’s Annual Meeting.

The Members who joined us on the visit to CP Foods undoubtedly appreciated the opportunity to learn more about the company’s operation. They are a global business, who supply to leading restaurant chains and food retailers. As well as a tour of the factory, we were also given a presentation and shown a very enlightening video. The company is strategically located on the Turners site, who have the contract to distribute their products.

The Council’s Housing and Environmental Services recently took part in the Safety Zones held at Ely Fire Station. Safety Zone workshops run throughout the week for year 5 students (9 and 10 year olds), from schools within the district, to teach them how to stay safe now, and in the future. Our role is to caution them against anti-social behaviour; what activities are deemed acceptable or unacceptable, and how to stay safe but still have fun. Other safety talks and exercises were given by the Police, Transport Police, Trading Standards, Road Safety, the Fire Service and Wood Green. These safety zones have been run for the last ten years and are well received by the students and staff alike.

I was alarmed to read recently that the total number of reported crimes in England and Wales, increased last year to over 5 million for the first time. As I mentioned in a previous newsletter, I place considerable importance upon Neighbourhood Watch. With diminishing police resources, I feel all of us who play a part in public life have a responsibility to urge everyone to be security conscious and vigilant at all times.

Each month we receive in the post a copy of First, the magazine which is produced by the Local Government Association, and distributed to 18,000 Councillors and Officers. I appreciate reading this publication increasingly, as it covers a range of matters that could so easily have passed me by. You hardly need me to highlight the abundance of communications we receive electronically. I therefore regard it as a refreshing change to turn pages of this magazine and read something relevant to the role I play in public life.

In conclusion, I offer congratulations and best wishes from us all to Kimberley Wardle, Democratic Services Support Officer, on her marriage last week to Jason Driver.

There are no meetings scheduled for the week commencing 13th November.

Meetings scheduled for the week commencing the 20th November are as follows:

  • Tuesday, 21st November at 5.30pm in the Council Chamber - Community Services Committee;
  • Thursday, 23rd November at 6.00pm in the Council Chamber – Special Full Council.

With Kind Regards

Yours sincerely

Councillor Peter Cresswell

Chairman of the Council