Chairman's Chat

16th February 2018

Dear Colleague,

Whilst readily acknowledging the popularity of social media, my intention in compiling Chairman’s Chat is to give those involved in public life here in East Cambridgeshire, an insight into my civic role, as well as an overview of a selection of Council activity. As well as members of staff, this newsletter is circulated to all 34 Parish Clerks in the District, who in turn have been asked to forward it on to their Parish Councillors, of which there are currently 323. I very much appreciate the positive feedback I have received from recipients.

East Cambridgeshire is a District of great contrasts. Representing a Ward in the south, I am particularly conscious of that; it makes my role as a District Councillor all the more interesting. After my early retirement, we moved here in 2002 from Royal Leamington Spa; prior to that we lived in Worthing, West Sussex. Roslyn and I have been extremely fortunate to live in very desirable parts of the country.

As you are aware, one of the Council’s declared objectives is to work with partners to develop an integrated, improved and sustainable road transport system to benefit our residents and visitors to the district. I was therefore particularly pleased to learn that the Combined Authority has allocated £150,000 towards a review of junctions 35-38 on the A14. During my years of service on the Council, I have frequently expressed my concern about the A14/A142 junction 37. I frequently witness vehicles facing a hazardous task when wishing to turn right, in either direction, when exiting the A14 from this junction.

Funding bids for improvements to this junction and a feasibility study looking at improvements between the Milton Interchange and Newmarket, which includes junctions 35 and 36, have been submitted to Highways England/Department of Transport for consideration as part of the Investment Strategy for Road Period 2.

In addition, the Combined Authority has also allocated £150,000 for an A142 capacity study to understand the growth on the key route between Newmarket and Chatteris.

Our Council is working together with Forest Heath District Council, Cambridgeshire County Council and Suffolk County Council to commission a study looking into traffic movements at junction 38 to see if improvements are required to this junction. A report is due in early summer.

Next week’s Full Council Meeting will be required to approve the East Cambs Trading Company’s Annual Business Plan. In readiness for that, I attended a meeting of the Shareholder Committee last week. My evenings this week have been dominated by attendance at three Parish Council meetings – Ashley (Monday), Cheveley (Tuesday) and Woodditton (Thursday).

Those of you who are aware that I am an ardent Norwich City supporter, will not be surprised
that I am looking forward to the local derby against our arch rivals Ipswich Town on Sunday.
I will not be making a prediction, however!

Finally, you may care to advise residents, who may be unaware, that they can now request
a second blue recycling bin for a one-off administration fee of £25 - with no additional cost
for it to be emptied. Collections will commence in April, and any additional blue bin will be
emptied if placed alongside the normal blue bin. This initiative has been introduced to help
boost the Council’s recycling rate.

Forthcoming Meetings for week commencing 19th February:

Monday, 19th February – Additional Planning Committee at 10.00am in the Council Chamber
Thursday, 22nd February – Full Council at 6.00pm in the Council Chamber.

There are no meetings scheduled for the week commencing 26th February 2018.

With Kind Regards

Yours sincerely

Councillor Peter Cresswell

Chairman of the Council