Chairman's Chat

20th July 2018
Dear Colleague,
I recently read an article which revealed that there are around 9,000 town and parish councils in England, with 80,000 citizens serving as parish councillors. From a personal viewpoint, I place great value in establishing a close working relationship with the four parish councils I represent in Cheveley Ward.
One of my initiatives back in 2015 was to set up a Parish Forum, here in the south of the district. 11 parish councils are given the opportunity to send representatives to our quarterly meetings. We discuss a range of diverse issues and have recently considered the possibility of developing a Neighbourhood Plan for the area. At our last meeting, Emma Grima, Director (Commercial) gave a very comprehensive report on the projects that Parish Councils are able to spend CIL payments on. We also had an enlightening presentation by John Durrant, General Manager of Newmarket Open Door, which undertakes such a thoroughly worthwhile role in the local community, not only in Newmarket itself, but also in the surrounding area.
As you are aware, the Council is proposing a Public Space Protection Order to cover the whole of the district with regard to dog fouling.
Dog fouling is an environmental crime. It is not only a health hazard, but a great nuisance. As a Council, we have a responsibility to crack down on owners who fail to pick up after their dogs. I’m sure you will agree that we need to adopt zero tolerance with regard to offenders, in order to keep the district clean. The PSPO will cover all areas where the public has access. It will last for up to 3 years, upon which it will be reviewed and extended if necessary.
May I remind you that the consultation period on the above order will end at midnight on Tuesday 24th July. Full details are available on the Council’s website, together with an online survey, which you will be able to complete, if you have not already done so.
I have continued to be busy undertaking civic duties since my last newsletter. Music has always played an important part in my life and I have taken a close interest in the Isle of Ely Arts Festival since it was founded in 2012. We were therefore delighted to have the opportunity to attend a wonderful piano recital, in the Cathedral, by Clare Hammond, who was 2016 winner of the Royal Philharmonic Society’s “Young Artist Award”. This year’s Festival was a resounding success and my thanks and congratulations to the Festival Chairman Sheila Friend-Smith, and her fellow officers, for their hard work in making that possible.
Other civic engagements have included our attendance at the Royal Society of Saint George’s Annual Summer Reception in the historic surroundings of the Bishop’s Palace and Gardens at Buckden Towers.
On Monday of this week, it was a pleasure for us to represent the Council at RAF Lakenheath, at the 48th Fighter Wing Change of Command Ceremony. The Liberty Wing as it is commonly known, continues to be the foundation of the United States Air Forces in Europe’s combat capability. The Wing consists of approximately 4,500 active-duty personnel and over 1,000 British and U.S. civilians. The new Commander of the “Statue of Liberty Wing” (its official name) is Colonel William Marshall, who has succeeded Colonel Evan Pettus.
Finally, as I announced at last week’s Council Meeting, my Civic Service will take place this year on Sunday 21st October 2018, at St George’s Church in Littleport, commencing at 3.00 pm. Having held my Chairman’s Reception in the south of the district, and last year’s Civic Service in Soham, I feel it is time our Council held a civic event in Littleport. I look forward to your support that afternoon. Invitations will be sent out in early September.

Forthcoming Meetings:

Week commencing 23rd July 2018:
  • Monday, 23rd July at 4.30pm in the Council Chamber – Regulatory Services Committee
  • Thursday, 26th July at 4.30pm in the Council Chamber – Resources & Finance Committee
Week commencing 30th July 2018:
  • Wednesday, 1st August at 2.00pm in the Council Chamber – Planning Committee


With Kind Regards

Yours sincerely

Councillor Peter Cresswell

Chairman of the Council