Chairman's Chat

9th November 2018
Dear Colleague,
You will not fail to be aware of the commemorations that will be taking place throughout the nation this coming Sunday 11th November, to mark the end of hostilities in World War 1. This unique tribute to the millions of people who lost their lives, or returned home dreadfully wounded from the Great War, is unquestionably worthy of our support.
On your behalf I will be representing the Council at the Remembrance Day Service in Ely Cathedral that morning and laying a wreath at the War Memorial following the Service. In the evening we will be attending a ceremony on St Mary’s Green in Ely when a beacon will be lit at 7.00 pm - a century after the guns fell silent.
On Wednesday evening, Roslyn and I were privileged to be invited by HM Lord Lieutenant of Suffolk to a truly memorable Eve of Peace Service in St Edmundsbury Cathedral. This morning I will be at Witchford Village College joining students at their own Remembrance Service. On Monday morning it is the Annual Veterans Day Service at the American Cemetery, Madingley, when I will once again be laying a wreath on behalf of the citizens of our district.
The Vice Chairman, Councillor Lis Every, attended a Remembrance Ceremony in Huntingdon on Wednesday, and tomorrow will be representing us at a Rose Garden Remembrance Service in the Abbey Gardens, Bury St Edmunds.
Civic engagements abound at present. We were pleased to attend the Mayor of Ely’s Civic Service in St Marys Church, and afterwards at the reception when 17 local groups were awarded a share of £13,000 from the grants pot, derived from the Council’s shared equity housing scheme. On Wednesday of last week, we supported the Mayor of St Edmundsbury at a charity evening, held at Moyse’s Hall Museum in Bury St Edmunds.
It was a very significant day for our district when the Ely Southern Bypass opened last week. The new road will undoubtedly provide a significant boost to the residents and local economy of East Cambridgeshire. I know I am certainly not alone in having suffered over the years from the frustration of delays and congestion on the A142 route into Ely. The bypass is a vital piece of infrastructure which was badly needed.
On Tuesday 20th November, Cambridgeshire Constabulary will be holding a meeting in the Council Chamber at The Grange, when police officers will be in attendance to discuss the challenges they face in local policing. Their current focus is on making the most effective use of resources. I welcome this initiative in engaging with the public. If you wish to attend, you can book a place in advance on the following link:-
This year’s Cambridgeshire Local Councils Conference will be taking on Friday 23rd November, at the Marriott Hotel, Hinchingbrooke Business Park, Huntingdon. Organised by Cambridgeshire ACRE, it will provide an ideal networking opportunity, in line with their commitment to build a stronger dialogue between all levels of local government in the county. Further details are available from Alison Brown on 01353 865029 or email :

Forthcoming meetings

There are no meetings scheduled in the week commencing 12th November 2918.
Week commencing 19th November:
  • Wednesday, 21st November at 9.30am in the Council Chamber – Licensing Committee.


With Kind Regards

Yours sincerely

Councillor Peter Cresswell

Chairman of the Council