Chairman's Chat

8th September 2017

Dear Colleague

As we all know, the best laid plans often go awry. My intention to publish this newsletter on a regular basis, had to be put on hold due to the latest purdah period.  In order for my letter to be circulated today, I am compiling it before the announcement of yesterday’s by-election result in Ely South. Whichever candidate was successful, I look forward to welcoming them to the Council.

I don’t know about you, but I find it hard to believe that we have already arrived in September. I always take a keen interest in where people decide to take their holidays. If you have been away, I hope you had an enjoyable and relaxing time.

Last month I was delighted to learn that Ely’s Annual Eel Festival had received national coverage on Radio 4’s Natural History programme. Earlier in the month Oliver Cromwell House was featured on ITV’s About Anglia, which included an interview with tour guide Nora Gardener. We have a great deal to offer tourists here in East Cambridgeshire. The value of tourism to the local economy should never be underestimated.

My attention was recently drawn to a charity, Disability Cambridgeshire, which provides free, confidential and impartial advice and guidance to disabled people, their families and carers. The charity can help with problems including housing adaptations, social care payments, self-funding care and benefit entitlements. They also offer volunteering opportunities to people living with a disability. If you know anyone who would benefit from this service, please put them in touch with Judith Margolis -  telephone 01480 839192 or email

There are so many charities worthy of our support. During my term of office, whenever opportunities present themselves, I will be raising funds for the Alzheimer’s Society.

I am pleased to confirm that this year’s Annual Civic Service will take place at St Andrews Church, Soham, on Sunday 22nd October 2017 at 3.00pm. This is an opportunity for us to give thanks for our good fortune for living, and playing a part in public life, here in East Cambridgeshire. I hope that I can count upon your support.

If you already have a 2018 diary, you may care to note that my Chairman’s Reception will be held at the tail end of the civic year, on Friday 20th April 2018, at Granary Barns, Woodditton. It is a very impressive venue in the south of the district.

The next few months promise to be interesting and challenging from a number of viewpoints. Particularly significant will be the Full Council Meeting on Thursday 5th October 2017, when the Local Plan will be presented to us for approval.

The last civic engagement we undertook was on Friday 1st September, when Roslyn and I had the pleasure of attending the ceremony in Peterborough to mark Merchant Navy Day.

Finally, my compliments to the officers responsible for producing the Emergency Planning booklet, which we received last week. I’m sure you will agree that it is very informative and gives us all a clear understanding of the Council’s emergency response arrangements.

Meetings that will take place during the next fortnight are:-

  • Wednesday, 13th September   5.30pm   Community Services Committee
  • Monday,       18th September   2.00pm   Planning Committee
  • Thursday,     21st September   4.30pm   Resources and Finance Committee

The meetings of the Regulatory Services Committee on the 11th and the Licensing Committee on the 20th have been cancelled. 

With kind regards

Yours sincerely

Councillor Peter Cresswell

Chairman of the Council