Weekly Highlights

21st August 2015

Dear Colleague

On Saturday 15th August the nation commemorated 70 years since the end of war in the Far East.  Mary and I, along with other civic representatives from across much of the region attended a parade and wreath laying at the War Memorial on the Angel Hill, Bury St Edmunds. The event was organised by the Mayor of St Edmundsbury, Cllr. Patrick Chung. British and American military were on parade.

It was wonderful to hear that East Cambridgeshire has been recognised nationally as a great place to live. We scored a place in the top 10 locations for where affordability meets happiness according to house price to income ratios and the Life Satisfaction Index, created by the Office for National Statistics.

This reflects what I often hear as I travel within the district and go to events beyond our borders. Not only are people moving to this area to take advantage of the lifestyle we have on offer – businesses are continuing to relocate to our area bringing with them jobs, knowledge and investment.

Another piece of good news is that we have reached an agreement with the County Council in that the Ely bypass completion date is set at October 2017.

The Littleport Town Team is joining in the UK wide celebration of the National Heritage weekend. The weekend, which runs from Friday 11 to 13 September, will see the celebration of the town’s heritage.  It is ten years since an array of white shirts were suspended over the Main Street in a creative promotion to celebrate Littleport’s connection with Hope Bros.

Ten years on, the team aim to capture the town’s heritage once again - in a slightly different style. Littleport Library ran a series of workshops over the summer encouraging budding artists to portray Littleport’s heritage on large poster size boards.  These will be showcased in shop windows over the Heritage Weekend to form a ‘Creative Heritage Art Trail’.

For more information on the Town Team please call 01353 665555 or visit: www.eastcambs.gov.uk.

I am pleased to announce that Emma Grima has been appointed as the Council’s new Director of Commercial and Corporate Services.  She will play a key role in the Council’s commercialisation agenda and will act as a director of the new trading company in the New Year.

Emma joined East Cambridgeshire from Fenland DC in March 2013 as Infrastructure Programme Manager and was recently seconded to the Council’s Management Team as Corporate Unit Manager.  I hope you will join me in wishing Emma well for the challenges ahead.

There are no meetings or seminars scheduled for next week.

One agenda is being despatched:  Planning Committee, 02/09/15 – on Monday, 24th August 2015.

With kind regards,

Yours sincerely,

Michael Allan

Councillor Michael Allan