28th February 2014
The Community Infrastructure Regulations have been amended to include relief for Self-Build and Residential Annexes or Extensions. This change in Regulations took effect on 23 February 2014 and applies to self-build dwellings where the applicant is building their own home, as their principal dwelling, and intends to live there for a minimum of three years. The same principle applies to residential annexes or extensions.
Relief is not given automatically it must be applied for by the applicant prior to the commencement of development. If the development has commenced without the Council granting relief, then the right to relief is lost. A person wishing to claim relief should read the Regulations carefully; the Department for Communities and Local Government has also produced a guidance note to assist applicants in their understanding of the relief and the process that must be followed. These documents are available on the Council’s Website.
If anyone has any further queries please contact Emma Grima, Infrastructure Programme Manager, email: email@example.com or telephone 01353 665555.
This May the humble Eel is becoming the focus of an extravaganza of fun and food related activities as part of the Ely's tenth Eel Festival weekend. To celebrate the Festival’s ten years, this years activities will last from Friday 2nd to Monday 5th May are going to be bigger than ever and will include:
* An Eel Food Safari which will see restaurants and cafés producing special festival dishes/menus such as eel shaped biscuits, eel bread, slippery eel cocktail. Participating venues will display an Eel Food Safari logo to show they are part of the promotion throughout the weekend.
* City Centre Eel Throwing Competition on the Market Place. City Centre retailers and businesses are to battle it out to be crowned ‘City Centre Eel Throwing Business of the Year’ sponsored by the Ely Chamber of Commerce. No eels will be harmed in this competition, they are just stuffed socks.
* Food and Drink Festival on Palace Green. This brand new event supported by G’s Fresh will see a fantastic line up of chef demonstrations running throughout the Festival with some well-known names soon to be announced
* Ely Street Musicianers’ Muster will see the City Centre come alive as a variety of period music is performed by costumed musicians who have been awarded their ‘Warrant of Entitlement’ to busk.
* Market ‘Street Food Fayre’ - to complement Ely’s Saturday shopping experience, the Ely Craft Market weekly street food aisle will transform with special offers and promotions for a great range of street food available throughout the day
All the usual fun of the Eel Festival will also be taking place including the annual Ely Day Parade, a full programme of arena events in Jubilee Gardens including folk music, eel pottery workshops, dancing, historical displays and re-enactments. For information on all these activities and many other fringe events keep checking out our Eel Festival Weekend page at www.visitely.org.uk and follow us on Twitter @visitely.
Officers working for the District Council are warning residents to make sure they only claim the benefits they are entitled to after three recent court cases.
In the first, Tina Bissett, 47 from Littleport, pleaded guilty to falsely claiming £39,524 in income support and £17,972 in council tax and housing benefits. These offences were brought under two separate charges brought by Anglia Revenues Partnership on behalf of the authority and the Department of Work and Pensions. She was handed 12 months jail for each charge, to run concurrently and be suspended for two years.
In the second, Nina Read, 26, from Ely pleaded guilty to two charges of failing to notify the District Council and the Department of Work and Pensions of a change in her circumstances. This lead to her claiming a total of £8,301.47 in Housing and Council Benefit and Income support which she was not entitled to. Miss Read was given a 12 month conditional discharge in additional to a £15 victim surcharge and told to pay costs of £550.
And finally, Brenda Maul, 65, from Littleport pleaded guilty to failing to notify the council of changes in her circumstances which meant she claimed over £2,000 worth of council tax benefit she wasn’t entitled to between May 2009 and July 2013. Mrs Maul was fined £766 and told to pay a £15 victim surcharge and costs of £550.
If you suspect someone is abusing the system, then please call free on the National Benefit Fraud Hotline on 0800 328 6340 or to discuss a suspected fraud with a Benefits Investigator, please call 01842 756516 in strictest confidence.
Three meetings next week:
Tuesday, 4th March – Community & Environment Committee, 5.30pm in the Council Chamber
Wednesday, 5th March – Planning Committee, 2.00pm in the Council Chamber
Thursday, 6th March – Personnel & Corporate Services Committee, 4.30pm in the Council Chamber
With kind regards,