29th November 2013
Grants to ensure Christmas lights could shine, there is extra space at the Pavilion in Cheveley and resurfacing the play area in Bottisham has been approved. At the Community and Environment Committee, Councillors agreed funding for the following projects from the East Cambridgeshire Community Facilities Small Villages and Section 106 Grant Funds:
- City of Ely Council is to receive £7,595.28 to help pay for the installation of 28 external electrical sockets on lampposts for use for Christmas light decorations.
- £8,835.71 is going to Cheveley Parish Council to increase the capacity and flexibility of the space to provide extra community facilities
- There will be £10,000 to help with the fourth phase of the refurbishment of the Ellesmere Centre.
- Bottisham Primary School is getting £5,000 to resurface the 'Adventurers' play area
- The Community Facilities Small Villages and Section 106 Grant Funds are there to support projects and schemes throughout the District with money obtained from developers as part of the expansion of East Cambridgeshire.
Shoppers, visitors and residents can do the Christmas shopping locally by discovering the wealth of independent shops, attractions and places to eat that Ely has to offer. The Town Centres & Tourism team in East Cambridgeshire District Council have created an Advent Calendar featuring Ely's independent shops and attractions. The calendar, which goes live this weekend, can be found at: http://visitely.eastcambs.gov.uk/content/christmas-shopping-ely to give inspiration for anyone Christmas shopping in Ely.
The participating shops and attractions include: Amore Vita - Fore Hill, Exquisite - Market Street, Something Special - Newnham Street, Wade's Opticians - High Street, Premier Travel - Market Place, St Mary's Sweet Shop - St Mary's Street, Cloisters Antiques - Lynn Road, Yarn on the Square - Market Place, Cutlack's - Fore Hill, Tea For Two - Buttermarket, Café Carringtons - Cloisters, Eel Catcher's Daughter - High Street, Fisher's Jewellers - Buttermarket and Oliver Cromwell House, the Stained Glass Museum, Cathedral Gift Shop, Ely Museum Gift Shop, as well as stalls on the Farmers' Market, Craft & Collectables Market, General Market and Special Christmas Market.
And finally, Ely has been named as one of the kindest cities in the UK, after a national survey found local residents scored highly across a range of kindness factors from volunteering to help the homeless and wishing strangers Merry Christmas.
Ely is a great city with a rich past as the home of Oliver Cromwell, the base for Hereward the Wake and obviously dominated by the spectacular Cathedral. While buildings and history help create a city, it is the people who continue to make Ely a special place to live, visit and work. I like to think that in East Cambridgeshire we all look out for each other and offer a helping hand, a cheery wave and a smile to our friends and neighbours. So while Ely has expanded rapidly over the last few years, it has held onto its great community spirit which I am sure will remain at its heart in the many years to come.
The meetings for the week ahead are as follows:
Tuesday 3 December 2013
- Development and Transport Committee - 2pm - Council Chamber
Wednesday 4 December 2013
- Planning Committee – 2pm - Council Chamber
Thursday 5 December 2013
- Personnel and Corporate Services Committee – 4.30pm - Council Chamber
Friday 6 December 2013
- Special Planning Committee – 10.30am – Council Chamber
With kind regards,