Weekly Highlights

12th September  2014

Dear Colleague

The proposal to build the Ely southern bypass has been unanimously backed by the Planning Committee of Cambridgeshire County Council this week. The plans to build the road linking Angel Drove with Stuntney causeway have now been sent for consideration to Eric Pickles, the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government. Committee members acknowledged campaigners' concerns about the visual impact of the bypass on views of Ely Cathedral but decided these were outweighed by the proposal's benefits, such as traffic reduction.

Just to remind everyone that it is National Heritage Weekend 12th to 14th September and the Tourist Information Centre has co-ordinated an exciting programme for Ely.  Tickets for the various pre-booked tours have now all been filled, but there is still the opportunity to tour Oliver Cromwell’s House, Ely Cathedral, Stained Glass Museum and Ely Museum on Friday Night from 5 pm to 8 pm.  Entry to these atmospheric buildings is free and there is no need to book.  The TIC Team look forward to seeing some of you.  For further information please check out www.visitely.org.uk

Residents are again being given the chance to cut their energy bills with the third Cambridgeshire Energy Switch scheme to be launched this year. The Cambridgeshire Energy Switch has already taken place in February and June this year and has seen over 480 households switch their energy supplier and save an average of £207 each per year per household.  That’s a total collective saving of over £100,000 for Cambridgeshire residents.

Now there’s another opportunity for more households to make these savings with the scheme. The more residents that sign up the better the deals are likely to be.  Residents across the county may not currently be enjoying the lowest tariff available and don’t know how to change suppliers or want the hassle of shopping around for the best deal. The Cambridgeshire Energy Switch Scheme uses the collective bargaining power of residents to achieve better prices for electricity and gas to save households money. It’s open to all residents on both credit and pre-payment meters.

To register you will need to know who your current energy supplier is, the tariff that you are on and annual gas and/or electricity usage for your household. Registration has opened and the deadline for joining this switch is 13th October, after this energy suppliers are given an opportunity to offer the collective group of residents a deal to provide their electricity and/or gas. The service is completely free of charge and there is no obligation to accept an offer.

Anyone wishing to sign up or find out more should log onto www.cambridgeshire.gov.uk/switch  If people do not have access to the internet they can contact Cambridgeshire County Council on 01223 507164, or via  energy.switch@cambridgeshire.gov.uk or why not attend a ‘bring your bill’ session at Ely Library on 9th September.

Plans for a new home for Cambridgeshire Archives could take a step forward this month when a new location is considered by the County Council.  The new site in Ely will be considered at the Highways and Community Infrastructure Committee (23 September). Plans are still at an early stage but it is hoped the new site, which would be an existing building refitted to accommodate the Council’s archive collection would prove a more cost effective solution than a new build.  The Council has a statutory responsibility to maintain vital records which date from the 13th Century onward and there has been a longstanding need to find new accommodation.

And finally, Cambridgeshire cyclists old and new can win prizes galore by signing up for the fourth Cambridgeshire Cycle Challenge.  The Cambridgeshire Cycle Challenge 2014 is a fun competition to get more people cycling to work. The Challenge runs from Monday 15 September to Sunday 12 October 2014. Prizes are on offer in many different categories, and all over the County. The website is now open to registrations and is free to participate, go to https://cambscyclechallenge.pleasecycle.com/

There is one seminar and one committee meeting scheduled for next week:

Tuesday, 16th September at 6.00pm in the Council Chamber

Member Seminar: Ely North Viability Explained

Wednesday, 17th September at 5.30pm in the Council Chamber

Commercial Services Committee


With kind regards,

Yours sincerely,

Tony Cornell

Councillor Tony Cornell