Weekly Highlights

2nd October 2015

Dear Colleague

Mary and I are grateful to the Vice Chairman Cllr Peter Cresswell and his wife Roslyn for representing us last Friday 25th September 2015 at the presentation of The Queen's Award for Voluntary Service to the Ladybird Boat Trust.  The presentation was made by Sir Hugh Duberly KCVO, CBE, Her Majesty's Lord Lieutenant for Cambridgeshire and took place at the boat trust's home base, Hartford Marina.

Ladybird Boat Trust is managed by an extremely enthusiastic group of volunteers and offers river boat trips to the disadvantaged in the community.  Their vessel Ladybird is ideally fitted out to accommodate wheelchairs.  Trips along the Great Ouse  to either Brampton Mill or St Ives are offered to groups of disabled and elderly people.

Road Signage

New lines have been painted on the A10 outside Ely to help reduce delays and ease peak time congestion. In addition new arrows were painted at the A10/Angel Drove and A142/BP roundabout to help drivers identify which lane they should take.

The work was carried out by Skanska on behalf of Cambridgeshire County Council Highway Division following a suggestion from Cllr Anna Bailey who is a local member for the District and County Council.

Community Land Trust News

Community Land Trusts (CLTs) in East Cambridgeshire are continuing to progress, bringing together developers, landowners and residents for the good of a town and/or village.

The recent ground breaking ceremony for the Stretham and Wilburton CLT - where 50 homes, 15 of which will be affordable are being built along with a doctor's surgery, small business units and open space - has paved the way for other schemes.

In Swaffham Prior, building is well advanced with the allocation of eight new homes  completed and the prospective owners hoping to move in by Christmas.

Thrift CLT for Soham is currently looking for a suitable location with the ambition of providing affordable housing for local people, some employment opportunities and community facilities.

Witchford CLT has one site identified but is currently looking for more land and last week Fordham Parish Council signalled they wished to move forward with a CLT for the village. A working party will now be set up to help with this process.

Cigarette Smoking

CAMQUIT is urging local smokers to join the thousands nationally who will sign up to this year's national campaign, Stoptober. As part of the campaign the Cambridgeshire Stop Smoking team, Camquit, will be out and about in the Camquit van meeting people and providing information and support for those who want to take part in Stoptober that  runs from 1st to 28th October.

Research shows that if you can stop smoking for 28-days you are five times more likely to be able to stay quit for good.

Customer Service

Our record shows that people from the USA, Australia, Canada, Germany, France, Netherlands, India, Spain, Ireland and the UK by using Desktop, Mobile or  Tablet have visited our Customer Service from 1st  April to 31st  August 2015 : -

165,736 visitors to www.eastcambs.gov.uk

4,290 visitors to ECDC Reception

29,222 telephone calls handled by Customer Services team

1,716 emails handled by Customer Services team

There is just one meeting scheduled for next week:

Wednesday, 7th October 2015 at 2.00pm in the Council Chamber

Planning Committee


One agenda will be despatched on Friday, 2nd October:

Regulatory & Support Services Committee, 12/10/15

There are no seminars taking place next week.

With kind regards,

Yours sincerely,

Michael Allan

Councillor Michael Allan