Weekly Highlights

25 July 2014

Dear Colleague

The Corporate Governance and Finance Committee this week, agreed the methodology for the new Service Delivery Plans.  In addition, all the Service Delivery Champions are now in place.  These members will act as critical friend in supporting the new lead officers in developing and presenting their Service Delivery Plans through the Committee process in the autumn.

In addition, the Chief Executive and the Leader of Council have now submitted the case for a reduction in the number of elected members from 39 to 27 to the Boundary Commission for England and Wales.  This request for a significant reduction in Council size will be considered next year and should be in place for the 2019 local elections.  All these proposals form part of the "Transforming ECDC" programme.

Following notification from City of London Port Health, the food safety team officially detained 20,000Kg of raw chicken which has now been successfully destroyed. This chicken was not safe to eat because it contained an illegal veterinary residue called Clopidol and was destined for use in pies and ready meals. Clopidol is a chemical given to animals to prevent them having parasites. The food was imported and stored here in a commercial cold store where it was detained by officers until it was sent for incineration. It is by working in conjunction with local businesses that we protect public health and safety.

This month’s Flower, Food & Craft Market on Sunday 27 July will again showcase the best of the district’s produce.

Along with a range of seasonal flowers, plants and shrubs there’s also a variety of street food stalls full of tempting tasters. These include:

  • Artisan bread and fine cakes
  • Rare breed sausages
  • Specialist cheese and hams
  • Sweet and savoury crepes to sample on the market or take away to enjoy at home
  • Olives and Mediterranean sweets
  • Fine coffee and tea
  • Made in Provence range of oils, preserves, honey and beauty preparations

With additional stalls featuring garden-related giftware, jewellery, arts and crafts, alpaca products, leather bags and vintage accessories and collectables.  The market runs from 10am until 4pm with lots of choice and great local produce.  Come along to Ely Market Place on Sunday to browse and enjoy the atmosphere.

The start of the summer holidays is now upon us and a little reminder that there are some great things lined up for visitors and residents in the District. These include Summer Guided Walks where you will be able to enjoy some of the great sights of Ely:

  • Summer Saturday Walks (26th July, 2nd August, 9th August, 16th August,  23rd August  and 30th August) at 11.30 am. What better way of discovering the history of this magnificent city than being guided around its splendid array of medieval paths and monastic buildings. Discover the origins of the Cathedral and the importance of trade in this former Isle of Eels.
  • Ely through its Architecture - Sunday 27th July & 24th August at 11.30 am  Learn about the wealth of architecture of some of Ely's period, historical buildings during this walk with our informed guide.
  • The Riverside - Sunday 3rd & 10th August at 11.30 am. This expanded tour takes in the city centre as well as the picturesque waterside.  Learn about the drainage of the Fens, the life of the Fen Folk and how the river serves visitors and residents today.
  • Monastic - Sunday 17th August at 11.30 am.  Discover and explore the grounds of the largest group of medieval monastic buildings still in use today and listen to tales of monks and royalty

Also a Family Summer Holiday event starts at Oliver Cromwell House in 'Meet the Cromwell's and Mrs Cromwell's Summer Blooms on a Tuesday – 29th July, 5th August, 12th August, 19th August and 26th August from 10.00am to 1.00pm – drop in sessions.  Mrs Cromwell has been busy gardening this summer and can tell you all about the different uses her flowers have.  Taste some of her floral recipes, find out what a Tussle Mussie is and try your hand at making one.

All tickets for these events to be pre-booked at Ely Tourist Information Centre or via telephone – 01353 662062.

Would you or someone you know like to earn some extra cash?

Electoral Registration Canvasser

We are looking for people to help with this year’s canvass.  The Area’s where we require canvasser’s are: Chettisham, Chippenham, Kennett, Ashley, Cheveley, Burwell, Fordham, Parts of Soham, Snailwell, Dullingham, Stetchworth, Westley Waterless, Parts of Woodditton, Mepal, Witcham and Wentworth.

You will be paid 17p per property plus a one off mileage payment of £10.00.  You need to be over 18, be able to collect all materials and available to deliver between 7th and 13th August and must not be politically active.

Closing date for applications is 4th August, if interested please call the Elections team on 01353 665555.

There’s just one meeting next week:

With kind regards,

Yours sincerely,

Tony Cornell

Councillor Tony Cornell
CHAIRMAN OF THE COUNCIL