Weekly Highlights

31 July 2015

Dear Colleague

New mooring arrangements are being introduced by the District Council to the riverside in Ely from Monday, 7 September to ensure visiting boats can access spaces and enjoy the historic city.  Following an extensive consultation with boating organisations, businesses and local residents the new scheme allows boats to moor for free for 48 hours with then no return for 48 hours.

The aim of the new arrangements is to address the concerns of boaters who have told the Council they have been unable to visit Ely as the moorings are frequently full – particularly during the boating season.  If anyone stays longer or returns before 48 hours has elapsed - they will be issued with a Mooring Charge Notice of £100 per 24 hour stay.  This is reduced to £70 if the charge is paid within 14 days of the Mooring Charge Notice being issued. If the mooring charge is not paid within 28 days, the Council will commence debt recovery action (including court action) which will incur further costs.

The contractual terms of the new arrangements will be set out on signage along the length of the District Council’s moorings between Annesdale and Willow Walk, Ely. Full information is available at http://www.visitely.org.uk/content/ecdc-owned-moorings.

Residents have until 5pm today to have their say on the Food and Health and Safety enforcement policies in the area. The District Council's Commercial Team are responsible for:

  • enforcing food safety legislation in around 880 premises
  • registering and keeping an up to date register of food businesses
  • approving establishments that require approval and ensuring these feature on the Food Standards Agency website
  • following up complaints about food sold or manufactured and concerns about food hygiene in the district
  • taking samples of food, water and the environment for microbiological examination and chemical analysis

They also responsible for a number of Health and Safety areas which include:

  • enforcing health and safety law at premises where the Local Authority has powers to take action
  • following up complaints about health and safety in workplaces
  • investigating accidents
  • issuing and enforcement of skin piercing legislation in around 20 premises
  • provide training on health and safety

In order for this work to continue to meet the highest standards, the local authority is consulting on the Draft Food Safety Enforcement Policy and the Draft Health and Safety Policy. The consultation has been running for a number of weeks but there is still time to feedback before it ends at 5pm on Friday 31 July at www.eastcambs.gov.uk/food-safety/food-safety-service.

Anyone participating in the consultation can either email the completed forms to consultationfhs@eastcambs.gov.uk or send then to: Environmental Services, East Cambridgeshire District Council, The Grange, Nutholt Lane, Ely, Cambs, CB7 4EE.

Ely’s Country Park and Jubilee Gardens have been awarded the Green Flag Award. The green spaces are among a record-breaking 1,582 parks which have received a prestigious Green Flag Award – the mark of a quality park or green space.

The award recognises and rewards the best parks and green spaces across the country. A Green Flag flying overhead is a sign to the public that the space boasts the highest possible standards, is beautifully maintained and has excellent facilities.

Ely Country Park is an open space which has a number of features including play areas, sculptured walking routes and spectacular views of Ely Cathedral. There are also wildflower areas, woodland, riverside meadows and old gravel working pits. The impressive Jubilee Gardens with beautiful riverside setting and magnificent Cathedral backdrop incorporates trees, flowers, sculptures and a bandstand, provides a community facility for a wide variety of outdoor events such as fetes, fairs and open-air concerts.

There are two meetings scheduled for next week:

Planning Committee – 5th August


Member Seminar – 6th August

Re: Council’s Submission of the Boundary Review

With kind regards,

Yours sincerely,

Michael Allan

Councillor Michael Allan