Weekly Highlights

22nd August 2014

Dear Colleague

A consultation to help determine the future of the household waste recycling service in Cambridgeshire is to be launched by the County Council. Running until Friday 26 September, residents have the chance to give their views on how to create an efficient and cost effective recycling service which needs to contribute to the £149 million in savings required from the authority’s budget over the next five years.

The options being put forward include looking at the location, usage and potential closure of some household recycling centres (HRCs) in the county as well as proposals such as charging for certain wastes such as hardcore and plasterboard or reducing weekday opening hours and opening days at sites.  To get involved in the six week consultation please visit http://www.cambridgeshire.gov.uk/recyclingcentreservice.

The consultation will form part of a review which the Council is working closely with the local authorities of RECAP - the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Waste Partnership to ensure any potential issues such as fly tipping are taken into account. The consultation will take place throughout the summer, with the results being presented to the Highways and Community Infrastructure Committee in the autumn.

Yesterday, the District Council was being forced to remove on a significant tree on Palace Green in Ely. Over the last few years, the team has been monitoring the mature Sycamore tree beside the boundary wall of The Old Palace in Ely. In 2012, the tree was reduced in an attempt to retain it in a safe condition and see if the tree had the vigour to respond.

Unfortunately the tree has continued to decline and during a recent inspection, officers found there is poor foliage cover and the large central section was dead. This has left the authority with no other option than to remove the tree with the work carried out yesterday. The Council is now in discussions with the Cathedral to arrangement for a replacement tree on Palace Green to be planted. For further information on this or any tree related enquiry please call 01353 665555.

This weekend visitors to Ely’s Markets will be able to enjoy a bumper Markets weekend with something for everyone over Saturday, Sunday and Bank Holiday Monday on Ely Market Place.

Saturday hosts our regular Craft & Collectables Market with a number of guest stalls along the High street plus the award winning popular Farmers’ Market with the best of fresh, local produce.   

Alongside the Flower, Food & Craft Market on Sunday and Monday, you will find a host of stalls from across all our markets and some special guests.  Browse a selection of flowers, plants and shrubs, choose a special gift from a variety of unique arts and crafts and sample the delicious tasters from the many food stalls, including:

  • Artisan bread and fine cakes
  • Rare breed sausages
  • Specialist English and continental cheeses
  • Spanish delicatessen and charcuterie
  • Artisan local gin
  •  Olives and continental pastries
  • Savoury flatbreads to sample on the market or take away to enjoy at home. 

Linger awhile on the market and choose from the array of street food stalls with a range of tastes from sweet and savoury crepes, cappuccinos and delicate cupcakes to spicy continental sausages, Thai noodles, curry goat and chicken wraps.  Plus guest stalls will be also be supporting the market with a selection of garden-related giftware and ornaments, woodcraft, scented candles, leather goods, jewellery, arts and crafts.

The market opens at 10am until 4pm and along with some amazing produce, there will also be plenty to keep the younger family members amused with children’s rides and face painting.

And finally, congratulations to Jo Brooks  (Principal Housing Officer and recently seconded as Strategic Advisor to the Chief Executive) who was this week appointed to the role of our new Assistant Director (Regulatory Services) following a two day assessment and interview process. She has done a fantastic job in Housing and I am sure she will rise to the challenges she will face in her new role. I know you will all join me in congratulating Jo and wish her well in her new post.

There are no meetings scheduled for next week.

Please Note: Due to holidays, there will be no Weekly Highlights next week.

Meetings for w/c 1st September are as follows:

3rd September – Planning Committee

4th September – Special Full Council

With kind regards,

Yours sincerely,

Tony Cornell

Councillor Tony Cornell
CHAIRMAN OF THE COUNCIL