Chairman's Chat

12th October 2018
 
Dear Colleague,
 
Members who recently visited the waste management company Ellgia, at their headquarters at Lancaster Way Business Park, were treated to a very enlightening and fascinating morning. Ellgia, which was founded as recently as 2011, were this year’s winners of the national award for Independent Operator of the Year at the MRW National Recycling Awards. The company now has a fleet of over 100 vehicles and an annual turnover of approx. £24 million. They are independently owned, with a clear focus on self-sustainable waste. I particularly liked their appropriate motto “It may be waste, but not rubbish”.
I have had a particularly busy fortnight attending civic engagements. I was delighted to be invited to the Ely Standard Business Awards Ceremony last month. The event once again highlighted the success of local firms, and their significant contribution to the District’s rapidly developing economy. I was pleased to present an award that the judges felt needed special recognition. This went to Almost Angels Tattoo Family.
 
Having spent my career in entertainment and arts management, I take a close interest in all such events here in the District. Ely Sinfonia’s 100th anniversary performance of The Planets was quite simply magnificent. As well as Gustav Holst’s famous work, Phil Toms’ Great War Overture was greatly enjoyed. The Cathedral was packed; it was a wonderful evening which we were very pleased to attend.
 
Last Sunday morning over 1,000 people participated in the Annual Justice Service. This year the venue was Great St Mary’s Church in Cambridge. It was a pleasure for Roslyn and me to represent the Council in the procession from Trinity College to the church. It was an event that will live long in the memory.
 
On Monday evening we attended Home-Start Cambridgeshire’s Annual Meeting. This voluntary organisation are a leading family support charity, who undertake most valuable work in the community. Like so many charities of this nature, they face a number of challenges, but they have my admiration, particularly following their transition from a public authority dependent organisation to an independently funded one.
 
Finally, a reminder that our own Civic Service is fast approaching. It will take place in St George’s Parish Church, Littleport, on Sunday 21st October at 3.00 pm. This is a District Council event to which everyone is invited.
 
Forthcoming Meetings
 
Week Commencing 15th October 2018:
  • Thursday, 18th October at 6.00pm in the Council Chamber – Full Council.
There are no meetings scheduled for the week commencing 22nd October.

With Kind Regards

Yours sincerely

Councillor Peter Cresswell

Chairman of the Council