Chairman's Chat

15 February 2019
Dear Colleague
It is very positive news that plans for the new Soham Railway Station will be available for public display later in the month. Network Rail staff will be on hand to answer questions on the design proposals at Ross Peers Sports Centre, College Close, Soham, on Tuesday 26th February from 4pm to 8pm and on Wednesday 27th February from 10am to 2pm. The proposals include a new platform, footbridge, and car parking facilities on the site of the former Soham station.
Every day I receive an update of crimes committed the previous day in East Cambridgeshire. For those of us playing a part in public life, any crime is of concern. In my role as Chairman of Neighbourhood Watch in the area where I live, I am frequently urging residents to be vigilant. I know I have emphasised the importance of Neighbourhood Watch previously, and retain the view it is more important than ever. It has the advantage of bringing communities together, where there are genuine security concerns. If there is no Neighbourhood Watch scheme in the area you represent, may I urge you, possibly through the local Parish Council, to set one up. Details of the scheme are online or contact Kevin Evans, Secretary of East Cambridgeshire Neighbourhood Watch Association to register an interest. email: Telephone : 01353 614892.
May I remind you that the Council is currently seeking applications to deliver the Community Transport Grant Scheme for 2019/2020. The purpose of the scheme is to provide and deliver transport services to improve accessibility to work, education, essential public services and social purposes in the district. One of the advantages from my viewpoint is that the scheme is not just limited to existing transport providers. The Council welcomes applications from charities, community groups and social enterprises. Information on community transport is available on the website:

The Vice Chairman, Councillor Lis Every, in her role as the County’s Community Champion for East Cambridgeshire, has drawn attention to the free training opportunities in Health & Social Care, which will be available in our district from next month. We are all aware of the current staffing shortfall in the care industry. This is an ideal opportunity for anyone seeking a change in the workplace to obtain training, gain a qualification, and embark on a new career. Would you please help to publicise these courses in the communities where you serve? Information is available on the following website : www.healthandcare or either email: or telephone 01733 588364

Finally, with so much resting on the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Combined Authority, may I urge you to read their 2019/20 Business Plan, if you haven’t already had the opportunity to do so. It sets out the key ambitions in making this area a leading place to live, learn and work.

Forthcoming Meetings

Week commencing 18th February:

  • Thursday, 21st February at 6.00pm in the Council Chamber – Full Council.

Week commencing 25th February:

  • Wednesday 27th February at 9.30am in the Council Chamber - Licensing Committee is scheduled but subject to confirmation.

With Kind Regards

Yours sincerely

Councillor Peter Cresswell

Chairman of the Council