8th December 2017
I don’t know about you, but I love the lead up to Christmas. It started earlier than ever for us this year, as we have already attended Civic Carol Services in Mildenhall and Bury St Edmunds as guests of Forest Heath District Council and St Edmundsbury Borough Council. As you are no doubt aware, plans are in hand for these two local authorities to merge next year to create West Suffolk Council. The decision currently rests with the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government.
This year I had the honour of being one of the judges at the Cambridgeshire and Bedfordshire Young People of the Year (YOPEY). It was quite a challenge picking the top 5 from the 10 finalists. Unfortunately none of the 10 came from East Cambridgeshire. In future years, I am keen that maximum publicity is given to this competition, in order that local residents have an opportunity to nominate young people from our district, who they feel are worthy of recognition.
The councillors’ visit last week to the Agri-Tech Innovation Hub at Hasse Fen, Soham, was extremely interesting and an opportunity much appreciated by us all. We were shown how research is being undertaken to reduce crop and food waste. There are currently three businesses at the Hub : Entomics, Aponic and Celbius. We all found their research fascinating, particularly the ways they make high value products from food waste. As one of our colleagues stated “We have tomorrow’s world here on our doorstep”.
On Monday of this week I had the pleasure, along with Councillor David Brown, of presenting the Council’s Staff Achievement Awards. The ceremony is to congratulate all of those staff who, in the last year, have successfully completed a professional qualification, or who have achieved an ‘outstanding’ rating in their appraisal. Staff who have more than 25 years service with the Council were also recognised, as well as those who won a Leading Lights Award. My personal congratulations to all members of staff who won awards this year; Martin Smith, Economic Development Officer won the Annual Outstanding Achievement Award; Janis Murfet, Democratic Services Officer and Claire Lloyd, Administrative Assistant (Waste) won the Customer Services Award; Sarah Burton, Housing Options Team Leader won the Innovation Award and Greg Chrzanowski, Maintenance Assistant won the Employee’s Employee of the Year Award.
As this is my last newsletter of 2017, may I take this opportunity to wish you an enjoyable and peaceful Christmas and good health and good fortune throughout the coming year.
There are two meetings scheduled for next week:
- Monday, 11th December at 4.00pm in Council Chamber – Shareholder Committee
- Wednesday, 13th December at 9.30am in Council Chamber – Licensing Committee.
With Kind Regards
Councillor Peter Cresswell
Chairman of the Council