Chairman's Chat

4th May 2018
Dear Colleague,
We are all aware how time races by. It doesn’t seem possible two weeks have passed since I had the pleasure of hosting the Chairman’s Reception at Granary Barns, Woodditton. I am sure all those who attended will agree that it is a wonderful venue, and one the district can be justly proud of. My personal thanks to everyone who supported us, and to those who contributed to the success of the evening. I was delighted to have the opportunity to showcase the Viva Theatre Company and to support their exciting Mill Project in Soham.
Our most recent business visit to G’s at Barway last Friday, was much appreciated by all Members who attended, albeit on a very wet morning. G’s, which was founded in 1952, has developed into a vast operation with a £500 million annual turnover. Across the world they have 7,000 employees and a network of 24 farmers and growers. G’s supply all the major UK retailers. The company is dedicated to quality and service, but what impressed me is that they reinvest £20 million per annum in the business, and have done so for the past 10 years. During our visit we were taken on a tour of Hainey and Fordey Farms and shown how organic crops are grown.
The past fortnight has been particularly busy with civic engagements. Together with other civic heads, we were invited by the Mayor of St Edmundsbury to tour the Suffolk Regiment Museum in Bury St Edmunds. It was well worth the visit. Last Saturday evening, we had the pleasure of attending, along with the Mayor and Mayoress of Ely, a wonderful concert of Russian music, by Ely Sinfonia, in the Cathedral. On Monday evening, we were invited to the WI Annual Council Meeting in Cambourne. Our attendance was much appreciated; the highlight of the evening being an hilarious talk by auctioneer, Nick Grounds of Cliff Cross Auctions Ltd.
I was delighted to learn that Ely Country Park has again successfully obtained Natural England Country Park accredited status. Along with the site’s Green Flag status, this national accreditation reflects the park’s high quality services as a place for everyone in our district to enjoy.
A reminder that if you have reason to register a complaint about the performance of our Street Scene team, or report fly tipping, littering or dog fouling, please ensure you do so through the CRM system. Reported incidents will then be forwarded to the appropriate officer for action, and will enable better recording of performance against targets.
On the subject of fly tipping, I’m sure we all welcome the initiative of Street Scene Ltd., who have commenced a tour of every part of the district to clear all fly tips on public land. I am particularly pleased that the future plan is to take more robust enforcement action when incidents of fly tipping are reported.
Tomorrow is Eel Day in Ely. It is always a great event, extremely well organised by Tracey Harding and her team. If you have the opportunity to attend the event, I’m sure you will be impressed and enjoy the atmosphere.
There are no meetings scheduled for the weeks commencing 7th and 14th May 2018.
However, there will be a Member Seminar on the Community Governance Review starting at 6.00pm in the Council Chamber on Tuesday, 15th May.

With Kind Regards

Yours sincerely

Councillor Peter Cresswell

Chairman of the Council