From our District Councillor
Many of the long term spaces on Ely's car parks are taken up by commuters using Ely's railway station. East Cambs District Council is presently formulating proposals to adjust the long and short stay hours on its car parks. This should deliver more short stay parking for those using the city centre for shopping, leisure and services (but scupper everyone going to work? Eds) generating more footfall within the city and more turnover within the city car parks.
There are currently no proposals to implement charges for Ely's car parks other than the new commuter car park at Angel Drove.
The Swaffham Ward is now in Zone 5 recycling round, changing from Tuesdays to Fridays. It commenced on Friday, July 13th, and is every two weeks thereafter. I have often been asked what can be recycled, the list is as follows:
Brown Sacks: Garden wasyter, kitchen waste (wrapped) and yellow pages and directories, shredded paper, cardboard.
The Black Box: Newspapers and magazines, junk mail, tin cans (separate bag), aerosol cans (separate bag) glass bottle and jars (separate bag).
The Environmental Agency has commissioned a scoping report into future maintenance of Burwell, Reach, Swaffham Bulbeck and Bottisham Lodes. Some of the options would involve lowering or "ditching"the Lodes, thus removing their banks and changing them into ordinary water courses. This would change forever the nature of the Lodes, which are an important historical feature, being of possible Roman origin. Their raised banks also offer walkers a unique opportunity to study wildlife and the surrounding countryside. A "Don't Ditch Our Lodes"campaign has been mounted and I have a supply of badges and car stickers with that logo: please contact me if you would like any.
The Swaffham Prior Youth Club has two age ranges. The Tuesday junior nights with an age range of up to 12 years olds, ands a Thursday senior night for 11 to 16 year olds. The senior night has been experiencing low attendance, which is disappointing as it offers a local and safe meeting place for the youth of our area. It boasts many activities including table tennis, pool table, video games, ball games, music and arts and crafts. It also has a tuck shop and will run trips if there is enough interest.
I would ask all parents in our area to consider asking their children if they would like to attend the youth club. It would be a great pity if we were to lose a valuable local asset through lack of support.
Alan Badcock and others deserve all our thanks for their sterling efforts in running the Youth Club.