Monthly Archive: March 2008

Report of the LCPRE members meeting, 10 March 2008

11 March 2008 LCPRE held a very successful members meeting at the Ely Community College on the 10th March. It was very well attended despite the atrocious weather. The meeting had a dual purpose of updating the membership on recent developments and to develop the Ely Wildspace vision.
Major news included the continuing destructive work undertaken by Mr Tyrrell on Roswell Pit without planning permission and our solicitors advice given to ECDC. The objections made by Cheffins (on behalf of Mr Tyrrell) and Thomas Parsons to LCPRE’s application to protect Ely Common as a Village Green, and the proposal to designate Roswell Pit and surrounding area as a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI).
The aim of the Ely Wildsapce is to protect the remaining habitat patches around the eastern edge of Ely from harmful development, preserving it for wildlife and the continued recreational use of Ely’s population. Through small working groups the membership gave valuable input to, and showed overwhelming support for the Ely Wildspace vision. The full meeting report is available here.

Opportunity to comment on ECDC Improvement Plan

11 March 2008 East Cambridgeshire District Council (ECDC) has initiated a consultation process on an ‘Improvement Plan’ which aims to provide improvements in a number of policies and services. This is an important opportunity to respond to the priorities outlined by the East Cambridgeshire District Council including issues relating to sustainable development and the environment in Ely. All responses must be received by 31st March 2008.
Comments can be emailed to or posted to Performance, ECDC, Babylon Bridge, Waterside, Ely, CB7 4AU. They can also be submitted online through
We have highlighted a few points that might be of use when considering your response. Please click here for further information.
ECDC’s Policy and Resources Committee will be held on Wed 23 April at 4.30 in the Council Chambers in the Grange. Further information about the Improvement Plan will be considered at this meeting

Members’ meeting

We’re holding a members’ meeting to report back on developments at Roswell and crucially to get LCPRE members’ views on the vision for Ely Wildspace, from 7.30-9.30pm on Mon 10 March, in Needhams Hall at the City of Ely Community College.The evening will include a short talk about the importance of wild spaces by Robert MacFarlane (author of The Wild Places, recently featured on BBC Radio 4), and an overview by Helen Smith (of the Little Ouse Headwaters Project) showing how one East Anglian community is already managing to conserve its wild areas. All members are very welcome – it’s vitally important that we hear your views.