Monthly Archive: January 2009

Ely Country Park Public Participation Events

If you care about the future of the Roswell area it’s extremely important you make your views known by going along to one of the Ely Country Park Public Participation events:

+ Thursday 15 Jan, 10-4, Babylon Gallery, Riverside
+ Saturday 17 Jan, 10-4, Ely Library

or by commenting between Jan 12th and 30th on the council’s website at www.eastcambs.gov.uk

LCPRE is broadly supportive of the Country Park but has some specific concerns:
• the Country Park must have a light touch, putting the needs of wildlife first, and offering long-term protection for Ely’s remaining green spaces
• it must have low long-term running costs – so there should be no expensive buildings or walkways
• in line with the new SSSI designation, the Country Park must conserve sensitive habitats – ruling out motorboats, moorings and intrusive boardwalks at Roswell
• there should be clear zoning, with formal play and visitor facilities close to the city – away from key wildlife areas and the dangerous railway line
• the Country Park must keep Ely Common free from development.

But what do you think? If you can, please take this opportunity to have your say on how the area should be used and managed

Chettisham Meadow

Thanks to the support of local people, the Wildlife Trust for Cambridgeshire has been able to purchase Chettisham Meadow. The Wildlife Trust’s website: www.wildlifebcnp.org will tell you more about Chettisham Meadow, and how you could still help including the fundraising effort to raise an additional £2,000 to establish a water supply and make the meadow safe with fencing so that controlled grazing may take place in the future.