Monthly Archive: August 2019

Iconic Ely view at risk

Many of you will have seen that two pieces of the Wildspace currently owned by the Environment Agency have come up for sale: the pit in the picture above, and Cuckoo Bridge reedbed. As we set out in a recent letter to East Cambridgeshire District Council  we are very keen to take this opportunity to work with them, our partners in the Wildlife Trust and Natural England to safeguard these core parts of Ely Country Park and the SSSI. However, the current asking price is far in excess of what we or others can raise from public grants. Unless the price is reduced, there is a real risk that, as with the sale of the largest of Roswell Pits and Ely Common 13 years ago, the lots are bought by an ill-advised developer with plans that would damage the area’s value for wildlife and local people alike. Back then – after years of legal battles – the purchaser ended-up with a property which they are still unable to develop. This time around we hope that the Environment Agency lowers their asking price so that the areas can be protected for the benefit of us all.