The public hearing to determine whether Ely Common can be designated as a Town or Village Green in Ely will continue on Monday 8th and Tuesday 9th December. The Hearing will be at the Ely Sugar Beet Social Club, Lynn Rd, Ely at the following times: Monday 8th December 10 am to 3 pm; and Tuesday 9th December 10am to completion. If you can, do please come along and show your support for Ely Common.
Miss Lana Wood Q.C. will hold a public hearing to determine whether Ely Common can be designated as a Town or Village Green in Ely from 3rd to 5th December 2008. The Hearing will be at the Ely Sugar Beet Social Club, Lynn Rd, Ely at the following times: Wednesday 3rd December 10 am to 4 pm & 5pm -7pm; Thursday 4th December 10 am to 5 pm; Friday 5th December 10 am to 5 pm. If you can, do please come along and show your support for Ely Common.
LCPRE will hold the Ely Wildspace Auction which takes place at the Hayward Theatre, Kings School, Ely, starting at 7 pm on Saturday 22nd November. All the money raised will go towards legal expenses for representation at the Enforcement and Village Green hearings. For further details, please click here.
LCPRE and Natural England made a robust case in support of ECDC’s Enforcement Notice during a hearing which took place on Tuesday 28 October 2008. We were represented by our barrister Cain Ormondroyd. Six members of LCPRE spoke at the hearing and we were supported by about 20 members. The decision of the inspector will be made known within the next seven weeks.
The consultants charged with developing a plan for ECDC’s proposed Country Park are holding a public workshop to get feedback on their ideas, from 10-5 on Thursday 13 November, at Ely Library. There will be another public event in January, but this is really your chance to have a say at an early stage. The LCPRE view, developed from discussions about the Ely Wildspace at our March members’ meeting, is that a Country Park may be a good idea, but that compared with the ECDC’s early plans for the Park, ECDC should place more emphasis on wildlife conservation alongside informal recreation; that the Park must include Roswell, Ely Common, the river flood meadows, and Queen Adelaide Pits; and that through these changes, the Park could gain greater community support, potentially lowering long-term running costs. We don’t yet know how far these suggestions will be taken up in the consultants’ plan, so please go along, see for yourselves, and let the Council know what you think.
The formal hearing into ECDC’s Enforcement Notice against the owner of Roswell Pit and his appeal against the Notice will take place in ECDC Council Chambers, from 10am on Tuesday 28 October. LCPRE will make a presentation, but this is a public meeting, so do please come along in person to hear what is said. If you do plan to come, please notify Mrs J Human or Mrs Gawthrop at ECDC offices (01353 665555) at least two days beforehand, to ensure enough seating is available.
Many thanks indeed to everyone who braved the wet and windy weather to take part in the joint LCPRE/Wildlife Trust litter pick around the Ely Wildspace last Saturday. Altogether we collected more than 30 binliners of rubbish (not to mention discarded roadsigns, a tyre, and car battery) and raised well over £200 for LCPRE’s campaign to save Ely Common and for the Wildlife Trust’s appeal for buying Chettisham Meadow. Thanks to everyone who sponsored us.
03 October 2008 LCPRE has joined forces with the Wildlife Trust for another litterpick around Ely Wildspace, and this time it’s a sponsored event. The plan is to meet at 2pm at the top of Kiln Lane, then clean up along your chosen route, before a weigh-in and tea and cakes at the Sailing Club around 4pm. You can download a sponsorship form here, but do please come along even if you’re not being sponsored.
The Wildlife Trusts have been given an exciting opportunity to buy Chettisham Meadow, a Site of Special Scientific Interest. If you would like to learn more about how to get involved, there will be a meeting on the 15th September at 7pm in The Cathedral Centre, Palace Green, Ely.
For further information on Chettisham Meadow, see http://www.wildlifebcnp.org/reserves/reserve.php?reserveid=42
If you would like to let Natural England know how delighted we all are to have the new SSI in Ely, and the protection it affords wildlife, you can show your support by writing to Nigel Russell, Natural England, Eastbrook, Shaftesbury Road, Cambridge, CB2 8DR or by emailing email@example.com