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Norwich and Ely Cathedrals among those to receive major cash injection

Norwich Cathedral will get £491,000. Credit: PA

Cathedrals from across the East are to get a slice of £8million in funding to pay for urgent repairs.

Norwich Cathedral is set to get the largest amount at just under £500,000 for works to the north clerestory and presbytery, while Ely will receive close to £400,000 for repairs to the south transept.

Culture Secretary Sajid Javid MP announced the news today. Credit: PA

Culture Secretary Sajid Javid MP announced the news today, with the money coming from the First World War Centenary Cathedral Repair Fund.

"Our heritage in this country is precious and unique. We need to do all we can to protect it for future generations. This second round of grants will ensure that even more of our magnificent and awe-inspiring cathedrals can complete urgent and much needed repairs, so they can continue to play a huge role in the communities they serve.

Our places of worship are also playing a huge part in all our plans to commemorate the centenary of the First World War, and this Fund is helping to ensure they can fulfil this role to remember those who gave so much for us so many years ago."

– Sajid Javid MP

Which Cathedrals will benefit?

  • Norwich - £491,000
  • Ely - £392,060
  • Chelmsford - £268,622
  • Peterborough - £88,433

MP calls for answers after body left by bins

A Cambridgeshire MP is calling for answers after a dead body was apparently left next to rubbish bins at an ambulance station in Ely.

The East of England Ambulance Trust has launched an inquiry into the claims. The MP for North East Cambridgeshire, Stephen Barclay, says he has been in touch with senior management about what he calls the disturbing revelation. He says it's important to discover whether this was an isolated case and adds that the insider who passed on the information should be protected.


Anger over body left on ambulance station floor

There's anger over claims that a young man's body was left unattended on the floor of an ambulance station in Cambridgeshire.

A whistleblower claims it happened as paramedics neared the end of a shift in Ely. They opted to leave the body there rather than drive to Addenbrooke's Hospital 20 miles away which would have taken their working hours into overtime.

Now the local MP is calling for an investigation while the East of England Ambulance Service says it's trying to find out what happened.

Click below to watch a report by ITV News Anglia's Matthew Hudson

Ambulance boss apologises for 'body left on floor'

It's claimed a man's body was left on the floor of Ely ambulance station after a crew finished a night shift. Credit: ITV News Anglia

The Chief Executive of the East of England Ambulance Service has apologised after reports that a body was left on the floor of an ambulance station in Ely after a crew shift ended.

Chief Executive Anthony Marsh said: “We are very sorry for what happened."

"“We have launched a thorough investigation. This involves working with the family and everyone who responded to the patient.”

– Anthony Marsh, Chief Executive, East of England Ambulance Service

It's claimed a man's body was left on the floor of Ely ambulance station after a crew finished a night shift.

The Conservative MP for North East Cambridgeshire Stephen Barclay said he was concerned about the incident: "This is quite outrageous to treat a body which such a lack of dignity. We do need a full investigation to find out why the staff were told what they appear to have been told."

Investigation after body left in ambulance station

An inquiry has been launched after a body was left at Ely ambulance station for an hour. Credit: ITV News Anglia

An investigation has been launched after it was revealed a man's body was left in an ambulance station in Ely, Cambridgeshire for more than an hour.

A whistleblower told local newspapers that crews were authorised to leave the body of the 32-year old on the floor next to rubbish bins rather than drive to a mortuary in Cambridge at the end of their shifts.

"An incident last month involving the transportation of a deceased patient is under investigation, and as such we cannot comment any further.”

– East of England Ambulance Service


English Heritage "disappointed" by bypass decision

A mocked-up image of the proposed bypass

English Heritage says it is "very disappointed" by the Government's decision not to launch a public inquiry into the proposed Ely bypass.

The £30 million road will now go ahead with the backing of Cambridgeshire County Council.

English Heritage argues that road will spoil the views of the city's historic Cathedral. It says it will work with the council to try and ensure that sufficient steps are taken to minimise the visual impact.

MP welcomes Ely bypass go-ahead

Sir James Paice Credit: Sir James Paice

“This is fantastic news. I have campaigned for the bypass for many years and I know that the vast majority of local people want this important project to go ahead. We need spades in the ground in 2015 to ensure the bypass is completed as soon as possible. Ely cannot afford any more delays’.

– Sir James Paice

Ely bypass to go ahead

Picture of proposed Ely bypass Credit: ITV Anglia

The controversial southern bypass for Ely is to go ahead after the Government decided not to call in the plan.

Proposals for the road were backed unanimously by Cambridgeshire County Council’s Planning Committee this month.

But permission could not be granted for the road, linking Angel Drove to Stuntney Causeway, until the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, Eric Pickles MP, decided whether he wanted to determine the plans himself.

The County Council says it's now received a letter on his behalf saying that the decision should be made locally.

The bypass aims to reduce journey times between A10 and Stuntney Causeway by 56 per cent and reduce delays for motorists leaving the station by 50 per cent at peak times. Closing the level crossing will also mean more freight can travel by rail.

English Heritage has led opposition to the bypass, claiming that it would spoil the views and historic setting of Ely Cathedral.

Work will now start on a detailed design ready to appoint a contractor to build the scheme.

“This is good news for localism and even better news for Ely which has for years had to put up with this congested and accident blighted crossing. The new bypass will help boost the local economy and mean that this important station gateway to the City can be improved. I would like to thank the Secretary of State for listening to local arguments about the importance of this bypass and the need for it to be determined locally. We will now get on and build this vital road as soon as possible.”

– Councillor Ian Bates, Chairman of the Economy and Environment Committee

Man fighting for his life in hospital after gas explosion in Chittering

Map showing where the gas explosion happened.

A man has been seriously injured following a gas explosion at a premises in Ely Road in Chittering.

Cambridgeshire Police were called at 8.55 this morning.

"Police were called to reports of a man suffering serious injuries following a gas explosion at a premises in Ely Road, Chittering, at 8.55am today.

"Air ambulance were called to the scene and the man was taken to Addenbrooke's Hospital.

"At present we are unable to advise further on the man’s condition."

– Spokesperson, Cambridgeshire Police
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