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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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Bikers take Wreath of Respect on seven day tour

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Motorcyclists from the Royal British Legion have been at Ely in Cambridgeshire today as part of a seven day journey taking a Wreath of Respect around the country. The wreath is a mark of respect for all those who have fought and suffered in wars. The city's cathedral was the first stop on its tour after leaving the national Aboretum in Staffordshire. Around 25 bikes were left parked outside while their owners took part in a special service inside the cathedral. From Ely it will be taken by a new group of bikers to York Minister and then on to other cathedrals around the country.

Here is Tim Jones from the Royal British Legion bikers:

MP backs plans for Ely bypass

An artist's impression of the proposed new bypass

Steve Barclay, the Conservative MP for North East Cambridgeshire, says it's vital that plans for an Ely southern bypass get the go-ahead.

He hopes that if Cambridgeshire County Council approves the plans they could qualify for European Union funding.

Supporters of the plans say the bypass would reduce congestion and delays in the area.

English Heritage has objected to the scheme as it is worried that the new road would have a negative impact on views of Ely’s historic cathedral.

Pictures: Torrential rain floods Ely train station

Torrential downpours over the weekend brought flash flooding to many parts of the Anglia region.

This is how it looked at Ely train station yesterday. Amanda Fay sent in these two pictures to our Facebook page.

Ely train station flooded. Credit: Amanda Fay
Parts of Ely train station closed off due to flooding. Credit: Amanda Fay

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Driver fined £630 for parking offence

The driver of the Mercedes originally refused to pay the fine Credit: Cambridgeshire Police

A driver has been fined a total of £630 after he parked his car illegally in Ely.

The light blue Mercedes was ticketed on Fore Hill along with another vehicle, but the owner refused to pay the fine and opted to go to court to contest the Fixed Penalty Notice.

When he failed to turn up at Cambridge Magistrates' Court he was found guilty in his absence. and was ordered to pay fines and court costs totalling £630.

MP: Ely bypass needed to ease congestion

Area where the Ely bypass would be built Credit: ITV News Anglia

Cambridgeshire MP Sir Jim Paice has told English Heritage that he "strongly disagrees" with their objection to the planned Ely bypass.

The MP met with the organisation's chief executive over concerns the bypass could threaten views of Ely Cathedral. He says the bypass is needed to ease congestion.

Move to secure improvements on Welney Wash Road

People living in a West Norfolk village are edging closer to having year round access to a road that is often shut due to flooding.

Every year the A1101 Wash Road in the east of Welney is left to flood so that local homes can be protected. However it means the village is effectively split in two with residents facing a 28-mile detour.

The County Council is now looking for more than a million pounds to change all that by raising the height of the road.

Click below to watch a report by ITV News Anglia's Jim Rice

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