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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

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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

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.

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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

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.

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