Former school governor Richard Morgan says it’s important to ensure that there are enough school places to cope with Ely’s rapid development.
One of four candidates standing for the City Council (North Ward), Richard says residents in the north of the city are not being “treated fairly” when it comes to expansion.
“800 homes are due to be built on Highflyer Farm on land owned by Church Commissioners; 1200 homes on 200 acres between Lynn Road and the A10 owned by Endurance Estates; plus a further 1000 homes at a later date.
“Only part of Kings Avenue (Cathedral View built by Barratt Homes) has been adopted by Cambridgeshire County Council due to technicalities with Church Commissioners and Anglian Water. If elected I will use my best efforts to remedy this as soon as possible. Residents trying to sell now are having a hard time of it and we don’t want these problems being revisited on the new homes.”
Other priorities including safeguarding the future of the Princess of Wales Hospital: “According to NHS England our hospital sees 40,000 patients a year! The closure of the hospital would be bad news for many local people and would mean even more traffic on the A10. I’m determined we should do all we can to keep these important services in Ely.”
He also says that Ely’s Market Square should not be allowed to be “over developed by greedy developers”.
The by-election for a new parish councillor will take place across three polling stations from 7am until 10pm on October 6.
Richard will be up against independent candidate Mark Cooney (Spotted in Ely), Edward Bengt Carlsson Browne (Labour Party) and John Yates (Independent).
Richard, who has lived in Ely for 37 years, says: “Our one-of-a-kind businesses are an integral part of the distinctive character of Ely. Our tourism businesses also benefit, when we go on holiday we generally seek out destinations that offer us the sense of being somewhere, not just anywhere.”
Calling himself “the progressive candidate in this election”, he adds: “I want our children to play in a safe environment and to have robust play equipment. I want our roads and pavements to be safe for drivers and pedestrians going to and from the town and the new leisure centre. Turning street lights off is not a solution!”
You can read Richard’s manifesto here: richard-morgan-manifesto
Postal votes for the by-election will be sent out on Thursday 22nd September to those who have registered.
Ely Community Centre (Larkfields), High Barns, Ely, CB7 4SB
Portacabin in Davison Road, Davison Road, Ely, CB7 4FF
St Michael & All Angels Church, The Hamlet Chettisham, Ely, CB6 1SB
More information can be found on the East Cambridgeshire District Council website: http://www.eastcambs.gov.uk/elections-voting/elections-voting.
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