Eco News

Climate Change SPD Consultation – Have Your Say

East Cambridgeshire District Council’s Climate Change Supplementary Planning Document (SPD) is now open for comments from its residents, businesses and organisations within in the district. It follows a unanimous vote by members at the Finance and Assets Committee, who voted in favour of the Climate Change SPD going to public consultation for six weeks. The …

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Council Focuses Energy On Going Green

East Cambridgeshire District Council is making its next steps towards net zero carbon emissions by making two big green energy switches for its buildings and carparks. Since 1st October, the Council’s head office, the Grange and its commercial buildings based in Ely and Littleport have switched to a 100 percent renewable energy green tariff electricity …

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Council forges ahead with climate change commitments following progress on Supplementary Planning Documents

East Cambridgeshire District Council is forging ahead with its commitments to the environment by taking the next steps in progressing its climate change and natural environment supplementary planning documents (SPDs). At last night’s Finance and Assets Committee, all members voted in favour to adopt the council’s new Natural Environment SPD and also approved the Climate …

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East Cambs Landmark Joins London Eye and Blackpool Tower and Goes Green For Recycle Week

A prominent building and tourist attraction in East Cambridgeshire will shine green in a joint effort of support for the nation’s Recycle Week.  For the first time, East Cambs Street Scene (ECSS), the trading company owned by the district council and responsible for providing recycling and waste services across the district, and Ely Cathedral have …

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Council’s Climate Change Plan already showing green shoots.

Work towards East Cambridgeshire District Council’s vision of its operations reaching net zero carbon emissions by 2050 or earlier is already providing green shoots. Following the welcome approval of the Environment and Climate Change Strategy and Action Plan in June, the Council’s Operational Services committee were presented with an update on the progress so far …

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Ban on the Release of Sky Lanterns and Helium Balloons

Following a motion passed at a Full Council meeting on 16th July, East Cambridgeshire District Council has banned the release of helium filled balloons and sky lanterns from Council-owned land. The motion, which was passed unanimously, aims to protect the environment and wildlife from litter and other potential problems caused by helium balloons and sky lanterns. …

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Funding for Environment and Climate Change Strategy Approved

The Finance and Assets Committee has last night unanimously approved an annual budget of £100,000 to deliver the 20 commitments set out in the councils’ Environment and Climate Change Strategy. Following the declaration of a climate emergency in October 2019, the Council adopted its first Environment and Climate Change Strategy Action Plan as part of …

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Ely Cathedral Wins National Eco Church Award

Ely Cathedral has been awarded an Eco Church Silver Award, in recognition of the steps the Cathedral is taking in implementing a more environmentally friendly approach in its day to day operations and ministry. The Silver award is part of the Eco Church scheme created by A Rocha UK, a charity committed to mobilising Christians to care for nature. The award, …

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Babylon Gallery has been Submerged!

On Saturday 1st February, Babylon Gallery opened their new environmental exhibition, ‘Submerged’ and invited visitors to create their own creatures to add to the underwater scene. The gallery had over 130 visitors in the first weekend and, with submissions from local schools, including the art club at Ely St. Mary’s Junior School, the shoal of …

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Submerged – An Environmental Exhibition

We’re imagining that the river levels have risen and that the Babylon Gallery has become submerged, in this new exhibition developed by Babylon ARTS. There is growing awareness of the water management systems and structures that are in place to drain the Fens and manage the waterways. This exhibition is a creative exploration of what …

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King’s Ely Sixth Formers get their hands dirty in support of local primary school

Community-spirited King’s Ely Sixth Form students used some of their spare time to help with the creation of a new eco-garden at Isle of Ely Primary School. Thirteen Sixth Formers were part of a green-fingered team from King’s Ely who removed a huge area of weeds and prepared the soil ready for Isle of Ely …

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