Spotted in Ely's Mark Cooney to stand in Ely North Ward by-election

Spotted in Ely editor and creator Mark Cooney has thrown his hat into the ring, announcing that he will stand for the Parish of Ely’s North Ward By-Election, and promising more transparency from local politicians if elected.
The by-election for a new parish councillor will take place across three polling stations from 7am until 10pm on October 6.
Mark’s priorities include campaigning to save Ely’s Minor Injuries Unit, a cause that Spotted in Ely has been championing and leading on since news first broke of its planned closure.
He also pledges to improve the city’s infrastructure and roads, increase affordable housing, expand free wifi to support local businesses and enhance youth facilities. Over the past three months he has been battling to reopen Ely’s American park and his persistence has paid off, with Lakenheath’s media officer announcing that the popular adventure park will be up and running again soon.
In Mark’s manifesto, he asks: “Do you know what happens behind closed doors at your local council? This is why many councils are seen in a bad light and more often than not people say that politicians are out of touch and ignore their voters.
“I would look to keep a public journal (obviously keeping discretion when needed) so that you can see on a daily/weekly basis what councillors do and how decisions are made. Councillors represent you – and should be as accountable and transparent as possible.”
Mark, who is standing as an independent, will be up against Edward Bengt Carlsson Browne (Labour Party), Richard Gareth Llewelyn Morgan (no description given at time of standing) and John Yates (Independent).
Spotted in Ely invites other candidates to share their manifestos with us too, so that we can publish them.
Postal votes for the election will be sent out on Thursday 22nd September to those who have registered.
Polling stations:
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:
For enquiries, please contact 01353 665555 or email

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