|Apologies to Councillor Sheila Friend-Smith, Chairman of East Cambridgeshire District Council, for our mistaken claim last issue that she was Mayor of Ely|
We were delighted to hear recently that East Cambridgeshire District Council has, since the May 1999 election, increased its annual cycle budget from £3,000 to £100,000. This will be used to develop a network of routes over an extended programme and will draw in pound for pound matching funding from the County Council. We are told that new secure cycle parking will also appear, and developers will be required to include quality cycling provision in planning applications.
The Council has also created a new post, ‘Transport Development Officer’, held by Chris Beer, who will be responsible for cycling and public transport aspirations throughout East Cambridgeshire. We understand that Mr Beer would be pleased to hear from people in the Ely area with transport-related suggestions and questions.
Chris Beer (01353) 665555 firstname.lastname@example.org