Two GP surgeries, an arts centre, a museum and a recreation ground have passed a critical stage in getting a share of £1.3m from East Cambridgeshire District Council.
Eleven years ago he stood with his wife and watched as an enforcement team burnt his home to the ground.
So successful has East Cambs District Council been with running its own trading arm that it is being forced to set up a second to comply with the law.
As we approach the Christmas season, Ely market is getting ready for the occasion with a series of late festive markets.
A cash boost of £400,000 from East Cambridgeshire District Council will be agreed next week to ensure an early start to extending the car park at Littleport station.
Mayor James Palmer has bagged himself his own parking space at his new HQ – inside East Cambs offices The Grange in Ely – but only two of his team will also be able to park there.