No political Skulduggery Involving Masterplan

PUBLISHED: 12:20 27 January 2009 | UPDATED: 10:43 04 May 2010

IN reply to Jackie Petts letter on the Masterplan (Ely Standard, January 22), the need for a systematic, long-term plan of action throughout the district is obvious. Jackie Petts decries negativity but consultation is the name of the game for the current

IN reply to Jackie Petts' letter on the Masterplan (Ely Standard, January 22), the need for a systematic, long-term plan of action throughout the district is obvious.

Jackie Petts decries negativity but consultation is the name of the game for the current stage in developing a Masterplan. There is much that would immediately receive widespread support, but nothing should be assumed without proper consultation, and that is where the original Masterplan was flawed.

Now, thanks to close Liberal Democrat scrutiny, a cross-party working party has been established, with the public fully involved. In no way could this be called political skulduggery.

We need to find out how much expansion our citizens will accept, and their priorities for infrastructure, before we proceed - the decisions taken will be irreversible. Having consulted, it is up to the council to listen, and not impose up to 5,000 new houses on an unwilling electorate. Meetings of the working party are advertised on the council website at www.eastcambs.gov.uk and all have been open to the public.

Establishing Jubilee Gardens was a milestone, a response to public demand, now providing easy access to the riverside and opportunities for a variety of leisure activities. Many lessons have been learned from the previous developments in Ely, in particular with regard to agreeing fully watertight conditions with developers, before they start.

JEREMY FRIEND-SMITH

District Councillor

Ely South

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