Plans must respect site

WHILE we must await sight of the planning application for the development of the large lake at Roswell Pits before making specific comments, the interview with the new owner reported in the Ely Standard contained some clues about his future intentions. W

WHILE we must await sight of the planning application for the development of the large lake at Roswell Pits before making specific comments, the interview with the new owner reported in the Ely Standard contained some clues about his future intentions.

We might conclude from his remarks that Mr Tyrrell has in mind developing some form of marina focused on narrowboats and widebeam craft with shore-based supporting services, including heavy lift-out facilities.

This implies substantial gantries or craneage.

Roswell Pits is a unique wildlife and scenic environment which is probably the most beautiful natural feature in the Ely area, contrasting with the flat surrounding fenland.

It is very important for our city that the wild ambience of this area is not lost and it is to be hoped that Mr Tyrrell's plans will fully respect the beauty of the site.

Industrial style structures are unlikely to be welcomed.

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It is good to read that Mr Tyrrell is consulting the council in developing his plans and it is to be hoped that he will also talk to other organisations in the city that are concerned with our environment.

In the meantime, residents should continue to voice their concerns about the future of this magnificent place.

DAPHNE MORTIMER

(Chairman of The Ely Society)

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