Council finds out where £122,000 was spent on their Ely headquarters - and £20,000 to ‘re-configure’ Poets House parking

PUBLISHED: 16:55 15 March 2016 | UPDATED: 16:55 15 March 2016

The Grange, HQ of East Cambs District Council

The Grange, HQ of East Cambs District Council


More than £122,000 was earmarked in the current year’s accounts by East Cambs Council on improvements to their Ely headquarters, The Grange.

A council committee will hear next week that the programme of works included £73,758 on a replacement boiler and an estimated £2,000 for replacement of an automatic barrier.

Other expenditure on The Grange included:

•£2,050 for replacement of two velux windows

•£2,590 for replacement carpets

•£10,000 for replacement of six R22 gas air conditioning units

•£10,000 for replacement distribution boards

•£2,000 for a fire exit door for an interview room next to courtyard

•£6,875 for fire doors following a fire risk assessment

•£13,500 to change all lights to more “cost effective” LED lighting. The council says this is part of a ‘spend to save project’ with a potential cost saving of £48,000 over a 10 year period.

On public car parks the council will have spent more than £42,000 and this includes:

•£12,000 for re surfacing the Grange visitors’ car park and walkway areas

•£24,000 (estimate) for line marking in car parks

•£4,000 to repair St Mary’s car park wall.

There is also £20,000 allocated for “re-configuration” of Poets House parking in Barton Road.

The Goldsmith Court play area was allocated £4,000 for a replacement seesaw and £12,000 (estimated) for replacing fencing and doors at the Wentworth travellers’ site.

However the council has been spared the cost of maintaining street furniture “since this work is currently undertaken by the community pay back team at no cost for labour to the authority”.

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