Ely street could be named after former Ely police chief

Alan Savill

Alan Savill - Credit: Archant

THE City of Ely Council is considering naming a street after former Ely police inspector Alan Savill, who died in July.

Ch Insp Savill, latterly of Mepal, retired in 2011 after serving for 30 years with Cambridgeshire Constabulary, including more than four years as sergeant and then inspector at Ely’s police station.

He began his career in 1981 as a dog handler and went on to become a trainer himself before, in 2005, he moved into neighbourhood policing.

While in East Cambridgeshire, he introduced community panel meetings and Speedwatch to the district before, in 2009, he was promoted to chief inspector and took charge of policing in Cambridge.

Ch Insp Savill died following a battle with leukaemia. His funeral, attended by hundreds of friends and colleagues, was held at St Mary’s Church, Ely, in July.

This week, the city council opened discussions to name a street after Ch Insp Savill. A small development off 19 homes Lynn Road, Ely, is currently under construction and councillors discussed possible names for the road.

A report read: “Members, although they did not object to the suggestion of Sheriff Gardens or Close, felt that not many people would know the connection with Alan Savill and him being known as the Sheriff of Ely.

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“They felt it would be much better to actually name it after him, so suggested Savill Gardens or Close. If the area was appropriate, even Savill Court.”