Talk on the street

MORE jobs and increased development are the immediate priorities of the Conservative Party, who recently gained overall control of East Cambridgeshire District Council for the first time. But reporter ADAM LAZZARI decided to find out what people in Ely wo

MORE jobs and increased development are the immediate priorities of the Conservative Party, who recently gained overall control of East Cambridgeshire District Council for the first time.

But reporter ADAM LAZZARI decided to find out what people in Ely would put at the top of their political agenda.

Elizabeth Morton, from Ely.

"I'd like to see more restaurants to attract people to the area. There should also be more things for young people, like youth clubs.


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"I have an 18-year-old and a 15-year-old. The older one drives, but there is nothing around for the 15-year-old to do."

Jodie McPherson, 17, from Sutton.

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"We need a decent swimming pool and generally there is not that much in the way of leisure facilities around.

"I just think that Cambridge has a lot more to offer for young people in all respects."

Becca Robinson, 17, from Sutton.

"We could do with having more decent places to eat and less take-aways, as there's far too many of them around. The city needs more shops, and there are no club-type bars for younger people to go to, so there's quite a lot that needs to be done to make the area more modern. But it's not too bad a place to live and I can't complain too much."

Polly Ward, 29, from Worthing.

"From an outsider's perspective I would like to see more facilities for tourists such as hotels and restaurants. This area has a lot to offer to attract tourists and I can see why so many people come to visit here, but it just seems that there are not enough facilities in place to support them."

Paul MacDonald, 31, from

Newmarket.

"There needs to be a lot more things for the kids to do to keep them off the streets. I'd like to see more things like youth clubs, skate parks and a proper cinema.

"I regularly work in Ely and people are always telling me that there is not enough for the kids to do around here.

"I'd personally like to see more venues for live music as well."

Catherine Hart, 37, from Soham.

"We definitely need more clothes shops, for both children and adults. I've got children and it can be really hard to find some decent clothes for them. We have Newmarket nearby but that's really not that good for clothes either.

"It would be nice to have something like a Marks and Spencer and I'd like to see some small independent shops in the area as well.

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