Environment Committee


To nurture pride in the City of Ely by facilitating a clean, healthy and attractive local environment in co-operation with the citizens of Ely, local businesses and other organisations.


The Committee has responsibility for: street furniture including dog waste bins, notice boards, benches, flower containers, signs, lamp posts and lights, and bus shelters; some trees and green area;  floral displays, through the Ely in Bloom working group; and the memorial bench scheme.


On behalf of the City of Ely Council, the Committee has powers that it exercises through considering and recommending ways to environmental improvements through co-operative working in the following areas:

  • Litter clearing; street cleaning; removal of graffiti; de-cluttering of streets; maintenance of signs and road markings; parking; provision of cycle ways; changes to street lighting; traffic calming measures; care of commons, footpaths, bridleways, ditches and ponds, public clocks, and war memorials.
  • Policing, crime reduction, and reduction in anti-social behaviour.

Structure of the Committee

The Environment Committee comprises five council members. The Committee’s members all sit on the Planning Committee.

The committee will discharge its responsibilities by:

  • Meeting six times a year and reporting to Full council.
  • Regularly inspecting, renovating and replacing existing street furniture where needed.
  • Undertaking a regular audit of street cleanliness, lighting and pavement obstructions.
  • Planning and budgeting for new street furniture on existing and planned housing and business developments where there are deficiencies.
  • Inspecting and maintaining trees and green areas on a regular basis.
  • Planning and budgeting for additions to the tree stock and green areas, and their maintenance, on existing and planned housing and business developments.
  • Maintaining the current level of floral displays within the City.
  • Planning and budgeting for future increases in floral displays, and possible participation in national or regional competitions.


It will use its powers in facilitating and championing environmental matters affecting the City of Ely by:

  • Regular consultation with the local community
  • Participation in Community Panels, the City Forum, and representation at other relevant meetings and groups
  • Regular liaison with East Cambridgeshire District Council (ECDC), Cambridgeshire County Council, the ECDC Access Group
  • Scrutiny and timely response to all relevant policy reviews and consultations
  • Participation on planning committees
  • Participating in the development of plans for infra-structure changes that will result from future housing and business development within Ely and that will be funded by the Parish share of the Community Infrastructure Levy

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