Highways England and Network Rail are among holding objections to East Cambridgeshire Council owned Palace Green Homes that wants to create a new garden village at Kennett with 500 homes, a care home for the elderly, a business park and shops.
Council leader Charles Roberts believes that the growing numbers unable to get on the property ladder is a ‘political crisis’ for the Conservative Party that could lead to less people turning out to vote for them.
It was the £500,000 investment that sparked a neighbouring MP’s fury but the result was an agric-tech innovation hub that is attracting massive interest – and has now hosted a visit by East Cambs councillor.
Unofficial public spending watchdog the TaxPayers’ Alliance (TPA) singled out East Cambridgeshire District Council for being among 173 local authorities that pay its employees 65p a mile for using their own car.
A lorry driver who smashed into Soham’s rare historic weighbridge when his sat nav took him down a narrow street had to be stopped from driving away by a pub customer who jumped in front of the large haulage truck.