The Group was formed to take advantage of the cost savings and efficiency improvements that could be made through sharing staff, labour and plant.
Each Board remains its own legal entity making their own policy, taking their own decisions and dealing with their own issues, but because many of the issues and works required are common to all, it is possible to have broadly similar policies so that each District is managed in a similar way.
The Ely Group was formed in 2002 and now consists of the following Boards:-
Burnt Fen IDB
Cawdle Fen IDB
Littleport & Downham IDB
Middle Fen & Mere IDB
Old West IDB
Padnal & Waterden IDB
Waterbeach Level IDB
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The Boards have shared offices at Prickwillow which are owned by Middle Fen and Mere I.D.B. but the running costs and staff costs are shared on a percentage basis throughout the Group. Plant and labour owned/employed by some of the larger Boards, undertake work in other Districts on a contractor basis as well as in their own District. This labour force is supplemented by outside contractors to ensure that the Group’s overheads are kept to a minimum and our own plant and labour force is fully employed.