Council chairman Tony Cornell says he feels “lucky” to live in East Cambridgeshire.
Speaking in his New Year message, the Soham-based councillor, who is district council chairman, said: “The last twelve months have made me realise yet again just how lucky we are to live in East Cambridgeshire.
“For despite the financial pressures which we face we all continue to strive to achieve the very best we can.
“The council has worked very hard to improve the lives of our residents. We have had the successful roll out of the new wheeled bin recycling service which we believe will greatly improve the amount we recycle.
“We have also dramatically reduced the number of people who were classed as homeless.
“This has helped not just reduce the amount of money the council spends on temporary accommodation but ensured people have a roof over their head.
“These are just two examples of the wide variety of work which the officers do to make the district a better place for residents, visitors and businesses.
“As we stand prepared for 2014 and look forward to all the things we have planned, may I wish you all a Happy New Year.”