Below are listed various Reports from the Parish Clerk.
Estates Committee Agenda
QUEEN’S 90th BIRTHDAY CELEBRATIONS TO BE HELD IN JUNE 2016
We hope the whole village will want to celebrate Her Majesty’s 90th birthday and are suggesting a picnic on the recreation ground in June.
To make an event like this enjoyable for all we need a committee of volunteers to make it work.
If this is of interest to you and you feel you could help please contact:
Clerk to the Parish Council
Serendipity, Coltsfoot Green, Wickhambrook, Newmarket, Suffolk CB8 8UW
Tel: 01440 821861
A huge thank you to everyone who attended the Parish Council litter pick on Sunday 20 March. An amazing amount of litter was collected by a super band of volunteers and we are sure you will notice a difference in the hedgerows and alongside the roads of the village. We can only arrange these litter picks with the help of the MSC committee and special thanks must go to Mrs Barbara Merritt for giving up her time to welcome everyone and to provide refreshments for all the litter pickers upon their return.
General news and latest information from Cllr Mary Evans on County Council affairs and general matters - take a look
All Parish Council meetings are held, once a month, on Thursdays at 7.30 pm in the MSC Pavilion (at the rear of the Main Hall). Any member of the public can attend any meeting.
Dates for 2016 are as follows:
Thursdays 21st January, 25th February, 31st March, 28th April, Annual Parish Meeting - 12th May, Annual Parish Council Meeting - May 26th, 30th June, 28th July, 25th August, 29th September, 27th October and 24th November.
Estates Committee meetings in 2016
All Estates Committee meetings are held on Thursdays of every second month in the MSC Pavilion. Any member of the public can attend.
Dates for 2016 are as follows:
Thursdays 11th February, 14th April, 16th June, 18th August, 13th October and Monday 5th December.
Keep up to date with Parish matters by reading the Parish Council notice boards at Thorns Corner and at Clopton Park, looking at Wickhambrook website, making use of the Wickhambrook page on Facebook or by reading the Parish Council notes in the 'Scene'. If you need any further information contact any councillor (details on neighbouring notice) or the Clerk on 01440 821861 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Valerie Orange, the recipient of the Alf Hicks Biscuit Barrel award 2016.
Valerie has been President of the WI and was a committee member for many years, she now handles WI press and publicity. She is caretaker at the URC and is also the village correspondent which means that anything in the newspapers is down to her. Valerie recently retired from being a Higher learning Teaching Assistant at Wickhambrook Primary School but is still very involved in village life. The presentation was made at the Annual Parish Meeting on 12 May 2016
The right for Parish Councils to sell electricity
Currently local authorities have the power to sell electricity from local power generation schemes but Parish and Town Councils do not. There is a proposal under the Sustainable Communities Act asking that the Government allows Parish and Town Councils the right to sell electricity they generate from local schemes. Wickhambrook Parish Council supports this proposal but before responding there has to be evidence of local consultation. If you have any comments please contact the Clerk, or leave a message on 01440 821861 or email@example.com.
During recent winters the help in spreading salt/grit and clearing snow and ice from pavements was greatly appreciated. We want to build on this support so we are prepared for the severe weather during the coming winter. We hope that those that have assisted in the past will continue to do so and that those who have not yet participated will consider their involvement this winter. In past winters the public were concerned that if they helped to clear snow they may have been liable for third party claims. Suffolk County Council can confirm that anyone who clears snow from outside their own or someone else's property would only be liable for an accident if their efforts actually made the pavement less safe than it was with the snow and ice undisturbed and as a result somebody is injured. Where Town and Parish Councils keep a list of the names of their volunteers then these people would then be covered under the terms of the County Council's insurances for public liabilities.
If you are able to volunteer please contact Clerk to the Parish Council, 01440 821861.
Thank you ‘Litter Pickers’
A huge thank you to everyone who attended the Parish Council litter pick on Sunday 20 March. An amazing amount of litter was collected by a superb band of volunteers and we are sure you will notice a difference in the hedgerows and alongside the roads of the village. We can only arrange these litter picks with the help of the MSC committee and special thanks must go to Mrs Barbara Merritt for giving up her time to welcome everyone and to provide refreshments for all the litter pickers upon their return. Just a note to anyone who has recently lost a decent brown leather wallet – this was found by a volunteer and has been handed in at Haverhill Police Station, if you think it may belong to you and wish to claim it please ring the police station on 01473 613500.
The good news and the bad news
Good news - the transfer of the Bury Road playground to Parish Council ownership is now complete. The Parish Council is delighted as this has secured the future of the play area for the children of the parish who live in that vicinity to enjoy and is very good news indeed.
The bad news is that due to the constant vandalism directed at the Parish Council noticeboard at the Bury Road site a decision has been made to have the noticeboard removed. It is very sad that the residents nearby, who do not necessarily have access to the internet, will now have to travel to the centre of the village to read parish news. Due to the cost of the repairs and dangerous condition the board has been left in on numerous occasions the Parish Council felt they had no choice but to order its removal.
The upkeep of the village greens is included in an annual contract currently held by a local contractor, with specific requests made for pruning and cutting in addition to this. You will have noticed when walking or driving round the Parish how pretty the greens are looking and what an excellent job is made of looking after them. Recently Attleton Green has been the recipient of special attention and local residents have offered to plant wild flower seeds which we are hoping to obtain through the ‘Grow Wild’ scheme sponsored by the National Lottery – watch this space for updates! Moor Green has also been attended to and again the residents have given up their time to help with this. Unfortunately during the re-surfacing work at Nunnery Green lorries have used the area to park which has damaged the turf but the Parish Council hope to ensure this is quickly re-instated. It is lovely that there is so much interest in the greens which are such a feature of Wickhambrook.
Her Majesty the Queen’s 90th Birthday Celebrations
Saturday 11 June 2016
As reported by Councillor Jane Midwood in the previous edition of The Scene a committee is organising a mass photo to celebrate this occasion. Flyers will soon be sent out to village households with a request to confirm attendance. More volunteers are needed to help on the day and please ring or email if you are willing to help:
firstname.lastname@example.org 01440 821861
Tackling the problem of dog fouling
This ongoing problem is high on the agenda at the Parish Council Estates committee meetings and Mark Christie from St Edmundsbury Borough Council is kindly attending the next meeting, on Thursday 14 April, to discuss the effectiveness of preventative measures already put in place. Although there has been a decrease in the number of offending dog owners noted, there is no reason for anyone not to be able to comply with the ‘bag it and bin it’ slogan as the bag dispensers near the MSC Hall are regularly re-filled. This is another initiative where the Parish Council are working closely with the MSC committee with good results. As always we must acknowledge that the majority of owners are responsible and clear up any dog fouling.
The condition of village roads
The Parish Council receives many communications from residents each year concerning different aspects of the roads in the village. Although it is good to be informed of these problems to keep the Councillors updated with views and complaints, and offer support when possible, there is also an excellent online reporting facility on the Suffolk County Council website under the Highways section.
It has a map facility which has information on sites already reported and the information you give goes directly to the department making for speedier action. Once again please continue to contact your Parish Council but if you have internet access and use the Highways reporting tool as well this is the best way forward.
Annual Parish Meeting
A special reminder that the Annual Parish Meeting is on Thursday 12 May 2016 at 7.30 p.m. in the pavilion adjoining the MSC Hall. Please put the date in your diary, we hope as many parishioners as possible will come along.
Parish Council meetings
The dates for the next two meetings on Thursdays are 26 May (Parish Council Annual Meeting) and 30 June. The next Estates committee meeting will be held on Thursday 16 June. All meetings begin at 7.30p.m.
Recent Planning Applications
Recent planning applications considered by the Parish Council over the last six weeks.
DC/0314/HH 3 The Duddery, Wickhambrook rear two store extension
Rear conservatory, dormer windows front elevation, front porch.
DC/15/0379/VAR Plot 5 Thorns Meadow, Wickhambrook integral garage
to be reception plus further parking.
Decisions made by St Edmundsbury Council over the last eight weeks.
DC/16/0080/HH 8 Giffords Lane, Wickhambrook single storey rear
extension, replacement front porch and windows. Approved.
DC/16/0037/HH 14 Bury Road, Wickhambrook front porch and
single storey rear extension. Approved.
DC/15/2526/LB Queens House, Ousden replacement windows and repairs
DC/15/2222/OUT Rowans, Nunnery Green, Wickhambrook amended plans
Detached dwelling with garage. Approved.
Correspondence for the Parish Council should be sent to
Suffolk. CB8 8UW.
(if you wish to correspond directly with one of the Parish Councillors, then please contact the Clerk for details).
POTHOLES - VERGES AND HEDGES
The Parish Council invite you to report problems such as potholes, verges and hedges.
- Annual Return for 2014/2015 financial year including Auditor comments
- Budget 2015-2016
- Complaints Procedure
- Financial Standing Orders
- Publication Scheme
- Standing Orders
- Suffolk Local Code of Conduct for Members
- Twelve Month action plan for Wickhambrook Parish Council