Below are listed various Reports from the Parish Clerk.
Estates Committee Agenda
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Parish Council meetings in 2015 / 2016
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 2015 are as follows:
January 22nd, February 26th, March 26th, April 23rd, Annual - May 21st, June 25th, July 30th, August 27th, September 24th, October. 29th, and November 26th. No December meeting.
Dates for 2016 are as follows:
Thursdays 21st January, 25th February, 31st March, 28th April, Annual - 12th May, 26th May, 30th June, 28th July, 25th August, 29th September, 27th October and 24th November.
Estates Committee meetings in 2015
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 2015 are as follows:
February 12th, April 9th, June 11th, August 13th, October 15th and December 7th (Monday)
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 email@example.com.
Bury Road playground
The small playground on Bury Road in the Clopton area has been the responsibility of Havebury Housing. Havebury does not have the expertise within the organisation to check and maintain the play equipment on a regular basis and have suggested that the small fenced area be gifted to the Parish Council.
New equipment, swings, a rocker cum see saw and safety tiling, has been installed and a RoSPA certificate has been issued. The handover will take place in the near future.
We need someone who lives locally to inspect the area on a regular basis, say once a week, and note if there is anything of concern. If that person is willing to give a verbal report at the Estates Meeting, held on a Tuesday every second month, so much the better. The next meetings are on 10th April and 12th June. Monthly playground inspections will be carried out by Borough staff and an annual visit will be made by an independent professional. Any volunteers? Please contact the Parish Clerk on 01440 821861 if you are willing to give it a try.
Change of Parish Clerk
Five people have applied for the position of Parish Clerk. Interviews will be carried out around 20th October and it is hoped that an appointment will be made before the end of the month. There will be a gradual handover period up to Christmas. Details of the new Clerk will be published in the next edition of the Scene and the ‘What’s On’.
Big push on dog muck
Wickhambrook has been chosen as one of the villages to try a new approach to stamp out (rather than in) dog muck. Further details can be found elsewhere in the magazine but the initiative will include the placing of one or more dispensers of pick up bags in the car park area to complement the bins already in place and the easy reporting of anyone refusing to co-operate. But, as with most ideas, success depends on the help of the public.
Proposed Housing Development off Cemetery Road
Many thanks to all those who attended the consultation on 3rd September. We are assured that all comments have been recorded and will be taken into consideration.
One of the requirements of the planning process is that an archaeological evaluation be carried out. This will take place on Monday 9th November and will continue for two or three days. If anything of interest is found then further work will take place. PLEASE NOTE that there is no public access to the meadows and this applies particularly during the excavation work.
Coming soon to a site near you.
The Parish Council is now the proud possessor of one Vehicle Activated Sign and several supporting brackets. We have no new posts yet but they have been ordered and could appear at any time. The sites are as originally planned – one either side on the approach to the School, one in either direction on the Ashfield Green straight and one on B1063 as you enter the village from Lidgate. The machine saves all data and operates over the whole 24 hours. Any regular speeding can be identified and followed up. Suffolk County Council has recently purchased a small vehicle capable of hosting a speed camera which will sit comfortably in country lanes.
A small team of volunteers is likely to run some trials using the machine on existing poles in the near future. If you wish to join and help with the transfer of the VAS from one site to another, and probably one village to another, please contact the Clerk on 01440 821861 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Skate park developments
At recent meeting of the Estates Committee there have been discussions about improvements to the skate park. Several quotes have been obtained and sources of funding explored BUT there is an undercurrent of feeling among some councillors that there is little point in spending more public money when there is ample evidence of the existing site not being cared for. Litter is a constant problem. Bins are there and they are rarely full yet there are wrappers, plastic bottles, and the occasional glass bottle regularly dumped on the riding surface.
A better attempt at tidying could help convince those councillors to be more supportive.
The transfer of Bury Road playground to Parish Council ownership.
Progress is very slow. The fence that runs around the perimeter of the existing playground needs to be set back slightly in two places because i) BT has an underground duct which runs under land currently within the enclosure, and ii) there is a street light column within the fenced area. Hopefully both changes can be made at the same time. Once the dimensions are known a new plan can be drawn up and we can continue with the transfer.
Vandalism of Parish Council notice board Bury Road
Just prior to 20th September the strengthened glass of the notice board at Clopton Park was smashed with sufficient force to damage the wooden surround. A heavy concrete block lay nearby. The matter was reported to the Police. This is the third time in three years and there seems little point in replacing the glass for it to be smashed again. If anyone has any suggestions as to who the culprit is the Police would like to know. The Clerk is happy to pass any information on.
It is that time of year again. The grit heaps should be topped up in the next month. If any are missed please contact the Clerk. There is a short list of volunteers willing to spread the grit if the roads become icy. Anyone who has offered in previous years will still be on the list; anyone new who wishes to offer please let the Clerk know. The volunteer list is all important because if your name is included then you are covered by County Council insurance. This is just in case someone suggests that your good work has made the situation worse. Any queries contact 01440 821861 or email@example.com.
Recent Planning Applications
Applications considered by the Parish Council over the last 8 weeks.
DC/15/1441/HH. 3, Clopton Park. Side and rear extensions and garage conversion.
DC/15/1616/HH. Fieldfare, Malting End. Two bay cart lodge.
DC/15/1837/HH. Briarcroft, Attleton Green. Replacement garage.
Decisions made by St Edmundsbury Council over the last 8 weeks.
DC/15/0740/FUL. The Old School House, Giffords Lane. Conversion to holiday let. Approved
DC/15/0829/FUL. Land adjacent to Ashlea, Ashfield Green. Newbuild 1½ storey dwelling. Approved
If you need more information about any individual application visit the St Edmundsbury planning website, go to ‘View or comment on planning’, then to ‘West Suffolk planning applications’. Enter the planning application number in ‘Enter a keyword, reference number, postcode or single line of address’ box and click ‘Search’. All the current information should then appear.
Correspondence for the Parish Council should be sent to
The Parish Council Clerk
6 Coltsfoot Close
Suffolk. CB8 8UP.
(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.
- 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