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Wickhambrook Parish Council
GET FITTER PICK LITTER – or here we go again!

It is the first of three litter picks held in Wickhambrook each year organised by Wickhambrook Parish Council and the date is Sunday 4 March 2018 at 10.30 a.m. - meet in the pavilion attached to the MSC Hall
This litter pick is part of………..
The Great British Spring Clean: Join thousands of others taking part on the weekend of 2-4 March and help clean up our country.’
Hope to see you on Sunday 4 March at 10.30 a.m.!
The usual refreshments will be available afterwards for those deserving participants!

For further information please contact the Clerk on 01440 821861 or email parishclerk@wickhambrook.org

Facebook - for more news and information, please visit our Parish Council Facebook page

Mary Evans

Cllr Mary Evans
News and Information

General news and latest information from Cllr Mary Evans on County Council affairs and general matters - take a look

Parish Council meetings in 2018

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 2018 are as follows:
Thursday Thursday 18 Jan, 22 Feb, 29 March, 26 April, 31 May (Annual Parish Council), 28 June, 26 July, 30 Aug, 27 Sept, 25 Oct and 29 November. Annual Parish meeting Thursday 10 May 2018

Estates Committee meetings in 2018

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 2017 are as follows:
Thursday 8 Feb, 12 April, 14 June, 9 Aug, 11 Oct and Monday 3 December

Keep up to date with Parish matters by reading the Parish Council notice board at Thorns Corner, 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 parishclerk@wickhambrook.org.

Village Notices

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.

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March/April 2016

Goodbye – Hello
As announced in the Jan/Feb edition the handover of the parish clerk duties has now been completed and after over ten years in the post Roger Medley has retired.  At the meeting on 21 January the Parish Council expressed their thanks to Roger for all his work including that ‘over and above the duties of the role’ and added good wishes for his retirement.  Happily during the course of the meeting Roger was appointed as the Footpaths Officer – a new role at which, for those of you who have read Roger’s country walk articles know, he will excel.

The Chairman of the Parish Council, Kerry Merritt, has stepped down from this position but luckily is to continue as a Parish Councillor. Councillor Paul Couzens (previously Vice Chairman) is now Chairman, supported by Councillor Kate Sammons as Vice Chairman.  With the appointment of the new Clerk we are looking forward to working together with the whole Parish Council and Estates Committee. 

Clean for the Queen

‘Clean for the Queen’
As part of the celebrations for Her Majesty’s 90th Birthday there is a nationwide litter pick campaign in March.  Here in Wickhambrook the date set is Sunday 20 March - anyone who wishes to take part please meet at the MSC car park at 11 a.m.  The aim is to clean the nation in readiness for the celebrations in June and we are really hoping that everyone will want to support this event.  Litter picking is a very rewarding activity and we would love everyone to attend and help make the village ‘Clean for the Queen’!

Dog Bag DispensersTackling the problem of dog fouling
As previously reported, over the last few months residents may havenoticed a few additions being placed in and around the playing field as the Parish Council in conjunction with St Edmundsbury Borough Council have been trialling some new methods to tackle dog fouling issues.  Dog bag dispensers have been installed on the fence near the play area entrance and near the track on the side of the memorial hall, new permanent and temporary signage has also been placed around the field and a decline in the amount of dog fouling incidents on the field has been noticed.

Thank you to those responsible dog owners who continue to ‘bag it and bin it’ and those of you making use of the bag dispensers when you realise that you have no bags when you need them!  If you or anyone else have any comments or feedback to make regarding these new measures or any other suggestions regarding dog fouling please send them to: andrew.harvey@westsuffolk.gov.uk who is very keen to hear your views.

Councillor participation
A thank you to Councillor John Barton O.B.E. for his excellent article on the Vehicle Activated Signs in the previous edition of the Wickhambrook Scene.  The sign is currently in the Bunters Road location but you may have noticed it on one of the other four locations at intervals.  This publication we have an article from Councillor Jane Midwood, below, on something we can all look forward to participating in!

Her Majesty the Queen’s 90th Birthday Celebrations - June 11th 2016
We are planning to celebrate Her Majesty’s Official Birthday with a whole village get together on the Recreation Ground.

We will be organizing a mass photo, taken from a drone, of everyone spelling out the words “Happy 90th Birthday from Wickhambrook”.  The photo will be sent to Her Majesty as a mark of respect and good wishes from our village for her remarkable life as our monarch.  Copies will be available for the village History Society, Wickhambrook School and other organisations and anyone who would like a memento of a memorable occasion.

The plan is to have a “bring your own” picnic and the WI have kindly offered to provide refreshments.

Anyone who would like to help – either on the day, or as part of the small committee being set up to organize the event, please contact as soon as possible either, Parish Clerk Sonya Thorburn or Parish Councillor Jane Midwood - thank you.
jane.midwood@me.com     01440 820360

The transfer of Bury Road playground to Parish Council ownership.
The next step is to follow the legal process for the ‘stopping up’ of the old highway and the court hearing for this has been confirmed as 25 February 2016.  The Parish Council Noticeboard in this vicinity was the subject of vandalism some months ago making it unusable. In mid-January this was repaired but since then it has been vandalised again.  If you have seen anything or are able to give more specific information about the time the incident may have happened please let the Parish Council know.

We very much hope to see you at the 2016 Parish Council meetings
Dates for the next two meetings on Thursdays are 31 March and 28 April. The next Estates Committee meeting will be held on Thursday 14 April and the Annual Parish meeting on Thursday 12 May 2016. All meetings begin at 7.30 p.m.

Recent Planning Applications considered by the Parish Council over the last 6 weeks
DC/15/2526/LB Queens House, Barbers Lane. Replacement windows.
DC/16/0037/HH 14 Bury Road. Porch and rear extension.
DC/16/0080/HH 8 Giffords Lane. Rear extension and replacement windows.

Decisions made by St Edmundsbury Council over the last 8 weeks
DC/15/2415/FUL Poplar Hall, Genesis Green. Demolition and proposed new dwelling and garage. Approved.

Sonya Thorburn 
Parish Clerk

Previous Reports

General Information

Correspondence for the Parish Council should be sent to
Coltsfoot Green
Suffolk. CB8 8UW.
(if you wish to correspond directly with one of the Parish Councillors, then please contact the Clerk for details).

The Parish Council invite you to report problems such as potholes, verges and hedges.

- Annual Return for 2016/2017
- Asset Register 2016-17
- Audit Conclusion Notice 2015/2016
- Budget 2017-2018 plus 2016-2017 actuals
- Complaints Procedure
- Financial Regulations
- Financial Risk Assessment
- Financial Standing Orders
- Financial Statement with comparisons 2016-2017
- Freedom of Information Scheme
- Policy for dealing with press and other media
- Policy for Training New Staff and Councillors
- Publication Scheme
- Standing Orders
- Standing Orders - Estates Committee
- Suffolk Local Code of Conduct for Members
- Twelve Month action plan for Wickhambrook Parish Council

Information to read from St Edmundsbury Borough Council
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- Boundary Committee News

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