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Wickhambrook Parish Clerk Reports

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Adobe pdf document Parish Council Agenda

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Adobe pdf documentVehicle Activated Signs (VAS) Report

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Wickhambrook Parish Council
Sunday 12 Nov 2017 at 10.00 a.m. meet at the MSC car park to collect your kit.

Grab a bag and fill it with trash
Bring it back – we won't give you cash
A cup of tea and a biscuit or two
Is our way of saying a big 'thank you'!

The Farmers Market will also be on Sunday 12 Nov so plenty of time to visit the stalls following the pick. 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 2017

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 2017 are as follows:
Thursday 19 Jan, 23 Feb, 30 March, 27 April, 25 May (Annual Parish Council), 29 June, 27 July, 31 Aug, 28 Sept, 26 Oct and 30 November. Annual Parish meeting Thursday 18 May 2017

Estates Committee meetings in 2017

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 9 Feb, 13 April, 8 June, 10 Aug, 12 Oct and Monday 4 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

Public Transport

Connecting Communities is a new service – bringing the traditional community transport services such as Dial a Ride, Suffolk Links and Community Car service under one new single identity.
Our service enable passengers to travel locally, for example to visit friends and relatives, attend medical appointments or take a trip to the shops. Access Education and workplaces, linking with other scheduled services.

Read more including contact numbers here

Winner of Biscuit Barrel Award

Winner of 2017 Alf Hicks Biscuit Barrel Award

Maggie Elers, the recipient of the Alf Hicks Biscuit Barrel award 2017
Maggie has given many years of time and effort to worthwhile causes and events in the village. To name but a few she has helped run a playgroup, was a member of the Community Association helping to run village events such as the firework display and helped organise dances raising money for the village hall. Maggie has made costumes for the Wickhambrook Players pantomime and carol concerts and most recently is a stalwart member of the Carnival Committee, reviving this annual event which has proved to be an ongoing success every summer. Maggie was the unanimous choice by the Parish Council for the award this year and the photograph shows Chairman Paul Couzens with Maggie who will hold the Biscuit Barrel for twelve months and have her name added to the list of previous worthy holders of the award.  The presentation was made at the Annual Parish Meeting on 18 May 2017.

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 parishclerk@wickhambrook.org.

Grit Heaps
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.

Save money and be more green - without any costs or hassle
As well as being available to businesses, the rent a roof scheme is also available to village halls, community centres and other organisations - read more information here

Wickhambrook on Twitter

Wickhambrook Main Facilities

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Current Report - November/December 2017

Litter Pick – Sunday 12 November at 10 a.m. – Meet at the MSC Hall Car Park
LIT PIC RAP (or a poem if like me you are of a certain generation!)

Grab a bag and fill it with trash
Bring it back – we won’t give you cash
A cup of tea and a biscuit or two
Is our way of saying a big ‘thank you’!

If you would like to come up with a second verse please send it to me at parishclerk@wickhambrook.org

The one judged to be the best will then be included in the next Clerk’s report!

Public Access Defibrillators
With the demise of the Community First Responder Group the local co-ordinator approached the Parish Council about the possible alternatives of the defibrillator machines being accessed in a different way.  Discussions took place over many months to find the best solution to allow the community funded kit to be available to the village at all times.  It has now been arranged that two new machines will replace the original kits with the defibrillators being placed in cabinets at two different sites in the Parish, these will be accessible by the public if emergency use is required.  Discussions are ongoing as to the exact locations but they will be well spaced to allow speedy access to as many residents as possible.  A supply of electricity is required together with weekly equipment checks.  The Parish Council has agreed to support the financial upkeep and management of the inspections of the machines in the hope that this will be of real help to anyone near enough to benefit from the use of a defibrillator in a heart-related medical emergency. 

Telephone Kiosk
The more observant amongst you will have noticed that the telephone has been removed from the kiosk outside the village shop.  This is part of a nationwide scheme to remove equipment that is no longer used.  The Parish Council has taken the decision to purchase the kiosk, offered for a nominal sum, as it is thought it enhances the village atmosphere and can be put to use for another purpose, yet to be decided.

VAS machine project success
‘The faster you go the quicker you will be caught’ should be the motto for the Vehicle Activated Speeding signs project operated by Cllr Barton.  The data is downloaded from the machines and sent to the Police in a designated format. Cllr Barton has worked extremely closely with the Police to ensure Wickhambrook sends in data that can be clearly understood.  This approach has resulted in many visits by the Police camera van to different locations in the village and this has already meant that 22 speeding drivers have been prosecuted.  The Parish Council is committed to reducing speeding in the village in an effort to ensure the safety of all residents and visitors, and strongly believes fines and endorsements on driving licences are the only way of sending the message that Wickhambrook does not welcome speeding drivers.

Cllr Barton has submitted a more detailed update as follows:

VAS Update October 2017
Description: C:\Users\John\Desktop\VAS.jpgThe new VAS Unit with the ‘SLOW DOWN’ function is now up and running, The picture included in this report was taken moments after siting the unit near to the school and although the majority of vehicles approaching the sign were in the high 30s, they at least slowed down to 29 as they passed it. Only time will tell if this additional display will have the desired effect on moderating speeds through the village.

The decision has been made to utilise this unit on the B1063 at 3 locations

1. Bunters Road
2. Near to the School, Stradishall bound
3. Approach to the school, Lidgate bound

The unit we share with Lidgate will be used on the C659 at 2 locations in Ashfield Green or at sites yet to be approved in Nunnery Green and Cemetery Road. Please bear in mind that speed camera activity is now a regular feature on both the B1063 and the C659.

At the last Parish Council Meeting on 28th September, County Cllr Mary Evans reported that recent speed camera operations within the Parish had resulted in 22 convictions for exceeding the limit. 8 of these were on Bunters Road, 6 in Ashfield Green and 8 on the A143.

Zip Wire
Wickhambrook Parish Council has planned the addition of a new piece of equipment for enjoyment and exercise in the form of a zip wire to be installed on the Six Acres recreational field.  Several local villages already have this equipment and members of the Estates Committee have visited different sites speaking to the youngsters using the zip wire to gauge the popularity of such an installation.  After long investigations led by Lay member Roger Merry the Parish Council has ordered a wooden framed zip wire which it is hoped will offer years of fun.  It is planned that this will be installed by the end of the year depending on ground conditions.

Following the plea in the previous edition of ‘The Scene’ for owners of gardens or land that border public footpaths to trim overhanging hedges, the Footpaths Officer, Roger Medley, has reported an excellent response.  Thank you to all who have taken heed and cleared the paths for walkers to enjoy.

Recent planning applications considered by the Parish Council over the last six weeks.

DC/17/1628/OUT Land Adjacent to Aldersfield Place, Ashfield Green
Dwelling and detached garage. No objection

DC/17/1708/FUL Sunset Bungalow, Meeting Green 1 Dwelling.  Objection

DC/17/1721/FUL Land West of Cemetery Road. 23 Dwellings with means of access.  Objection

DC/17/1185/OUT Aldersfield Place Farm, Ashfield Green
Outline planning 2 semi-detached dwellings following demolition of existing semi-detached.
No objection

Decisions made by St Edmundsbury Council over the last eight weeks.

DC17/0827/FUL Easterwood Bungalow, Baxters Green
Stables, manege, front wall, driveway, gates.  Approve

DC/17/1234/HH 6 Wickham House Bungalows, Giffords Lane
Detached double cartlodge.  Refuse

DC/17/1239/HH Glebe House, Church Road
New garage.  Approve

DC/17/1297/FUL The Hedges, Ashfield Green
1 dwelling plus detached garage following demolition of dwelling and garage.  Access   alteration. Approve

DC/17/1243/HH Bramble Cottage, Wash Lane.  First floor rear extension and single storey side extension.  Approve

DC/17/1130/HH.  Giffords Hall, Giffords Lane
Summer house to replace DC/17/0215/HH pavilion. Approve

DC/17/1549/HH Il Tretone, Cemetery Road
Single storey side extension. Approve      
Dates of next meetings
The date for the next meeting is Thursday 30 November.  The next Estates committee meeting will be held on Monday 4 December.  All meetings begin at 7.30 p.m.

As this edition of ‘The Scene’ covers the festive season a photo of the Chapel having had recent exterior restoration seems an appropriate addition to the Parish Council’s Christmas and New Year message to all who live in the Parish.

“At this time of year when many of us reflect on the months that have passed since the previous festive season please take a moment to visit the cemetery and view the memorial garden that is in the early stages of evolving into a place of rest and contemplation.  Wishing you a ‘Happy Christmas and Peaceful New Year’ with very best wishes from Wickhambrook Parish Council.”

Sonya Thorburn 
Wickhambrook 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
- Rural News
- Economic Development Services
- ARC Park and Ride Leaflet
- Boundary Committee News

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