Welcome to Martlesham Parish Council
What have we been doing recently?
- Bracken spraying on the Common, under the supervision of the Greenways Project. The reduction in bracken and increase of heather in just a few years is very pleasing. This is part of our management plan for the Common.
- Ongoing management of the Recreation Ground – input received from a meeting of the Recreation Ground & Kronji’s Piece Working Group which is made up of councillors, users and stakeholders.
- Review of condition of benches & notice boards in the parish with a view to making improvements.
- Accounts for year ended 31 March 2015 approved by our external auditor, BDO, with no matters requiring attention.
Inspection of trees on Parish Council land carried out by our Tree Warden.
We welcome Sylvia Howard as the newest member of the Council; she has been co-opted to the Martlesham North ward where she also lives and works. This means we now have a ‘full house’ of 15 councillors.
Grants for 2016
The Parish Council will be considering all applications for grants from local organisations in the autumn. If your group wishes to apply for a grant, please contact the Clerk for an application form, to be completed and returned to the Parish Council by Monday 12 October 2015. These grants are awarded for the financial year 2016/17 and will be presented at the Annual Parish Meeting in April 2016. Any group with a project requiring Parish Council support/funding should also submit their project details and business plan by 12 October 2015 at the latest.
Please clear up after your dog
A reminder to clear up or face an £80 fine! Please look after our environment. Bagged dog waste may be put in any litter or dog bin, or taken home and put in your grey-lidded bin. Bagged dog waste must not be littered.
The Council owns 12 notice boards where details of our meetings and other events are posted. The boards are publicly available but we do ask that notices are restricted to non-commercial local organisations. If you are unsure whether your sign qualifies, please ask the Clerk for permission. Always remember to remove notices after the event and please do not use staples as these damage the boards!
Litter Pick 9th May
Many thanks to all those helping especiallly those who work at Tesco and gave up their time to contribute.
There is more information here.
Annual Parish Meeting
From left to right:
- Mike Irwin (Parish Council Chairman)
- Laurence Burrows (Martlesham in Bloom)
- Sarah Holmes (Homestart)
- George Gould (Martlesham Bowls Club)
- Diana Hunt (Suffolk Red Cross)
- Emma Ruddy (Kesgrave Library Community Group)
- Jenny Morcom (Disability Advice Centre)
- Louise Potter (Homestart)
- Phil Smith (Martlesham Conservation Group)
- “Greenways” which helps with the management of the common also received a grant
(Thanks to Sonya Burrows for the photograph)
Giving local children the best start in life, enhancing our surroundings and helping those in Martlesham less fortunate than ourselves were the key themes behind the grants awarded to local groups at the Annual Parish Meeting on 22nd April in the Parish Room
The meeting’s next business was hearing reports from the parish council, its committees and working groups about the activities and achievements of the 2014 – 15 year Beneficiaries of the Parish Council’s work throughout the year included users of the Recreation Ground, Portal Woodlands, the Green, the Common, the picnic area, play spaces, football and bowls clubs and the network of public footpaths.
The Parish Council also represented the interests of residents when commenting on planning applications, formulating the neighbourhood plan and responding to consultations on matters as varied as public transport, cables from off shore wind farms and proposed development of Sizewell
A full report on the activities of the Parish Council will be distributed when the audit process has been completed.
The next round of applications from local groups for grants will be open in September 2015