Welcome to Martlesham Parish Council
On 20th May 2015 the Council co-opted Mr Edward Thompson onto the Council to represent Martlesham Ward. We look forward to working with Mr Thompson to conduct the work of the council for the benefit of the Parishioners. We still have two vacancies and if you feel that you would be able to make a contribution or feel strongly about local issues then why not put your name forward to the Clerk? The Council are able to co-opt any volunteers provided they meet the basic criteria. Get in touch for more information.
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
Neighbourhood Plan Area
Suffolk Coastal have made a decision about the area to be covered by our neighbourhood plan. Full details are avaiable here. Please note that part of Martlesham North ward has been included in the Woodbridge Neighbourhood Plan and not Martlesham's. Also the area proposed for development in the Local Plan proposals are also excluded from our Neighbourhood Plan.
Although the elections of the Parish Councillors have been completed for 2015 (see here) we still have two vacancies. If you wrere tempted to stand as a Parish Councillor but were put off by the process, you could still be co-opted to the Council. Contact the Clerk for more details.
What have we been doing recently?
Have you seen the results of the refurbishment of the Harry Higgins Play equipment. That's the one by the Pavillion. If not then here are some photos.
Additional activities have been:
- Arranging the Annual Parish Meeting on 22 April where we presented grants to local organisations and report on our activities during 2014/15;
- Finalising the end of financial year to 31 March 2015 accounts, details will be published shortly;
- New path to the Centenary Playspace installed, funded by Suffolk Coastal District Council’s Community Enabling Budget, MHHL & us;
- Checking our trees after the high winds.
Gloster Road bus shelter
We have unfortunately been waiting now for well over a year for Suffolk County Council (SCC) to install this new bus shelter, despite having all the funding available and us making repeated requests. We understand that we are not alone in this and SCC has a lot of outstanding work regarding bus stops & shelters in the region.