Welcome to Martlesham Parish Council
Become a Councillor
We are still seeking one more councillor and expect to be in a position to co-opt a new councillor at our next meeting on Wednesday 02 September 2015.
This is your opportunity to help improve your community and lend your voice and life experiences to help protect your community in these challenging times. No matter what your background or employment status everyone has valuable views that count and would add to the community’s voice.
How much work will it be?
The more time and energy you put in the greater the rewards but it is up to you how active you are. Every council is unique. We look after open spaces, footpaths, play areas, bus shelters, litter and dog dirt bins; organise practical working parties; respond to planning applications and consultations; liaise with the principal authorities and local organisations. We face major challenges regarding development in our parish and neighbourhood planning. Please look at our website to find out more.
Will I be paid?
Councillors cannot be paid and do not receive any allowances but they may claim reasonable expenses.
What do I do next?
Please contact the Clerk for more information and also to check whether you are eligible to become a councillor. Please come along to a meeting and find out what we’re like!
What have we been doing recently
- Meeting with representatives from BT to establish a working relationship with regard to our Neighbourhood Plan and input into their proposed housing development. BT does not envisage consultation on revised plans for 2,000 houses south of Adastral Park to take place before next autumn.
- Bracken pulling on the Common by the Greenways Project as part of the Common management plan.
- Working group established to progress the integration of the Bloor Homes development with the Common.
- Reviewing management of the bike trails.
- Working group established to consider adult sports provision within the parish.
- Ongoing management of the Recreation Ground with regard to dogs & parking issues.
- Support for maintenance of parish football pitches.
On 3rd June the Council co-opted Miss Jess French to the Council to represent Martlesham West Ward and on 20th May 2015 the Council co-opted Mr Edward Thompson to the Council to represent Martlesham Ward. We look forward to working with Miss French and Mr Thompson to conduct the work of the council for the benefit of the Parishioners.
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.