Welcome to Martlesham Parish Council
2015 is the year in which you elect your Parish Council. If you would like to influence or change things affecting Martlesham you could stand as a candidate. There is more information available here.
Suffolk Coastal are consulting on the Neighbourhood Plan area for Martlesham. Information can be found at http://www.suffolkcoastal.gov.uk/yourdistrict/planning/review/community/consultation/#apps. Our Neighbourhood Plan Team have a website dealing with matters concerning the plan and that can be found at http://martleshamnp.onesuffolk.net/
Woodbrdge Town also have a plan area for consultation and their proposals include parts of Martlesham Parish. We are very interested in the views of Parishioners on this matter so that we can represent your wishes.
Did you know that the council has a Bike Trails site? Does your family use it? Do you want it to continue to be available? We need some help in keeping the site operating. Users are encouraged to help maintain the runs and jumps. As well as encouraging more users we need adults to help and assist with the general operation of the site. It would be a shame to see the site close because of lack of help or interest. In the past many young people have had tremendous fun here and it is a facility for young people which are so often lacking. If you can find time to help - young or older - a user, parent, grandparent, local resident or general good citizen willing to assist - please contact the Clerk for more information. We would be delighted to hear from you as we want to keep this site open for the benefit of our young people.
Tesco - 5th February 2015
At the next Council meeting (see "Events") during the adjournment there will be an open discussion with Peter Hope, General Manager of Martlesham Tesco. Subjects for discussion to include Tesco’s aspirations for the site, a holistic approach to the wider retail area with retailers coming together, and the re-establishment of liaison meetings between Tesco and the Council. This is a meeting which is open to the public.
There are problems with dog fouling at the Recreation Ground. The majority of dog walkers do act responsibly and it is unfortunate that their reputation is being harmed by a few who are inconsiderate. We are working with the District Council to address this and they will be patroling the area and offering advice. We would like to be able to identify and trace any offender(s) so that the matter can be taken up directly with them in an effort to try and eliminate the problem at its source. If you have any information that may enable any offender(s) to be tackled, please report them to the Clerk – the kind of information that is most helpful may include the following:
- Names and addresses of alleged offenders
- Descriptions of offenders and their dogs
- Time and date when offenders are seen to fail to clear up after their dogs
- Details (e.g. registration numbers) of any vehicle seen to be used to transport offenders’ dogs.
We are currently experiencing a number of acts of vandalism to play equipment. If you witness any acts of vandalism please notify the Police so that they can deal with the perpetrators appropriately. If you see any equipment which has been damaged please report it to the Clerk so that we can deal with it. We do inspect play areas regularly but are not able to do so every day so any help is most welcome.
What have we been doing recently?
- Budgeting for 2015/16 financial year
- Working with Martlesham Community Council to provide new fencing & a gate at the Recreation Ground
- Installing bunds to help prevent parking on the grassed areas at the Recreation Ground
- Working party to clear a path, which is part of the Martlesham circular walk, near the Community Hall
- Considering applications for a Tesco hand car wash and a TK Maxx & Home Sense Store on the Retail Park
- Lisising with our County Councillor over the bus shelter delays (see below)
Gloster Road bus shelter
We have unfortunately been waiting now for 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 – cold comfort! It seems that we cannot expect to get our shelter before the Spring. Please accept our apologies - we share your frustration at the delay.
Parish Councillor Needed
Essential requirement: an interest in looking after our parish for the benefit of the community. Training & support provided. Sorry, no pay but out of pocket expenses are reimbursed.
If you would like to know more, the best way is to come along to a full Council or committee meeting, as listed below. The Clerk is also happy to provide information or put you in touch with a councillor to get first-hand knowledge!
Your parish councillors represent many walks of life and their work experience and local knowledge is invaluable in advising others and ensuring that the interests of the Parish are taken into account. We need input from both young and old, irrespective of gender, employment status or race. The Council's current activities include:
• maintenance of footpaths and the Common
• provision and maintenance of bus shelters, litter and dog-dirt bins and seats
• maintaining four play areas and bike trails
• grass cutting and maintenance of the Green and Recreation Ground
• major challenges at this time include Neighbourhood Planning, the BT & Bloor Homes developments, proposals for housing development in the north of the parish.
On the 25th Ocotber we arranged a working day at the Recreation Ground and Kronji's Piece. There were a number of vounteers and significaant work was conducted to help improve the site