Welcome to Martlesham Parish Council
Diamond Jubilee Bike Trails
These dirt jumps are accessed off a track from Main Road, near Laburnum Gardens, on foot or by bike. There is no access for motorised vehicles. We are pleased that since their construction in 2012 they have been well used and on the whole looked after responsibly by young people. Local volunteers inspect them weekly.
The dirt jumps had to be restored on 6th April 2016 after some of the jumps were damaged, a large pit excavated and fencing taken down. Fires were also made and scraps of metal etc. brought on to the site. Making the site safe and useable again was undertaken at a large cost to the Council.
A message to all bike trail users:
• Please refrain from altering the jumps and respect the rights of others to enjoy them.
• Please help to keep the bike trails in good condition and litter free.
If you have any comments on the management of the bike trails or want to be involved in looking after them, please contact the Clerk.
What have we been doing recently?
- ‘Bird mouth’ fencing installed around the edge of the Community Hall car park to prevent the grass verges being damaged through anti-social behaviour, funded by Cllr O’Brien so many thanks to her.
- Presenting grants at the Annual Parish Meeting on 20th April. Full report in June.
- End of year accounts. Although this may seem a bureaucratic exercise the proper preparation of accounts, tax, pension returns and asset registers as well as reviewing the financial risks facing the council ensure that residents and government appointed auditors can have confidence that the council is correctly managing and safeguarding our community assets.
- As well as routine responses to minor planning applications the increase in interest by developers in Martlesham has precipitated extra research and preparation so comprehensive responses can be formulated when major schemes are proposed
- We must also not underestimate the routine work which goes into the management of the Recreation Ground, Kronjie’s piece, the common and the play areas, all of which are maintained as assets to be enjoyed by residents
Reminder re Planning Permissions for Martlesham Heath
Properties on Martlesham Heath are covered by a covenant which means that any proposed alterations, even small extensions, need not only planning permission from the planning authority, Suffolk Coastal District Council (SCDC), but also from Grainger plc who enforce the covenant. If you are unsure it is wise to check with SCDC on 01394 444403 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org, or Brett Girling of Grainger plc on 020 7940 9547 or e-mail email@example.com
In-memoriam and sponsored public seats
Martlesham Parish Council has identified 3 public seats within the Parish that need replacing. We are happy for any of these seats to be replaced by an “in-memoriam” seat or by a “sponsored seat” so would like to hear from anyone interested in funding a seat. More information is available here.
Managing the Common
As part of the management plan for The Common work is proceeding on hedging and tree management as shown in these photos