Welcome to Martlesham Parish Council
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?
- Reviewing and deciding on grants for 2015/16
- Budgeting for 2015/16 financial year
- Checking condition of street furniture, carrying out or scheduling repairs as needed
- Liaising with MHHL to improve the path to the Centenary Playspace
- Reviewing our Land Maintenance contract and appointing a contractor for 2015 - 2018
- All Martlesham footpaths walked by volunteer councillors; task list produced so work can be undertaken by volunteers or Suffolk County Council Rights of Way
- Keeping up to date with changes in government legislation for town & parish councils
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
A skip was used on site to dispose of the green waste collected. However, some people seemed to treat this as an opportunity to dump any of their old rubbish into the skip. Efforts were made to have the skip collected with minimal delay but nonethless dumping still occurred. There was the possibility of extra charges for disposing of the waste but suffolk coastal waived this charge in this case. Any extra charges would have been met by your Council Tax.
Thank you to everyone who contributed to the work and a special thanks to the Bowls Club who helped by providing refreshaments and toilet facilities on the day.
Further pictures of the working day are available here.
At the Council meeting in September the Council co-opted Mr H Woldsmith as a Parish Councillor. We still have one further vacancy so please contact the Clerk for more information.
More Housing Developments in Martlesham
Woodbridge Town FC - Seckford Heights
The site is currently being considered for housing development. 95 houses are being proposed. The Parish Council have had mixed views from local resident some supporting development and some strongly opposed. If you have a view, we want to hear it, so please let us know what you think. Further details can also be found at http://www.woodbridgeconsultation.co.uk/
Dukes Park to Top Street
This area is also being considered for development. This is for over 200 homes. Initial views are that this area is not suitable for development but nonetheless the matter is still under consideration. Again if you have a views we need to know them.
Please contact the Clerk with any views.
Annual Litter Pick
We had an excellent turn out on the 10th May despite the threatening weather. The rain largely held off and significant litter was collected from around Tesco's, the trading estate and across the common to Main Road. We were joined by representatives from Tesco including the store manager. They also donated refreshments. Our local PCSO from the Safer Neighbourhood Team attended together with police cadets. Thanks to Tesco and the SNT and to all who did attend to help keep the Parish tidy. There were 37 bags of litter collected, plus signs, a wheel (with tyre), strip light, fire extinguisher and cone. In all 36 people took part.
We should also acknowledge the significant extra work put in by our Clerk, Susan Robertson. This work was over and above her normal duties and she gave up her own time to help and assist despite a very busy week. She also had to be present very early on Monday morning to put the rubbish out for collection by Sufolk Coastal.
Annual Parish Meeting
What has Martlesham parish council been doing for you?
This question was answered at the Annual Parish Meeting on 30th April 2014. The parish room was full as the parish council reported back to Martlesham residents and guests on its activities. The proceedings began in a celebratory mood when presentations of grant cheques were made to those organisations which the parish council has been able to financially support this year, these were:
- Beacon Hill Primary School
- Martlesham Heath Baby and Toddler Group
- Martlesham Conservation Group
- Martlesham Historical Society
- Martlesham in Bloom
- Home Start
- Disability Advice Service
- Suffolk Accident Rescue Service
Each presentation was followed by a brief word about the work of the organisation.
The Council then reported on its activities which are principally carried out by Committees, made up of councillors, Working groups, made up of councillors and other volunteers and thirdly by councillors representing the interests of residents on other groups.
The principal achievements reported included
Users of the play equipment, recreation ground, football pitches, the common, the green, footpaths and open spaces all benefit from the land maintenance organised by, and inspections carried out, by the Recreation and Amenities committee
Portal Woodlands Conservation Group manages the work programmes and educational activities carried out to the benefit of all users of the area
Bike Trails Operations Management Team manages the Jubilee BMX bike trails. It is particularly pleasing to see the young users of this facility contributing to its upkeep and maintenance
Recreation Ground and Kronjie’s Piece Stakeholders Group is a newly founded group which has developed a management plan for its area, which will combine enhanced recreational facilities and use with a sensitive management of the natural environment
All residents benefit from the work of the Development Plans committee as it works towards ensuring developments are suitable and that the views of residents are taken account of in public consultations
Neighbourhood Plan Group has been consulting and working towards a Neighbourhood Plan to shape developments in the future, it and its sub groups have been some of the most active bodies in Martlesham this year
Finance and General Purposes committee ensures that the highest standards of financial management and governance are adhered to by the council, standards far in excess of statutory requirements
Other Martlesham organisations and the Police also took the opportunity to report on their activities. After an informative and interesting evening light refreshments were served.
There are photographs of the evening here.