The play area is now closed from 05 November for up to 2 weeks in order to carry out extensive repair work to the safety surfacing and replace the climbing net on the Multi-Play activity, which was vandalised earlier this year. We apologise for any inconvenience.
You will see elsewhere information on the Tesco Bags of Help & read about our initiatives to protect the wildlife on The Common but also aim to make it an open space which can be enjoyed more by all. Display boards are one part of our project but we also plan to install ‘framed entrances’. The new entrances will define the recently designated Local Nature Reserve and help manage access across the site which has increased with the completion of Mill Heath. The 10 entrances will be made up of post and rail fencing either side of a gap (a rustic version of the fencing sometimes seen at the entrance to villages) maintaining easy access for pedestrians, those with buggies etc. The project which includes signs for the site will be undertaken by the Greenways Project. We are very pleased to announce that County Councillor Patricia O’Brien is supporting this project with £1,200 of funding from her locality budget. We also have plans to improve the paths.
We are very pleased to welcome Michael Calver to our team of councillors, who has lived in the parish for over 20 years and is keen to represent the interests of parishioners. He was appointed by co-option at the full Council meeting on 03 October 2018.
Following the appointment of Michael Calver, we still have one casual vacancy for a councillor. Please join our Council to help us look after our land and assets, improve facilities, engage with other authorities on planning and highways matters and decide how the precept (parish council tax) will be spent. Training is available, costs covered by us, and our experienced councillors are also happy to mentor. Councillors cannot be paid and do not receive any allowances but they may claim reasonable expenses. Our website is a good place to find out what we do.
The term of office for current councillors ends next May 2019 when an election will take place on Thursday 02 May. Therefore it is likely that the last time that the Council will consider co-option before these elections is at the full Council meeting on Wednesday 07 November 2018 at 7.30pm, in the Parish Room, Felixstowe Road IP12 4PB. There is no full Council meeting in December.
Please contact the Parish Clerk for further information or an informal chat.
On 1st September 2018 the sun shone on the visitors to the Common. James Baker of the Greenways Countryside Project led 2 informative guided walks sharing his knowledgeable about heathlands and their management, pointing out flora and fauna of interest. The Greenways Project was at the heart of the day with a bug box building activity and live animals (hedgehog, slow worms and privet hawkmoth chrysalises). The Ipswich Wildlife Group, Suffolk Wildlife Trust, Martlesham in Bloom and the Martlesham Conservation Group also had interesting displays. There was an introduction to the ‘Friends of the Common’ group which we plan to build on later in the year. Refreshments were available in the Parish Room from our councillors and Deputy Clerk. We were also grateful for the help of 2 members of the Portal Woodlands Conservation Group.
As reported earlier in the year, a trim trail for Martlesham Heath and the Common/Mill Heath is being developed by our small working group. Locations for 8 exercise stations have been identified and landowners have now given permission. The route is likely to be just under 6km. The equipment is to be robust with no moving parts as the group is mindful of the potential for vandalism. Sites identified are: at the southern end of The Green; between Heathfield & The Oaks; next to the Centenary Playspace; in the Portal Woodlands; by the amenity path that runs from the Tesco underpass to Main Road; by the southern end of the footpath which runs through Mill Heath; by the path on the Common which skirts Tesco; and at the northern end of the North Green. We have met with suppliers and are now awaiting quotations.
You may have noticed work commencing to clear the land near the BT roundabout. This is preparation for the ALDI store which received planning permission earlier this year.
R G Carter is due to start building the approved Costa drive-thru, on land next to Wickes, on 22.10.18 with a view to handing over the site to Costa Coffee on 21.01.19. The Council has agreed to allow use of the Community Hall car park for the parking of approx. 6 vehicles, mainly work vans and a few cars, in order to keep the surrounding roads free of their vehicles. In return R G Carter will undertake a few small jobs for the benefit of the community which are still to be identified.
Mountain Warehouse will be occupying the former Topps Tiles unit.
Further plans have been posted on the Suffolk Coastal District Council (SCDC) website, www.eastsuffolk.gov.uk, including a new design for the entrance. SCDC is likely to consider these at its Planning Committee’s meeting on 18 October 2018. Work is now unlikely to start before early next year.
In August we had a very lively Development Plans Committee meeting regarding proposals to develop land between Anson Road and Felixstowe Road, with access off Hilton Road. As a statutory consultee but with no decision making powers, we were pleased to welcome and hear the views of some 70 or so residents from Falcon Residential Park and Hilton Road. We shared their concerns and have written a strong objection to Suffolk Coastal District Council (SCDC), the planning authority, highlighting road safety & access, parking, residential amenity, screening, retention of trees, impact on the Public Right of Way, light and noise pollution. The land is designated as a ‘General Employment Area’ but the proposals took little account of its location close to housing. We now wait to hear what approach SCDC will take. A record of our August Development Plans Committee Meeting is available in the Minutes under Documents from the Home Page.
The organisers delivered on the good weather for the day an those attending enjoyed themselves. A big THANK YOU to all those involved in making it a successful day on 14th July 2018. We are all very grateful for your efforts.
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