We have openings for two parish councillors who can be co-opted until the next election in May 2019. This will give you an opportunity to experience what it is like to be a councillor before deciding whether to stand for election. We currently have no-one representing the areas around Mill Heath, the Falcon Residential Park, Black Tiles Lane, Viking Heights & Seckford Hall Road.
We need people with different backgrounds, skills and experience to represent the community and help improve the quality of life in the parish. You don’t need specific knowledge or expertise to be a councillor, just a desire to look after your community. Please look at our website to find out more about what we do. Training is provided. Councillors cannot be paid and do not receive any allowances but they may claim reasonable expenses.
Eligible candidates can be considered by the Council at its full Council meetings on the first Wednesday of each month at 7.30pm, in the Parish Room, Felixstowe Road IP12 4PB. The next opportunity is therefore on 05 September 2018.
Please contact the Parish Clerk for further information or an informal chat.
During the summer, due to the long spell of dry weather, we have experienced problems with the safety surfaces & edgings of the Kronji’s Piece and Harry Higgins Play Areas in particular. This meant that the Kronji’s Piece Play Area had to be closed for significant repair. We apologise for any inconvenience this has caused and regret it was not available for the school holidays.
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.
The council is seeking a Support Worker/Council Officer to join our busy and enthusiatic team. More information is provided on a separate page and you can go to it by clicking here.
Do make sure you submit you application for this post by 27th July and make contact with the Clerk if there is anything more you wish to know.
The Parish Council will be considering all applications for grants from local organisations in the autumn. If your group wishes to apply for a grant, please contact the Clerk for an application form, to be completed and returned to the Parish Council by Monday 08 October 2018. These grants are awarded for the financial year 2019/20 and will be presented at the Annual Parish Meeting in April 2019. Any group with a project requiring Parish Council support/funding should also submit their project details and business plan by 08 October 2018 at the latest.
Do you take children to the play areas in Martlesham? If so would you help us please. We conduct regular safety checks of all our play areas but one of our regular inspectors is unable to continue. In particular we need someone to help inspect the Centenary playspace so you could do it on the way to or from Gorseland School for example or any other time when you might pass the site. If you can help please contact the Celrk.
The referendum held on the 24th May 2018 has been counted and the vote for the plan was 1138 (93.4%.) Thank you to all those that voted and told us what you want. We have been advised that Suffolk Coastal District Council agreed to "Make" the plan at their meeting on 17th July 2018.
There is also information on the Martlesham Neighbourhood Plan website at http://martleshamnp.onesuffolk.net/
At the Annual Parish meeting a warm presentation was made to Clr Ian O'Brien Baker to recognise that he has served Martlesham Parish as a Councillor for 50 years. The Chairman expressed his thanks for the considerable contribution Ian has made to Martlesham over the years. More on the Annual Parish Meeting on news
We do have a Councillor vacancy currently - you do not have to sign up for 50 years but any contribution you could make to the work of the Council would help. Please contact the Clerk for more information.
We have now had all your views on sports facilities and thank you all for telling us what you want. We have been collating all the responses and analysing the results. The trim trail seemed to be the most popular so we are working on finalising the route and then we will be getting suppliers to quote for providing the required equipment for the exercise stations and signposting. Depending on cost we may then look at whether we can provide any of the other suggestions that were proposed. We will update you on progress on this site. If you would like to help us please contact the Clerk
Martlesham Common is the parish’s first Local Nature Reserve. The new designation recognises the importance of the habitats and species on this remaining pocket of heathland that the Parish Council in partnership with the Greenways Project has been managing for wildlife. The site is a mosaic of woodland, acid grassland and expanding areas of heather which is a marvellous place for people to get close to and enjoy nature on their doorstep.
Thanks go to Suffolk Coastal District Council’s legal department for transferring the legal power to the Parish Council enabling it to go ahead with the designation which was done in liaison with Natural England.
This new designation for the common will be celebrated later on this year at the site’s Open Day on Saturday 1st September. More in Events for the month of September.