Welcome to Martlesham Parish Council
What Have We Been Doing Recently
- Responding to a new Gladman planning application for 140 homes on land “to the east of Bridge Farm, Top Street”. Their application for 215 homes on the same site has not been withdrawn; it has gone to appeal and will be heard next March 2017. Thank you to all the residents who sent us copies of their objections.
- Recreation Ground working party on 22 Octobe. Many thanks to those volunteers who attended.
- Our Onesuffolk website has been moved to Community Action Suffolk because Suffolk County Council will no longer fund the onesuffolk host. Hopefully there will be no noticeable change for users.
- Considering grant applications for 2017/18.
Woodbridge Neighbourhood Plan (incorporating Martlesham North)
On 14th September Woodbridge Town Council (WTC) emailed the Parish Council to say that on 13th September they had voted to stop work on their neighbourhood plan and would be handing everything over to Suffolk Coastal District Council (SCDC). We had no warning of this. We have asked what implications for the residents in Martlesham North were considered at the full council meeting and when Woodbridge TC will communicate its decision to the residents.
We have heard from SCDC that they are working with WTC to understand and deal with the implications of this decision and that they will write to affected residents when they have something firm to report.
The Martlesham Neighbourhood Plan cannot at this late stage be amended to include those parts of Martlesham North which were to be included in Woodbridge’s Neighbourhood Plan area, but be assured that the parish council will continue to do all it can to represent the interests of all of the residents of Martlesham.
We were pleased to fill our vacancy quickly and welcome Andrew Gartan as the newest member of the Council; he has been co-opted to the Martlesham West ward.
We are experiencing problems with some dog owners, particularly on the Recreation Ground, The Street, who allow their dogs to roam free without restriction, frightening children in the play area and intimidating other users of the area who do not own dogs. Dog fouling is also causing problems for footballers and other users of the ground and our land maintenance contractor. We appreciate the conduct of responsible dog owners who assist by keeping dogs under control and clearing up after them and hope that all dog owners will follow their example in the future.
Martlesham Common Nature Reserve Open Day
We held an open day on the Common Nature Reserve on 21st August with the help of the Greenways Group. Further information and pictures are here.
Grants to Local Organisations for 2017
The parish Council will be considering all applications for grants from local organisations in the autumn. Contact the Clerk for an application form which must be completed and returned by Monday 10th October 2016. Grants are awarded for the financial year 2017/2018 and will be presented at the Annual Parish Meeting in April 2017. Any group with a project requiring Parish Council support/funding should submit their project details and business plan by 10th October 2016 at the latest.
Completion of Audit
Documents relating to our completion of audit can be found on our "Documents" page. However as a short cut, the completion of audit notice can be found here and the annual return document can be found here. These relate to the financial year 2015/16.