PARISH COUNCIL NEWS
At our July Parish Council meeting, we thanked our outgoing Chairman, Mike Irwin, for his much valued contribution and hard work as Chairman of the Council for the past 7 years, and welcomed Mike Williamson as our new Chair. Mike Irwin will continue as a Councillor. We also welcomed David Boswell to the Council but we said goodbye to Sarah-Joy Maddeaux and thanked Sarah-Joy for her work.
As the new Chairman, Mike Williamson said: "I hope I can follow in the manner of my predecessor with continuing projects such as the rejuvenated Martlesham Fete, Trim Trail, Community Orchard etc. Whilst the last few months have been quite difficult for many of us, the lack of traffic during lockdown has meant much less pollution in our area. The subsequent boost to nature and wildlife has given everybody the incentive to drive our climate change ambitions forward. The Council has also formed a Covid 19 recovery group which will look at all aspects of re-opening community assets such as play spaces, the Trim Trail and community halls etc in line with government guidelines as we ease out of the lockdown situation."
If anyone would like to consider joining the Parish Council we currently have Councillor vacancies. For further information about becoming a Councillor, please contact us.
SIZEWELL C APPLICATION - EDF application update
The Planning Inspectorate has agreed to consider EDF Energy’s application for a new nuclear power station (Sizewell C). The Inspectorate is inviting the public and Councils to register as Interested Parties on their website. This stage is not a Consultation, just an opportunity to read the application and submit your views. We shall keep abreast of developments. The application is likely to take 18 months to complete its due process. This was our 2019 MPC Stage 3 Consultation Response. The application documents run to more than 60,000 pages. Planning Inspectorate documents. A Tour Bus is doing the rounds of the area. See our Whats New? item on this page for details.
SUFFOLK LOCAL PLAN - July Update
Consultation on the proposed Modifications to the East Suffolk Local Plan has closed, and the Modifications are with the Planning Inspector to conclude. We submitted representations at every stage challenging those parts of the Local Plan conflicting with our Neighbourhood Plan. We also attended the Examination Hearing in 2019 to represent the Parish. For our response and more detailed information, please go to Parish Council Comments on Local Plan
POLICE HEADQUARTERS SITE - Update on the Outline Application for 300 dwellings
The District Council requested further information and an Environmental Impact Assessment from the Applicant before making a decision. By way of response, the Applicant's agent escalated the matter to the Secretary of State. The District Council's decision on granting outline planning permission is, in effect, on hold pending the Secretary of State's direction. View our response to the Constabulary application: Parish Council Response. All the planning background is available through the East Suffolk Planning portal (DC/20/0902/OUT): View documents. For more information on how this fits with the East Suffolk Local Plan, please go to our commentary on the Local Plan.
McCARTHY AND STONE - Retirement Planning Application awaiting ESC decision
LATEST BUS SERVICE TIMETABLES AND BUS PASS USE
Concessionary bus pass terms have reverted to their pre Covid times. The latest bus service timetables are available to view: Bus timetable. First Bus Group Park and Ride services remain suspended and First Bus have advised they will publicise the services before they resume, however this is not expected before September at the earliest.
LIBRARIES have re-opened with a reduced service (see our What's New item for more details). The online library service continues to offer free online access to a range of magazines, books, films,newspapers and documentaries. View Online Library services
LEISURE CENTRE The East Suffolk Leisure Centres will re-open on 3rd August 2020. Details
RECYCLING CENTRES OPEN The Foxhall road site has reopened - Book a slot. Suffolk County Council are also offering a chance to review their plans to improve and expand the Foxhall Recycling Centre before they submit a planning application later this month. To submit comments or queries, please email them at firstname.lastname@example.org . For more information, please see Foxhall Consultation
OUTDOOR ACTIVITY For the latest advice on accessing Green Space, please click on Government Advice. We have opened our Jubilee bike trails and we shall re-open our play and outdoor trim trail facilities when all our safety measures are in place.
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