NEXT PARISH COUNCIL MEETING
1st June 2022 in the Parish Rooms
On the 8th June we also have our Development, Environment and Transport Committee meeting in the Parish Rooms. Members of the public are invited to attend these meetings which start at 7.30pm. All other meetings this month are working group meetings. If you would like to get involved, please do contact us for more information on the many projects we have underway in the Parish.
FESTIVAL OF SUFFOLK
To herald the start of The Festival and the celebrations to mark HM the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee, a symbolic torch is travelling through 250 towns and villages in Suffolk, carried by local heroes in a special Suffolk rickshaw, finishing at the Suffolk Show on Wednesday 1st June. The torch passes through Martlesham on the 1st June, carried by local hero, Thomas O’Brien.
There is a live GPS tracker of the route and route card to follow the torch on its journey
Youth Voice is East Suffolk Council's way of hearing the views of young people and responding accordingly. They share the feedback with interested parties and use it to raise questions with relevant organisations if necessary. Download the Spring Term Report for our Community Partnership area.
OUR JUBILEE PLAY SPACE IMPROVEMENTS ARE COMING!
Our Diamond Jubilee bike trails and Jubilee playspace are now closed to allow the improvements to be carried out at the Jubilee play space. Subject to good weather, the improvements are scheduled for completion at the end of May, just in time for the Queen's Platinum Jubilee celebrations. Two Parish wide ‘Money To Play With’ consultations in February 2016 and February 2018, and the April 2021 Jubilee Playspace consultation, informed the selection of new equipment and the new surface. Watch this space for progress reports!
SUFFOLK WALKING FESTIVAL 14th – 29th May 2022
The festival takes place every May and celebrates Suffolk’s natural landscapes and built heritage with guided walks in every corner of the county. There are over 70 walks to choose from, with many in Martlesham.
The festival is a great way to discover parts of our county you perhaps never knew existed, learn about the county’s fascinating and ancient history, and make new friends whilst walking and talking! There is something for everyone, from short walks to long walks, family walks to history walks, even a night walk.
MARTLESHAM VILLAGE FETE
SATURDAY 16 JULY 11am - 4 pm
Work continues to make this the best fete ever. Full details on our Fete page
Wildflower Photographic Competition 2022. The winning entries will be displayed at the village fete, and you are invited to send in your entries for this exciting new competition. The theme of the competition is ‘Wildflowers in the Parish of Martlesham.’ Photographs must be taken anywhere within the parish of Martlesham and be the entrant’s own work. Deadline for entry 17th June. Entry rules.
RECRUITING YOUNG COUNCILLORS
The Parish Council is keen to see young people represented amongst its members. Are you 18 or over and have lived in Martlesham or within 3 miles of the Parish for the past year and want to get involved with your community? If the answer is yes, please contact the Clerk. Becoming a Councillor will enable you to influence decisions that affect you, your family and friends and offer you the chance to share your skills and view of the world with older generations on the Council. As a Councillor you will have opportunities to develop new skills and knowledge and experienced councillors will be on hand to guide you through the workings of this level of government, so you won’t be thrown in at the deep end. The work of Martlesham Parish Council is varied and covers a wide spectrum of topics including the environment, managing open spaces, planning, transport, community involvement and more. Why not take the plunge!
MARTLESHAM REPAIR HUB
Saturday 14th May, 10-12pm St Michael’s Church Hall IP5 3PL A reminder that our Repair Hub runs on the second Saturday of the month in St Michael’s church hall 10-12am. Don’t bin it, repair and re-use it!
Garden Rewilding Competition As part of our bid to increase even further the number of wilder/natural spaces in the parish we are launching a ‘Garden rewilding’ competition. Further details shortly and on our stand at the Village fete on 16th July. If you would like to take part then think of an area of your garden you can ‘donate’ to nature (e.g. dig a small pond, plant a wildflower area/meadow grass, build a log pile, add a hedgehog highway gap in your fence etc: consult our calendar for ideas!), take some ‘before’ pictures and then implement some rewilding over the course of the year. We’ll ask for some ‘after’ photos next year and will have prizes for the best entries and window stickers for all that take part!
Local Water Sampling Project Along with other Parishes around the River Deben, we are taking part in a water-sampling project with the University of Suffolk sampling in our Parish (Martlesham Creek, River Fynn) testing for e-coli and nitrates. Results will be collated and presented to appropriate bodies for action if necessary. If you are interested in getting involved, please e-mail us.
SIZEWELL C DECISION DELAY
The Secretary of State was expected to announce a decision on the application by 25 May. The deadline is now 8th July.
On 18th May the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy published a written ministerial statement concerning the application for a development consent order to build and operate Sizewell C. The statement notes a new deadline of no later than 8 July 2022 has been set for deciding the application. This is to ensure there is sufficient time to fully consider further information provided by the applicant and interested parties in response to the Secretary of State's post-examination consultation.
Meanwhile, the Sizewell Team have launched a new online Sizewell C Works Tracker, which allows you to see daily updates on the surveys and other key activities they are undertaking in East Suffolk to prepare for the project should it be granted a Development Consent Order (DCO)
MARTLESHAM SPEED INDICATOR PROJECT
Many of you will have seen the Speed Indicator Device (SID) which Martlesham Parish Council purchased to encourage safe driving within the speed limit. There are six poles in the Parish (three in old Martlesham and three in Martlesham Heath) and the speed device is rotated between them. The first set of data is contained in the Report from the SID working group
We all have different abilities, support and money – we can’t do everything, but each of us can do something, which will help the planet. What will you and your family do? Our Climate Action Group are publishing a series of articles aiming to help you. Read the latest article, the fifth in our series, here
The Big Plastic Count 16-22 May
This initiative from Greenpeace UK and Everyday Plastic aims to reveal how much household plastic we throw away and recycle. Householders, community groups and teams of colleagues are called upon to count their plastic waste for one week in May and the new evidence will be used to inform lobbying to encourage government and industry to go further on plastic packaging. To find out more and to participate visit The Big Plastic Count
TOGETHER WE CAN SUMMIT 11-21 May Together we Can is a ten-day online summit with insightful talks, interactive workshops and captivating speakers. It is run by Transition Together on behalf of Transition Towns and is open to all.
DEMENTIA ACTION WEEK 16 - 22 May This year’s campaign will tackle the theme 'diagnosis'. Research shows that the biggest barrier to seeking a diagnosis is a misconception around the difference between dementia symptoms and normal signs of ageing. This needs to change. Diagnosis opens up help and support for the carers and persons diagnosed. For more please go to Dementia Action Week
COVID VACCINATIONS UPDATE Everyone aged 75 years or above and those aged 12 years or above who are severely immunosuppressed can now to go to a local walk-in clinic in our area for their 2 nd COVID-19 booster dose, or make an appointment via the national NHS booking site. For the full details, please go to: NHS Ipswich and East Suffolk Clinical Commissioning Group
THANK YOU DAY This year’s Thank You Day will be held on Sunday 5 June, over the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee Bank Holiday weekend.Let’s get ready to say thank you to whoever deserves it, be it a family member, a friend, a fellow volunteer, a work colleague, or an organisation making a difference.
TREEBILLE The Parish Treebilee oak is to be planted at the Recreation Ground in Old Martlesham in the north of the Parish. This special oak, to be planted in celebration of the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee, will have the space to grow into its natural form here and be enjoyed by visitors and wildlife, for years to come.
LOCAL PLANNING APPLICATIONS For a list of local planning applications, please go to our Planning page
LITTER East Suffolk Council is responsible for street refuse collections and emptying public litter bins. They also manage fly tipping services. Please report overflowing or damaged public litter bins by calling 0333 016 2000. If a public litter bin is full, please look for another or take your rubbish home. We are very grateful to all parishioners who regularly litter pick.
WEBSITE ACCESSIBILITY We are reviewing the accessibility of our website and would love to hear from users of screen reading software. Please let us know by using our contact us page if you encounter any accessibility issues or have any suggestions for improvements. We would love to hear from you so that we may develop the site effectively.
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