At this festive time of year we would like to express our grateful thanks to the following:-
Our many volunteers and volunteer groups who carry out practical work looking after our open spaces, woodland, play areas, notice boards etc.
We would particularly like to highlight the amazing work done and many many hours given up by the Neighbourhood Plan Project Team to take us through our referendum this year to finally achieve recognition for our Neighbourhood Plan, which now forms part of the Local Plan for the District.
The Village Fete Working Group who put on a great Village Day, helped by the lovely weather!
Tesco - for their enthusiastic support of our annual litter pick and for continuing to litter pick at the Community Centre car park.
County Councillor Patricia O'Brien for grant funding for framed entrances on the Common (work is ongoing) and District Councillor John Kelso for grant funding for the Village Day.
Sorry if we have forgotten anybody!
The Councillors and staff wish all our parishioners a very happy Christmas and best wishes for the New Year
The Parish Office will be closed on 27th and 28th December for Christmas week.
Our usual Parish Office opening times: 9am - 12noon, Monday - Friday, excluding public holidays. We do recommend you book an appointment in advance. Please contact the Clerk.
01473 612632 or e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Our next Development Plans Committee meeting takes place on Wednesday 12th December 2018 Please do come allng and isten to the Councillors considering developments within the Parish.
Our next full Parish Council meeting is Wednesday 09 January 2019 at 7.30pm
For the full 2019 calendar of meetings, please click here or please see our Event Calendar on this page. All meetings start at 7.30pm in the Parish Room, Felixstowe Road, and are open to the public, who are welcome to ask questions or make comments to the Council during a public forum.
Some of our 2018 highlights
(or lowlights depending on your point of view!):
Suffolk Coastal District Council (SCDC) approved the development of 2,000 dwellings on land south and east of Adastral Park, now known as Brightwell Lakes.
Wickes, Evans Cycles, Home Bargains, Hughes, Boots, Mountain Warehouse, Card Factory all opened on the Retail Park.
Building work started on an ALDI store and a Costa Drive Thru.
Following a referendum in May, the Martlesham Neighbourhood Plan was formally made in July.
We have resisted infill housing development on Martlesham Heath & gained the support of SCDC with refusal (however this has gone to appeal & is ongoing).
We have resisted inappropriate development by Travis Perkins on land off Felixstowe Road (we are still waiting to see what happens next here).
The future of the Suffolk Constabulary HQ is now in question with the possibility of the land being sold for housing: the Police & Crime Commissioner consulted on this during the year. This is a major concern as development here is not in the Martlesham Neighbourhood Plan.
We have a new Management Plan for the Common (now a designated Local Nature Reserve) for the maintenance & enhancement work during the year. Also, a Common Open Day with the launch of Friends of the Common, and a new relationship with ‘Bug Life’ developed.
Improvements to the appearance of the Recreation Ground were undertaken at the Recreation Ground Working Day.
Martlesham trim trail is being developed as a result of our consultation on sports facilities.
Extensive repair work has been carried out at the Harry Higgins Play Area with a safe play surface and a new climbing net installed on the Multi-play unit.
We welcomed two new councillors having said goodbye to two outgoing councillors.
A new Council Officer joined our team of part-time staff to help with the ever increasing workload.
So, looking ahead to 2019:
Work is likely to commence on the building of Brightwell Lakes;
The Council shares parishioners’ concerns about the problems of increased traffic & at times gridlock associated with the business and retail areas. We will continue to work with the local authorities and businesses to find solutions & make the voice of local people heard, but the power to make change does not lie with us;
Further enhancement of Martlesham Common with information boards, framed entrances, improvements to paths, tree work, encouragement of heather growth will take place;
We have the installation of trim trail exercise stations; work to commence on next phase of provision of sports facilities;
We will be considering how we can provide some of the facilities you identified were lacking or need improving through the Neighbourhood Plan process – we have called this Neighbourhood Plan Plus!
and of course, the Parish Council election in May 2019 – will we have new faces coming forward? Consider if you can help?!
Parish Council – Wednesday 09 January 2019
Recreation & Amenities Committee – Wednesday 16 January 2019
Parish Council – Wednesday 06 Febbruary 2019
All meetings start at 7.30pm in the Parish Room, Felixstowe Road, and are open to the public, who are welcome to ask questions or make comments to the council during a public forum.
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The play area repairs are complete and the playground fully open.Following two weeks of work, the play equipment has been repaired, a new climbing net installed and the play surface improved.
We are very pleased to welcome two new councillors, Jane Drummond and Michael Calver, to our team of councillors. Jane has lived in the parish for about 37 years and is keen to keep Martlesham a lovely place to live despite pressures from ongoing development. Michael has lived in the parish for over 20 years and is keen to represent the interests of parishioners. We look forward to working with them both.
Nobody cares more about your community than you and your local council do! The next election of Parish Councillors takes place on Thursday 02 May 2019. Martlesham has 3 wards with 15 seats to fill. Please start to consider whether you might become a councillor. Take a look at our website; come along to meetings to see what is involved; talk to councillors and staff to find out more. Councillors help look after Parish 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 with the training costs covered by us, and our experienced councillors are also happy to mentor. Councillors are not 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.
With its recent designated status as a Local Nature Reserve, the Parish Council working with the Greenways Countryside Project has agreed a new Management Plan to manage the wildlife and public access over the Common, until 2024. Read more on martlesham-common-nature-reserve.
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 10 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 has started building the approved Costa drive-thru, on land next to Wickes with a view to handing over the site to Costa Coffee in January 2019. 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. Let us have your ideas.
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. Work is now unlikely to start before early 2019. We shall monitor the situation to ensure there are no unnecessary delays.
As a statutory consultee on the proposals to develop land between Anson Road and Felixstowe Road, with access off Hilton Road, we were pleased to welcome and hear the views of some 70 or so residents from Falcon Residential Park and Hilton Road. We share the 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.