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1st September 2020 Parish Council Meeting
This meeting will be held via Zoom. You can see the agenda and details on how to join the meeting via the links below:
Taylor Wimpey Planning Application - Land Opposite the Hand in Hand
Outline planning permission for 70 houses on land opposite the Hand in Hand was granted in 2018 (East Suffolk Planning Ref DC/16/2119/OUT)
Three applications have now been submitted to East Suffolk District Council; all three relate directly to this proposed development. The most important application is for the approval of the reserved matters for the site, whereas the other two are concerned with drainage issues.
You can find full details of these applications on the East Suffolk Planning public access site by searching using the reference numbers given below. You can reach the public access site here https://www.eastsuffolk.gov.uk/planning/planning-pplications/publicaccess/
As usual you can submit your comments on the applications to the planners. Find out more about submitting comments to East Suffolk via this link https://www.eastsuffolk.gov.uk/planning/planning-applications/commenting-on-planning-applications/
You can also see a broad outline of what is involved on the Taylor Wimpey site: https://www.taylorwimpey.co.uk/proposed-developments/england/suffolk/trimley-st-martin/land-south-of-high-road-trimley-st-martin
Reference Numbers and brief details of the applications:
- DC/20/2890/ARM is the reserved matters application. That is to say that the principle of building 70 houses on the site was already been settled when outline permission was granted. What is being addressed here is the detail: for example matters like the layout of the site and the design of the houses and the energy strategy.
- Application DC/20/2891/FUL relates to additional drainage provision on a small strip of land behind the main development.
- Application DC/20/2892/VOC seeks a variation of one of the conditions imposed by the Planning Authority which is concerned with the drainage strategy.
Highways England have written to people who live along the diversion route about their plans for resurfacing on the A14. The work started on 10 August. You can find out more on their website: https://highwaysengland.co.uk/projects/a14-junction-58-to-junction-62-resurfacing-works-in-both-directions.
Covid 19 - Making a Difference
The following contribution has been received from East Suffolk Council:
"East Suffolk Council want to celebrate the people, organisations and businesses that have given up their time, knowledge, and skills to help make a difference in their communities during the Covid-19 outbreak. As part of this, the Council has decided to create a unique eBook which will tell the stories of some of our volunteers and showcase the important work they have carried out, and continue to carry out as many still need support, even as lockdown restrictions are gradually easing.
We want to thank each and every one of these unsung heroes, we want to produce a unique eBook to tell some of their stories and celebrate their amazing achievements. To help us, please can you help share this with your community and consider putting in nomination for the people, organisations or businesses that have helped in your community during the crisis by filling out this short form.
If you have photos or video of how people, organisations or business have come together and stepped in during the response to Covid-19 then please add this to the form as well.
All nominations must be entered by Thursday 27 August 2020 using this link https://thebridge3.typeform.com/to/eAAIJ8Dd.
Concern about Dog Thefts
The police advice can be seen via this link:
Maintenance works will be carried out on the bridge ramps during September. Although the work was expected to be competed by mid month it is likely to go on until 2 October. The bridge will not be available to horse riders, cyclists and wheelchair users at this time, but pedestrians able to make use of the stairway will be able to cross as normal.
Parish Council Meetings
In the light of the Covid 19 pandemic, the meetings which would have taken place on Tuesday 7 April and Tuesday 5 May were cancelled. Until there are relaxations to the lock down provisions enabling socially distanced meetings to take place, then it will be necessary to hold virtual meetings using Zoom. In the event that this happens the meeting will be publicised on this site and on the village noticeboards. Residents interested in attending any forthcoming meeting held via Zoom are invited to inform the Parish Clerk in order that they may be sent the information necessary to attend the meeting.
In the early weeks of lock down some matters, such as small scale planning applications and the review of a number of policies were dealt with by an exchange of email. The policies which were reviewed were presented for ratification when the Parish Council next meets. In order to enable the Parish Council to meet its payment obligations the PC agreed the following resolution by exchange of email on 27 March: To approve an arrangement enabling those payments falling due during the suspension of normal business to be made by cheque, signed by two approved signatories, and ratified by the membership at the next meeting. A schedule of all payments made by this method will be circulated to members within two weeks of a payment being made.
Fostering and Adoption
This information comes from the Suffolk Fostering and Adoption service:
Suffolk Fostering Service needs more foster carers. We are still assessing applicants during this time and if you would like to find out more please contact us on Fosterandadopt@Suffolk.gov.uk or 01473 264800.
Suffolk needs more adoptive families. If you would like to find out more please contact us on Fosterandadopt@Suffolk.gov.uk or 01473 264800.
Works near the Bridleway
Bidwells have explained that the works being carried out are the final steps to move Trinity College owned infrastructure (tracks, fences and irrigation mains) to their permanent positions following Network Rail’s compulsory purchase of land adjacent to the railway. The bridleway is being crossed but only with a narrow trench, it will be back filled immediately behind the digger (once the new pipe has been installed). The dumpers are moving old material off-site and the diggers are putting the new track back into its final position. Most of the work is planned to be completed by the end of April with some fencing and hedge planting to take place in the autumn.
For advice on safe and considerate use of bonfires please refer to this leaflet Bonfires
Guidance on how to let us know if you would like someone to telephone you regularly over the weeks ahead, whether you want help with shopping or just want to chat, is being issued to all households from 20 March. If you live elsewhere and are worried that a relative or friend in Trimley St Martin might need this sort of support, please contact the Parish Clerk on 01394 448844.
A Message from our Web Hosts
As you may be aware, website accessibility for those people with differing forms of visual impairment is becoming an ever more important feature of modern websites.
Indeed for local government websites, there is a requirement to meet the WCAG (Web Content Accessibility Guideline) 2.1 Website Accessibility Standard by September 23rd 2020.
Here at One Suffolk we make all our websites accessible and I'm pleased to be able to update you on some additional works, to help in the area of accessibility, we have completed and launched in the last couple of days. On all One Suffolk websites you will now notice a small "disability icon" on the left hand side of all pages on your site. This provides in-built facilities for users with forms of visual impairment to change the colour contrast of the page and change the text size.
Innocence Farm – Good News!
The Inspector has written to East Suffolk Council with his thoughts following the hearings which took place last Autumn. In relation to Innocence Farm he writes: I find that the Innocence Farm allocation is not adequately justified and it has not been shown that the proposal can be delivered over the plan period. To address the shortcoming would not be a quick or straightforward matter to resolve as it would involve, amongst other things, detailed work regarding the access to the site. This should not delay the adoption of this Plan. Consequently, I consider that the Innocence Farm allocation (SCLP12.35) should be removed from the Plan”.
You can read the full letter here
Are you 18 or over? Would you like to make a contribution to your village and add something a bit different to your CV at the same time? We currently have vacancies for three parish councillors. To find out more about eligibility and how you could contribute in this interesting and varied role please email the parish clerk: firstname.lastname@example.org
Spread the Word – Save Our Birds
Unfortunately, we have seen many of the wild bird populations decrease dramatically over the past 15 years. While our estuaries provide a fantastic place to walk with our families and dogs, the area is also a valuable habitat for birds in the winter. To find out more about how you can help protect birds on the Orwell estuary please click on this AONB link http://www.suffolkcoastandheaths.org/news-and-blogs/spread-the-word-save-our-birds/
Site between Seamark Nunn and Mill Lane
There is planning permission for 69 dwellings on this site and Flagship Housing will be making a start on the building work this year. Representatives of Flagship attended a meeting of the Planning Committee about the practicalities of the development on 13 November. You can see the draft minutes of that meeting here
Click here to see a copy of the phasing plan which sets out the order in which construction will take place
Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty
Would you be interested in joining a volunteer work party in the Suffolk Coast and Heaths AONB? If so take a look at the opportunities available over the next few months via this link
Boundary Commission Review
The Commission is carrying out an electoral review of Suffolk County Council.
The aim of the electoral review is to recommend division boundaries that mean each councillor represents approximately the same number of voters.
The aim is to ensure that the division boundaries reflect the interests and identities of local communities, as well as promoting effective local government.
To achieve these aims, the Commission need to re-draw division boundaries across Suffolk. You can find out more about the review here https://www.lgbce.org.uk/all-reviews/eastern/suffolk/suffolk-county-council-0.
The Village Recorder's Blog
Click here to learn more about the role of the Recorder and read her blog.