Parish Council Meetings - Update
A remote meeting of the Parish Council will be held, via Zoom, on Tuesday 7 July 2020 at 7.30 pm. The agenda can be found here. Members of the public wishing to attend the remote meeting must register with the Clerk by 5pm on Monday 6 July in order to receive an invitation. If you would like to speak during the public session please let the Clerk know when you register.
East Suffolk Environment Team Learning Zone
The Environment team are pleased to announce that East Suffolk has designed some lessons for home schooling.
Lessons include problems of plastic pollution and engagement on the importance of clean air .
These lessons can be found on the East Suffolk webpage here :
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.
Council encourages businesses to apply for funding
East Suffolk Council is now processing the payment of grants for local businesses provided by the government in response to the COVID-19 outbreak.
Eligible businesses are being asked to complete a straightforward online form which will capture the data required by central government and allow the Council to make payment to each eligible business as soon as possible.
The first fund offers a grant of £10,000, announced by the Government to support small businesses (which receive small business rate relief or rural rate relief). The second is a grant of either £10,000 or £25,000 depending on rateable value, for businesses in the retail, hospitality and leisure sectors.
Once each business has completed the online form, they will receive an automated email to complete receipt of the form. The Council will then undertake verification checks and make payment of the grant as soon as possible. Once payment has been submitted to the business an automated email will be sent to confirm payment has been made.
Businesses with a rateable value of £51,000 or over are not eligible for this scheme. Businesses which are not ratepayers in the business rates system are not included in this scheme.
The online form and full details about how to apply with full eligibility criteria can be found at: https://www.eastsuffolk.gov.uk/covid-19-business-grant-funding.
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.
Opt-in for school or post 16 travel by the deadline of 31 May.
Find out more at: https://www.suffolkonboard.com/school-travel/
Not Just Cabbages!
You could have an allotment and start growing your own fruit, vegetables, flowers and herbs. There are some half plots available at the Mill Close allotments. Click here to find out more
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.