MARTLESHAM PARISH COUNCIL
Lockdown is easing – Well done Martlesham but keep going!
The coronavirus has not gone away so we still all need to do all we can to keep ourselves & others safe. Government advice remains:
STAY ALERT CONTROL THE VIRUS SAVE LIVES
Despite the relaxation in the restrictions, the key messages haven’t changed:
- stay at home as much as possible
- work from home if you can
- limit contact with other people
- keep your distance from people not in your household (2 metres apart where possible)
- wash your hands regularly
- Do not leave home if you or anyone in your household has symptoms.
Play areas, trim trail equipment & bike trails
Government guidelines on the reopening of play areas and other outdoor equipment on 4th July 2020 was that this should only be done if it was considered safe to do so following detailed risk assessment. With little notice of all the requirements, we did not feel in a position to open our facilities safely on the 4th. We are working towards opening our sites but can give no announcement when that might be at the time of writing on 10th July. When the time comes, there will be new signs in place, and we ask that everyone observes the guidance please.
We have risk assessed the bike trails and, as there are no hard surfaces to touch and social distancing should be the rule of thumb for bikers on the jumps in any case, we have considered that they are safe to open. We have however put up new guidance for use & ask users to respect these to keep everyone safe.
Our office & Parish Room remain closed to the public. Staff continue to work from home as much as possible, following government rules. The National Association of Local Councils has strongly advised us to continue to meet remotely, without the need for face to face contact. Our meeting on 15th July agreed that, from September, full Council meetings would go back to the normal schedule of the 1st Wednesday of each month, excluding August & December, but still meeting remotely for the time being. We will hold committee meetings as necessary and these will be advertised. Our various working groups can continue to meet remotely, again as necessary.
Post Covid-19 crisis
Opinion polls and research have shown the majority of us look forward to a new and better normal
- Doing things locally whenever possible
- Empowering local communities
- Improving air quality and reduce pollution
- Investing in energy efficient homes and low carbon industry
- Accelerating the transition to renewable energy
Is this you?
If so, you could volunteer to work with the parish council as we are already working towards these aims through our response to the climate emergency, the Neighbourhood Plan, and our future plans in the Neighbourhood Plan Plus.
Help us manage or work on outdoor projects in the following areas on behalf of residents and nature: Recreation Ground, Martlesham Common Local Nature Reserve, Portal Woodlands, Bright’s Orchard.
Help us look after footpaths, trees and wildflowers.
Support our efforts to achieve sustainable transport and traffic arrangements and reduce pollution: an attractive public transport offering, supporting Martlesham Traffic Watch, lobbying for the climate emergency to inform the planning and transport policies and the energy projects which surround us.
Help maintain the leisure facilities we provide, play spaces, the bike trails and the village fete.
You can do this by volunteering to work on any individual aspect of this, or by becoming a parish councillor, or by joining our new climate emergency group
please contact the Clerk – details below.
A12 and Martlesham Retail Park traffic noise, congestion and pollution
Three practical suggestions:
- Please support us and Martlesham Traffic Watch in their ongoing efforts to improve the traffic situation in the retail park and surrounding areas and on the A12.
We are investing in speed and traffic noise and pollution measuring equipment to prove the need for change and monitor future developments. We also push for the planners to mitigate the present situation, at planning enquiries and elsewhere. Volunteer to help Traffic Watch, or join the Parish Council.
- Register every incident of anti-social behaviour or suspected crime with East Suffolk Council (ESC), email firstname.lastname@example.org , and the police, ring 101 or report online https://www.suffolk.police.uk/contact-us/report-something . This will also help when setting local police priorities.
- Lobby ESC and Suffolk County Council (SCC) councillors. The problems have arisen by planning permissions being granted by SCDC, now ESC. SCC Highways are consulted on traffic implications of plans, but often don’t comment, or don’t raise objections.
Land off Black Tiles Lane – housing development of 47 dwellings
The district council approved this development in 2017. The developer has changed and now some work has started, namely archaeological excavations required as part of the permission, and consideration of the provision of a new school car park & access to the Jubilee Playspace area owned by the Parish Council. We have little to report at present but hopefully we can tell you more as time goes on.
Out of hours noise problem reporting
During the summer months anti-social noise complaints increase across the district. In response to this, residents can call the number below and a member of the East Suffolk Council Environmental Protection team will endeavour to visit the site.
Noise problems can be reported from May to September (inclusive) between 19:00 and 01:00 on Friday and Saturday nights on 0800 440 2516.
Sizewell C Update
The Planning Inspectorate has agreed to consider EDF Energy’s application for a new nuclear power station (Sizewell C). From 8th July, the Inspectorate has invited the public and Councils to register as Interested Parties on their website and to submit a written representation summarising their views and opinions on the Sizewell C project.
For full details, please go to: https://www.edfenergy.com/energy/nuclear-new-build-projects/sizewell-c
The Parish Council shall keep abreast of developments.
NEXT VIRTUAL MEETING: WEDNESDAY 2ND SEPTEMBER, 7.30PM. MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC ARE WELCOME TO OBSERVE AND PARTICIPATE IN THE PUBLIC FORUM.
To join this meeting, please contact the Clerk, see below, no later than 5pm on Tuesday 1ST September to receive an invitation.
Contacting the Council
Clerk to Martlesham Parish Council, Parish Room, Felixstowe Road, Martlesham, Woodbridge IP12 4PB
Telephone: 01473 612632 – please leave a message if no reply and we will get back to you as necessary
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