Martlesham Parish Council
A message from the Collaborative Communities COVID-19 Board:
“Important Changes to Home, But Not Alone: There are some changes to the support on offer through the Home But Not Alone phoneline 0800 876 6926.
In line with changes to Government guidance to those who have been shielding, from 5pm on July 31st the Home But Not Alone phoneline will no longer provide:
- Free emergency food deliveries
- Medicine deliveries
Shielded residents in Suffolk have been written to by Government and are aware of these changes.
For the short-term, the team at Home, But Not Alone will still be able to offer help and advice to those most vulnerable in our communities and signpost to neighbourhood or countywide support.
As the Government continue to lift restrictions, especially for those who are shielding, and the levels of COVID-19 continue to fall, we are reviewing the level of support on offer in Suffolk. This may mean that further changes may be announced to the support offered by Home, But Not Alone in the future. However, these services are designed to be reintroduced and stood up once again if there is a significant local outbreak. We will keep you updated on further changes.
Thank you for your support of the Home, But Not Alone service. We are incredibly proud of the fact we have been able to work together to help thousands of people during the most acute challenges of lockdown. This help has been made possible by the hundreds of community and neighbourhood groups in Suffolk and a significant number of volunteers. Thank you Suffolk!”
Grants to local organisations in 2021
The Parish Council will be considering all applications for grants from local organisations in the autumn. If your group wishes to apply for a grant, please contact the Clerk for an application form, to be completed and returned to the Parish Council by Monday 12 October 2020. These grants are awarded for the financial year 2021/22 and, all being well, will be presented at the Annual Parish Meeting in April 2021. Any group with a project requiring Parish Council support/funding should also submit their project details and business plan by 12 October 2020 at the latest.
Parish Council Changes: new Chairman and new Councillor
At our July Parish Council meeting, we thanked our outgoing Chairman, Mike Irwin, for his much-valued contribution and hard work as Chairman of the Council for the past 7 years and welcomed Mike Williamson as our new Chair. Mike Irwin will continue as a Councillor. We also welcomed David Boswell to the Council, but we said goodbye to Sarah-Joy Maddeaux and thanked Sarah-Joy for her work.
As the new Chairman, Mike Williamson said: “I hope I can follow in the manner of my predecessor with continuing projects such as the rejuvenated Martlesham Fete, Trim Trail, Community Orchard etc. Whilst the last few months have been quite difficult for many of us, the lack of traffic during lockdown has meant much less pollution in our area. The subsequent boost to nature and wildlife has given everybody the incentive to drive our climate change ambitions forward. The Council has also formed a Covid 19 recovery group which will look at all aspects of re-opening community assets such as play spaces, the Trim Trail and community halls etc in line with government guidelines as we ease out of the lockdown situation.”
As previously highlighted, we still have 3 vacancies for parish councillors to be co-opted at a full Council meeting. If you are interested in what it means to be a parish councillor, please join a Zoom council meeting or speak to the Clerk who can put you in touch with an existing councillor to hear all about it firsthand!
Play areas and trim trail equipment
By the time you read this, pending any new government advice, all our play areas and trim trail equipment should have been opened from mid-August. They have been inspected, cleaned and any necessary repairs carried out. There is also new signage in place which we ask you to read and follow so that we are all looking after each other. Advice could of course change as the situation with coronavirus changes. Please maintain social distancing when using the playground or trim trail. If a site is too busy, then please go to another site or return later. Wash your hands before using the equipment and after you have finished. Use hand sanitiser often. Our regular inspectors are a team of local volunteers. From now on when carrying out an inspection they will be closing off the area temporarily – please respect this and allow them to do their work unimpeded.
Our office & Parish Room still remain closed to the public with staff continuing to work from home as much as possible. With the relaxation of lockdown restrictions, we are considering our options for opening up these areas but for the time being we feel it is safer for our staff to continue with current working practices. The best way to contact us is via e-mail but telephone messages are being picked up.
Sizewell C Update
Pre-examination stage of planning application 8 July – 30 September 2020
The planning application for a Development Consent Order (DCO) to build Sizewell C was accepted for examination by Planning Inspectorate on 24 June. Everyone now has the opportunity to read the application and register their interest in the proposals with the Planning Inspectorate until the deadline of 30 September 2020. For full details, please go to: https://www.edfenergy.com/energy/nuclear-new-build-projects/sizewell-c
NEXT VIRTUAL FULL COUNCIL MEETINGS:
WEDNESDAY 02 SEPTEMBER, 7.30PM;
WEDNESDAY 07 OCTOBER, 7.30PM.
MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC ARE WELCOME TO OBSERVE AND PARTICIPATE IN THE PUBLIC FORUM.
To join any of these meetings, please contact the Clerk, see below, no later than 5pm the day before the meeting 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 w14 e will get back to you as necessary
Please “Follow Us” on our Facebook page which is @Martlesham Parish. The full address is https://www.facebook.com/MartleshamParish
Do you have any news, letters, clubs or groups news for our next edition of The Martlesham Flyer? Email firstname.lastname@example.org