An Update From Martlesham Parish Council

Coronavirus Update

Please note that circumstances may have changed by the time you read this.
Spring is in the air, the number of people who have been vaccinated is going up and the number in hospitals is going down, children are back in school and restrictions are just starting to ease. There are reasons to be hopeful for better times. It is nonetheless important to continue following the guidance on ‘hands, face, space’ and to look after ourselves and others.

The government expects the ‘Stay at Home’ rule will end on 29 March but
many restrictions will remain in place. All being well, from 29 March, outdoor gatherings (including in private gardens) of either six people (the rule of 6) or two households will be allowed, making it easier for friends and families to meet outside.

The message is still that people should continue to work from home where they can and minimise the number of journeys they make where possible, avoiding travel at the busiest times and routes. Parish council staff will therefore carry on working from home and council meetings will still be virtual.

Outdoor sports facilities are being allowed to reopen from 29 March so, hopefully, our trim trail equipment and bike trails will be ready and available for you to use!

For the latest government information on coronavirus, please visit:
www.gov.uk/coronavirus

Two Parish Councillor Vacancies

Are you passionate about your community? Do you have concerns about a
specific issue and want to do something about it?

If so, we need you. We need people from all backgrounds to help make a change. You can make a real difference in your community by having a voice in the decisions that your council makes on the services and projects it should take forward.

The work can be both exciting and rewarding, e.g. establishing the Community Orchard, getting involved with the Recreation Ground Management Plan, joining Martlesham Climate Action to bring about change in our community to tackle the climate emergency.

If you want to improve the quality of life for your fellow residents, see
Martlesham Parish Council as a tool to make that change. Please get in touch with the clerk if you are interested.

Jubilee Playspace Consultation

We are carrying out a parish-wide survey to gather feedback on improvements for sport and active play at our Jubilee Playspace (the area behind Carol Avenue, off Black Tiles Lane, Martlesham) until 23 April 2021.

Please complete our survey:
https://eu.surveymonkey.com/r/MartleshamPlayspace

Details are also on our website and Facebook page. If you need a hard copy,
please contact the clerk. Let us have your views!

Grant to Martlesham Heath Surgery

The parish council was pleased to purchase four divider screens for the
surgery, working with the Practice & Patient Group. This makes it possible
to have more patients in the waiting room rather than standing outside, and we understand this has already made a big difference to the practice and its patients.

Harry Higgins Play Area Refurbishment

The parish council is very pleased to support the Pavilion Management
Committee’s project to replace the play equipment. In March it agreed to
increase its funding by a further £3,200 in order to provide high-quality safety surfacing which should be hard-wearing, long-lasting and attractive.

Recreation Ground Survey 2021

A big thank you to all those that took part in the Recreation Ground survey
that took place in January. The results are being analysed and full details will appear on the parish council website shortly.

A12 Scheme (A14 ‘Seven Hills’ to A1152 Woods Lane) – Suffolk County Council (SCC) Public Consultation

This consultation ran from 9 February to 19 March 2021: www.suffolk.gov.uk/A12improvements

The results are likely to have a major impact on the life of Martlesham
residents in the years ahead. Apart from work on the A12, topics also
included proposed improvements for pedestrians, cyclists and bus users,
environmental impact, the potential construction of Sizewell C, tourism and
the offshore energy sector. At the time of writing, the parish council is still
working on its response but this will be published on our website as soon as possible.

Planning Application DC/20/1036/FUL

Land East & West of The Square – Construction of retirement apartments
for the elderly, a new public car park, access, landscaping and ancillary
development.

This application was submitted in March 2020 by McCarthy & Stone. Since then, the developer has submitted revised plans. The Martlesham Neighbourhood Plan acknowledges that development might come forward for the village centre and indeed supports the provision of housing for older
people in Policy MAR5.

However, the revised plans still fail to meet all the criteria set out in Policy MAR3 Development within Martlesham Heath. The parish council, therefore, continues to object to this planning application unless outstanding issues can be resolved.

You can see our full response to the revised plans, as well as previous comments, on our website. Further amendments are expected in March with a two-week consultation period. As the planning authority, East Suffolk Council (ESC) will make the decisions on this application.

If you have the opportunity, we encourage you to send your comments to
them directly by emailing [email protected] (please copy us in) or using the ESC Public Access System at:
www.eastsuffolk.gov.uk/planning/planning-applications/publicaccess

Sizewell C Project
The Public Examination of the Sizewell C Project is commencing. We are
seeking to be represented. Full details can be found at:

https://infrastructure.planninginspectorate.gov.uk/projects/eastern/thesizewell-c-project

The parish council’s objections to the project can be seen on our website.

Virtual Meetings, all at 7.30pm

Wednesday 7 April: Parish Council Meeting
Wednesday 14 April: Development Plans Committee
Wednesday 21 April: Annual Parish Meeting (see p6)
Wednesday 5 May: Annual Parish Council Meeting

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 or see our website or noticeboards for further details.

Contacting The Council

Clerk to Martlesham Parish Council, Parish Room, Felixstowe Road, Martlesham IP12 4PB Telephone: 01473 612632 – please leave a message if no reply and we will get back to you as necessary

Email: [email protected]
Website: http://martlesham.onesuffolk.net

Please follow us on our Facebook page which is @Martlesham Parish. The full address is: www.facebook.com/MartleshamParish

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