Capel St Mary Parish Council

Report from the parish council meeting held on Monday 8 March.

Present were Cllrs Bishop, Cowgill, Dimond, Fenn, Harris, Hole, Matthews, O’Galligan, Rogers (chair), Ross, Weaver, County Councillor Jones, District Councillor Carpendale and Julie Lawes (clerk).

The parish council recommended approval to Babergh District Council for planning applications: Manor Cottage, Pound Lane; 12 Aisthorpe and St Mary’s Church.

The application for 24 Garrods was recommended for refusal.

The purchase of the Persimmons Homes development site on land off Little Tufts, named Samford Gardens, has now been completed and work has commenced.

The parish council environmental group is currently considering trailing some wild meadow areas within the village. The council will also be asking the help of volunteer walkers to help us identify any areas on the circular walks that require attention.

Residents are encouraged to take part in the Adopt a Street scheme which is managed by Babergh District Council and being promoted by the parish council. See below.

The parish council has granted funds towards the cleaning of the outdoor play equipment at the shops and the playing field to CCT to help with safe and continued use until the end of lockdown.

The parish council has allocated funding to Capel St Mary Primary School to purchase two new interactive whiteboards to assist in the children going back to school and support classroom learning.

Julie Lawes

The next meeting of Capel St Mary Parish Council will be a virtual meeting via Zoom on Monday 12 April.

There is an open session at each meeting when members of the public may speak.

The actual minutes of the meeting are available for viewing at the parish council office at 27a The Street, Capel St Mary, which is open on Tuesdays from 10am to noon and from 1-3pm on Fridays.

The parish clerk can be contacted on 01473 314103 during these times. An answerphone operates outside these hours and messages are picked up every day. Alternatively, contact can be made by email to:


Councillor Jim Ross

Where were you born?
Kilsyth in Central Scotland

How long have you lived in the village?
Since January 1988

How long have you been a parish councillor?
Since June 2020

What made you want to become a parish councillor?
Capel has been good to me and my family and this is a chance to give something back and hopefully help shape the future for the village.

What do you like most about Capel St Mary?
It has a great community feel and is in a good location for travel.

What changes, if any, would you like to see within the village?
More affordable housing and more bungalows in future development. Less litter, speeding and dog poo.

What was your job?
Area Manager with Nationwide Building Society.

What are your interests or hobbies?
Travel, golf, bowls, gardening, allotment and walking our dog.

In support of Babergh District Council, Capel St Mary Parish Council would like to encourage residents to take part in a new initiative to ‘Adopt a Street’.

This scheme promotes residents to take pride in their community and help create a cleaner, more pleasant environment for us all to live in.

Babergh District Council has agreed to issue residents the equipment needed free of charge to carry out individual litter picks at times convenient to you allowing you to keep the equipment at your own home.

The kit includes a litter picker, hi-vis jacket, a starter pack of refuse sacks and a hoop to hold the sacks.

To take part, you need to complete an application form detailing your name, address and where and how often you are likely to pick litter and submit it to the district council who will then deliver your pack directly to your home.

Copies of the application form can be collected from the doorway/entrance to the parish council office or Ipswich Building Society at Drayton Insurance, or requested from the parish clerk who will email over the form for quick online submission:


Capel St Mary Parish Council would like to ask the help of residents who have been making the most of the circular walks and enjoying everything our countryside has to offer.

We have three circular walks in Capel St Mary, each of which has a leaflet detailing the route. We would like to ask residents to help us by walking the circular walks and noting down on the leaflet or on a map and informing us of any areas that have damage (broken stiles, directional signs, etc) or are impassable or overgrown and require clearance.

These leaflets will be available to residents to collect free of charge from the parish council office from now until the end of the Easter school holidays on Monday 12 April.

We hope you will all take the opportunity to enjoy the sunshine and fresh air and help us in our village improvements along the way.

Leaflets can be collected from the parish council office and Ipswich Building Society at Drayton Insurance.

We thank you in advance for your support.


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