Great Blakenham Parish Council
Our next meeting is scheduled for 7.30pm on Wednesday 14 April. Due to Covid-19, we have been holding meetings by Zoom. Details of this and how residents can join will be on the agenda, which is displayed on the council noticeboards (outside the Parish Room, outside Budgens, outside Jack Brand’s and on Masons Drive) and our website and social media (details below).
You can also contact the clerk to request an email link to join the meeting. Please consider joining, even if you haven’t used Zoom before. It is very easy and it’s free. Everyone is welcome at council meetings no matter how they are held, and there is a 15-minute public forum where you can ask questions or raise issues related to the work of the parish council.
You may be aware that the application for planning permission to build eight houses along the side of and behind the cemetery has been approved by MSDC. I can assure neighbours and those of you who visit the cemetery that the council will be doing everything we can to minimise the disturbance that the construction work will cause and also to preserve the quiet peaceful atmosphere of the cemetery after the work has finished. As part of this process, we have removed an old and very overgrown hazel in the corner of the hedge and will be replacing it with privet hedging. We will also be filling in some of the gaps in the hedges to help maintain privacy for visitors.
We continue to work with the landowner to arrange a long-term solution which would provide security for plotholders but, unfortunately, there has been no further news as I write. In the circumstances, the plots will remain free of charge.
There is no further news on Valley Ridge (formerly SnOasis) but as soon as more information becomes available, it will be posted on social media and in these articles.
We still have vacancies for councillors. If you would like to find out more, please join the next meeting and see what it’s all about or contact the clerk. Having more councillors means that the council can take on more projects, so please give it serious consideration.
Stay safe and well and have a wonderful Easter! Thank you for reading this and for your interest in the work of your parish council.
Great Blakenham Parish Council Chairman Steve Plume