Martlesham Parish Council
Here’s another reminder of the Home But Not Alone helpline for people who need urgent help and support and do not have support available from friends, family or neighbours – 0800 876 6926.
The restrictions due to the COVID-19 pandemic are easing. Many people will now be able to go out for walks with people other than their own household or visit friends and family in their gardens which will be a relief to many. By the time you read this, it is likely that more shops will be open, more children will be back at school, maybe even restaurants and cafes will be opening with strict new measures in place.
However, there are still many in our parish who will be shielding and in social isolation, are concerned about their health or that of loved ones and what the future holds. We need to keep taking all the necessary precautions to keep ourselves and others safe, particularly observing social distancing and washing hands with soap and water.
A big thank you to all our parishioners for what you have done to look after each other, in particular to those of you who are key or frontline workers.
Resignation of Chairman
After seven years as chairman, Mike Irwin is stepping down from that role. We are glad to report that he will continue as a councillor but very sorry to lose him as the chairman. He has worked extremely hard, supporting a variety of working groups with his expertise and getting involved in all aspects of parish council work. Most recently he has helped revive the village fete and establish the community orchard. Although taking a bit of a step back, he will no doubt be still very involved with all things local.
Resignation of Sarah-Joy Maddeaux
We are sorry to lose Sarah-Joy from 31 July 2020 as she is moving away from the parish for work. We will miss her helpful contributions to council work and support given during the current coronavirus pandemic.
Sarah-Joy’s resignation leaves the opportunity to call a by-election to fill the casual vacancy if ten electors in the parish write to the returning officer at East Suffolk council to request such an election. Under new legislation due to the coronavirus crisis, this election would be held on Thursday 6 May 2021 unless circumstances alter. If no by-election is called, the post can be filled by co-option. Please look out for notices in August on our noticeboards, on our website and Facebook page.
At the moment we already have three vacancies which can be filled by co-option, i.e. existing councillors can accept you on to the council at our next full council virtual meeting (see below for details). Our work is very varied, dealing with parish recreation facilities and amenities, planning and highways issues, financial matters and more. Understandably, due to the current restrictions, your involvement at first is likely to be limited.
At the moment volunteers with an interest in planning matters would be welcome. In the coming year it is likely that we will have to decide on how to progress with an update to the Martlesham Neighbourhood Plan (MNP). The plan has proved to be an invaluable tool in protecting against some, sadly not all, inappropriate developments. It has ensured that the areas protected from development in Martlesham Heath have retained their status only because they are covered by our MNP. We have also received an extra £14,000 through Community Infrastructure Levy funding because of the MNP.
If there is any way in which you can get involved, in planning and/or other aspects, please do get in touch to informally find out more.
Suffolk Coastal Local Plan Examination – Consultation on Modifications
A reminder that the deadline for the consultation on the Planning Inspectorate’s proposed modifications to the East Suffolk Council Local Plan for 2020 to 2036 is 5pm, Friday 10 July 2020. As reported last month, we are assessing what these modifications mean for Martlesham. Full details of the consultation can be found at: https://tinyurl.com/SC-Local-Plan-Examination
Individual parishioners can make their own comments to ESC; if you do so please copy us in.
Homeworking has continued for our staff. The flexibility shown has helped us maintain those of our activities which can continue under lockdown. We look forward to the time we can restore to use the play and exercise facilities we provide. Behind the scenes planning continues on projects to enhance the parish when possible, including addressing the climate emergency and transport issues, improvements to the recreation ground and the wildflower project. The recreation ground charity, of which the parish council is the sole trustee, has received a grant which will be a significant help towards improvements and maintenance.
We are very grateful to all the volunteers who have been watering the trees at Bright’s Orchard and those who have been keeping an eye on our play areas and trim trail equipment.
Grant to Suffolk Accident Rescue Service (SARS)
The council has agreed a grant of £350 to SARS, outside of its normal grant application process. The service’s resources are stretched combating the outbreak of coronavirus whilst continuing to operate a volunteer critical care response. They are totally reliant on voluntary donations and anticipate a significant loss of income due to limited opportunities to fundraise.
We held our first virtual full council meeting on 10 July. It was agreed to continue to hold monthly full council meetings via Zoom for the foreseeable future, with the exception of August. Committee meetings will be held as necessary and working groups will meet up more informally using Zoom.
NEXT VIRTUAL MEETING
Wednesday 15 July 2020 at 7.30pm; members of the public are welcome to observe and participate in the public forum.
To join this meeting, please contact the clerk no later than 5pm on Tuesday 14 July to receive an invitation.
CONTACTING THE COUNCIL
Clerk to Martlesham Parish Council, Parish Room, Felixstowe Road, Martlesham IP12 4PB
Telephone: 01473 612632
Email: [email protected]
Facebook page: www.facebook.com/MartleshamParish