Martlesham Parish Council

The Suffolk and North East Essex Vaccination Service website provides comprehensive and accurate information on Covid-19 and the rollout of vaccinations. Please go for your vaccination when contacted.

It was good to see the number of cases falling in our area in February but we all still need to remain vigilant and remember, Hands, Face, Space.

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

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

SCC is proposing improvements to the A12 between the A14 at Seven Hills and the A1152 at Wood Lane (the A12 Scheme). A public consultation began on 9 February and runs to Friday 19 March 2021.

The aim of the A12 Scheme is to enhance highway capacity at the A12 junctions between the A14 Seven Hills and the A1152 Woods Lane. Proposals include a new section of dualled road and new walking/cycling and public transport facilities.

These are significant proposals affecting Martlesham so we strongly encourage our residents to respond to this consultation.

All details are available at: www.suffolk.gov.uk/A12improvements. There is still an opportunity to join a public virtual event on Wednesday 3 March at 6pm to hear a presentation and then ask questions. Details and links are on the SCC webpage.

Budget/Precept 2021/2022
At its meeting on 20 January, the council set a budget of £149,530 for 2021/22 and a precept (parish council element of council tax charges) of £145,000. This does represent an increase from £61.18 to £63.14 per annum per average household (amounts vary according to your housing band). The parish council was mindful of additional financial pressures some parishioners might be facing due to the pandemic but had to weigh this against a drop in its level of general reserves. It, therefore, considered the increase of just £1.96 per year for an average household acceptable, although it will appear as a 3.2% increase in the precept.

Full details of the budget setting process and the council’s risk assessment on the level of general reserves are available in the minutes, which are published on our website.

Reporting Anti-Social Behaviour (ASB)
Sadly, we continue to receive reports of anti-social behaviour, vandalism to property and graffiti, which have to be fixed at a cost to you, the taxpayer.

We urge you to report any non-emergency incidents by phoning 101 or using the police online reporting tool at: www.suffolk.police.uk/contact-us/reportsomething. As always, in an emergency, ring 999.

Two Parish Councillor Vacancies
Are you over 18 and live or work in our area? Do you want to make a difference to people’s quality of life? Then please consider joining the parish council. There is a wide variety of topics you can get involved with, ranging from caring for our environment, planning issues, play provision, transport & highways issues to policymaking and finance. You don’t need to be an expert in any field (although it might help), only have a genuine interest in looking after your local area. We do not give allowances but out-of-pocket expenses are paid.

All our meetings are currently held online and staff are working from home. Despite that, we have recruited three new councillors in the past year who have been busy supporting our work and bringing forward fresh projects to benefit our parish. Please get in touch with the clerk if you are interested.

Annual Parish Meeting The annual parish meeting will be different this year. For the first time, we plan to hold a virtual parish meeting on 21 April at 7.30pm. Come along to find out what your council has been doing and what is happening locally; put the date in your diary now! There will be more news about this next month.

Martlesham Village Fete cancelled in 2021
The fete is unfortunately cancelled again this year. Please watch out for updates regarding 2022.

Virtual Meetings, all at 7.30pm
Wednesday 03 March: Parish Council Meeting
Wednesday 10 March: Recreation & Amenities Committee
Wednesday 07 April: 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: 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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