Rushmere St Andrew Parish Council
Parish Council Meetings
At the time of writing, we anticipate a return to physical meetings from June 2021. Details of the dates, times and venues are available on the website or noticeboards around the parish. The parish council’s time on Zoom has kept business going as usual during the pandemic but we are looking forward to getting back together face-to-face, albeit socially distanced to ensure safety is prioritised. To ensure compliance with government regulations, details of what to do if you plan to attend a meeting will be available on the website soon.
There have been concerns about e-scooters; it is currently against the law to ride them on public roads, cycle lanes or pavements. Riding in such areas constitutes an offence and could result in penalties being issued. Our PCSO is keeping an eye and will give out guidance on this issue.
Over the last year, there has been an increase in reports around parking in the Broke Hall Primary School area, specifically on the zigzags in front of the school entrance. Zigzag lines must always be kept clear, meaning that you cannot stop on them, including to park and to drop off/pick up passengers. Any contravention of this could lead to the receipt of a fixed penalty notice, so please ensure that you always park safely and legally. It is paramount that we keep the area safe for children and parents to walk to and from school so please drive and park considerately.
Reports have been received about anti-social behaviour at Broke Hall Playing Field, Salehurst Road. Gatherings of large groups of older children using bad language, leaving litter and, on one occasion, broken bits of plastic over the play areas has resulted in young families feeling unable to use the play area. The PCSO has spoken to some of them and now they realise the effect of their actions on others we hope the play area can continue to be used and enjoyed by all, especially with the summer months around the corner. We could all do with having some fun after the last year!
Should you have any concerns, please report these via the official channels – 999 in an emergency or 101 or report online at www. suffolk.police.uk/contact-us/report-something. This can be done anonymously. The parish council and the PCSO can do very little unless issues are reported in the first instance to the police via these channels.
The parish office will be open from June 2021 but it is essential to ring or email to make an appointment before visiting to enable us to comply with Covid-19 regulations.
Rushmere St Andrew Parish Council Office, Tower Hall, 5 Broadlands Way, Ipswich IP4 5SU
We are looking forward to being able to do more and more of the things we used to take for granted, such as visiting family, meeting with friends in a café and maybe even giving a hug to a loved one. However, it is still important to remain vigilant and follow government guidelines on handwashing, social distancing, and testing to keep Covid-19 cases down. Thank you to everyone in our parish for your continued patience.
From your Rushmere St Andrew Parish Councillors