Over the last few months the Neighbourhood Plan team, including the independent professional guide and consultant, have been persistently and consciously undermined by the Parish Council. As a consequence the NP team felt there was no alternative but to resign and pass the responsibility back to the PC. All NP material on this website will be "frozen" for the time being until a way forward has been agreed.  For more details see the resignation letter below:

Dear Councillors

This is to inform you that we, as members of the Neighbourhood Plan Committee, resign with immediate effect. Recently, we, along with our professional guide and consultant, have been persistently and consciously undermined and criticised by the PC. Previously, the PC showed minimal interest and participation in the NP but are now being steered by a dictatorial and destructive attitude adopted by the clerk. This includes a lack of flexibility and co-operation when drawing up the terms of reference that have only just been introduced after 3 years, supporting offensive and inaccurate statements made by a councillor in public meetings that disparage the NP committee and not acknowledging a serious complaint made by us about that councillor.

Throughout the process, we have kept the PC informed and encouraged involvement and have worked in harmony - I have personally offered to speak to the PC on several occasions in the last 3 years. We invited questions, our consultant attended 2 public meetings, we have produced a clear time-line of actions and explanation of why the plan takes the time it does to produce and how we are working in the same time-scale as other villages. In return we have received mis-directed judgements and futile distractions.

It is with our deep regret for Stradbroke that we feel that we have no alternative but to resign given the attitude of some members of the council especially as we are nearing the end of the process - as seen on our Gant chart. We have collaborated with local landowners, gained a generous grant for the site assessments that are currently being carried out and have spent many hours analysing data and opinions from the community that will form the mainstay of policies and community actions. However, the PC do not recognise the value of this and we are frustrated by the lack of insight. If completed as outlined the village would have a genuine say in the number, style and limitations of new developments - 2 of which are very close to becoming actuality. The community actions will also set the agenda for many years to make this village the place we all want to live in. The PC has clearly shown they do not have the confidence or respect in our work on this to allow it to be completed.

In the last few months 5 councillors have resigned from the PC ( + one who moved away), the Footpath Warden has resigned and now the NP committee. Perhaps it is time to ask questions of the PC as to why so many have lost faith and made this difficult decision. Surely, it is not coincidental that we all have concerns about the running of the PC and how voluntary groups are being treated.


Gillian Rennie-Dunkerley, Oliver Last, Don Darling, Stuart Crane, Roger Turkington.