The Parish Pump

The Parish Pump is a short summary by the Clerk to the Council of the main discussion and decisions taken at the parish council meeting. It is published in the Stradbroke Monthly and available online. It is not a formal minute of the meeting. Full minutes of all meetings are held in the Library, are posted on the Notice Board and can also be found here on Stradbrokeonline

9th May 2016

5 members of the public attended the meeting.

This was the Parish Council's AGM so in addition to the usual business some extra proposals were voted on:

Stuart Gemmill continues as Chair, with Oliver Last as Vice Chair.
Councillors were also elected to working parties and committees.
The Councillors voted to adopt new Standing Orders / Financial Regulations / Financial Risk Assessment /
Freedom of Information Policy and Publication Scheme.

Planning Applications supported:
1087/16 Valley Farm IP21 5JL– change of use from agriculture to residential.
1629/16 Fig Tree Cottage, New Street, IP1 5JJ – removal of porch and single storey rear extension to replace existing. Erection of 1st floor extension over existing garage. Replacement of timber windows and lime render. Minor internal alterations (1630/16 – as above listed building consent)
1878/16 Turtle Dove Cottage, 4 Priory Close, IP21 5HD –two storey side extension and enlarge existing garage

Results of planning applications considered by MSDC since the PC last met:
1039/16 Havensfield Farm, Fressingfield Road IP13 8EN – No update at time of meeting
0205/16 Stradbroke Farm Barn, Laxfield Road IP21 5NL : Granted 29/4/16
0683/16 Penny Cottage, Pixey Green, IP21 5NH: Granted 3/5/16
0645/16 Chestnut House, Wilby Road IP21 5JP: Application withdrawn

Other Planning matters:
The Clerk has made 3 reports to planning enforcement. To date one response received, that the new BT fibre box did not need planning permission.
Oliver Last reported on the S106 document re the Grove Farm development. Councillors were disappointed to note that the requirement for local needs housing has disappeared and only choice based affordable housing remains on the plan.
The Chair will contact Mid Suffolk re the plan shown as annex A in the S106 documents as it appears to highlight the Leisure Centre.
It was noted by Councillors that the money is available for projects within the vicinity of the area shown and felt it would be wise to consider all options once the Neighbourhood Planning questionnaire is analysed.

 Further details on planning can be obtained from the Clerk.

The cheques for signature included one to Suffolk County Council for the work carried out to enable them to adopt the Street Lights. Suffolk County Council have confirmed that they have now taken ownership of the lights and no further charge will be made to Stradbroke for the cost of running the street lights.

Clearance at the cemetery took place on the 8th May and thanks were expressed for all those that helped on the day. Some additional work has been identified and will be carried out in due course.

Councillors are still working with a number of companies to identify improvements to play equipment within the village and hope to start completing funding applications shortly.

We are approaching a busy and enjoyable time for village activities. The organisers of all these events have planned for a long time and will have all the necessary licences and policies in place. Should any villager find they have a concern about any event, please feel free to contact me and I will pass it on in confidence to the organisers.


MEETING OF THE PARISH COUNCIL 14th November 2016The Chairman welcomed all to the meeting.Planning Applications supported4365/16 Doggetts, New Street IP21 5JJPermissions Granted2462/16: 26 Shelton Hill, 3074/16: Cushion Farm Barn, 2980/16: The Paddocks, 2652/16: Hubbards, 3150/16: Mulberry LodgePublic ForumA member of the public spoke and asked the Councillors to consider a vote of thanks to the long serving members that resigned at the last meeting. It was proposed that the Chair should write to all 3 councillors and this was accepted.The village archive now has a copy of the 1841 Tithe Map if any one wishes to view it.Improvements to play parksThe community centre reported that they are not able to contribute the £10,000 they had pledged at the present time. They hope to have a better idea of the funds available in the new year.Following comments received at the open day a revised schedule is being prepared by the preferred supplier.A grant for £1,000 has been received from Adnams.The Fundraising group continue to hold events and have recently raised £189 from the Bake Sale and £113 from car boot sale. Thanks were expressed to Peter Johnson for sponsoring the Family Bingo Night.It was noted that no planning permission is needed for the works to replace the play equipment however the Parish Council will need a lease for the land at the community centre before any works can be undertaken on that site.OtherA letter from the Stradbroke Trust and a statement from the Clerk were read at the meeting. A copy of both will be appended to the minutes. A meeting between Trustees and Councillors will take place immediately before the December meeting.Around 60 people attended the Neighbourhood Plan open day. Feedback from the event is being reviewed and all information is available on the neighbourhood plan website found at The next stage is to draft a skeleton plan.A new bench in memory of Jack Cook has been installed at the Playing field.The bench near the pedestrian entrance to the High School on Wilby Road is in desperate need of replacement; if anyone would like to sponsor a bench here, please contact the Clerk (details below).Councillors’ ReportsCllr Flatman (District Councillor) reported that she had attended a disability conference where the major area for concern was issues with community transport.There is a big push on improving recycling and all residents should have received a leaflet about this.Cllr McGregor (County Councillor) reported that it is hoped that the council tax should only increase to take account of the adult social care.Parish Councillors asked Cllr McGregor to follow up various issues concerning the traffic/highway improvements in Stradbroke .FinanceCouncillors reviewed a planned expenditure schedule and noted the projects they are undertaking at the present time:Play park equipment replacement, new goalposts and swings at Westhall, highways improvements, spoil clearance at Cemetery, repair to gatepost at Churchyard, repairs to the Chapel at the Cemetery and purchase of defibrillator cabinet and emergency phone. They noted new projects that may also be undertaken; relocate a dog litter bin to further along Wilby Road, works on the Churchyard grounds and the replacement of a bench at Wilby Road.Parish Council drop in clinicThe council drop in clinics will run on the Tuesday in the week following a Parish Council meeting.The next clinic will be: Tuesday, 20th December 2016 at 2.15pm in the Library.Members of the public and press are very welcome to attend meetings of the Parish Council and to bring matters of concern or information to the attention to Members in the time allocated to the Public Forum.Dog owners are requested to clean up after their pets and only use the bins designated for dog waste.Do not to use the litter bins when disposing of dog waste. If the designated bins are full, please take your bags home.Odile Wladon, Clerk - contact information:Mobile: 07555 066147 email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Mill Hill House, Wickham Skeith, Suffolk IP23 8NA