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

MEETING OF THE PARISH COUNCIL 13th March 2017


Planning Applications discussed:
0492/17 Chestnut House, Wilby Road IP21 5HP. Councillors voted by majority vote to not support this application.
0600/17 Scotts Pine, Wilby Road IP21 5JN. Councillors voted by majority vote to support this application.
0533/17 2 Battlesea Green Close, IP21 5JN. Councillors voted by unanimous vote to support this application.

Other planning methods:
0040/17 - The Priory, Drs Lane IP21 5HU: Granted 15/2/17
0310/17– Land adjacent 1 White House cottages, IP21 5HJ: Granted 13/3/17
0480/17 - Queens Head Cottage IP21 5HG – no update at time of meeting

Parish Council Updates:
• Forms for the final grants for the Play Park improvements have been submitted.
• The gatepost at the cemetery has been removed for repair.
• A company has been identified to carry out the work to the gateposts at the Church.
• A letter has been received from a member of the public concerning progress on the Neighbourhood Plan. It was decided that an extraordinary Parish Council meeting will be called on 20th April. The Neighbourhood Plan Committee will be invited to update the Council on the progress to date and a plan going forward.
• The defibrillator cabinet has been received but awaiting outcome of BT consultation before installation in the kiosk can take place.

Other:
Cllr Mcgregor:
Council tax has increased by 3% to cover adult social care and the Council are dipping into reserves during these tough times.
New bridges planned for Ipswich and Lowestoft.
It is proposed that the Police and Crime Commissioner will take over fire/rescue service.
It is hoped to have a holistic approach to transport.
Cllr Flatman:
MSDC budget had increased by 1.64%.
Paddock House and the site of the former middle school in Stowmarket have been earmarked for development of affordable housing.
If there any concerns or complaints concerning Leisure facilities, Cllr Flatman will pass them on.
MSDC have launched at new website. Cllr Flatman would welcome any comments on this. http://www.midsuffolk.gov.uk/

If you notice any problems with roads/pavements/footpaths – they can be reported at:
https://www.suffolk.gov.uk/roads-and-transport/highway-maintenance/report-a-highways-issue/
If you notice any problems with street lights – they can be reported at:
https://www.suffolk.gov.uk/roads-and-transport/street-lighting-traffic-signals-and-pedestrian-crossings/street-lighting/report-a-faulty-street-light/


Parish Council drop in clinic
The council drop in clinics will run on the Tuesday in the week following a Parish Council meeting.
The next clinic will be: Tuesday, 18th April at 2.15pm in the Library.

 


 MEETING OF THE PARISH COUNCIL 13th February 2017

Planning Applications Supported
0040/17 – The Priory, Drs Lane: removal of 2 ash, 2 lawson cypress and limb from yew.
0310/17 – Land adjacent 1 White House Cottages: variation of condition 2 following grant of planning permission 3248/14.

During the public forum a member of the public asked questions concerning the Neighbourhood Plan and its progress to date including costs incurred. The Clerk will respond with the financial position to date.

Improvements to play parks
• EW reported that she and the Clerk had attended a meeting at MSDC re fundraising for the play parks. MSDC would be willing to help fund the play parks up to a maximum % still to be calculated once all the figures are received. A lease will have to be drawn up between the Community Centre and the Parish Council for the Playpark at the Community Centre.
• We were runners up in the Tesco Bags for Help and were awarded £2,000. Rattlerow Farm have pledged to donate £2,000. With the possibility of £10,000 from the Community Centre, the figure raised to date is: £41,294.90

Other
• A response to the letter received from the Trust was approved.
• Councillors agreed to reserve funds to carry out repairs to the chapel at the cemetery. The gatepost at the cemetery will be taken to a specialist for repairs to be carried out. We are still awaiting a formal quote for the repair to the gatepost at the Church.
• Stradbroke is now included on the rota for the temporary VAS signs and three were in the village during early February with a return date scheduled for early March.
• Councillors are looking to update the footpath signs around the village as well as relocating a dog litter bin from the Community Centre to the footpath entrance on Wilby Road.
• A dangerously faulty street light has been removed from Grove End, a replacement is on order.
• Broken manhole covers in Wilby Road have been identified for replacement.
• The defibrillator cabinet is on order. The Council are waiting to hear from BT re the adoption of the kiosk.

Councillors' Reports
Cllr Flatman updated Councillors on the plans for revised governance at MSDC. She also advised that parking enforcement will shortly be outsourced to a private company. She assured Councillors that MSDC will monitor any charging increases closely.

Cllr McGregor informed Councillors that money has been found in the highways budget to supply a warning sign in Wilby Road together with replacing the speed sign at Westhall. Cllr McGregor has allocated £750 from the locality fund to the Playpark improvements. There will be a 3% increase in the precept for next year to cover adult social care. The library budget has been reduced but no library in Suffolk has been closed. Cllr McGregor also updated Councillors on the progress of the application to build Sizewell C.

Parish Council drop in clinic
The council drop in clinics will run on the Tuesday in the week following a Parish Council meeting.
The next clinic will be: Tuesday, 21st March at 2.15pm in the Library.


MEETINGS OF THE PARISH COUNCIL 12th December 2016 and 9th January 2017
Planning Permissions Granted
4365/16 Doggetts, New Street IP21 5JJ
New Members
The Councillors were very pleased to co-opt 3 new members at the meeting in January. Lynsey Smith, Jim Baker and Chris Edwards were voted for unanimously and welcomed to the Parish Council.

Improvements to play parks
Further village fundraising has taken place:
£89 at Christmas Lights evening £45 Carol singing £757.90 from Family Bingo
Cllr McGregor has promised £750.00 from his locality grant. Councillors are hoping that this may increase next year as Cllr Flatman had been able to donate £2,800 from her District Council Locality Grant.
Tesco Bags for Help – we are waiting to hear from Tesco's on the amount we will be receiving.
Skinners have very generously donated £1,000 to the project.
There will be a new fundraising event "Pennies for the Playpark" – everyone is asked to collect their change and drop it off at the collection points, within both schools and the library. This will run until Easter.

Other
The meeting between the Stradbroke Trust and the Parish Council was cancelled by mutual agreement. A letter from Trustees enclosing payment for the ground rent has been received and will be responded to in due course.
The Highways Working Party will be asking residents for input into proposed traffic calming measures around the village.
The Parish Council would like to hear from anyone willing to sponsor a replacement bench on Wilby Road, outside the pedestrian entrance to the High School.
A working party will visit the churchyard in the spring to undertake a tidy up – details of how you can help will be published later in the year.
The Parish Council held a very successful event in December when the Christmas Lights were switched on and Carols were sung. The Parish Council would like to extend the opportunity of running this event to other village groups and would ask that any interested group contact the Clerk.
Users of the cemetery are asked to take care when walking off of the paths. There are a large number of mole hills and rabbit holes which could be a trip hazard.
Councillors' Reports
Cllr Flatman (District Councillor) An update was given on progress towards the relocation to Endeavour House, this is expected to be complete by Spring 2017. The buildings at Needham Market and Hadleigh will then be sold. The locations for the 2 community based customer help points has yet to be finalised.
Cllr Flatman read a letter from local GPs and A&E services asking for visits to be kept to a minimum during this busy winter period.

Finance
Councillors reviewed and approved the budget for the year 2017/18.
Parish Council drop in clinic
The council drop in clinics will run on the Tuesday in the week following a Parish Council meeting.
The next clinic will be: Tuesday, 21st February at 2.15pm in the Library.


MEETING OF THE PARISH COUNCIL 14th November 2016
The Chairman welcomed all to the meeting.

Planning Applications supported
4365/16 Doggetts, New Street IP21 5JJ

Permissions Granted
2462/16: 26 Shelton Hill, 3074/16: Cushion Farm Barn, 2980/16: The Paddocks, 2652/16: Hubbards, 3150/16: Mulberry Lodge

Public Forum
A 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 parks
The 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.

Other
A 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 http://www.stradbrokeonline.org.uk/index.php/stradbroke-neighbourhood-plan-home-page. 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' Reports
Cllr 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 .

Finance
Councillors 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 clinic
The 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


MEETING OF THE PARISH COUNCIL 10th October 2016

The Chairman welcomed all to the meeting and reported that 3 councillors have resigned, Peter Smith, Gerald Jenkins and Ollie Coles. The Clerk would inform Mid Suffolk District Council and the process to appoint new councillors would commence.

Planning Applications supported:
2464/16 – 26 Shelton Hill, IP21 5HZ erection of porch. Erection of single storey rear extension incorporating new roof to existing. Councillors unanimously to support this application

Other Planning matters:
3408/16 Queen's Head Inn, Queens Street IP21 5HG – granted 4/10/16
3074/16 Cushion Farm Barn, Laxfield Road IP21 5JJ – granted 3/10/16
2980/16 The Paddocks, Queens Street IP21 5HG – granted 23/9/16
2871/16 (& 2872/16) Glenmore, Queens Street IP21 5HG – no information
2651/16 Hubbards, Queens St IP21 5HG – no information
3150/16 Mulberry Lodge, Laxfield Road IP 21 5NQ – no information
0552/16 62 Westhall - councillors noted that an appeal had been started against the planning decision.
3774/16 Grove Farm – councillors noted the decision notice issued.

Improvements to play parks
Nick Stones reported that the Community Centre committee had agreed to donate £10,000 towards the improvements to the play parks, there are waiting approval from Mid Suffolk District Council. Councillors expressed their thanks for this donation. Ellie Wharton updated the meeting on fund raising progress to date. 2 grant applications have been submitted, 1 to Adnams and 1 to Tesco. The Vicar has also kindly donated £300 from the Art Exhibition Fund. The 2017 calendar has been received and will be sold over the coming weeks. Ellie thanked Katie and Gemma for helping with the fundraising group.

Other
The Chair updated councillors on a response he had written to an article by the Stradbroke Trust in last month's Stradbroke Monthly. There has been no formal communication from the Trust. The Chair has, however, received a copy of the valuation the Trust had carried out and although satisfied with the way the valuation had been carried out the rental figure mentioned was inaccurate at £9,700, Carrie Barnes felt it was nearer to £14,000 last year. Standing orders do not allow the Council to revisit their previous resolution unless a written motion is received from at least three councillors by the Clerk.
SID (VAS) - the Clerk has been advised that Suffolk County Council will only approve 2 signs and that other councils have experienced these do not have the battery life they were expecting. The Clerk is investigating the cost of permanent signs with solar panels.
Footpath Signs – the sign near the bowling green is not up to date. The Clerk will investigate this and see how if it can be updated.
Dog Litter Bins – councillors reviewed a letter from Nigel Brown requesting that a dog litter bin be placed at Wilby Road to stop dog walkers using the school litter bin for their bags of dog mess. The Clerk will investigate the cost. It was also suggested that the High School may consider moving their litter bin as it is red and can be easily confused with a dog litter bin.
Neighbourhood Plan - there is an open day on 6th November 10-3 at the community centre.

Cllr Flatman reported that she had spoken to planning concerning the wording on the sign at the former Queen's Head Inn. She was advised there was nothing that could be done to prevent the change of name.
Cllr Flatman also reported on half term activities and handed over some publicity for them.

Parish Council drop in clinic
The Clerk will be working out of the library on the 3rd Tuesday of the month from 2.15pm till 3.15pm. Members of the public are welcome to come along to raise any concerns they may have. If available Parish Councillors may also be present. The next session will be on Tuesday, 22nd November @2.15pm in the library.


MEETING OF THE PARISH COUNCIL 12th September 2016

Planning Applications rejected:
3408/16 Queen's Head Inn, Queens Street IP21 5HG – replacement signage. Councillors discussed the proposed sign and change of name in depth. Councillors voted unanimously not to support this application as they felt strongly that the name Queens Head should be preserved in connection with this historic building.
Other Planning matters:
3074/16 Cushion Farm Barn IP21 5JJ – no plans were available to review. Comments were passed to Planning.
2681/16 Chestnut House – application withdrawn
There were no further updates on outstanding planning applications.

Improvements to Playparks – Ellie Wharton and Oliver Last updated the meeting on the progress of the replacement of the play equipment in both play parks.
• An open day is scheduled for 22nd October 2016 for villagers to view and vote on their preferred equipment.
• The application to Tesco has been unsuccessful but a further application will be submitted.
• Local companies have promised support and this will be reported once finalised.
• The Stradbroke All Stars have also pledged £1800, the Councillors expressed their thanks for this.
• Ellie Wharton has set up a fundraising group within the village and they have already raised in excess of £900 with a number of other fundraising activities taking place over the coming months; family disco, bake sale and a village calendar. BBC Radio Suffolk came along to interview villagers to help raise the profile of the fundraising for the play equipment.
• Councillors were asked to consider how much the Parish Council could contribute to this. Councillors voted unanimously to reserve at least £15,000.

Other
• Westhall – the new goal posts have been installed and the broken slat replaced. New toddler swings are on order.
• Councillors reviewed and approved Risk Assessment Policy and associated documentation.
• A new schedule of grass cutting was agreed.
• Councillors agreed to investigate the possibility of placing a defibrillator cabinet in the phone box. The cost would be approximately £600 plus installation. The Clerk will also investigate the cost of an emergency phone.
• SCC carried out an inspection of the pavement but could find no noticeable hazard.
• A schedule of works will be completed for quotes to repair the brick work on the Chapel at the cemetery.
• The Stradbroke Charitable Trust reported on works being carried out at the Drs surgery.
• Due to damage to a lock being a health and safety risk the Clerk will be solely responsible for placing items in the noticeboard. Posters can be left in the library and will be added (space permitting).

Report received from Cllr Flatman
Cllr Flatman reminded Councillors of the outstanding S106 money available as follows:
Community Centre £27,907.37
Sports facilities/pitches £997.29 (Councillors noted this could not be used for equipment)
Dementia friendly film screenings are being offered at the Regal in Stowmarket and other groups offering help for carers of people with dementia are being established.
Councillors raised concerns with Cllr Flatman concerning the recent planning decision made in connection with the Queens Head Inn. Cllr Flatman will raise these.

Parish Council drop in clinic
The Clerk will be working out of the library on the 3rd Tuesday of the month from 2.15pm till 3.15pm. Members of the public are welcome to come along to raise any concerns they may have. If available Parish Councillors may also be present. The first session will be on Tuesday, 18th October @2.15pm in the library.


Parish Council Meetings - July 11th, 18th & Aug 8th

Planning Applications supported:
2503/16 Roger Skinner Ltd, Queens Street IP21 5HL – removal of existing 10 LPG storage tanks and provide 12 LPG storage tanks in new location. Erection of fenced enclosure and separating masonry wall.
2980/16 The Paddocks, Queens Street IP21 5HG – erection of a detached single storey dwelling and associated garage.
2681/16 Chestnut House, Wilby Road IP21 5JP – change of use from B1 to ancillary domestic use for the storage of personal goods.
2871/16 (& 2872/16) Glenmore, Queens Street IP21 5HG – erection of a rear infill extension. Re-roofing across extend of property. Internal works in accordance with submitted schedule.
2651/16 Hubbards, Queens Street replace north facing pantile roof with plain tile roof – replace barge board. Replace UPVc guttering and down pipes with cast iron. Addition of two conservation roof lights to north facing roof.

No comments submitted on:
3150/16 Mulberry Lodge, Laxfield Road IP21 5NQ – retention of the use of the land for stationing the existing mobile home for an agricultural worker and when the residential use is not required to be used as a non-residential restroom, office & shower.

Results of planning applications considered by MSDC since the PC last met:
2035/16 Offices rear of Chestnut House, Wilby Road, Stradbroke IP21 5JP - Application withdrawn
2458/16 Watermeadow Lodge, Neaves Lane, IP21 5JE - Granted 1st July 2016
1878/16 Turtle Dove Cottage, 4 Priory Close, IP21 5HD - Granted 22nd June 2016
2415/16 & 2414/16 – Queens Head Inn, Queens Street, IP21 5HG - Granted 28/7/16
2141/16 Summer Place, Battlesea Green, IP21 5NE - Granted 3/8/16
2503/16 Roger Skinner Ltd, Queens Street, IP21 5HL - Granted 3/8/16
2458/16 Watermeadow Lodge, Neaves Lane, IP21 - Granted 1/7/16
2363/16 Prospect Farm, Laxfield Road, IP21 5JT - Granted 21/7/16

Other Planning matters:
The Clerk reported to the Council on a response she had received from Planning Enforcement concerning the Queens Head Inn. The Officer informed the Clerk that the applicant had been encouraged to include the newly installed gates in the planning application. Councillors were concerned about the report from Planning Enforcement and it was proposed that a letter be sent to Cllr Flatman raising some queries.

Other
• Councillors agreed the 1st quarter spending against budget together with virements from reserved funds.

• An open evening is proposed for villagers to gather views on the two preferred suppliers for the new play equipment.
• The clock has been serviced and repaired.
• Stradisphere dates for next 3 years approved.
• Clerk to contact Highways with regards to overgrown footpaths and locations of new VAS signs.
• Sadly, second day of Festifull was a wash out.
• New goal posts for Westhall are on order.
• The 3 year review of Drs surgery rent took place as specified in the lease. A revised figure was agreed following independent survey. Councillors also voted not to rewrite the lease.
• Neighbourhood Planning – initial analysis was displayed at Festifull. The committee propose to identify "views" within the village that are worth maintaining and plan a walk around the village in due course.


 

MEETING OF THE PARISH COUNCIL 13th June 2016

8 members of the public attended the meeting.

Planning Applications supported:
2363/16 Prospect Farm, Laxfield Road, IP21 5JJ : - erection of 1.5 storey extension, 2 x single storey extensions to rear and insertion of window at first floor to rear elevation. Revised scheme to previously approved 3684/13
2458/16 Watermeadow Lodge, Neaves Lane IP21 5JE : variation of condition 2 of application 1921/15. Erection of bungalow building to create ancillary garage and erection of outbuilding to form garden shed.

Further information was requested for 2035/16 – offices at the rear of Chestnut House, Wilby Road IP21 5JP : notification of prior approval for a proposed change of use of a building from office use (B1) to a dwelling house (C3). No vote took place.

Results of planning applications considered by MSDC since the PC last met:
1087/16 Valley Farm IP21 5JL– granted.
1629/16 Fig Tree Cottage, New Street, IP21 5JJ – granted
1878/16 Turtle Dove Cottage, 4 Priory Close, IP21 5HD – no update available at time of meeting

Other Planning matters:
Community right to bid – the nomination by Mid Anglia Branch of CAMRA of the Queens Head Public House was accepted on 12th April 2016 by MSDC
S106 Grove Farm – The Chair reported he had spoken to MSDC and they agreed that the plan shown in the document had been inaccurately drawn but as it was a legal document could not be changed. MSDC confirmed that applications from projects in the vicinity of the area shown would be considered.

Further details on planning can be obtained from the Clerk.

Other
Cllr McGregor reported on the following:
• Brief update of the Offer for local devolution
• Public Transport – Cllr McGregor would be happy to hear from anyone who has concerns/issues regarding public transport
• Sizewell – the County Council are ready to enter consultations but are waiting for the other parties concerned.

Cllr McGregor was asked about the decision to stop printing bus timetables. He confirmed that this was a cost saving exercise

• The Clerk reported that MDSC briefed Town and Parish Councils on the proposal for devolution across East Anglia. At present the authorities are proposing a Norfolk/Suffolk authority working in a loose federation with Cambs/Peterborough. Details are yet to be finalised but all concerned are hoping that proposals can go out for public consultation in July/August. Further information can be obtained from the Clerk.
• Concerns were raised about flooding around the road leading to the Drs Surgery. The culvert will be looked at to see if it is blocked or whether it was sheer volume of rain that fell.
• The new road sign on the corner of Queens St and Church St is hidden by overgrown bushes at Church House.
• A report was received that the gate post at the Church was very loose; the Parish Council will obtain quotes to have this repaired.
• Increased speed checks in and around Stradbroke have been promised by the local Police. The Clerk is working with Suffolk County Council to purchase a new VAS sign to replace the broken one at Westhall


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.

Finance
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.

Other
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 http://www.stradbrokeonline.org.uk/index.php/stradbroke-neighbourhood-plan-home-page. 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