Wickhambrook Parish Council

Crime Updates

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Wickhambrook Parish Clerk Reports

Below are listed various Reports from the Parish Clerk.

Events and News

Annual Parish Meeting
Thursday 18th May

Everyone is invited to the Annual Parish meeting Thursday 18th May held in the MSC Pavilion starting at 7.30pm. Please see poster for details.


Adobe pdf document Parish Council Agenda


Adobe pdf document Estates Committee Agenda

Adobe pdf documentVehicle Activated Signs (VAS) Report

Adobe pdf document Devolution Notes from County Cllr Mary Evans

read Parish Council Minutes and Reports

read Parish Clerk Reports

readCommunity Action Suffolk news

LIT PIC
Wickhambrook Summer Litter Pick - 9th July

Can you spare an hour or so to improve the look of your village? Meet at Wickhambrook MSC car park at 10am. Hazard jackets, rubbish sacks and grab sticks provided (see poster)



SPRING LITTER PICK
Many thanks to everyone who turned out this morning, Sunday 5 March, and I am sorry that we had cancelled the event on health and safety grounds due to the bad weather. It was actually a much calmer day later but too late for our decision making. A re-scheduled date will be published in the usual way but thank you again for your support.
Sonya Thorburn
Parish Clerk


Facebook - for more news and information, please visit our Parish Council Facebook page


Mary Evans

Cllr Mary Evans
News and Information

General news and latest information from Cllr Mary Evans on County Council affairs and general matters - take a look


Parish Council meetings in 2017

All Parish Council meetings are held, once a month, on Thursdays at 7.30 pm in the MSC Pavilion (at the rear of the Main Hall). Any member of the public can attend any meeting.

Dates for 2017 are as follows:
Thursday 19 Jan, 23 Feb, 30 March, 27 April, 25 May (Annual Parish Council), 29 June, 27 July, 31 Aug, 28 Sept, 26 Oct and 30 November. Annual Parish meeting Thursday 18 May 2017

Estates Committee meetings in 2017

All Estates Committee meetings are held on Thursdays of every second month in the MSC Pavilion. Any member of the public can attend.

Dates for 2017 are as follows:
Thursday 9 Feb, 13 April, 8 June, 10 Aug, 12 Oct and Monday 4 December

Keep up to date with Parish matters by reading the Parish Council notice board at Thorns Corner, looking at Wickhambrook website, making use of the Wickhambrook page on Facebook or by reading the Parish Council notes in the 'Scene'. If you need any further information contact any councillor (details on neighbouring notice) or the Clerk on 01440 821861 or parishclerk@wickhambrook.org.

Village Notices

Public Transport

Connecting Communities is a new service – bringing the traditional community transport services such as Dial a Ride, Suffolk Links and Community Car service under one new single identity.
Our service enable passengers to travel locally, for example to visit friends and relatives, attend medical appointments or take a trip to the shops. Access Education and workplaces, linking with other scheduled services.

Read more including contact numbers here

Winner of Biscuit Barrel Award

Winner of 2017 Alf Hicks Biscuit Barrel Award

Maggie Elers, the recipient of the Alf Hicks Biscuit Barrel award 2017
Maggie has given many years of time and effort to worthwhile causes and events in the village. To name but a few she has helped run a playgroup, was a member of the Community Association helping to run village events such as the firework display and helped organise dances raising money for the village hall. Maggie has made costumes for the Wickhambrook Players pantomime and carol concerts and most recently is a stalwart member of the Carnival Committee, reviving this annual event which has proved to be an ongoing success every summer. Maggie was the unanimous choice by the Parish Council for the award this year and the photograph shows Chairman Paul Couzens with Maggie who will hold the Biscuit Barrel for twelve months and have her name added to the list of previous worthy holders of the award.  The presentation was made at the Annual Parish Meeting on 18 May 2017.

The right for Parish Councils to sell electricity
Currently local authorities have the power to sell electricity from local power generation schemes but Parish and Town Councils do not. There is a proposal under the Sustainable Communities Act asking that the Government allows Parish and Town Councils the right to sell electricity they generate from local schemes. Wickhambrook Parish Council supports this proposal but before responding there has to be evidence of local consultation. If you have any comments please contact the Clerk, or leave a message on 01440 821861 or parishclerk@wickhambrook.org.

Grit Heaps
During recent winters the help in spreading salt/grit and clearing snow and ice from pavements was greatly appreciated. We want to build on this support so we are prepared for the severe weather during the coming winter. We hope that those that have assisted in the past will continue to do so and that those who have not yet participated will consider their involvement this winter. In past winters the public were concerned that if they helped to clear snow they may have been liable for third party claims. Suffolk County Council can confirm that anyone who clears snow from outside their own or someone else's property would only be liable for an accident if their efforts actually made the pavement less safe than it was with the snow and ice undisturbed and as a result somebody is injured. Where Town and Parish Councils keep a list of the names of their volunteers then these people would then be covered under the terms of the County Council's insurances for public liabilities.

If you are able to volunteer please contact Clerk to the Parish Council, 01440 821861.

Save money and be more green - without any costs or hassle
As well as being available to businesses, the rent a roof scheme is also available to village halls, community centres and other organisations - read more information here


Wickhambrook on Twitter

Wickhambrook Main Facilities


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Current Report - September/October 2017


Lay Members of the Parish Council Estates Committee
Previous Clerk’s reports in The Scene have referred to the time given up, on a voluntary basis, by the eight Councillors that comprise Wickhambrook Parish Council.  The Estates Committee is supported by four Lay Members who also freely give up their time.  It is with this in mind that the committee wishes to thank Mr Ian Spencer, a resident of Attleton Green, who has recently resigned as a Lay Member due to work commitments.  Ian has been a champion of that green, organising working parties to reclaim the margins around the pond and re-seed areas with the wild flower seed packs obtained by the Parish Council from the Kew Gardens initiative, sponsored by the National Lottery.  He has also contributed to a previous edition of ‘The Scene’ describing the work undertaken at Attleton Green and has offered to continue to monitor and report to the Committee on all aspects of the green.  Thank you and the Committee looks forward to hearing your reports in the future.

July ‘Lit Pic’
Continuing in ‘thank you’ mode - what can I say to thank the band of residents who regularly appear at the Parish Council organised Litter Picks?  ‘Thank you’ simply doesn’t do it when the same folk attend each time with a willingness and cheer that is lovely to witness.  This ‘thank you’ is more than the words on the page - what is achieved each time in the way of keeping our village free of rubbish in the hedgerows, pathways and public spaces must be obvious to all.  The next Litter Pick will be organised for a November date, published as usual in ‘The Scene’ and on the website, please do attend if you are able to, not only to support the residents who regularly turn out but also to cover a wider area and keep more of the Parish litter free.

Youth Football Club
Wickhambrook Parish Council supports four different clubs using the ‘Six Acres’ as part of the recreational field.  Recently the Parish Council voted not to increase the low ground rent for these clubs – Bowls, Tennis, Adult and Youth Football.  Keeping the amount at the same level in order to support all the sports offered in Wickhambrook.  The Bowls and Tennis Club pavilion has had to be recently removed due to water damage which has exposed the Youth Football Club container. This club has agreed to paint the container green to minimise the visual effect now it stands alone.  The Parish Council is arranging for the hedge to be trimmed back before the painting can commence and we all look forward to the finished product which will be more in keeping with the surroundings.   The Youth Football Club are also organising spraying of the two pitches as announced in ‘What’s On’ as follows:

“The Recreational Field will have the football pitches sprayed with weedkiller late August/early September.  Hazard warning signs will be displayed while the spray is drying and the areas will be roped off.”

Hedges
At this time of year the Parish Council receives many reports about overgrown hedges obstructing rights of way.  If your garden or land borders a public footpath or byway would you please ensure you keep your hedge trimmed.

VAS Update – speeding in the village
Councillor Barton, as stated in previous editions, has responsibility for monitoring the Vehicle Activated Speeding signs in the village.  The Parish Council is pleased to announce the acquisition of a new machine with a “SLOW DOWN” display that will be used in the priority site near the School.  This will free up time for the current machine, shared with Lidgate Parish Council, and new sites have been investigated for poles to be located to support the machine on a rotational basis.  The link road from Nunnery Green to the B1063 has had a survey of residents completed and the Parish Council has agreed the location, subject to support from Suffolk County Council Highways Department.  Cemetery Road residents have recently been surveyed with replies yet to be analysed.  Ashfield Green has already had a Police Camera Van in situ after data was sent through from the VAS when sited in this area.  There are strict criteria in place for the siting of these machines from Suffolk Highways and so some requests from residents for different locations are not able to be met by the Parish Council but please be assured that all requests are fully investigated.  The Parish Council acknowledges that speeding in the village is a high priority concern for the residents it represents and is fully committed to controlling this hazard.  Prosecution for speeding is a very effective deterrent and this will only come about from the presence of a Police Camera Van monitoring speeding vehicles which in turn will only be allocated once data from the VAS machines has shown the necessity for attendance.  The Parish Council is determined that it will not take a serious incident to control speeding in the village and hopes the actions it is taking on behalf of all residents will deter drivers from acting recklessly in Wickhambrook.

Now……………………..
I don’t know how many of the readers of ‘The Scene’ remember the postman of about ten years, Colin Bird who then retired to sunny Spain, but he has contacted me recently and sent an article regarding his time serving on the Parish Council. 

Colin Bird - As printed in the Euro Weekly News June 2015

(Colin Bird - As printed in the Euro Weekly News June 2015)

I have in each edition emphasised the anti-social impacts of dog fouling as I honestly believe it is the most avoidable hazard.  I am a dog owner and absolutely love walking around this village with my two dogs but appreciate how unacceptable it is to encounter dog waste.  The article by the MSC Trustees in the previous ‘Scene’ was hard hitting as a necessity and the following is a lighter take on the subject from years gone by when it was acceptable for an owner to leave dog waste in certain areas which now it is not. 

Please read this in the spirit Colin wrote it – I found it both poignant and amusing and I hope you will too:

“The Hidden Perils of Strimming

The Princess and I are dog sitting for our vacationing neighbours at the moment.

                Although we are presently owned by two cats that we rescued as tiny street ragamuffins a few years ago, we also love dogs and it makes a pleasant change to take the first walk of the day through the quiet neighbourhood at a relatively early hour.   Armed with doodoo bags just in case, and a pocket full of biscuit treats (for being a good girl and pooping on waste ground and not the road . . . the dog not the Princess), it’s a pleasant experience.

                But it amazes me to see the amount of dog excrement that is simply left on the pavements and walkways of the urbanisation.
                The dog owners concerned believe that if nobody is watching, then leave it, because although during daylight hours doggy walkers can be seen assiduously attending to their pet’s bowel movements, it is obviously a different matter after dark.
               
These thoughts linked up conveniently with a message I saw on Facebook from an erstwhile friend in the village where we once lived. It was castigating dog owners who are allowing their animals to make regular deposits on the village recreation ground, and leaving them to be discovered by young kids and footballers.
                The message was in the form of a cartoon fairy flying off with a bag of something unsavoury, and captioned:  ‘There’s No Such Thing as the Dog Poo Fairy!’
               
It reminded me of a time when, as a member of the Parish Council, I had made it my responsibility to keep the three village greens mown during the summer and in addition the cemetery and churchyard.
There was something strangely relaxing about thrumming around on my shiny Kubota ride-on, pondering life’s mysteries.

At the entrance to the cemetery was a narrow strip of grass that, because of its slope could only be strimmed.  This was fine unless the grass became overly long, which happened during our holidays away.

                Let me tell you, in spite of the mirth it created in the village at the time, it is no fun to suddenly encounter a wet Richard the Third with a high speed rotating nylon cord.
To this day, there are those who still refer to me as ‘Freckles’!”

Recent Planning Applications
Recent planning applications considered by the Parish Council over the last six weeks.
DC17/0827/FUL Easterwood Bungalow, Baxters Green
Stables, manage, front wall, driveway, gates.  No objection

DC/17/1234/HH 6 Wickham House Bungalows, Giffords Lane
Detached double cartlodge.  No objections

DC/17/1239/HH Glebe House, Church Road
New garage.  No objections

DC/17/1297/FUL The Hedges, Ashfield Green
1 dwelling plus detached garage following demolition of dwelling and garage.  Access alteration. No objections

DC/17/1243/HH Bramble Cottage, Wash Lane.  First floor rear extension and single storey side extension.  No objections

Decisions made by St Edmundsbury Council over the last eight weeks.

DC/17/1083/HH Layham Place, Post Office Hill
Two storey and single storey extension, detached triple garage, new vehicular access, replacement chimney.  Approved

Dates of next meetings
The dates for the next two meetings on Thursdays are 28 September and 26 October.  The next Estates committee meeting will be held on Thursday 12 October.  All meetings begin at 7.30 p.m.

Sonya Thorburn 
Wickhambrook Parish Clerk

Previous Reports

General Information

Correspondence for the Parish Council should be sent to
Serendipity
Coltsfoot Green
Wickhambrook
Newmarket
Suffolk. CB8 8UW.
(if you wish to correspond directly with one of the Parish Councillors, then please contact the Clerk for details).

POTHOLES - VERGES AND HEDGES
The Parish Council invite you to report problems such as potholes, verges and hedges.

Documents
- Annual Return for 2016/2017
- Asset Register 2016-17
- Audit Conclusion Notice 2015/2016
- Budget 2017-2018 plus 2016-2017 actuals
- Complaints Procedure
- Financial Regulations
- Financial Risk Assessment
- Financial Standing Orders
- Financial Statement with comparisons 2016-2017
- Freedom of Information Scheme
- Policy for dealing with press and other media
- Policy for Training New Staff and Councillors
- Publication Scheme
- Standing Orders
- Standing Orders - Estates Committee
- Suffolk Local Code of Conduct for Members
- Twelve Month action plan for Wickhambrook Parish Council

Information to read from St Edmundsbury Borough Council
- Rural News
- Economic Development Services
- ARC Park and Ride Leaflet
- Boundary Committee News

Useful links and information