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Wickhambrook Parish Council
GET FITTER PICK LITTER – or here we go again!

It is the first of three litter picks held in Wickhambrook each year organised by Wickhambrook Parish Council and the date is Sunday 4 March 2018 at 10.30 a.m. - meet in the pavilion attached to the MSC Hall
This litter pick is part of………..
The Great British Spring Clean: Join thousands of others taking part on the weekend of 2-4 March and help clean up our country.’
Hope to see you on Sunday 4 March at 10.30 a.m.!
The usual refreshments will be available afterwards for those deserving participants!

For further information please contact the Clerk on 01440 821861 or email parishclerk@wickhambrook.org

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 2018

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 2018 are as follows:
Thursday Thursday 18 Jan, 22 Feb, 29 March, 26 April, 31 May (Annual Parish Council), 28 June, 26 July, 30 Aug, 27 Sept, 25 Oct and 29 November. Annual Parish meeting Thursday 10 May 2018

Estates Committee meetings in 2018

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 8 Feb, 12 April, 14 June, 9 Aug, 11 Oct and Monday 3 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

Bury Road playground
The small playground on Bury Road in the Clopton area has been the responsibility of Havebury Housing. Havebury does not have the expertise within the organisation to check and maintain the play equipment on a regular basis and have suggested that the small fenced area be gifted to the Parish Council.

New equipment, swings, a rocker cum see saw and safety tiling, has been installed and a RoSPA certificate has been issued. The handover will take place in the near future.

We need someone who lives locally to inspect the area on a regular basis, say once a week, and note if there is anything of concern. If that person is willing to give a verbal report at the Estates Meeting, held on a Tuesday every second month, so much the better. The next meetings are on 10th April and 12th June. Monthly playground inspections will be carried out by Borough staff and an annual visit will be made by an independent professional. Any volunteers? Please contact the Parish Clerk on 01440 821861 if you are willing to give it a try.

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May/June 2016

Thank you ‘Litter Pickers’

A huge thank you to everyone who attended the Parish Council litter pick on Sunday 20 March.  An amazing amount of litter was collected by a superb band of volunteers and we are sure you will notice a difference in the hedgerows and alongside the roads of the village.  We can only arrange these litter picks with the help of the MSC committee and special thanks must go to Mrs Barbara Merritt for giving up her time to welcome everyone and to provide refreshments for all the litter pickers upon their return.  Just a note to anyone who has recently lost a decent brown leather wallet – this was found by a volunteer and has been handed in at Haverhill Police Station, if you think it may belong to you and wish to claim it please ring the police station on 01473 613500.

The good news and the bad news

Good news - the transfer of the Bury Road playground to Parish Council ownership is now complete.  The Parish Council is delighted as this has secured the future of the play area for the children of the parish who live in that vicinity to enjoy and is very good news indeed.

The bad news is that due to the constant vandalism directed at the Parish Council noticeboard at the Bury Road site a decision has been made to have the noticeboard removed.  It is very sad that the residents nearby, who do not necessarily have access to the internet, will now have to travel to the centre of the village to read parish news.  Due to the cost of the repairs and dangerous condition the board has been left in on numerous occasions the Parish Council felt they had no choice but to order its removal.

Village Greens

The upkeep of the village greens is included in an annual contract currently held by a local contractor, with specific requests made for pruning and cutting in addition to this.  You will have noticed when walking or driving round the Parish how pretty the greens are looking and what an excellent job is made of looking after them.  Recently Attleton Green has been the recipient of special attention and local residents have offered to plant wild flower seeds which we are hoping to obtain through the ‘Grow Wild’ scheme sponsored by the National Lottery – watch this space for updates!  Moor Green has also been attended to and again the residents have given up their time to help with this. Unfortunately during the re-surfacing work at Nunnery Green lorries have used the area to park which has damaged the turf but the Parish Council hope to ensure this is quickly re-instated.  It is lovely that there is so much interest in the greens which are such a feature of Wickhambrook.

Her Majesty the Queen’s 90th Birthday Celebrations
Saturday 11 June 2016

As reported by Councillor Jane Midwood in the previous edition of The Scene a committee is organising a mass photo to celebrate this occasion.  Flyers will soon be sent out to village households with a request to confirm attendance.  More volunteers are needed to help on the day and please ring or email if you are willing to help:
parishclerk@wickhambrook.org     01440 821861

Tackling the problem of dog fouling

This ongoing problem is high on the agenda at the Parish Council Estates committee meetings and Mark Christie from St Edmundsbury Borough Council is kindly attending the next meeting, on Thursday 14 April, to discuss the effectiveness of preventative measures already put in place.  Although there has been a decrease in the number of offending dog owners noted, there is no reason for anyone not to be able to comply with the ‘bag it and bin it’ slogan as the bag dispensers near the MSC Hall are regularly re-filled. This is another initiative where the Parish Council are working closely with the MSC committee with good results.  As always we must acknowledge that the majority of owners are responsible and clear up any dog fouling.

The condition of village roads

The Parish Council receives many communications from residents each year concerning different aspects of the roads in the village.  Although it is good to be informed of these problems to keep the Councillors updated with views and complaints, and offer support when possible,  there is also an excellent online reporting facility on the Suffolk County Council website under the Highways section.

It has a map facility which has information on sites already reported and the information you give goes directly to the department making for speedier action.  Once again please continue to contact your Parish Council but if you have internet access and use the Highways reporting tool as well this is the best way forward.

Annual Parish Meeting

A special reminder that the Annual Parish Meeting is on Thursday 12 May 2016 at 7.30 p.m. in the pavilion adjoining the MSC Hall.  Please put the date in your diary, we hope as many parishioners as possible will come along.

Parish Council meetings

The dates for the next two meetings on Thursdays are 26 May (Parish Council Annual Meeting) and 30 June.  The next Estates committee meeting will be held on Thursday 16 June.  All meetings begin at 7.30p.m.

Recent Planning Applications

Recent planning applications considered by the Parish Council over the last six weeks.
DC/0314/HH 3 The Duddery, Wickhambrook rear two store extension
Rear conservatory, dormer windows front elevation, front porch.
DC/15/0379/VAR Plot 5 Thorns Meadow, Wickhambrook integral garage
to be reception plus further parking.

Decisions made by St Edmundsbury Council over the last eight weeks.
DC/16/0080/HH 8 Giffords Lane, Wickhambrook single storey rear
 extension, replacement front porch and windows. Approved.
 DC/16/0037/HH 14 Bury Road, Wickhambrook front porch and 
 single storey rear extension. Approved.
DC/15/2526/LB Queens House, Ousden replacement windows and repairs
 DC/15/2222/OUT Rowans, Nunnery Green, Wickhambrook amended plans
 Detached dwelling with garage. Approved.

Sonya Thorburn 
Parish Clerk

Previous Reports

General Information

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

The Parish Council invite you to report problems such as potholes, verges and hedges.

- 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

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