Wickhambrook Parish Council

Crime Updates

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Crime updates for September

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Wanted/For Sale

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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

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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Current Report - Nov/Dec 2015

Change of Parish Clerk
Five people have applied for the position of Parish Clerk. Interviews will be carried out around 20th October and it is hoped that an appointment will be made before the end of the month.  There will be a gradual handover period up to Christmas. Details of the new Clerk will be published in the next edition of the Scene and the ‘What’s On’.

Big push on dog muck
Wickhambrook has been chosen as one of the villages to try a new approach to stamp out (rather than in) dog muck.  Further details can be found elsewhere in the magazine but the initiative will include the placing of one or more dispensers of pick up bags in the car park area to complement the bins already in place and the easy reporting of anyone refusing to co-operate.  But, as with most ideas, success depends on the help of the public. 

Proposed Housing Development off Cemetery Road
Many thanks to all those who attended the consultation on 3rd September.  We are assured that all comments have been recorded and will be taken into consideration. 
One of the requirements of the planning process is that an archaeological evaluation be carried out.  This will take place on Monday 9th November and will continue for two or three days.  If anything of interest is found then further work will take place.  PLEASE NOTE that there is no public access to the meadows and this applies particularly during the excavation work. 

Coming soon to a site near you.
The Parish Council is now the proud possessor of one Vehicle Activated Sign and several supporting brackets.  We have no new posts yet but they have been ordered and could appear at any time.  The sites are as originally planned – one either side on the approach to the School, one in either direction on the Ashfield Green straight and one on B1063 as you enter the village from Lidgate.  The machine saves all data and operates over the whole 24 hours.  Any regular speeding can be identified and followed up. Suffolk County Council has recently purchased a small vehicle capable of hosting a speed camera which will sit comfortably in country lanes.
A small team of volunteers is likely to run some trials using the machine on existing poles in the near future.  If you wish to join and help with the transfer of the VAS from one site to another, and probably one village to another, please contact the Clerk on 01440 821861 or parishclerk@wickhambrook.org

Skate park developments
At recent meeting of the Estates Committee there have been discussions about improvements to the skate park. Several quotes have been obtained and sources of funding explored BUT there is an undercurrent of feeling among some councillors that there is little point in spending more public money when there is ample evidence of the existing site not being cared for.  Litter is a constant problem. Bins are there and they are rarely full yet there are wrappers, plastic bottles, and the occasional glass bottle regularly dumped on the riding surface.
A better attempt at tidying could help convince those councillors to be more supportive.  

The transfer of Bury Road playground to Parish Council ownership.
Progress is very slow.  The fence that runs around the perimeter of the existing playground needs to be set back slightly in two places because i) BT has an underground duct which runs under land currently within the enclosure, and ii) there is a street light column within the fenced area. Hopefully both changes can be made at the same time.  Once the dimensions are known a new plan can be drawn up and we can continue with the transfer.

Vandalism of Parish Council notice board Bury Road
Just prior to 20th September the strengthened glass of the notice board at Clopton Park was smashed with sufficient force to damage the wooden surround.  A heavy concrete block lay nearby. The matter was reported to the Police.  This is the third time in three years and there seems little point in replacing the glass for it to be smashed again.  If anyone has any suggestions as to who the culprit is the Police would like to know. The Clerk is happy to pass any information on.

Gritting
It is that time of year again.  The grit heaps should be topped up in the next month. If any are missed please contact the Clerk.  There is a short list of volunteers willing to spread the grit if the roads become icy.  Anyone who has offered in previous years will still be on the list; anyone new who wishes to offer please let the Clerk know.  The volunteer list is all important because if your name is included then you are covered by County Council insurance.  This is just in case someone suggests that your good work has made the situation worse.  Any queries contact 01440 821861 or parishclerk@wickhambrook.org.    

Recent Planning Applications
Applications considered by the Parish Council over the last 8 weeks.
DC/15/1441/HH.  3, Clopton Park.  Side and rear extensions and garage conversion.
DC/15/1616/HH.  Fieldfare, Malting End.  Two bay cart lodge.
DC/15/1837/HH.  Briarcroft, Attleton Green.  Replacement garage.
Decisions made by St Edmundsbury Council over the last 8 weeks.
DC/15/0740/FUL.  The Old School House, Giffords Lane. Conversion to holiday let.             Approved
DC/15/0829/FUL.  Land adjacent to Ashlea, Ashfield Green.  Newbuild 1½ storey dwelling.          Approved

If you need more information about any individual application visit the St Edmundsbury planning website, go to ‘View or comment on planning’, then to ‘West Suffolk planning applications’.  Enter the planning application number in ‘Enter a keyword, reference number, postcode or single line of address’ box and click ‘Search’.  All the current information should then appear.
Roger Medley
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