Wickhambrook Parish Council

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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

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read Parish Clerk Reports

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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


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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 - Dec 2015/Jan 2016

CHANGE OF PARISH CLERK
A new parish clerk has been appointed and is gradually taking over the role. She is Sonya Thorburn and she lives at Coltsfoot Green.  The Parish Council phone (01440 821861) and email (parishclerk@wickhambrook.org) will be transferred to Sonya on 5th January 2016.  So from 6th January 2016 all enquiries should go to Sonya please.  Roger Medley will no longer be involved.

 

THE BATTLE AGAINST THE FEW
Dog Bag Dispensers Hopefully some of you but especially the dog walkers within the village will have noticed the two new additions which have been made in an effort to tackle dog fouling problems on the playing field.

St Edmundsbury Borough Council has recently installed two dog bag dispensers, one on the wooden fence by the entrance to the field near the play areas and another on the side wall of the Memorial Hall. There are also new notices to attract the attention of any visitors to the area.

The Memorial Social Centre will be maintaining the stock of bags which will mean there is no excuse for any dog walkers not to clear up; the message is clear, Bag It and Bin It!

If you spot that the dispensers are empty please notify Barbara Merritt on 01440 820808 or treasurer@wickhambrookmsc.org

There are dog bins near all four corners of the playing field for residents to use and now even if a dog walker does not have a bag with them they can make use of one of the new bag dispensers

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LITTER PICK
Our thanks again to our regulars and several new faces who helped out on the litter pick on Sunday 15th November.  Conditions were particularly unhelpful with strong winds removing any non-heavy rubbish as soon as it was placed in the sack.   The Police parked their vehicle near the village school to give those of us litter picking the verges on the B1063 some protection.  Their presence was much appreciated and it is understood that they had a most productive hour giving warnings and recording vehicle details.


VEHICLE ACTIVATED SIGNS (VAS)
I have been asked to put a note together on the arrangements and operation of Vehicle Activated Signs (VAS) within the Parish as already referred to in the October issue of the Scene.

Wickhambrook will share a VAS with two other parishes and we are extremely grateful to Councillor Mary Evans for the funding of this equipment through her County Council locality budget.

The sign will be mounted on poles at any one of 5 locations, the B1063 by the layby and near the school, 1 in Bunters Rd on the verge by the footpath sign, 2 at Ashfield Green (by the 30mph repeater and opposite and east of Zaywardi).

A few facts on a VAS and how it works

1. the sign is activated by every vehicle as it approaches the sign, the closing speed of the vehicle is clearly displayed as a warning to moderate driving speed
2. No information on a) the vehicle or b) its registration number is recorded, only the speed of the vehicle
3. The VAS records all activations irrespective of speed; data is captured for analysis by the team of volunteers of which I am one.
4. Following analysis of speed infringement patterns at any given date or time this data will be passed on to Suffolk Police for their attention and will result in a higher mobile camera activity at this location.

In my 30 years as an operational firefighter in Wickhambrook, I am only too aware of the distress and suffering which follows a road traffic collision. A VAS will support changes to driving habits and hopefully prevent the prosecutions and penalties which will follow infringement. My message is quite simply this, let's all work together to keep the residents of the parish safe with more care and a little less haste when driving through it.

Councillor John Barton

 

FLYTIPPING
Over the weekend in early November under cover of darkness a set of wheels and tyres was dumped in one of the car parking areas of Nunnery Green. Local enquiries were made but the culprit remains a mystery; but presumably it is someone who knows that area.
Flytipping is one of those crimes that we all end up paying for so if you do have any information please relay that to local representative of Havebury Housing Association - Thomas.plumb@HAVEBURY.COM

 

HEDGES
Several more hedges in the village are looking considerably neater and tidier for their annual trim.  What is particularly pleasing is that most of them have been tackled without reminders to the landowners so our thanks go to the farmers and residents responsible. 

 

THE TRANSFER OF BURY ROAD PLAYGROUND TO PARISH COUNCIL OWNERSHIP
You may have already given up on this saga, and maybe more than once, but if not the latest instalment is as follows.  The presence of a street lamp and some BT equipment on the edge of the current playground meant that the perimeter fence needed moving in two places and a new plan would be drawn up.  The new plan has been agreed by all parties.  The next step is to follow the legal process for the ‘stopping up’ of the old highway and an application has been made for a court hearing on 25th February 2016.

 

ROADSIDE GRIPS
All grips in the village will be cleared in the next month. The grips are the drainage channels running from the metalled surface of the highway to the ditches either side.  After several complaints Suffolk Highways agreed that this was an area where an immediate financial saving could have longer term consequences so routine cleaning has been re-introduced.  This action should result in surface water finding its way into ditches and no longer running down the side of the road….that is providing the ditches are clear.
All grit heaps and bins should now have been topped up; if that is not the case please contact the Clerk.

 

LOOKING FORWARD TO 2016 PARISH COUNCIL MEETINGS?
Dates for the first few months are Thursdays 21st January, 25th February, 31st March and 28th April.
Estates Committee meetings will be held on Thursdays 11th February and 14th April and the Annual Parish meeting on Thursday 12th May 2016 

 

RECENT PLANNING APPLICATIONS
Applications considered by the Parish Council over the last 6 weeks.
DC/15/1807/9/FUL  Plots 1 and 2, Columbine Cottage, Nunnery Green.  One detached dwelling.
DC/15/2076/HH  Tudor Barn, Ashfield Green. Single storey garage.
DC/15/2222/OUT  Rowans, Nunnery Green.  Dwelling and garage.
Decisions made by St Edmundsbury Council over the last 8 weeks.
DC/15/1441/HH  3, Clopton Park, Wickhambrook. Side and rear extensions and garage conversion.      Approved
DC/15/1837/HH  Briarcroft, Attleton Green. New garage (following demolition of existing garage) and alteration to location and roof form of dormer windows.    Approved

Roger Medley
Parish Clerk


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