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Wickhambrook Parish Council

Parish Council Meetings are open to the public so why not come along? You may or may not enjoy it but you should find it interesting and at least it will keep the Councillors, your representatives, on their toes

Wickhambrook is allocated 8 Parish Councillors who are elected for a period of four years or co-opted to fill vacancies as necessary. The Parish Clerk is employed by the Parish Council to undertake the Council’s administration.

Wickhambrook is one of the parish's of St Edmundsbury Borough Council and Suffolk County Council.

Events and News

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

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

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

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Parish Council News

VAS Update October 2017

The new VAS Unit with the 'SLOW DOWN' function is now up and running, The picture included in this report was taken moments after siting the unit near to the school and although the majority of vehicles approaching the sign were in the high 30s, they at least slowed down to 29 as they passed it. Only time will tell if this additional display will have the desired effect on moderating speeds through the village.

The decision has been made to utilise this unit on the B1063 at 3 locations

1. Bunters Road
2. Near to the School, Stradishall bound
3. Approach to the school, Lidgate bound

The unit we share with Lidgate will be used on the C659 at 2 locations in Ashfield Green or at sites yet to be approved in Nunnery Green and Cemetery Road. Please bear in mind that speed camera activity is now a regular feature on both the B1063 and the C659.

At the last Parish Council Meeting on 28th September, County Cllr Mary Evans reported that recent speed camera operations within the Parish had resulted in 22 convictions for exceeding the limit. 8 of these were on Bunters Road, 6 in Ashfield Green and 8 on the A143.

New VAS sign

Wickhambrook Parish Council is delighted to announce it has bagged £8,000 from a Tesco funding scheme.

Tesco teamed up with Groundwork to launch the second round of its Bags of Help funding initiative, which sees grants of £12,000, £10,000 and £8,000 – all raised from the 5p bag levy – being awarded to local outdoor community projects.

Millions of shoppers voted in stores up and down the country. Work will now begin on bringing the project to life.

Cemetery Memorial Garden
A peaceful place for remembrance

read more here


Dog Bag DispensersDog Fouling

Over the last few months residents may have noticed a few additions being placed in and around the playing field as the parish council in conjunction with St Edmundsbury Borough Council have been trialling some new methods to tackle dog fouling issues.

Dog bag dispensers have been installed on the fence near the play area entrance and near the track on the side of the memorial hall, new permanent and temporary signage has also been placed around the field and a decline in the amount of dog fouling incidents on the field has been noticed.

Thank you to those responsible dog owners who continue to ‘bag it and bin in’ and those of you making use of the bag dispensers when you realise that you have no bags when you need them! If you or anyone else have any comments or feedback to make regarding these new measures or any other suggests regarding dog fouling please send them to : andrew.harvey@westsuffolk.gov.uk

We are keen that all responsible people who make use of the playing field and the facilities provided report any incidents of dog fouling they witness so that further enforcement action can be taken. If you witness an incident please contact St Edmundsbury on (01284) 763233 customer.services@westsuffolk.gov.uk

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

Parish Council Meeting Dates

The Parish Council

The Parish Council is made up of the following Councillors

Parish Council Clerk
Sonya Thorburn
- email
01440 821861
Parish Council Clerk
Paul Couzens 01440 821017 [send email]
Vice Chairman
Kate Sammons
- email
01440 821991
[send email]
John Barton 01440 820650[send email]
Jeff Claydon 01440 820327 [send email]
Kerry Merritt 01440 820327
[send email]
Jane Midwood 01440 820360[send email]
Julian Wilson 01440 820395 [send email]
John Barton 01440 820650
Kerry Merritt 01440 820327
Kate Sammons (Chairman) 01440 821991
Andy Harris (Lay Member)
Julian Girling (Lay Member)
Roger Merry (Lay Member)
Other Responsibilities
Julian Girling Tree Warden
Kate Sammons Website Representative
(vacant) Estates Committee Vice Chairmain
(vacant) MSC Representative
Julian Wilson United Charities Representative
John Barton SALC Area Meetings
Mary Evans
- email
01284 789478
County Councillor
District Councillor
Clive Pollington
- email
01440 820687
District Councillor

Our Parish Council contact info on the Borough website

There is now a facility on the Borough Council's website to show Parish Council information.

This includes the contact details for each Parish Clerk and is provided under the Borough Council's obligation to fulfil their statutory duty under the Localism Act 2011 of making Register of Parish Council Members' Interests available for public inspection on their website.   

» This information can be found by following this link to the Wickhambrook Parish Council's pages on the Borough website.

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

About the Parish Council

The Parish Council is responsible for the upkeep of Parish Council property. This includes the Cemetery Chapel, the Children’s Playground, the lower part of the Recreation Ground, known locally as ‘The Six Acres’, and the new ‘Teen Project’ skate park and games facility. Also for the cutting of the grass and trimming of the hedges of the village greens, the Cemetery and the All Saints Churchyard. In addition the Parish Council takes responsibility for the grass cutting and hedging of the whole of the Recreation Ground and the areas around the Memorial Social Centre and the WI Hall. The Parish Council is also consulted on various Borough and County Council policies as well as planning applications.

Responsibility for the day-to-day maintenance of the Parish Council’s property is delegated to an Estates Committee. This committee is comprised of four Parish Councillors and four non-voting lay members.

The cost of meeting the Parish Council’s responsibilities, as well as other administrative costs, is met by the Parish Precept, a local portion of Council Tax, plus grants from the Borough Council. The Parish Council is responsible for setting the annual Precept based on a budget for the forthcoming financial year.

The Parish Council meets monthly, the Estates Committee meets every second month (i.e. not monthly) and a notice of each meeting is posted on the Parish Notice Board at Thorns Corner. All meetings are open to the public who are invited to speak on issues of concern. The Parish Council acts as one body, decisions being made by majority vote. Minutes of meetings, once they have been confirmed as a true record, are posted on the Parish Notice Board. The local Borough and County Councillors attend most full Parish Council meetings and the Community SNT Officer attends when duties allow.

The Chairperson of the Parish Council is elected at the Annual Parish Council Meeting, which is normally held in May. At this meeting representatives to other village organisations, such as the Memorial Social Centre Committee and the United Charities, and to outside organisations are made.

An Annual Parish Meeting has to be held between 1st April and 31st May each year. This is not a Parish Council meeting, although the chair must be taken by the Chairperson of the Parish Council if present, it is an assembly for all members of the parish to express their views and concerns.

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