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Fram Sound & Light Spectacular
Danforth Drive Oil Tank
New Lamps for Old
Chat Benches for the Fens
Small Grant Applications - Deadline
Picnic Tables for the Pageant Field
The Brain Tumour Charity - Thank You
Framlingham Xmas Cards
TICKETS AVAILABLE ONLINE NOW!
For the Framlingham Sound & Light Spectacular shows on Friday 4th Nov 2022. Early Evening Show - Doors open: 17.00pm - Starts: 17.30pm
Late Evening Show - Doors open: 19.30pm - Starts: 20.00pm
Two new spectacular shows created by Framlingham Town Council together with Noise of Art within the atmospheric venue of the Castle. It's an environmentally friendly event, so no fireworks - a lot of music, lights and shadows. Be prepared for outdoor weather.
This fantastic event will be a very interactive, including mobile art projections of images onto the castle walls from an art competition in September for under 18’s. It will be creative and fun - the early evening show is designed for families, and a later one for an older crowd.
Tickets are only available online from SEE Tickets as this will help to manage the numbers attending - places are limited to 800 per show. See more details and Get your tickets HERE
DANFORTH DRIVE OIL TANK:
Eyesore to be replaced with flowers?
The old and increasingly dilapidated oil tank in Danforth Drive is to be removed, courtesy of Shell. The tank was originally installed when some of the houses nearby were used by the US Airforce, and the tank provided heating oil. It has not been used for many years, and is becoming a hazard.
James, the Deputy Clerk, was eventually able (after considerable searching) to track down who is responsible for the tank, and they have agreed to remove it and make good the topsoil. There has been a further delay, as the tank is used by nesting birds, so could not be removed during the summer! It will be gone soon.
We wonder whether the site could be used for a wild flower garden, or other public amenity?
NEW LAMPS FOR OLD
By the end of the summer a familiar night-time orange glow will have disappeared from our streets.
Eighty-one of Framlingham's street lights are owned by the Town Council, the rest, mainly on our main roads, by Suffolk County Council. At the start of 2021 we began to look into replacing all of the town-owned lights with new LED units. Several factors influenced our thinking: most of our street lights were installed between 40 and 25 years ago and a complete structural survey is long overdue, replacement mercury discharge units are no longer available and the orange low pressure sodium lamps are being phased out, LED units use up to 75% less electricity and are therefore cheaper to run and the reduced electricity use would be a big step towards the town's commitment to protecting the environment. As we began our enquiries, we learned that SCC were already planning to update all their street lights with LED units so the time was particularly right to change ours.
Our first enquiries produced an estimated cost of £54,435 to do the work but, as the Council is obliged to with projects of this size, we went out to tender. In total 13 companies sent in prices. A short list of the best quotes was produced and then reduced to four companies through a series of interviews and presentations. Eventually two proposals proved very similar and these firms were asked to requote taking into account changes to the specification that we learned during the interview process would be advisable. Eventually Provision were nominated as the approved contractor and the Town Council voted in July this year to allocate up to £30,000 for the work. This price allows for a full inspection of all our units and their repair or replacement where necessary.
As well as technical, the Council has received much environmental advice. The LED units have almost zero upward light glow and reduced backward light spill, thus minimising light polution. We took advice on the effects on wildlife and on humans of the light colour and selected accordingly. It seems that some of the cheapest units can be less gentle on the eye.
Over the years no provision has been made for replacing the town's lighting stock but we've been able to pay for this work from local CIL funds. The replacement units have an estimated life of 20-25 years but we will see immediate benefits, financially as energy costs soar and also, we believe, from better quality lighting. And who knows, maybe there's a forgotten genie waiting to be released from one of the old lamps?
CHAT BENCHES FOR THE FENS:
Two new ‘Chat’ benches were delivered and installed on the Fens at the end of August. The new bespoke benches were made by Genesis Garden Furniture (orwellmencap.co.uk) and funded by the Town Council along with a grant from the East Suffolk Community Partnership Small Grants Scheme.
SMALL GRANT APPLICATIONS: Deadline 30th September and 31st January
Applications should be submitted to firstname.lastname@example.org by the deadline of 30th September and will be considered by the Finance and HR Committee on 13th October – The Application form is available on the www.framlingham.com website or from the Town Clerk/RFO.
Funds available are limited: Therefore, local organisations will be prioritised and, however well deserving, County and National charities/organisations are unlikely to receive grants, unless they can demonstrate that any funds granted would directly benefit Framlingham and its residents.
PICNIC TABLES FOR THE PAGEANT FIELD:
Five new picnic benches have now been installed on the Pageant Field thanks to the East Suffolk Council’s New Burdens Fund. Three are free standing so can be moved around where needed and two have been permanently installed next to the Boules pitch.
THE BRAIN TUMOUR CHARITY:
Following the success of the Party on the Pageant for HM Queen Elizabeth’s Platinum Jubilee £1,859.61 profit was sent to The Brain Tumour Charity. The other £1,859.61 has been tucked away in a reserve account which will go towards a new piece of play equipment on the Pageant Field.
FRAMLINGHAM XMAS CARDS:
Also for sale, at £1.50 each - atmospheric cards of Market Hill decked with festive lights, with envelopes in a compostable cellophane wrapper.
Message on the reverse: Christmas Greetings.
All proceeds go towards events being run by the Council. Available from the Town Council office in Church Street.
FRAMLINGHAM CALENDAR 2023:
Available now from:
The Town Council Office, 10c Church Street, IP13 9BH & The Bookshop, Market Hill, IP13 9BB
With a ‘Then and Now’ theme it would make a fabulous gift for a reasonable £5.
Also available for sale at the Town Council Office are:
Frambags @ £3
Jubilee T Towels @ £6
Jubilee Mugs @ £5
If you are concerned about the expected increase in energy costs that are regularly being reported in the press, and worried about how you will pay these bills, it is even more important to check you are on the best tariff for you. www.citizensadvice.org.uk/consumer/energy/ has a host of information and a price comparison tool. If you find this whole area daunting then do get in touch and they can guide you through the process.
Town Council Opening Hours
Monday 10-12 and 2-4
Tuesday 10-12 and 2-4
Other times by appointment only
STILL FEELING THE EFFECTS OF COVID-19?
Find out how you can manage the wide ranging effects of Covid-19 that you may still be feeling. See the NHS advice page for people recovering from Covid who still have symptoms:
The Suffolk Coastal Debt Centre has been helping people out of debt for over a year. This service is especially important now with so many being laid off work as the furlough ends - a local team supports people throughout their journey to becoming debt free.
*The links below take you to the relevant web page. Once there you may need to scroll down to find your desired content.
Full Town Council and Committee Meetings:
Details on how to attend will be published in the Notice of Meeting for all Full Town Council meetings and in the Agenda for individual Committee meetings.
The Notice of meeting/Agenda for the Full Town Council meeting is displayed on the Town Council notice boards outside the Library and in the TC Office window, 10c Church Street, a week before the meeting and can also be found by clicking on a meeting in the Local Council Meetings Calendar on www.framlingham.com. Please note *These meetings may be recorded.
Individual Committee meeting Agendas will be added to, and available to view by selecting the relevant Committee Meeting, on theLocal Council Meetings Calendar approximately one week before their meeting date.
Below is a list of contacts of key partners in the local area that may be able to address areas of concern. These are the preferred method of contact for ech organisation:
Suffolk Police - for anti-social behaviour and other crimes
Non-emergency reporting - 101
Online reporting - www.suffolk.police.uk
In the event of an emergency -999
These authorities prefer to accept details from first party representation (ie the affected person) and although the Parish Council is aware of the problems it is only a third party passing on a message and this may carry less weight.
Infomation on Changes to Testing for COVID-19in England
Click on the link below to find the latest information:
Suffolk County Council Recycling Centres Info and Booking:
Booking System Update - Visitors to all 11 Recycling Centres in Suffolk can now make a new booking, change details & cancel their bookings up to 4 hours before the time-slot now! Previously customers were only able to book, cancel and amend up to a day before appointments. Leiston Recycling Centre is now accepting bookings for vans, cars with trailers & trade waste (afternoons only currently). To book a slot at any of the 11 sites click on the button below:
Reporting Faults/Problems with Street Lights, Roads, Pavements and Footpaths etc: Suffolk County Council is your one stop shop for reporting all Highways and Public Rights of Way related problems and issues. Their website is easy to use and is the most direct way to report all non-emergency faults and matters of concern, covering a whole host of categories with anything from verge cutting and trees, to damaged roads, missing signs and street lighting etc. However, any problems deemed as causing an immediate danger to public safety should be reported on the following emergency telephone number: 0345 606 6171.
For Information on Unplanned Emergency Road Closures/Works: There may be times that essential emergency works are required to take place on the highway network without advanced notice – you can follow Suffolk Highways on Twitter for the latest emergency roadwork updates.
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