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IN THIS NEWSLETTER
New Town Council Notice Board
Local Food Project
Pardon the Weeds
No SpeedWatch for Framlingham
Planning Application News Update
Fram Churchyard Tree Felling
Festival Torch Relay
Shop Window Competition
Fram Platinum Jubilee Mugs
Thank You From the POP Team
Red, White & Blue
Weeding the Lime Tree Roundels
The Town Clock
Summer Rights of Way Walk
NEW TOWN COUNCIL NOTICE BOARD
At last, we have a new notice board. Local craftsman Jonathan Read of Saxtead made the hardwood construction and Cllr Jones painted it.
LOCAL FOOD PROJECT
The 2022 leaflet includes a list of producers and retailers/eateries within a 21mile radius of Woodbridge to encourage more people to consume locally produced food and drink.
Our friends in Woodbridge have been busy on a range of projects working to “strengthen their community in the face of environmental and climate disruption”, and this is a brilliant booklet relevant to us in and around Framlingham too.
See a copy of this in the Sustainable Framlingham pages of our website: HERE
The signs are out again this year - dotted on green spaces around Fram. Many places in East Suffolk are benefitting from more sympathetic approach to encourage biodiversity, a plan adopted by ESC in summer 2020
NO SPEEDWATCH FOR FRAMLINGHAM
It is with considerable regret the Town Council is abandoning attempts to set up a Speedwatch team in Framlingham.
Since the idea was put forward by a resident, we have acquired the equipment and the police have approved a number of sites. However, despite repeated efforts we have failed to find the six!!! volunteers required to make up a team. This is disappointing. The Council regularly receives complaints of vehicles exceeding the speed limits, here was a chance to tackle the problem.
Thank you to those who did offer to help. We hope to be able to channel your civic spirit elsewhere.
PROPOSED VICTORIA MILL ROAD DEVELOPMENT – PLANNING PERMISSION REFUSED
The long-running fight to oppose the development off Victoria Mill Road reached a conclusion (we hope) on 24th May when the East Suffolk Council (ESC) Planning Committee refused planning permission. The site South of Victoria Mill Road is earmarked in our Neighbourhood Plan for eventual development of around 30 homes in the second half of this decade (from 2026 onwards). However, the proposal now turned down was for 49 self-build houses starting immediately. Self-build is much more disruptive, as there could potentially be 49 independent build operations going on at once. Also, self-build does not attract the Community Infrastructure Levy that helps to pay for the infrastructure needs of new homes.
The key issue is that our Neighbourhood Plan is created by us – the people of Framlingham – to say how and where we want housing to meet government targets. After the Neighbourhood Plan is signed off by a government inspector and voted on in a referendum it becomes – or should become – binding on ESC in planning decisions. However, ESC Planning Officers do not agree, and thing they have discretion to overrule the Neighbourhood Plan. They wanted to approve the application contrary to our Neighbourhood Plan. Our legal advice is that this not lawful.
Despite this, the application was initially approved by ESC in January. Subsequently, Framlingham Town Council's barrister submitted a letter setting out many legal objections. In addition, residents and Framlingham Town Council successfully applied to have land proposed for road widening in Victoria Mill Road declared an "Asset of Community Value".
ESC then withdrew their approval, and it was reconsidered at their Planning Committee on 24th May. The proposal was defeated by a narrow margin of 5 to 4 because it is contrary to the Framlingham Neighbourhood Plan, and contrary to the East Suffolk Local Plan policy of respecting Assets of Community Value.
We hope this is an end to the matter, and that in due course an application will be presented that meets the Neighbourhood Plan, but the developers may appeal the decision.
We are very grateful for the strong support and help provided by our MP Dr Dan Poulter and by our District Councillor Maurice Cook, both of whom lobbied ESC in support of our case.
FRAMLINGHAM CHURCHYARD TREE FELLING
The felling of the four lime trees in the Churchyard has been postponed until after the end of June.
FESTIVAL TORCH RELAY
On a rather chilly evening on Tuesday the Festival of Suffolk Torch was whizzed around town by the Chair of Framlingham Council on one of Hour Community’s electric assisted trishaws. It ended with a photo shoot at the Castle.
SHOP WINDOW COMPETITION
Look out for the brilliant Platinum Jubilee shop windows in Framlingham. This has kindly been organised by the Framlingham Business Association with a brilliant prize from Majestic Hare. The judging will take place on Suffolk Day by Mark Murphy of BBC Radio Suffolk.
FRAMLINGHAM PLATINUM JUBILEE MUGS
Children of Sir Robert Hitcham’s School held a competition to draw crowns for the Platinum Jubilee mugs, and 380 of these were presented to class captains by the Town Council at a brilliant service in St Michaels Church on 27th May - all the children wore crowns they had made and dressed in red white and blue. The event ended with singing God Save The Queen on Market Hill!
A further 60 mugs have been presented to all the residents at Mills Meadow Care Home.
Many thanks to Cllr Stephen Burroughs for making this possible with a donation from his SCC Locality Budget. He also provided funds for 100 Jubilee tea towels, printed with the children’s crowns in full colour, which were sold at the Party on the Pageant on Sunday 5th June.
If you missed purchasing a tea towel or mug at the Party on the Paeant event, you are in luck! There are tea towels and a very limited number of mugs left available to purchace from the Town Council Office, 10c Church Street IP13 9BH.
THANK YOU FROM THE PARTY ON THE PAGEANT TEAM
Thank you to everyone who took part, helped and supported Party on the Pageant on Sunday 5th June. It was a fabulous day and the attendance was overwhelming.
A lot of hard work by a small POP Team of five of us, along with our fantastic helpers on the day, we couldn’t have done it without you. We have raised over £3,000 which will be split between a new piece of play equipment for the Pageant Field and The Brain Tumour Charity.
Thank you to our sponsors:
East Suffolk Council – DCllr Maurice Cook and DCllr Lydia Freeman
Suffolk County Council – CCllr Stephen Burroughes
Clarke and Simpson
East of England Co-op
F Masters Ltd
All local businesses and individuals who were so generous with their raffle prizes resulting in over 50 prizes.
Thank you to all our helpers and in particular:
Prue and Framlingham Community Baptist Church
Tony and Andy and the Framlingham Scouts
Framlingham Sports Club for the use of the parking facility
All our stall holders and Foodies
All our performers
Ricky and the Fun Run Team
Rev Chris Davey
The Fun Dog Show helpers and judges
All those who turned up to help on the day
Thank you so much to everyone who attended the event despite the weather forecast, including our MP Dr Dan Poulter who took the time to speak to lots of people.
Many thanks and best wishes:
The POP Team: Eileen, Hollie, Rachel, Marion and Steve
RED, WHITE & BLUE
The Town Council Office and the flower tubs in Market Hill, the Cemetery and Well Close Square celebrating the Jubilee festivities.
The Flower tubs are looking particulary beautiful with their festive colours. Thank you to our sponsors who support the 2 tubs at the Cemetery, the 3 tubs on the Market Hill and the 3 tubs at Well Close Square.
THE TOWN CLOCK ON ST MICHAEL’S CHURCH TOWER
Framlingham Town Council owns and is responsible for the maintenance of the clock and it has recently undergone its annual service and an issue with the bell hammer addressed.
There was a jump of 15 minutes recently and this was more than likely caused by birds perching on the minute hand at around 15 minutes past or to the hour.
A bird's weight makes the hand slip downwards in the clutch within the clock movement. When the hand is 15min past the hour the slip downwards makes the minute hand indicate the clock is fast, similarly, at about 15min to the hour the slip (downwards) makes the clock indicate slow. We cannot guard against perching birds but interestingly it only seems to happen in the springtime.
This is different when the rate of the clock is fast or slow, then the time indicated by the clock gradually drifts away from true mean time. A principle cause to change in a clock’s rate is a change in pendulum rod length that varies with temperature. The church clock is fitted with a compensated pendulum to address the effect of changes in temperature. It works well because during the winter and summer months the rate of the clock hardly alters.
We are very grateful to our expert clock volunteer for his help and support with all matters relating to the clock. It is he who corrects the rate by placing or removing weights on a fitting on the pendulum rod – same technique used to regulate the Queen Elizabeth’s Tower clock (under Big Ben).
WEEDING THE LIME TREE ROUNDELS - VOLUNTEERS?
The Town Council has stepped in and started weeding the Lime Trees in Market Hill. Although all but one are the responsibility of Suffolk County Council (one tree is privately owned) who pollard them and trim the side shoots, volunteers and the Council have planted and weeded these roundels in the past. We are continuing in this tradition, but we do need your help.
Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you can join the team - many hands do make light work.
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
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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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