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IN THIS NEWSLETTER
Planning Application News Update
Notice of Vaancy
Report on April Walk
Annual Parish Meeting
Party on the Pageant
Covid-19 Spring Boosters
Covid19 Update-End of March
Firework Display Survey
Citizens Advice - Coping With Rising Cost of Living
EAST SUFFOLK COUNCIL TO RECONSIDER THE PLANNING APPLICATION FOR VICTORIA MILL ROAD:
We are pleased to learn that East Suffolk Council (ESC) has agreed that their Planning Committee will reconsider the application for 49 homes off Victoria Mill Road. The Committee had previously voted to grant planning permission, despite the opposition of Framlingham Town Council and several hundred residents, and despite the fact that the application was contrary to the Neighbourhood Plan.
We engaged a solicitor to write to ESC (on the advice of a barrister) making clear that the advice of ESC Planning Officers and the decision of the Committee were unlawful, which provided clear grounds for a Judicial Review. ESC were asked to return the application to the Committee to reconsider the decision. Fortunately, they have now agreed to do this.
We have also met with our MP, Dr Dan Poulter, and we are very grateful that he has agreed to help us.He has agreed to write to the Leader of ESC, and to each member of the planning committee to highlight our case and support the neighbourhood plan.
There are wider issues at stake here. Planning Officers in ESC (and in some other District Councils) maintain that they have discretion to override Neighbourhood Plans (for towns and villages) and Local Plans (for Districts). This is the advice they gave ESC Planning Committee. If this advice were correct, it would make Neighbourhood Plans pointless.
It takes a great deal of effort by the community to create Neighbourhood plans: consulting on where and how to deliver sustainable development to meet government housing targets, drafting policies for development, getting the work reviewed by a government inspector, and finally asking the community to vote on the result. Why do all that if Planning Officers are not required to follow the policies?
However, we are advised that the law is clear: there is strong legal precedent that Planning Officers do not have this discretion. The Courts have said that interpretation of planning policy is a matter of law for the courts (not a matter of planning judgement for the decision maker). This has been reaffirmed by recent legal decisions overturning Mid Suffolk planning decisions in Thurston and Fressingfield for this reason. In these cases, and with Victoria Mill Road, it appears that Planning Officers may have wrongly advised Planning Committees on the law.
It is frustrating that while Planning Officers consider Neighbourhood and Local Plan policies as purely advisory, other parts of ESC regard them as binding, and say this to local Councils when they prepare Neighbourhood Plans!
NOTICE OF TOWN COUNCILLOR VACANCY
Due to the resignation of Councillor Shelley Pepperdine, a vacancy has arisen in the Office of Councillor for the Town Council. The deadline for calling a Poll is the 14th April 2022.
If an election is not called, applications for co-option to the Council will be available from the Town Council office from from that date.
For an Application Form and further information please contact: the Town Clerk: Mrs Eileen A Coe
After two days of snow, those doing the Rights of Way walk on April 2nd were treated to a morning of unbroken sunshine. Perhaps the earlier poor weather had deterred some walkers but seven enthusiastic residents turned out for a slightly longer, six mile walk that took us as far as Dennington.
The going was surprisingly firm for this time of year, in fact the conditions were perfect for walking and the route chosen by Colin Ayers took in a variety of scenery, a Roman road and even a hill.
As always, our thanks go to Colin for leading the group. The next Rights of Way walk is planned to take place in the summer. Do join us, it’s a great opportunity to explore our countryside in good company and to get some exercise at the same time.
The Next Rights of Way Walk is scheduled to take place on 30th July 2022.
PARTY ON THE PAGEANT
Sunday 5th June 12 noon until 5pm
An afternoon of Fun, Friendship and Food to celebrate HM Queen Elizabeth’s Platinum Jubilee.
On behalf of Framlingham Town Council, I am leading a small team of volunteers who are organising a fabulous afternoon on the Pageant Field, Badingham Road, Framlingham IP13 9HS.
This is a free entry event for all ages of the community with lots going on including a Family Fun Run, Fun Dog Show, Free Tea and Cake Event in a replica Windsor Castle, Kings and Queen’s Fancy Dress, Boules Tournament, Table Tennis, Punch and Judy, Commemorative flowering Cherry Tree plaque planting ceremony with a massed choir and blessing by Rev Chris Davies and the Annual World Button Pairing Championship as well as a Raffle with some fabulous prizes donated by local organisations and businesses. There will also be Jubilee mugs and T Towels for sale. (Jubilee Mugs will be given out free to all children at SRH Primary School and residents of Mills Meadow)
Foodies include BBQ- Hall Farm Butchers, Coffee and Waffles - Over the Moon Cafe, Sweets, Ice cream and Milk Shakes – Simpson’s– The Mobile Pizza Co and Vegan/Vegetarian food as well as the Castle Inn Bar.
The Framlingham Fire Service (complete with fire engine) will be in attendance and there will be a variety of Craft and Tombola and Games stalls.
Music will be provided on a large stage with a professional sound system and performing live will be The Glass Thistles, Harry Issac Presley and the HIP operation, Icarus, The Pop Chorus and a Brass Band.
We are very grateful to our sponsors Bruce Hinton, Clarke and Simpson, Hudson’s Electrical, F Master Ltd, Co-op, DClllr Maurice Cook and DCllr Lydia Freeman, CCllr Stephen Burroughes, Framlingham Castle and all our supporters and helpers.
All proceeds will be split between The Brain Tumour Charity and a new piece of Play Equipment for the Pageant Field Play Area.
Just for background information the reason for the Brain Tumour Charity is that I have just completed 6 weeks of radiotherapy for a Meningioma brain tumour - hopefully successfully but I won’t know the results until April when I see the Oncologist after my next MRI but fingers x!
Hope to see you there.
Eileen A Coe and the POP Team: Rachel, Hollie, Steve and Marion
COVID-19 SPRING BOOSTERS:
Everyone aged 75 + and those aged 12 + who are severely immunosuppressed can go to a local walk-in clinic for their 2nd COVID-19 booster dose, or make an appointment via the national NHS booking site.
Those eligible do not need to wait until invited, but there needs to be a 6 month gap since their last vaccination.
Here is the most recent results for positive Covid cases locally up to 24 March. The number of reported positive cases has increased again, although this most recent wave to sweep through the country seems to be subsiding. Intuitively, Mother’s Day on 27th March is likely to increase the frequencies locally. From now on, with more restricted testing, these results will however be less representative.
Everyone should continue being careful. In health settings it is still necessary to observe basic hygiene rules, wearing face masks, and appropriate distancing. The virus poses a real danger to some people..
As part of a review into firework displays on council-owned land, we have launched an 8-week consultation to better understand how residents feel about them and whether the rules need to be reconsidered.
We want to encourage participation as feedback from people in East Suffolk is invaluable and helps us ensure we’re making the right decisions for our communities.
The rising cost of living is here to stay and many people are struggling or worried about how they are going to manage.
The most important thing is that people do not worry on their own. They should try to speak to the company who has sent them a bill or ask for help. Citizens Advice can advise what and may be able to support people.
However, these increased costs are here to stay so it is important that people look at longer term solutions. It is important that people check they are getting all the income they are entitled to – https://www.entitledto.co.uk/ can help people calculate their entitlement.
A lot of people don’t realise they may be entitled to Council Tax Reduction and pensioners might miss out on claiming pension credit – even if a tiny amount of pension credit may be worth claiming as can enable people to claim other benefits such as help with council tax or free dental care.
It can be helpful for people to look at their income and expenditure with someone who has experience with budgeting – they can help identify changes that might help. People facing financial hardship might find that companies like Anglia Water, Essex and Suffolk Water or TV Licensing can offer extra support. There are also deals available for mobile and broadband services, including a social tariff (you can check these on the Ofcom website).
If you would like to talk to someone at your local Citizens Advice, please ring 01728832193 between 10am and 2pm on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday or Friday.
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 beow 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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