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IN THIS NEWSLETTER
Town Council Changes
Town & Parish Elections
1st TC Meeting in Castle Community Rooms
Keep Informed - Attend TC Meetings
Drop in Mornings
Undaunted - Walk Report
Pembroke Rd Junction Roadworks
Fairfield Rd Works Scheduled
Fram Calendar 2024
Fram 2023 Calendar
TOWN COUNCIL CHANGES
2023 is set to be a busy and exciting year for the Town Council with a whole new office staffing set up. Jim Overbury has taken over as Town Clerk, with Lydia Kirk as his Deputy. Chartered Accountant Alan Davidson is the new Financial Responsible Officer. Alan is a familiar face as he led the town’s Covid Response in 2020.
Claire Rowell was co-opted as a Councillor at the full Town Council meeting on 4th January, which means that we are now have a full cohort of Councillors again.
TOWN AND PARISH ELECTIONS
Town and Parish elections are on the 4th May. Fram has the opportunity to have 13 Town Councillors instead of the current 11. If you are interested in standing as a candidate or would like to discuss the role, please email Jim or Lydia or pop in to see them in the Town Council Offices at 10c Church Street, opposite the new Castle Community Rooms. The offices are manned most mornings and they will be pleased to see you.
FIRST TOWN COUNCIL MEETING IN THE NEW CASTLE COMMUNITY ROOMS
We were very pleased to be back on home ground in the new community hall next to the Church - we are already referring to it as CCR instead of the old SMR...
It was great to have a good look at all the facilities now that the building itself is complete. You can come and see for yourself at the Open Day on Saturday 18th February between 11am - 3pm.
KEEP INFORMED BY ATTENDING TOWN COUNCIL MEETINGS
Public are welcome to attend Town Council meetings in person, or via Zoom, with the full Town Council meetings normally held on the 1st Wednesday of each month. Dates for all committee meetings along with agendas, minutes and other meetings documents can be found on the Council part of the Fram website at - www.framlingham.com
DROP IN MORNINGS
The first of a proposed series opportunities for residents to speak informally to Town Councillors took place on January 28th and was felt to be a resounding success.
Three Councillors were present, the first resident turned up spot on 11am and the last didn’t leave until after 2.30. A total of 21 people called in to express their views or ask questions, a reassuring number of them speaking very positively about the Town Council. At times the conversation grew quite lively, with six or seven residents in the room at the same time, not all of them sharing the same opinions.
Our residents have a wide number of concerns and we have not yet analysed all the notes taken but high on the list were car parking and road works. Amongst the other topics were bottle banks, trees, the lack of bus services, plans for the coronation weekend and pavement cleaning.
This is a start. The Council was very encouraged by the response and more of these sessions will follow, though we may choose different times and possibly different days to allow residents and Councillors who cannot make a Saturday to attend.
We are looking forward to the King’s Coronation in May and hope the Town will join together to celebrate this special occasion.
The plan for Coronation Day is to have a screening of the Coronation on Saturday direct from live television in the church and a picnic with entertainment on the Pageant Field on the Sunday, with local musicians and performers being invited to perform. The timing of the event would be designed NOT to conflict with the big concert planned by the Palace.
More details will be available soon!
The Framblers once again defied a very poor weather forecast on the first Saturday of the New Year to set out on our quarterly Rights of Way walk. Seven set out and, maybe thanks to a walk risk assessment that the Council is obliged to revise regularly, seven returned. We were accompanied by two dogs having their first outing with the group. Both expressed their approval of the arrangement, though both would have needed a little cleaning up on their return. The group leader, Colin Ayers, took us west of the town this time, into an area between the Kettleborough and Earl Soham roads. Those not involved in dog washing returned after a steady two-hour walk to coffee, biscuits and a natter at the Council offices. Only after this did the rain begin.
The next walk will be in approximately three months and will be publicised as usual in the newsletter and on Council notice boards and website.
PEMBROKE ROAD JUNCTION ROADWORKS
Twelve days of roadworks are due to start on Pembroke Road from Monday 13 February until Wednesday 22nd between 7am and 4.30pm.
Parking will not be possible at the corner of Saxtead Road and Pembroke Road. This will affect parents school run parking and there will be reduced parking along a section of Pembroke Road accessing the Doctors.
The long awaited pavement works required in Fairfield Road are scheduled to commence at on the 27th February. This will cause a degree of disruption which is estimated to last approximately 5 days, but should finally see the removal of the temporary traffic lights.
FRAMLINGHAM CALENDAR 2024
CALENDAR - Artistic Views of Framlingham.
Extended deadline for submissions - now March 31st.
Anyone over 18 years can send in entries - 12 will be selected for publication in the calendar and put on display at an exhibition in Framlingham by autumn 2023 (date to be confirmed)
Runs from Monday 27th February until Sunday 12th March.
Spot the Fairtrade Mark competition in shop and office windows in the town centre - open to all, pick up a form from The Library. A FramBag full of Fairtrade goodies to the winner.
Fairtrade treasure hunt in the Library for 11 year olds and under.
Fairtrade Coffee Morning in St Michael's Church on Saturday Mar 4th 10am to 12noon with scrummy cakes and Fairtrade Stall.
FRAM 2023 CALENDARS
There are a few of this year's calendars still available which can be purchased from the Town Council office for £3 each.
Available at the Town Council Office for £3 each
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.
East Suffolk Bin Collection Calendar:
Please use the link below to find the dates of collection for your general and recycling waste..
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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