Trees for Life – Mid Suffolk District Council

Mid Suffolk District Council Trees for life logoWith over 246 families applying for a free tree for their new born child, the Mid Suffolk District Council scheme to green up the district and leave a growing legacy for future generations definitely left a positive impact on the local environment.

The idea was suggested by the Green Party and whole-heartedly supported by the council.  Request yours from the  Mid Suffolk District Council website here: www.midsuffolk.gov.uk/treeforlife

Development Shepherd’s Grove

PUBLIC NOTICE – MAJOR PLANNED DEVELOPMENT

 LAND AT SHEPHERD’S GROVE, STANTON

Draft Masterplan Public Consultation Event

Property Recycling Group and Jaynic are inviting local residents, businesses and other stakeholders to a public consultation event on their Draft Masterplan for the Shepherd’s Grove area, and particularly the proposals for the development of the available land for employment, residential and other purposes.

Full details and a copy of the draft Masterplan and a questionnaire to put forward your views can be found at:

www.shepherdsgrovestanton-masterplan.co.uk

 Thursday 21st February 2019

3.00pm and 8.00pm

Stanton Village Community Centre

shepherds-grove-masterplan-consultation-map

MSDC Housing Land Supply Position Statement 2018/2019

Photograph of digger in middle of green field commencing the layout of foundations for housing developmentMSDC are consulting on their Housing Supply Statement.Anyone who has an interest in the outcome can put forward comments.

A six week consultation started on 17th January 2019.

A consultation web page will be published and responses can be sent to delivery@baberghmidsuffolk.gov.uk

Please direct any queries to Steven Stroud or Bron Curtis.

More information in this notice from MSDC – draft-MSDC-housing-land-supply-position-statement-2018 pdf

Neighbourhood Plan November 2018

Neighbourhood planning logo with drawn images of a tree, a house, a bridge, a car, a workplace and people, all in different coloursThere are a few key meetings coming up and it would help to get as many interested people together as is possible.

Thursday 15th November – 7pm Priory Room

Joint meeting with Parish Council to meet with Council Officers , first to discuss CIL how we can get it and spend it and maybe a little about how best to construct our Neighbourhood plan…..what will get us through hoops and on to referendum as quickly as possible. Jimmy will be drawing up a draft agenda and key questions.

walsham-le-willows-logoThursday 29th November – 7pm Priory Room

In the light of discussions (above) with Council Officers to discuss the best structure for our plan and the best process to achieve that. A key part of this is learning from what others are doing.  Take a look at the Mendlesham Plan online which is currently the only completed and live plan in Mid -Suffolk.  There are others.  If you have views on the neighbourhood plan, take a look and bring your thoughts on how to take the plan forward.

Thursday 24th of January

A meeting dedicated to exploring what the vision should be for the Village what the key building blocks of the Plan should be.  What are our ‘must haves’ and ‘won’t haves’?

Notice of Parish Councillor Vacancy

NOTICE OF VACANCY IN OFFICE OF COUNCILLOR
PARISH OF WALSHAM-LE-WILLOWS
NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN
that a casual vacancy has arisen in the Office of Councillor for the Parish Council.

If by 2 October 2018 (14 working days after the date of this notice) a request for an election to fill the said vacancy is made in writing to the Returning Officer at Mid Suffolk District Council, Endeavour House, 8 Russell Road, Ipswich, IP1 2BX by TEN electors for the said Parish, an election will be held to fill the said vacancy. Otherwise the vacancy will be filled by co-option.
If an election is called, it will take place not later than 4 December 2018.

Dated 12 September 2018
Kevin Boardley
Proper Officer

NOTICE OF VACANCY – Parish Councillor

NOTICE OF VACANCY 

IN OFFICE OF COUNCILLOR

PARISH OF WALSHAM-LE-WILLOWS

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN

that a casual vacancy has arisen in the Office of Councillor for the Parish Council.

If by 31 July 2018 (14 working days after the date of this notice) a request for an election to fill said vacancy is made in writing to the Returning Officer at Mid Suffolk District Council, Endeavour House, 8 Russell Road, Ipswich, IP1 2BX by TEN electors for the said Parish, an election will be held to fill the said vacancy.

Otherwise the vacancy will be filled by co-option.

If an election is called, it will take place not later than 3 October 2018.

Dated 11 July 2018

Kevin Boardley, Proper Officer

Neighbourhood Plan Drop-In Event Success

walsham le willows neighbourhood plan 'working together' logoThe drop in event was a great success and the footfall and the numbers of people saying they wanted to be actively involved took the organisers by surprise.  The Chair, Phil Newby, has thanked everyone for contributing to the success of the event.  A truly brilliant result.

Suggestions collected on post-it notes around what may become the main strands of the plan, will now be transcribed and made available.  There were around 140 signatures in agreement with the Parish Boundary as the Plan Boundary which is more than statistically significant for Walsham.

An application will now be submitted by the via the Parish Clerk.  This will mean that the Walsham will then be recognised by the District Council as a Live Neighbourhood Plan Parish.

A Wash-Up meeting will be held on July 4th at 7pm in the Blue Boar.   On the agenda, as well as a drink, will be the picking of the winning entries from the  competition to create a Neighbourhood Plan logo (children from the village stepped up enthusiastically to this task) and to talk about how the working groups will be set up to run over the summer and how promotion will be organised for Garden’s Weekend.

Come and get involved, come along on Wednesday!

Parish Council Accounts 2017/18

graphic of people around meeting table in silhouetteThe Parish Council Accounts have been published for 2017/18

Please note: These accounts have been audited by the Council’s appointed internal auditor but have yet to be signed off by the external auditor so may yet be subject to change.

Section 1 Annual Governance Statement –  shows the statements made by Councillors to the auditor regard to there being a sound system of internal control.

Section 2 Annual Accounting Statements – statement of financial position to internal auditor for year ending 2017/18

Notice of Public Rights and Publication of Unaudited Annual Governance and Accountability Return – Notice given by Parish Clerk on dates for which inspection of the accounting records of the Council can be inspected and how this can be arranged.

Neighbourhood Planning Group

walsham le willows word cloud logo for neighbourhood planCome along to the DROP-IN EVENT on Wedneday 27th June at the Priory Room between 2.30pm and 9pm to see what it is all about,

Please get in touch if you would like to get involved to contribute your ideas and to influence the development decisions for future generations in Walsham le Willows.

Take a look at the Neighbourhood Plan page which will list all the documents that are produced in relation to the plan as they are drafted and finalised.

plan@walsham-le-willows.org

Walsham le Willows Play Council

stylised cartoon character of a town crier with bell and notice in handNotice of Extraordinary General Meeting

20th February 2018 at 7.30pm

in The Priory Room

Committee Members Needed

 

Walsham-le-Willows Play Council is a Registered Charity. Its main purpose is the provision of play facilities for children in Walsham and the surrounding area.

At its last Annual General Meeting the Play Council was unable to form a Committee, due to lack of numbers.  For the Play Council to be properly formed it needs a Chairman, Vice-Chairman, Secretary, Treasurer and general members.

black and white line drawing of a play house with a slideThe role of the Play Council includes:

  • To co-ordinate and expand the provision of play facilities
  • To survey existing provision and future needs
  • To advise on matters concerning children’s play including planning and fund raising

The expansion and improvement of play facilities in Walsham needs an active Committee to be in place.  An Extraordinary General Meeting is being held with the aim of forming a new Committee. If there are not enough new members and if a new Committee cannot be formed the Play Council will be dissolved.

If you want to help improve the play facilities for your village, please come along.  If you want to find out more please contact the current Chairman, Quentin Cass | 07796 260433

black and white block drawing of two children on a see saw

Neighbourhood Plan – Will Walsham get it together?

Sepia toned image of Kitchener, "Your Village Needs You"One last appeal for volunteers (pdf)  from of Chair of Parish Council, Maggie Barber, to get this project off the ground for the future of the village. What skills do you have?  Can you offer any of the following or are you able to have a go with others?  If so please contact Maggie (details at bottom of every page) with an idea of what you could bring to this village enterprise.

    • Project management
    • Planning e.g. general familiarity with the planning system, development plan documents, writing policies etc
    • Community engagement and communication e.g. understanding community engagement processes and methods, leadership, motivation and communication skills
    • Marketing, promotion and consultation e.g. designing leaflets, promotional material, questionnaires and surveys
    • Funding and delivery e.g. sources of funding, grant/funding applications, fund-raising
    • Writing, editorial, graphic design e.g. report writing, editing/proofing, design of reports, maps, plans and other graphics
    • Computers and Information Technology e.g. wordprocessing spreadsheets, managing website, social media, web-based information
    • Expertise in specific topic areas, e.g: housing, transport or the historic environment.

Memorial Hall – Works Update

photograph showing the memorial hall works in progress, walls insulated and ceilings part insulated

Work in the hall is progressing very well and is currently running slightly ahead of schedule.  Insulation layers are being installed to each internal wall which will be about six inches thicker once the work is completed.

An initial stage payment representing 30% of the total project cost has now been made.  The three new windows have been ordered via the Parish Council and will be installed during the week commencing 6th November.  If work continues at this rate the hall may even be available again before Christmas!

Agenda and Minutes of Parish Council

image of three dimensional letters in blue each standing to form the word 'update' with and representation of the world globe to the leftThe Parish Council page now includes the latest agenda and the Minutes of each Parish Council meeting as they are published. 

black and white graphic black bold lines on white background representing writing on a page

Records of the Minutes going back to 2014 have been uploaded as have the Budget Reconciliation reports that are presented to Councillors at each meeting.  At the moment these go back to the beginning of the 2017/18 financial year.

All the documents are presented chronologically and in a searchable table.

 

Parish Council Annual Return 2017 Published

Annual Return for the Parish Council of Walsham-le-Willows has been published.

A paper copy has been placed on the Village Notice Board.

The accounts are now available for inspection by local electors.

Printed copies of the annual return are available for £1.50, please contact the Parish Clerk on 01359 259 794.

 

Parish Council Documents

graphic of people around meeting table in silhouetteThe Parish Council page has been updated to include a list of contacts for Councillors and Officers, agendas and minutes going back to January 2014, budget reconciliation reports back to April 2017, County and District Councillor Jessica Fleming’s reports to Parish Council (these need to be completed) and the policies and procedures to which the Parish Council works.

Community Defibrillator

red telephone kioskThe Community Defibrillator is located in the refurbished red telephone kiosk just outside the Memorial Hall and is now fully operational.  NOTE: THERE IS NO PHONE IN THE TELEPHONE KIOSK

yellow automated electronic defibrillator deviceThis Automated External Defibrillator (AED) is registered with the East of England Ambulance Service and can be accessed via a digital keypad on the yellow storage unit inside the kiosk.

Obtain the access code by dialling 999 and ask for the ambulance service giving IP31 3AA as the location reference. 

The Memorial Hall Management Committee reiterate their gratitude to Richard Pratt at R&D Construction for both the donation and relocation of the kiosk from it’s old location on The Street.

Temporary Road Closure

 

ROAD TRAFFIC REGULATION ACT 1984: SECTION 14

TEMPORARY CLOSURE OF PART OF THE C655 THE STREET, WALSHAM LE WILLOWS

red road closed signSuffolk County Council intends to make an order closing the C655 The Street, Walsham-le-Willows outside Old Infants School to facilitate a leak repair. Other co-ordinated works may also take place during this period.

blue sign indicating pedestrian and cycle accessAccess will be open for pedestrians and cyclists.

yellow road sign for traffic diversionThe diversion route will be Townhouse Road, Palmer Street, The Causeway and vice versa.

It is intended that the closure will operate from 11/07/2017 – 13/07/2017 but if necessary the order may remain in force for 18 months (or longer if extended by the Minister).

Enquiries should be made to Anne-Marie Kewley of TBF Traffic. Tel: (01449) 490865. Email: anne-marie.kewley@tbfcontracting.com

Date: 29/06/2017

 

 

TIMOTHY EARL, Head of Legal Services, Suffolk County Council, Constantine House, 5 Constantine Road, Ipswich, IP1 2DH

map showing impact of traffic order c655
Click map for larger image

Janet Kerridge Awarded British Empire Medal

British Empire MedalOur very own Janet Kerridge was awarded a British Empire Medal for services to her community.  Janet has worked through St. Mary The Virgin Church since she was a child and had, until this year, been Church Secretary since 1973,
She said: “I was very surprised and have been congratulated by my friends.  Twelve people wrote letters to help recommend me for this award and that was the most surprising thing.  I am most proud of organising the children’s praise and Christmas praise.”

Temporary Road Closure

ROAD TRAFFIC REGULATION ACT 1984: SECTION 14

red road closed signTEMPORARY CLOSURE OF PART OF THE U5923 WATTISFIELD ROAD, WALSHAM LE WILLOWS

Suffolk County Council intends to make an order closing the U5923 Wattisfield Road, Walsham Le Willows outside Hawthorns to facilitate replacement of a manhole cover and frame.  Other coordinated works may also take place during this period.blue sign indicating pedestrian and cycle access

Access will be open for pedestrians and cyclists.

 

yellow road sign for traffic diversionThe diversion route will be The Street, Summer Road, the A143 and vice versa.

 

It is intended that the closure will operate on 31/05/2017 from 9am – 4:30pm but if necessary the order may remain in force for 18 months (or longer if extended by the Minister). Continue reading “Temporary Road Closure”

Walsham Watch

neighbourhood-watch-badgeBe aware that there has been a burglary overnight in The Street from an unsecured  shed.

Garden tools and other equipment were stolen.  Be vigilant.

If at all possible restrict access to property, ensure sheds are locked and keep desirable items out of sight.

New web site for Walsham-le-Willows

image of blue computer mouse with the usb lead spelling out the word 'upgrade'

black and white image of village sign used as a logo

Welcome to the new website.  Use the contact form to let us know what you think.

The site was updated in early 2017 to run on WordPress giving it a refresh with a more modern look.  Core content has been transferred and the remainder is being added over time.  Some images may link back to the old site for a while.

If you have any suggestions for the site let us know.

Continue reading “New web site for Walsham-le-Willows”