Building, alterations, conversions…

Build it right with Babergh and Mid Suffolk District Councils

Thinking about…

  • Building an extension
  • Internal alterations i.e. removal of walls
  • Converting your garage
  • Creating an annex

Your council can help.

Babergh and Mid Suffolk District Councils, have a dedicated, independent and impartial team with over 100 years combined specialist knowledge in the construction industry. They can help guide you through the processes to make that all-important alteration to your home, whilst ensuring you meet mandatory Building Regulations. Continue reading “Building, alterations, conversions…”

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

Fly Tipper Sentenced

Photograph of rubbish fly tipping in rural areaThe Parish Council have been advised that Mr Nigel Roberts, who was previously found guilty of fly-tipping over 28 tons of commercial and industrial waste in Walsham le Willows and Acton, was due to be sentenced in Ipswich Crown Court on Tuesday 22nd January at 11.15am.

The two incidents occurred in April 2015, and the scale was somewhat larger than the example in the image.

Riparian Ownership in Suffolk

Owning or living next to a watercourse brings with it many rights and responsibilities, some have developed over years under Common Law and others are defined in legislation such as the Land Drainage Act.

Suffolk County Council, in collaboration with other members Colour graphic showing river banks, and river zonesof the Suffolk Flood Risk Management Partnership, has published a new guide, Riparian Ownership in Suffolk, to clearly explain these issues.

These links and documents include further links and references to other relevant organisations, and useful resources, making it a “one stop shop” for nearly all queries that a riparian owner might have.

Download a copy of Riparian Ownership in Suffolk

If you have further questions please contact the SCC Flood and Water team at floods@suffolk.gov.uk

Citizens Advice Bureau – Cuts to Funding

DO YOU USE THE CITIZENS ADVICE BUREAU?

Citizens Advice Bureau LogoSuffolk County Council is planning to cut the grant funding to CAB by £368,000 by 2021 leaving CAB with no funding at all from SCC .

SCC are trying to understand the impacts of this proposal, in particular with regard to equality legislation and access to services.

SO IF YOU WILL BE ADVERSELY IMPACTED BY THESE CHANGES TO FUNDING, ESPECIALLY FROM AN EQUALITY PERSPECTIVE, HAVE YOUR SAY AT:

https://www.suffolk.gov.uk/council-and-democracy/consultations-petitions-and-elections/consultations/local-citizens-advice-cab-consultation/

You can find this link and more information on the village website under the Parish Council meeting for 8th January in the report by County Councillor, Jessica Fleming.

THE CONSULTATION WILL RUN UNTIL 5PM ON WEDNESDAY 23rd JANUARY

Recycle Your Christmas Tree

Find out how and where…

Please make sure that you drop your tree at Four Ashes Farm entrance BEFORE 7pm on 7th January. Just the tree please, no pots, decorations or stands. ONLY trees less than 7 feet tall please. There will be a sign similar to the ad below to indicate where to drop your tree.

The Parish and Community Council’s extend their thanks to Mr Richard Martineau for facilitating this once again this year.

Recycling Christmas Tree Ad 2019
Click image to enlarge ad

Roadworks – November 2018

red triangle roadworks sign with work person in centre

From https://roadworks.org

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Wattisfield Road, Walsham Le Willows, Suffolk
20 November — 20 November
Delays likely Traffic control (convoy working)
Works location: WATTISFEILD ROAD, JUNCT THE STREET, WALSHAM LE WILLOW, BURY SAINT EDMUNDS…
Works description: accessing BT chamber to cable duct, no excavation and to complete termination of cable inside cabine…
Responsibility for works: Openreach
Current status: Advanced planning
Works reference: BC005HU789W00CMG-NNCZBO7

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Finningham Road, Walsham Le Willows, Suffolk
20 November — 20 November
Delays possible Traffic control (multi-way signals)
Works location: O/S JAYS COTTAGE, FINNINGHAM ROAD, WALSHAM LE WILLOWS, BURT SAINT EDMUNDS…
Works description: accessing BT chamber to cable duct, no excavation and to complete termination of cable inside cabine…
Responsibility for works: Openreach
Current status: Advanced planning
Works reference: BC005HU789W00CMG-NNCZBO6

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The Street, Walsham Le Willows, Suffolk
20 November — 20 November
Delays possible Traffic control (multi-way signals)
Works location: O/S MALTINGS HOUSE, THE STREET, WALSHAM LE WILLOWS, BURY SAINT EDMUNDS…
Works description: accessing BT chamber to cable duct, no excavation and to complete termination of cable inside cabine…
Responsibility for works: Openreach
Current status: Advanced planning
Works reference: BC005HU789W00CMG-NNCZBO5

Walsham-le-Willows Annual Art Group Exhibition – 2019

Painting "Still Waters" by Adrian Rumbles
“Still Waters” by Adrian Rumbles

Dates this year are Saturday 24th, Sunday 25th, Monday 26th November, 2018 from 10am to 6pm daily.

Admission is free.

This exhibition of 12 local artists’ work is held each year in The Priory Room (beside the church, The Causeway, Walsham-le-Willows  IP31 3AB) where each artist will be showing their latest work in a variety of media.

 

Guest artist this year is Adrian Rumbles, Painter and Sculptor.

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’?

Remembrance Day Poppy Project

St Mary's Walsham le Willows, church wall adorned with poppies for Armistace Day

Almost 10,000 knitted and crocheted poppies decorate the inside and outside of St Mary’s Church in Walsham-le-Willows (Suffolk) in an act of remembrance of those who gave their lives during the First and Second World Wars.  Come along and take a look.

Tea/coffee and cake will be served in the church from 10 o’clock until 4 o’clock.

Take a look at a slide-show of images from this year’s display and watch a video commemoration for soldiers who fell.

Microsoft Edge browser bug

line drawing of bug with microsoft flag colours on wings

Microsoft, has been aware for two years of bug in the default Microsoft browser, Edge,  that causes header images on some websites (including this one) not to scroll smoothly!

 

Who knows, maybe they will fix it soon.  Use another browser!  Google Chrome, Firefox, Safari or Opera.

microsoft edge screen overlain with smashed glass

A thank you message

handwritten thanksA message from Victoria Cooper:

 

 

“A heartfelt and huge thank you to all the kind friends and neighbours who brought sustenance and comfort to me and Polly when we had that scary fire. Tea, sandwiches or just sitting with us helped us keep it together. Thank you Nigel Clarke for getting us back on the electric so quickly and of course words can’t describe what a wonderful Fire Brigade we have.”

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

Women’s Institute – Calendar Girls Musical Feb 2019

the women's institute logo
the women’s institute

Walsham le Willows WI is arranging a visit to Norwich Theatre Royal to see Calendar Girls the Musical on Saturday 16th February 2019.  Box Office booking opened in May and tickets are selling well.  WI is happy to open this up to anyone else who would like to go, not just WI members.

Leaving Walsham 9.30 on the day for shopping before the matinee at 2.30. A number of circle seats have been reserved, some with a wider leg room option for anyone who would like them.

Calendar Girls, The Musical

Cost is £40 per seat or £44 for the roomier option.  Cost of coach will be divided amongst those attending.  No profits will be made on this.

It’s possible that there may be some seats on the coach  just for shopping! TBA via Observer once numbers are known.

Contact Maggie Barber on 01359 259689.  Payment for seat required on booking.  Payments for coach one month later.  Payments dare non-refundable.

Walsham Wild Wood – update summer 2018

new wildwood sign carved from tree trunkThe Walsham Wild Wood held their second Midsummer Picnic on the 24th June. Unfortunately the football match and a very hot day resulted in fewer people attending than last year.  However the picnic was still a success with delicious donated food, plenty to drink and activities for the children including a new Nature Trail which took the them around the whole site.

The AGM was held on the 5th July. A quiet year was reported at the Wood but there was an unusual plant surprise when a clump of broom rape was found growing for the first time. This is a parasitic herbaceous plant with seeds that can be dormant in the soil for many years.

It was also reported that Alison Martin has stepped down as Secretary after 6 years.  Alison was was thanked for all her hard work and commitment to the project.  John Stebbing was elected as Secretary, Richard Belson was re-elected  as the Treasurer and Lorna MacKinnon was re-elected as Chair.

If you would like to find out more about Walsham Wild Wood please get in touch with Lorna  | 01359 259 140.

Annual Electoral Register Canvass 2018

From the 20th July 2018 Babergh and Mid Suffolk Councils will be sending every household in the area an annual canvass form to collect information about residents who are eligible to vote.

Have you responded?  It’s quick and easy to respond.

If there are no changes to the information pre-printed on your form you can respond by:

  • Going online to the web address on the form
  • Signing your form and sending it back to us in the envelope provided

If you need to make some changes you can respond by

  • Going online to the web address on the form
  • Writing the changes on the form, signing it and sending it back to us in the envelope provided

If you don’t respond

  • You could be fined
  • You may not be able to vote in future elections
  • Your credit rating could be affected

Don’t delay, respond today! If you would like further information then go to

www.gov.uk/register-to-vote

Mid Suffolk DC Babergh DC
Endeavour House Endeavour House
8 Russell Road 8 Russell Road
Ipswich Ipswich
IP1 2BX IP1 2BX

Email: canvass@baberghmidsuffolk.gov.uk

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!

Changes at the Sports Club

Notice of Extraordinary General Meeting (EGM)

of Walsham Le Willows Sports Club CASC  (Community Amateur Sports Club)

on Monday 9th July at 19:30 

in the Pavilion, Sports Ground, Summer Road,  Walsham Le Willows IP31 3AH

Colour drawing of willow tree in roundel with text Walsham-le-Willows Sports Club

An EGM has been fixed for 9th July in order for Sports Club members to authorise the formal closure of the Club as a CASC and to approve the passing over of all its assets to the newly formed charity ‘Walsham le Willows Sports Club CIO’ which holds the freehold of land and buildings on which the Club is situated.

Read more about the changes

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.

Walking Netball at the Sports Club

Walking netball logo specifying no running or jumping!Over 50?  Or maybe your running and jumping days over?  Still want some more exercise.  Walking Netball may be for you.

No running or jumping involved and  you have 4 seconds to pass the ball.  It involves skills and drills, passing, catching, movement and primarily having fun.

The sessions aim to build your confidence on court and build fitness and are also a great way to meet new friends over refreshments in the club house afterwards.

So please come along an join the group on a Tuesday between 10am and 11am at the Sports Club, even if running and jumping is no longer your thing!

The activity will only run weather permitting so please contact the organiser if unsure.