Recreation Committee

The meeting scheduled for 26 October has been rescheduled to 16 November - 7pm at the Council's office.

Willow Harvest update

Local residents and others who enjoy the playing field and woodland owned by Melton Parish Council will be aware that there are two belts of mature cricket bat willow trees between the field and the woods, one to the north of the field and one at the south end.

These trees are now eminently suitable for harvesting to be made into cricket bats, and Essex firm J S Wright, was to have felled them in October 2016. Weather permitting this work will now be carried out in week commencing 14 November 2016. J S Wright will leave the branches and leaves chopped into small eco piles and later in the season they will replant new trees.

As well as providing much needed income for the Parish Council, as not only will the felling and replanting be done without cost to the Parish Council and the Council will receive a substantial payment for the wood, it will also relieve the Council of having to remove the trees when they do eventually split, which would otherwise be likely to start occurring in a few years time, when the option to sell would not be available.

The contractors will be accessing the field with plant and machinery from early morning on the felling days. Hopefully regular users of the field and woods will not be too inconvenienced, but this is a necessary part of woodland management which the Council needs to undertake on the advice of its arboriculturalist.

Creating an East Suffolk Council

Suffolk Coastal and Waveney District Councils are considering a merger to create a new council, serving the residents and communities of east Suffolk. A summary proposal has now been published, explaining the reasons for the proposal and the process that the councils will follow.

<click here> for details

Review of the Suffolk Coastal Local Plan

Work has started on a review of the Suffolk Coastal Local Plan. The new local plan will guide development in the suffolk Coastal District over the next 15 to 20 years. Suffolk Coastal is looking for sites that have potential for new development. This includes new housing (5+ dwellings), employment and industrial, retail, community facilities, open space and more. Sites received will be included in the first consultation on the new Local Plan in early 2017.

Details of how to contact Suffolk Coastal District Council with the details of any site are as follows:

- complete the form at

- or email details to:

- or telephone 01394 444550 / 444363

- or write to Suffolk Coastal District Council, Planning Policy and Delivery Team, Melton Hill, Woodbridge IP12 1AU

Launch of new power cut telephone line

On 6 September 2016, UK Power Networks launched a new national power cut phone line – 105 – to help people contact the company that looks after their electricity network. This would be UK Power Networks for London, the East and South East of England.

The number, which is available to electricity customers in England, Scotland and Wales, will enable people to report or get information about power cuts as well as report damage to electricity power lines and substations that could put themselves, or someone else, in danger. 105 is funded and delivered by the electricity network operators, and is a first for the UK’s energy industry. As well as calling 105, people can find more information on the website:


MeltonParish Councils are the most local of all the various local government bodies.  The members of the Council are elected by the voters whose names appear on the electoral roll, just as district and county councillors are chosen.

Each sort of local authority has a range of responsibilities, the things that it must do, and powers, the things that it may do.  It is often difficult to see which authority is responsible for which activity.  Reference can be made to the websites for the Suffolk Coastal District Council and the Suffolk County Council for details of their functions and authority.

Parish Councils have few actual duties but they have a wide range of powers.  Melton Parish Council exercises those powers that they believe are for the benefit of the village.  The main ones are:

The Council is told about all applications for planning permission and makes comments and recommendations that are considered by the District Council, which is the planning authority.

The full parish council meets on a Wednesday in every other month, currently in the Burness Parish Rooms, The Street IP12 1PW. The meetings are held in public and electors from the parish of Melton are warmly invited to attend. There is always an open forum item on the agenda where you can raise issues or concerns with your councillors and question them on matters of local interest.

Public notices about the meetings are posted in various locations throughout Melton including the council notice boards outside the Burness Parish Room, on Melton Road, in the Bredfield Road Bus Shelter, outside Woodbridge Primary School and on St Audry's Park Road. They are also available on this website and through the Parish Council E-NEWS service [click on E-NEWS on the left hand column of this page to sign up]

The council has several committees set up to carry out detailed work on a number of subjects; these are Finance, Employment & Risk Management, Planning & Transport and Recreation. These committees meet on a regular basis with all meeting being held in public. From October 2016 they are meeting at the new office of Melton Parish Council, Unit 2, Robertson's Boatyard, Lime Kiln Quay, Woodbridge IP12 1BD. Again electors from Melton are warmly welcome to attend any of these committee meetings. There is also an open forum at each committee meeting to enable you to ask specific questions about the work of that committee. The council also has a number of working groups where local residents are encouraged to join councillors in matters such as affordable housing, divestment and a strategy for young people.

Agendas with supporting papers for the meetings will be available at least 3 days before the meeting. Draft minutes will also be found by clicking on the link [left]. Archive minutes and archive papers from previous meetings can also be found by clicking on the archive links [left].

The calendar of meetings for the Parish Council's year from May 2016 to May 2017 is set out below.


11 May 2016

29 June 2016

14 September 2016

30 November 2016

11 January 2017

29 March 2017

31 May 2017


8 June 2016

10 August 2016

12 October 2016

14 December 2016

8 February 2017

5 April 2017


25 May 2016

22 June 2016

13 July 2016

17 August 2016

21 September 2016

19 October 2016

23 November 2016

21 December 2016

18 January 2017

22 February 2017

22 March 2017

26 April 2017

24 May 2017


6 July 2016

7 September 2016

16 November 2016 please note revised date

7 December 2016

1 February 2017

12 April 2017


Current News Items

Annual Parish Meeting

The 2016 Annual Parish Meeting was held on 4 May 2016 at 7pm in the hall at Melton Primary School.

- Agenda <click here>

- Chairman's report <click here>

- Member of Parliament's report <click here>

- Melton Heritage Group report <click here>

- Melton Local History Society report <click here>

- Melton Local Transport Representative's report <click here>

- Minutes of the Annual Parish Meeting 2016 <click here>

The 2017 Annual Parish Meeting will be held on 3 May 2017 in the hall at Melton Primary School.

Road Closures

B1438 The Street, Melton - from 70 metres north of the junction with Wilford Bridge Road for approximately 15 metres northbound, for gas connection works.

24/10/2016 to 26/10/2016

Alternative route: Station Road, Wilford Bridge Road and vice versa.

U3621 Saddlemakers Lane, Melton - for signage works

31/10/2016 to 04/11/2016 (08.00 - 16.30 hours)

Alternative route: B1438, A1152, A12 and vice versa

Melton Level Crossing, Wilford Bridge Road:

None notified at present

Alternative route: A1152, A12, A1094, A1069 and vice versa.

For a diversion route:-

>click here<

Footpath Closure

Temporary closure of part of Footpath 29, Melton

Suffolk County Council intends to make an Order closing Footpath 29, Melton, from Fernhill Close to the junction with Leeks Hill. This is in the interest of public safety whilst surface repairs are carried out. Other coordinated works may also take place during this period. There is no available diversion.

It is intended that the closure will operate from 07/11/2016 to 09/11/2016.

Any enquiries to Martin Williams of SCC Rights of WAy & Access Team on (01728) 652420 or email:

Parking Restrictions - Car Boot Sales

For details of restrictions to be applied to Melton Road near to the entrance to the playing field on dates when car boot sales are to be held during 2016, please see the Current Events section of this Website.

Local public transport guide - Summer 2016

>click here<

Local bus services changes - September 2016

>click here<

Suffolk Observatory

For data and statistics about Suffolk and its Districts:

>click here<

Police Connect

Police Connect is a messaging service connecting you to the very latest policing news for your area via e-mail, text or phone.
There is no charge for this service - all messages you receive are free.
You can register to receive information about the issues that most matter to you and be among the first to be alerted by police in the case of an emergency affecting your area.
You can choose to receive regular updates on crime and public appeals, safety advice and meetings and events. There is the option to receive information about a range of specific interest areas – such as ‘rural’ or ‘rivers and coastal’ – as well as updates for business owners and news from your Police and Crime Commissioner. The choice is yours.

Benefits of Police Connect
There are lots of advantages to knowing what is going on in your local area or areas you are interested in - such as where you work or where a vulnerable relative lives.
You can take steps to safeguard yourself and your property, you may need to change plans, or re-route, because of an incident nearby or you may even be able to help us solve a crime.
If you are a member of a ‘watch’ scheme, Police Connect information keeps you up-to-date with the latest issues. It’s also a great way of finding out about local policing events and meetings.
By receiving messages through Police Connect, you are kept in the loop.

Keeping you informed, keeping your community safe
Information from the public is a major help in the fight against crime. We need your help to make your community a safer place.
By taking a few moments to fill out a simple form, you become more informed about what's happening in your community and can become more involved in helping to prevent and reduce crime.

How to register
The simple online process takes only a couple of minutes and will ensure we have the most up-to-date contact details and preferences for you. Please find the website address below:
Any further advice then speak to the Woodbridge & District Safer Neighbourhood Team on 01473 613500. Email:

Grass Cutting and Weed Spraying - a message from Suffolk County Council May 2016

One thing that you can guarantee every year is that grass will grow. It will grow at a different rate, depending upon the amount of rain that falls and the hours of sunshine – and the weather in general. The challenge for every local authority is managing that growth in a sensible way.
Locally, the verges adjacent to roads and visibility splays at junctions in rural areas are cut by Suffolk Highways, in accordance with a predefined schedule. The cutting heads on the tractors that are used cut to a standard 1.2metre width and this ‘single swathe cut’ adjacent to main carriageways is carried out on all of the roads on that schedule.
In addition, visibility splays at junctions are generally cut back to a distance of 3m from the give way or stop lines, although this may be extended in some cases due to the geometry of the junction’s layout. All grass is cut to a length of 75mm.
When will the grass be cut in my area?
Suffolk Highways will cut verges adjacent to the A-road and B-road network twice during the grass growing season. The first cut will begin on May 2nd and will take around two weeks to complete. The second cut will begin on 11th July and will take a further two weeks to complete. The verges on C-roads and unclassified roads will receive a single cut beginning on 6th June and will take around six weeks to complete.
How will the grass be cut?
Suffolk Highways has mobilised a fleet of seven tractors which will be working throughout May, June and July to ensure the full programme of cutting is completed on time. The tractors will display the Suffolk Highways livery together with the relevant high visibility markings and beacons. Operatives are fully trained and competent in the use of the machinery, as well as being familiar with the requirements of traffic management whilst on the network.
How will the service be managed?
Suffolk Highways will maintain daily contact with its supply chain partners ensuring any variations to the programme of works are identified quickly and efficiently. Services will be monitored to ensure daily productivity rates are kept as high as possible and the overall operation runs smoothly and efficiently.
Where can I find out when the grass in my area will be cut?
A programme of works can be found on the county council’s website at

Weed Spraying
As gardeners everywhere know, weeds take the very slightest opportunity to grow anywhere. So, if there is any organic material in the channel of a road, decayed leaves between kerbs or pockets of soil in cracks in a footway, weeds will grow there!
When will the weeds be treated in my area?
Weed treatments will be based upon two visits during the spring/summer season. However, an additional treatment may sometimes be necessary. Suffolk Highways’ weed spraying programme started on Monday 18th April.
How are the weeds treated?
Weeds are treated by applying a low pressure herbicide spray with a hand-held lance. Where possible, operatives will use a small all-terrain vehicle (quad bike) operated at a speed not exceeding 5 km/h. Footways and areas of restricted access will be treated on foot.
Where can I find out when the weeds in my area will be sprayed?
As with grass cutting, a programme of works can be found on the Suffolk Highways webpages on the county council’s website at

Fostering Teenagers

Do you have a spare bedroom and experience in caring for children - have you ever thought about fostering?

Suffolk County Council is urgently looking for new foster carers, in particular for teenagers. Over half of the children in care are aged 11 or over, yet fewer people come forward to offer care for them. Therefore many teenagers may not be living with Suffolk carers, and will be away from friends, school and their local community. This is where you come in!

In return, the county council provide a highly competitive payment scheme, where you can receive up to £606 per week per child. The scheme allows career opportunities as you develop as a foster carer, recognising your skills, experience and the type of fostering you are offering.

If you think you could become a foster carer, come along to an information drop-in session. For more information visit: or call: (01473) 264800.

If you're currently registered with another Fostering Provider, the county council would love to hear from you too as there are many benefits of moving to their Fostering Service. More information is available from