About Melton Parish Council
Parish 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:
- Liaising with local authorities on behalf of the parish
- Responding to planning applications
- Managing the playing fields, the pond and Burkes Wood
- Maintaining the bus shelters
- Organising the annual parish meeting
- Offering grants and donations to local societies and charities
- Overseeing the website
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 the second Wednesday of every other month, currently in the hall of Melton Primary School. 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. They are currently meeting at Cloghan's Bungalow, at the Suffolk Coastal DC Melton Hill site. 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
16 November 2016
11 January 2017
15 March 2017
10 May 2017
FINANCE, EMPLOYMENT & RISK MANAGEMENT COMMITTEE
8 June 2016
10 August 2016
12 October 2016
14 December 2016
8 February 2017
5 April 2017
PLANNING & TRANSPORT COMMITTEE
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
26 October 2016
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>
The 2017 Annual Parish Meeting will be held on 3 May 2017 in the hall at Melton Primary School.
MELTON NEIGHBOURHOOD PLAN - PRE-SUBMISSION CONSULTATION
As required by the Localism Act 2011 and Regulation 14 of the Neighbourhood Planning (General) Regulations 2015 (as amended) Melton Parish Council is undertaking Pre-Submission Consultation on the melton Draft Neighbourhood Plan. Views of all residents will be welcomed. The Plan and supporting documents can be viewed here:
This Pre-Submission consultation period runs from 1 July 2016 until 23 september 2016.
Melton Level Crossing, Wilford Bridge Road:
05/06/2016 to 06/06/2016 (22:00 to 06:30 hours)
Alternative route: A1152, A12, A1094, A1069 and vice versa.
For a diversion route:-
Proposed Waiting Restrictions - B1438 Melton Hill and U362929 Old Maltings Approach
In the interests of road safety Suffolk County Council proposes to prohibit vehicles from parking at the junction of Melton Road and Old Maltings Approach and along the bends and turning head in Maltings Approach.
For a map:-
A copy of the Draft Order is set out below, which gives details of where representations shall be sent and by when.
SUFFOLK COUNTY COUNCIL
(PARISH OF MELTON) (B1438 MELTON HILL AND U3629 OLD MALTINGS APPROACH) (PROHIBITION OF WAITING) ORDER 201-
Suffolk County Council proposes to make the above order under Sections 1, 2 and 4 of the Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984, as amended, the effect of which would be to prohibit waiting at any time on parts of Old Maltings Approach, Melton, including the entire turning head, and on Melton Hill for short lengths on either side of its junction with Old Maltings Approach.
Exemptions to the waiting restriction will allow a vehicle to wait for so long as may be necessary to board or alight; goods to be loaded or unloaded; for building, industrial or demolition works; and for the maintenance of the roads or their services. There are also the usual exemptions for blue badge-holders. Full details may be obtained from the order.
A copy of the draft order and a plan showing the roads
affected, together with the Council’s reasons for this proposal, may
be seen on request at the address below, 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Monday -
Friday, also at Woodbridge Library, New Street, IP12 1DT, 10.00 a.m. - 4.00
p.m. Monday; 9:30 a.m. - 7:30 p.m. Tuesday; 9:00 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. Wednesday
and Thursday; 9:00 a.m. - 7:30 p.m. Friday; 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Saturday;
and 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Sunday.
Objections or any other representations related to the waiting restriction, specifying the grounds on which they are made, must reach Heather Miller (Suffolk Legal) at the address below, or at email@example.com not later than 15 March 2016. Please bear in mind that any such correspondence cannot be regarded as confidential and may be inspected by any interested party.
Date: 22 February 2016
Head of Legal Services
Suffolk County Council
5 Constantine Road
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 - September 2015
Local bus timetable - June 2016
For data and statistics about Suffolk and its Districts:
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.
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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 www.suffolk.gov.uk/grasscutting
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 www.suffolk.gov.uk/weed-control
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: www.fosterandadopt.suffolk.gov.uk 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 www.fosterandadopt.suffolk.gov.uk