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 will be agreed at the Council's Annual General Meeting on 11 May 2016
Provisional dates for the next meetings are as shown below. They will be confirmed and a full calendar of meetings published on the website in week beginning 16 May 2016.
11 May 2016
29 June 2016 (provisional)
FINANCE, EMPLOYMENT & RISK MANAGEMENT COMMITTEE
8 June 2016 (provisional)
PLANNING & TRANSPORT COMMITTEE
25 May 2016 (provisional)
6 July 2016 (provisional)
ANNUAL PARISH MEETING
As per the details set out below this will take place at Melton Primary School at 7pm on 4 May 2016. All electors of the parish are very welcome to attend. Refreshments will be provided.
Current News Items
Annual Parish Meeting
The 2016 Annual Parish Meeting will be held on 4 May 2016 at 7pm in the hall at Melton Primary School.
- Agenda <click here>
- Chairman's report (to be added after the event)
Neighbourhood Planning Notice
The Neighbourhood Planning [General] Regulations 2012 [Article 7].
In accordance with the above Regulations, notice is hereby given that Suffolk Coastal District Council has APPROVED the neighbourhood plan for Melton.
Melton Level Crossing, Wilford Bridge Road: None notified at present
Alternative route: A1152, A12, A1094, A1069 and vice versa.
For a diversion route:-
Footpath 29 from Fernhill Close to the junction with Leeks Hill will be closed on 18 April 2016 for surface repairs. There is no available 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 - September 2015
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