Land Divestment from East Suffolk Council

Further to Cllr Porter’s article in the December/January edition of the the Melton Messenger, full details regarding the divestment of land from East Suffolk Council (ESC) can be found in the Latest Divestment Proposals. Whilst the proposals have been agreed by officers and ratified by Full Council, they are still subject to approval by ESC’s cabinet and subject to contract. ESC was hoping to make a decision on this before Christmas but due to the delays caused by the general election they are not able to look at this until early 2020.

Divestment Proposals Document

Footpath between Saddlemakers Lane and Valley Farm Road has been cleared

Thanks to a group of Ramblers Association volunteers, footpath 22 – which runs between Saddlemakers Lane and Valley Farm Road – has been cleared and is now passable. They spent the day clearing brambles, nettles, bracken and softwood branches to create a path that runs from near the Community Farm on Saddlemakers Lane to the Happy Horse Saddlery on Valley Farm Road. The more who walk it the better as it will make it more accessible and prevent it becoming overgrown again.


Map showing location of footpath 22

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Flying of Drones or other Aerial Devices

For reasons of public safety, Recreation Committee at its meeting on 7 March 2018 adopted the following policy in relation to the flying of Drones or other Aerial Devices (including model aircraft on or above Council owned land:

Melton Parish Council Policy on the Flying of Drones or other Aerial Devices (including Model Aircraft)

For reasons of public safety Drones or any other Aerial Devices may not be flown from or above land owned by Melton Parish Council without permission. Permission may be sought and will only be considered where use of a Drone or other Aerial Device is required by a commercial body for a genuine business or professional reason and the body has the appropriate expertise to operate such a device with safety and possesses appropriate insurance cover to the satisfaction of the Council. Enquiries in respect of permission should be made by email to

Application for Grants from Melton Parish Council

Grants are available (not normally exceeding £500) to organisations (clubs, charities etc) working in Melton for the benefit of local people. Grants to individuals are not considered.

In the current round of grant-giving the deadline is 30 September 2019 and completed applications will be considered by Finance, Employment and Risk Management Committee at its meeting on 9 October 2019.

Application forms together with more detailed notes are available from the Council’s offices:

17 Riduna Park, Station Road, Melton IP12 1QT


Telephone: 01394 382224