ESC’s New Environmental Guidance Note approved

East Suffolk Council continues to put the environment first as it approves new guidance which tackles the impact development can have on the environment.

The aim of the Environmental Guidance Note is to support East Suffolk Council’s environmental vision in building the right environment for East Suffolk and its commitment to be carbon neutral by 2030. It was produced after the Council voted unanimously to declare a climate emergency last year in a bid to reduce its own carbon emissions and to encourage local communities to help fight climate change.

The Guidance Note was approved by East Suffolk Council at Full Council on Wednesday 25 November 2020 and will now play a key role in supporting the Council’s green commitments.

It provides simple, concise information on best practices for reducing the impact on the environment in any new developments or renovations and measures to help achieve this, including energy efficiency, renewable energy, nature and wildlife, sustainable travel, water conservation, materials and waste and more. The Guidance Note can be used to inform the design of new developments, renovation of existing buildings, design and access statements, Neighbourhood Plans, comments made on planning applications, general household maintenance and much more.

Cllr James Mallinder, cabinet member for the Environment, said: “I am so pleased that the Environmental Guidance Note has been approved by East Suffolk Council as it will give developers and communities a strong direction on addressing climate change in developments and renovations going forward.

“We are the first generation to fully understand our environmental problems and we will be the last who can act. This Guidance Note clearly illustrates what we can achieve, and even the smallest of changes can make a big difference over time.”

Cllr David Ritchie, cabinet member for Planning, said: “I am pleased that the Environmental Guidance Note has been approved by the Council as we are committed to encourage both developers and residents to take a greener approach to both existing accommodation and new developments.”

View the Environmental Guidance Note at www.eastsuffolk.gov.uk/environment/environment-guidance-note/

Knacker’s Yard – Valley Farm Road – update

East Suffolk Council have issued the following statement regarding the foul odour:

We have recently visited Mr Clarke to discuss the changes that he has recently made in response to my request.  As you may recall, one of the main sources of the odour is when the fully loaded lorry is externally weighed prior to departure from the site, which usually occurs late afternoon.  This process takes approximately 20 mins or so, during which time the lorry is outside of the building and therefore not subject to odour control.  Mr Clarke has consulted with Defra and has been given permission to forgo the weighing of the lorries prior to departure, during the hot summer season.  This effectively means that the lorry will be loaded and covered inside the building before the doors are opened, the lorry will immediately leave the site to travel to the rendering plant and therefore reduce expose time.

Secondly, the containers used to take the waste off site have been increased in volume thereby allowing more waste be transported per load. This has reduced the number of lorries that leave site daily back down to 1 per day thereby reducing the number of road trips.

Both these measures were introduced on Monday 17th August so we are hopeful that the changes will have a significant impact on the odour.  Please contact the Environmental Protection Team if you notice any changes over the next few weeks.

You can contact the East Suffolk Environmental Protection team by telephoning: 0333 016 2000 or email: ep@eastsuffolk.gov.uk

Foul Odour at the Knacker’s Yard, Valley Farm Road

It has been brought to the Parish Council’s attention that a number of Melton residents have recently had reason to complaint to East Suffolk Council about an increase in foul smells from the Knackers Yard on Valley Farm Road. If you are affected by foul odour please report it to East Suffolk Council so that the Environmental Protection team can investigate. If they do not receive complaints they will be unaware of the problem and will not take any action. You can contact the Environmental Protection team by telephoning: 0333 016 2000 or email: ep@eastsuffolk.gov.uk

Green Bin Collections Suspended

As of 27 March 2020, East Suffolk Council has temporarily suspended the collection of green bins, until further notice.  This is in response to the COVID-19 emergency and aims to protect crew safety and prioritise household waste and recycling collections.  The advice from East Suffolk Council is:

All current green bin subscriptions will be extended, once the service resumes, to reflect the period of time that collections were missed within your subscription period.

There is also concern about the risk of increased fly-tipping. If you see any, please report it: https://www.eastsuffolk.gov.uk/waste/fly-tipping/how-to-report-fly-tipping/

Tree planting at Orchard Close

The tree warden has planted some new trees at Orchard Close. Three wild cherries and one rowan have been planted  at the end of the close, parallel to the bollards separating the close from Bury Hill. A further four cherries and one rowan are alongside the path of the larger grassed area. We will be looking at carrying out some planting along the boundary of the playing field/Melton Road where we recently had to remove a diseased white willow tree.