New Pavilion – design available for comment

Following a number of public consultations, a design has been created for a new Pavilion to replace the existing building at the Melton Road Recreation Ground. The current building is no longer fit for purpose and is over 70 years old.

The new design includes a public toilet, ability for a pop-up café to operate, shelter for spectators, a flexible community space and storage. All these facilities were supported by responses to the consultation process. The construction will be brick, weatherboarding and a pantile roof.

Melton Parish Council invites residents to submit any comments they may have on these proposals. You can phone, email or write to the office:

01394 382224
clerk@melton-suffolk-pc.gov.uk
17 Riduna Park, Station Road, Melton, Suffolk IP12 1QT

The consultation finishes on Friday 22nd January 2021. It is hoped that work will commence summer 2021.

Further information can be found in the Pavilion Project section of the website.

Beacon Shield

The Beacon at the Melton Road playing fields , which was installed as part of the centenary commemorations of the end of WW1, has now been augmented with a shield depicting the Melton emblem (also seen on the village sign). Designer Simon Benton joined members of the Melton Heritage group and Rachel Smith-Lyte and Colin Birkbeck, who kindly made donations towards the costs, to mark the shield being installed.

Members of the Melton Heritage Group and benefactors with the Beacon

Claire McBurney, Colin Birkbeck, Jen Hall and Cllr Chas Taylor (l-r)

Members of the Melton Heritage Group, benefactor and shield designer

Cllr Rachel Smith-Lyte, Andy Pritchatt, Doreen Bartlett, Simon Benton, Mary Burgess and Cllr Bryony Abbott (l-r)

VJ and VE Day Roundels installed on the Beacon

Simon Benton has produced two new roundels to commemorate those of Melton who fought in World War II.  These plaques commemorate the 75th Anniversary of VE day (Victory in Europe) & VJ Day (Victory in Japan).  They have been fitted onto the pole that holds the beacon in the Melton Playing Fields.

Close up of VJ and VE Day roundels

Close up of VJ and VE Day roundels

VJ and VE Day roundels with Simon Benton and Cllr Taylor

VJ and VE Day roundels with creator Simon Benton and Cllr Taylor

Melton Playing Field Play Park and Play Equipment

The play park and play equipment at Melton Playing Fields will be open by Friday 17th July 2020.

PLEASE NOTE THE EQUIPMENT IS NOT REGULARLY CLEANED, AND ACCESS IS NOT MANAGED IN ANY WAY

Scientific advice suggests that the COVID-19 virus can survive for up to several days on some hard surfaces. The risks are reduced when outdoors, where surfaces may be subject to UV light and/or rain. Whilst all possible practical measures have been put in place the user of this equipment does so at their own choice and risk. Users of this equipment are expected to exercise care and comply with the official Government guidance for protecting themselves and others from COVID-19 at all times.

Therefore, we strongly recommend all users follow these guidelines to help protect everyone from Covid-19:

  • Encourage everyone in your group to sanitise their hands at frequent intervals and, as a minimum, before and after using the playground. Wash your hands when you get home. Encourage children not to touch their face.
  • Please maintain social distancing from other users – 2 metres where possible
  • If you or any member of your household has coronavirus symptoms, or have been advised to self-isolate, go home and do not use this equipment
  • This equipment is checked regularly for damage, wear and tear, but will not be cleaned regularly. You may wish to sanitise the equipment before your child uses it.
  • The maximum number of persons in the fenced off play area is 20 at a time
  • Only 1 adult to accompany their children in the play area
  • Please adhere to number of users per piece of play equipment
  • Do not consume food or drink within the play area
  • Please use bins provided or take litter home

As Government guidance changes, or if there is a renewal of restrictions, then the Council will amend these instructions as appropriate.

Melton Playing Field Play Park

Following latest Government guidance about the reopening of outdoor play parks from the 4th July, the play park and play equipment at Melton Playing Fields will remain CLOSED until further notice. We shall endeavour to reopen it once we are confident that it is safe to do so.

Tennis Courts to re-open at Melton Playing Field

Following the latest Government advice, the tennis courts are available for hire from the 13th May 2020.

You can play tennis with members of your household, or one other person while staying 2 metres apart.

To book these tennis courts please go to the John Grose garage/Spar on Melton Road. Keys will be disinfected between bookings but other surfaces at the tennis courts will not be, including the gates. Please remember to wash your hands/use hand sanitiser frequently.

At all times, you should continue to observe social distancing guidelines when you are outside your home, including ensuring you are 2 metres away from anyone outside your household.

The play equipment/play park remain closed until further notice.

Neighbourhood Plan and CIL Project Consultation Events

We are holding two Open Consultation Events at our office for Melton residents to give their views on updates to our Neighbourhood Plan (NP), which is now 2 years old.  There will be more information on the NP website www.meltonneighbourhoodplan.co.uk  but please do come along to give your feedback.  We will also be giving further opportunities for residents to give their views online and at future open events.

These sessions will also be seeking residents’ views on how we intend to spend our Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) income.  We have a number of large projects in mind and we need to ensure they meet local needs and aspirations.  Many of these emerged from the NP.

Friday 7th February – 6-9pm

Saturday 8th February – 9am-noon

Melton Parish Council
17 Riduna Park
Station Road
Melton
IP12 1QT

If you cannot make the open events you can complete the online survey.

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.