Planning & Transport meeting – 27th January 2021 – 7pm

The next meeting of Melton Parish Council Planning & Transport Committee will be held via Zoom on Wednesday 27th January commencing at 7pm.

This meeting is held in public and all residents of Melton are very welcome. The full agenda and papers will be available to view on the Planning & Transport section of the website at least 3 clear days before the meeting.

To join online:

To join by phone: 0203 481 5240

Meeting ID: 820 8995 2777
Passcode: 951422

Woodbridge River Path partially closed 13th -14th July

The footpath running along the river from near the Deben sailing club towards Kyson point will be closed to allow for emergency footway repairs to be carried out. Map showing closed footpath

Start date for closure: 13/07/2020

Finish date for closure: 14/07/2020

Alternative route: There is none available.

Enquiries regarding this closure should be made to the following:

Applicant: Suffolk Highways

Contact name: Mick Beales

Telephone no: 01728 652421


Address. Halesworth Service Delivery Centre, Blyth Road, Halesworth, Suffolk.

Change to 71 bus timetable from 6th April

From the 6th April the 71 bus will depart from Orford at 07:00, 10 minutes earlier than the current timetable, in order to reach the final destination on time. The full timetable can be seen on the traveline website. The stopping times in Melton and final arrival time in Martlesham are not changing:

07:42 Melton, adj Railway Station
07:43 Melton, opp Church View Close
07:44 Melton, o/s Coach And Horses
07:45 Melton, opp Jenners Close
07:47 Woodbridge, adj Council Offices
07:49 Woodbridge, Turban Centre (S-bound)
08:00 Martlesham, Martlesham Park and Ride

The Street – road closure and impact on buses

Update 24th February 2020 – The Street will remain closed until the 28th February due to a delay in receiving the Loss Adjuster’s report. It is hoped that once this is received the closure will be removed and replaced with temporary traffic lights until the chimney is repaired.

The Street is closed from Saddlemaker’s Lane to Station Road due to a risk of falling debris from a damaged chimney on a property on The Street. It is expected to remain closed until the 14th February.

Buses are being diverted along Station Road and Wilford Bridge road so the bus stops at the Chapel and opposite the Chapel will be out of use until the road re-opens. Passengers should use the bus stops on Station Road (for the 63 and 64) or Wilford Bridge Road (for the 65).

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  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
IP12 1QT

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

Changes to Bus Services

Changes to Bus Services

Many of you will have heard that significant changes to First Eastern Counties’ services in the Ipswich area taking effect from Sunday 1st September. This is an extract from the ‘news item’ which appeared on their website in early August. First has also brought in a new local identity for their Ipswich depot. You may have noticed some buses in the new “Ipswich Reds” livery.

From 1st September we’re making changes to some of the times and routes of our buses around Ipswich. These changes are based on feedback from passengers, local stakeholders and our local driving team as well as extensive analysis of passenger journeys and punctuality of our services.

Our new ticket machines, introduced in May 2018, allow us to collect more detailed data on where and when people travel than has ever been possible in the past and we have carried out a detailed analysis of all of this information when designing these changes; many of which are intended to bring simpler, quicker and more direct journeys for the majority of passengers as well as ensuring the long-term sustainability of our network that is operated almost entirely without any sort of local authority subsidy.

Printed copies will be available from our Ipswich Travel Shop in Old Cattle Market Bus Station and all of our usual outlets around two to three weeks before the new services begin.

Despite the impression given by the news item, there has no discussion of consultation with East Suffolk Council or the many town & parish councils along the routes, nor with the local branch of the Campaign for Better Transport. By law, Suffolk County Council should have been given the full details on or before 5th July, but they too have neither informed nor consulted local councils.

View the new timetables and changes

The local services affected are:

63 Framlingham – Woodbridge – Ipswich.

An additional Mondays – Fridays journey from Framlingham to Ipswich, returning at 14:05. The current schooldays only journeys to/from Thomas Mills High School will remain.

64 Aldeburgh – Saxmundham – Woodbridge – Ipswich.

This will remain hourly, but after the Turban Centre they will run via Warren Hill Road & Old Barack Road direct to the Duke of York, omitting Drybridge Hill, Bullards Lane, Peterhouse Crescent & Naunton Road. After that, they will go straight down the A12, bypassing the Red Lion and Black Tiles; none will call at TESCO (but see 65 below). Early morning (e.g. 06:45 from Melton) and ‘late’ evening peak buses (e.g. 18:20 & 18:50 from Ipswich) will cease.

65 Aldeburgh – Rendlesham – Woodbridge – Ipswich.

The replacement for service 800 (see below) is four journeys Rendlesham – Woodbridge – Ipswich Mondays to Fridays (but only two from Ipswich) with just two each way on Saturdays. There will be an additional two starting from and finishing at Melton on Mondays to Fridays.

The good news for Melton is that all 65s will run via Station Road, Woods Lane, Bredfield Road & Pytches Road, but this will mean no buses along Melton Road.

The bad news for Woodbridge is that, like the 64, all journeys will omit Drybridge Hill, Bullards Lane, Peterhouse Crescent & Naunton Road. From the Duke of York they will follow the existing route via TESCO.

800 Copdock Park-&-Ride – Ipswich – Martlesham Park-&-Ride – Woodbridge – Rendlesham.

Will remain every 15 minutes, but the hourly extension to Woodbridge & Rendlesham will be withdrawn. See service 65 above.

Outside our immediate locality;

66 Ipswich – Kesgrave – Martlesham Heath.

The former Superoute 66 will omit Eagle Way, thus cutting off the many inhabitants of Martlesham Heath. 12% of the 1,440 households there have no car; it has a population of about 3,000 of which about 18% are aged 70 and older.

68 Kesgrave – Ipswich Hospital (Garret Anderson Centre) – Ipswich.

This recently introduced service, First’s response to repeated requests for buses to serve the specially built bus terminal within Ipswich Hospital grounds, will cease. So whilst all Ipswich Buses (the ‘green buses’) passing the hospital will serve the Garret Anderson Centre, none of First’s will.

Now that I’ve managed to build up a complete picture of the changes, I will finish updating the ‘new look’ Local Transport Guide, which was on the verge of publication when this news broke.

If you wish to complain about these cuts, please email or write to:-

Mr SA Wickers,
First Eastern Counties Buses Ltd.,
Bus Depot,

Please try to copy to your county and district councillors and Parish Clerk:

Cllr Rachel Smith-Lyte – District Councillor

Cllr Alexander Nicoll – County Councillor

William Grosvenor – Melton Parish Clerk


Geof Butterwick
Melton Parish Council
Local Transport Officer
22nd August 2019