Melton Messenger – A Note from Alan – October 2020

John Hargreaves receiving his award

John Hargreaves receiving his award

Melton Award
I was hoping to present the 2020 Melton Award at the Annual Parish meeting in April but of course the pandemic put paid to that.  This year the winner is John Hargreaves for all the work he does for Melton by helping out at the Burness Parish Rooms, the church, the fete and gardening around the village sign. I was hoping to give the award to John in person, but it seems that 6 months have passed and we are if anything further away from public meetings for large groups.  I popped over to give John his award in early September.

Visitors at Zoom Council meetings
I got a nice email from one local resident how said that it was really easy to join the Recreation Committee Zoom meeting on 9th September via the link on the MPC website, as a member of the public. She said “It was a real eye opener for me to see how the Council works and how much care is taken by the Councillors – thank you.  Provision of sports and play facilities are considered really carefully and environmental responsibilities taken very seriously. I didn’t realise that Woodbridge Youth Football Club use the playing field regularly but I also didn’t know that Melton has a thriving cricket club playing at St Audrys Club – this came from our District Councillor’s newsletter. Onwards and upwards Melton!”

Tree planting
Our tree warden is continuing to plant trees and will be putting some more in during the autumn months. Next year we intend to seek local volunteers to water them. We will be putting a list of the locations in a future Melton Messenger so watch this space.

Councillor resignations & vacancies
This month we have had 2 resignations from the Council.  Firstly Cllr Phil Groom has resigned for personal reasons.  Phil has been a very active Councillor and it was great to have someone from Longwood Fields (Woods Lane) on MPC.

Secondly Cllr Buffy Barrington has also resigned after 12 years on the Council.  Buffy was Chair of the Planning & Transport Committee for many years and she was the driving force behind the Neighbourhood Plan.  She has been beavering away working on the refresh to the plan which has to be done every couple of years.  Melton owes Buffy a great deal of gratitude for without her we would not have a Neighbourhood Plan.

Also Liz Ashford, who was a member of the public on the Recreation Committee, has also resigned due to personal commitments.

We are lucky that already I have a volunteer wishing to join. If you would like to join the Council then please contact me or the Clerk. We have a lot of projects on the go and despite the current restrictions we are still getting things done.

Village Sign 2012 Roundel
The 2012 commemorative roundel on the village sign is away for repair after the recent vandalism.  It is being made stronger in attempt to thwart future attacks.

Anti-social behaviour
We attend meetings of the local Safer Neighbourhood Team to represent Melton. We are fortunate that incidence is low but it’s not zero.

Reporting anti-social behaviour is important so that the Police can build up a picture of any problems in an area. You should dial 999 when life is threatened, or people are injured or there is a crime in progress and an immediate Police response is necessary.

Call 101, report online https://www.suffolk.police.uk/contact-us/report-something  or contact your local Safer Neighbourhood Team if the offence has happened and the offender is no longer present.  You can email them at woodbridge.snt@suffolk.pnn.police.uk and find out more information at their website https://www.suffolk.police.uk/your-area/woodbridge

New Pavilion
We are in the process of drawing up plans to replace the Pavilion. A local architect has been appointed and once things are firming up the public will be consulted.  A central part of the project is the provision of toilet facilities.  The toilet will be accessible from the outside, probably only open during daylight hours, and there may be a charge for its use, potentially tap & pay with a phone or a card.  It is a critical balance between providing facilities but preventing anti-social behaviour and vandalism.

Neighbourhood Plan update
We are currently working on some minor revisions to the Neighbourhood Plan and we had some great feedback from our first Public Open Days at the beginning of February.  Despite setbacks due to Covid-19, we will do our next round of consultation with the local community on the proposed changes, drawn from the feedback we received.  You can see what that feedback is by looking at the 2020 Refresh page on the Melton NP website: https://www.meltonneighbourhoodplan.co.uk/

We obviously can’t have any more Open Days right now, but volunteers with the Melton Good Neighbour Scheme have kindly offered to deliver leaflets to every household in Melton.  When you receive this in the next month there will be opportunities for online responses to this via a survey, as well as sending your comments through on email or by letter.  In these social distancing times I think we are hoping for mainly online responses – but in whatever way you can, please look out for the leaflet and give your support by giving feedback as requested.

Well what with the Covid-19 restrictions it becomes increasingly difficult to come up with new things to write about in this column.  If you have anything you would like me to write about then please drop me an email.

The Melton Messenger will continue as an online publication for the foreseeable future so please let your friends know that they can read it online.

Parish Councillor Vacancy

Notice is hereby given that due to the resignation of Councillor Barrington, a vacancy has arisen in the Office of Councillor for the Parish Council.

1.A by-election to fill the vacancy will be held if ten electors for the parish give notice in writing claiming such an election to the Returning Officer not later than

22 October 2020

Where ten valid requests for a by-election are received then under the provisions of the Coronavirus Act 2020 and The Local Government and Police and Crime Commissioner (Coronavirus) (Postponement of Elections and Referendums) (England and Wales) Regulations 2020 the by-election will not currently take place, and the vacancy will be held open until the by-election takes place. The 2020 regulations provide for the by-election to take place on the date for the Ordinary Election of Councillors due to be held on Thursday 6 May 2021. However, this date may be brought forward or deferred by the Government depending upon the circumstances. Any Election that is in due course called will be duly publicised as required by law.

2.The Addresses of the Returning Officer are:

First Floor
2 Canning Road
Lowestoft
NR33 0EQ

Council Offices
East Suffolk House
Station Road
Melton
Woodbridge
IP12 1RT

3. If no such notice is given the Parish council will fill the vacancy by co-option.

If anyone is interested in joining the Parish Council please contact the Clerk by email or phoning the office on 01394 382 224.

FERM Committee Meeting – 14th October 2020

The next meeting of Melton Parish Council FERM Committee will be held via Zoom on Wednesday 14th October 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 FERM section of the website at least 3 clear days before the meeting.

Link for joining online: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89493223910?pwd=R3duQzV0bjA3Tm54anlLek5aWkIwUT09

To join by phone: 0131 460 1196

Meeting ID: 894 9322 3910
Passcode: 746398

Suffolk Coastal Local Plan

The East Suffolk Council – Suffolk Coastal Local Plan was adopted by East Suffolk Council on 23rd September 2020. The Suffolk Coastal Local Plan covers the former Suffolk Coastal district. The Local Plan sets out the level of growth which needs to be planned in the area and identifies where that growth should be located and how it should be delivered. The Local Plan sets out the planning policies which the Council will use to determine planning applications in the Suffolk Coastal Local Plan area. The Suffolk Coastal Local Plan covers the period 2018-2036.

Planning & Transport Meeting – 23rd September at 7pm

The next meeting of Melton Parish Council Planning & Transport Committee will be held via Zoom on Wednesday 23rd September 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: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84264657858?pwd=RGZnNkJ3VkExWm5CYU5HTmxVbFNyUT09

To join by phone: 0203 481 5237

Meeting ID: 842 6465 7858
Passcode: 562207

Full Council Meeting – 16th September at 7pm

The next meeting of Melton Parish Council will be held via Zoom on Wednesday 16th September 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 Full Council section of the website at least 3 clear days before the meeting.

To join online: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86762667810?pwd=MWJDNWF4RTZRUERXdmcxK0UrRm96Zz09

To join by phone: 0131 460 1196

Meeting ID: 867 6266 7810
Passcode: 866619

Premises Licence Application by HMS Vale

Name of Applicant:     Deben Bar Ltd 

Name of Premises:      HMS Vale

Postal Address of Premises:  Melton Boatyard, Dock Lane, Melton, Woodbridge IP12 1PE

During the current Covid-19 period while the council offices are closed to the public, the full application can be viewed by emailing: Licensing@eastsuffolk.gov.uk.

Proposed Licensable Activities:

Sale of alcohol (on and off-sales)

Sun to Thurs 11:00 to 23:00, Fri and Sat 11:00 to 00:00

Opening hours: Sun to Thurs 08:00 to 23:00, Fri and Sat 08:00 to 00:00

Dates between which representations may be made to the Licensing Authority:

Start Date:          28 August 2020

Closing Date:      24 September 2020

Representations must be made in writing to the Licensing Team, East Suffolk Council (as the Licensing Authority) or by e-mail to licensing@eastsuffolk.gov.uk

Licensing Team, East Suffolk Council, Riverside, 4 Canning Road, Lowestoft, NR33 0EQ

It is an offence knowingly or recklessly to make a false statement in connection with an application and the maximum fine for which a person is liable on summary conviction for the offence is £5000.