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

Email: michael.beales@suffolkhighways.co.uk

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

Sizewell C – Application for Development Consent Order Accepted

The application for Development Consent Order has been accepted by the Planning Inspectorate on 24 June 2020. The Parish Council has been sent details of the planning application for Sizewell C.  The application has been accepted by the Planning Inspectorate and now the Examining Authority will be appointed.

The Parish Council, other consultees and the public may now make representations about the Sizewell C application by using the Planning Inspectorate’s Registration & Relevant Representation Form for this application from the 8th July to 30th September.  Any Registration & Relevant Representation Form must be received by the Planning Inspectorate by 30 September 2020.

All of the application documentation that has been submitted by Sizewell C Co. to the Planning Inspectorate (PINS) can be viewed at https://sizewellcdco.co.uk/

If you would prefer to view a hard copy, a mobile DCO library will be visiting various locations in East Suffolk throughout July and August. Book an appointment on 0800 197 6102 to reserve
your viewing slot.

Leiston-cum-Sizewell – 13/14/15 July
Theberton – 16/17 July
Middleton – 20/21 July
Yoxford – 22/23 July
Kelsale-cum-Carlton – 24 July
Darsham – 27/28 July
Wickham Market – 29/30 July
Hacheston – 31 July
Levington – 3/4 August
Stratford St Andrew – 5/6 August
Woodbridge – 7 August
Ipswich – 10 August
Lowestoft – 11 August

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.

Interim Management Committee Meeting – 17th June at 2pm

The next Interim Management Committee (IMC) meeting will take place via teleconference, as part of the Council’s response to COVID-19, on the 17th June at 2pm. The agenda and papers will be available in the Interim Committee section of the website.

If anyone has any comments to make please email them to clerk@melton-suffolk-pc.gov.uk by 12 noon on 17th June.

Members of the public are invited to listen to the meeting by phone:

  • Dial 0 33 33 66 11 11
  • Enter Conference Code 296983  followed by #
  • Enter the PIN: 2969 followed by #

If any member of the public wishes to make a comment during the meeting, in response to what is being discussed, please email finance@melton-suffolk-pc.gov.uk

Fire Safety – Safer Home Visits and Duty Officer Service

Fire Safety 
Representatives of Suffolk Fire and Rescue Service and East Suffolk Council Building Control met in March 2020 to consider Suffolk’s response to the first phase of the Grenfell Tower Inquiry. The Committee made a number of recommendations, one of which was to encourage all county, district and parish councillors to publicise amongst their constituents:

  • the fire safety assessments (safer home visits) that Suffolk Fire and Rescue Service provides to residents
  • the duty officer service that Suffolk Fire and Rescue Service provides to tenants or anyone concerned about a fire risk in Suffolk.

More details about these services can be found here:

Fire safety assessments (safer home visits)

Duty officer service

The minutes of the meeting, which include details of all the recommendations and the reasons for them can be found at this link: Committee Minutes

Melton Messenger – A Note from Alan – June 2020

Playpark Maintenance
As the playpark has been closed due to the restrictions, we have taken the opportunity to give some of the equipment a fresh coat of paint and it looks really great now.

Play park equipment

Painted play equipment

Transport Safety & Social Distancing
Suffolk County Council has received a few queries from Parish Councils and individuals about the possibility of increased provision of safe space for walking and cycling during the current Covid-19 crisis. As we return to a ‘new normal’, our transport strategy will support people to make journeys by foot, bike or public transport while continuing to observe social distancing.

The Government has very recently provided guidance in relation to funding for emergency walking and cycling measures. Following the success of the temporary road closure to vehicles along Ipswich Waterfront, Suffolk County Council is already making plans to change road layouts and put in measures to give more space to cyclists and pedestrians. This will include closing off sections of roads to motorised vehicles, widening existing footpaths and cycle lanes, providing temporary footpaths and cycle lanes and changing traffic signal timings to reduce waiting times for pedestrians and cyclists. I am yet sure how this will affect Melton but it will certainly affect us as we travel around Suffolk and eventually as we travel further afield.

Local History Recorders documenting the Covid-19 pandemic
Our Local History Recorders; Mary Burgess and Claire McBurney, have been asked to document information about their locality during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Melton old village is always very friendly but exchanges now often include offers of help and the wish that everyone should “stay safe”. Once the lockdown started, residents quickly began to reclaim the streets. Although families are sometimes seen cycling through Melton village, the children are usually confident, competent riders. Now younger, less experienced riders are out cycling with adults as the village streets are almost traffic free. There are a lot of people walking, sometimes with backpacks for shopping. The local footpaths are much busier than usual, mainly with walkers. At first, families tried cycling along the footpaths and taking children in pushchairs but this proved very difficult. There is a hopscotch court chalked on the pavement in The Street.

McColls put social distancing measures in place very quickly and remained open. There is often a short queue outside the shop but any boredom is alleviated by the opportunity to watch the sparrows that nest under the tiles flying back and forth with their beaks full of nesting materials and insects to feed the young. The swifts returned increasing the bird watching opportunities. Our other local businesses, such as the podiatrists and hairdressers have, sadly, needed to close for the time being. The Little Free Pantry closed temporarily but has recently reopened. Also the fish and chip shop has just reopened with a well-planned strategy (pre-ordering) and social distancing markings.

One very significant difference is the marked improvement in air quality. This is often the subject of brief, appropriately socially distanced exchanges in the streets. People are feeling better and enjoying the smell of blossom and spring flowers.

Many houses have “Rainbow” tributes to show appreciation of NHS and key workers. The Thursday clapping for everyone helping during the pandemic is enthusiastically observed. Quite a few musical instruments have been heard playing tunes like Somewhere Over the Rainbow.

Many residents have benefited from the work of the GNS volunteers. Let’s hope some of the positive bits of this crisis stays with us after it is over, this won’t happen on its own, we will have to work at it.

Meetings during the Pandemic
An Interim Management Committee has been meeting monthly by telephone conference call. This is a good method as you don’t suffer the issues with speech lost due to internet data packet buffering. We have tried Zoom meetings but not all of us have Broadband speeds that allow it to work. Our meeting on the 27th May will allow members of the public to listen in to the discussion. Full details are posted on the website. We have had no security problems but Woodbridge Town Council had an intrusion of a graphic of a sexual nature. This caused a deal of embarrassment, this is what can happen when you use remote access technology as a means of public participation.

Melton Trust helps out
I would like to take this opportunity to thank the Melton Trust very much for their speedy response to an appeal for a grant for one of our parishioner’s referred to the Melton Good Neighbour Scheme. The resident was suddenly unemployed due to the Covid-19 lockdown and is having to wait 5 weeks for universal credit to be paid. The Melton Good Neighbours Scheme arranged for a food parcel to be delivered by the Salvation Army food bank and to provide a ready cooked meal.

The Melton Good Neighbours Scheme was able to help to fill out an application form for a grant to help through this period before the universal credit starts and within 24 hours had provided a grant for the individual to pay for essential bills and personal needs.

It goes to show that there is help from the Melton Trust, MPC, Melton Good Neighbour Scheme, ESC and Community Action Suffolk for our more needy folks in the Melton Community.

Gatherings in the park
I have been asked to remind people that large gatherings shouldn’t be taking place in the park, please not to have BBQs and clear up after afterwards etc. There seems to be a minority that don’t follow the social distancing rules no matter what we say. No doubt the offenders don’t read the Melton Messenger online so this is probably a waste of time ranting about it. Recently there was a lot rubbish left and spilt BBQ coals had burned the grass. It is such a shame. Despite this; our new green space contractor is doing a great job and the park looks better than ever this year.

Tennis courts
The tennis courts are open once more following the guidance from the government. Keys are disinfected by the Spar staff between uses. There is a possibility that a tennis trainer may block book the courts for a couple of hours on weekdays. I don’t think this will upset regular users who play later on in the day. Also the Spar will be closing at its regular time of 9pm so tennis can be played a bit longer in these lighter evenings.

MPC activities
The main focus of our recent meetings has been to ensure that our finances, budgets and documentation are all sorted ready for our annual audits. This is something that I am very proud of at MPC as we have improved our financial management by leaps and bounds over the years I have been a Councillor.

The main concern at the moment for us all is that if we drop our guard then the virus could peak once more. Stay safe!

Cllr Alan Porter
Chairman – Melton Parish Council

Extra support now available for small businesses

East Suffolk Council is now processing the discretionary business grants for local businesses provided by the Government in response to the COVID-19 outbreak.

On 2nd May 2020, the Government announced that extra funding would be made available to local authorities to enable them to support small businesses outside the scope of the existing business grant fund scheme.

East Suffolk Council has been allocated £3,866,250 to fund the discretionary business support grants, and eligible businesses can now apply for grants of up to £10,000. Due to the limited funding available and the need to assist as many businesses as possible, the Council will not be paying grants above £10,000 initially, however, this may be reviewed as the scheme progresses.

The Council has identified six areas as priorities at this stage, aimed at businesses which were not eligible for the Small Business Grant Fund or the Retail, Hospitality and Leisure Grant Fund, in line with the Government’s requirements. These are:

  • Businesses in shared spaces, such as within larger businesses units, office parks or incubation units, where their lettable space would have the equivalent of a rateable value of less than £15,000
  • Permanent market traders on a market in the East Suffolk area
  • Charities that were previously ineligible for support under the Small Business Grant Fund because they receive mandatory charity relief, rather than Small Business Rate Relief, and were not eligible for the Retail, Hospitality and Leisure Grant Scheme, but have premises with a rateable value of less than £15,000
  • B&Bs which pay Council Tax instead of business rates
  • Businesses that have significant premises costs and which are crucial to the local and regional economy
  • Additional small and micro businesses with fixed costs

Eligible businesses must have less than 50 employees, have been trading on 11 March 2020, and be able to demonstrate that they have seen a significant drop in income as a result of the COVID-19 restriction measures.

Cllr Craig Rivett, East Suffolk’s Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Economic Development, said: “We know it has been exceptionally tough for those businesses which have been ineligible for any grants or funding so far.

“While this money is very welcome, it is limited, and we know it will be a lifeline for many small businesses. Therefore, we have taken the decision to cap grants at £10,000 initially to ensure we are able to help as many businesses as possible. This may be reviewed as the scheme progresses, but right now our main priority is to get this much needed financial help to our small businesses as fast as possible.”

The online form and full details about how to apply with full eligibility criteria can be found at: https://www.eastsuffolk.gov.uk/business/covid-19-business-grant-funding/

Further information on other support packages available can be found at East Suffolk Means Business

Best regards

Melton Road Park/Playing Field Car Park – Gates to be locked overnight

From Sunday 24th May, the gate to the car park will be locked between 8pm and 7am until further notice. This is following police advice after recent antisocial behaviour. Apologies for any inconvenience.

You can report a number of non-urgent crimes including theft, retail theft, criminal damage, hate crime, anti-social behaviour, and traffic collisions through the Suffolk Constabulary website, by calling 101 or report incidents when they happen to the Police through calling 999 if it is an emergency.

Interim Management Committee Meeting – 27th May at 2pm

The next Interim Management Committee (IMC) meeting will take place via teleconference, as part of the Council’s response to COVID-19, on the 27th May at 2pm. The agenda and papers will be available in the Interim Committee section of the website.

If anyone has any comments to make please email them to clerk@melton-suffolk-pc.gov.uk by 12 noon on 27th May.

Members of the public are invited to listen to the meeting by phone:

  • Dial 0 33 33 66 11 11
  • Enter Conference Code 296983  followed by #
  • Enter the PIN: 2969 followed by #