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)

Sizewell C Consultation Response Deadline – 18th December 2020

EDF’s latest consultation proposals introduce a large modal shift in the movement of heavy construction materials, from road transport to rail & sea transport. The extent of the increased and overnight train movements through Melton could have a significant impact on our residents.

Details about the consultation and a link to the online response form can be found on the EDF website. The consultation ends on Friday 18th December.

Melton Parish Council discussed their response at the Planning & Transport Committee meeting on the 16th December 2020 and submitted their final comments to EDF on the 17th December 2020.

 

Melton Messenger – a Note from Alan – December 2020

Melton Messenger
Currently there will be no paper copies delivered and this may not resume until the current Covid-19 crisis has been resolved one way or another.

At Melton Parish Council we are very aware that people don’t really like reading magazines online and that assumes that they have internet access which many do not.  It suddenly struck me that we have a few magazines delivered locally to almost every house so I thought I would contact them. Well I got a very quick response from the Editor of Woodbridge In Touch and my articles will also appear in that magazine.  So please look out for them.

Defibrillator Batteries
The batteries defibrilatorin the defibrillator are kept charged up by a mains connection.  The battery powers the light and also a small heater that keeps condensation out when the temperature drops below a certain level.  I think it is useful to reassure local people that the unit is maintained and ready to go at a moment’s notice.  A good friend of mine had a cardiac arrest at Cretingham Golf Club and they used a defibrillator to save his life.  He is still playing golf and is eternally grateful that there was a defibrillator nearby.  We are going to be given another unit by Bloor Homes when the building work is complete in Woods Lane.  We shall be looking for a 2nd location in Melton to fit it.  The new pavilion would be a logical place to put it.

 

Free Parking at East Suffolk Car Parks – Ringo App
I see that parking in the Hamlin Road car park in Woodbridge is free for 30 minutes and you can park anywhere not just in those few spaces by Elmhurst Park.  There are often queues of people lining up at the machines as it takes a while to get a ticket now you have to enter the registration number.

There is an option to use the Ringo App so I thought I would have a go at that. Before you can use the App you have to associate a debit or credit card with the App but you won’t be charged unless you select a period of more than 30 minutes.

If you enter the number 4401 and make sure you set the option not to receive either of the text messages then the Ringo parking is free.  Otherwise you pay 20p for the text messages.

The App is really useful as you will save time not having to queue up and also you can avoid touching the keypad which is good when we are living with Covid-19.

Now you have to enter your registration number onto the machine, you can only have one free 30 minute parking slot per day per location.  You can always use your partner’s car or park at another location on the same day.  For example if you park at 4401 Hamblin Road then you can park at 4403 Oak Lane later on.

Grants from Melton Parish Council
This year the pot for grant giving is not big but local Melton organisations can apply. You can contact the office for an application form or find out more and apply online at www.melton-suffolk-pc.gov.uk/grants

New Plaques on the Beacon
Simon Benton has produced for us two new rounBeacon roundelsdels to commemorate the men and women of Melton who served their country in World War II.  These plaques commemorate the 75th Anniversary of VE day (Victory in Europe) & VJ Day (Victory in Japan). They and were paid for with the help of a grant from our District Councillor Rachel Smith-Lyte and a private donation from Colin Birkbeck.  The roundels have been fitted onto the pole that holds the beacon in the Recreation ground.  There is now a cover to protect the beacon and it also prevents it being used as a basketball net as has happened in the summer.

Remembrance Day
I laid a wreath on behalf of Melton Parish Council but I was only at the memorial for a short while as Covid-19 restrictions are obviously in place.  All the names are now easily readable as some restoration work has been done.  The WW2 memorial will be restored soon I am told.

Budget & Large projects 2020/2021
Currently we are having our council meetings online. Despite the pandemic, we still have plans to get a lot of things done in the next financial year.

We have a few large projects on the go.

  1. The first one is the Speed Indicator Device (SID) which hit some teething troubles. It is now in Yarmouth Road and appears to be working. There are 6 locations around the village that we can use.
  2. We have an architect doing a new design for the Pavilion and good progress is being made. This has been on the go since I joined the council in 2011 so it will be good to finally get it replaced with something useful. The original Pavilion was erected in 1949 and came into full use during 1952 so it has certainly served its time. Toilets that are accessible are a part of the design.
  3. We also have Suffolk Highways doing a design for two island crossing points in Melton Road. There will be double yellow lines as a part of the scheme to create visibility, so some street parking will be lost.  However this road is now so busy some safe crossing points are desperately needed.

All these projects are now in the advanced stages of planning and we will be holding focused public consultations about the Pavilion and crossing points.

Behind the Name: Melton in the Great War 1914-1919 BookBehind the Name book
We were involved with the Melton Heritage Group in the production of this great book.  Of the 300 copies printed, one sample of the book was sent to the British Library, but the Melton Heritage Group held back 5 copies in case the British Library wanted more. Recently the authors received a request from the Legal Deposit Libraries for the five copies. They are for The Bodleian Library, Cambridge University Library, The National Library of Scotland, the National Library of Wales and the Library of Trinity College, Dublin. Not every author receives these requests and clearly demonstrates that the book is of great value to researchers. There is also a new website to accompany the book – http://www.meltonww1.co.uk which includes additional material not contained in the book.

Census 2021 will provide a snapshot of modern society
Households across Melton will soon be asked to take part in Census 2021. The census is a once-in-a-decade survey that gives us the most accurate estimate of all the people and households in England and Wales. It has been carried out every decade since 1801, with the exception of 1941.

It will be the first run predominantly online, with households receiving a letter with a unique access code, allowing them to complete the questionnaire on their computers, phones or tablets.

“A successful census will ensure everyone from local government to charities can put services and funding in the places where they are most needed,” Iain Bell, deputy national statistician at the Office for National Statistics, said.

“This could mean things like doctors’ surgeries, schools and new transport routes. That’s why it is so important everyone takes part and we have made it easier for people to do so online on any device, with help and paper questionnaires for those that need them.”

Census day will be on March 21, but households across the country will receive letters with online codes allowing them to take part from early March.

The census will include questions about your sex, age, work, health, education, household size and ethnicity. And, for the first time, there will be a question asking people whether they have served in the armed forces, as well as voluntary questions for those aged 16 and over on sexual orientation and gender identity.

Results will be available within 12 months, although personal records will be locked away for 100 years, kept safe for future generations.

For more information, visit census.gov.uk

Sizewell C (SZC)
On 18 November, EDF launched a 30-day public consultation on proposed changes to its recently submitted planning application for Sizewell C.  These proposals are available to download online at www.sizewell.co.uk.

EDF says it has identified opportunities to deliver improvements to the Sizewell C project and to reduce some impacts.  Of key interest is the proposed reduction in the transport of bulk material by road by:

  • Increasing the frequency of freight train movements (at night)
  • Enhancement of the permanent beach landing facility and options for a new temporary beach landing facility to facilitate material imports by sea.

As always, we at MPC will assess what the impact of these proposals is on Melton and the surrounding area and respond to the consultation.

Melton Primary School
The children are settling back at Melton Primary school with great enthusiasm even though they now have to fit their day around “bubbles” and a lot of building work.  This year Christmas will be different but should still be a very special time for everyone.  The school is having a lot of building work done including a new roof and new doors and windows.  With the builders on site, parking is more difficult.  As visitors are not allowed into school to look around, there is a video on the web-site https://www.melton.suffolk.sch.uk/ which is a great way to see what the school is really like.

Christmas & New Year
This is the festive edition so I would like to take this opportunity to wish all readers a Merry Christmas & a Happy New Year.  Let’s hope we can make the most of this important time of the year, be kind to people and wish for a better 2021.

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/

Census 2021 will provide a snapshot of modern society

Households across Melton will soon be asked to take part in Census 2021. The census is a once-in-a-decade survey that gives us the most accurate estimate of all the people and households in England and Wales. It has been carried out every decade since 1801, with the exception of 1941.

It will be the first run predominantly online, with households receiving a letter with a unique access code, allowing them to complete the questionnaire on their computers, phones or tablets.

“A successful census will ensure everyone from local government to charities can put services and funding in the places where they are most needed,” Iain Bell, deputy national statistician at the Office for National Statistics, said.

“This could mean things like doctors’ surgeries, schools and new transport routes. That’s why it is so important everyone takes part and we have made it easier for people to do so online on any device, with help and paper questionnaires for those that need them.”

Census day will be on March 21, but households across the country will receive letters with online codes allowing them to take part from early March.

The census will include questions about your sex, age, work, health, education, household size and ethnicity. And, for the first time, there will be a question asking people whether they have served in the armed forces, as well as voluntary questions for those aged 16 and over on sexual orientation and gender identity.

Results will be available within 12 months, although personal records will be locked away for 100 years, kept safe for future generations.

For more information, visit census.gov.uk

 

 

Behind the Name website has launched

It was during the Remembrance Sunday ceremony in 2008 that an invisible thread of curiosity, somehow contrived to connect certain individuals gathered there in the churchyard on that bleak November morning. Shadowy memories of a collection of wooden crosses slowly decaying on the ancient walls of Melton Old Church swirled in the mind. Who were these men? How did they die? Where did they live and work? What happened to their families and loved ones?

Miraculously, this like-minded faction was drawn together and determined to pursue answers to these questions; thus, the original Behind the Name team, came into being. Team members had little or no experience as researchers, but were fired with enthusiasm and encouraged by local interest and the gratitude expressed by ancestors of those who served. The aim of the project was not only to preserve the history of Melton in wartime, but, perhaps more importantly, to pay tribute to all that was given, and at such cost, by the men, women and children of Melton.

In 2014, just before the Great War Commemorations began, the Melton Heritage Group, a partnership with St Andrew’s Church, Melton Old Church Society, Melton Parish Council, Melton Primary School, and Melton Women’s Institute, was created to oversee the village’s commemoration events and to revisit the original booklet. A small team of individuals with an interest in local history set about researching the village. The commemoration events starting with an open day at the Burness rooms where villagers could bring along memorabilia about the village or the Great War. This was followed up with exhibitions in St Andrew’s Church each Remembrance Day and at certain important dates such as the anniversaries of the Battle of the Somme and Passchendaele. There were also annual “Poppy Walks” following a route along public footpaths between St Andrews Church and the Old Church.

A website has now been created which attempts to reproduce the information the team collated over a period of five years and it also includes some information that was not included in the book. New information is coming to light all the time and when possible, it will be updated even though the project is now officially closed and the Melton Heritage Group are no more.

Behind the Name website

 

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

EDF Launches Another Consultation on Sizewell C – November 2020

On 30 September the pre-examination stage of the Sizewell C Planning Process concluded. Hundreds of residents, community organisations and stakeholders like Natural England and the Environment Agency have sent their relevant representations to PINS.

The DCO application included proposals for materials to be delivered to Sizewell C by road, rail and sea. However, one of the issues people and organisations like East Suffolk and Suffolk County Councils continued to be concerned about was the number of HGV deliveries forecast in the transport strategy. EDF was also asked to provide more reassurance about safeguarding the local environment.

EDF has responded to those views and, with the benefit of more experience from Hinkley Point C, will now be consulting on some new proposals to further reduce the impact of construction on local communities and the environment.  EDF’s  updated briefing summarises the next steps for the Sizewell C Planning Process and if the public has any questions they should contact EDF on freephone 0800 197 6102.

On 18 November 2020, EDF launched a 30-day public consultation with the publication of a 174-page consultation document on proposed changes to its recent planning application for SZC.  The document can be viewed here:  https://www.edfenergy.com/energy/nuclear-new-build-projects/sizewell-c     The public has until 18 December to provide their feedback on these proposed changes.

 

 

 

Melton Messenger – A Note from Alan – November 2020

Melton Playing Fields
In order to keep the field in good condition we have spent some money on the grassed areas.

The lower field was becoming very weedy and patchy following the dry spell that occurred after the new seed was sown.  It has been treated with a broadleaf fertiliser which makes the weeds ‘overgrow’ and die.

In November all the grassed areas will be quadraplayed – the ground will be brushed, rolled, slit and brushed which will help to improve the condition of the field  – helping to reduce compaction and assist the percolation of surface water.  The slitting action cuts through the turf and the root zone leaving a thin slit on the surface and minimal surface disturbance. These slits encourage strong, healthy root growth of the grass plants, improving tolerance to drought conditions and promoting more rapid recovery after the damage caused by the adverse weather conditions.

Hedge cutting will take place later in the month, hopefully on the 19th and 20th November. We have liaised with the site manager at Lynton Homes to ensure that the road is kept free of their contractors’ cars on the 20th November when the roadside hedge will be cut.

The grass cutting will be carried out monthly from the 19th November, in line with our contract, returning to fortnightly in March 2021.

We have agreed a contractor to carry out the verge clearance along Melton Road. we are awaiting a date for this to be carried out.

You didn’t know looking after a bit of grass could be so involved did you?

There has been a person playing golf on the playing field. This is highly dangerous and is not allowed and we are on the lookout for the person concerned.  We are checking the CCTV but if you see anyone playing golf then please leave a message with the office on 01394 382224 giving details, time & date etc.

Overhanging trees on Wilford Bridge Road
MPC raised the issue of overhanging vegetation and trees along Wilford Bridge Road where the Electricity sub-station is forcing pedestrians to walk on the grass verge. This was raised with Highways and within a week the trees and vegetation had been cut back.

Grants 2020/2021
This financial year is quite a challenge for us but we still hope to give some grant money to worthy local causes.  MPC is hoping to run a small grants programme later this year and a decision will be made by Full Council on the 18th November. If you want to contact the Clerk for an application form, one will be sent if the grant programme has been agreed.  You will also be able to apply online at www.melton-suffolk-pc.gov.uk

 

Speed Indicator Display

Speed Indicator Device

SID installed on Woods Lane by Phil Donoghue

Well after all this time the speed indicator has arrived and has been fitted in Woods Lane.  The traffic has definitely slowed so it seems to be effective already.  There are six locations that we can fit it in Melton so we will be moving it around from time to time.

 

We have got the version which collects data on traffic volumes and speeds etc.  This data will be invaluable when dealing with Highways so we can demonstrate the genuine volumes of traffic rather than using estimates.

The device had some initial teething troubles but I think it is working OK now.  It appears to be having the desired effect in slowing down traffic in Woods Lane.  We have now configured it to give the happy/grumpy face and the speed alternately.

 

Sizewell C

I thought I would put a good bit in about Sizewell C as it is such an important thing for us all in East Suffolk and will affect us for years ahead if the building goes ahead. Melton PC has spent a lot of time trying to put the best case for Melton.  I am very grateful in particular to Cllrs Bill Banks & Nigel Brown who have done much of the work.

The Council has made its formal submission for the “Pre-Examination” stage of the planning process and is now registered as an “interested party” on the Planning Inspectorate website, giving us the opportunity to put our case forward at the next stage of the planning process.

Our overall view is unchanged from previous stages of the planning process  –  we believe the community dis-benefits of Sizewell C far outweigh the opportunities for investment and any legacy benefits accruing from its construction.  Our submission (below) can also be viewed on the Council’s website at: https://melton-suffolk-pc.gov.uk/sizewell-c/

 SZC – RELEVANT REPRESENTATION BY MELTON PARISH COUNCIL (MPC)

 The following summarises Melton Parish Council’s (MPC’s) main points/issues.  Crucially, Melton does not want its already significant traffic congestion to be exacerbated by SZC – supporting evidence

 MPC’s major concerns are:

  1. The current A12 is inadequate to cope with additional traffic generated by the new energy projects at Friston and Sizewell.  EDF’s plans for improving the A12 do not solve the problem.  Our supporting evidence contains suggestions for road improvements on the A12 and A1152 (paragraphs 17 to 19).
  2. The Friston and SZC energy projects will also lead to an explosion of rat-running through Martlesham, Woodbridge and Melton when drivers seek alternative north-south routes that avoid the A12 or the Southern P&R (supporting evidence paragraphs 13 to 15)
  3. We note the proposal to locate the Southern Park & Ride north east of Wickham Market and insist that the Stage 2 consultation option for it to be located adjacent to the Woods Lane(A1152) roundabout with the A12 remains off the table (supporting evidence paragraph 12).
  4. We welcome the decision to use rail and sea transport to reduce the number of HGV journeys.  We urge that more be done to maximise rail freight over road transport, as the levels of proposed HGV movements are still too high for Suffolk’s limited road network. 
  5. Sizewell night-time goods trains (speed-limited to 10mph) through Melton will cause noise disturbance. Melton homes likely to be adversely impacted should now be identified and appropriate mitigation measures secured as part of any consent.
  6. SZC will need 2-3m litres of freshwater daily, from an area of low rainfall where the frequency and severity of drought will worsen with climate change. We are concerned this will impact adversely on agricultural and domestic supplies and cause ecological problems in the region.
  7. It is inappropriate to install new pylons for SZC in an AONB.  This invasive approach was avoided in the 1980s for SZB, as it should be in the 21st century for SZC. We suspect this is a cost saving measure, not an unsolvable technical problem – and it should be reversed.
  8. We believe the community dis-benefits of SZC outweigh the benefits.  This mirrors MPC’s view following its community consultation event in March 2019.  The community will incur severe dis-benefits to transport, the environment and pollution, tourism, accommodation and community safety.  While the economic benefits to the supply chain and jobs are welcome, in the latter case they fall short of expectations. For new jobs, only a small proportion of the higher graded, senior, posts will go to local people.
  9. SZC strategies for delivering benefits and mitigating dis-benefits appear to have good governance arrangements.  But there is still much uncertainty.  Will all partner organisations sign-up to the strategies?  Will SZC put in sufficient investment?  There are huge risks to Suffolk’s £2bn tourism industry. SZC’s large transient workforce will inevitably place strain on existing housing and community infrastructure.

Interestingly, Suffolk County Council has stated it cannot support EDF Energy’s plans for Sizewell C in their current form, citing environmental concerns, the lack of mitigation for known problems and EDF Energy’s proposed transport strategy (predominantly lorry-based) and in the council’s view, it is unsustainable.

East Suffolk Council has stated that it recognises the positives to the scheme in relation to the local economy and skills.  It will continue to work pro-actively with EDF, the government and all stakeholders to get the best possible outcome for East Suffolk in terms of mitigation for the many concerns identified by local communities.

The next phase of the Sizewell C planning process is called the “Examination Stage”.  Here the Examining Authority has a maximum of 6 months to carry out the examination.  Interested Parties will be invited to provide more details of their views in writing. The Examining Authority will also ask written questions. Hearings may be held.  All documents received by the Planning Inspectorate will be published on the project page of its website.

We are certainly not alone with our objections. I received a nice email from Alison Downes at the Stop Sizewell C campaign group who advises me that “An incredible 63 Town and Parish councils registered as an interested party in the Sizewell C planning process.”

According to the Stop Sizewell C Campaign, 23 Towns and Parishes have let it be known that they do not support EDF’s proposals, consider the application should be turned down, or oppose the project entirely. Mapping these communities shows a strong correlation with the A12 and surrounding area, but communities further away registered too.

Of course the traffic on the A12 is one of the main issues that face us in Melton.

As before, Melton Parish Council will continue to play its part in the future stages of the Sizewell C planning process.

2012 Roundel on Melton Village Sign

Close up of 2012 Roundel

A closeup – you can see the flame effect on the torch

Simon Benton from SBD Ltd. has repaired the vandalised 2012 roundel.  He has coloured the ‘flame’ backing in his workshop using a heat treatment process and as it is made from stainless steel now so will last indefinitely.  He has done a fantastic job.

The two parts are pop riveted and epoxy bonded together so shouldn’t suffer from the same type of vandalism again.  He made no charge for his time, the only cost we incurred was the material for the backing which came to £30.  I think it looks amazing; thank you Simon.

 

Simon and Alan with the 2012 Roundel

Simon Benton & Cllr Alan Porter with the newly refurbished 2012 roundel

2012 Roundel

The newly rebuilt 2012 roundel has been refitted to the village sign

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

LAND DIVESTMENT FROM EAST SUFFOLK COUNCIL (ESC)
You may recall my messages earlier this year about the agreement to transfer 21 pieces of land from East Suffolk Council to the Parish Council, namely:

1. Fayrefield Road Area of land between railway line and river
2. Open space in Riverview Melton
3. Land adjacent to 5 St Friars Court
4. Land adjacent to 20 Friars Court
5. Sports Ground, Hall Farm Road
6. Public Open Space Hall Farm Road
7. Public Open Space in Winifred Fison Close
8. Public open space in Saxon Way
9. Public open space between 1&3 Coppice Close
10. Public open spaces Area 1 Love Lane
11. Public open spaces Area 2 Love Lane
12. Land to rear of Saxon Way
13. Land corner Coppice & Saxon Way
14. Public Open space in Beresford Drive North
15. Land Area 3 to South Beresford Drive
16. Land Area 1 to South Beresford Drive
17. Public Open Space adjacent 31 Bury Hill
18. Public Open Space adjacent 19 Bury Hill
19. Public Open Space between 19, 21, 31 & 33 Bury Hill
20. Public Open Space between 25, 29, 37 & 43 Bury Hill
21. Land north of Bury Hill

All has been quiet for quite a while because COVID and other factors have delayed finalisation of the legal formalities but the lawyers now tell us that contracts should be exchanged soon.  ESC is promoting similar land transfers to Parish Councils across East Suffolk.  ESC’s aim is to achieve ongoing savings to its budget and strengthen third-tier service delivery.  ESC recognises that Parish and Town Councils are often best placed to deliver these services on behalf of their local community and also believes that transferring responsibility for assets not only helps to generate pride in a local area, but often secures a service that might otherwise have been at risk.  ESC are giving us a grant of £5,000 towards the conveyancing and legal costs.

The land divestment has been welcomed by Melton residents as it will allow MPC to protect and improve these green spaces, which have been rather neglected till now.

On completion of legal formalities, the land transfer will be phased with about half of the land parcels coming to MPC in this financial year (2020/21) and the other half will coming over in 2021/22.

Pavilion Project
There is a dedicated page for the pavilion project on the website at :-

https://melton-suffolk-pc.gov.uk/recreation/pavilion-project/

After public consultation it has been decided that the Pavilion at the Melton Road Playing Field should be rebuilt, hopefully incorporating public toilets. At the meeting of Full Council on 16th September 2020, an initial sketch and floor plan of the proposed new pavilion from the architect was discussed.  It is on the website.

New Councillors
Following appeals for new councillors we have two enthusiastic volunteers wanting to join and they should be co-opted at the Full Council meeting in November.

I must say that I am very proud to lead a council where as soon as a vacancy appears I have people queuing up wishing to be a part of it.  That is one of the things that makes Melton a special place to live that people want to get involved and do their bit for the good of the community.

It’s a strange thing, I start off each month wondering what I shall write about and before I know it I have produced this article.  As I am not constrained by space in a magazine and the publication is online only, I can let it grow longer than usual.  People can browse at their leisure.

Planning & Transport Meeting – 4th November at 7pm

The next meeting of Melton Parish Council Planning & Transport Committee will be held via Zoom on Wednesday 4th November 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/85164281623?pwd=OHBkZmhCSTY5Y3BvanViTVIrR3VTUT09

To join by phone: 0203 481 5237

Meeting ID: 851 6428 1623
Passcode: 401159