Greenprint Forum Events

Martlesham Megabash

What is a megabash, you ask?  It is a community event designed to get people actively involved in practical wildlife conservation & looking after the land on their doorstep! 1st Megabash takes place on Martlesham Common Saturday 25th January 10:00-15:30. Help with scrub clearance, dead hedging, felling sycamore and path work.Tea and coffee available plus jacket potatoes cooked over a bonfire. All tools and training provided. Please wear stout footwear and appropriate clothing.

10.00AM – 3.30PM
Meet at Community Hall Car Park off Felixstowe Road

For more information visit the Parish Council’s website

Tree Warden volunteer opportunity

Martlesham Parish Council are looking for a Volunteer Tree Warden. To find out more about this exciting volunteer role, see the Parish Council’s website  To apply, contact the contact the Parish Clerk by 31st January.

Recycling Talk by Sharon Lockhart from FCC 31st January

Hosted by Transition Woodbridge at Woodbridge Salvation Army at 18:30-20:30.


Solitary Bees – The Forgotten Bees. An illustrated talk by Hawk Honey.

6th February 11:00 at Waldringfield Village Hall, courtesy of Waldringfield Wildlife Group.


The 2020 Suffolk Naturalists Society Conference “On the Verge of Success”

To be held at Wherstead Park on Sat Feb 29th 2020. For more info / to book tickets visit:


AONB Grants now open for bids

The various grants from and administered by both Dedham Vale and Suffolk Coast & Heaths AONBs are now open for applications. Deadlines for applications vary but are all in mid March 2020, for grant spend April 2020 to March 2021.

Full details of the funds, their geographical range and their priorities, plus applications forms, are available on these webpages:


Ecosurety Exploration Fund

Aimed at projects that measurably reduce the environmental impact of packaging, batteries or Waste Electrical & Electronic Equipment through innovation or research. Find out more by visiting: .

Closing date for bids is 10th March 2020

Proposed Judicial review in respect of Development proposals for the former Suffolk Coastal District Council Offices

On 2nd July 2019 a Planning Application was made for the redevelopment of this site by the developer who holds a conditional contract to purchase the site from the Council. The application reference is DC/19/2641/FUL.

This is the third Application by the same developer. The first Application was consented but withdrawn by the developer shortly before consent was issued. The second was refused on the basis that it proposed insufficient Affordable Housing and is the subject of an appeal by the developer, yet to be determined.

This third Application proposed 100 residential units and, despite hundreds of objections from local people and Consultees, East Suffolk Council issued consent for the scheme, subject to conditions, on 29th November 2019.

It is believed, however, that the grant of this Consent was, for a number of reasons, unlawful. An Application has therefore been made to the High Court seeking permission to apply for a Judicial Review and requesting that this review determines that the Permission should be quashed.

Please email any enquiries to:

Springside Store, Melton Road

Update 23rd January 2020

Unfortunately Lynne has not been able to raise enough funds to reopen Springside and all money collected will be refunded.

Springside Store in Melton closed on Christmas Eve 2019 after 10 years. Lynne, one of the long term employees, is trying to reopen the store. She is currently crowdfunding to raise money to buy the contents of the shop, till, fridges and shelving etc. Further information can be found on the Justgiving website.

Suffolk Police and Crime Commissioner asks for your view on his precept proposals

Suffolk’s Police and Crime Commissioner, Tim Passmore has confirmed that he is proposing to raise the policing element of the council tax and wants to hear the public’s views. The recent general election has delayed the Home Office funding announcement so the PCC is assuming an increase of 4% to the policing precept, which will potentially raise a Band D bill by 70p a month. The PCC is asking whether the public supports his proposals and explains why the increase is necessary.

Take part in the survey

Tim Passmore said, “Since becoming PCC in 2012, each year I have had to make difficult decisions about the policing budget and how much I will ask you, as a Suffolk taxpayer, to pay towards the policing element of your council tax. Unfortunately, the timing of the recent General Election has meant that the normal cycle of funding announcements from central government was delayed.  This leaves both myself and the Chief Constable in the difficult position of currently not knowing how much central funding we will receive, or what limits might be imposed on any increase in the policing element of council tax. This makes it very difficult to consult on a specific budget proposal, so I’m basing this year’s survey on an assumption of a 4% precept increase which is an additional 70p a month for a Band D property.”

This additional resource from a precept increase will allow the Chief Constable to improve the standards of police investigations to bring more offenders to justice and enhance Suffolk Constabulary’s capacity and capability regarding pro-active policing to tackle serious and organised crime, county lines and knife crime. A new commercial vehicle unit will make Suffolk’s roads safer and free flowing and additional officers and staff will enhance the Constabulary’s ability to prevent crime happening in the first place. More detail on the proposed areas of investment is available here.

If Government limits the precept increase to 3% (53p a month for Band D), these plans will have to be adapted accordingly. Details will be updated on the PCC website as they become available

The PCC will present his proposal to increase the policing element of the council tax to the Police and Crime Panel on January 31st for their approval. The papers for this meeting will be published five days before on Suffolk County Council’s website,

Find out what this could mean to households across all of the council tax bands

District Council to take over Parking Enforcement

Councils in Suffolk are ramping up activity in order to take on responsibility for local parking management from 6 April 2020.

Parking patrols in Suffolk will soon be managed by district and borough councils, in a bid to improve parking locally and drive down nuisance and unlawful parking in towns and villages across Suffolk.

Traditionally, roadside parking offences were a matter for the Police. However, parking has become a lower priority for them, so Suffolk County Council is transferring this responsibility to local district and borough councils under a process known as civil parking enforcement, or CPE.

Councils already manage public car parks in many towns and villages, so the changes make sense. Suffolk Constabulary is supportive of the move because the transfer of responsibilities will enable them to spend additional time on keeping communities safe and arresting and bringing offenders to justice.

Moving the responsibility from the police to local councils requires that statutory notice is given in Parliament. The parliamentary order will be laid until 30 January.

CPE has been running successfully in Ipswich since 2005; both Ipswich Borough Council and all the district councils have been working collaboratively with Police and Suffolk County Council in the planning stages to ensure a smooth implementation county-wide.

The change will bring many benefits, including:

• greater priority given to parking management locally, to help keep traffic moving;
• district and borough councils empowered to make local decisions to suit local circumstances;
• irresponsible and nuisance parking being enforced – supporting pedestrians, vulnerable road users, public transport services, drivers and emergency services to use the network more safely;
• fines associated with parking will be retained in Suffolk to support the cost of enforcement. Any surplus can be spent on local transport and environmental improvements;
• new jobs created county-wide to support parking management, patrols and enforcement.