Parish Council Planning Meeting Wednesday 8th August
In spite of short notice and concerns about sufficient publicity for the meeting, 37 Wor-lingworth residents turned out to discuss a recent planning application at Rose Villa. The Chair thanked everyone for coming, as clearly expressed public opinion was the best way of defending the character of the village and encouraged everyone to ex-press their views; explaining that the Parish Council’s role was to represent these views to the District Council where the planning decision would be made. The Clerk explained that the parish council does not make the final decision on any application, but is merely a statutory consultee in the process and can choose to: object, support,make a neutral comment or make no comment.
The Chair encouraged everyone to also write in personally before the deadline to ex-press their views to the District Council using the relevant planning reference number which was publicised at the meeting and subsequently on the NextDoor app. At the meeting the Parish Council unanimously agreed to object to the development, collat-ing the arguments expressed at the meeting to support their decision. Draft minutes of the meeting may be viewed on the village website
For the record, historically the people of Worlingworth have consistently objected to further development on our lovely village, with the views of residents recorded in the Worlingworth Parish Plan of 2006 and again in this year’s Worlingworth Village Sur-vey. In the light of these views, the Parish Council has consistently raised objections to further development, citing concerns about creeping urbanisation destroying the historical character of the village, threats to wildlife and habitat, the loss of agricultural land, strains on infrastructure such as schooling and sewage disposal, the lack of fa-cilities such as a shop and dependence on car usage. Sadly, none of these objections have influenced the planners so far, except in the case of the site behind thepub Since the meeting there have been opinions expressed on social media about the way the meeting was conducted. In the interests of transparency, it should be noted that after everyone had been given ample time to voice their concerns, the meeting unfor-tunately descended briefly into disorder before the Council had an opportunity to con-tinue with the formal voting process, this occurred when the crowd attending the meet-ing all appeared to get up to leave as one, but instead lingered in the hall talking loudly. Both the Chair and the Clerk attempted to bring the meeting back to order a number of times before one of the Councillors decided to step in to get everyone's attention.
After the contentious whistle brought everyone's attention back to the fact that there was a meeting still in pro-gress, the Chair stated that everyone was welcome to stay if they wished, but if they wanted to continue talking to please go outside. Nobody was refused access to the meeting and anyone could have stayed to observe proceedings quietly. Unfortu-nately, some parishioners seemed to take offence to this statement, when none was intended.
Please note that that Parish Council meetings are not a public meeting, but a meeting conducted in public. An opportunity to provide a public forum is provided at the beginning of the meeting, but disruptive behaviours, such as was experienced at this meeting due to large groups talking in the hall, cannot be allowed as it pre-vents the proper conduct of formal business.
Finally, please remember that all your Parish Councillors give their time freely to help the village, being a Parish Councillor is a voluntary position and one that receives little thanks. In fact, we are looking for another volunteer as at the moment the council is running one short, so if you’d like to help look after the village please contact the Clerk for more information.
Worlingworth Autumn Tidy – Saturday 29th September 2018
Your village needs you! Please meet at the Community Centre from 10.30 am, picker sticks, gloves and hi-viz jackets are all provided. A delicious lunch of home-made soup and rolls will be served as a thank you to all helpers.
Worlingworth Walking Day – Saturday 13th October 2018
Please meet at the Community Centre from 10.15 am before heading off to explore the wonderful network of paths around the village. Then return to the Community Centre to enjoy a delicious ploughman’s lunch. By ensuring all parts of the footpath network are walked any issues that may require attention can be reported. Last year on our Walking Day a number of issues were identified, reported to the County Council and then swiftly remedied.
School Keep Clear Lines
Most of you will already have noticed that the new lines outside the Primary School have now been installed by Suffolk Highways. Thanks to everyone for their support in helping to keep our roads safe
The Parish Council would like to say a big ‘Well Done’ to all those who opened their gardens for viewing this year. It’s been a very challenging season and it’s a credit to everyone who took part that the event was so successful.
Village Website – Plea for News & Photos
Thank you to those who have responded, but again please help us help the community by sending in your updates and photos for the website.
White Cottage Ditch
The Parish Council has been made aware of concerns about the way in which the drainage ditch is being piped as part of the White Cottage development. Suffolk County Council’s flood team have been notified and will be checking that the work is all compliant, along with the planning department ensuring that the development is carried out according to the agreed consents.
Dog Fouling in the Village
The Parish Council funds a number of dog litter bins around the village, so there are plenty of facilities to enable dog owners to clear up after their pets. Don’t forget to take your poop bag when you go walkies and remember there is a potential fine of up to £80 for not clearing up after your dog.
We are seeking a volunteer to contribute to the local community in the role of Parish Councillor, please contact the Parish Clerk for more information.
Dog fouling report yet again!
Unfortunately, yet again the Parish Council has received complaints about dog fouling around the village, this time the area outside the Primary School has been particularly badly affected, causing distress to children, staff and parents alike. The Parish Council funds a number of dog litter bins around the village, so there are plenty of facilities to enable dog owners to clear up after their pets. Don’t forget to take your poop bag when you go walkies and remember there is a potential fine of up to £80 for not clearing up after your dog.
The Parish Council is pleased to report that there has been some progress on the installation of the mobile phone mast at Worlingworth Hall. It is anticipated that the mast could be up and running by late July/early August. Although initially it will only offer connections to O2 and EE networks, (who commissioned the mast), the intention is for it to be eventually linked up to all UK mobile phone networks.
Recent concerns about the grasscutting in the village (partly caused by the very changeable and unseasonal weather) have now been addressed and the Parish Council will continue to monitor the situation.
At the May meeting Brian Smallcombe agreed to continue in the role of Chairman for another year and Juliet Pierce agreed to continue in the role of Vice-Chair. However, the Council is still running one light and there remains a vacancy, if you would like to contribute to your local community in the role of Parish Councillor please contact the Parish Clerk for more information.
Enclosed with the April newsletter was a copy of the Parish Council Annual Report, it is also available to download from the website, where in addition you will find the reports from all the various groups who were represented at the Annual Parish Meeting. It is amazing just what goes on in this small Suffolk village and if you didn’t make it to the APM this year then please do try to pop along next year and find out more about your community – with some delicious snacks and drinks at the end!
Those of you who visit the website will have seen that we’ve got a new look. We’re still getting used to it, so please bear with us, but the most important thing we need for the website is information – from YOU! The website is looked after by the Parish Council for the whole community, so if you are involved in a group, please check what’s on the website and keep us up to date with anything that’s going on. Just pop it on an email and we’ll update it as soon as we can.
Still thinking about the website, there has been a request for the return of ‘Photo of the Month’. It can be anything – from the local scenery and wild-life to photos of whatever you and your friends get up to at the variety of clubs and groups that meet in the village. Simply pop your pictures across on the email for your moment of fame on the website!
At the Annual Parish Meeting our Councillor with responsibility for foot-paths, Juliet Pierce, reported that she had recently met with a group of con-tractors who were replacing one of the bridges on our network. The contrac-tors cover the whole area from Mildenhall to Framlingham and they com-mented that the footpaths around Worlingworth are the best maintained and walked in the whole area. Something that landowners and parishioners should be all be proud about.
Thanks to everyone who completed the What Worlingworth Wants survey. It was cheering to see so many people turn out on a chilly, damp Mon-day evening, all of whom have a genuine interest in the future of the village. An informative slide show was presented by Councillor Adrian Smith, which covered the salient points of the survey. The Parish Council now has a much better view of what the people of Worlingworth want for the future of their village and the next steps will be to go further into the analysis of the data to work out what the priorities are and how matters can be taken forward - either by the Parish Council, or co-operative working with other groups in the village. The full survey report is now available to download from the village website.
The Parish Council would like to thank everyone who helped keep the village going through the recent bad weather, from snow clearance to helping en-sure that vulnerable neighbours were kept warm and fed. The community spirit that came to the fore was uplifting and once again showed what a great village Worlingworth is. Unfortunately, the Village Spring Clean was ‘snowed-off’ this year, but perhaps instead everyone could ‘do their bit’ and collect one or two pieces of litter whilst out and about to help keep our vil-lage spotless. The next scheduled Village Tidy will be on Saturday 29th Sep-tember – why not pop it in your diary now!
Wednesday 19thSeptember, Wednesday 21st November all at 7.30pm in the Community Centre.