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During the course of the year the Parish Council produce and distribute to every household newsletters. Below you will find the most recently produced newsletter that was distributed in April 2017.

From the Parish Council Chairman

This newsletter is timed to give details of the Easter Services at Westerfield Church and also to gain support for the “Village Litter Pick”. It is noticeable when travelling around how much litter there is and we can all help to take a pride in our village by keeping it clean. Thanks to Yvonne for making all the arrangements with the District Council for getting equipment. So please support her and have a really good clean up.

In January the Parish Council co-oped Peter Hudson as a new Councillor for the remainder of this electoral period up to 2019. Peter is new to the village but has a good knowledge of local affairs having moved here from Rushmre St Andrew. We look forward to his contributions to village life.

Members have also welcomed Rod Caird to the position of Parish Clerk as from March 1st. Rod is an experienced Clerk who also occupies this position with our neighbouring parish of Henley. We thank our previous Clerk, Kathy Broyd for her service to the village over the last ten years.

BROADBAND. The Parish Council has been pursuing Suffolk Better Broadband for a definitive action plan for Westerfield to see an upgrade to a “Superfast” service. A recent letter from the Programme Director has confirmed that Westerfield will be incuded in Phase 3 of an 8 phase rollout plan with BT. Phase 3 is due to be carried out during Spring/Summer of 2017 to be completed by September 2017.
Such timescales provided before have been more of a rough guide rather than something BT/OpenReach have fully committed to and the Parish Council will continue to follow this up at regular intervals and remain optimistic.

SPEEDWATCH We have the radar equipment for use at approved sites in the village for one week each month. More volunteers are urgently requited to maintain this service to the village. Duties are not too onerous and can be filled in around other commitments. Is there anyone who could spare a couple of hours each month? Training is available in Westerfield. Further details from Barry Reeve on 01473 251843.

LOCAL RURAL POLICING We were served by Kesgrave Safer Neighbourhood team covering 12 parishes but following reorganisation we are now allocated to Woodbridge Safer Neighbourhood Team along with 40 other parishes. A reduced number of PCSOs also means that a uniformed officer will be less evident in our neighbourhood. We are assured by the team that they will follow up issues that are reported but the days of having a local PC well known in the village no longer exist.

FLOWERS AND PLANTING Thanks to all those who maintain a pretty display of flowers through the village. The Parish Council are seeking to provide some more plants at the gateways to the village and to maintain the planter at the cross-roads.

PLANNING The Local Plan for East Suffolk has now been adopted which includes the site allocations considered suitable for the period up to 2027. Similarly the Local Plan for Ipswich has now been adopted, for the period up to 2031, which includes a Supplementary Planning Document (SPD) by which Ipswich BC will make decisions on Ipswich Garden Suburb applications. One outline application is already approved for the Henley Gate section north of the railway line and another is under consideration for the Fonnereau Village section. In both cases detailed applications will need to comply with the new SPD.

SUFFOLK WALKING FESTIVAL 13th May - 4th June 2017. There is a varied programme of over 100 themed walks across the county ranging in length from a gentle stroll of ne mile, to a challenging 63 miles in 30 hours. They take place along Suffolk's glorious coast, through scenic, gently undulating countryside and around our medieval towns and villages. To view the walks proramme visit the website www.suffolkwalkingfestival.co.uk or for other walks during the rest of the year contact www.onelifesuffolk.co.uk

ANNUAL PARISH MEETING I hope to see you all at our Parish Meeting on May 10th. After our usual reports I have invited our County and District Councillors to come and talk to us at the meeting. I am aware that many are confused about who does what in County and District councils. And also our two councillors representing us are fairly new to us so this will help us to know them better. They have also agreed to try to answer our questions on the night.

The next issue will give full details of the Church Fete but note the date – August 12th. Be There!

Peter Miller, Chairman,
Email PMiller357@aol.com