|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 August 2018.
From the Parish Council Chairman
This newsletter gives details of the Church Fete. St Mary Magdalene Church is a historic building but in common with many heritage assets demands constant attention and repair to maintain its’ structure and usability. The area of the paddock and the pond are the responsibility of the Church and have to be maintained as a safe and attractive part of our community life. The fete gives an opportunity for the community to have a fun day as well as raising money for church funds and the costs of maintaining these assets for the benefit of the village.
In glorious weather the Summer BBQ of the Gardening Club was held in the Paddock where members enjoyed a sumptuous BBQ. The eagerly anticipated weigh-in for the heaviest root of potatoes from just one seed potato was the highlight but everyone enjoyed just being there.
There were 45 place settings for the Mid-summer Tea Party in the Village Hall and after an appetiser, there were sandwiches, scones with jam and cream and then cakes to go with the endless tea and coffee and the music provided by the Mellow Bellows. The hall was beautifully decorated and nobody went away hungry. Well done to the ladies of the events group for an enjoyable afternoon.
Garden Waste Bins. There appears to be a mixture of old Brown bins with the 2019 labels and new Green bins in use at the present time. It may be that all green bins have yet to be supplied but just a reminder that starting this summer Garden waste will only be collected once the £43 annual payment is paid. If you want to register for green waste collections
visit www.eastsuffolk.gov.uk to sign up to the new Garden Waste Collection Scheme and follow the links to SCDC Garden Waste Scheme OR call Customer Services on 01394 383789 to obtain more information.
B1077 Level Crossing Engineering work by Network Rail on the Felixstowe Branch Line at weekends will continue until Spring 2019. Part of this work will be to upgrade the signalling and level crossing in Westerfield. There will occasional road closures over this period. Ultimately there will be full barrier gates automatically controlled by integrated signalling system along the whole branch line.
Suffolk Coastal DC Local Plan up to 2036
The issues and optins consultation last October raised concern especially about the need for further housing. Following replies by individuals and Parish Councils the District Council has now published the First Draft of the Local Plan. The consultation period ends on September 14th. Details of the Document are on the website www.eastsuffolk.gov.uk and following the links to planning/local-plans/suffolk-coastal-local-plan/first-draft-local-plan. Further information can also be obtained at drop-in sessions at the following locations between 4.00pm and 7.30pm. Suffolk Coastal District Council Offices
Suffolk Coastal District Offices. EastSuffolk House, Station Road, Melton on Monday 6th August. Rushmere St Andrew Villaage Hall, Humber Doucy Lane, Rushmere St Andrew on Thursday 16th August.
In order to meet national guidelines SCDC have identified the need show a provision of 12200 new homes across the district by the end of the plan period in 2036. Already there are 8600 under construction, with planning approval, or allocated in the current local plan. Suggested allocations in the new plan indicate where the extra 3600 homes would be located, most have been suggested for the Felixstowe and Saxmundham areas but there are bound to be strong feelings in the responses from those areas. Westerfield is classed as a small village in the plan and does not have any new areas allocated. Parish Council Meeting will be held on Tuesday August 21st at which members will discuss the issues and formulate a response to be submitted from the Parish Council. The results of this consultation will be further considered before a final draft of the Plan is prepared for submission to the Secretary of State for approval in 2019.
Westerfield Defibrillator The demonstration and guidance evening to ensure more people were aware of what to do in an emergency was well attended by village people. There was sufficient interest in further training and the Parish Council arranged a full course on Emergency First Aid. This was held in July and our thanks go to those who gave their time to attend. No one knows when help is needed and those who attended the course are better equipped to help if required.
Broadband. The last newsletter stated that the fibre cable was now in the village and the green cabinet 60 near Mill Farm had been connected. Cabinet 64 box at the junction with Lower Road has also been connected and it is claimed that both are fully commissioned and “Customer Ready for Service”. It is now up to the various internet service providers to add these to available packages for residents. Some ISPs are already offering to connect the copper wires of BT to the fibre in these boxes but others have not been notified by Open Reach that it is available. A further cabinet has been installed on the B1077 at the North end of the village to serve the Cockfield Hall area but no commissioning date has been notified.
East Suffolk District Council will operate in 2019. The Boundary Commission published proposals for the wards that councillors will represent. The total number of Councillors will be less than in the present Suffolk Coastal and Waveney Councils. Westerfield would be in the Carlford and Fynn Valley Ward together with Bredfield, Burgh, Charsfield, Clopton, Dallinghoo, Debach Gt & Little Bealings Grundisburgh & Culpho, Hasketon, Otley, Playford, Rushmere Village, Tuddenham, Witnesham & Swilland, and be represented by two Councillors to be elected in 2019.
Revised Proposals for development at Old Station Works were exhibited in June and villagers had the opportunity to make comments. It is likely that a formal planning application will be made later this year and the details are awaited before comments are made to the District Council
The next newsletter will list various Christmas activities together with details of the Scouts initiative for Christmas Card deliveries.
Peter Miller, Chairman,