District Councillor Information

A report from your District Councillors

BABERGH COUNCIL

Your two Berners ward District Councillors are:

Derek Davis 01473 787375 or 07824167196

derek.davis@babergh.gov.uk

Peter Patrick

peter.patrick@babergh.gov.uk

Report by Derek Davis May 2016

The Judicial Review launched by Woolverstone Parish Council and backed by Freston Parish Council, in an attempt to have the Ganges development planning decision quashed, has been set for July 20/21 at the High Court in London.

Babergh District Council is clearly confident the planning decision making process was followed correctly, leading to the plan being passed by the committee by 13 votes to one.

That decision, made in March 2015, was the second time that an application to build 285 homes, retail and small industrial units, a care home and a small hostel/hotel aimed at walkers or cyclists, was passed at committee, only two councilors voted against.

I was not a district councilor when the decisions were so clearly wasn’t on the committee but did speak in favour in my capacity as a former Ganges boy and trustee at the HMS Ganges Museum.

My election campaign a year ago made it clear where I stood and I was duly elected with 778 votes, my fellow district councilor also supports the Ganges development.

On balance I believe the benefits of the development on this brownfield site, along with the initial £1million guaranteed initial investment in our local infrastructure, paid in stages, including the roads, bus service, cycle path, education, healthcare, foot ferry and swimming pool, followed by a further £6million once the development is built and viable, far outweighs the downside.   

There are concerns about an increase of traffic on the B1456, which is in need of improvement, something money from the S106 agreement paid by the developers, could help with.

That may not be a planning consideration in itself but a recent reunion of nearly 500 former Ganges boys underlined how they felt the site should be used for the good of the majority and help fulfil a dire housing need at national, county and indeed national, level. Better to build on a brownfield site, than pockets of land, which could include AONB and conservation areas in the future if Ganges is not developed.  

Rewarding

Life as a councillor has been interesting and overall rewarding over the past year, in being able to help many people and seeing the fabulous work others undertake in the various villages.

This was highlighted at the Community Awards ceremony, held at Wherstead, where Shotley’s very own Eileen Bugg was among the winners. Eileen was there with husband husband Norman, a village stalwart too, and walked up to collect her award to the tune of ‘Walking on Sunshine’ – very apt.

Promoting The Peninsula

Part of my manifesto has been to help with sustainable growth and development of the peninsula and this month will see the publication a tourism brochure aimed at attracting visitors to this beautiful part of Suffolk.

 

Filming has also taken place for a BBC documentary, which will focus on the waterways so loved by Robert Ransome and the fascinating tales they elicit.  

21/05/15 DCllr Derek Davis reported to SPC:

It is hoped by the Babergh planning department that the Ganges development will be signed and permission legally granted within a month. However, it should be noted that any appeal or request for a Judicial Review can be received within six weeks of the deal being signed by all parties.

Planning officers are anticipating the legal team will be signing all the relevant documents regarding the nine affordable housing dwelling at, The Street, within 10 days.

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Advanced notice of Babergh and Mid Suffolk ‘Call for Sites’ - information for awareness. Babergh and Mid Suffolk District Councils will shortly make a ‘Call for Sites’ via the Council websites - this will last for a six week period. A call for sites provides the opportunity for landowners/promoters to put forward relevant sites which they think are suitable for potential future development, for housing, employment or retail use. This information will be used to inform technical evidence base documents in the Local Plan, namely the Strategic Housing Land Availability Assessment (SHLAA). Local authorities are required to carry out a SHLAA to assess how much land is available which has the potential for future housing development. It should be noted that this study does not allocate land for development, nor does it influence the likelihood of gaining planning permission for a particular site.

Removal of leaf-fall in Babergh. October is now upon us, which means the trees will be shedding their leaves over the coming weeks. Due to the large number of trees in the district (there are over 12,000 on Babergh District Council land), there is inevitably an issue with leaf-fall in the autumn. The removal of fallen leaves on public highways and Babergh grounds is included as part of routine street cleaning. Where BDC receive a report of fallen leaves between routine cleansing of these areas, every effort will be made to arrange their removal, with the priority being leaves which have started to decay. If you need to report fallen leaves on public highways and Babergh grounds (no private land is cleared) please report these to BDC customer services, by calling 01473 826622, or email public.realm@babergh.gov.uk or report these online at http://www.babergh.gov.uk/report-it.

Open and transparent council meetings. Babergh has adopted a new protocol, (prompted by the Dept of Communities and Local Government) for members of the public who wish to record, film or take photographs at council meetings. You don’t have to tell the council in advance but it would be helpful, and any activity must not interfere with business or misrepresent proceedings.

BERNERS

Ganges Mast. We recently received the following response to a question about the maintenance of the Mast: The mast’s condition is of concern to the Council and its general state of repair is monitored on an annual basis. The next annual inspection in now due and one will be arranged shortly. We will keep you posted of any developments.

Annual Seasonal Flu Vaccination Clinics. A reminder that the annual Flu Vacination Clinics have started. Two more clinics are available (2.00-6.30pm ) on: Wednesday 8th October at Holbrook, and Thursday 16th October at Shotley. All patients aged 65 and over will be automatically eligible for a free vaccination. [Additionally, any patients under 65 who are considered at risk according to Department of Health criteria will be invited to attend by letter - please ensure you bring your letter with you to the flu clinic.]

Caravan Site at Alton Water. Despite fierce local opposition, the proposed (92 pitch) caravan site at Alton Water was approved

SUFFOLK & NATIONAL

Winter Gritting workshops. Three winter gritting workshops will be held across Suffolk in October & November. Places on the workshops are free, but they do need to be booked. Who should attend? - ideally anyone who is producing or coordinating an existing or draft local Community Emergency Plan, or anyone who can champion winter gritting in their local community. For details see http://www.babergh.gov.uk/news-archive/snap-up-your-place-on-a-get-gritting-workshop/

Grant of £8 million awarded to build new homes in Suffolk. A grant of over eight million pounds has been awarded to Havebury Housing Partnership* to build over 400 new affordable homes across Suffolk. [As of August 2014 the number of registered applicants for affordable housing in Mid Suffolk is 920 and in Babergh 1,100.] For more information, please contact Jenna Gregory on 01206 841933 or email jenna@mosaicpublicity.co.uk . * The government’s Homes and Communities Agency has granted this fund to Havebury, a not-for-profit social housing organisation, as part of its Affordable Homes Programme.

Fuel Poverty. The number of people affected by fuel poverty is steadily rising. If you have a problem with paying your fuel bills,there may be some assistance you can get, either to make your home more energy-efficient, or to help with payments. See the ‘Turn2Us’ website for possible options: http://www.turn2us.org.uk/information__resources/managing_money/fuel_poverty.aspx

 


 

 

                          

REPORT FOR PARISH COUNCIL MEETINGS 

PERIOD:  01/09/14 – 30/09/14

 

 

Village

 

Date/Time

 

Offence

 

Location

 

Comments

 

 

Belstead

 

01/09 2pm

-

05/09 9am

Burglary – Other Building

Grove HIll

Bikes stolen

04/09 6pm

-

05/09 9am

Burglary – Other Building

Grove HIll

Tools stolen

 

Burstall

 

No reported crimes for this period

Chattisham

No reported crimes for this period

 

Chelmondiston

 

19/09

12pm – 3pm

Burglary – Other Building

Shotley Road

Power tools stolen

 

Copdock

 

05/09 5.30pm

Theft From Shop

Old London Road

Pending

20/09 5.24pm

Theft From Shop

Old London Road

Pending

30/09 8pm

Common Assault – Non Injury

School Hill

Pending

 

Erwarton

 

No reported crimes for this period

 

Freston

 

No reported crimes for this period

Hintlesham

No reported crimes for this period

 

 

 

Pinewood

 

 

01/09 8.30pm

Possession Class ‘B’ Drugs - Cannabis

Copdock Interchange

Detected

01/09 3.30pm

-

01/09 10.10pm

Criminal Damage - Vehicle

Oldfield Road

Damage to bodywork of car

04/09 8.45pm

-

05/09 10am

Criminal Damage - Vehicle

Mottram Close

Damage to bodywork of car

05/09

1.30pm – 3.45pm

Theft - Other

Scrivener Drive

Mobile phone stolen

07/09

11.30am – 11.40am

Theft From Shop

Copdock Interchange

Pending

08/09 6pm

-

09/09 7.40am

Theft From Motor Vehicle

Clearwing Close

Sports equipment stolen

08/09 8pm

-

09/09 8am

Theft From Motor Vehicle

Admiral Close

SatNav stolen

12.09 2.15am

-

12/09 11.30am

Theft From Motor Vehicle

Forester Close

Catalytic converter

11/09 7.45pm

-

12/09 9.30am

Theft From Motor Vehicle

Yew Tree Rise

Games stolen

12/09 6pm

-

13/09 2.30pm

Theft From Motor Vehicle

Brimstone Road

Cash & jewellery stolen

15/09

1.30pm – 2pm

Cause Harassment, Alarm, Distress

Burnet Close

-

15/09 11.45am

Theft From Shop

Copdock Interchange

Alcohol stolen

15/09 11pm

-

16/09 7am

Theft From Motor Vehicle

Bowland Drive

Wallet & cash stolen

12/07 – 16/09

Theft In Dwelling

Merrion Close

Cash stolen

17/09 9.30pm

-

18/09 7.30am

Theft From Motor Vehicle

Innes End

Cash stolen

22/09 8.30pm

-

23/09 7.45am

Burglary – Other Building

Bobbits Lane

Cash & food items stolen

23/09

6.30pm – 7pm

Criminal Damage - Dwelling

Pin Mill Close

Window damaged

24/09 6am

Interference With Motor Vehicle - Tampering

Shotley Close

Door damaged

25/09

10.57am – 11.02am

Criminal Damage - Vehicle

Copdock Interchange

Wing mirror damaged

25/09

10.50am – 11am

Theft From Shop

Copdock Interchange

Alcohol stolen

21/09 – 29/09

Burglary – Other Building

Sycamore Close

Sporting equipment stolen

30/09

11.17am – 11.20am

Theft From Shop

Copdock Interchange

Alcohol stolen

 

Shotley & Shotley Gate

 

07/09 4.28pm

Driving Motor Vehicle With Excess Alcohol

Great Harlings

Pending

21/09 3pm

-

22/09 9.15am

Criminal Damage - Vehicle

Harvey Terrace

Damage to bodywork

Sproughton

03/09 5pm

-

04/09 8am

Theft - Other

Church Lane

Plant equipment stolen

09/09

12.15pm – 2.15pm

Theft From Motor Vehicle

Hadleigh Road

Car registration plates stolen

27/09 10pm

-

28/09 2pm

Criminal Damage - Vehicle

Church Lane

Damage to roof

07/09

0.01 – 4am

Wound With Intent To GBH/Resist Arrest

Hadleigh Road

Pending

 

Washbrook

 

10/09 11.20am

Criminal Damage - Vehicle

Fen View

Window smashed

20/09

10.30pm – 10.45pm

Driving Motor Vehicle With Excess Alcohol

The Street

Pending

 

Wherstead

 

06/09

8pm – 11pm

Theft - Other

Wherstead Park

Computer equipment stolen

26/09 11.30pm

-

27/09 1.28am

Criminal Damage - Vehicle

Bourne Terrace

Damage to bodywork

 

Woolverstone

 

No reported crimes for this period