Surface water and sewerage water drainage issues for Fressingfield
Within the Village Improvement Plan, drainage matters in the centre of the village have the highest priority. Having previously met with Anglian Water representatives, councillors had another planned meeting this week. With the events of October 1st and 6th (when ‘hydraulic overload’ was experienced due to the equivalent of a month’s rainfall in around 4/6hours), the urgency for further action has very much increased. This exceptional rainfall, experienced by several villages/locations across the region, is said to constitute a once in 50 years event.
The egress of greywater from manholes is seriously unsatisfactory and every effort is to be made to stop it. The involvement of Anglian Water, Suffolk Highways, the Environment Agency, Environmental Health (MSDC), the Parish Council and parishioners is critical for success in this. To promote this, the Parish Council meeting on Nov 19th will consider these matters.
The areas of concern remain
- The capacity of the sewerage system for existing properties in the centre of the village – pipework and discharge
- Use of the of the greywater system to manage surface water from driveways, roofs and hard surfaces. This would seem to apply to older properties in the centre of the village. (Recent/future developments have surface water management measures within the properties.)
- Management of highways water into the Beck from roads that feed into the watercourse, perhaps also field run-off under certain weather conditions.
- Capacity issues of the Beck for surface water, constrictions and riparian responsibility of landowners/property owners.
Actions already committed to
- Anglian Water is undertaking a village wide visual survey (3 days) of properties and drainage network to begin to identify the points at which surface water gets into the greywater system. Interim report for Nov 19th, a more detailed report to follow.
- An online survey to provide additional data on surface water management, where properties have appropriate rebates/payments to offset surface water management needs.
- Contacts with other agencies to generate the fullest understanding so that an action plan is comprehensive and cohesive.
- Development of a positive, sponsored scheme for water butt, surface water soakaways and small pond construction for individual properties in the village. These to hold back water away from the network.
- Proposed regime to maintain safer water management off the highways i.e. roadside clearance of debris and run-off supervision.
- Pumping station maximised capacity to approx. 20 litres per second. (Harleston Hill)
- Promotion of reporting of flood issues by parishioners to relevant agencies i.e. Anglian Water, Suffolk Highways, Environment Agency, etc
- A detailed report from AW with recommended actions. Comparable reporting and recommendations from other agencies to produce a complete, comprehensive and funded action plan and provision for this to be achieved.
- Provision for self-help scheme for Fressingfield central properties to, in part, mitigate the problems of Low Road and the risk to the whole community.
- Consideration of climate change issues as relevant.
- Management of expectations within exceptional climatic events.
- Installation of a sewerage plant in Fressingfield itself.
- A sealed sewerage system and its consequences.
Please do join us on Nov 19th to engage with improvements being sought to safeguard living in Fressingfield. Anglian Water are positively engaged through Nigel Minter, who will attend but there are plainly some actions that we, as Fressingfielders, can take to reduce such occurrences in the future.
Chair, Fressingfield Parish Council
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Changes to Recycling
Important changes to Suffolk’s recycling
Make sure you’re up to speed with some important changes to the way we recycle in Suffolk.
Over the coming months the Materials Recycling Facility (MRF) in Gt Blakenham, where recycling collected from Suffolk households is sorted, will be undergoing a major refurbishment. This work follows a new contract for the operation of Suffolk’s countywide network of 11 Recycling Centres and will result in a state-of-the-art facility for Suffolk, with the latest mechanical and optical sorting equipment.
How does this affect me?
- During the renovation period, your recycling will be collected on your usual collection day
- Drink cartons (e.g. Tetra Pak) and metal pots, pans and trays will no longer be accepted in recycling bins, but can still be recycled at all 11 of Suffolk’s Recycling Centres
Fressingfield Neighbourhood Development Plan Update:
A big thank you to the little over 100 of you that came out to see the work we have done so far. The Consultation runs until May 17th, so it is not too late to have a read through the documents online, and provide your feedback to us.
The Regulation 14 Pre Submission Consultation is taking place from 29th March 2019 and will run for 7 weeks ending at midnight on 17th May 2019.
To see the Draft Plan and other documents being consulted on, see the page below:
For information on what the Parish Council is, and who we are, find out more here.
We are currently looking to co-opt three new members onto the Parish Council. If you are interested, please get in contact with the Parish Clerk, details can be found on the page “Councillors”.
Minutes and Current Agenda can be found here.
The Parish Council alongside the NDPSG (Neighbourhood Development Plan Steering Group) is commencing work on a Neighbourhood Plan. If you would like to help, or want to find out more, click here or visit the area of the site labelled “Neighbourhood Plan” from the menu.
If you are looking for the Village Community Website, visit http://fressingfield.suffolk.cloud/