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Laxfield Road Fressingfield – Drainage Improvement Scheme – June/July 2019
Letter received from Suffolk Highways
We will be carrying out drainage improvement works along Laxfield Road, Fressingfield from Fressingfield Footpath 063 to White Post Corner. The works will involve improvements to the drainage system including a new catch pit and replacement of existing drainage pipe.
The work is planned to take place between 24 June and 6 July 2019, excluding weekends. Work on site will be carried out weekdays from around 7am until 4:30pm each day. The times and dates of works may change depending on the weather conditions. If they do change, we will let you know by updating the information signs on site.
Laxfield Road will be under 24-hour continuous closure for the duration of the works and will be closed to through traffic. Unfortunately the road is not wide enough to comply with safety regulations to maintain a safe passing distance for vehicles and a road closure is necessary.
Access to properties and businesses within the road closure will be available but controlled by staff on site. Please speak to one of our staff who will provide access as soon as it is safe to do so. Please be aware that the works will involve excavation in the middle of the road, access and exit will therefore be maintained from both or either end of the road closure. Staff on site will provide assistance and advice to residents in the immediate vicinity of the works. Apologies in advance for any inconvenience or disruption caused.
On street parking will be restricted to allow the works to be carried out unobstructed.
During the period of the closure, traffic will be diverted via: B1116, B1123, A144, B1117, B1116 and vice versa.
These temporary traffic management measures are required to allow the works to be carried out safely and accordance with current Health and Safety guidelines.
If you have any other questions about the work, please call us on 0345 606 6171.
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
May Local Elections 2019
Mid Suffolk District Council results are in, and Mid Suffolk is now NOC – No Overall Control, from a Conservative majority in 2015.
As for Fressingfield Ward, Lavinia Hadingham (Conservative) retains her seat.
Notice of Uncontested Election
The deadline for election pack returns has been and gone, and as we are a 13 seat council, for a Poll to occur on May 2nd there requires there to be at least 13 + 1 parishioners standing. As only 10 persons stood for election, there was an uncontested election and results are as follows:
There are still 2 meetings left of the current council, April 16th – Full Council and the Annual Parish Meeting on 30th April.
A new Chairman & Vice Chairman will be elected at our May Meeting.
B1116 Harleston Hill, Fressingfield – Rumseys Arch Partial Bridge Reconstruction
The following correspondence has been received from Suffolk Highways:
B1116 Harleston Hill, Fressingfield – Rumseys Arch Partial Bridge Reconstruction – April 2019
Further to the cancellation of the bridge reconstruction last year, the works have been rescheduled to begin during the second half of this week and will continue until 7 June 2019. We would like to apologise for the short notification of these works.
To facilitate the reconstruction, the traffic management will be phased. The road at the site will be reduced to a single lane and controlled by temporary traffic signals for the majority of the work. However, road closures for certain operations will be in place on the following dates;
B1116 Harleston Hill, between New Street/Stradbroke Road Junction to Mill Lane
20:00 Thursday 4th April to 06:00 Friday 5th April
20:00 Friday 10th May to 06:00 Monday 13th May
For the duration of these closures, vehicles will be diverted via B1116 Harleston Hill/Laxfield Road, B1117 Laxfield Road, B1118 Queen Street, Chickering Road, Lower Oakley, A140, A143 Bungay Road, Wells Lane and vice versa.
Vehicular access to and from your property will be maintained at all times.
Please note that pedestrian access through the site,(while the traffic is controlled by signals) will be maintained during working hours only (07:30 – 17:00) as pedestrians will need to be escorted through the site to ensure safe passage.
There will be no pedestrian access through the site during the road closures, outside of working hours and weekends.
If you have any further questions, please do not hesitate to contact me.
Senior Structures Design Technician
Diversion Route when closed (click to view as full page PDF):
Village Caretaker leads the Litter initiative
Fressingfield Parish Council have cancelled their Village Clean up event in that there is hardly any litter to collect! The annual event has proved unnecessary due to the continuing efforts of the Village Caretaker, Cathy Tooley, and other volunteers in the Parish.
A recce of the village led the Council to decide to put the annual ‘village volunteer energy’ into other projects including path clearing, environmental improvements and hedgerow maintenance. These revised activities will begin on Saturday 6th April, 9.30am meeting at the Sancroft Hall. The efforts of Cathy and the several volunteers ‘cleansers’ have left the village looking spruce in the Springtime.
Garry Deeks, Chairman of Fressingfield Parish Council, said ‘The year initiative of Cathy to keep the village tidy has really paid off and has created a situation where several ‘volunteers’ walking around the village across numerous footpaths and roadways, also litter gather as part of any walk they take. It shows that having an ‘encouraging presence’ in the community can challenge littering behaviours of others.
We are very grateful for the quiet, encouraging and diligent work of Cathy has made such an improvement to the village environment, a calm, gradual change for the better.’
The Parish Council is producing a Village Improvement Plan alongside their Neighbourhood Development Plan, further consultation will also be on Sat 30 th March and Monday 1 st April where villagers can reflect on the plans and improvements proposed.
Dog walkers too, help maintain the village environment with increasingly responsible behaviour whilst walking with their dog. They collect litter on some of the outlying parts of the village as well careful dog waste disposal by taking it home.
A tidy village with widening appreciation by residents!
Chairman, Fressingfield Parish Council
Fit Villages Survey Results – new activities coming to Fressingfield!
There have been reports of Hare Coursing in the Local Area in recent weeks. Suffolk Constabulary have the following advice and information for the public:
Hare coursing is a banned blood sport and is an illegal activity, yet it unfortunately remains common in Suffolk. It is the pursuit of hares using hounds and usually takes place toward the end of August or start of September.
The Hunting Act 2004 made hare coursing illegal and anyone convicted of the offence can be fined up to £5,000 by a Magistrates’ Court.
The most obvious sign is a group of vehicles parked in a rural area perhaps by a gateway to farmland, on a grass verge, on a farm track or bridle path. There will usually be estate cars, four wheel drives or vans.
Violent confrontations can occur when participants are approached by landowners or their employees and this means that rural communities can feel very intimidated by hare coursers in their area.
If you have any information about wildlife crime or believe you have witnessed a crime taking place contact us on 101. If a crime is in progress, always dial 999.
If possible try to note down the following information:
- date, time and location
- descriptions of people you saw or vehicles they were driving
- if there is anyone else in the area that witnessed the incident / individuals.
These people can be violent so do not approach, rather call the police and state that it is occurring NOW.
Harleston Jobs Club
Communities Urged To Secure Their Homes & Vehicles This Autumn
Members of the public are being urged to increase their vigilance around home and vehicle security this autumn.
This reminder comes following a number of break-ins reported in the west and south of the county over the last month.
Dark evenings can provide the perfect cover for burglars but by carrying out a few simple crime prevention steps, householders and motorists can thwart opportunist criminals.
The force recently launched a new crime prevention initiative, known as 1st Principle, which highlights that simple, inexpensive measures can easily be undertaken by anyone in the community.
As part of the initiative, an online suite of bespoke, easy to follow crime prevention documents are available to view and download on the constabulary’s website for free. Visit: https://www.suffolk.police.uk/advice/crime-prevention-z
Anyone with information about thieves operating in their area should contact Suffolk police on 101 or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.
- Lock all doors and remove the keys before leaving the house.
• Keep front doors locked even when you are at home and especially if you are in the back garden.
• Close all windows fully before you leave the house, lock downstairs windows and remove the keys.
• Use window limiters to allow air in instead of keeping windows fully open, even when you’re at home.
• Install window locks on upstairs windows that can be easily accessed by a flat roof.
• Lock back gates using a sturdy lock such as a closed shackle padlock to no less than CEN 3-4 security grade or 5 lever lock.
- Make your home look lived in – use timer switches if you’re not home.
• ‘Dusk-to-dawn’ sensored security lighting is a cheap, low cost way of making sure the front of your home or shed/outbuilding is well-lit.
• Visible burglar alarms can make burglars think twice; get specialist advice and consult your insurance company.
•You could also consider installing a doorbell camera in order to potentially film an opportunist burglar in action.
• Hedging and shrubs to the front of your property should be pruned to no higher than 1m and trim trees up from the ground to 2m. This will allow a clear line of sight across your property and will stop the garden being used as a hiding place.
- Keep your valuables, jewellery, cash, passport and deeds to your property in a safe.
• Never leave spare keys in an open place. Be aware, burglars know all the usual hiding places so never leave a spare key under the doormat or under a garden gnome.
• Keep dustbins and wheelie-bins away from fencing/gates as these can be used by thieves to climb into windows or used to escape.
• Make sure valuables are property marked. Take photographs and keep a note of any serial numbers.
• Don’t leave equipment and tools lying around that can be used by burglars to break into your home, such as hammers, shovels or gardening tools. Keep ladders locked away and out of sight.
Help us keep our communities safe.
Police advice on a variety of subjects can be accessed via https://www.suffolk.police.uk/advice
To report something, or to otherwise contact Police, use the link http://www.suffolk.police.uk/contact-us
To report something anonymously call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 or visit www.crimestoppers-uk.org
Alternatively call 101 for non-urgent matters.
Always call 999 in emergencies, or if an immediate police response is required.
Police Connect Team