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March 2017 Report from Cllr Penny Otton

29 March 2017

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SUFFOLK COUNTY;

BOUNDARY REVIEW OF CONSTITUENCY; I have passed to clerk for the second consultation which ends 27th march. This is where they are proposing putting us into south Suffolk. I have asked the district council to debate this but the rules state that councils will not get involved!!

HIGHWAYS; I have asked how many damage claims have been submitted in the past 6 months as a result of potholes and broken road edges. I hope I will have the answer by Tuesday!!

SCHOOLS; I have asked the cabinet member for schools how is going to respond to the government announcement about Free Schools; Ixworth has half of its places empty whilst other schools are full to capacity and also the idea of giving free transport to some children you go to these schools.

I was delighted to take part in the “British Values Day” at Thurston community college last week. This is part of the curriculum.

HGVs; Following the meeting at the Gliding club I was told that HGVs are parking on the highway at 4am with engines running waiting to enter the buffer depot. I have told both SCC and MSDC .

MID SUFFOLK;

WEBSITE; there is now an updated web site and a new single 03001234000 phone number; I have it on authority that this will be charged at standard local rate from any where in the country ; (mobile contracts may be different) details will come out in April

GLIDING CLUB; the liason group met on the 14th March. Sian Bunbury MSDC planning was there and we agreed that the planning permission should be approved.

COMMUNITY GRANTS; there is to be a group to look at whether we have a mid-Suffolk locality grant pot again, or the best way to use an unspent £200,000

HOUSING DEVELOPMENT; the timetable for the new local plan has been put back to July then onto draft and consultation next year. Obviously this means the issue of the lack of 5 year land supply still applies.

PROPOSALS AT MITCHERY LANE/POY STREET; along with the clerk and chair of the parish council I was not informed until a resident in Windyridge emailed me. I will of course go to the village hall on 29th.