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Annual Report 2019 from Cllr Penny Otton

3 May 2019

School Travel

The change to free school transport was one of the most controversial decisions the council has taken in my time; since the decision to close middle schools.

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3 May 2019

I am writing to introduce Graham Construction Ltd as the principal contractor working on behalf of Highways England. We will soon be carrying out several separate schemes along the A14 between junctions 40 to 47 which includes vegetation clearance, renewing road signs, carriageway repairs, the installation of vehicle restraint systems and the replacement of road markings and studs.

Works will begin at the end of May 2019 and are due to last until early September 2019. We will continue to keep you informed of each individual scheme as work progresses and advise you of any changes to our programme or traffic management if required. A further letter with greater detail setting out our upcoming works and diversion routes in your vicinity will be delivered in advance of the scheme starting.

Whilst we appreciate that disruption on any scale is not ideal, we will be working between the hours of 8pm and 6am to help minimise this.

If you have any questions in relation to this letter, please feel free to contact us via the Highways England Customer Contact Centre on 0300 123 5000, or by emailing HEWorks@graham.co.uk

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Womens Tour Event 2019

2 May 2019

The OVO Women's Cycle Tour will be coming through Rattlesden on Monday 10 June - and, as you'll see from the attachments, around 2.00pm until 3.00pm requiring unfettered access from Felsham Road, through Lower Road and Birds Green then out towards Buxhall. It would seem that a 'no parking' zone is to be applied from the entrance to Birds Green onwards (i.e. until the race leaves the village).

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November 2018 Report from Cllr Penny Otton

16 January 2019

Highways Improvement and Innovation Board – new approach to pothole repairs, coordinating road closures and working with parish councils

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September 2018 Report from Cllr Penny Otton

30 October 2018

“Staying Close” scheme launched to support care leavers

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August 2018 Report from Cllr Penny Otton

31 August 2018

Suffolk County Council

Council agrees to draw up costed five-year cycling plan

At the Council meeting on 19 July, councillors from the Liberal Democrat, Green and Independent Group put forward two motions asking for a commitment to investing in Suffolk’s cycling infrastructure. The first motion asked the council to set up a cross-party group tasked with drawing up a costed five-year cycling plan, whilst the second motion asked the council to commit to ring-fencing at least 5% of its annual Integrated Transport Block for cycling infrastructure.

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July 2018 Report from Cllr Penny Otton

1 August 2018

Suffolk County Council

Overwhelming public opposition to Suffolk County Council’s school transport plans

Despite having over 30 question to the cabinet from parents, pupils and governors the Cabinet decided to agree to option 2 on changing the school transport policy.
I, along with my Group, have opposed the proposed changes since they were first announced in September and we will continue to raise our concerns at the Cabinet meeting.
We have now put in a “call-in” to the scrutiny committee with numerous examples of where we consider details have not been taken into account. This will go to the scrutiny committee on 9th July then back to cabinet on 24th July.
At least no child will now be forced to leave the school they re already at, but will this mean their siblings will be made to attend a different school.

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Councillor Vacancy

1 August 2018




that a casual vacancy has arisen in the Office of Councillor for the Parish Council.

If by 20 August (14 working days after the date of this notice) a request for an election to fill said vacancy is made in writing to the Returning Officer at Mid Suffolk District Council, Endeavour House, 8 Russell Road, Ipswich, Suffolk, IP1 2BX by TEN electors for the said Parish, an election will be held to fill the said vacancy, otherwise the vacancy will be filled by co-option.

If an election is called, it will take place not later than 23 October 2018.

Anyone who would accept co-option should notify the Parish Clerk as soon as possible.

Dated: 31 July 2018

Doug Reed Proper Officer

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Parish Council Report 2017-18

23 May 2018


Has continued to be the subject of a significant amount of work to ensure it is properly and respectfully maintained - thanks to The Felsham Gardeners who do a great job at the site.
With space an issue, the Council completed the acquisition of extra land for an extension and has worked hard to bring the new area into use. Further work remains but the extended Cemetery should now provide for residents' needs for a long time to come.

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