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Local Avian Flu Outbreak

1 April 2022

Highly pathogenic avian influenza H5N1 has been confirmed in a backyard flock of poultry, near Stowmarket, Suffolk. All poultry on the infected premises will be humanely culled.

A 3km Protection Zone and 10km Surveillance Zone has been put in place around the premises (a map of Zones can be seen in the comments).

Trading Standards Officers will be be making contact with all properties in the 3km Protection Zone to help us and the Animal and Plant Health Agency establish where poultry are housed.

A reminder and plea to all poultry keepers to please continue to keep your birds housed, and ensure you you follow strict biosecurity measures.

- Keep your birds undercover away from wild birds.
- Use dedicated footwear to enter your birds' housing so you don't walk disease in.
- Remember that anything that enters your birds' housing could introduce disease, whether that's a bag of bedding, your pet cat walking in or rats and mice.
- Store bedding undercover and keep other pets out of your birds' housing. Control rats and mice and clear up spilled feed.
- As a priority, mend any damage to your birds' housing after the recent bad weather.

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NHS - National Data Opt-Out Scheme

15 June 2021

The national data opt-out was introduced on 25 May 2018, enabling patients to opt out from the use of their data for research or planning purposes, in line with the recommendations of the National Data Guardian.

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Rattlesden and District Community Shop

21 March 2020

We are very pleased to say that thanks to our great band of volunteers, Rattlesden shop is staying open during the current epidemic although we are reducing our opening hours to enable all our shifts to be covered. We will be open every weekday and Saturday mornings from 9am to 1pm and Sundays as usual from 9am to 11am. We are working very hard to keep stock on our shelves, sourcing from a wide range of suppliers but we may have to reduce the number of lines we normally carry. Please help us to keep the shop going as a service for all our village by only buying what you need at any one time – there is enough for all to go round if we behave sensibly. Newspapers will be in the shop as normal – please put in an order if you are not normally at home and would like to have a newspaper kept for you.

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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


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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