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BOXFORD PARISH COUNCIL NEWS

WEAVERS GREEN - BOXFORD PARISH COUNCIL PRESS STATEMENT

Yesterday afternoon (Tuesday 11th May) Boxford Parish Council received one weeks’ notice that Babergh Planning Committee will be re-considering the plans for Weavers Green, Sand Hill, Boxford.

Since the original decision was quashed, Babergh District Council Planning have continued to not engage with the village on this application. Since the original application was last presented to the Committee, by Babergh’s own admission, there have been fundamental changes that affect the application but they have decided to continue not engaging with the village to discuss the issues.

This is a highly contentious application and the failure to give the community adequate time to participate and respond to the latest reports, without new consultation having taken place, is manifestly unfair and contrary to the rules of natural justice. The highways issues, public building and failure to adequately meet various planning policies are in particular a matter of great concern and the Parish Council is not satisfied by the response given by the highways officer or the treatment of the issues to date. We feel more time should be given to discuss matters with the relevant experts and that the Planning Committee would be receptive to further submissions on these points.


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SUCCESSFUL LEGAL CHALLENGE BY BOXFORD PARISH COUNCIL TO THE DECISION BY BABERGH DISTRICT COUNCIL TO GRANT PLANNING APPROVAL FOR 64 DWELLINGS ON LAND EAST OF SAND HILL, BOXFORD.

The planning permission formally issued by Babergh DC on 11 December 2020 has been quashed by consent by the High Court following a successful legal challenge by Boxford Parish Council. This outcome means that the matter will now be returned to Babergh’s planning committee for redetermination, which is what the Parish Council asked for prior to seeking a judicial review of the decision.

Babergh District Council agreed that in granting planning permission they erred in failing to follow the resolution of their planning committee in June 2020 regarding the proposed community building. However, they make no admissions regarding the other substantial part of the Parish Council’s case in respect of the proposed highway ‘improvements’ in Ellis Street and their potential impact on the village. These remain ‘live’ issues.

The District Council has been ordered to pay £13,000 towards the Parish Council’s legal costs.


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LEGAL CHALLENGE TO DECISION OF BABERGH DISTRICT COUNCIL TO GRANT PLANNING APPROVAL FOR 64 HOUSES ON LAND EAST OF SAND HILL, BOXFORD

Boxford Parish Council has agreed unanimously to seek a judicial review of the decision of Babergh District Council (BDC) to grant planning approval to Catesby Development Land Ltd. The Council has instructed solicitors and counsel to seek an order quashing the outline planning decision.

At a meeting of the Parish Council on Monday 4th January, Parish Councillors considered that members of BDC's planning committee had been misdirected on a number of key planning considerations, including lack of awareness that community benefits (a community building) were not in reality being offered to justify a departure from local policy, that a highway proposal to create a footpath linking to the village centre did not conform to national guidance, and that providing such a footpath in Ellis Street would narrow the road causing a conflict between pedestrians and vehicles.

The Parish Council has raised its concerns over the last few months in order that BDC could reflect on the matters of concern, including the provision of an independent highway assessment which concluded that the highway proposals were unsafe. It is regretted that BDC delayed its response and failed to provide adequate answers before issuing the formal planning decision notice just prior to Christmas.


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CHRISTMAS BUBBLES


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BABERGH - BOXFORD CHRISTMAS TREE COLLECTION POINT 2021

Babergh - Boxford Christmas Tree Collection Point 2021

Christmas trees can be left at the Boxford Spinney Entrance for recycling. They will be collected on Friday 15th January


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BABERGH DISTRICT COUNCIL CHRISTMAS & NEW YEAR WASTE COLLECTION SCHEDULE 2020/21

  USUAL COLLECTION DATE REVISED COLLECTION DATE CHANGE
REFUSE
BLACK BIN
Monday 21st December 2020 - No change
Tuesday 22nd December 2020 - No change
Wednesday 23rd December 2020 - No change
Thursday 24th December 2020 - No change
Thursday 24th December 2020 Monday 28th December 2020 3 days later
RECYCLING
BLUE BIN
Monday 28th December 2020 Tuesday 29th December 2020 1 day later
Tuesday 29th December 2020 Wednesday 30th December 2020 1 day later
Wednesday 30th December 2020 Thursday 31st December 2020 1 day later
Thursday 31st December 2020 Saturday 2nd January 2021 2 days later
Friday 1st January 2021 Monday 4th January 2021 3 days later
REFUSE
BLACK BIN
Monday 4th January 2021 Tuesday 5th January 2021 1 day later
Tuesday 5th January 2021 Wednesday 6th January 2021 1 day later
Wednesday 6th January 2021 Thursday 7th January 2021 1 day later
Thursday 7th January 2021 Friday 8th January 2021 1 day later
Friday 8th January 2021 Saturday 9th January 2021 1 day later

From Monday 11th January 2021 refuse and recycling collections return to the normal schedule.

Please note: There will be no garden waste (brown bin) collections during the weeks commencing 21st and 28th December 2020. Please refer to the garden waste collection schedule, which is available at: www.babergh.gov.uk/waste-services

Please make sure your bin is out by 6.30am on collection day


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YOUR VILLAGE NEEDS YOU!

Boxford - I'm seeking your support as your Parish Council Chairman. I, like my fellow Parish Councillors past and present, feel passionate about giving the Village a voice in Local Council matters. I, like others, take pride in our beautiful Village with a heart. We have a vibrant community, businesses and organisations all working hard to enhance village life.

At Boxford Parish Council, we are now down to only 4 members, which leaves 5 Vacancies. You will appreciate the considerable challenge involved operating with such low numbers and the likelihood of cancelled meetings as a result.
Our meetings are currently held by video conferencing, so you can participate from home. We work closely with village organisations and provide grants for important village services.

We are consulted on various matters affecting the quality of Village Life including Highways and Planning. The low numbers really limits our opportunity to pro-actively resolve and improve things important to the Village. So, if you ever think why can't the Council do something about .........? this is your opportunity to get involved.

A strong Parish Council representative of the whole community has huge benefits to the Village and you could play your part. If you would like to get more of an idea on what the role would involve, why not take a look at our meeting minutes.

If you feel you could contribute to your Parish Council team, please apply to the Clerk on pc@boxford.suffolk.gov.uk. Full training from the Association of Local Councils can be provided, so don't be put off by lack of direct experience. I urge you to step forward to make a real difference to our Village, the village that very much needs your support!!


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BRITISH HORSE SOCIETY 2026 - HISTORICAL RESEARCHER

Do you hack out? Do you know whether the routes you ride on are legally recorded?

"Find the missing pieces, fill in the gaps, complete the jigsaw!"

On 1st January 2026, historical routes in England that aren't properly recorded will be lost to the public forever. We are looking for people to volunteer their time to help us identify and register these routes before it's too late.


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SECURE ONLINE MEETINGS

Boxford Parish Council are very pleased to confirm that we have confirmation of a change in legislation regarding how we can conduct future meetings.

The new legislation allows for annual meetings to be postponed until next year and allows us to conduct our normal meetings on-line using digital channels.

The council is looking to resume its regular monthly meeting from the 1st June 2020 via the online platform Zoom, until such time as we are able to safely resume holding meetings in person. Zoom allows us to hold a meeting in a secure area and gives us the option to invite members of the public to join the meeting.

All meetings will be advertised via the Boxford Parish Council website. If members of the public wish to join the meeting, they are welcome to contact the clerk, Debbie Hattrell for instructions on how to join.

For members of the public who are unable to join theses meetings, then please contact either Debbie or a member of the council, so that your views or concerns can be discussed during the meeting.

Please remember to keep safe, respect social distancing and keep safe.

Julian Fincham-Jacques
Chairman, Boxford Parish Council.


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BOXFORD PARISH COUNCIL CORONAVIRUS UPDATE

The current outbreak of coronavirus (Covid-19) is an unprecedented situation that the parish council has been closely monitoring.

Following recent Government advice and their announcement to implement increased social distancing and avoid social gatherings, Boxford Parish Council has taken the very hard decision topostpone parish council meetings for April and May.

The law currently requires the parish council to hold an annual meeting, during the month of May, plus not less than three other meetings during a year. It is currently proposed to schedule the annual meeting for as late in May as possible, however we are awaiting further guidance regarding both this and the Annual Parish Meeting and whether council meetings may have to be postponed beyond May. Further updates will be shared via the website and village noticeboards once received.


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SPATE OF OUTBUILDING/SHED BURGLARIES WITHIN SUFFOLK

Basic Crime Reduction Advice from Suffolk Police

Always keep sheds locked, with a good quality close shackle padlock; ensure sheds are behind a secure perimeter; use dusk to dawn lighting; use hasp and staples, a padbar, or coach bolts or non-tamper screws to fasten hinges/hasps; security mark property, with your house number and post code and register your belongings at immobilise.com; fit anchor points to secure items; have a monitored alarm fitted (i.e. texting alarm), and avoid storing high value items.

Register serial numbers of tools and equipment via Immobilise https://www.immobilise.com/ and make a personal record. This will help identify items if they are found, and speed up the process of returning items to the owners.

A list of security products can be viewed via - http://www.suffolk.police.uk/sites/suffolk/files/security_product_brochure.pdf

Further advice on shed security can be obtained using the following link: http://www.suffolk.police.uk/sites/suffolk/files/shedandgaragesecurity1.pdf


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WHY DOESN’T THE COUNCIL DO SOMETHING ABOUT……?

Do you ever say this?
If so, have you ever thought of applying to become a member of Boxford Parish Council?
We currently have 4 Parish Councillor Vacancies

It’s a great opportunity to get involved in making real decisions affecting your local community.
If you would like to hear more about the role, please take the opportunity to discuss with existing Parish Council Members or telephone Debbie, the Parish Clerk on 01787 210943.

Please apply by email to the Parish Clerk - pc@boxford.suffolk.gov.uk or in writing to:
Boxford Parish Council, Bell House, Stone Street Road, Boxford, SUDBURY. CO10 5NP confirming what you believe you would bring to the Council.


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WHY DOESN’T THE COUNCIL DO SOMETHING ABOUT……?

Do you ever say this?
If so, have you ever thought of applying to become a member of Boxford Parish Council?
We currently have Parish Councillor Vacancies

It’s a great opportunity to get involved in making real decisions affecting your local community.
If you would like to hear more about the role, please take the opportunity to discuss with existing Parish Council Members or telephone Debbie, the Parish Clerk on 01787 210943.

Please apply by email to the Parish Clerk - pc@boxford.suffolk.gov.uk or in writing to:
Boxford Parish Council, Bell House, Stone Street Road, Boxford, SUDBURY. CO10 5NP confirming what you believe you would bring to the Council.

The last date for receiving applications is Wednesday 28th August 2019..


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PARISH COUNCIL ELECTIONS: 2ND MAY 2019

You may be aware that the District and Parish Council Elections take place this May.
Why not put yourself forward to join your Parish Council and make a difference in Boxford?
Councillors will be elected or re-elected for a 4 year term. Candidates for Parish Council must be over 18 and live within 3 miles of the Parish or work in the Parish.

Click here to download a nomination pack the deadline is 3rd April

This is your chance to influence local decisions affecting your community!

Boxford Parish Council


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NEIGHBOURHOOD PLAN 2018 CONSULTATION

Part 1 of the 2018 Neighbourhood Plan Consultation is now available.
All Boxford residents are encouraged to let us know their views. More information available here.


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WHY DOESN’T THE COUNCIL DO SOMETHING ABOUT……?

Do you ever say this?
If so, have you ever thought of applying to become a member of Boxford Parish Council?
We currently have 3 Parish Councillor Vacancies

It’s a great opportunity to get involved in making real decisions affecting your local community.
If you would like to hear more about the role, please take the opportunity to discuss with existing Parish Council Members or telephone Debbie, the Parish Clerk on 01787 210943.

Please apply by email to the Parish Clerk - pc@boxford.suffolk.gov.uk or in writing to:
Boxford Parish Council, Bell House, Stone Street Road, Boxford, SUDBURY. CO10 5NP confirming what you believe you would bring to the Council.

The last date for receiving applications is Monday 5th November 2018.


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NOTICE OF VACANCY IN OFFICE OF COUNCILLOR

PARISH OF BOXFORD
NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN

that three casual vacancies have arisen in the Office of Councillor for the Parish Council.

If by 20 September 2018 (14 working days after the date of this notice) a request for an election to fill the said vacancies is made in writing to the Returning Officer at Babergh 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 vacancies. Otherwise the vacancies will be filled by co-option.

If an election is called, it will take place not later than 22 November 2018.

Dated 31 August 2018

Debbie Hattrell
Proper Officer


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COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT OFFICER

COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT OFFICER

In June, Suffolk Police created nine Community Engagement officers, covering all the policing sectors across Suffolk. I am one of these CEO's and I cover the Sudbury and Haverhill sectors.
Our role is split into two main areas

Firstly
To keep the Sudbury and Haverhill communities updated with what is happening in their areas. This will include updates of crimes that have occurred, appeals for assistance with incidents such as missing persons, suspicious activity and stolen property reports.

I will also be telling you what your local Police Officers, Special Constables, Cadets and Police Volunteers have been doing.

Secondly
I want you to be able to tell me what's happening in your area. There are so many non-profit making organizations, clubs and individuals who provide services to the community. I would like to promote these and be a source of information in your community. I plan to attend as many of these as I can and also the Fetes, Fairs and open days.

So how am I going to do this?


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GOODLANDS 2 PLANNING APPEAL

Landex Ltd have launched an appeal The against Babergh DC's refusal of planning permission (by a 7-6 vote at the planning committee last November) for 20 more houses at Goodlands Farm (off Daking Avenue, Boxford)
Landex lodged the appeal on 6 March 2018. It will be some time before it is determined but there is an important deadline coming up. The appeal will be decided after a public inquiry (time estimate, two days): dates yet to be fixed, but likely to be several months away. It is essential that the hearing should be heard in the Boxford Village Hall, not at Babergh's 'new' council offices miles away in Ipswich. Bryn Hurren our District Councillor is already 'on the case' over this. The main issue at the appeal will be the highways issue, and the effect of traffic from the development on Swan Street. At the inquiry residents will be able to speak, but written submissions or comments from interested parties must be sent to the Planning Inspectorate by Wednesday 9 May 2018. They can be submitted online at https://acp.planninginspectorate.gov.uk. If anyone doesn't have access to the internet, comments can be sent (3 copies are required) to: The Planning Inspectorate 3M Temple Quay House 2 The Square Temple Quay Bristol BS1 6PN. All representations must quote the appeal reference: APP/D3505/W/18/3197391. (Photographs of traffic congestion/holdups in Swan Street would be particularly useful: give dates.)
The person co-ordinating the opposition to the appeal on behalf of Boxford Parish Council is Matt Wooderson. People should contact Matt if they have any queries or useful information to assist with the appeal. Matt's 'phone number is 07920 495111.


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ANNUAL PARISH MEETING

Tuesday 22nd May 2018 7.30 for 7.45 p.m. start in Boxford Village Hall


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GOODLANDS PHASE 2

GOODLANDS PHASE 2

An outline planning application for a further 24 dwellings on the Goodlands estate has been submitted and was discussed at a special Parish Council Meeting on Monday 20th February.

The handout from the meeting 'Submitting objections with reference to Babergh District Council’s LOCAL PLAN 2011 – 2031 – CORE STRATEGY & POLICIES document (February 2014)' can be seen by clicking here.

Details of the planning application as well as how to submit a comment can be seen on the Babergh website by clicking here.


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GOODLANDS PHASE 2

GOODLANDS PHASE 2

A further 24 dwellings.

An outline planning application has been submitted and will be discussed at a special Parish Council Meeting on Monday 20th February at 7:30pm in the village hall.

All are most welcome to come and comment on this application.

Details of the planning application can be seen on the Babergh website by clicking here.


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PUBLIC NOTICE - PEACOCKS

PUBLIC NOTICE - PEACOCKS

Boxford Parish Council has received complaints about nuisance caused by peacocks in the village.

We appreciate there will be various opinions on this matter and it would be most helpful to hear your views on the best approach.
If you have any information about the ownership of the peacocks, this would also be helpful.

Comments should be made by email to the Parish Clerk - pc@boxford.suffolk.gov.uk or in writing to:
Boxford Parish Council, Bell House, Stone Street Road, Boxford, SUDBURY CO10 5NP

Comments in writing only and received by Monday 31st October 2016.


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WHY DOESN’T THE COUNCIL DO SOMETHING ABOUT……?

Do you ever say this?
If so, have you ever thought of applying to become a member of Boxford Parish Council?
We currently have a Parish Councillor Vacancy

It’s a great opportunity to get involved in making real decisions affecting your local community.
If you would like to hear more about the role, please take the opportunity to discuss with existing Parish Council Members or telephone the Parish Clerk on 01787 210943.

Please apply by email to the Parish Clerk - pc@boxford.suffolk.gov.uk or in writing to:
Boxford Parish Council, Bell House, Stone Street Road, Boxford, SUDBURY. CO10 5NP confirming what you believe you would bring to the Council.

The last date for receiving applications is Monday 31st October 2016.


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LOCAL NEEDS HOUSING OPEN DAY

LOCAL NEEDS HOUSING OPEN DAY

A big landmark was achieved on 9th April with the first official showing of the Local Needs Housing Project at Stationfield Sandhill. It was heartening to see so many local families attending and asking questions and showing genuine interest. We had over 100 people attending and council reps and myself were kept very busy. Thank you to all who came.


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PETITION TO THE GOVERNMENT FOR BETTER MOBILE PHONE SIGNAL

I am writing to you to encourage you, as a resident of one of South Suffolk's notorious 'not spots' to add your name to a petition tat I intend to submit to the government, calling for better mobile phone coverage in South Suffolk. Specifically, it calls for a new round of funding for the Mobile Infrastructure Project (MIP) which has previously provided money from central Government for new mobile phone masts in rural 'not spots' - i.e. where there is little or no signal but where a new mast would not normally be commercially viable. Of course, any new masts MUST be appropriately sited and the normal planning process applies - but I would stress that this funding offers the only way that some villages will overcome bad signal in the near future. Most importantly, the Budget is in mid-March and many other causes will be seeking funding; I am therefore asking for your help to make sure that our voice is heard!


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