Are you coming to give your two pennorth to the Woodbridge Neighbourhood Plan this Thursday? I am. Its important that everyone does – maybe most particularly for young people and young families, who are so under-represented in the demographics, thinking and planning for Woodbridge.
If people do not attend they leave decision-making in the hands of those who do attend – and whatever their concerns may be!
Remember, if YOU don’t raise your particular concerns, you may find that the plan doesn’t reflect them! You can find full details on the Wooodbridge Town Council website
A record 277 children completed this year’s Summer reading scheme at Woodbridge Library, on the theme of the Mythical Maze. It is wonderful to see this excellent national scheme continuing to be so well supported in our town.
I presented the awards this Sunday, and to add a bit of sparkle, funded a Magic Giant with a Firebreathing Dragon, plus a Magic Show and some balloon modelling to finish off the event.
It was a lovely afternoon!
Congratulations to all the children who took part – and to the library volunteers who gave so much of their time over the summer to support it. Huge thanks also has to go to all the parents who supported this scheme, enabling their children to take part
Home to school transport Central government have made changes to the age of statutory education. It is now compulsory to stay in education or training until you are 17 – and shortly it will be 18. These are impacting on poorer students who have to travel to college, as Suffolk’s free home to school transport policy (as indeedthe national home to school transport policy) only covers students up to 16 years old. Over 16s can avail themselves of a discretionary – paid – option but it costs £540 a year. Currently the SCC Administration are taking the line that the Endeavour card (offering 1/3 off available journeys by some operators) will cover the problem, and that there are Bursaries to help the needy. I do not think this is an adequate response and I will be taking this up as a matter of urgency.
Historic milestone lost – and found The Thoroughfare Milestone outside John Ives was reported to me as missing by an anxious local historian and nobody seemed to know where it had gone. We were for a short time worried that it might be a case of vandalism or theft. Luckily some nifty detective work by Woodbridge Town Council’s very own Kay Yule and myself has traced it to the depot in Melton and we expect it to be returned shortly.
Planning Application next to Dukes Park I have had a lot of emails of concern from residents about the planning application to build housing on the field next to Dukes Park.As this is also the site through which the EA One underground high tension cabling is due to be routedI contacted the EA ONE link officer at Suffolk County Council for definitive information on the separation necessary between housing development and underground high tension cables. You can find his brief resume of the status quo and implications on my blog : http://carolinepage.blog.suffolk.libdems.org/2014/07/26/dukes-park-and-east-anglia-one/
Travellers Sites Suffolk County Council has abandoned a public consultation on where to create three official Gypsy and Traveller stopping sites. The consultation identified seven potential sites – with the aim of selecting three in the areas where unauthorised encampments usually occur. However, following a number of landowners coming forward with other potential sites and early feedback from councillors and residents, Suffolk’s council and policing leaders decided to halt and reconsider. The sites were:
Layby off A143 opposite Shepherds Lane, Wortham
Land between Candlet Road and Treetops, Felixstowe
Layby on Felixstowe Road, Levington, south of junction with Bridge Road
Former Little Chef site, Kentford, between Bury Road and A14
Former Chippings Dump, Upthorpe Road, Stanton
Former Little Chef site, off A14 by the Orwell Bridge
A140 junction with Castleton Way, Yaxley.
Restoration of Woodbridge – Ipswich Sunday Service Just to reiterate that from the 20th July a Sunday/Bank Holiday bus service has resumed allowing car-free travel between Woodbridge and Ipswich. Suffolk County Council is sponsoring 3 return services a day between Woodbridge and Ipswich. As you know I have ben fighting for this since the last was so disgracefully discontinued at two weeks notice to us, the passengers, back in 2011.
The Sunday 65b will allow car free journeys to visit hospital and help young people get out on their own. It will be a boon for all people who can’t- or can’t afford to – drive. And its obviously a big boost for tourism. It is only guaranteed until the end of 2014 – after that, it depends on numbers – so it’s a case of use it or lose it!