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What’s happening locally – February 2015

Suffolk County Council budget 2015-16.  Suffolk County Council will be debating the county’s 2015-16 budget at  this Thursday’s  full council. The administration is proposing  to cut £38 million in the next financial year – bringing its overall revenue budget down to less than £500 million for the first time in many years. It says that the cuts will be made by changing the way the council delivers  services and that front-line services to members of the public should not be seriously impacted. Opposition parties suggest that it is definitely  time to start dipping into the council reserves – likely to be over £150million by the end of next month.

Martlesham and Woodbridge Neighbourhood plans  It has been brought to my attention a small part of Martlesham Parish is under consideration in both the Martlesham and Woodbridge Neighbourhood plan area designation applications. It can of course can ultimately be included in only in one neighbourhood plan.  As  my County Council division covers the area  in question, I am very happy to offer myself as ‘honest broker’  should one be required.

The topping  out ceremony of  the combined Woodbridge  Fire and Police Station took place last Thursday. Work is proceeding fast, and the police are expected to move in in May.

Great East Swim training programme offer.  SCC is offering 48 places for people  aged between 14 and 25 and 48 places for those over the age of 50, who don’t regularly partake in physical activity, thanks to funding and support from Sport England. This includes

  • Three months fully supported training with professional swimming coaches
  • Three months free membership to one of the participating leisure centres
  • Physiotherapy support from Allied Health Professionals Suffolk
  • Free entry to the Great East Swim 2015
  • Free wetsuit hire.

Valued at over £200 per participant the opportunities are being made available at a small one-off charge of £25 per person.

The Sportivate programme for those aged 14-25 will be held at Crown Pools in Ipswich or Leiston Leisure with 25 places at each location; the programme for those aged 50+ will be held at Crown Pools Ipswich and Felixstowe Leisure Centre with 24 places in each location.

Woodbridge Buses I had a small  personal success in getting the timetables at the Turban centre relocated and reprinted after a photograph  I took of them, showing that you had to be seven foot tall to read them went viral on Twitter. Desperate measures indeed, but they were replaced in 24 hours, having been a problem for months!


Woodbridge Neighbourhood plan – be there, or be voiceless

Woodbridge Neighbourhood planAre 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