Neighbourhood Plan survey Help: 10Jul20: Members of the Neighbourhood Plan Committee will be outside the community shop tomorrow (Sat 11Jul20)  to help with completing any questionnaires from 10:30-12:30

Neighbourhood Plan Survey. A BIG thank you to everyone who has completed and returned the Neighbourhood Plan Survey. We appreciate you taking the time to have your say on what happens to OUR village. We have had great feedback and would like to give everyone the chance to have their say. We have therefore extended the closing date to 13th July

Neighbourhood Plan (29Jun20): Good News - the neighbourhood plan household survey (2 copies per household) was delivered to all parishioners this past weekend. Please can you take the time to fill the survey in, instructions are on the front page. The more people that fill it in the better the plan will be as it will be supported by strong evidence.  Help is available in case of questions. There are local drop off points for completed surveys including the Community Shop or if you cannot get out we will come and collect it. Many thanks for your continued support for our plan. 

ZOOM Meetings - just a reminder that parish council meetings are still being held on Zoom as per guidance from the Suffolk Association of Local Councils. We will return to face to face meetings as soon as we have been given permission.

Sproughton Road Closure at Railway Bridge. 26/5/20 for 4 weeks - pedestrians & cyclists will be able to get through. The Parish Council is trying to see if a replacement bus service can be provided and is in communication with Babergh, Suffolk County Council and Balfour Beatty (the contractor)


Cllr Peter Powell has asked for the following be circulated to parishioners after advice he has received from BMSDC Environmental Protection Officers. Re Unsociable Noise from Sproughton Enterprise Park. The agreed hours for any noisy construction operations on the Sproughton Enterprise Park is 0800-1800 hours Monday to Friday and 0800-1300 Saturday excluding Bank Holidays. The Operational Noise proposed by the developers noise assessment report in the Outline Planning Application for the whole site was that it should not exceed the normal background noise (i.e. A14 etc.). There have been several occasions where loud and annoying construction noise has occurred late at night, early in the morning and over the whole weekend.

As this is a construction site it is impossible to avoid construction noise during these times so be realistic about any complaint. However noisy operations outside these operating times or something exceptionally disruptive having a significant adverse impact on your normal lives or health during the agreed hours is not acceptable.

The advice received is that where such noise appears to be from the Amazon Warehouse site the following can be contacted.   

TSL Project Manager Alex Isaac 07912 280 955

TSL Site Manager Luke Avis 07971 180 635

TSL H&S Manager Corey Spaven 07395 347 695

If this does not resolve the problem then the matter should be reported to Babergh Mid Suffolk District Council either via their website reporting page or by phone to 0300-1234000 so that the complaint can be properly registered.  

Reporting Link:

Please c.c/update. Cllr Powell  into all complaints so that he can establish the extent of the noise nuisance.

BREAKING NEWS: Well - the Babergh Planning Committee has just finished and ...... the application was refused!! Big thanks to our two parishioners who spoke as objectors one of whom was Rhona Jermyn who chairs both the Sproughton Working Group & Neighbourhood plan Sub-Committee. It was refused on heritage grounds again and concern was expressed about sustainability of the infrastructure especially traffic & health and alot of comments about the amount of development in the Gipping Corridor. So, also another big thank-you to the 250+ parishioners who commented - showed the level of disquiet about the development. A great result.
UPDATE: The Hopkins Homes application will be heard by Babergh Planning Committee on Thu 30April @ 09:30am. The PArish Council will be speaking against this application as will one or two other parishioners. We will publish details of how to join this virtual meeting as soon as we know. Please, please please join us - we have reservations as to how this virtual process will be demonstrably open, democratic and transparent. - JUST HEARD (28APR) - TO ATTEND THE VIRTUAL PLANNING COMMITTEE ON THURSDAY 30APRIL @ 09:30AM COPY AND PASTE THE FOLLOWING INTO YOUR BROWSER
Please join in the second 'Clap for Our Carers' at 8:00pm tonight (Thursday) - to thank NHS and all key workers #clapforNHS #NHSheros Hope to hear everyone in Sproughton.

Thursday 2nd April 2020: It was with sadness that we heard of the death yesterday of ex-Babergh District Councillor Nicholas Ridley who lived in Sproughton. Nick worked tirelessly for Babergh DC and its residents for many years.  He attended many Sproughton Parish Council meetings over his years in office and helped us on numerous occasions. Although there were times when opinions differed which led to some entertaining debates. Our thoughts go out to his family and friends at this difficult time.


Sproughton Parish Council Meetings: As per the advice from Government, Sproughton Parish Council is no longer holding its regular scheduled meetings in public. We are waiting on further advice from the National & Suffolk Associations of Local Councils as to how business might continue during this time – Babergh, for example are continuing to work on planning applications to which we should consult on & respond. But, in the interim we are taking a pragmatic approach and working on the things we can progress by emailing, holding conference or video calls where possible. Notices will still continue to be published on the parish noticeboards and updates on our website, Facebook page & Twitter. Two of our parish councillors have set up an initiative to aid parishioners where they need extra help – a leaflet was delivered to every house in the parish before we went into lockdown. If you have any questions please contact our clerk, Kirsty Webber at or 07538-311567. In the meantime stay safe and well.
If you need help please contact Iain Selby on 01473-742209/ 07910-263883, Jenni King on 07814-891533 or Jill on 07754-531339 as per the below notice

The Chair of the Sproughton Working Group has created an online government petition (thanks Rhona) to ask that the planning process be suspended at this time.

This is the petition 'Suspend all live planning applications submitted to local Councils. Suspend all DC planning departments authority to process, evolve planning applications on the planning portals or recently submitted. Suspend all online meetings for Planning Committees. Remove the power of DC's & Planning Officers to automatically process & approve any planning applications. 1. Denies us our democratic rights 2. Encourages people to ignore the "stay at home" message 3. Puts councillors at risk 4. Does not meet the "essential" criteria, except in the case of medical facilities 5. Goes against looming government advice about closing building sites 6. Puts an additional and unnecessary burden on the internet, mobile and telephone networks 7. Diverts local authorities from keeping essential services running'.

To vote for this please click on and forward the link on to those who might be interested.


We hope everyone is keeping well and managing to keep themselves occupied during this period of isolation. Two of our parish councillors have set up an initiative to offer help to those who need it working with the Community Shop. Iain Selby & Jenni King have formed a team of volunteers (currently standing at 20) to those who cannot get out and need help with collecting shopping, prescriptions etc (assisting the vulnerable is permitted according to the updated government guidance). Please see the Sproughton section on for further information that is being posted from time to time and the below.

Please follow the official advice and stay well.


HOPKINS HOMES UPDATE - PLANNING APPLICATIONS DC/18/02010 (original) & DC/18/02412 (duplicate)

The provisional date for this application to be put before the Planning Committee is the 25th March. Given the Covid-19 outbreak we are waiting to hear how/if this will still go ahead. Hearings are normally held at Endeavour House, 8 Russell Road, Ipswich, Suffolk IP1 2BX NOW CANCELLED - AWAITING FURTHER INFO FROM BABERGH