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)
SPROUGHTON ENTERPRISE BUILDING NUISANCE:
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 Alex.isaac@TSLProjects.com
TSL Site Manager Luke Avis 07971 180 635 Luke.Avis@TSLProjects.com
TSL H&S Manager Corey Spaven 07395 347 695 Corey.Spaven@TSLProjects.com
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.
Please c.c/update. Cllr Powell PP-SPC@outlook.com into all complaints so that he can establish the extent of the noise nuisance.
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.
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 https://petition.parliament.uk/petitions/309176/sponsors/new?token=6qhxDCFjM0go-pRLdVh8 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 NextDoor.co.uk 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