Woodbridge Clerk, Kate Lacey, has sent a message (see below) to invite neighbouring councils to their meeting about the Ipswich Northern Bypass.Woodbridge Town Council will hold their Public Meeting on Thursday, 22nd August, at 7pm in the Community Hall (Station Road, IP12 4AU – large car park outside)
Dennington Parish Council has received a letter from a councillor on the Stradbroke Parish Council, in her private capacity, to ensure that we as Dennington residents are aware of Government plans to axe this bus route which is the only bus through Dennington. The letter states:
"There are many reasons why this route closure is not good for our villages, including accessing the railway, but it also goes against Suffolk's pledge in the Local Plan for connectivity and increasing well being. Many 482 passengers and I have written about this to Passenger Transport (Growth, Highways and Infrasturucture), Endeavour House, 5 Constantine Road, IP1 2DH and some have emailed firstname.lastname@example.org.
We have received responses but the decision is still going ahead. Apparently, we can use the dial a ride bus (taxi bus), but this does not cater for those with large pushchairs or motorised pavement scooters, for example, and pensioners cannot use their bus pass. The buses are quite small, too. My personal feeling about using this bus service is that it will not be able to cater for the increased demand unless it expands. This will add to its cost--which may equal the previous subsidy, if not exceed it.
I am writing this to ask you if you would kindly circulate this letter to alert (others) to a petition that was set up some time ago for the attention of Mary Evans, the Cabinet Minister for Highways. It is appealing against Suffolk County cutting bus subsidies. It can be found at this link. https://www.change.org/p/suffolk-county-council-end-the-cuts-to-bus-subsidies ".
Police are appealing for witnesses and urging communities to be vigilant following a series of burglaries across Norfolk and Suffolk.
Phase 1: B1116 North of Dennington , Dennington – From Bell Corner to Wells Corner
Work to get Framlingham connected starts, as the historic and picturesque town has been chosen to pilot a hi-tech new scheme to help people access the internet and make use of digital technology.
The ‘Framlingham Digital Towns Pilot’, which is the first project to go ahead in the scheme in a partnership led by Framlingham Town Council, Framlingham Business Association and East Suffolk Council.
This will make Framlingham the first of what could be a long line of towns in East Suffolk to receive free wifi, along with a whole host of other digital and technological solutions.
Cllr Phil Collins, Framlingham Town Council Chairman, said “As a Council we are delighted to be part of this initiative. We are looking forward to the benefits free WiFi will bring to the town. Residents, visitors and businesses will all see the advantages of the a scheme that covers a large part of the town centre.”
Victoria Perkins, Chairwoman at the Framlingham Business Association, said: “We’re looking forward to launching the Free Fram WiFi and other digital initiatives. This opportunity will encourage visitors to stay longer and explore everything Framlingham has to offer, which will benefit the businesses and our beautiful town in many ways.”
Cllr Stephen Burroughes, East Suffolk Cabinet Member for Customer Services and Operational Partnerships, said: “This initiative is the start of a digital revolution in East Suffolk. It will put Framlingham firmly on the map and hopefully be rolled out across other market towns in the District.
“The concept is very simple; take a small rural town in the heart of East Suffolk and explore what is possible in terms of using digital and other technology to help the town and its communities
“Work has now started to install the necessary equipment which will enable us to deliver the initiative. Once the work is completed, we will undergo a period of testing before going live later this summer.”
Dan Coombs, Regional Sales Director at ElephantWiFi, said: “ElephantWiFi were really pleased to receive the invite to quote and design a free public access solution for Framlingham Town Council which will help the local people gain internet access whilst visiting the town. ElephantWiFI started in business to help small towns keep up with technology and provide sophisticated yet affordable solutions and we are very proud to be working alongside Framlingham Town Council.
“Framlingham Town Council, Framlingham Business Association and East Suffolk Council have shown a great deal of insight and forward thinking in the way they have approached this project and we are really looking forward to seeing what the results of the pilot are. Framlingham is a small but very vibrant town that has very little 3G or 4G capability at present so we believe the WiFi will be a real boost to locals and visitors alike.”
On 19 June, Suffolk County Council met with representatives from Suffolk’s bus operators to see whether they can run a number of bus services without public subsidy - see CC Boroughes report for details on Useful Links page.
For District Councillor's first two reports giving an update on various East Suffolk topics, please go to Useful Links page.
The Summer edition of Dennington News has been pubished, click here to access it or go to Village Hall page
Work will begin on the Saxtead Road on July 15th for three weeks to improve drainage and to provide better highway support; the works will comprise of: Replacement of entire piped culvert across the carriageway, 30m of new double thick concrete bag-work as highway support, kerbing, and localised ditch cleaning.