Proposed Residential Development - Public Exhibition 29 November (go to 'Notices' page here for information)
Armistice Centenary - Sunday 11 November
The memorial service was led by Reader Mrs Sandra Mehen and was attended by over 160 people. The memorial was decorated with a banner showing the silhouettes of the 17 soldiers from the village that died in the First World War, and a poppy covered cross. Wreaths were laid by the Royal British Legion, the Bentley Comrades, and a personal wreath was laid. The Parish Council laid their traditional chaplet. The occasion greatly benefitted from the absence of passing traffic.
The Last Post was touchingly played by a young resident, followed by 2 minutes silence and prayers.
Vacancy Bentley Parish Council (see 'Notices' page here).
As no request for an election has been made by 26th October, as notified, the vacancy that has arisen as a result of the resignation of Cllr Goodwin may be filled by co-option or election (if more than 1 person wishes to be co-opted).
Please note that Parish Council elections for the whole Council are due in May 2019. If any resident is wishing to join the Council for a 'taster' 6 months, please contact the Chairman, or Parish Clerk.
Neighbourhood Plan Questionnaire
In order to gather opinion on residents opinion on the characteristics of the village, its amenities, their housing needs and planning priorities for the future, a questionnaire hasd been delivered. 2 copies should have been delivered to each household, but every resident over 16 is eligible to give their opinion. If further copies are required they can be obtained from the village shop.
Questionnaires can be returned to the shop, or your deliverer will drop by to pick up responses by the end of October
New Warding Propsals for Babergh.
It has been decided by the Boundary Commission that Bentley should become part of a single Councillor ward with Copdock and Washbrook, Hintlesham, Burstall and the Wenhams as a part of a wider re-organisation that cuts the number of babergh Councillors to 32, with approximately equal numbers of electors. This decision will need to be agreed by Parliament, but is likely to take effect before next year's Council elections. Babergh boundary commission final recommendations
Bentley Parish Designated as Neighbourhood Plan Area
On 12th June this year a village meeting voted overwhelmingly to embark upon a Neighbourhood Plan for Bentley. This is a legal process and may take upto two years to complete. Following an application from Bentley Parish Council to register a Neighbourhood Plan, Babergh District Council issued a notice designating the Parish of Bentley as a Neighbourhood Plan Area from 12 July 2018, which formalises the start of the process. For more information on The Neighbourhood Plan visit the designated web page here.
Village Meeting to Discuss Housing Development and Neighbourhood Plan - 7.30pm 12th June 2018
The Parish Council would like to draw your attention to a public village meeting to be held in the village hall on Tuesday 12 June at 7.30pm. All interested parties are invited. If you reside in Bentley then you should receive a flyer informing you of the meeting. The full text of the flyer is reproduced below:
"Housing Development / Neighbourhood Plan
Bentley is a great place to live, but uncontrolled development can put that at risk; filling our roads, overcrowding our schools, and making it difficult to access health services.
The Government has a way for villages to protect their unique character, and allow for appropriate development, called a Neighbourhood Plan. This describes the village in detail – what makes it special; what should be preserved; where development can take place without putting its character at risk. How a plan is implemented can make the difference between a resounding success (e.g.Lavenham), or a challenged plan like East Bergholt’s.
A neighbourhood plan must involve a significant number of villagers and can take around 2 years– with a cost of up to £25,000. The Parish Council want to hear everyone’s views, and gauge your support, before deciding whether to go forward with one. The whole village needs to get involved!
Come and give us your views on how you want Bentley to evolve in the future!" [24 May 2018]
GDPR - Your Data
You are probaly aware from the national news and correspondence from organisations that hold your personal data, that such groups, including local government, from 25 May 2018, must comply with General Data Protection Guidelines. Bentley Parish Council is fully engaged with this process and has prepared a Statement of Compliance in relation to these guidelines. Once formally adopted by the Council, the statement will be published on this website. [16 May 2018]
At the Parish Council Meeting on 10 May the Footpath Warden brought it to the attention of the council that several footpaths in the parish have become obstructed by overhanging hedges and foliage. The Parish Council politely requests land owners and residents whose land abuts public footpaths, to ensure that hedges and foliage are cut back to allow unobstructed access to footpaths. Thank you. [14 May 2018]
Dedham Vale and Stour Valley AONB Forum 2018
The Dedham Vale (Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty) and Stour Valley Forum 2018, will take place at Shrubs Farm, Lamarsh, CO8 5EA on Friday 15 June 2018, commencing at 9am. If you wish to attend, please see the programme letter (by clicking here) and provide the requested information to the Dedham Vale Project at the contact details shown on the letter. [13 April 2018]
Babergh Joint Local Plan consultation
Bentley Parish Council has responded to this on behalf of this consultation on behalf of residents. The text of this response has been circulated to residents and they were encouraged to respond on their own behalf. The consultation closed on the 10th November. The Local Plan will require several more stages o f validation before being adopted. PC response to Local Plan