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 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]
New Website Platform
In February, this website, along with over 500 others, hosted by Community Action Suffolk, was migrated to an upgraded software platform as part of a 9 month project by One Suffolk. The old system was no longer supported by the manufacturer so this was a change out of necessity. We apologise for the fact our website has been out of date for a few weeks, but this has been as a result of some down-time to faciltate the migration and for administrators to become familiar with the new system. From now on, we will be continually updating this website, which hopefully has a fresher feel and is more 'tablet and mobile phone friendly.' [9 March 2018]
Remembrance Day Service
Over 90 residents attended the Remembrance Day service at the War Memorial on Sunday 12th November, in fine but cold weather. The service was conducted by the Rev. Sandra Mehan, and marked our respect for the dead and injured of the two World Wars and subsequent conflicts, and their families. Wreaths were added to the memorial from Bentley Old Comrades, the Royal British Legion, and from the Parish Council on behalf of the residents of Bentley, in addition to those laid by the school on the 10th November. The names of Bentley residents who are remembered on the war Memorial were read out, and at 11 a.m. a two minutes silence bracketed by the Last Post and Reveille was held. The service concluded with a reading of the Kohima epitaph and further prayers.
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
Bentley Fireworks - A Cracking Display
Around 300 people attended the fireworks display at the village recreation ground on Saturday 28 October. Those attending were treated to a wonderful display, accompanied by music, a barbecue, refreshments, novelties and the attendance of the Fire and Rescue Service from Parham, to ensure the evening passed off safely. Well done and a huge thank you to all those involved in the organisation of the display. The event was a great success and another example of the community coming together
Royal (snail) Mail Finally Past The Post
It's taken Royal Mail just over a year to install a replacement post box in the centre of Bentley village. The old post box sited at the former shop and post office on Station Road was closed in October 2016 as refurbishment began on the delapidated building. At that time Royal Mail suggested a replacement would be installed within six weeks. However, they didn't say which six weeks. Despite numerous letters from the Parish Council and frustrated residents complaining of delays, the new post box was only installed last Wednesday (18 October). Our photo shows the shiny new box adjacent to the bus shelter with the former post office and decommissioned wall-mounted post box in the background. [24.10.17]