Fireworks in Bentley - Saturday 28th October
One Year On - Still No Post Box
Parish Council Chairman Dr. Michael Bamford has written yet another letter to Royal Mail on behalf of local residents, voicing disappointment and frustration that there is still no replacement post box in the centre of the village, after twelve months, despite repeated assurances from Royal Mail that the post box would be installed within six weeks.
The front cover of the latest edition of The Bentley Bugle has a humorous take on Royal Mail's failure to provide a new post box in over a year.
Babergh and Mid Suffolk Joint Local Plan - consultation document released.
"Babergh District Council and Mid Suffolk District Council has launched the first stage of consultation on a new Joint Local Plan. This consultation started on Monday 21st August 2017 and will run until 5pm Friday 10th November 2017. The Joint Local Plan will inform how our Districts will develop over the next 20 years. It will establish how much housing and land for businesses will be needed and where it will go, alongside protecting and enhancing the environment and delivering infrastructure." [Extract from letter from Babergh and Mid Suffolk Councils to Parish Councils dated 21 August 2017]. To view the letter, details of public drop-in events and a plan of Bentley showing areas of potential development click here. Paper copies of the consultation document are available to view at local libraries and at the Councils' offices.
Replacement Post Box
Despite assurances from the CEO of Royal Mail that the decommissioned post box in Station Road would be replaced by the end of June, there is still no replacement. In reply to another letter from the Parish Council, on 20 July Royal Mail responded with the following apology:
"Dear Dr Bamford,
Thank you for your continued patience whilst my investigations have been carried out.
Firstly, I would like to offer you my apologies that the postbox was not installed by the end of June as I previously stated. After liaising with the local Collections Manager, it has come to light that there was an internal miscommunication regarding the installation. Upon my investigation, it was believed that the ground and utility searches which we are legally obliged to complete were already finalised. Regrettably, this was not the case and I sincerely apologise for this error. We have now taken steps to ensure that this kind of miscommunication will not be repeated.
We are currently consulting with the local Highway Authority and relevant utility companies in the area who check for underground cabling restrictions and provide clearance of the proposed postbox site prior to installation. We are unable to commit to an exact installation date at this stage of the process. However, due to the problems encountered already, we are doing everything we can to ensure the postbox is replaced as soon as possible.
I deeply regret that we have let both yourself and the residents of Bentley down and hope you will accept my sincere apologies and assurances that we do understand the importance of having the postbox within the local community. I will continue to watch over the installation process and will update you with any useful information, including the installation date once I am privy to this.
Thank you for your kind understanding on this matter. If there is anything further I can assist with in the meantime, please feel free to contact me directly.
Royal Mail - Chairman and Chief Executive Office"
Replacement Mail Box.
The Parish Council wrote to the CEO of Royal Mail, expressing their extreme frustration on behalf of residents that the Post Box had not been replaced, despite numerous assurances.
The CEO's representative has responded assuring residents that the post box will be replaced by the end of June. Watch this (or that) space!