SCC & BDC Newsletters
Residential Development at Land West of Church Road, Bentley
CODE Development Planners on behalf of D.E.J. Baker is preparing a planning application for land west of Church Road, Bentley for up to 45 homes, school pick-up/drop-off area and footpath/cycle link and associated infrastructure. The application is still to go before Babergh Planning Committee.
UPDATE! On 26th February 2020 Babergh District Council Planning Committee voted unanimously to reject this application.
Network Rail Plans To Close Level Crossings
A letter has been received from Suffolk County Council regarding a review and potential closure of level crossings in Suffolk. To view letter from SCC click here . The letter encloses information from Netwrok Rail detailing a first round of public consultations and exhibitions in June 2016. Councillor workshops and a second round of public consultations will be held in September 2016. After applications are submitted to The Secretary of State for Transport in March 2017 a public enquiry will be held between November 2017 and January 2018. The Department of Transport is expected to make a decision announcement on closures in February/March 2018. To read information from Netwrok Rail click here
Misuse of Public Rights of Way
At the Parish Council meeting on 4 February 2016 it was reported by the footpaths warden that there was evidence that motorcycles had been ridden on some of the village's footpaths, causing the paths to cut up and develop deep ruts, made worse by the recent wet weather. The Parish Council appreciates that the vast majority of people who make use of our Parish footpaths and byways, cherish them and treat them with respect. However, the Council would like to remind the few individuals who abuse these amenities: it is illegal to ride motorcycles on footpaths, except on 'Byways open to all traffic.' If you see motorcycles being ridden on footpaths, the Council would encourage you to inform the police on the non-emergency number 101 or email the footpaths warden (email footpaths warden here) or, Parish Council Clerk (email Clerk here).
There are four categories of public right of way:
- Public footpath - The public has a right to pass and repass on foot with normal accompaniment such as a pram, a wheelchair or with a dog.
- Bridleway - The public has a right to pass and repass on foot, on horseback and on a pedal cycle.
- Restricted byway - The public has a right of way on foot, on a pedal cycle, on horseback or leading a horse, or with a horse drawn vehicle. Restricted byways do not carry public rights for motor vehicles. (All RUPPs were reclassified as restricted byways under the Countryside and Rights of Way Act 2000).
- Byway open to all traffic (BOAT) - The public has the right to pass and repass on foot, on a pedal cycle, on horseback, or with a vehicle (horse drawn or motorised) but the route is mainly used by pedestrians, pedal cyclists and/or horses.
For more information please visit Suffolk's Public Right of Way website http://www.suffolkpublicrightsofway.org.uk/
Bank Fraud Warning
Suffolk Constabulary is warning residents of the County to be on their guard against telephone fraudsters who are after your bank account and card details. They advise that neither banks nor police will ever ask for your PIN number over the telephone and if someone purporting to represent the police or a bank asks you for this information, hang up and call the police on 101 to report the suspected fraud.
Affordable Housing Needs Survey: An executive summary of The Affordable Housing Needs Survey, carried out with support from Community Action Suffolk is available in PDF format. See General Notices in the left hand column of this page.
Help with HOUSEHOLD FUEL ECONOMY: from Suffolk Energy Action
Grants are available to help with insulation, particularly on older properties, replacement of inefficient boilers (particularly cost effective if your boiler is over 15 years old), and you can apply for a home energy assessment. Ring 0800 840 9090 contact via website Suffolk Energy Action
Don't forget East Bergolt High School Sports Centre, which offers remarkable value for individual and family memberships; see eastbergholtsportscentre