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VILLAGE MATTERS (News & What's on)

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July 2020


East Bergholt Parish Council

During the Coronavirus lockdown, the Parish Office at The Gattinetts is closed. The Parish Clerk, Graham White, is working from home and may be contacted by phone on 07801 368283 or by email at

New Regulations have relaxed the law regarding Council meetings which may now be held remotely and the first remote Council meeting will be held by means of Zoom technology on Thursday 9 April at 7.30 pm. Members of the public may obtain remote access to view the meeting and to participate. Details of how to join the meeting are available on the Council’s website and on its Facebook page.

The above arrangements will continue until further notice.

Graham White

Parish Clerk

8 April 2020

Use it or lose it!

Suffolk County Council (SCC) are withdrawing bus subsidies at the end of September. This means a number of services will disappear and East Bergholt will wave goodbye to the 796 and 94A.

This comes on top of SCC withdrawing free bus passes for new students at East Bergholt High School. Consequently, even more cars will enter the village daily.

There is a faint chance that there may be a last minute review where passenger numbers increase. Please look on line at the timetables and 'spread the word'.


Manningtree station 6.25am---East Bergholt 6.33am Manningtree station 18.35pm--- East Bergholt 18.46pm

East Bergholt Lambe school 6.05am---Station 6.14am East Bergholt Lambe school 18.17pm---Station 18.26pm


Ipswich (Cattle Market) 17.55pm---East Bergholt L.S. 18.35pm

Better Broadband for Suffolk

Local residents may be interested to know that a partnership scheme for better broadband in Suffolk has been set up between Suffolk County Council, the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, the New Anglia Enterprise Partnership and Suffolk's District and Borough Councils.

East Bergholt Parish Council

R. (on the application of East Bergholt Parish Council) v Babergh District Council and others

It is with real disappointment that the Parish Council must report that we have lost our appeal in the Court of Appeal against the Judicial Review decision of December 2018 to allow the building of two big estates and a smaller estate on Area of Natural Beauty land in East Bergholt. The written judgment acknowledges that the applications would have been refused under both District Council and East Bergholt Neighbourhood Plan policies, but the Judges decided that as a point of law Babergh were within their rights to use their planning judgment to determine their approach to calculating the housing land supply figures that in 2017 were used to set aside the policies in favour of a presumption to approve the applications.

The Parish Council will be assessing the implications of this judgment and will decide later this week what to do next.

I stress that the Parish Council is decidedly in favour of building the right houses, that is houses that are very much needed in our village for young people and families at a cost they can afford and for older people in need of accommodation. You will find our support for this set out more fully in the Neighbourhood Plan East Bergholt Neighbourhood Plan, but we are not in favour of uncontrolled growth of the kind of housing that just adds to the congestion of village facilities and threatens to damage the special character of our village.

Councillor Joan Miller, Chairman, East Bergholt Parish Council


Suffolk County Council Highways - Reporting Problems

Two Parish Councillors recently visited the local Suffolk County Council Highways Service Delivery Centre. The Highways Officers advised our Councillors that the most effective way of reporting any Highways issues is via the County Council's online reporting tool. Any problem will then be picked up and allocated a reference number. The issue will be looked at by an appropriate member of the Highways Team, prioritised, the area will be inspected if considered necessary, and a solution to any required work will be allocated, if considered appropriate.


Link to Parish Councillors Registers of Interests

The Parish Register of Interests demonstrating openness, fairness and transparency of the Parish Council can be found at the following link:  Babergh Members Register of Interests Any queries please contact Babergh/Mid Suffolk District Council by telephoning 01473 296376

For further information on any of the above contact the East Bergholt Parish Clerk.

Your Elected Representatives

Parliament Member James Cartlidge Email
County Councillor Gordon Jones Email
District Council John Hinton Email
Parish Council See List of Councillors Email

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