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Parish News

  • The councillors and Clerk of Kelsale-cum-Carlton Parish Council are deeply saddened to learn of the death of Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh. Our thoughts are with the Royal Family at this time. The Chairman said: “On behalf of Kelsale-cum-Carlton Parish Council, our residents and community, I would like to

  • In the latest ‘Community News’ you will have received a ‘reply paid’ card asking for your views on the proposed Sizewell Link Road [SLR]. Briefly, should the twin reactor Sizewell C Power Station get planning approval later this year (or early 2022), the SLR is likely to be accessed via

  • The Parish Council has been advised that Badger Homes will be operating traffic managment (24hr traffic signals) on Main Road commencing 26th April 2021 for 8 weeks whilst ‘outfall drains’ are constructed.

  • 23rd March saw the first steps on the path to the SZC proposals being considered by the Planning Inspectorate. In a two day ‘Teams” marathon, the Planning Inspectorate sought to lay out the process under which the proposals from EDF would be examined. In so doing a wide range of

  • Update from Saxmundham Surgery

    The Parish Council representative on the Saxmundham Surgery PPG attended the recent meeting and thought the following information may be useful to residents of Kelsale-cum-Carlton. News article on Astra Zeneca vaccine causing blood clots: 37 cases had been recorded out of 70 million doses and none of these could definitively

  • The Saxmundham Testing Centre is now open: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday from 7:00am to 11:00am and on  Thursday from 3:00pm to 7:00pm. Location is The Market Hall, Saxmundham, IP17 1AF Please remember to get tested if you have the slightest doubt or even if you don’t have symptoms and

  • With an increasing number of reported incidents involving horses and vehicles, the BHS are building on their solid foundation of road safety education and campaigning to make drivers aware of what to do when they encounter horses on the road. The BHS collates statistics each year to understand the rate

We needed to know how you wanted us to spend money….

To recap, in the first Kelsale-cum-Carlton Community News we asked you where you would spend money received from developers of new housing [the so called CiL].  In the second edition, distributed to 550 homes and businesses in the Parish, we included a questionnaire on your expressed views. We had grouped your ideas into 12 broader categories and so asked you to vote for your top 5 areas.

Having analysed the results, your top themes and priorities (in ranked order) are:

  1. You would like improvements to footpaths, public rights of way, cyclist accessibility, vehicle speed management and access to lanes for leisure. You want any investment to give increased accessibility, improved safety and environments for walkers, joggers, horse riders, cyclists and other users on Parish roads and lanes.  Some good news in this area is that the Parish Council has already registered interest in the Quiet Lanes initiative, further details of which will follow.

Please note the Parish Council does not have responsibility for roads and therefore any work will need to be in liaison with Highways at Suffolk County Council.

  1. You made it clear that there really is support for the Village Hall, but also a strong desire for improvements to be made, to make it better to use. A significant priority is upgrading the kitchen, but improved and wider accessibility was close behind and a little further along the list was enhancing the public area outside to include seating, planting, wider kerbs and traffic calming.
  2. Respondents also demonstrated there is demand for further investment in the play area and equipment at the Kelsale Recreation Ground, to provide safer and more enjoyable play across a wider age range. Whilst linked with the previous priorities, this also including dropped kerbs for accessibility.
  3. Also linking with the first priority, residents would like more improvements to open spaces, including wildlife corridors, meadow creation and an uplift of Spinney Pocket to improve the environment and give wider accessibility to broader biodiversity.
  4. By way of long-lasting infrastructure, providing safe fresh drinking water and an electricity supply to the recreation ground also appealed greatly, enabling users to reduce plastic waste and also provide better facilities for play & leisure users (i.e. football teams, bonfire night and playground users).

Beyond the Top 5 there is some support for increasing the number of formal car parking spaces near the play area in Carlton, but marginal support for increasing other ‘community facilities’ such as ‘community sheds’ or shops, allotments etc. Nor was their much support for; Information Boards, an adult outdoor gym nor self-closing gates and new fencing on the recreation ground. However, the latter may be necessary to safeguard users anyhow.

The amount of money currently available from the Community Infrastructure Levy is £20,435.98.

Assuming things don’t change radically, two further payments of about £19,000 each in respect of the Badger development on Main Road can be anticipated in February and August 2022.

The Parish Council will now need to work out what funding to give each priority. The results above should also enable the Portfolio Holders who can receive funds, to apply for increased funding based on your input during the last few months.


Spotlight on Spinney Pocket Park

The management of Spinney Pocket Park has been passed to the Parish Council’s Biodiversity Group and they are working through a management plan to improve the biodiversity of the Spinney Pocket Park.

Spinney Pocket Park – excerpts from the Draft Outline Management Plan
The area is a surviving part of the southeast corner of Carlton Park. 19th Century maps show it planted with both deciduous and coniferous trees. Some of these remain as mature oaks in the spinney and a large oak and pine in the school grounds.

To increase biodiversity and nesting opportunities for birds it is recommend that selective removal of some of the more crowded trees be undertaken. This would allow more light to reach the ground and retained trees and shrubs the opportunity to reach their full potential. Felled timber could be used to create log and brash habitat piles to encourage diversity.

It is also recommended more native shrubs such as holly, hazel, spindle etc. are planted. This would give structure to the woodland which could then be managed as a traditional ‘coppice with standards’. Once established, consideration could be given to introducing appropriate native ground flora such as bluebells, etc. It is also recommended the hedge adjacent to the main road should be retained to suppress traffic noise and fumes.



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