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Welcome To Kelsale-cum-Carlton

Parish News

  • NOTICE Virtual meeting of the Parish Council 7.00pm Wednesday 25th November 2020 If members of the public or press wish to join the virtual meeting, please contact the Clerk for connection details. If however you are unable to join and wish to have any of the information regarding the business

  • Thank you for a good response to the…

    …questionnaire circulated with the recent Kelsale-cum-Carlton Community News. The response was in excess of 60 completed forms which are currently being reviewed and a summary of the key findings will be published in the near future. To remind you, this feedback will be used to inform the view of the

  • With many thanks for all of his help…

    …the Parish Council has regretably had to accept the resignation of Councillor Martin Lumb. Martin has provided a very positive input to the work of the Parish Council over his tenure, including just last year undertaking training and assisting in the release of the fireworks at the anual bonfire evening.

  • Could you be a Parish Councillor?

    Do you want to contribute to where you live; give a new perspective on what needs doing, bring new skills and experience, identify and drive change, help the community and more? Why not become a Parish Councillor, no experience or qualification is required, just an ability to work for the

  • Have you mislaid a eucalyptus tree?

    In another odd ‘going on’, it seems that despite numerous notices advising that the Annual Bonfire and Fireworks display was cancelled and that no materials should be left on the Recreation Ground some kind soul donated a eucalyptus tree, placing it on last years bonfire site. So, if you have

  • Unfortunately, sometime over the weekend persons unknown vandalised the small gate on the recreation ground, pulled up and broke stakes in the wildlife meadow and removed the sign recognising the donation by Adnams in the creation of the meadow. This is the most recent example of vandalism in the Parish,

  • Traditional collections for the Annual Poppy Appeal are much more difficult this year. Consequently, this potentially means a very serious drop in income for Royal British Legion. Donations will be very welcome and it would be good if residents who can afford it, are still able to make a contribution

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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