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Welcome To Kelsale-cum-Carlton

Parish News

  • The Council are continuing to make progress on the Quiet Lanes work along with many other Parishes in Suffolk. If you have not made your feelings on Quiet Lanes known yet, please let Cllr Galloway have them as soon as possible (contact details on the Parish Councillors page). Alternatively you

  • NOTICE Virtual meeting of the Parish Council 7.00pm Wednesday 27th January 2021 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

  • Tiggins Meadow Owners Review – 2020

    New trail camera brings insights to meadow life The new trail camera has been put to good effect this year, placing it in various locations around the field. It’s lovely to be able to get glimpses of wildlife when no one is there. There has been a badger wandering around,

  • Kelsale-cum-Carlton Parish Council recently received this email and wondered whether any landowners in the Parish could offer assistance. If you have potential land for this worthwhile venture could you please contact the Parish Clerk who will provide you with the contact details. “I am in the process of starting a

  • For information, SCC Highways are planning to carry out drainage investigation works along (C229) Carlton Road and (U2506) Rosemary Lane. The works are programmed to take place on 12 January 2021, between 8am and 4pm. The roads will be closed for the duration of the road closure to ensure that

  • Fancy winning up to £30 next month?

    Did you know you can win a prize each month by subscribing to the Village Hall 100 Club? For just a £12 (the equivalent of £1 a month) you can join in and stand a chance of winning either £30 first prize, £15 second or £10 third prize every month

  • Quiet Lanes initiative

    Along with many other Parish Councils across Suffolk, Kelsale-cum-Carlton are investigating whether many of the single track lanes around the Parish could become part of a designated network of ‘Quiet Lanes’. This follows a considerable surge in use by local; cyclists, walkers, joggers and horse riders during the Covid-19 pandemic.

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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