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Babergh and Mid Suffolk District Councils have put together free holiday activities and food for children that are eligible for means tested free school meals over the February Half Term.  Please click on the link for further information.https://www.longmelford-pc.gov.uk/february-half-term-activities/

In order to book onto these activities, guardians of eligible children will need to book spaces though directly contacting the provider. Schools will not be providing the Wonde codes for eligibility for this holiday. Providers will complete their own eligibility checks.

Public Notice

The Parish Council has been made aware that a dog may have become unwell after ingesting marijuana. Please note that the use of any illegal substances is not permitted at the Country Park or Melford Walk. We also advise dog owners to keep close control of their dogs when walking them and be wary of what they might be picking up. Please also dispose of any cigarette ends responsibly as these can also be dangerous to animals. Police are patrolling the park on a more regular basis.

2024 – The Year of the Parking Bollard! 

Suffolk’s Greenest County Awards have launched which celebrate the hard work of individuals, communities, businesses and schools that are striving for environment excellence.  Further information can be found via the webpage Awards – Green Suffolk  and via the poster https://www.longmelford-pc.gov.uk/sgc-2024-a4-poster-2/

Flood Advice Suffolk County Council https://www.suffolk.gov.uk/asset-library/imported/may-2021-booklet-before-during-and-after-a-flood-final.pdf

Please see attached links from Babergh District Council proving useful links regarding Storm Babet.
Clear up
We continued to deploy teams ‘on the ground’ in Debenham today both on the streets and in the community response centre, supporting villagers with the clear up operations, helping to dispose of debris and flood-damaged items. Citizens Advice will also be in attendance to offer support tomorrow.
Although we are focusing much of our efforts on Debenham as the worst affected area within our districts, we have also had teams out supporting affected residents elsewhere – with collections of water damaged items taking place in Needham Market, Long Melford and across the districts, and co-ordinating with other agencies over further ditch clearance work in Stowmarket.
We also now have a form for residents to request collection of flood-damaged items if arrangements have not already been made directly with our teams working in each area, and we are now also acting on these requests. The form can be found on our Babergh website https://www.babergh.gov.uk/w/emergency-contact-information and on our Mid Suffolk website https://www.midsuffolk.gov.uk/…/emergency-contact…
We are also ensuring we capture all data regarding flooded properties to ensure we are addressing any hidden need, and that we fully inform a Suffolk-wide DLUCH funding request.
Housing
We are currently supporting nine households in temporary accommodation, two from Babergh and seven from Mid Suffolk, although we are on standby to offer housing advice and meet further requests as required.
Customer support and communications
We continue to offer help and advice to residents and businesses via our customer service in addition to providing detailed information on our website. This includes who to contact for help and support, how to report flooding and river blockages, issues with roads, social care, flooding insurance advice, support for businesses, and advice from public health and the Food Standards Agency. This information can be found on our Babergh website https://www.babergh.gov.uk/w/flooding-informationand on our Mid Suffolk website https://www.midsuffolk.gov.uk/w/flooding-information
Further heavy rain is expected, although advice from the Met Office and Environment Agency is that there is very low risk of further flooding for our area. The latest information for our towns and villages can be found at https://check-for-flooding.service.gov.uk/
Please see attached links from Suffolk County Council which provides useful information about flood recovery
The further link will also assist residents affected residents to report significant flooding to individual properties https://highwaysreporting.suffolk.gov.uk/ Click on Highways Reporting Tool, then click, Report It, then drainage and Flooding

In order to book onto these activities, guardians of eligible children will need to book onto the activity by contacting the activity provider directly. Schools will not be providing the Wonde codes for eligibility for this holiday. Providers will complete their own eligibility checks.

Your Community, Your Say.  Welcome to Babergh and Mid Suffolk District Councils’ engagement platform – Please click on the link to complete the survey https://baberghandmidsuffolk.citizenlab.co

PARISH COUNCIL STATEMENT ON THE CLOSURE OF THE ROYAL BRITISH LEGION CAR PARK

Long Melford Parish Council – Upper Green Statement click here

LONG MELFORD NEIGHBOURHOOD PLAN
The Long Melford Neighbourhood Plan was “made” (adopted) by Babergh District Council on 31st October 2022.  This followed a Referendum in the village where 95% of those who voted, answered “Yes” to the question “Do you want Babergh District Council to use the neighbourhood plan for Long Melford to help it decide planning applications in the neighbourhood area?”
The Turnout was 789 residents, or 25.2% of those eligible to vote.
For more information on the Plan please click on the navigation link ‘The Neighbourhood Plan’ above.

The full set of Plan documentation, including appendices and supporting documents, can be found on the Plan’s dedicated website: http://www.longmelfordnp.co.uk/

Information on the Plan is also available on the Babergh District Council website: www.babergh.gov.uk/LongMelfordNP

ABOUT LONG MELFORD PARISH COUNCIL
Long Melford Parish Council is the first tier of government for the civil parish of Long Melford, and is committed to working for the benefit of the parishioners.

It is a statutory body and legal entity with a range of powers granted to it by Parliament, including the authority to raise money through taxation (the council tax precept), and spending public money on behalf of the community. It has the right to be advised by the local Planning Authority of planning applications and decisions within the parish, and to have its views about them taken into account. While it has no decision making powers regarding planning, it can make representations to the Planning Authority to try and ensure that developments within the parish comply with the Neighbourhood Plan. It can also lobby for action regarding roads, village facilities, the environment and other issues. The Council’s actions, strategies and policies are determined by the majority decisions of its Councillors, who are elected by the parishioners every four years.

The Parish Council leases two major outdoor recreational amenities from Suffolk County Council; Melford Country Park, and the Melford Walk, both of which are designated Local Nature Reserves. The Parish Council also operates a number of facilities and services on behalf of parish residents, as described on the ‘Our Services‘ page.

The Council has ten elected and one co-opted councillors, and four employees. A list of Councillors and their contact details can be found on our webpage here.

The Council’s employees are:
The Parish Clerk, who carries out most legal and administrative duties for the Council.
The Responsible Financial Officer, who is responsible for monetary matters.
The Cemetery Manager, who is responsible for the Parish Council Cemetery Service and maintaining the Cemetery grounds.
The Village Caretaker, who has a number of responsibilites including litter collection.

Two Parish Council meetings are usually held on the first Thursday of every month, with a Planning Committee meeting starting at 7:00pm, and a Full Council meeting at 7:30pm. Meeting notices and agendas are posted on the official Parish Council Notice Board situated outside the old United Reformed Church building in Hall Street, and on this website. Meeting minutes are published on this website and are also available from the Parish Clerk on request.

SERVICES PROVIDED BY OTHER BODIES
Many services in the parish are the responsibility of other authorities and bodies.

Babergh Distict Council is responsible for refuse collection, verge maintenance in residential streets, and the Cordell Place Play Area.

Suffolk County Council is responsible for all matters concerning the public highway, including general maintenance, pothole repair, road signs and markings, parking restrictions, highway verge and footpath maintenance, and drain clearance.

Parking regulation enforcement is the responsibility of West Suffolk Council, while Suffolk Constabulary remains responsible for dangerous parking and moving traffic violations (including speeding).

River and stream maintenance and clearance, including the Chad Brook and River Stour, is the responsibility of the owners of the land forming the banks of the watercourse along any given stretch.

The Parish Clerk will be happy to advise you regarding which body is responsible for the various services available in the village. You can contact the Council through the Parish Clerk on:
Tel. 01787 378084    /    Email: clerk@longmelford-pc.gov.uk.