The PC have been asked by Suffolk County Council to make parents aware of their new policy which requires you to 'opt-in' each year, by 31st May, in order that statutory school travel is provided for your child. The statutory school age travel policy, which is to be phased in, is as follows:
"Children living in Suffolk who will be starting at a new school in September 2019 will be eligible for SCC funded school travel when they are over 2 miles (under 8 years old) or 3 miles (over 8) walking distance from their nearest suitable school that would have had a place available for them"
The Suffolk Coastal Final Draft Local Plan is now published for a 6 week period to receive representations in relation to legal compliance and soundness. You can review the Final Draft Local Plan and supporting documents and make your representation here from Monday 14 January until 17.00 on Monday 25 February 2019.
In terms of the Innocence Farm development proposal, the Parish Council is continuing to engage with neighbouring PCs to draft a cross-PC response, as it did for the First Draft Local Plan. The response will be published on this website once submitted to SCDC.
Additionally, the Parish Council has approved the setting up a working party to deliberate on the use of PC reserves for Specialist Fees in association with the IF proposal, up to a maximum of £14k.
Like the PC, you may also wish to put your support behind the Kirton and Trimley Community Action Group (KATCAG), a pressure group aiming to resist the quite significant impact of the SCDC Local Plan on local communities.
Following the consultation exercise and approval of sites by Suffolk Highways, we have completed an evaluation of SIDs. As well as needing a clear and effective display, two additional requirements were extended battery life, and portability. Of the SIDS reviewed, many were found to have quite a short battery life (2-3 weeks), whilst those with more substantial power arrangements (eg solar panels, larger batteries) were considered too unwieldy for easy movement between sites. Following the evaluation we have selected a SID from Swarco which we feel meets our needs, so expect to see the SID in place in the village within the next few weeks (delivery dependant of course).
The PC has approved a 10% increase in the Precept for 2019/20 (based on Band D properties) to allow for the previously agreed 6% annual rise in salaries to align with Local Government pay bands, and an additional 4% to allow for inflation and additional expenses. This amounts to a Precept increase of around £3.36 per year (band D properties).