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The members of your Parish Council

Chair: Tim Thorogood  01449 766757



Parish Councillors: 

Kevin Knights 01449 767708

Michael Blair 01449 766640

Margarita Freeman 01449 767009

Richard Palmer 01449 766484


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Due to the coronavirus emergency, the Council meeting of May 11th will be held by video conference.  To receive the joining instructions by email, please contact the Clerk at wickhamskeithpc@hotmail.com.

Wickham Skeith Parish Council


 April 23rd 2020


Annual Parish Meeting: 11th May 2020: CANCELED



The Local Authorities and Police and Crime Panels (Coronavirus) (Flexibility of Local Authority and Police and Crime Panel Meetings) (England and Wales) Regulations 2020 (“the 2020 Regulations”) came in to force on 4th April. Broadly speaking, the 2020 Regulations enable local councils to hold remote meetings (including by video and telephone conferencing) for a specified period until May 2021. They also remove the requirement to hold an annual parish meeting and do not allow for the annual parish meeting to be held remotely.  Therefore, to comply with the legislation and in the interests of public safety in the current emergency, the annual parish meeting scheduled for 11th May, 2020 is canceled. 


The regular meetings of the Council (as opposed to the annual parish meeting), including the Council meeting scheduled for 11th May 2020, will, however, continue.  The Council is looking into methods of holding these meetings remotely, and will notify the public with more details as soon as possible via the Council website.  Any questions the public may have should be directed to the Parish Clerk.




                                                                                                         Huw Roberts

                                                                                         Clerk & Proper Officer  



To view the Register of Interest for Parish Councillors, please click on the following link: https://babergh.firmstep.com/default.aspx/RenderForm/?F.Name=UKfV4C1azPW&HideToolbar=1


For the Allocation of Topics that are the particular responsibility of each Councillor

Please click here.



 There is currently a vacancy for a Parish Councillor.  To see the official notice from the Parish Clerk please click here.





Consultation Launches on County’s Green Access Strategy

 Communities are being invited to have their say on the Green Access Strategy - Rights of Way Improvement Plan as part of a ten-week consultation held by Suffolk County Council (SCC) from 8 July - 20 September 2019.

 SCC is required to put together this plan which identifies changes to improve rights of way provision for walkers, cyclists, horse riders and those with mobility problems.  The plan, which looks at rights of way access up until 2026, details why green access is so relevant to Suffolk’s population and its visitors, and focuses on how green access can benefit quality of life.

 To find out more about the consultation and how you can have your say visit: www.suffolk.gov.uk/rowip.  A paper copy of the survey can be requested by calling, 0345 603 1842 or emailing discoversuffolk@suffolkhighways.org or you can take the survey over the phone by calling 0345 603 1842.



Babergh and Mid Suffolk Joint Local Plan



You may recall our Parish Meeting in October 2017, where the consultation of Babergh and Mid Suffolk Joint Local Plan was discussed.  Your views were then represented by the Parish Council and submitted in November 2017.  Residents were also encouraged to comment personally, direct to the District Councils.


Following this initial consultation, a draft Joint Local Plan has now been published, which includes maps of allocated sites and settlement boundaries and there is a 10 week public consultation. 



The Babergh and Mid Suffolk Joint Local Plan Preferred Options Document (July 2019) is available to view at: www.babergh.gov.uk/jointlocalplan  or www.midsuffolk.gov.uk/jointlocalplan



Comments must be made by 4pm on Monday, 30 September 2019. Comments can be made electronically through the Councils’ online system at www.babergh.gov.uk/jointlocalplan  or www.midsuffolk.gov.uk/jointlocalplan; by email to localplan@baberghmidsuffolk.gov.uk  or in writing to Babergh and Mid Suffolk District Councils, Endeavour House, Russell Road, Ipswich, Suffolk, IP1 2BX.  To deliver comments in person, please telephone 0300 123 4000 (option 5 then option 4).



Officers will be available to answer questions at drop-in exhibitions, which will be held as follows:

Tuesday, 6 August, 2pm to 5pm

United Reform Church, Ipswich Street, Stowmarket, IP14 1AD

Tuesday 13 August, 3.30pm to 5.30pm

Stradbroke Community Centre, Wilby Road, Stradbroke, IP21 5JN












2017 10 09 Local plan flyer 1 P2



To download and print the Local Plan document please click HERE

The link as shown on page 1 of this document appears not to work,  Please try this one instead  http://www.midsuffolk.gov.uk/planning/planning-policy/new-joint-local-plan/joint-local-plan-consultation-document/






The traditional orchards of the East of England are coming under scrutiny in a new Heritage Lottery funded landscape project. Orchards are an integral part of our historic landscape, but have been relatively poorly researched. They are important for landscape and biodiversity as well as being valuable to people and their local environment. The project team, based at the University of East Anglia, will survey and record traditional orchards, and research the history of fruit growing in the region. The project will also involve the restoration of important old orchards, and the creation of entirely new ones. It builds on the recent work of the Suffolk Traditional Orchards Group.

As part of the project, volunteers are asked to survey their parish for any remaining old orchards. What orchards still exist and what fruit varieties do they contain? Over the late summer and autumn I will be around the village recording any orchards that survive and asking to record which fruit varieties still grow there. If you would like further information, would like to help with the survey or talk to me about an old orchard that you own, please contact me on mappleby@tiscali.co.uk

After the survey, the Parish Council will give further consideration to the plan to create a new community orchard on the Little Green. Thank you – Melinda Appleby