Last night the MSDC Scrutiny Committee led by Lib Dem Martin Redbond took Lisa Chambers to task for her plan to close the HWRCs at Broom and Bramford. She explained the process that led to the need for closure and the selection of the sites to be closed.
Closure was necessary to cope with reductions in government grant and the choice of sites depended on re-cycling rates, number of visits, distance to alternative sites and the extent to which they were used by people from neighbouring counties. Just how Bramford rates badly on these criteria is difficult to see. Our nearest alternative is in the middle of Ipswich and is already overcrowded. Continue reading Household Waste Recycling Centres (HWRC)-Closure
Last night at the Flowton Parish Meeting the developers of the major wind farm East Anglia One off the Suffolk and Norfolk coast, Scottish Power Renewables and Vattenfall Wind Power gave a detailed presentation. They are seeking a route to connect the power from the 7.2Gwatt windfarm to the national grid at Bramford. The farm will be built in six phases of 1.2 GWatt each, about the power of Sizewell B. Their intention they said was to bring the power ashore somewhere between the Deben and Orwell and route underground cables either north east or south west of Ipswich. Continue reading Flowton-Power from East Anglia One
The liaison meeting that I chair, on Tuesday night received a presentation on plant safety from the manager of Sita’s incinerator on Tees Side. He covered aspects of plant design, licensing and operation. Continue reading Sita Liaison
There were four annual parish meetings last night Barham, Whitton, Claydon and Henley and one parish council, Bramford . I got to all the annual meetings but rushing round restricts residents opportunity to get direct answers on issues that worry them.
Everyone found it difficult to understand why the County was cutting useful and vital but relatively low cost services like Lollipop Ladies and the Household Waste Recycling Centres (HWRC). Today it looks as though the new County Leader may take notice of what Lib Dems, Labour and Greens have been saying since last November and change tack. Perhaps the back bench Tories who said to us they disliked policies but then voted for them will now stand up for their voters. Continue reading Last Night’s Parish Meetings & HWRC’s
The good news. The closure of Bramford and 6 out of 7 other sites destined to close has been delayed until July31st. This should allow other solutions to be found. Sense strikes home at last! Liberal Democrats have been fighting this since the budget scrutiny in November.
Its been looking for some weeks as though we would all be doing less recycling and more fly tipping as the County Council closed HWRC’s to “save” money.
Continue reading Bramford HWRC (that’s Household Waste Recycling Centre)
We had a useful meeting with Jane Storey on Friday night. At the end both parties had a better understanding of each others position and of what should be done better next time. We have insisted that the Friends should be involved in any management committee for the Local Nature Reserve and our continued belief that ownership by a public or trust body would be in the best interests of local people. With the Government responding to pressure and changing direction we remain hopefull.
The latest word from the County (below) shows that they have taken no notice of local wishes. Not surprising but disappointing. We might hope that the “Big Society” would lead to early notice, discussions and time for communities to get organised and raise funds. No chance! Continue reading Rede Wood Latest
Latest news is that the County Tories have decided to sell the wood to a private bidder. This is only the second time a Local Nature Reserve has been sold in this way. The Friends of Rede Wood will meet tonight to decide what action they will take
The County Council want to sell a Local Nature Reserve, Rede Wood on the borders of Henley, Barham and Claydon. The professional view of the wood is that “It is a fairly typical small semi-natural boulder clay woodland of about 18 acres consisting of pendunculate oak, ash, some field maple, with a hazel dominated coppiced under-wood It has an interesting and important flora, largely connected with the coppice-with-standards management system. This includes 38 species that are believed indicative of ancient woodland and 30 species listed in the UK Biodiversity Action Plan are present mainly species of bird and mammals.”
The County have already sold the adjoining but seperate High House Farm buildings and farmland for which we believ they have received a good price and have received a round of bids for the woodland from both private and public organisations. Continue reading The County Council are selling a Local Nature Reserve!
The Conservative dominated Public Protection committee has endorsed the decision to move Suffolk’s Fire Control to Cambridge, in spite of the views of all opposition parties that the decision was premature and ill considered.
Liberal Democrats at Suffolk County Council challenged the Cabinet decision which was originally made on 7th December and called it in to be reconsidered a special meeting of the Public Protection committee. The control room, which is located at the former Colchester Road Fire HQ has to move to allow the County to sell the property. A number of options for a new control had been considered, including relocating to the former Police control room at Adastral Park or the secondary control room in Felixstowe. However these were dismissed in favour of the move to Cambridgeshire. Only 8 of the 23 control room staff will be required by Cambridgeshire and they will face a 150 mile round trip to work each day. Continue reading Fire Control move to Cambridgeshire