Community news Nayland

CONCERT: Nayland Choir’s spring concert in St James’s Church on Saturday, March 17, will have a Jubilee theme and will feature choral music from 500 years of royal occasions. The concert begins at 7.30pm and admission is £10 adults, under 16s free.

GOURMET MORNING: A gourmet coffee morning held by the Friends of St James’s Church at the church hall on Saturday raised a record £517. Thanking Hazel Gardiner and her helpers, chairman Alan Edwards said: “It was our best-ever effort and everything sold out.”

PARISH COUNCIL: Following a meeting with Neil Catchpole, landscape and biodiversity officer for Dedham Vale AONB Stour Valley Project, the working party is exploring the options available and possible sources of income for the allotment field while preserving the ability to extend allotments in the future.

Councillors agreed Mary George’s proposed planting plan for the Horse Watering area; to retain existing bushes, add ground cover plants and install a rail between the existing posts. Quotes for a railing will be sought.

A small number of completed questionnaires on provision of outdoor fitness equipment have been received and opinions so far were 50/50 for and against.

Councillors made their choice from Babergh’s dog fouling poster samples for their campaign. Thirty posters will be ordered and put up round the village.

Councillors agreed on the size, wording and quotes for the new plaque for the replacement Jubilee tree. It would state: “This Hornbeam tree was planted on the site of the Village Pound to commemorate the Diamond Jubilee of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II June 2012. The tree is adjacent to the position of a copper beech tree planted in 1935 to commemorate the Silver Jubilee of King George V in 1935 felled due to disease in 2010”.

Councillors felt Highways had done an excellent job gritting the roads in the recent snow, including Heycroft Way and areas of Wiston. The grit boxes will be refilled.

Following a site meeting James Finch was in negotiations with Highways regarding possible further traffic calming measures to the Horkesley Road approach to Anchor Bridge.

Following concerns raised about faded road markings in Birch Street, Highways has said yellow lines in the village will be redone in the spring.

For a footpath report Sally Bartrum is identifying stiles that may be difficult to negotiate. Councillors felt that if any stiles needed replacing they would like self-closing gates to be considered as stiles and kissing gates restrict pushchair and disabled access.

The new anti-slip surface on the footbridge by Horkesley Lock will be monitored further.

PCSO Amanda Colman’s report stated there had been one crime in the last month: criminal damage to a window on Harpers Estate.

It has been established that Suffolk County Council is responsible for Caley Green and an agreement with it for maintenance needs to be formalised. It was noted this may save the parish council the cost of a grass cut per year.

The parish assembly will take place on Monday, April 30, at 8pm in the village hall.

Reviewing recent planning applications, Mrs Fuller said those granted included felling of two cherry trees and pruning of two yew trees at Alton Court and extension at the primary school for two classrooms, library facilities and toilets, alterations of external play area to include cycle storage with conditions relating to approval of a travel plan for pupils, staff and visitors; exterior finishing; landscaping; development of secure cycle parking.

Planning had been refused for a two-storey and single-storey rear and side extension and a single-storey detached outbuilding at 95 Bear Street as it was contrary to policies relating to scale, mass and form and was of unsympathetic design, detrimental to the home and the street scene.

Councillors had no objections to the felling of a leylandii at Shaddelows House, Gravel Hill or to an application for an electricity line upgrade on land east of Harpers Hill.