The past few months have been a learning curve for us all. Meetings have been cancelled or held via Zoom: residents are very welcome to attend meetings – please contact the Clerk for information.
The village has been so incredibly fortunate to have been able to call on a wonderful group of volunteers during this difficult period, and the parish council is most grateful to those who immediately responded to the pandemic in March, collected medicines and shopping for those who were vulnerable and shielding, or made phone calls to those who might be on their own – this is one of the many ways that this difficult situation has shown the best of the human spirit.
Car park plans
The parish council is pressing forward with plans for a car park to serve Ellingham Primary School, the playground and playing field. A committee was formed and met in August to narrow down the options for the layout, and it is hoped that a planning application can be submitted before the end of the year. If that is successful, efforts can begin in earnest to source funding for this important project.
A lot of time has also been taken up with various highways issues – progress is woefully slow, often due to funding pressures faced by our local authorities, but the council has pushed for the path to the south of the A143 joining the village with Bungay to be cut back, and have managed to get this on the regular maintenance programme going forward; new steps are soon to be installed on the footpath near the old railway bridge; and the white lines on the A143 have been refreshed. The council is actively pursuing a reduction in speed limit along the A143 and a letter is to be sent to our MP, Richard Bacon for his help in our campaign, and we are looking at the options for improving the cutting of the verges in the village.
New waste bins
Also small measures can make a difference – we installed new waste bins at Ellingham Mill which were very well-used over the summer and have improved the environment of this lovely local beauty spot, and the Kirby Cane village sign will be renovated over the winter months.
Vacancies on the parish council
There are three vacancies on the parish council – if you or someone you know would like to join and meet the residence and other criteria you/they can apply to be co-opted. Please contact Jane Love for further information (firstname.lastname@example.org) or take a look at the co-option policy https://kceparishcouncil.wixsite.com/kcepc.).
If you have any questions about any aspect of the parish council’s business, do please let me know, or approach any of your parish councillors.
Jane Love Clerk to the Council, 01508-518375