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12th February 2021

Update on the ‘hole’ in the footpath off Tinkers Lane

Since reporting the 'hole' to Babergh, when a contractor was sent to site they noted another depression in the ground close by and on further inspection, discovered another collapse beneath the surface. This was an 11 foot deep void with the lower 7 feet full of water!

BDC established the voids were on the line of the old mill race from Toppesfield Mill (demolished in 1954 following a fire). It looked as if the former water channel had been eroding away for years without any visible signs.

Babergh have appointed contractors to investigate further to find hot to safely restore the ground but it is not going to be a quick fox and this area and the footpath through to Bento Street will need to be closed for a while.

As you will no doubt have seen, Herras fencing has been erected for public safety. Suffolk County Council have been informed of the footpath closure.

 

This work is being undertaken by Public Realm at Babergh District Council public.realm@baberghmidsuffolk.gov.uk

 

 

5th February 2021

Timetable for local elections in England: 6 May 2021

Central Government have laid out the timetable for all things concerned with the May 2021 elections. You can find all the information here: Election-timetable-LGE-election.doc

The timetable covers the following polls taking place on 6 May 2021:

  • local government principal area elections (i.e. district, borough, county, county borough and unitary authority elections)
  • parish council elections
  • local authority mayoral elections in England
  • combined authority mayoral elections in England


The days which are disregarded in calculating the timetable are Saturday, Sunday, bank holidays and any day appointed for public thanksgiving or mourning.

 

14th January 2021

Christmas Trees

First of all, we would like to thank all the traders and householders who supported the High Street by displaying and lighting the trees which went up a little before Christmas.  We all needed a boost to morale, and the fact that our town centre looked as lovely this year as it has done in previous years was a great help toward this.

 

As you will now be aware, the whole country has entered a new lockdown, and the very strict rules and the growing prevalence of the virus mean that the volunteers who put the trees up were not able to take them down as planned on Sat 9th Jan 2021.  The only course of action therefore is to leave them in place until it is safe to remove them.   This will be carried out as soon as possible when guidelines allow.

 

23rd December 2020

Mayoral Note on Coronavirus Tier Update

The Secretary of State has just announced that Suffolk will be put into Tier 4 at midnight on Christmas Day. I don’t think we can be too surprised at this - tho Tier 3 would have been less restrictive obviously - given how close to us the severest restrictions already are. But at least we have escaped the worst in the run up to Christmas.
The new rules will mean the closure of many businesses in the High Street, and they face a very difficult time once more. Please give them all the support you can in the meantime.
Many people will be confined to their homes by the new rules as well - so please look out for your friends and neighbours, as everyone has done so brilliantly in the past. Our community spirit got us through a very severe crisis in November, and we can certainly do it again. This will be hard to bear mentally and physically, but just remember that the vaccination programme will be starting soon after Christmas, so the end is in sight.
Stay safe, Hadleigh!

 

23rd December 2020

Free Parking in Hadleigh

It has come to light that Babergh District Council's cabinet (on which Hadleigh is not represented) will be considering a proposal to introduce short term parking charges in our town at its meeting on 7th January. Hadleigh Town Council has not been officially informed of this and no one in Hadleigh has been consulted.
Please make your views known on this issue, please write or email direct to the leader of BDC and the Cabinet committee, John Ward.
The address is: Cllr John Ward, Leader Babergh District Council, Endeavour House, 8 Russell Road, Ipswich IP1 2BX.
The email address is: john.ward@babergh.gov.uk

 

21st December 2020

Covid-19 Tier Update written by Hadleigh Town Mayor

Many people will have heard by now of the stricter rules being put into place in areas right on our doorstep - all the parts of Essex that were in Tier 3 are in a new Tier 4, which effectively means going back into full lockdown, and people are not to travel outside Tier 4 areas. These comprise more or less London and the Home Counties. The Xmas 3 household bubble may now only happen on Christmas Day itself. The change has been driven by the emergence of a strain of the virus which is much more contagious than the one we have been dealing with up to now.
This is awful news for all the people who had made plans to see family and friends they hadn’t seen for ages. Here in Hadleigh we are not too badly placed, although cases have started to rise again even here, and there has been a big rise across Mid Suffolk. It is vital that we observe the rules strictly to keep what could be a far worse situation at bay.
These are grim times indeed - let us all hope for the happiest and most peaceful Christmas they will allow us.

 

15th December 2020

Hadleigh Town Council would like to thank everyone – contractors, volunteers, shopkeepers and residents – who enabled the Christmas trees to be erected in the High Street/Market Place.  This proved particularly challenging this year with Covid lockdown restrictions and new guidelines.

Big thanks are due to the following:

for the large tree in Market Place:

Raydon Agricultural

Shawn from Saffa Gardens

S Cowle Electrical

Babergh District Council

 

for the small trees throughout the High Street & Market Place:

Hollow Trees Farm

W J Green

Phil Taylor of Brett Valley Landscapes

Mike Ager of the Kings Head

 

And the following volunteers whose help, as always, was invaluable:-

Farhad Abdly, Stuart Cairns, Dave Clennell, Charlie Dawson, Neil Farrow, Andy Forbes, Lucia Johnston, Tom Johnston, Graham Linge, Brian Loftus, Sarah Loftus, Ken Marchment, Gordon McLeod, Tom Miller, Katy Miller, Huw Roberts, Anita Robinson, Glenn Root, Patrick Towells, Bob Vince, Connor Whymark, Angela Wiltshire and the following Hadleigh United Vets: Steve Barton, Shaughan Bingham, Richard Cossick, Ben Dixon, Stuart Kellett, Graham Mayer, Kieron Ruddy, Paul Sheldrake, Ben Wilkins and Woody.

 ALL YOUR HELP IS VERY MUCH APPRECIATED

 

1st December 2020

TSB Bank Update written by Hadleigh Town Mayor

I had a long teleconference call with two directors of the TSB about 10 days ago, and I have delayed telling you the outcome while I waited for the answers to a couple of questions I asked them.
I’m afraid they are adamant that the decision will not be changed, that the closure will not be delayed, and that they will not provide part time facilities such as a mobile bank a couple of mornings a week. Their decision is a purely commercial one, based largely on the Hadleigh branch having insufficient numbers of customer accounts. They would not change their mind even if the population doubled and everybody had an account there. They are strengthened in their decision by the fact that the government has declined to intervene to protect rural banking infrastructure.
They are negotiating with the Post Office to add to the facilities offered at the branch here, but while the talks are still underway they will not go into detail. The one crumb of comfort is that when the existing bank staff are dispersed to other branches, it will be possible to ring the relevant branch and speak to the person whose face you used to see behind the glass at the counter - the detail of who goes where has yet to be settled.
This is a big blow to our town, losing its last bank, and it comes at a difficult time for us all. I felt though that - bad news as it is - it was better given out sooner rather than later, and I am truly sorry that all the support you and all our levels of local government gave the effort has had no effect.
I will make a fuller statement about this at the next full council, and this will appear in due course in the Community News. In the meantime, if you know anyone affected by this who does not have access to the internet - and they are the worst affected, of course - please let them know about this, and my regret that we had no success.

 

27th November 2020

Hadleigh Town Mayor on Leaving Lockdown

Everyone will know by now of the somewhat eased restrictions we will be living under in Tier 2 from next Wednesday, and it’s good news that so many businesses will be able to reopen. We do need to bear in mind though that Hadleigh still has a much higher incidence of the virus than most other parts of Suffolk. I know there are people who dispute the figures or who doubt the prevalence of the virus altogether. I would ask that you think of those people who do fear being infected or unwittingly passing it on to someone else, and join the rest of us in sticking by the rules in order to help the vulnerable feel safer around the town, out of kindness if not conviction.
But things are looking up - we can all look forward to a brighter Christmas than we at one time feared, all our lovely shops will be open, and our pubs and restaurants back in action (if not quite as fully as we’d all like!). So let’s take heart - but also stay safe.

 

19th November 2020

Covid-19 Update from Hadleigh Town Mayor

The most recent government figures out the incidence of COVID-19 in the Hadleigh area at over 800 per 100,000. That is an extremely high number, and only emphasises how vital it is that we all follow the guidelines to get the rate down. If we do not, it is hard to see how the possible end of national restrictions on 2nd December will make any difference here.

The County Council’s community intervention team will be active in the town centre on Saturday. Please engage with them if you see them - get the latest information, learn about the support you can get if you need to self-isolate, and spread the word!

Stay safe, Hadleigh!

 

13th November 2020

Update from Hadleigh Town Mayor

Covid is becoming a very serious issue for Hadleigh, and we believe is the first place in Suffolk to have a Covid special alert. It is really important that we all look out for one another now - by observing all the guidance we have had about distancing, masks and hand washing, but also by keeping a look out for our friends and neighbours. Everyone here should now be avoiding leaving the house unless it is absolutely essential, to take children to school for instance, or for food. Please keep on using our local shops - they need our support at this very difficult time - but be very conscious of the rules and look out for others all the time.

Stay safe, Hadleigh!

 

11th November 2020

Sadly Hadleigh must now be seen as a Covid hotspot following the news that a cluster of cases has been discovered at a care home here. This must be a very difficult time for the staff and residents involved and the Town Council sends them all our very best wishes as they deal with this. It also brings home the importance of following the government’s guidance on wearing a mask, keeping a safe distance from other people and regularly washing your hands.

 Stay safe, Hadleigh!

 Covid-19 symptoms can include

  1. A high temperature
  2. New, continuous cough
  3. Loss of taste or smell

If you have any of the above, please return home, self-isolate and book a test at nhs.uk/coronavirus or call 111.

Thank you for your understanding and assistance during this uncertain time.

24th September 2020

New Mayor of Hadleigh 2020/2021

Hadleigh Town Council is pleased to announce that at its evening meeting on Thursday 21st September 2020, Councillor Frank Minns was elected as the new Mayor, with Councillor Angela Gregg elected as Deputy Mayor.

Councillor Minns would like to thank the outgoing Mayor Helen Allan for her community support during a time when the whole country was experiencing Covid-19, and to praise her energy and hard work at moving the Council forward during her tenure.

 

Hadleigh Town Council Grant Scheme

Hadleigh Town Council approved a new grants and donations programme in October 2019.  The community grants programme funds voluntary, charitable, and social enterprise organisations to deliver services, projects, initiatives, and activities that provide a benefit to the inhabitants of Hadleigh.

There is still a significant amount of funding available for the current financial year.

Please use the following link to find out information on the Grant Scheme, and eligibility critertia: http://hadleigh.suffolk.cloud/town-council/grants-and-donations/ 

All applications will be considered fairly, openly and on their individual merits.  

The final decision on applications and the level of any grant made lies with the Town Council.

 

12th February 2021

Update on the ‘hole’ in the footpath off Tinkers Lane

Since reporting the 'hole' to Babergh, when a contractor was sent to site they noted another depression in the ground close by and on further inspection, discovered another collapse beneath the surface. This was an 11 foot deep void with the lower 7 feet full of water!

BDC established the voids were on the line of the old mill race from Toppesfield Mill (demolished in 1954 following a fire). It looked as if the former water channel had been eroding away for years without any visible signs.

Babergh have appointed contractors to investigate further to find hot to safely restore the ground but it is not going to be a quick fox and this area and the footpath through to Bento Street will need to be closed for a while.

As you will no doubt have seen, Herras fencing has been erected for public safety. Suffolk County Council have been informed of the footpath closure.

This work is being undertaken by Public Realm at Babergh District Council public.realm@baberghmidsuffolk.gov.uk

 

Coronavirus Updates

11 January 2021

28th January 2021 - Suffolk Coalition of Disabled People has SCC funding to help you feel connected

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Free Parking in Hadleigh

23 December 2020

Cabinet Meeting Update (07/01/20)

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Layham Road Sports Ground

7 December 2020

Hadleigh - Top of the table in Babergh Local Football Facilities Plan

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New Mayor of Hadleigh 2020/2021

17 September 2020

Hadleigh Town Council is pleased to announce that at its evening meeting on Thursday 17th September 2020, Councillor Frank Minns was elected as the new Mayor, with Councillor Angela Gregg as Deputy Mayor.

Read more on New Mayor of Hadleigh 2020/2021