A number of residents attended the meeting to express concerns and raise queries regarding the ‘Babergh & Mid Suffolk Joint Local Plan: Consultation Document’. The Chairman explained the background to the plan and confirmed that the Parish Council will be submitting a full response to the consultation as there are issues for the village which need to be addressed. Later in the meeting, noting that the Planning Consultation Group has spent a great deal of time discussing the potential impact on Cockfield and drafting a detailed response, the Council agreed that this response should be formally submitted to the District Council
The Boundary Commission has come up with proposals to reduce the number of District Councillors representing Babergh parishes and redraw the ward boundaries. It was agreed that the Parish Council will review the proposals and draw up a reply for consideration at the next meeting
A planning application has been submitted to Babergh District Council for the proposed development to the north-west of Mackenzie Place. It was agreed that the Parish Council will arrange an information event for the village during October, followed by an Extraordinary Parish Council meeting to agree our response
County Councillor, Robert Lindsay, was made aware of the lack of progress in carrying out maintenance work on the footpaths alongside the A1141. He agreed to follow this up with the responsible department in the County Council
It was reported that a successful East Anglian Tree Warden Forum had been held in the village in September and that this had reflected well on Cockfield and our Earl’s Meadow project. Thanks were proposed to everyone who had contributed to this event
And finally, the RoSPA annual inspection of the play equipment on Great Green had raised no significant concerns regarding the health and safety of each piece of equipment
The next scheduled meeting of the Parish Council will take place on Thursday 30th November, at 7.30 pm.