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PUBLISHED: 11:32 03 April 2009 | UPDATED: 08:43 06 July 2010

Parish council - The attendance at the March meeting included district councillor Mary Rudd, PCSO Sue Kershaw and nine members of the public.

Updates: Chairman David Butcher said that he and Mrs Bales would attend a site meeting with Waveney play officer Mr Walker in the near future to discuss suitable play equipment for the Pit.

Parish council - The attendance at the March meeting included district councillor Mary Rudd, PCSO Sue Kershaw and nine members of the public.

Updates: Chairman David Butcher said that he and Mrs Bales would attend a site meeting with Waveney play officer Mr Walker in the near future to discuss suitable play equipment for the Pit. In accordance with a ROSPA recommendation it was decided to replace the chain-link fence to the east of the gateway. Concerning the possible sale of the village hall, it was announced that an architect would inspect the site on March 16. It was agreed that in the event of a sale of the hall the village hall trustees would negotiate with Suffolk CC, but that the bowling green, which had no trustees, would be the concern of the parish council. Mrs Smith had now completed the parish plan, which would be taken into account by the Waveney Development Framework. The results of the consultation would be published in Coastline magazine in due course. There had been a poor response to the invitation to submit views to Waveney DC concerning the relocation of the naturist beach and residents were urged to do so either by letter, forms or through the Waveney DC website. The Boundary Commission would not now be making a firm recommendation about a unitary authority until July. The site of a new bus stop to the west of the church had been approved and work was likely to begin soon. Difficulties with the insurance of floats in the parade planned to start the village event had been overcome and 16 entertainment stalls had already been arranged. The dog walkers group planned a dog agility show and had donated £50 from their group funds and Black Porch, a band from Ipswich, had agreed to play throughout the day at no charge.

Police: Of the eight crimes reported in February, two burglaries and two cases of criminal damage related to premises on the A12. There had been two burglaries of newly built property in The Street, one theft in Mills Drive and criminal damage to a vehicle in Fowlers Crescent.

Representatives: For the playing field committee Mr Butcher reported that from next season the two clubs using the playing field would have dedicated pitches. Volunteers who could help with weed treatment, improvements to the grass and levelling of the surface would be very welcome. School governor Lynne Pavey wrote of the success of the last Flora cooking equipment scheme and asked for support of the present campaign. Donations of gardening equipment, plants and seeds would also be welcome, as the school tried to repeat last year's success in the Lowestoft in Bloom competition. The school had been awarded an Active Mark for outstanding sport and PE provision and again been successful in the Young Art East Anglia competition.

Correspondence: The chairman was sorry to announce the resignation of Mrs Patricia Smith from the parish council and thanked her for all her work while in office. It was agreed to advertise the vacancy in the next Coastline magazine. There was also a retirement letter from PC Boggis who had dealt with police matters for a number of years. Other letters referred to the A12/Long Lane junction, dog fouling and the cutting of grass verges.

Public forum: Mr Guyton of the dog walkers group contested a report that a match on the playing field had been in danger of being called off because of dog fouling, pointing out that he personally inspected the pitch before games, and that no approach had been made to him. The disappointing state of the trees on the sewerage work site was mentioned and Mr Butcher attributed this to the death of trees caused by planting species in unsuitable soil. Further letters concerned the blockage to the walkway to the south of Bakers Score and to the problem of parking in The Close.

Corton Wives - The group welcomed John Read as the guest speaker at the March meeting. Taking as his topic 'stainless steel', Mr Read gave an account of its history, starting with the first mixing of chromium and iron in 1820, a period of initial neglect, its rediscovery as an anti-corrosive in world war one rifles, its use for teapots and eventually designer tableware. The April meeting is again the occasion for the group's birthday celebrations.

Barty Bunny - The holiday club for children aged five to 11 years will be meeting at Bartholomew's Church on Monday to Wednesday inclusive, with all three sessions held from 10am to noon. Activities include games, handwork and stories, no charge is made and all children of the appropriate age are welcome. Contact Tim Mitchell on 730470 for further details.

Church services - On Palm Sunday the morning service at St Bartholomew's Church will be led by Canon Wisken and will begin with a procession at 9.30am. The service at the Methodist Church is at 11am and will be led by Mr K Durrant.

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