Needham Market Town Council
Death of His Royal Highness The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh
The Councillors and Officers of Needham Market Town Council are deeply saddened at the news of the death of His Royal Highness The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh
Our thoughts are with the Royal Family at this time.
Due to COVID-19 restrictions, it is not possible to provide a physical Book of Condolence but you can register your condolences online at
Suffolk Police and Crime Commissioner Election 2021
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Needham Market Neighbourhood Plan:
Update March 2021
The plan is now with Mid Suffolk District Council. That Council has carried out its statutory duty to conduct a last process of consultation before it enters its final stages.
Those stages are; firstly an independent examination. An examiner has been appointed for that purpose and the examination is underway. Secondly, a review of the plan taking account of any recommendations made by the examiner in their report (e.g. to reflect very recent changes in relevant legislation) and thirdly, the plan will be subject to a community referendum. If the referendum returns a simple majority of votes in favour of its acceptance, the plan is adopted into the Local Plan (The Babergh/Mid Suffolk District Councils Joint Local Plan) and will become a key document in the process of the Planning Authority’s decisions on planning applications.
Recently there has been circumstances where the importance of the Neighbourhood Plan (albeit not adopted) has been demonstrated. A Planning Application to develop 279 new dwellings on Land On The North West Side Of Barking Road (Mid Suffolk District Council Planning Application Ref No. DC/20/05046) was unanimously refused by Mid Suffolk District Council’s Planning Committee adhering to its Planning Officer’s recommendation. The Planning Officer, in setting out grounds for objection, based much of her material on the Town Council’s formal objection to the development proposal. The Town Council’s objection made considerable reference to its Neighbourhood Plan. The Town Council is grateful to the Planning Consultant it engaged to draw together its objection and who has supported the latter stages of the Neighbourhood Plan process.
16 new COVID-19 rapid testing centres
to open in Suffolk
- More rural communities served by new locations
- Soon, 28 sites will be open across county
- Tests take 15 minutes and results returned within the hour
A further 16 rapid testing centres for COVID-19 are to open in Suffolk, bringing the total number of centres to 28.
The sites are planned to open over the next two weeks in Beccles, Bungay, Halesworth, Southwold, Aldeburgh, Saxmundham, Debenham, Framlingham, Woodbridge, Eye, Holbrook, Needham Market, Elmswell, Hadleigh, Nayland and Brandon – serving more rural communities across the county.
The 28 centres use ‘lateral flow’ testing to identify people who may have coronavirus but who do not have symptoms. The tests are for people who do not have symptoms of coronavirus and cannot work from home.
It’s because one in three people with coronavirus do not have symptoms so regular testing is vital in breaking the chain of infection and keeping Suffolk safe.
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This is to adhere to the Public Sector Bodies (Websites and Mobile Applications) (No. 2) Accessibility Regulations 2018. We are currently updating our website to ensure it meets these regulations.
Town Council meetings 2020
The first meeting of the Town Council, since the Coronavirus Lockdown was imposed, took place on Wednesday 15th July. Councillors resolved to move to holding only one meeting each month (third Wednesday) until the end of the Calendar year. Future meeting dates are therefore:
Wednesday 19th August
Wednesday 16th September
Wednesday 21st October
Wednesday 18th November
Wednesday 16th December – CANCELLED due to Covid19 Restrictions
Wednesday 20th January 2021
Wednesday 17th February 2021
Wednesday 17th March 2021
Meetings are currently held via Zoom and unfortunately members of the public are unable to attend at this time due to current restrictions.
When restrictions are lifted and meetings can be held in person, it will be noted on this page.
At such time when meetings can be held in the usual manner, they take place at Needham Market Community Centre, School Street commencing at 7:30pm. Members of public are welcome to attend.
Please be aware that COVID-19 Regulations and guidance will be adhered to. See the Agenda and COVID-19 Risk Assessment under the Town Council Heading, ‘Town Council: Meetings, Agendas and Minutes’.
New local COVID-19 App and phone line launched
to connect volunteers and people who need help:
HOME, BUT NOT ALONE
Suffolk urged to rally together as new local COVID-19 app and phoneline launched to connect volunteers and people who need help
A new Suffolk-focused community service has been set up to support people who need help during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Called ‘Home But Not Alone’, the service has been launched to help connect people who want to volunteer in their communities with neighbours who are most in need.
The service will mean willing volunteers, charities, town and parish councils, community and religious groups can all log their details and offers of support on an app, while people who need help can phone to request support. As the number of offers and requests grows, they will be matched so that the right help can be given where it’s most needed. This support could include delivering groceries, medication or essential household goods, in line with Government social distancing guidelines.
The free app, called Tribe Volunteer, can be downloaded from the Apple App Store and Google Play Store. The telephone number for those in genuine need of help is freephone 0800 876 6926 and will be staffed from 09:00 to 17:00, seven days a week.
The Home, But Not Alone service was created by partners from Suffolk’s councils, police, health bodies and charitable organisations which come together as the Collaborative Communities Board. Chrissie Geeson, the board chair, said:
“In these challenging times, it has been incredibly heartening to have so many people volunteer to help others. In villages and towns across Suffolk, people have taken it upon themselves to mobilise a small army of volunteers to do what they can for people in need.
“The support service will encompass this work but will bring structure and routine to these offers of help. This is just the start of this new service, so we expect the number of offers and requests to grow. People who want to help, or need help, should let us know and we will do the rest.
“It is testament to the hard work of all Suffolk organisations and sectors that we are able to offer this invaluable help.”
The telephone line is not a general information line for COVID-19 queries, but those in need can seek information on support with care needs, loneliness and to connect with community support. This is a new service and will adapted to demand over the coming weeks. People are still being urged to check gov.uk for the latest guidance on a wide range of issues and changes caused by the COVID-19 outbreak.
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Needham Market Community Centre
All enquiries regarding hiring or use of the Community Centre must be emailed to the Community Centre Manager, Mr Martin Spurling: firstname.lastname@example.org.
or telephone: 07756 575158.
Needham Lake is owned and operated by Mid Suffolk District Council and all enquiries relating to it should be made directly to them.
Please see their Website for contact details: www.midsuffolk.gov.uk