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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.

Needham Market    24/02/2021 Needham Market Community Centre, School Street, Needham Market, IP6 8BB Mon, Tues, Wed, Fri 0700 – 13:30. Thur 12:30-19:00

Needham Market
Neighbourhood Plan

Public Consultation Update December 2020

Please click on the link below to view the notice received from Mid Suffolk District Council regarding Regulation 16 Public Consultation.

REG16 Public Consultation Notice

Update November 2020

The Town Council has formally submitted the Needham Market Neighbourhood Plan and associated documents to Mid Suffolk District Council (the Local Planning Authority) in accordance with Regulation 15 of The Neighbourhood Planning (General) Regulations 2012.

The Needham Market Neighbourhood Plan sets out a vision for the future of the town and planning policies which will be used towards determining planning applications locally. The plan period is 2020 to 2036.

Following submission, responsibility for taking the Neighbourhood Plan process forward lies with the Local Planning Authority. Mid Suffolk District Council will publicise the plan and arrange for its independent examination. The examination will consider whether the Neighbourhood Plan meets basic conditions and other legal requirements. If successful at the examination stage, with modifications if necessary, then Mid Suffolk District Council will arrange for a Neighbourhood Plan referendum. If there is a majority yes vote, then the Neighbourhood Plan is made and becomes part of the statutory development plan for the area.

The Documents can be found under the Neighbourhood Plan Heading.

Planning Application DC/20/05046

Land On The North West Side Of Barking Road Needham Market Suffolk

Application for Outline Planning Permission (some matters reserved, access to be considered). Town and Country Planning Act 1990. – Erection of 279No dwellings (including 100 affordable dwellings) and access.

The Town Council received formal notice of this Planning Application, in its capacity as a consultee, on 11th November. The notice included a deadline for submitting comment by 2nd December 2020.

In view of the scale and significance of the (Outline) development proposal, the Town Council:

  1. Has requested an extension of the deadline for submission of comments. The request has been agreed by Mid Suffolk District Council and the new deadline is Friday 22nd January 2021.
  2. Has engaged a professional Planning Consultant to support the Council in determining a consultation response. The consultant’s activity will include an assessment of the development proposal in comparison with the policies and objectives included in the Needham Market Neighbourhood Plan (as submitted to Mid Suffolk District Council).
  3. Encourages members of our community to express their views on the development proposal by responding directly to the Mid Suffolk District Council consultation on it. It is important individual comments are received by the District Council otherwise a comment made as part of a multiple submission (i.e. en-bloc) will count as a single comment only.

The Town Council is aiming to provide a comprehensive draft response by the end of December, which it will publicise on its website and via social media. A final response will be adopted by the Town Council at its 20th January 2021 meeting and submitted to Mid Suffolk District Council in order to meet the 22nd January 2021 deadline.

Please click on the following link for:

Mid Suffolk Christmas & New Year Waste Collection Schedule:

Mid Suffolk Christmas & New Year Waste Collection Schedule

Having a flu vaccination will help protect you, your family and your NHS

Issued by NHS North East Essex, NHS West Suffolk and NHS Ipswich and East Suffolk clinical commissioning groups

Health professionals across north east Essex and Suffolk are emphasising that it has never been more crucial for people in at-risk groups to have a flu vaccination.

It is safe to attend a flu clinic to have your vaccination. This year there will be a change to the way flu vaccinations are delivered as health teams need to factor in social distancing and infection prevention measures in order to continue to keep people safe.

Some GP practices may be offering drive-through appointments at community centres or village halls, and practices will soon be contacting those eligible by letter, telephone or text to offer specific time appointments rather than the usual drop-in sessions. Please be patient – you don’t need to contact your GP practice as they’ll be in touch with you.

Many local community pharmacies are also offering bookable flu vaccination appointments for those who are eligible. So please contact your pharmacy for details. Pharmacies are working with GP colleagues to ensure the best possible access to the vaccine for all eligible groups and may be able to offer evening or weekend appointments.

While a flu vaccination will not protect you against Covid-19, it will reduce some of the very serious consequences of flu, which can lead to existing health issues getting worse or the development of conditions such as pneumonia or bronchitis, middle ear infections in children or brain damage in unborn babies.

The vaccine won’t stop all flu viruses but if you do get flu after vaccination it is likely to be milder and shorter-lived than it otherwise might have been. For most children the flu vaccine is a quick and easy nasal spray. Children aged 2 and 3 receive the vaccine through their GP and those at school from Reception to Year 7 will receive it in school.

By having a flu vaccination you’ll not only be protecting your own health, but also helping prevent the spread of flu to others as well reducing the risk of hospital admission and protecting our precious NHS resources.

Patients in ‘at risk’ groups who are eligible to receive a free flu vaccination include:

  • everyone aged 65 years or over
  • women who are pregnant
  • those aged six months to under 65 years in clinical risk groups including patients who suffer from a chronic illness, such as Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD), kidney disease, hepatitis, Parkinsons, HIV and diabetes
  • children aged two or three years old on 31 August 2020
  • all primary school-aged children
  • children with a health condition that puts them at a greater risk of fluthose in
  • long-stay residential care homes
  • carers
  • all frontline health and social care workers

This year also includes:

  • year 7 secondary school-aged children
  • household members of those who may have been shielding
  • later in the year the age range will extend to those aged 50-64

Dr Hasan Chowhan, a GP in Colchester and chairman of NHS North East Essex Clinical Commissioning Group, said: “We’ve been planning hard to ensure we’re able to deliver an effective flu vaccination programme this year, working with our primary care and community pharmacy colleagues.

“Things will certainly be a bit different this year, since drop-in appointments are currently not practical. So instead, over the coming weeks, practices will be busy contacting their eligible patients to book them in for appointment. I urge people not to contact their surgery to try and book an appointment. Please wait until you are contacted. Don’t worry, we will be in touch.”

Dr Mark Shenton, a GP in Stowmarket and chairman of NHS Ipswich and East Suffolk Clinical Commissioning Group, said: “I want to reassure people that it is safe to attend a flu vaccination appointment at the GP practice or community pharmacy, and I urge people not to be deterred from protecting their health this winter.

“The momentous events of the last seven months have certainly given us all cause for anxiety and concern, but if anything, these events have given everyone in an at-risk group even greater reason to have a flu vaccination.

“The flu vaccination will help protect your health and the health of your loved ones, so please don’t ignore the appointment invitation from your GP practice.”

Dr Christopher Browning, a GP in Long Melford and chairman of NHS West Suffolk Clinical Commissioning Group, said: “This year will see an extension of those people in the at-risk groups who are eligible for a free flu vaccination, including members of households where people were shielding and young people in Year 7 at school.

“Additionally, it has been announced nationally that people aged 50 – 64 years will be eligible to receive a vaccination later this year. It’s important to remember though that people in this age category will not be contacted until at least November and this depends on availability of the vaccine.”

Junchao Jiang, Pharmacist from Parade Pharmacy in Sudbury, said: ‘’This flu season will be our biggest challenge yet so making a booking with your local community pharmacy is essential so we can deliver your flu jab in the safest method possible. Many community pharmacies are offering evenings and weekend bookings so please speak to your local team about what they can offer you so we can keep you well.”

Cllr James Reeder, Suffolk County Council Cabinet Member for Public Health and Prevention said:

“If you intend to receive your flu vaccination from your GP please wait until you are contacted by the surgery. Once you are contacted it is incredibly important that you take up your appointment. It’s important not only for your health, but also for those you love as it reduces the chance of spreading the flu virus.

“Flu can be deadly, with an estimated 10,000 people dying each year in England and Wales. The flu vaccine is our best protection against it. Although things will be different this year, please be assured that measures have been put in place to make sure it is safe for you and those you love to have your flu vaccination.”

Visit the NHS website for more information on flu vaccination here



Needham Market Town Council

Accounting Statement Year Ending 31st March 2020

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Accessibility Statement

Needham Market Town Council is working hard to make its website accessible.

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

Meetings are held 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:

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. 


Needham Market Town Council Newsletter – December ’20 edition cancelled

Due to the COVID19 situation, the Council is reviewing how it communicates with the community.  The current form of Newsletter is unlikely to be produced during this COVID19 period due to the vulnerability of our deliverers at this time.  We aim to produce the next Newsletter in February 2021.

Needham Market Town Council

2018/2019 Year End Accounts

Notice of Conclusion of Audit

Annual Governance and Accountability Return (AGAR) 2018/2019:

AGAR 1 Section 1

AGAR 2 Section 2

AGAR 3 Section 3

 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: needhammarket.communitycentre@btinternet.com.
or telephone: 07756 575158.

Needham Lake

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

Welcome to West Suffolk Clinical Commissioning Group

Events Calendar

December 2020
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November 30, 2020 December 1, 2020 December 2, 2020 December 3, 2020 December 4, 2020 December 5, 2020 December 6, 2020
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Contact us

Community Centre
School Street
Needham Market

Town Council Offices Opening Hours -
Mondays and Thursdays: 10am till 12 noon
(01449) 722246 Answerphone
Email us

Town Clerk
Kevin Hunter

Assistant Town Clerk
Kelaine Spurdens