Coddenham Road rail bridge works ref KL721LTN265-781-161120, 16/11/20 to 18/11/20.
Coddenham Road will be closed from the 16th November for 2 days from 8am to 5pm and will remain open for pedestrians. It was going to be an overnight closure but was changed after the notice in the paper had been published.



Residents urged to stay safe and observe Remembrance at home

The chairs of Babergh and Mid Suffolk District Councils have urged residents in their districts to commemorate Remembrance Sunday, on 8 November, safely from home.

Public commemorations had been planned across both districts to mark Remembrance Sunday on 8 November, together with Armistice Day on Wednesday 11 November, but the lockdown in place from today means that public attendance at Remembrance events is no longer possible.

Some local events have been scaled back and will continue – by invitation only – to ensure they can take place in a Covid-secure way.

But even if we can no longer take part in person, it is important that everyone in Babergh and Mid Suffolk is able to commemorate this significant date in other safe ways.

Residents can mark Remembrance Sunday by pausing for the national two minute silence at 11am, watching the Cenotaph service on television, listening to BBC Radio Suffolk’s live broadcast from the war memorial at Christchurch Park – or join other local services online.

The Royal British Legion has also shared alternative ways to honour the great sacrifice of the fallen, along with our Armed Forces, including:

  • Using Zoom, Facebook or another online meeting resource to host or participate in an online Remembrance service or activity.
  • Creating an online exhibition of Remembrance related photos from residents that schools or others could use to discuss local Remembrance activities.
  • Writing letters of Remembrance to veterans or serving personnel.
  • Cllr Kathryn Grandon, chair of Babergh District Council, said:“This year’s Remembrance Sunday commemorations might not be everything we had planned, but we can still remember the brave men and women who gave their lives, in the face of extreme danger, to protect our country. Those sacrifices saved lives then, as we must all do now by staying at home.“Honouring the memory of lost loved ones and heroes doesn’t stop because of the virus, however we must think of others and follow the latest Government advice on staying at home. We can still come together virtually to share stories, observe the two minute silence at 11am and enjoy the televised service. We might not feel free now, but it is temporary and soon we will return to the world that they created for us, through their selflessness.”
  • Cllr Barry Humphreys MBE, chair of Mid Suffolk District Council, said:“Having served in the military myself, I appreciate how disappointing it is that the public commemorations planned to mark Remembrance Sunday, and Armistice Day on 11 November, can no longer go ahead. However, this will not stop us from honouring the fallen and those who paid the ultimate price to defend the freedom and liberties we hold dear today.
  • COVID-19 has also resulted in the Legion’s 2020 Poppy Appeal moving online, but families can still show their support and get involved by downloading and colouring in a Remembrance Poppy to display in their window.
  • “Please join our districts in a two-minute silence at 11am on Sunday – an opportunity to reflect on those who lost their lives to ensure that others did not. We must take inspiration from their selflessness, as we continue to Stick With It Suffolk, following guidance to slow the spread of the virus, whilst finding new ways to celebrate occasions such as this safely.”


DC/20/04076 – Notification of Works to Trees in a Conservation Area

Land to Rear of 29 to 47 School Street, Needham Market

The Town Council has submitted the following comment to Mid Suffolk District Council:

The Babergh/Mid Suffolk District Council Aboricultural Officer has advised that none of the identified trees are of sufficient merit to justify a Tree Preservation Order. There could however be other trees on the site which may justify preservation, but these are not within scope of the Notice. The Officer did say if there is certain wildlife on the site which needs protection, this could mean that the proposed works may not go ahead. There is a mass of legislation which has a direct bearing upon wildlife; we understand that The Wildlife Trust provides advice to owners and members of the public, and if it is found that certain wildlife would be adversely affected by some proposed work, it may be possible to have this work stopped. It would be necessary to make a note of the animals or plants which are present and may be adversely affected and then let the Wildlife Trust have the information, including evidence of the presence of these animals or plants.

Assuming that the tree work will proceed, we would request that the owners do not carry out any works during the bird nesting season and could request that access to the site be granted so that it may be inspected and any wildlife findings duly reported.

It is unfortunate that BMSDC use the same application form for ‘permission to carry out works to trees subject to a Tree Preservation Order’ and ‘works to trees in a Conservation Area’, the TPO work needs specific consent whilst the Conservation Area work is simply a notification with no consent needed, and the final Declaration in the document increases the confusion by saying ‘ I hereby apply for planning permission/consent to………’ when in this instance neither are needed. The application has given rise to a considerable number of online objections to the proposals, and this inaccuracy will no doubt result in annoyance that people’s objections have had no effect.

It is noted that the boundary for the Conservation Area specifically includes this wooded and ponded site and this was formulated well before the surrounding houses were built. From that, it is clear that this open site is considered of value to the town and, as part of the conservation area, is intended to be ‘conserved’. It is noted that the trees on site have been historically coppiced but have been recently unmanaged, the BMSDC Aboricultural Officer has confirmed that the proposed felling and coppicing work represents good tree conservation. It will bring some light and space into the site thus encouraging heathier new growth.

Kevin Hunter

Town Clerk

22nd October 2020


Neighbourhood CIL Expenditure Report

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Forward thinking businesses, large and small, are being invited to enter the inaugural Innovation Awards 2020, being run by Babergh and Mid Suffolk District Councils.

2020 has been a challenging year for businesses, many of whom have had to adapt and change their way of working to overcome the restrictions caused by COVID-19.

The Innovation Awards will celebrate and recognise businesses who have put innovation at the heart of the of what they do, creating new initiatives, supporting customers and leading best practice across the districts.

The awards are for businesses, based in Babergh and Mid Suffolk, who want to showcase how they are using innovative practices, cutting edge technology, sustainable solutions or delivering outstanding customer service.

Entering the awards is free and there are 11 categories in a range of sectors including food, retail and healthcare.

The awards are open to organisations of any size and will recognise businesses, teams and individuals. There is a category for SMEs and an opportunity to find the innovators of the future with an award for those aged 16-25.

Originally planned as a black-tie event for June this year, the Innovation Awards are leading by example and adopting a virtual format to adhere to current social distancing measures. Nominees and sponsors will still benefit from exclusive online networking opportunities and celebrate the innovation taking place across the districts.

Cllr Gerard Brewster, Mid Suffolk District Council’s cabinet member for economic growth, said:

“This is a very timely opportunity to showcase the great talent and work that is happening across Babergh and Mid Suffolk. Understanding and using innovative technology and solutions has never been more important in today’s business environment.”

Cllr Michael Holt, Babergh District Council’s cabinet member for economic growth, said:

“This has been an unprecedented year for businesses in our districts, and with these awards we want to recognise how innovation has been used to help businesses adapt, move forward and engage with customers.”

The nomination process is quick and easy and can be completed online in a matter of minutes – and there is no limit to the number of categories you can enter.

Nominations close on Sunday 20 September and will be reviewed by a forum of judges made-up of business specialists and professionals.

The shortlisted finalists will be announced from 25 September in preparation for the virtual event on Tuesday 3 November.

The categories:

  1. Shooting Star – Most innovative company

This award highlights businesses demonstrating successful innovation developing new opportunities and ways of creating value in a national and international arena.

  1. Rising Star – Young innovator of the year

An award for young people (16 – 25) who demonstrate outstanding innovation within a learning or workplace environment.

NB This could be a new product, way of working or use of technology.

  1. Tomorrow’s World – Innovation in future technology

This award focuses on emerging and enabling technologies across all sectors of industry and areas of research – inspirational solutions for tomorrow’s challenges.

  1. Innovation in Customer Service

This award will be given to a sole trader or company that demonstrates the best application of new methods, practice and technology – to improve the customer experience. This award recognises the best practice in delivering innovation in customer experience.

  1. High Street Innovation

This award recognises successful implementation of innovative strategies, products, procedures or technology to promote successful trading on the high street.

  1. Innovation in Sustainability

This award is for any business that demonstrates a contribution to sustainability or energy-saving technologies that lower their carbon footprint.

  1. Innovation in Healthcare

This award recognises research, development or businesses using emerging technology within the animal and human health sector.

  1. Future Food – Future in sustainable food technologies

This award recognises innovation in the food and agriculture sector.

  1. Innovation in Construction

This award is in recognition of Innovation in construction projects, materials or systems, putting in place creative solutions that result in sustainable homes, workplaces and infrastructure for the future.

  1. Most Innovative Micro Business

Celebrating a micro business (under 9 employees) that has shown innovation in its business processes and products.

  1. Most innovative SME

Recognising a small to mid-size enterprise (under 250 employees) that has shown innovation in its business processes and products.

Businesses and individuals can find out more and enter on the councils’ website.



Car Parking in Hurstlea Road

If you used the public car park at the back of the old MSDC offices, you would know that there is now a heavy-duty fence around the site.

The public may now park in the car park behind the redbrick wall alongside Barretts Lane. It has been swept and the vegetation removed, the vehicle entrance is off Hurstlea Road.

Signage is in the pipeline, and the doorway for pedestrians at the High St end will soon be open.

The bottle banks have been moved to Station Yard but there is no longer a paper bank.

District Councilors Cllr Mike Norris and Cllr Steve Phillips

Joint Ward members for Needham Market





that a casual vacancy has arisen in the Office of Councillor for the Town Council.
If by 7 August, 2020 (14 days after the date of this notice) a request for an election to fill said vacancy is made in writing to the Returning Officer at the address below by TEN electors for the said Parish, an election will be held to fill the said vacancy, otherwise the vacancy will be filled by co-option.
If an election is called, it will not take place until 6th May 2021.
Dated 20 July, 2020

Proper Officer:
Arthur Charvonia, Returning Officer, Endeavour House, 8 Russell Road, Ipswich, Suffolk, IP1 2BX,


Important roadworks information

Dear Sir/Madam,

A14 junction 50, Stowmarket to junction 52, Claydon in both directions: resurfacing 

Following on from previous communications, we are writing again to inform you of some changes to our works programme.

Changed dates are highlighted below.

We plan to complete this work over twelve weeks from Monday 11 May to Tuesday 4 August, on weeknights only, working between the hours of 8pm to 6am, subject to weather conditions.   Due to the extensive amount of work on this project, we have split the programme into three phases. We have closely liaised with county councillors and Suffolk Highways, to agree the most suitable diversion routes for each phase as detailed below:

Phase 1: A14 eastbound between junctions 50 to 51, starting Monday 11 May to Wednesday 24 June

– The closure point will be located at junction 43, Bury St Edmunds. Traffic will be diverted via the A143 and A140 to re-join the A14 at junction 51. This allows us to deliver additional maintenance works at junctions 43, 44 and junctions 47 to 50. (Diagram 1)

– A secondary closure point will start at junction 50, Stowmarket. Traffic will be diverted via the A1120 and A140. A four-way traffic light system will be installed at Earl Stonham to help filter traffic onto the A140, to re-join the A14 at junction 51. (Diagram 2)

Phase 2: A14 eastbound between junctions 51 to 52, starting Thursday 25 June to Friday 10 July

– The closure point will start at junction 51, Beacon Hill. Traffic will be diverted via Norwich Road, Barham and Ipswich Road, Claydon to re-join the A14 at junction 52. (Diagram 3)

On Monday 29 June the A14 junction 52 westbound entry slip road will be closed for one night, between 8pm and 6am, while survey works take place prior to the westbound works starting Monday 13 July.  Traffic will be diverted from junction 52 to join the A14 eastbound to junction 53, to re-join the A14 westbound. (Diagram 6)

Phase 3: A14 westbound between junctions 52 to 50 starting Monday 13 July to Tuesday 4 August

– A14 traffic: The closure will start at junction 52, Claydon. Traffic will be diverted via B1113 and A1120 to re-join the A14 at junction 50. Temporary traffic lights may be required to improve traffic flows along the route. (Diagram 4)

– A140 traffic: Traffic wishing to join the A140 northbound at junction 51 will be diverted via Ipswich Road, Claydon and Norwich Road, through Barham (Diagram 5). A140 southbound traffic wishing to join the A14 westbound will be pre-diverted at Earl Stonham to take the A1120, to join the A14 at junction 50.

Please be aware, during daytime hours there will be a temporary 40mph speed limit in place along the A14 between junctions 50 and 52 for safety reasons.


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Please be assured all our sites have strict safeguarding measures to prevent the spread of COVID19 and none of our sites are open to the public. We will be carrying out all works following safety guidelines set by the Government.

Please circulate this letter within your parishes and via social media outlets so residents are aware of the planned works.

Find out more 

To stay informed about all the latest major roadworks happening near you, visit to register for the latest alerts. If you have any enquiries please contact the Highways England Customer Contact Centre on 0300 123 5000, or by e-mail to

Yours faithfully,

Adam Sharpe

Project Manager, Operations East Scheme Delivery Team

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