While it should generally be ‘business as usual’ for pubic authorities during the official Period of National Mourning (Friday 9th April – Saturday 17th April), councils should be aware that days falling within this period cannot be counted in the three clear days’ notice required for meetings of a Council, or a committee. Section 243(4), Local Government Act, 1972 specifically excludes days of public mourning from being counted when computing time periods required by the Act.
This could affect meetings scheduled to be held during the period itself (depending on when notice was given) or the week following the period. While there is nothing to prevent the notice being posted during the period, the first date which can be counted will be Monday 19th April, meaning the meeting could not be held until Thursday 22nd April.
• Meetings scheduled for this week can continue if the required three clear days’ notice was achieved before Friday, 9th April.
• Where the notice period is affected by the period of mourning, the meeting should be re-scheduled.
VACANCIES FOR PARISH COUNCILLORS
Kedington Parish Council has two vacancies for Parish Councillors to be filled by co-option to the Parish Council, to make up the complement of nine Parish Councillors for the Parish of Kedington. These vacancies have arisen due to West Suffolk Council not receiving any requests to fill the vacancies caused by the resignation of Heather Carre-Skinner and Henry Harrison through a By-Election.
If you are interested and fulfil the following eligibility criteria:
are 18 years old or over
a) you are, and will continue to be, registered as a local government elector for the Parish of Kedington in which you wish to stand from the day of your co-option onwards
b) you have occupied as owner or tenant any land or other premises in the Parish during the whole of the 12 months before the day of your co-option
c) your main or only place of work during the 12 months prior to the day of your co-option has been in the Parish of Kedington
d) you have lived in the Parish of Kedington or within three miles of it during the whole of the 12 months before the day of your co-option
e) you are not legally disqualified as set out in s.80 LGA 1972.
then please contact Marion Farrant – Parish Clerk for an application form.
Candidates will be considered for co-option at the virtual Parish Council meeting scheduled for Tuesday 20 April 2021 commencing at 7.30 p.m. Candidates will be expected to deliver a short presentation about themselves and their reasons for wishing to become a Parish Councillor. An agenda for the meeting will be posted on all Notice Boards in the Parish; Kedington Parish Council website http://www.kedington.suffolk.cloud and the Parish Council Facebook Page.
Signed: Marion Farrant
Marion Farrant - Parish Clerk
c/o NISA Village Stores
17 Silver Street
Haverhill, Suffolk, CB9 7QG
Telephone: 01440 708577 (answerphone)
This the response that Kedington Parish Council has received from Network Assurance who organise road closures for Suffolk Highways, in response to concerns put to them on behalf of residents.
“Haverhill Road, Little Wratting is being closed from 30/03/2021 to 11/04/2021 to complete works to the new roundabout for the Permission Housing Development.
Unfortunately, whilst we appreciate that some diversion routes are lengthy, they are required to follow a route on a 'like for like' basis to the road being closed. As this route is an ‘A’ road, this is the most suitable route to accommodate all traffic types.
We are unable to stop the travelling public from finding and using alternative routes rather than the signed official diversion, but Network Assurance have requested for extra signage ‘Unsuitable diversion route’ to be placed at the junction of A143 and B1061 and the junction of A1017 and B1061 to help discourage the travelling public using this route through Kedington.
Persimmon Homes are aware that the travelling public may use this route instead of the official signed diversion route and they have informed Network Assurance that any vehicular damage caused within the timeframe of the closure will be rectified at their expense.
Network Assurance requested that the works take place in Easter school half term to try and minimise the disruption caused to members of the public.
Unfortunately, a road closure is necessary for these works to be completed. Please be aware that a road closure is a last resort, and we will always look at alternative Traffic Management options first but due to the extent of the works being carried out, no alternative was suitable on this occasion.
The reason for the road closure is due to the extent of the works. These are because the West side of the tie in towards the new roundabout has a significant level difference which has caused engineering difficulties. This means that a specialist firm has been brought in to bring the existing carriageway up to the same level as the new roundabout. There are other works including kerbing, a drainage system and a new footway for pedestrians that are also being constructed within this closure.
The Safety Camera Team at Suffolk Police have agreed to start covering Kedington weekly throughout the roadworks. The Parish Council are still in discussion with Persimmon Homes and Suffolk Highways as the increase in traffic has already begun since the 3-way traffic lights have been installed since Monday 8th March 2021.