The following Stonham Parva Parish Council News Letter was recently distributed to the village.
A parish councillor was stopped and asked by a village sign enthusiast where the village sign was located, to which he replied we haven’t got one! At the time the sign was completely covered in ivy and part hidden behind a hedge. After this embarrassment it was decided that action needed to be taken. The sign was locally made approximately 45 years ago by Richard Bloomfield at a cost of £138 following a village competition to design a sign. The dirty and corroded sign was removed 6 months ago, and sand blasted free of charge by Gill Industrial Cleaning in Stowmarket. Mrs Esther Baldry the wife of one of our councillors with her artistic talents did a fantastic job of repainting it and with the help of Mr Ian Apps and his companies hydraulic hoist it was placed back on its original post. A truly local restoration project - Situated behind the parish notice board in the lay-by on the A140 when travelling north just prior to the Baptist Chapel. The long-term plan is to re-site the sign in a more prominent position so it can be seen from both sides and not be hidden by bushes and trees.
Speed Indicator Signs – You will have noticed a speed indicator sign that the Parish Council purchased and installed at the end of April. Suffolk County Council provided two posts, situated at the south and north of the village on the A140 inside the 30mph zone. They require such devices to be moved every 3-4 weeks, arguing drivers become complacent after that period and ignore the signs. Our plan was to move the device between the two poles every few weeks. The headline figures show 10% more drivers keeping to the 30mph limit entering the south of the village. And a 26% improvement by drivers entering the village from the north. Daily average traffic both ways is circa 13,000 or 4.6 million per year. Some 830,000 additional vehicles will be doing 30mph or below as a result of the device. There is a lot more data and detail published on the parish website. The data gathered over the past seven months does not show a drop off in effectiveness with the volume of vehicles travelling at 30mph or less being consistent and in fact increasing. As a result of the big improvement of reducing speeding through the village and in order to achieve this at both posts at the same time, the Parish Council has purchased a second device which was deployed in December. Ironically, on that same day, the A140 was once again shut due to a tragic accident north of the village involving a lorry and other vehicles. The devices are only solar powered and are currently suffering from a shortfall in power charging due to the short daylight hours, dull days and our busy road, we are working to address this by reducing their sensitivity and display output during the winter months.
Mid Suffolk District Council Waste and Recycling
A further 200 Suffolk homes without central heating will soon be able to have their first ever system installed.
Stonham Parva Parish Council will honour the men from this village who gave their lives in both world wars. A wreath will be laid at the Earl Stonham War Memorial at St Mary Church on Sunday the 10th November at 11.00 and their names read out.
Come along and enjoy a Live Well, Love Life Event Friday 20 September 2019, at Stowmarket Rookery Bowls Club hosted by Stowmarket Dementia Action Alliance