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30 January 2020

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Having passed examination and Stage One at Mid-Suffolk District Council the Neighbourhood Development Plan is ready to go to Referendum. Following referendum the plan will go to Mid Suffolk Council for approval and will be “ made”. It must then be taken fully into account by the Local Planning Authority when making decisions about all planning applications.

It has already been praised for the level of consultation which was carried out and now it is your turn to finally support it or not.

Copies of the final version of the Plan, Mid Suffolk Council Decision Statement and  Mid Suffolk Information Statement are available to look at : The Village Stores; Sancroft Hall and the Medical Centre. Please do not take away, so others can peruse. Copies of all documentation are available at www.midsuffolk.gov.uk/FressingfieldNP

The referendum is carried out by Mid Suffolk Electoral Services and will be run as for any other national or local election. You will receive polling cards.

Please come along and vote as it is  truly a Parish Neighbourhood Plan.

Any queries please contact any of the Parish Councillors or Parish Clerk.

Fressingfield Neighbourhood Plan Information Sheet

Fressingfield Neighbourhood Plan Decision Statement


Join the Big Quiz

13 November 2019

Join the Big Quiz at the Baptist Chapel on Saturday 16th November, 6pm for 6.30pm.
Over 1600 venues around the country are quizzing to raise money for TearFund on this evening.
Coffee/tea and in the interval. Raffle.
Teams of up to 6. Adults £5, children and students just £2.50.
No need to book, just turn up on the night or call Mark Rawding on 01379 588062.

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Fressingfield Christmas Tree Festival

11 November 2019

Fressingfield Christmas Tree Festival

Thursday 5th to Sunday 8th December at the parish church. Organised with Fressingfield Primary School and the Parish Council, around 30 businesses and organisations in the village will be decorating trees in a theme related to their activity. There will be refreshments and a gift stall. Entry is free but donations will be welcomed for a new village charity, the Fressingfield Family Trust.

Opening times:

Thursday 5th December, 11am to 5pm

Friday 6th December, 10am to 5pm

Saturday 7th December, 10am to 5pm

Sunday 8th December, 12noon to 3pm

Contact Virginia Skoyles on 07900 350117

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Surface water and sewerage water drainage issues for Fressingfield

24 October 2019

Surface water and sewerage water drainage issues for Fressingfield

Within the Village Improvement Plan, drainage matters in the centre of the village have the highest priority. Having previously met with Anglian Water representatives, councillors had another planned meeting this week. With the events of October 1st and 6th (when ‘hydraulic overload’ was experienced due to the equivalent of a month’s rainfall in around 4/6hours), the urgency for further action has very much increased.  This exceptional rainfall, experienced by several villages/locations across the region, is said to constitute a once in 50 years event.

The egress of greywater from manholes is seriously unsatisfactory and every effort is to be made to stop it. The involvement of Anglian Water, Suffolk Highways, the Environment Agency, Environmental Health (MSDC), the Parish Council and parishioners is critical for success in this. To promote this, the Parish Council meeting on Nov 19th will consider these matters.

The areas of concern remain

  • The capacity of the sewerage system for existing properties in the centre of the village - pipework and discharge 

  • Use of the of the greywater system to manage surface water from driveways, roofs and hard surfaces. This would seem to apply to older properties in the centre of the village. (Recent/future developments have surface water management measures within the properties.)

  • Management of highways water into the Beck from roads that feed into the watercourse, perhaps also field run-off under certain weather conditions.

  • Capacity issues of the Beck for surface water, constrictions and riparian responsibility of landowners/property owners.

Actions already committed to

  • Anglian Water is undertaking a village wide visual survey (3 days) of properties and drainage network to begin to identify the points at which surface water gets into the greywater system. Interim report for Nov 19th, a more detailed report to follow.

  • An online survey to provide additional data on surface water management, where properties have appropriate rebates/payments to offset surface water management needs.

  • Contacts with other agencies to generate the fullest understanding so that an action plan is comprehensive and cohesive.

  • Development of a positive, sponsored scheme for water butt, surface water soakaways and small pond construction for individual properties in the village. These to hold back water away from the network.

  • Proposed regime to maintain safer water management off the highways i.e. roadside clearance of debris and run-off supervision.

  • Pumping station maximised capacity to approx. 20 litres per second. (Harleston Hill)

  • Promotion of reporting of flood issues by parishioners to relevant agencies i.e. Anglian Water, Suffolk Highways, Environment Agency, etc

Expected outcomes

  • A detailed report from AW with recommended actions. Comparable reporting and recommendations from other agencies to produce a complete, comprehensive and funded action plan and provision for this to be achieved.

  • Provision for self-help scheme for Fressingfield central properties to, in part, mitigate the problems of Low Road and the risk to the whole community.

  • Consideration of climate change issues as relevant.

Other possibilities

  • Management of expectations within exceptional climatic events.

  • Installation of a sewerage plant in Fressingfield itself.  

  • A sealed sewerage system and its consequences.


Please do join us on Nov 19th to engage with improvements being sought to safeguard living in Fressingfield. Anglian Water are positively engaged through Nigel Minter, who will attend but there are plainly some actions that we, as Fressingfielders, can take to reduce such occurrences in the future. 

Garry Deeks

Chair, Fressingfield Parish Council


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Fressingfield Community Produce Market

19 September 2019

Fressingfield Community Produce Market

This Saturday, 21st September, Fressingfield Community Produce Market, 10am to 12 noon, Sancroft Hall, lots of produce and craft stalls - meat, artisan bread, veg, cakes, plants, jams and chutneys, cards, textiles and fancy dress, gifts. Fresh coffee and cakes. Come and meet friends and neighbours. 
Produce Market2


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Fressingfield Parish Council - Meeting Date Change

19 August 2019

Fressingfield Parish Council - August Meeting Date Change


The meeting of the Fressingfield Parish Council has been moved from Tuesday 20th August 2019 - Wednesday 28th August 2019.


The meeting in September will proceed on the usual schedule of third Tuesday of the month

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Criminal damage – Fressingfield

22 July 2019

Police are appealing for witnesses following reports from local residents hearing a disturbance at the local Sports and Social hall in the village.


On Sunday evening 21st July, at 11.40pm offender(s) have forced a gate to gain access to the club site.  Three tables were turned over, waste bins had been knocked over emptying the contents in the field, and two windows were smashed.


Can you help?


Anyone with information should contact police, quoting crime reference 37/42941/19  


Please note in the event of an emergency you should always call 999

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