As Latitude 2019 approaches, police are asking those visiting the festival to think about their safety and the security of their possessions ahead of their arrival on the site.
The music and arts festival takes place between Thursday 18 and Sunday 21 July this year and police are urging those visiting to plan ahead to ensure they enjoy the event and have a crime-free experience.
The number of people attending the event each year means Latitude has a population equivalent to the size of a small town and, with the setting, the chance to see a variety of acts, and a relaxed atmosphere it can be easy to forget about safety and security. This can make it attractive to those keen to take advantage of visitors lowering their guard.
While only a small number of incidents were reported to police last year – mainly thefts - officers are keen to ensure crime on the site remains low again this year.
The main crime at music festivals across the UK tends to be thefts from tents on campsites. Phones, laptops, tablets and cash are typically the most stolen items. In previous years there have been a number of such offences, many on the first night of the festival when it’s likely that criminals target tents on the assumption that those camping are settling in, have not made plans for their security and may have withdrawn cash to see them through the weekend.
Other thefts have occurred while festivalgoers had their attention diverted while they were watching performances. This included instances where people had camera equipment stolen from near their feet, thefts from bags that were being carried and items stolen from pockets.
You should also bear in mind your personal safety. Meeting new people can be a fun part of the festival experience but going off alone with someone you’ve just met, particularly if alcohol is also involved, can also make you vulnerable.
With this in mind, police are asking you to think about security before you head to the site and to consider a few simple pieces of advice that should help to ensure you have a safe and enjoyable time.
You are asked to report any suspicious activity to security or stewards on site or, in an emergency, if you believe a crime is in progress, dial 999.
Police are also reminding motorists that there may be some delays on the A12 near Henham as thousands of festival goers flock to the site. While measures put in place on the site last year saw a dramatic reduction in the traffic delays experienced in previous years, particularly on the Thursday and Friday afternoon and evenings, there is still the possibility that traffic will be slow-moving along the A12, particularly between Yoxford and the site.
Police are advising drivers to leave extra time for your journey and if you can avoid the area please do so. If you’re heading to the site you may also wish to consider public transport options, as buses are laid on from local railway stations to the site.
For more information and advice visit www.suffolk.police.uk and follow us on Twitter @SuffolkPolice or join us on Facebook www.facebook.com/suffolkpolice for everything from road traffic updates to advice when you arrive.
Important changes to Suffolk's recycling
Make sure you're up to speed with some important changes to the way we recycle in Suffolk.
Over the coming months the Materials Recycling Facility (MRF) in Gt Blakenham, where recycling collected from Suffolk households is sorted, will be undergoing a major refurbishment. This work follows a new contract for the operation of Suffolk’s countywide network of 11 Recycling Centres and will result in a state-of-the-art facility for Suffolk, with the latest mechanical and optical sorting equipment.
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We will be carrying out drainage improvement works along Laxfield Road, Fressingfield from Fressingfield Footpath 063 to White Post Corner. The works will involve improvements to the drainage system including a new catch pit and replacement of existing drainage pipe.
The work is planned to take place between 24 June and 6 July 2019, excluding weekends. Work on site will be carried out weekdays from around 7am until 4:30pm each day. The times and dates of works may change depending on the weather conditions. If they do change, we will let you know by updating the information signs on site.
Laxfield Road will be under 24-hour continuous closure for the duration of the works and will be closed to through traffic. Unfortunately the road is not wide enough to comply with safety regulations to maintain a safe passing distance for vehicles and a road closure is necessary.
Access to properties and businesses within the road closure will be available but controlled by staff on site. Please speak to one of our staff who will provide access as soon as it is safe to do so. Please be aware that the works will involve excavation in the middle of the road, access and exit will therefore be maintained from both or either end of the road closure. Staff on site will provide assistance and advice to residents in the immediate vicinity of the works. Apologies in advance for any inconvenience or disruption caused.
On street parking will be restricted to allow the works to be carried out unobstructed.
During the period of the closure, traffic will be diverted via: B1116, B1123, A144, B1117, B1116 and vice versa.
These temporary traffic management measures are required to allow the works to be carried out safely and accordance with current Health and Safety guidelines.
If you have any other questions about the work, please call us on 0345 606 6171.
You are invited to a Colourful Life Concert on June 29th at St Peter and St Paul Church, Fressingfield at 6.30pm to celebrate the first anniversary of the organ restoration and its final completion. It is also Armed Forces' Day and this year is the 80th anniversary of the Battle of Britain.
Julian Haggett will be playing the organ and Warren Albers singing to celebrate all these events.
Refreshments and admission are free
Donations will go to the Colourful Life Foundation supporting children around the world.
Looking forward to seeing you all again. Just turn up on the night!
The work is planned to start on Friday 14 June 2019 at 8pm and will continue over the weekend until Monday 17 June 2019 at 6am. The times and dates of works may change depending on the weather conditions. If they do change, we will let you know by updating the information signs on site.
The section of the B1116 Harleston Hill, Fressingfield that runs under the bridge will be temporarily closed to through traffic for 24 hours continuously. There will be no access for pedestrians and cyclists through the works site for the duration of the closure.
During the period of the closure, traffic will be diverted via:
Harleston Hill B1116 - Laxfield Road B1116 - Laxfield Road B1117 - Queen Street B1118 - Chickering Road B1118 - Lower Oakley B1118 - A140 - Bungay Road A143 - Wells Lane - Harleston Hill B1116 and Vice Versa
Letter can be seen in full here:
Results are now in:
Lavinia Hadingham (Conservative) retains her seat for Fressingfield Ward.
Mid Suffolk District Council is now NOC - No Overall Control, change from Conservative
Click image for PDF of all Mid Suffolk Wards.
Tuesday 30th April 2019
The Annual Parish Meeting on Tuesday 30th April 2019, 7pm at Sancroft Hall will operate slightly differently this year. Reports from the Clubs, Societies and Organisations will be submitted in advance for the Parish to read, and then questions can be asked at the meeting. Some groups may also choose to have a presentation as well, which will be in the second part of the meeting.
The reports can be found at https://fressingfieldpc.org/annual-parish-meeting/ and will be available to read prior to the meeting.
The deadline for election pack returns has been and gone, and as Fressingfield is a 13 seat Parish Council, for a Poll to occur on May 2nd there requires there to be at least 13 + 1 parishioners standing. As only 10 persons stood for election, there was an uncontested election and results are as follows:
There are still 2 meetings left of the current council, April 16th – Full Council and the Annual Parish Meeting on 30th April.
A new Chairman & Vice Chairman will be elected at our May Meeting.
Further to the cancellation of the bridge reconstruction last year, the works have been rescheduled to begin during the second half of this week and will continue until 7 June 2019. We would like to apologise for the short notification of these works.
To facilitate the reconstruction, the traffic management will be phased. The road at the site will be reduced to a single lane and controlled by temporary traffic signals for the majority of the work. However, road closures for certain operations will be in place on the following dates;
B1116 Harleston Hill, between New Street/Stradbroke Road Junction to Mill Lane
20:00 Thursday 4th April to 06:00 Friday 5th April
20:00 Friday 10th May to 06:00 Monday 13th May
For the duration of these closures, vehicles will be diverted via B1116 Harleston Hill/Laxfield Road, B1117 Laxfield Road, B1118 Queen Street, Chickering Road, Lower Oakley, A140, A143 Bungay Road, Wells Lane and vice versa.
Vehicular access to and from your property will be maintained at all times.
Please note that pedestrian access through the site,(while the traffic is controlled by signals) will be maintained during working hours only (07:30 - 17:00) as pedestrians will need to be escorted through the site to ensure safe passage.
There will be no pedestrian access through the site during the road closures, outside of working hours and weekends.
If you have any further questions, please do not hesitate to contact me.
Senior Structures Design Technician
Diversion Map has been provided - Click below to view as full screen PDF
The draft Fressingfield Neighbourhood Plan is out for public consultation and we want your comments. The public consultation runs from 29th March 2019 and will run for 7 weeks ending at midnight on 17th May 2019. Responses received after the closing date/time may not be considered. Please use the response form to submit comments about the pre-submission draft Plan. We would prefer receiving responses using the form, which is available to download from the web site - https://fressingfieldpc.org/neighbourhood-plan/regulation-14-pre-submission-consultation/. If this is not possible then please complete a paper copy. Further copies are available on request.
Please submit your completed form in one of the following ways:
1) Email as an attachment to firstname.lastname@example.org
2) Hand deliver as a paper copy to any of the following drop off locations:
The documents being consulted on may be viewed at these locations, or at https://fressingfieldpc.org/neighbourhood-plan/regulation-14-pre-submission-consultation/.
A huge thank you to the little over 100 people that came out over the two consultation days held in the Sancroft Hall. The deadline for responses is May 17th, so there is still time to have a look at all the material and form a response to help shape the Parish of Fressingfield for the next 20 years.