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Advice ahead of Latitude 2019 - Suffolk Constabulary

17 July 2019

Advice ahead of Latitude 2019

latitude Be Safe Be Sound


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target tents on the assumption that those camping are settling in, have not made plans for their security and may have withdrawn cash to see them through the weekend.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.

  • Stick with your friends and look out for each other.
  • Moderate your alcohol consumption. Overdo it and you’ll be less aware and less likely to spot dangers.  Have a glass of water between drinks and pace yourself.
  • Be careful. Festivals give you the opportunity to meet new friends but going off alone with people who you’ve just met may lead you into situations you don’t want to be in. 
  • Remember no means no. Too much alcohol and the heat of the moment can lead to issues of consent. Don’t take advantage of situations that are alcohol-fuelled or the consequences could be arrest, a court appearance and a prison term.
  • There is safety in groups. Set up camp near friends, make friends with your neighbours and learn the layout of the site so you can find what you need – toilets/ stewards, etc., without getting lost. You can always ask staff for help with directions or anything else you may need.
  • Don’t bring large sums of cash, lots of credit/ debit cards, or lots of valuables with you. Only bring what you need and keep them on you, or in a locker, at all times. There are cash points on site so you can withdraw money as you need it. 
  • If you can’t take your valuables with you when you leave your tent leave them at home. A tent offers little, if any, security and can easily be entered even if the entrance is padlocked.
  • Make use of the property Storage Tent onsite, open 24 hours, to store your valuables and possessions securely.
  • Place any property that would be attractive to thieves (cash, credit cards, mobile phones, cameras, etc.) inside a bag and tuck it into your sleeping bag when you go to sleep with larger items at your feet. 
  • Make a note of card numbers, and the number to call if they are stolen or mislaid, and postcode mark the property you bring to Latitude so that it is identifiable. 
  • If you arrive by car don’t leave anything in your vehicle, including satellite navigation systems/ CDs, cash etc. Take everything with you or leave it at home. 
  • Be mindful of the activities of people around you when watching performances. Bags with shoulder straps should be worn across your chest, with the fastening towards your body. Rucksacks should be kept closed and not left unattended. 
  • Keep mobile phones secure. It’s easy for a pickpocket to remove items such as these from a pocket or bag in a crowd without you noticing. 
  • Use the lockers provided in the village.

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.

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Important changes to Suffolk's recycling

23 June 2019

Changes to Recycling

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.

How does this affect me?

  • During the renovation period, your recycling will be collected on your usual collection day
  • Drink cartons (e.g. Tetra Pak) and metal pots, pans and trays will no longer be accepted in recycling bins, but can still be recycled at all 11 of Suffolk’s Recycling Centres

Find a full guide of what can be put in your bins on the the Suffolk Recycling website

Download a printable recycling guide to stick on the fridge

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Laxfield Road Fressingfield - Drainage Improvement Scheme - June/July 2019

20 June 2019

Laxfield Road Fressingfield - Drainage Improvement Scheme - June/July 2019


Letter received from Suffolk Highways


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.

Suffolk Highways


Laxfield Roadworks Map

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Colourful Life Concert

17 June 2019

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!

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B1116 Harleston Hill, Fressingfield - Rumseys Arch Partial Bridge Reconstruction

1 June 2019

B1116 Harleston Hill, Fressingfield - Rumseys Arch Partial Bridge Reconstruction

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:

PDF Link:  B1116-Harleston-Hill-Fressingfield-Rumseys-Arch-Bridge-Works-June-2019.pdf


Letter Page 1

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Local Election Results

3 May 2019

Local Elections May 2019

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.

Fressingfield Ward Election Results


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Annual Parish Meeting

8 April 2019

Annual Parish Meeting

Annual Parish Meeting 2019

Tuesday 30th April 2019


Sancroft Hall


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.

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Notice of Uncontested Election

5 April 2019

Notice of Uncontested Election

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:

Uncontested election 2019

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.


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Roadworks - B1116 Harleston Hill

2 April 2019

B1116 Harleston Hill, Fressingfield - Rumseys Arch Partial Bridge Reconstruction - April 2019

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.

Yours Faithfully,

James Prime

Senior Structures Design Technician

Click to view PDF of Letter here


Diversion Map has been provided - Click below to view as full screen PDF

Rumsey Arch Bridge Fressingfield Diversion


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Fressingfield Neighbourhood Development Plan - Public Consultation

2 April 2019

Fressingfield Neighbourhood Development Plan

Reg.14 Consultation (29th March 2019 – 17th May 2019)

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 fressingfieldnplan@gmail.com

2) Hand deliver as a paper copy to any of the following drop off locations:

  • The Village Stores;
  • The Swan Inn;
  • Church of St Peter and Paul Church;
  • Sancroft Hall;
  • Sports and Social Club;
  • The Fox and Goose;
  • The Medical Centre (view the plan only; no drop off).

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.

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