Parish Council

About the Parish Council

Mission Statement

'Committed to actively engage'

We are committed to actively engage with the people of Rendlesham to build a safe, vibrant and thriving community of which everyone can be proud.

We are a forward-looking, professional council who will always seek to provide a framework to support improved facilities, communications and well-being of the Parish whilst delivering value for money.

Rendlesham Parish Council, is a tier of local government for the parish of Rendlesham and is committed to working together with the residents of Rendlesham for the benefit of the parish. It is a statutory body and has wide ranging powers and interests, one of which is to ensure that any development within the parish complies with the current Suffolk Coastal District Council Local Development Framework and the County Council Structure Plan.

It acts a focus for action and lobbying on:

- housing
- roads
- parish facilities
- the environment and
- other issues that may arise.

The Council has 11 councillors and four part time employees:

  • Parish Clerk, Heather Heelis
  • Administration Assistant, Deborah Chappell
  • Village Handyman, Michael Bone
  • Park Keeper, Roger Messenger

Full Council Meetings are usually held bi-monthly on the first Monday of January, March, July, September and November each year. Notice of meetings are posted on the notice boards in the village and are open for all village residents to attend. There is a 15 minute public session prior to all meetings.

The Council also facilitates the open Annual Parish meeting, typically in April/May.

Your Councillors

  • Kay Nash (3 Sapling Close):
    Chairman: SALC Rep; Finance and Asset Committee; Planning Committee; Jubilee Park Committee; Personnel Committee; Newsletter Working Party
  • Mike Stevenson (19 Forest Gardens):
    Vice Chairman: Finance and Asset Committee;Planning Committee; Newsletter Working Party; Emergency Plan Working Party
  • Vacancy
  • Vacancy
  • Lucy Campbell (93 Mayhew Road):
    Planning Committee; Jubilee Park Committee; Rendlesham Youth Group Charity Committee
  • Andy Ferguson (7 Forest Gardens):
    Emergency Plan Working Party; Rendlesham Youth Group Committee
  • Nigel Harding (5 Harvey Way):
    Finance and Asset Committee; Jubilee Park Committee; Rendlesham Youth Group Charity Committee; Newsletter Working Party 
  • Sue MacGregor (19 St Gregory's Close):
    Planning Committee; Jubilee Park Committee; Rendlesham Youth Group Charity Committee; Newsletter Working Party
  • Mike Parry (8 Jays Croft Road):Newsletter Working Party
  • David Rushbrook (8 Ashton Close):
    Planning Committee; Personnel Committee
  • Steph Thrush (Tanglewood, Fenn Row):
    Planning Committee; Jubilee Park Committee;Rendlesham Youth Group Charity Committee; Personnel Committee

All councillors also attend the bi-monthly Full Council meetings. 

Meetings and Minutes

Rendlesham Parish Council comprises 11 councillors meeting as "Full Council" every other month. These are "Full Council" meetings. The Minutes of Full Council meetings are filed by calendar year. Some roles and responsibilities are delegated to committees comprising some, but not all, councillors. Committees usually meet monthly. Minutes of Committee meetings are filed under the Committee to which they refer. For more information on what each committee does, please click on the relevant Committee page. For individual Committee minutes, please click on the links below:

Jubilee Park Committee Minutes

Finance and Asset Committee Minutes

Planning Committee Minutes

Rendlesham Youth Group Charity Minutes

 

Projects

The Councillors are committed to making Rendlesham a quality place to live.

Jubilee Masterplan

The results of the extensive Neighbourhood Plan and other Jubilee Park consultations fed in to the Jubilee Park Master Plan which comprises a series of outcomes to be delivered by the Parish Council over the short term, medium term and longer term. 

 Short term results are being seen already: the edging boards have been replaced to hold in place the bark chippings for a safer playground surface, the bark has been renewed and the fencing repaired. The outdoor gym has been installed, the fencing replaced on the multi sports court, the tennis courts and Pavilion opened up to private bookings, the Wildlife area landscaped and Youth Football introduced. Consultations are currently taking place on the location of the new play equipment for the Under 5s, proposed be installed within Jubilee Park where the existing play area is located. This will enable children of differing ages within a family or group, to play together in one place with parents and carers able to participate in the fun using the nearby outdoor gym.

Christmas Lights

The first Christmas Lights display was launched in December 2011 in the village square. Following on from its success, Cllr Kay Nash now organises the annual switch on event which signals the start of the festive season for Rendlesham. Usually the switch on takes place on the first Sunday of December. The Christmas Craft Market, first launched in 2014, is a welcome addition to the proceedings as is the Christmas Card Competition and now the Christmas Tree festival run by St Felix Church which usually takes place on the first weekend of December.

Rendlesham Show

Following on from the hugely successful Diamond Jubilee Celebrations in June 2012, the Parish Council now holds an annual summer show in early June each year. Carole Brason has led the way with several outstanding shows attracting massive audiences and great entertainment. The 2017 event will be held on 10th June 2017 so watch this space!

Safer Rendlesham Project

This project aims to investigate and take forward more Neighbourhood Watch Schemes, Street Watch Schemes and to develop the Community Speed Watch Scheme. The Scheme has also been responsible for attracting the Police Mobile Speed Camera to the outskirts of the village in an attempt to slow down traffic along on the A1152.

Cllr Harding kindly heads up the Community Speed Watch Team and more volunteers are invited to join. For more information, please contact Nigel Harding or the Parish Office.

Rendlesham Parish Council takes any anti social behaviour very seriously and works with the Safer Neighbourhood Team (Suffolk Constabulary and Suffolk Coastal Council Officers) to make the community in which we all live, a safer place.  In the first instance please report any non-emergency ASB direct to the Police (phone 101) or call the Suffolk Coastal Safer Neighbourhood Team on 01394 444 763.

Motor vehicle ASB Reporting forms can be downloaded here or hard copies are available from your Parish Clerk.

Youth Group Charity

To ensure the future of a Youth Group in the village, the Parish Council is the Charity Trustee and oversees the running of the club. Junior sessions for the under 12s are held in the Community Centre every Tuesday during school term time, and two senior sessions are held for the over 13s every Wednesday and Thursday term time only. The sessions are constantly under review and change from time to time to suit the age groups using the youth services.

Installation of additional grit bins

Following consultation with residents, the Parish Council have installed an additional 3 grit bins around the village bringing the total to 14 grit bins. The Parish Council is now looking for "Snow sponsors" to sponsor the upkeep of the bins, and "Snow Champions" to spread the grit. Insurance is available through Suffolk County Council for all registered volunteers who kindly volunteer to clear the snow. For further information, please contact the Parish Office.