A Note from Parish Council Chairman Alan Porter

The Melton Messenger
Currently no paper copies are being delivered and this may not resume until the current Covid-19 crisis has been resolved one way or another.

We are very aware that people don’t really like reading magazines online and that assumes that they have internet access which many do not. It suddenly struck me that we have a few magazines delivered locally to every house so I thought I would contact them. Well I got a very quick response from Sharon, the editor of In Touch, and this is the first article to appear. It is our attempt to reach out to more of our residents in these highly restrictive times.

Defibrillator Batteries
The batteries in the defibrillator are kept charged up by a mains connection. The battery powers the light and a small heater that keeps condensation out when the temperature drops below a certain level. I think it is useful to reassure local people that the unit is maintained and ready to go at a moment’s notice. A good friend of mine had a cardiac arrest at Cretingham Golf Club and they used a defibrillator to save his life. He is still playing golf and is eternally grateful that there was a defibrillator nearby. We will get another unit from Bloor Homes when the building work is complete in Woods Lane. We shall be looking for a second location in Melton to fit it.

Free Parking at East Suffolk Car Parks
I see that parking in the Hamlin Road car park in Woodbridge is free for 30 minutes and you can park anywhere, not just in those few spaces by Elmhurst Park. There are often queues of people lining up at the machines as it takes a while to get a ticket now as you have to enter the registration number. 

There is an option to use the Ringo App, which I decided to try. Before you can use the app, you must associate a debit or credit card with it, but you won’t be charged unless you select a period of more than 30 minutes. If you enter the number 4401 and make sure you set the option not to receive either of the text messages, Ringo parking is free. Otherwise you pay 20p for the text messages. The app is really useful as you will save time by avoiding the need to queue and you can avoid touching the keypad which is good when we are living with Covid-19.

You can only have one free 30-minute parking slot per day per location. You can always use your partner’s car or park at another location. For example, if you park at 4401 Hamblin Road, you can park at 4403 Oak Lane later.

Remembrance Day
I laid a wreath on behalf of Melton Parish Council, but I was only at the memorial for a short while as Covid-19 restrictions were obviously in place. All the names are now easily readable as some restoration work has been done. The Second World War memorial will be restored soon I am told.

Budget 2020/2021
Currently we are having our council meetings online and the next one is a special meeting of the budget working group made up of a small number of councillors. Despite the pandemic, we still have plans to get a lot of things done in the next financial year.

Behind the Name: Melton in the Great War 1914-1919
We were involved with Melton Heritage Group in the production of this great book. Of the 300 copies printed, one sample of the book was sent to the British Library, but the Melton Heritage Group held back five copies in case the British Library wanted more. Recently the author, Andy Pritchatt, received a request from the Legal Deposit Libraries for the five copies. They are for The Bodleian Library, Cambridge University Library, The National Library of Scotland, the National Library of Wales and the Library of Trinity College, Dublin. Not every author receives these requests and clearly demonstrates that the book is of great value to researchers.

New Plaques on the Beacon
Simon Benton has produced two new roundels to commemorate people from Melton who served in the Second World War. These plaques commemorate the 75th anniversary of VE Day (Victory in Europe) and VJ Day (Victory in Japan). They have been fitted onto the pole that holds the beacon in the recreation ground. There is now a cover to protect the beacon and it also prevents it being used as a basketball net as has happened in the summer.

Christmas & New Year
This is the festive edition of In Touch so I would like to take this opportunity to wish all readers a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. Let’s hope we can make the most of this important time of the year, be kind to people and wish for a better 2021.

Cllr Alan Porter, Chairman Melton Parish Council
E: cllr.porter@melton-suffolk-pc.gov.uk
Post: 7 Riduna Park, Station Road, Melton, Woodbridge IP12 1QT

Parish Council Office: 01394 382224 / clerk@melton-suffolk-pc.gov

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