SOUTHWOLD AND REYDON SOCIETY

NEWS OCTOBER 2017

St George's playing field: Action against the housing development proposed by St Felix continues. There have been weekly updates from Reydon Action Group for the Environment (RAGE) informing its many supporters of the progress of the campaign.

RAGE has written to local MP Therese Coffey about planning policy issues arising from the application and RAGE chairman Stephen Chessher has met her.  RAGE shortly hopes to meet Waveney District Council officers and members to discuss particular concerns including the planning officers' report which RAGE considers was seriously misleading and did not provide a balanced picture of the application, or the numerous consultation responses.

Part of the land that will be affected by this development was once part of Reydon Common and appears on a map dated 1783. This remnant is of special interest because the uncultivated gorse and bracken is characteristic of the heathlands of the Suffolk Coast and Heath AONB.

The Waveney Local Plan: We spent a good deal of our Committee meeting in September discussing the draft Local Plan from Waveney which will set the planning framework from 2018-36. As we write this newsletter for publication, we are still finalising our response which will stress the need to help us maintain a sustainable local community and economy and avoid development that encourages further increases in second homes at the expense of housing for people already living and working in the community. We will summarise the key points of our final response next month.

Reydon's Jubilee Green has had its first 'official' event - not long after it was finally handed over to the Parish Council, something the Society has lobbied hard for over the last two years. It was organised by Charlotte Clarke from Southwold Library for children and parents, and took the form of a "bring your own picnic" with stories, rhymes and crafts. The Reydon Community Gardeners supported the event with raised beds planted with herbs, a plant trail and 'jewellery' made with seed pods, hips, and anything else that could be found. It was a lovely warm, sunny day and good time was had by all. Early in October there will be further progress when more permanent raised beds are to be built with the help of Rotary Club members.

The RNLI Lifeboat Week was enjoyed by holiday makers and residents alike, with over sixty volunteers collecting £3,375 during the course of the week. Additional donations are still being received from well-wishers. To entertain the public there was a Lifeboat display; a demonstration of model boats which had to take place in a large tank as there was no water in the model boat pools; "pop up" shops and the 'steaming' of a garden railway. I think we all need to be reminded that the RNLI is run only on donations and it costs approximately £46,000 a day to run the service. The Society recognised the contribution of Southwold Lifeboat by an Excellence Award in 2015. The RNLI has now forbidden its branches from making house-to-house collections so as to avoid any allegations of cold calling. This change has resulted in a slight drop in the amount locally collected this year. The total raised by this area in 2016 was about £28,000; figures for this calendar year will be available soon.

                                                                                                Pam Cyprien
                                                                        Executive Committee Member