At this month’s Town Council meeting – Climate change & more

The controversial climate change debate found its way into the Felixstowe Town Hall, with a young student challenging councillors at the June town council meeting to declare a climate emergency and take action to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

The Mayor, Nick Barber, assured her that councillors were aware of the challenge and that this subject would receive high priority on the council’s agenda in future.

Later the council welcomed a planning application for ground source heating plants by Flagships for some of the homes it had in Felixstowe.

 Mr Barber reported that he was the only “visiting mayor” at the start of the recent women’s cycling tour through Suffolk in Beccles. While there, he spoke to several tour officials and he thought there was a chance that Felixstowe could be included in next year’s race.

During the meeting, councillors were introduced to Suffolk Constabulary’s new South East Locality Chief, Inspector Sally Henderson, who is in charge of the Safer Neighbourhood team covering Felixstowe, the Trimleys, Woodbridge and part of Ipswich. 

Accompanied by Sgt Peter Street, Inspector Henderson appealed to councillors and the public to help the police identify local problem areas. She said that the police were already focusing on vulnerable people and known trouble spots in Felixstowe.

Acknowledging that the non-emergency 101 number was sometimes a bit slow, the inspector suggested people try reporting incidents online. She kept a close eye on the online links and would take swift take action where necessary. The Mayor appealed to her for “a bit more help” over the summer, “especially with parking concerns in certain areas”.

Felixstowe Forward Change director Helen Greengrass reminded councillors about the 2019 Annual Engagement Event at the Orwell Hotel on June 18 and reported new funding opportunities under the High Street Heritage Conservation Zone  had become available. There are some big developments ahead for the town, she said.

Ms Greengrass also introduced the new Felixstowe Communities Officer Chloe Winslow to councillors. She will be spearheading new local community projects across Felixstowe and the Trimleys. 

Roger Abbott


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  1. Robert Alexander says

    Cycle Felixstowe is the only cycling group supported by the Felixstowe Town Council. We are only a small group but understand the need to challenge all to use their cycles to encourage better air quality, improved health, both physical and mental. Our strap line being. A better solution to local traffic pollution. Bob Alexander, chairman.

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