Affordable Housing in Barton Mills
The Parish Council are currently are hoping to provide a new social housing scheme to provide affordable housing for “Barton Millers” with a “connection to the Village”.
The Parish Council have appointed Havebury to be the housing association to deliver the proposal
The scheme is planned to be adjacent to the Newmarket Road (car boot field) and looks like a superb scheme. The proposed scheme consists of fifteen 1, 2 and 3 bedroom houses which will be available as a mix of affordable rental and shared ownership.
There was be a public consultation held on Monday 5th July 2021, to view comment and feedback from the event and to look at draft site plans please visit the Havebury website.
Havebury have now submitted the planning application to West Suffolk Council. The plans are available to view on the West Suffolk Council website.
Havebury detail on their website that to apply, you must register with your local authority. You can register with Home-Link here
West Suffolk Council can provide individuals with litter picking sets, if you wish to volunteer and pick litter in the village on a day and time that suits you.. Each litter pick pack will include a picker and black & blue sacks. The filled sacks can be left in or next to your bins on collection day.
For more information and to request a pack please visit the following website:
Road Works and Closures A11
See below detials from National Highways
A11 Red Lodge Bypass (A11 Thetford to A11/A14 junction 38 merge)
I am writing to tell you that we plan to carry out essential work to renew the road markings and studs, plus resurface sections of the A11 between Thetford and the A11/A14 junction 38 merge near Newmarket. Once complete, drivers will benefit from a safer, smoother, and better-defined road surface.
We plan to complete this work over 3 months between Tuesday 18 October and January 2023. We will work overnight between 8pm and 6am on weeknights only, weather conditions permitting.
Closures and diversions
To carry out the work safely, we will need to close sections of the A11, one direction at a time, and divert traffic as detailed below:
-Tuesday 18 to Monday 24 October
Southbound closure of the A11 between A134/A1066 roundabout and B1177 roundabout, Thetford
-Tuesday 25 October to Monday 31 October
Southbound closure of the A11 between Fiveways Roundabout, Barton Mills and Red Lodge Interchange
-Tuesday 1 November to Wednesday 16 November
Southbound closure of the A11 between Fiveways Roundabout, Barton Mills and A11/A14 split near Newmarket
-Monday 5 December to Tuesday 13 December
Northbound closure of the A11 between A11/A14 split near Newmarket and Red Lodge Interchange
- Tuesday 2 January to Friday 6 January
Northbound closure of the A11 between Red Lodge Interchange and Fiveways Roundabout, Barton Mills
Additional works will be required after this at the following locations:
- A11 Fiveways Roundabout, Barton Mills for approximately three nights.
- A11 northbound between Fiveways Roundabout and A134/A1066 roundabout, Thetford for approximately two weeks.
We will write to you again in December to provide an update on these works and details of works planned after Christmas.
We are aware of issues in the past regarding drivers not using the appropriate diversion route and have taken the following measures to ensure diversion routes are followed:
·During these works, we will be implementing a temporary 7.5t weight limit restriction on the A1101, reducing the impact of HGVs.
·We will be deploying speed camera safety vans in various locations during these works, to act as a deterrent for traffic speeding through neighbouring areas. Any instances of speeding are legally enforceable and will be passed onto the police.
How to find out more
Highways Proposal to close the gaps in the central reservation of the A11 between Red Lodge and Fiveways
Highways propose to close three gaps within the central reservation. From north to south, these are located at, Newmarket Road North, Herringswell Road and Golf Links Road (Newmarket Road South). We also propose to extend the barrier in the central reservation at Park Farm Drive.
This follows a number of personal injury collisions at these gaps, ranging in seriousness from minor to fatal. Following a study carried out in 2021, Highways are now planning work to close the gaps and improve this section of A11 over the next 12 months.
The work involved in closing these gaps will include:
• removal of existing filter lanes that allow vehicles to manoeuvre in and out of the central reservation gaps.
• installation of new red coloured surfacing along the central reservation.
• replace, improve, or modify existing road markings.
• modify, remove, or relocate directional signs.
• removal of existing no entry and no U-turn signs.
• improve and extend the safety barrier along the central reservation.
• improve and extend the safety barrier along the northbound and southbound verges.
At Golf Links Road (Newmarket Road South), Herringswell Road and Newmarket Road North junctions, we propose the following:
• removal of hard surfacing along the junction islands
• replacement of existing junction island kerbs.
• changing road markings by removing give-way markings, removing give way triangles, and modifying the chevron markings.
• removal of give way signs.
Highways have confirmed they intend to arrange a meeting with the Parish Council, however a date has yet to be agreed.
We are investigating the development of a NEIGHBOURHOOD PLAN.
It would enable us as a community to identify the needs in the future within the parish. This would include the environment, services, roads and development. It would allow us to guide and shape these needs.
This would be a community driven project, not run by the parish council.
We are looking for volunteers to form a steering group. this will consist of 6-10 members who can develop "our" plan.
It would take 2-3 years to complete
Anyone with experience in planning, environment, law or other relevant skills would be welcome. But most of all we need people who care about the future development of this village.
Proposed changes to the River Lark
The Environment Agency are considering several significant changes to the river Lark. James Dyke from the Environment Agency has now attended two Parish council meeting 5th of October and 7th July, James talked about the history of the lark in the area, what they want to acheive and how they hope to achieve this.
For more information see briefing pack.