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


Litter Picking

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:
Arrange a litter pick as an individual (


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
More information and latest dates for this project can be found on our website at:
To find out more about road improvements we’re carrying out across the East of England, please visit our website at
If you would like more information, please contact us on 0300 123 5000, or by email at

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.


Neighbourhood Plan

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.

Please contact:

For more info:


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.



Police online reporting tool

Reporting a non emergency crime can now be reported online on the Suffolk Constabulary website.
Alternatively you can dial 101. 
In an emergency dial 999

Lightwave Food Bank

Lightwave runs a food bank which is based at the Red Lodge Pavillion. It is open every Thursday from 11am to 2pm for people to access food parcels or for donations to be dropped off.
More details can be found on their website


Barton Mills Playing Field

The Parish Council would like to remind users of the rules when using the playing field:
- that no organised events should take place on the field without prior consent from the Parish Council
- no litter should be left on the field, litter should be disposed of in the bins available, if no bins are avaialble then litter should be taken home to dispose of.


Street Lighting

The majority of the street lighting in the village is owned by the Parish Council of which some are maintained by Suffolk County Council and some by the Parish Council.
To report a faulty street light first go to the online reporting tool on Suffolk County Council's website and use the map to locate the street light, if this is maintained by Suffolk County Council you can log the fault, if not the reporting tool will inform you that Suffolk County Council do not maintain the said light. If this is the case, then please contact the Parish Council clerk at

Pot Holes and other Highway issues 

The majority of roads in Suffolk are maintained by Suffolk County Council.
You can use Suffolk County Council's simple reporting tool, found on their website to report Highways issues including pot holes, blocked drains, trees/hedges affecting a highway and pavement defects


The Barton Miller

Volunteers in the Parish produce a monthly magazine called the Barton Miller.
News, local events and information can be found in the Barton Miller.
Past copies of the Barton Miller can be found on our website.



For more information please visit:

 Planning Inspectorate website.

Sunnica website