DARSHAM ANNUAL VILLAGE MEETING
10TH MAY 2022
VILLAGE HALL – 6PM
The first meeting after lockdown was held in the new village hall and very well attended, with 60/70 residents enjoying wine [kindly donated by Budgens], fruit juice and canapes provided by volunteers and with music from The Darsham Dogs to start the evening. There were many displays from local groups and residents, showing the wide range of activities and interests that are open to everyone.
Mr. James Mallinder [Suffolk County councillor for Environment] gave a very interesting report on the choices everyone has on environmental issues and emphasised that we must all work together in this time of climate change. He presented that there was no one solution but said that the environment is a thread that holds us all together, bearing in mind that carbon reduction is not the only concern – we need to carry out changes in behaviour, waste less – and leave the grass in our gardens and roadsides to grow long and fill with wild flowers and keep our closed graveyards as nature reserves. JM concluded with the comment that we must not just accept future predictions, but start now as a community to alter the way we all live our lives. The parish council chairman, Robin Leggate, thanked JM for coming to the meeting.
Robin Leggate then gave a report on the Parish Council work in the last year, outlining the council’s work in reviewing planning applications, dealing with speeding problems and running the orchard and allotments. The council now has considerable funds available under the Community Infrastructure Levy scheme. Individual councillors had specific responsibilities which can be found on the village website. Parking problems are ongoing in The Street, but there is a possibility that the parish council might be able to buy a piece of land for a car park near The Fox. The recent litter pick was very successful and all volunteers were thanked for their efforts. Robin Leggate thanked all councillors and the clerk for their work over the past year. The report of the last Annual Village Meeting  was taken as read and agreed.
Richard Smith [Suffolk County councillor] gave a brief report on managing county council staff and also noted that the majority of spending is on adult social care services. He felt that as far as Sizewell C proposals were concerned that efforts must now be made to fund substantial mitigation of the construction and management effects on the surrounding communities and countryside.
The annual village meeting closed at 7.30pm.