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Suffolk’s Police and Crime Commissioner, Tim Passmore has today confirmed that he is proposing to raise the policing element of the council tax and wants to hear the public’s views. 

The recent general election has delayed the Home Office funding announcement, so the PCC is assuming an increase of 4% to the policing precept, which will potentially raise a Band D bill by 70p a month.

The PCC is asking whether the public supports his proposals and explains why the increase is necessary.

Tim Passmore said, “Since becoming PCC in 2012, each year I have had to make difficult decisions about the policing budget and how much I will ask you, as a Suffolk taxpayer, to pay towards the policing element of your council tax.


“Unfortunately, the timing of the recent General Election has meant that the normal cycle of funding announcements from central government was delayed. This leaves both myself and the Chief Constable in the difficult position of currently not knowing how much central funding we will receive, or what limits might be imposed on any increase in the policing element of council tax.


“This makes it very difficult to consult on a specific budget proposal, so I’m basing this year’s survey on an assumption of a 4% precept increase which is an additional 70p a month for a Band D property.”


This additional resource from a precept increase will allow the Chief Constable to improve the standards of police investigations to bring more offenders to justice and enhance Suffolk Constabulary’s capacity and capability regarding pro-active policing to tackle serious and organised crime, county lines and knife crime. A new commercial vehicle unit will make Suffolk’s roads safer and free flowing and additional officers and staff will enhance the Constabulary’s ability to prevent crime happening in the first place.

If Government limits the precept increase to 3% (53p a month for Band D), these plans will have to be adapted accordingly.  Details will be updated on the PCC website as they become available www.suffolk-pcc.gov.uk.


The PCC will present his proposal to increase the policing element of the council tax to the Police and Crime Panel on January 31st for their approval. The papers for this meeting will be published five days before on Suffolk County Council’s website, www.suffolk.gov.uk. 

The survey is available at www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/Suffolkprecept20-21

More detail on the proposed areas of investment is available here.

To find out what this could mean to households across all of the council tax bands please click here.


Information from the NW co-ordinator:

If it helps, extracted from https://one.network/ here are some of the planned roadworks on some of the more important routes in our area along the ‘A134 corridor’ for the rest of Jan and up to 31st March.  For planned roadworks elsewhere please visit https://one.network/.

 Of course, the planned programme may change.

 Suffolk County Council Highways Tel: 0345 606 6171


17-19 Feb: A1141 Lavenham Road past Old Hall Lane junction near ‘Lanterns’; diversion; Anglian Water.

17-21 Feb: Little Whelnetham, The Street from Bury Road junction to Linkwood Road junction; diversion; UK Power Networks.

20-21 Feb: Howe Lane, near Cockfield post office; diversion; Anglian Water.

12 Feb to 3 Apr: Please remember that in BSE the road (Crown St.) from St. Mary’s Church past the cathedral and the length of Angel Hill will be closed for carriage way reconstruction!


13 Jan: Little Whelnetham Road (approx. 100m from A34 junction); 2-way signals; Anglian Water.

13-17 Jan: A134 2-way signals between Windsor Green and Lawshall turn off near Rookery farm; SCC

 13-24 Jan: A134 multi-way signals in Sicklesmere near Stanningfield Road junction; SCC.


Local Defibrillator.  A fully Automated External Defibrillator (AED) accessible 24/7 is located at the entrance to the Manger pub in Bradfield Combust.  On calling 999 to report a suspected heart attack the East of England Ambulance Service will almost certainly prompt you to send for the AED if possible and give you the 4 digit code to access the secure AED cabinet.  The Manger staff also hold the code of course.

 The AED (Zoll AED 3) is extremely easy to use and once switched on will provide simple and clear audio instructions and visual cues; the smart AED (NOT the operator) assesses the patient and initiates any necessary shock.

 NHS Guidance:

Symptoms of a Heart Attack Can Include:

  • chest pain – a sensation of pressure, tightness or squeezing in the centre of your chest
  • pain in other parts of the body – it can feel as if the pain is travelling from your chest to your arms (usually the left arm is affected, but it can affect both arms), jaw, neck, back and tummy (abdomen)
  • feeling lightheaded or dizzy
  • sweating
  • shortness of breath
  • feeling sick (nausea) or being sick (vomiting)
  • an overwhelming sense of anxiety (similar to having a panic attack)
  • coughing or wheezing

Cardiac Arrest

 In some cases, a complication called ventricular arrhythmia can cause the heart to stop beating. This is known as sudden cardiac arrest.

Signs and symptoms that suggest a person has gone into cardiac arrest include:

  • they appear not to be breathing
  • they're not moving
  • they don't respond to any stimulation, such as being touched or spoken to

 If you think somebody has gone into cardiac arrest and you do not have [immediate] access to an automated external defibrillator (AED), you should perform chest compressions, as this can help restart the heart.

NHS CPR Hands Only Guide (ADULT).  Call 999 & if possible send for the AED then immediately carry out chest compressions [while waiting for the AED & ambulance]:

Place the heel of your hand on the breastbone at the centre of the person's chest. Place your other hand on top of your first hand and interlock your fingers.

  1. Position yourself with your shoulders above your hands.
  2. Using your body weight (not just your arms), press straight down by 5 to 6cm (2 to 2.5 inches) on their chest.
  3. Keeping your hands on their chest, release the compression and allow the chest to return to its original position.  
  4. Repeat these compressions at a rate of 100 to 120 times a minute (or as instructed by the AED) until an ambulance arrives or you become exhausted.


(For CPR with rescue breaths for adults, children & infants see https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/first-aid/cpr/)



The Community Chest funding round for 2020/2021 is now open.

Community Chest funding supports voluntary and community groups who make a contribution to improving the quality of life for people in West Suffolk.

Funded activities must help deliver the Families and Communities Approach and Families and Communities Strategy and eligibility criteria apply. The minimum amount that can be applied for is £1,000. This funding can be for one off projects or revenue funds for services.

Please find guidance and application documents below. To discuss your application prior to submission please contact families.communities@westsuffolk.gov.uk.

Applications close at noon on Monday 30 September 2019.

Previous Community Chest Grant allocations

Previous Rural Initiatives Grants Scheme (RIGS) grant allocations

Further information

You can see our approach to funding illustrated in our Families and Communities funding approach diagram

For more information read our Families and Communities approach

Other funding sources

Home assistance grants

Funding is available from West Suffolk councils to assist families/residents to make safe, repair and improve their homes and we would like your help to engage with our communities.

We can assist in different ways, through Warmer Homes Healthy People or through the Home Assistance grant (HAG) to  help home owners carry out repairs and improvements to their homes to ensure that they are warm, weather proof or water tight, safe and secure and have reasonably modern kitchen and bathroom facilities.

To find out more, or to see if one of our other grants could help, see our Housing grants page.

Energy grants

For a wide range of grants and other assistance with energy-saving initiatives for businesses and community venues see the Green Suffolk website


Local Information: 


St Edmundsbury Rural North Safer Neighbourhood Team
Ixworth Police Station
High Street

email: stedsruralnorth.snt@suffolk.pnn.police.uk

The station is open from 9.00 to 11.00am on Monday, Wednesday and Friday.

In an emergency dial 999. If you want to contact your local police and when it is less urgent than 999 dial 101.

Remember 101 is the new number to use to contact the police to report less urgent crime and disorder, or to speak to your local officers. 101 is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.


You can be in contact with the police to receive alerts on local crimes, scams and threats by accessing the Suffolk Police Website or Register Directly

You can register by telephone on 01473 613997

Recommended sites and contacts: Nextdoor Neighborhood: https://nextdoor.com/

Suffolk Constabulary: https://www.suffolk.police.uk/your-area/bury-st-edmunds

Bury St Edmunds Police: facebook and Twitter - @BuryStEdsPolice Community Engagement Officer: ceoburystedmunds@suffolk.pnn.police.uk

Police Connect: https://www.suffolk.police.uk/services/police-connect

SNWA: http://www.suffolknwa.co.uk/


Val Jackson handles the bookings. She lives in 3 The Green, Stanningfield.
TEL: 01284 827592


The MP for Bury St Edmunds is Jo Churchill

01284 752311




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