Dial 999 in an emergency
Non Emergency: (01473) 749333
The Ipswich Hospital, Heath Road, Ipswich Tel: (01473) 712233
Colchester District General Hospital, Turner Road, Colchester Tel: (01206) 747474
Constable Country Practice - East Bergholt Tel: (01206) 298272
Dedham Chemist, High Street, Dedham Tel: (01206) 322109
BBC Radio 1 FM 97.6 - 99.8
BBC Radio 2 FM 88.0 - 90.2
BBC Radio 4 FM 92.4 - 94.6
BBC Suffolk FM 103.9
BBC Essex FM 103.5 MW 729 (Colchester)
Essex Radio FM 102.6
Heart FM 96.1 (Colchester)
Heart FM 97.1 (Ipswich)
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The parish of Stratford St Mary comes under the District Council authority of Babergh District Council and our area is Brett Vale.
Our District Councillor is John Ward. John attends parish council meetings to update residents on initiatives and activities at District level.
Babergh District Council's address is: Endeavour House, 8 Russell Road, Ipswich, IP1 2BX.
Contact can be made by telephone on: 0300 1234000 (Main switchboard) or 01473 825878 (Minicom service)
Their website provides useful local and planning information and can be accessed on: - www.babergh.gov.uk
Our County Council is Suffolk County Council, and our County Councillor is Gordon Jones (firstname.lastname@example.org) who also regularly attends parish council meetings and provides county council updates.
Suffolk County Councils offices are at: - Endeavour House, 8 Russell Road, Ipswich, Suffolk IP1 2BX
Telephone Number: - 0345 606 6067
The local Member of Parliament is James Cartlidge who lives in Assington near Sudbury.
Constituency Office Tel: 01473 823435
In an emergency call 999
Our local police station is based at Capel St Mary. It is manned from 10am to 12noon Monday, Wednesday and Friday.
Telephone number: 01473 383115
Please be aware that this is not an emergency telephone number and any non-urgent crime reports should be made through 101.
101 is the number to call when you want to contact your local police - when it's less urgent than a 999 call. 101 is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
When to call 101?
You should call 101 to report less urgent crime and disorder or to speak to your local officers.
for example, you should call 101 if:
101 has been introduced as part of the government's wider work to improve access to the police, ease pressure on 999, and to help to efficiently and effectively tackle crime and disorder.
What is the difference between 101 and 999?
You should continue to call 999 when it is an emergency, such as when a crime is in progress, when there is danger to life or when violence is being used or threatened.
Martlesham Police Headquarters: 01473 613500
Important Information: Suffolk School Travel Changes from September 2019
Suffolk County Council is implementing changes to its School Travel Policy taking effect from September 2019. SCC has written to all schools with information about the policy change and how it will affect them. Please see below details of the policy change and how it may affect schools in our area.
Statutory School Age School Travel Policy:
Children living in Suffolk who will be starting at a new school in September 2019 will be eligible for SCC funded school travel when they are over 2 miles (under 8 years old) or 3 miles (over 8) walking distance from their nearest suitable school that would have had a place available for them. This would be whether or not an application was made for a place at that school. Full details about SCC funded school travel, including additional arrangements for low income families and those with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND), can be found at www.suffolkonboard.com/schooltravel.
The new policy is being phased in. This means that children who receive Suffolk County Council (SCC) funded school travel in the 2018/2019 school year will continue to receive this whilst they continue to attend the same school unless they turn 8 years of age and live between 2 and 3 miles from their current school, or move house at which time eligibility would be reassessed.
In the first year of change to the new school travel policy this will impact on those starting or moving school with effect from September 2019. SCC is unable to be specific about the impact, until they complete the normal admissions rounds for September 2019. The national offer days for school places are 1 March 2019 for secondary/upper allocations and 16 April 2019 for Primary/middle allocations.
For those starting at secondary/upper schools in September 2019, parents will be informed if their child is eligible for SCC funded travel by 30 April 2019. Information about those who are eligible to SCC funded travel will be provided to the child’s receiving school. If parents do not hear from SCC by this date and believe their child is eligible for funded school travel, they should contact the Customer Service Team on 0345 606 6173 or email them at email@example.com. For primary/middle schools for school year 2019/2020, parents will be informed by 14 May 2019 and need to contact SCC as soon as possible after this date if they think they might be eligible. Again, information about those who are eligible to SCC funded travel will be provided to the child’s receiving school.
Beyond September 2019, changes will continue to be implemented as each year group starts a new school or a family move to a new house.
For transport in September 2019 and all future years families whose child/ren are eligible for SCC funded school travel will need to opt in to receive their transport.
This important change means that all parents will have to opt-in by 31 May each year for school travel to be provided in the following school year as this will no longer be provided automatically.
1. Those currently eligible and who have SCC funded travel under the old policy arrangements because they will be in Year 1 to Year 6, or Year 8 to Year 11 in September 2019 (and have not moved address) or
2. Those who are eligible under the new travel policy.
Recent research has shown that some families, although eligible to SCC funded school travel, do not use their seat(s). Consequently, SCC is funding seats which are unused and is therefore asking families to opt in.
Post-16 Travel Policy Statement for September 2019:
The Post-16 Policy has not changed other than agreed increases to the cost of a seat until the charge equals the average cost. For September 2019/2020 school year the charge will be £750 per annum, and for students with SEND £690 per annum.