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Whisstocks restaurant will have magnificent views across the Deben

PUBLISHED: 11:57 19 May 2017

Regeneration of Woodbridge’s historic waterfront draws a step closer. Developers celebrate ‘topping out’ of Deben Wharf at Whisstocks. Picture: GREGG BROWN

Regeneration of Woodbridge’s historic waterfront draws a step closer. Developers celebrate ‘topping out’ of Deben Wharf at Whisstocks. Picture: GREGG BROWN

This is my final musing as Mayor of Woodbridge as my year has come to an end, passing so quickly. During the year we have been invited to a diverse range of organisations both locally and across Suffolk.

I have enjoyed the experience immensely and I count myself extremely fortunate to have had this opportunity to represent the town.

In the council chamber we continue to be busy.

We completed the review of our committee rules or standing orders and as a result have introduced an agenda item where the public have a slot when they may speak to the full council or committee on any topic they wish.

During my year as Mayor I have sought to encourage the people and organisations of Woodbridge to work closely with the town council. This change in our rules goes some way to giving residents the chance to express their ideas and views directly to their elected councillors.

Following a financial review it was necessary to move the open market to an area the WTC owns, namely Market Hill Square. Clearly in the past this was where markets were held.

On the planning committee we had a large number of applications to consider. A couple were at Martlesham trading estate where we still oppose units that are designated for retail rather than commercial.

We do this to try and help protect our high street shops and also encourage employment in the area.

A dog poop problem in Kingston Field was reported by a resident. We undertook a survey and the results showed the problem localised to one end of the field.

We are considering more signs to remind dog owners of their responsibilities as well as seeing if our gardens contractor can help keep the field clear.

All the councillors enjoyed a visit to the Whisstocks development and went inside the buildings that the WTC will soon own and lease out to the Woodbridge Museum and the Woodbridge Riverside Trust.

We also went up onto the balcony of the future restaurant and enjoyed a magnificent view across the river Deben. What an added tourist attraction this development will prove to be for the area.

We now need to sort out with the district council and others where these additional visitors will park!

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