Leiston cum Sizewell is a rural town with a population of 5,500. It is situated one mile from the Suffolk Coast and is included in the designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty with Suffolk Sandlings and RSPB Minsmere being close by. This area is a haven for walkers and cyclists wishing to explore the Suffolk coastline. It has a diverse community and owes much of its heritage to the Richard Garrett Works, established at the end of the 1700’s. It ran until the early 1970s and the town developed alongside the industry. This is apparent in the style of the town architecture which bears resemblance to the pit towns of south Yorkshire. The Long Shop museum in Leiston displays many of the engines manufactured by Garretts.
Leiston is the home of the oldest purpose built cinema in the country and celebrated its centenary in 2014.
The parade in Leiston partially followed the route of the town’s H company of the 4th Battalion, Suffolk Regiment, on their way to Leiston station to set off for wartime service on August 5, 1914, the day after war was declared.
The parade passed through Old Post Office Square, pausing at the Old Railway Station, before continuing to the Alde Valley Sixth Form Centre Field for a Drumhead Ecumenical Service of commemoration.
The afternoon featured an open-air band concert of music of the First World War period community stalls, and children’s activities.
A new Leiston in the Great War exhibition was also officially opened at the Long Shop Museum.
WHAT SORT OF PLACE WILL YOUR LEISTON BE IN 15 YEARS’ TIME?
Leiston-cum-Sizewell are currently taking advantage of Government legislation to produce something called a “Neighbourhood Plan”. This, once complete, will become a mainstay of the planning system and ensure the town is developed along the lines we, its residents, want.
“What power will this give us?” The neighborhood plan will provide some of the important policies which future planning applications – of all kinds – will be judged against. Therefore it is a document that will have a major say in whether applications in the parish are approved or refused. And that power is in your hands. This has never been the case before, so this is genuinely ground breaking.
To download a copy of the consultation Plan please click Here
Suffolk Coastal’s electoral wards and parishes
Suffolk Coastal District Council is now represented by 42 councillors following the elections on 7 May 2015 – thirteen fewer than previously. Those councillors will represent eleven single-member wards, fourteen two-member wards and one three-member ward across the district – 26 electoral wards in total.
You can view maps of the new and previous arrangements by following the links below:
So who did you vote for to represent Leiston Town Council?
Leiston Community Radio is on its way!
We need volunteers to help build the studio live presenters, and prerecord presenters, producers, community journalists,web maintenance people, promotion and marketing people and programme sponsors…Interested? Text or call Nick on 07720349222 for more information.
Can you teach people to use a PC?
A local company, Project4Skills, is looking for people to set up a volunteer lead computer group based in the library.
This will enable those people who currently do not have PC skills to meet and learn in a relaxed and friendly environment. If you are interested and would like to learn more then call in and speak to Gayler in the library or call Nick on 01728830709
Alde Valley Family
For more details of the group and upcoming events please click the image