MHHL responsibilities also include the following:-
The Control Tower. Most of this is sublet to Martlesham Heath Aviation Society who have created an excellent museum. MHAS contribute siginificantly towards the upkeep of the building. Here is a war time photo of the Control Tower.
The access road to the Control Tower and its car park are private land, and are primarily for use by people attending events and meetings at the Control Tower.
Litter bins. Other than the bins in the village square (which are the responsibility of the landlord of the Square) all the other bins were provided by MHHL and they are emptied on our behalf by Suffolk Coastal District Council.
MHHL owns the ground opposite Gorseland School and this area is being planted into a Community Orchard, led by the Parish Council. The area is currently publicly accessible - users are asked not to damage the area.
MHHL own the land next to the ground above, that the Centenary Play space is built on. The Parish Council kindly provided and maintain the site and play equipment.
MHHL own the land behind the Pavilion (the Harry Higgins playspace), but the Parish Council kindly provided and maintain the site and play equipment.
The WWII windsock near Forest Lane
The clock in the tower in Manor Rd
The padlocked barriers across entrances to the Western Corridor. These are for maintenance and Fire Brigade access.
FAQ's - Grounds Maintenance
‘'I am confused as to what the various agencies do in respect of grass cutting across the district?''
Suffolk Coastal Norse (the Council's operational services partner) undertakes the cutting of grass on public open spaces across the district from late March to November. Suffolk Coastal Norse also carries out grass cutting on behalf of Suffolk County Council on its highway verges within the main Towns and Parishes, though the County frequency is ‘'topped up'' with additional cuts paid for by Suffolk Coastal District Council. Highway grass on the main trunk roads and areas outside of the main towns is generally carried out either by Suffolk County Council or Highways England.
‘'Why has the service been cut this year; is it to save money?''
There has been NO reduction in the amount of resource provided to undertake grass cutting in 2016 than compared to previous years. We aim to cut all grass across the whole district a minimum of 8 times during the season which equates to around once per month. There will naturally be some variation, due to the weather for example, but this is the frequency for the majority of locations.
‘'When do you start grass cutting and when do you stop?''
When Suffolk Coastal Norse start grass cutting in March, this is a continual cycle till the season ends. Of course there will always be occasional urgent works but the plan remains that dedicated teams focus on their areas. If your particular location is cut at the end of a Monthly cycle, as not all areas can be cut immediately, it should be borne in mind that this same area will receive its final cut that much later, therefore all areas do receive an equal amount of attention.
Whilst this is generally our advice, given that in recent years the growing season appears to be getting longer with no real Winters to speak of, there have been occasions where cutting has been carried out earlier and later than the above. Naturally any such change has to be done within current resources.
‘'Why is the grass cutting worse this year than previous years''
Due to two consecutive mild winters, grass cutting actually commenced earlier in 2016 nearer the beginning of March and all rounds were completed in the early part of the year to schedule and with little comment. We have generally remained consistent in terms of the schedule but the rate of growth from mid-May to date has been rampant. When grass growth is at its peak, it might appear we are doing something different but this is not the case. Thick grass as well as rain can slow the schedule down as it takes longer to cut but this is not the most significant factor, it is the height of the grass through this speed of growth which obviously becomes more noticeable.
‘'Why not have extra resources ready when the grass is growing strongly?''
There will always be a grass spurt (or even spurts) during a growing season, however the problem is that it is extremely difficult to predict when this will occur and therefore difficult to apply extra resource to what is a relatively short period of time. Additional resource is applied during peak growth but given the scale of the amount of grass to be cut, it is perfectly understandable that this is not necessarily appreciated.
‘'Why do you not collect grass like you use to do?''
The fact is we have never collected grass on verges, communal areas or open spaces. When grass is growing slowly, it can appear that we have collected cuttings as there is little to show but when the grass is long then the cuttings (arisings) will be evident. However arisings do not kill that which is underneath and new grass soon shows as the arisings quickly breakdown.
‘'You say you cut the grass approximately once a month but the grass in my area has not been cut for months''
The teams employed to cut the grass across the district have a huge area to cover. Occasionally areas of grass do get missed, so if you feel an area of grass has not been cut when generally similar areas in your neighbourhood have, please do let us now.
‘'Why are some green areas cut more often than others?''
There are a few areas cut more often, like formal open spaces near sea fronts and some main routes, however given the total area covered, these represent an extremely small amount.
‘'When are you going to catch up with grass cutting?''
While we continue to experience current conditions of torrential rain followed by warm and humid conditions, then grass growth will remain a challenge. This will have been noticed by those who cut their lawns at home and who are likely to be having to do this weekly. Unfortunately there has never been the resource to deliver this type of service and frequency.
It is perfectly reasonable that during periods of rapid growth questions are raised about frequency, but with the onset of drier conditions in the Summer and colder conditions in early Autumn, growth will slow to the extent that the same monthly cutting cycle will be sufficient to leave a reasonable standard.