Cedars Park

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BSEVC is a registered Charity No 1004198 – Co No 2636217


REASONABLY PRICED TRANSPORT SERVICES MID SUFFOLK


We provide transport for those cannot easily access public transport.

We will take you to hospitals, clinics, social clubs, day centres, shopping, to visit relatives and friends or to train stations and public bus stops.


Accesible Vehicles

Our fully accessible vehicles can be booked up to 2 weeks in advance and are available Monday to Saturday.


Adult

1 - 5 miles £2.40

6 - 9 miles £3.30

10 -14 miles £4.20

15 - 20 miles £5.50

Under 5

Free

Free

Free

Free

Child 5-16

£1.00

£1.00

£1.00

£1.00

Under 18

£1.00

£2.00

£3.00

£4.00

Volunteer Car Service

We also have a team of volunteer drivers who use their own cars to transport people from “a” to “b”. Fares for this community car service are 54p per mile (inc VAT) and there is a booking fee of £1.20 (inc VAT) for each single journey. Passengers can book as far ahead as they wish. Passengers are invoiced monthly.


To keep these valuable services running we rely on volunteer drivers and would love to hear from you if you have a few hours spare a week to help.

To keep these valuable services running we rely on volunteer drivers and would love to hear from you if you have a few hours spare a week to help.

TO BOOK AND FOR MORE INFORMATION AND VOLUNTEERING PLEASE CONTACT; 01449 614271 or Email: bookings@bsevc.co.uk

We are based at Red Gables, Ipswich Road, Stowmarket, IP14 1BE


MID SUFFOLK, IPSWICH AND KESGRAVE

Background – In 2016 BSEVC were awarded the new Connecting Communities contracts in Mid Suffolk and Ipswich. BSEVC transport operations for both areas are run from Red Gables in Stowmarket with our registered office being in Bury St Edmunds.

Overview of Services – Mid Suffolk Ipswich and Kesgrave Connecting Communities - We have 4 fully accessible vehicles (which can take wheelchairs). Two vehicles operate in the South of the Mid Suffolk area and one in the North, the fourth vehicle runs central Ipswich and Kesgrave. The service is for those who are rurally isolated without access to a vehicle, those who cannot access public transport because of mobility difficulties or where there is little or no public transport available. Journeys can booked up to 2 weeks in advance, Clinics, hospital appointments and regular day centre visits may be booked further ahead, or on a regular basis. These vehicles operate Monday to Saturday 7am to 7pm and bookings are restricted to 5 bookings per passenger per 14 day period to ensure fair access.

How do I pay for my journeys on this service? - Please pay the driver on the day with cash or your travel vouchers. We do not accept concessionary bus passes.

MID SUFFOLK AND IPSWICH AND KESGRAVE COMMUNITY CAR SCHEME - We also have a small team of volunteer drivers who use their own vehicles to take people from “a” to “b” known as the Community Car service. Passengers can book as far ahead as they wish and there are no restrictions on the number of bookings. Most of our drivers live in and around Stowmarket, Debenham, Ipswich and Kesgrave.

Fare structure for Community Car and accessible car journeys - Fares for the use of the community car service are 54p per mile (45p per mile + 9p VAT) and there is a booking fee of £1.20 (£1 + 20p VAT) for each single journey. Passengers are invoiced monthly.

Please note that our charges may differ each time for the same journey. This is because we charge from the volunteer driver’s home (or from their previous dropping point) to you to your drop off point and return to their home or next pick up. We always try to use the closest available driver to keep the fare down but this is not always possible.

Where passengers can share a community car journey the total cost is divided fairly between them thus making the journey cheaper for those sharing the trip

How do I pay for my journeys for the Community Car Service? - An invoice will be sent to you during the first two weeks of the month following the month in which you took your trip. This invoice can be paid by cheque, cash or by bank transfer.

Who can use these services? - Anyone in the community who is unable to use regular public transport, where no such transport exists or it is infrequent. It is for individuals, couples, families and community groups.

What type of journeys do we cover? - Health appointments, visiting relatives and friends, shopping, connection to onward travel by bus, coach or train and transport to and from day centres and social events. However we also provide transport to take people to weddings, funerals, days out and various other local and regional events. Please note that what you are charged may differ each time because we charge from the driver’s home or from their previous dropping off point.

Minibus use for groups - We have two 15 seat minibuses that are available for community use, the hiring details are available from us or from our website.

How to Book a journey on our services? - Please call 01449 614271, email bookings@bsevc.co.uk or by text to 07493 866652. Note that all options are available Monday to Friday 9am to 4pm. Our team will identify the best transport option with you and the availability.

Emergency Line - If you need to cancel a journey for the same day or the next day or you need to contact us outside of office hours (Monday to Friday 9am to 4pm) then please call 07873 668430.


VOLUNTEER DRIVERS

Like Driving?

Can you spare a couple of hours a week? Want to help those unable to access public transport in your community? We go to hospitals, clinics, shopping, social clubs, day centres, train stations etc

Then we have the answer!


Join our friendly teams in Mid Suffolk Drive your own vehicle or one of ours, or both!


For more information please contact Francesca on 01449 614271 or email bookings@bsevc.co.uk

Latest News

Cash Rec June 2019


09/08/2019

Annual General Meeting - 2019


16/07/2019

Development of the site/land opposite Tesco’s

Most residents will have noticed by now that construction work is taking place on the above piece of land.

This is part of a planning application for the construction of both housing and facilities including a pub, a drive through and McDonalds eatery, a Costa coffee facility etc. and has been subjected to protracted negotiations taking the best part four years to bring to this stage by Haydons/Seamans ( a local company )

During this period different commercial organisations have expressed interest in the site, but for whatever reasons have withdrawn. At the time of a public presentation ( most of us would have forgotten it by now) given some time ago in the community centre, the majority view expressed was that the proposed facilities were needed for the benefit of Cedars Park residents.

Breheny’s, have been appointed to carry out construction of the leisure uses roads and civils package for housing, and commenced work on Monday the 7th of January. Estimated time to complete this, approx 12 – 14 weeks.

We are lead to believe that both Costa and McDonalds are ready to push on ; Marstons ,the pub group are gearing up for their part of the project.

During the protracted period of negotiation Haydon’s have regularly communicated with us in an open manner. This gave us the opportunity to express any views we held and put across what we considered appropriate. Unfortunately each time something looked certain, another delay or spanner was put in the works. This is the first time that we have been able to pass on anything with a degree of certainty. Should we hear of any updates we will let you know.

They have also informed us that if we have any specific issues to contact their managing director direct.


30/04/2019

Further info:

Further info:It is anticipated that work on Costa and McDonalds will start in May

We are currently arranging a meeting with Planning Officers from Mid Suffolk District Council to state our concerns about the safety of the exit from this site onto Gun Cotton Way.

The present planned exit allows vehicles leaving the site to be able to turn right across two lanes of increasingly busy traffic when making way up to the main roundabout on the 1120.

Our fears are that in process of making such a manoeuvre the possibility of a road traffic accident is increased.n bn b

We are suggesting a simple and inexpensive solution to reduce such possibilities; that is to erect a NO RIGH TURN or LEFT TURN ONLY at the exit .

Traffic then could go down to the small roundabout at the Tesco entrance and follow round on to a safer side of Gun Cotton Way.

We will publish an update after the meeting.

Mid Suffolk District Council. Planning Department

Endeavour House. 8 Russell Road. Ipswich. IP1 2BX


FTAO : Phillip Isbell. Acting Chief Planning Officer


From: The Cedars Park Residents Association. Stowmarket


Ref: The exit from the Haydons development site (incorporating Mac Donalds, Costa coffee

etc) on to Guncotton Way Stowmarket. Two maps enclosed.


20th .March.2019


I am writing to you to express serious safety concerns voiced by residents and our committee with regard to vehicles using this exit.


Background:

Gun Cotton Way is the key Eastern arterial road connecting the Cedars Park estate to the A1120 and the A14. It is also the main route offering customer vehicular access to the Tesco super store. The road has got busier in recent years as the estate has spread westward along its length. With commercial development now commencing along the Southern boundary, Gun Cotton Way is set to get busier still. In this context we have particular concerns relating to the management of high volumes of customer traffic that will eventually engage with the new Haydon’s development of fast food outlets on to the short stretch of road between the A1120 and the Tesco roundabout.

Our concerns/comments are as follows:

1) When exiting the site there is no restriction to making a right turn. This entails vehicles having to immediately cross two lanes of increasingly busy day and evening traffic. In our considered view this will inevitably lead to a likelihood of RTA’s

2) There is only a short distance from the previous roundabout (to the right)- with a restricted view from the site exit.

3) The impact of the increased density of traffic using this stretch of road ( see background above)has increased considerably over the last few years, brought about by the significant amount of house building on Cedars Park Estate, increases in HGV traffic to Tomo Commercial site and increased general vehicular traffic using Guncotton Way to the bridge over the railway .

4) Vehicles travelling eastbound from the roundabout into Tesco’s having to turn right across a lane of traffic in order to enter the site.

5) Vehicles will be travelling along Gun Cotton Way westbound from the roundabout on the 1120 to the right of the exit, a short distance away , whilst at the same time vehicles exiting the site turning right having to cross two lanes of traffic.-- A far from satisfactory situation.

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6) I am sure all the traffic elements of this development have been studied and signed off by SCH; but, how long has it been since a traffic assessment was made reflecting the true present day volumes using Gun Cotton Way, and , for that matter, their general impact on both on and from adjoining main roads. We already queue up at times of the day to exit Kestrel Drive on to the 1120. L

In the light of the above we would like you to seriously consider the following actions to help alleviate risks identified above. .

1) Before the site is open to the general public, put in place a NO RIGHT TURN or a TURN LEFT ONLY signage at the point of exit from the site onto Gun Cotton Way. The traffic then turns left to the roundabout at the entry to Tesco’s and follow round onto the correct side of the road without crossing two traffic lanes. We understand this may appear to yourselves a ‘laymans’ solution, but at very little cost providing at least a partial solution by addressing points 1 and 5. It does however leave points 2 and 4 needing further thought.

2) Take the opportunity to consider the merits of a traffic impact assessment in order to update the broader impact on the area due to the increasing vehicular volumes using Gun Cotton Way as commercial use of the estate develops, with a view to install mitigations as appropriate.

Finally, we must stress that we have no objections to the general pattern of development that is underway. New services will generally be welcomed by local residents. However, we have to consider the consequences of providing facilities that will attract substantial new numbers of visitors, both from the outside of Cedars Park, as well as within it. But, as stressed previously we are very concerned that the present plan does not inspire our confidence in a safe exit.

We request that you acknowledge this letter and keep on file.

Kevin Stobbs . Chair Cedars Park Residents Association

16 Dotteral Way. Stowmarket. IP14 5UL

Can also reply to: kevinstobbs@hotmail.co.uk or sylvia.downs@btinternet.com

p.s We originally were going to send this to Suffolk County Highways, but on contacting them

were told it has to go to MSDC as the authority that approved the application


30/04/2019

Annual General Meeting - 2017


18/09/2018

Change of Chairman

See Contact Us Page

18/09/2018

Waste Bin Collection

Missed Bin Collections. If you are having any problems with this service or need other information about it: You can call Mid Suffolk Collection Service on: 01449 778678 or 0845 6066045

18/09/2018