Southwold and Reydon Society
Protecting the character and amenities of Southwold and Reydon
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Welcome to the official web site of the Southwold and Reydon Society –an organisation set up by local people to protect the character and amenities of this unique and beautiful part of Suffolk. The Society was founded 49 years ago and membership is open to anyone whether they live here permanently or are visitors.
The Society involves itself in a wide range of issues from the threat to local shops from national chains like Costa Coffee to coastal erosion , health provision, transport, housing and the danger of a major oil spillage damaging the local tourist industry on which much of the area's prosperity depends.
Most recently The Society has been closely involved in drawing up a Town Plan for Southwold which will form a blueprint for the future .It is also involved in drawing up a similar plan for Reydon with whom it shares many services and common interests.Eventually it is hoped there will be a Neighbourhood Plan for the whole area.
Inevitably planning applications form a large part of the Society's work. Located as we are in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) and with large parts of Southwold being classed as a conservation area, any proposals for new buildings or alterations to existing buildings can arouse strong local feelings .The Society therefore looks at every planning application made in Southwold and Reydon and comments on those it thinks might adversely affect the way of life we all currently enjoy.
To this end it has produced two substantial reports – one on Planning policy and more recently one on Housing – both available in the Planning section of this web site
The most recent report on Housing seeks to lay out the facts and dispel some of the myths about who actually lives in the area and future trends . It shows for instance that the permanent population of both Southwold and Reydon has been falling for some years. The population of Southwold is now less than 1,000. Reydon's population is just over 2,000. At the same time the number of holiday lets and second homes in Southwold has risen as a proportion of the total and now accounts for nearly 50%.of all dwellings. In Reydon the figure is much lower at 14% of homes.
To promote a sense of community, the Society runs an annual Awards for Excellence which recognises the contribution made by individuals and organisations to the quality of life in the area.Local residents put forward nominations to a panel of independent judges and the winners are announced at the Society's AGM in April.A full list of winners to date can be seen by clicking the Awards for Excellence button at the top of the page.
To be fully effective the Society needs as many people as possible to join and make their views known . We hope very much you will now take some time to have a look round our web site and become a member. Details are available in the Membership section above .