Councillor’s Monthly Bulletin – July 2021
from Maurice Cook and Lydia Freeman
Discussions continue to progress the parking arrangements in Framlingham. The Town Council are now in possession of the proposals for on-street and residents parking and a meeting will be arranged shortly in an endeavour to move both on-road and off-road projects to implementation whilst recognising the real concerns of residents.
Following a recent incident when a particularly large HGV passed up Market Hill and brought down all of the bunting along the way, my County Colleague Stephen Burroughs is to arrange a meeting with Suffolk County Highways for myself and Town Councillors to discuss a traffic management survey to prevent similar instances in the future.
The verges of rural roads are being cut less this year to improve bio-diversity, encourage bees, insects and other wildlife and reduce our carbon footprint whilst giving us all a splendid array of wild flowers. This is proving to be a very popular initiative.
The Framlingham and Wickham Market Community Partnership met to discuss future priorities and to receive an excellent presentation from Nicola Jenner on the finding achievements of the past year. The presentation can be viewed here.
Specialist accommodation created to support former rough sleepers
As part of the Council’s commitment to support people facing homelessness, a property in Lowestoft has been transformed into specialist accommodation especially for former rough sleepers. Following a successful bid to the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government, the Council received £93,312 in September 2020 through the Government’s Next Steps Accommodation Programme (NSAP), to provide accommodation and support to rough sleepers during the pandemic.
An additional £389,482 was then secured from the NSAP earlier this year to provide support to rough sleepers in East Suffolk through the delivery of longer-term ‘move on’ accommodation. This enabled us to purchase a large property in St Peter’s Street and over the past few months, the Housing Maintenance Team have worked tirelessly to transform the building into a seven-bed unit of specialist, supported accommodation specifically for former rough sleepers and single homeless people.
An official opening event was held on Monday 28 June and was attended by representatives from East Suffolk Council and Orwell Housing, who will manage the accommodation and provide care and support for residents.
To support the Covid-19 vaccination programme, East Suffolk Council will continue to offer free parking for healthcare staff working in vaccination centres across East Suffolk until the full easing of current restrictions, currently expected to be 19 July.
The extension to the parking pass only applies to those working at vaccination sites and does not extend to wider health and social care staff. Health and social care workers who need to park in resident parking zones can register for permits, known as ‘carer vouchers’ at www.eastsuffolk.gov.uk/parking
New virtual hub for Lowestoft creatives
To enable the growing creative sector in Lowestoft to reach its full potential and attract further investment, a new Virtual Creative Hub has been launched. Developed in response to feedback to the Council’s Cultural Strategy, ‘Celebrating Culture on the Edge’, the Virtual Creative Hub will provide creatives with a way to network, feel more connected and access information, training and funding opportunities. These were all key requirements raised by local creatives during a consultation last year.
Funded through Arts Council England, the Virtual Hub is open to creatives who are based in Lowestoft or deliver work in the town.
Working in partnership with Suffolk County Council, a small grant scheme, part of Creative Unlimited, funded by Suffolk Inclusive Growth Investment Fund, will be available for people who engage with the Hub. Awards of up to £1,000 are available to fund materials, exhibition equipment through to digital development, marketing and promotion.
Find out more! www.eastsuffolk.gov.uk/lowestoft-virtual-creative-hub/
New policy for commemorative benches in East Suffolk
We have introduced a new policy for ‘commemorative’ benches, the service which allows people to sponsor seating at locations in the district to remember a friend, relative or colleague who has passed.
People can sponsor a new bench with a commemorative plaque for a period of ten years in numerous locations on council land, mainly replacing existing benches that are coming to an end of practical use. The benches are located in places where everyone can sit, rest and reflect.
Members of the public who choose to commemorate someone in this way will also be encouraged to not attach any additional items to the benches. Unfortunately, these items, which can often include flowers, wreaths and balloons, can either prevent people from sitting, or make them feel uncomfortable about doing so.
Items can sometimes be left for a long period of time and can also cause environmental issues, particularly if they are not degradable.
With this in mind, we are now also kindly asking people to collect and take care of any items they may have placed on benches on council land, which they would like to keep.
New recycling campaign aims to get people recycling right
We’ll be launching a new recycling campaign across the Council’s social media channels soon to help our residents dispose of their waste correctly.
As part of this, we’re currently carrying out a short recycling survey which all residents in East Suffolk are invited to participate in. It should only take a couple of minutes to complete and as a thank you, those taking part can opt in to enter a fantastic prize draw for a chance to win a goodie bag full of eco-friendly homewares, including metal straws, food covers and wax food wrappers, worth £42.
This comes after more than 5000 tonnes (about 24%) of recycling in East Suffolk is rejected annually due to the wrong items being placed in kerbside recycling bins, including glass, black sacks, food waste, cartons and nappies.
As part of our ongoing drive to build the right environment for East Suffolk, the Greenprint Forum has launched a funding scheme for voluntary and community groups who are planning projects that help promote biodiversity.
Eligible projects could include work to restore existing habitats or create to new ones, provision of nesting/roosting places for birds, pollinators and other animals, or activities to help local people of any age learn more about and enjoy their local biodiversity.
The scheme will run over four phases during 2021/22, offering grants of up to £1,000.
The first application period is now open until 28 July 2021 and full details, including eligibility and how to apply, can be found at www.eastsuffolk.gov.uk/environment/east-suffolk-greenprint-forum/supporting-community-environmental-action/nature-first-small-grants-scheme/
Free community Health and Wellbeing drop-in events
Families and residents of all ages are invited to free Health & Wellbeing events to meet their local groups, organisations and service providers to find out more about the help and service available in their local communities.
The events will be taking place across the south of the district, with the first one in Framlingham on Monday 26 July, followed by events in Kesgrave, Felixstowe, Saxmundham and Melton. For more information, including dates and venues, go to www.eastsuffolk.gov.uk/news/free-community-health-and-well-being-drop-in-events/
Protecting East Suffolk’s historic environment
The Council has adopted a new Historic Environment Supplementary Planning Document which will provide guidance on a range of topics, including repairs and alterations of historic buildings, to support the implementation of the adopted Local Plan policies.
View the new document, and supporting documents, at www.eastsuffolk.gov.uk/planning/planning-policy-and-local-plans/supplementary-planning-documents/
Surveys and consultations
We are currently running a number of surveys and consultations and, as always we want to encourage participation as feedback from people in East Suffolk is invaluable and helps us ensure we’re making the right decisions for our communities.
- Supporting older people’s housing needs
This survey will help develop a new Older People’s Housing Strategy to support older people’s housing needs in East Suffolk so they can continue to live fulfilling lives in the right type of housing. The survey is open until 5pm on Friday 9 July at https://eu.surveymonkey.com/r/ESC_Survey_OPHS_May2021
- Vote for your favourite name for proposed beach village
We have submitted a planning application for a new beach village in Felixstowe, aimed at improving the beach hut experiencing by creating accessible facilities that enables families and groups to enjoy everything the beach and town has to offer. As part of this, we’re looking for a new name for the site and are asking local people to vote for their favourite out of 5 suggestions in a survey which closes at 5pm on Friday 30 July at https://eu.surveymonkey.com/r/BeachVillage
- Improving recycling in East Suffolk
As part of a wider social media campaign, we’re currently running a recycling survey to get a better understanding of how much people in East Suffolk know about recycling and what we can do to help when it comes to knowing what items go into what bin. The survey is open until 5 July at https://eu.surveymonkey.com/r/RecyclinginEastSuffolk
- Southwold Neighbourhood Plan
People can now have their say on the Southwold Neighbourhood Plan until 5pm on Friday 9 July at https://eastsuffolk.inconsult.uk/SouthwoldNP/consultationHome
When finalised, the Plan will act as a guide to development in the town and will be required to be used by anyone considering, or making, a planning application.
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- 5th July: 2pm – Licensing Sub-Committee (Riverside)
- 6th July: 4pm – Licensing Sub-Committee (Riverside)
- 7th July: 6pm – Melton, Woodbridge and Deben Peninsula Community Partnership (Zoom)
- 8th July: 4pm – Southwold Harbour Management Committee (Stella Peskett Millenium Hall)
- 12th July: 10.30am – Licensing Sub-Committee (ESH)
- 12th July: 2pm – Appointments Committee (TBC)
- 12th July: 2pm – Kesgrave, Rushmere St Andrew, Martlesham, Carlford and Fynn Valley Community Partnership (Zoom)
- 13th July: 1pm – Planning Committee North (Riverside)
- 13th July: 6.30pm – Cabinet (ESH)
- 14th July: 6pm – Carlton, Colville, Kessingland, Southwold and villages Community Partnership (Zoom)
- 15th July: 6.30pm – Scrutiny Committee (Riverside)
- 19th July: 6.30pm – Licensing Committee (ESH)
- 21st July: 3.30pm – Aldeburgh, Leiston, Saxmundham and villages Community Partnership (Zoom)
- 27th July: 2pm – Planning Committee South (ESH)
- 28t July: 6.30pm – Full Council (High Lodge, Haw Wood, Hinton, nr Saxmundham)
Next newsletter is due on Friday 6th August.