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Essential Works to The Ness

26 March 2021

From Monday 29 March 2021, Blakedown Landscapes will carry out essential works at The Ness Park. As a guide, the works that will be carried out over the next two weeks will be as follows:

  • Any repairs and cleaning to play equipment and furniture
  • Paint historical buoys
  • Treat works to trees flooded with salt water (cleaning and any repairs to tree bags)
  • Review signage around the site
  • General review and repairs post-flooding to the site

Due to the nature of these works, at certain times it will be crucial for the play area and other parts concerned to be fenced off. The Town Council appreciate the local community’s patience while these works will be carried out.

The Ness Temp Closure

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Election of Parish Councillors 2021

25 March 2021

The Notice of Election for the Parish by-elections scheduled for Thursday 6 May 2021. This Notice is displayed on East Suffolk Council's website.

1. An election is to be held for Councillors for the following Parishes.

2. The number of Councillors to be elected for each Parish is: 

Beccles Common - 1 Councillor 

Beccles Darby - 2 Councillors 

Beccles Rigbourne - 1 Councillor 

Framlingham - 2 Councillors 

Lowestoft Elmtree - 1 Councillor 

Lowestoft Gunton - 1 Councillor 

Lowestoft St. Margarets West - 1 Councillor 

Nacton - 1 Councillor 

Oulton West - 1 Councillor 

Oulton Broad North - 1 Councillor 

Southwold - 2 Councillors

Woodbridge Riverside - 1 Councillor 

Woodbridge Seckford - 1 Councillor 

3. Forms of nomination may be obtained, during normal office hours, from the Returning Officer at the addresses shown below.

4. Completed nomination papers must be delivered to the Returning Officer at the addresses shown below, on any day after the date of this notice, during normal office hours but not later than 4pm on Thursday 8 April 2021.

5. If the election is contested the poll will take place on Thursday 6 May 2021, between the hours of 7am and 10pm.

6. Applications to register to vote must reach the Electoral Registration Officer by midnight on Monday 19 April 2021.

7. Applications, amendments or cancellations of postal and postal proxy votes must reach the Electoral Registration Officer by 5pm on Tuesday, 20 April 2021.

8. Applications to vote by proxy at this election must reach the Electoral Registration Officer by 5pm on Tuesday 27 April 2021.

9. Applications to vote by emergency proxy at this election must reach the Electoral Registration Officer by 5pm on Thursday 6 May 2021.

Electoral Registration Officer & Returning Officer Addresses

Electoral Services, East Suffolk Council, Riverside 4 Canning Road, Lowestoft, NR33 0EQ

Electoral Services, East Suffolk Council, East Suffolk House, Riduna Park Station Road, Melton, Woodbridge, IP12 1RT


Notice of Election - Parish PDF 

Notice of Vacancy Elmtree PDF 

Notice of Vacancy St. Margarets West PDF 

Notice of Vacancy Gunton PDF 

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Start of Construction of Lowestoft's Gull Wing

24 March 2021

The start of construction work on Lowestoft’s Gull Wing has been formally marked this week. Despite officials not being able to host a traditional observance at the site, due to lockdown restrictions, a video featuring a range of individuals involved with the scheme has been released, including Jack and Hayden, former Somerleyton Primary School pupils who won the schools competition to give the Gull Wing its name. In the video, a number of facts about the Gull Wing are revealed, such as how long it will take to open when ships need to pass underneath, and how many tonnes of concrete will be used during construction.
Gull Wing Lowestoft
Photo Credit: Gull Wing Lowestoft

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Fly Tipping and Reckless Littering

23 March 2021

There have been numerous reports throughout our community that many areas have been subject to fly tipping and reckless littering. Please ensure that when you visit our parks and open spaces or anywhere throughout the town, you dispose of your litter responsibly in the bins provided, or take your rubbish home with you. Fly tipping poses a real danger to the environment and local wildlife, if you witness fly tipping or come across hazardous or possibly poisonous waste, report it to the Environment Agency on its 24-hour hotline on 0800 80 70 60. Alternatively, fill out East Suffolk Council's online fly tipping and reporting form, which can be found on the District Council Website.

Keep Britain Tidy

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National Day of Reflection 2021

23 March 2021

Today, Tuesday 23 March 2021 marks a full year since the UK’s first national lockdown – Marie Curie, the end of life charity wishes for everyone to come together today to reflect on our collective loss, support those who have been bereaved, and hope for a brighter future.

This annual day will give us all time to pause and think about this unprecedented loss we are facing, and support each other through grief in the years to come. Today at 12 noon join Marie Curie, for this moment of reflection, take some time and space to think about the last year and reflect on you or your loved ones’ loss. At 8pm Marie Curie will also hold a minute’s silence, for everyone to come together to light up the night out of darkness. Alternatively, take a moment today to connect to your loved ones, call and check in with a friend, or send flowers to someone who is grieving and may need some extra support today.

More information about National Day of Reflection is available on the Marie Curie website, including talks and conversations that you can attend, a message from Marie Curie Patron, HRH The Prince of Wales, and how you can show your support today. 

23.03.21 National Day of Reflection

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Important Road Access Notice

18 March 2021

Please note that the Jubilee Bridge from Belle Vue Park over The Ravine, and The Ravine road and footway are closed until further notice. This is for safety reasons and is unavoidable. It is uncertain at this stage how long it will take until works are concluded and the bridge made safe again.

If you have questions about the closures, please contact East Suffolk Council who are managing the Bridge repairs. Call: 0333 016 2000 or email: customerservices@eastsuffolk.gov.uk

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Commonwealth Day 2021

8 March 2021

Commonwealth Day is an annual celebration observed by people all over the Commonwealth in Africa, Asia, the Caribbean and Americas, the Pacific and Europe. Commonwealth Day 2021 will be celebrated on Monday 8 March 2021, with a schedule of virtual events. Each year, there is usually a service held at Westminster Abbey to mark Commonwealth Day, however, due to the pandemic, no service will be held this year. Instead Her Majesty The Queen delivered her annual message in ‘A Celebration for Commonwealth Day’, which was broadcast on Sunday 7 March on BBC ONE in the UK. Watch The Queen’s message and celebration for Commonwealth Day 2021.

Commonwealth Day Flag 08.03.21

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Fire Damage at Normanston Park Play Area

8 March 2021

Believed to be deliberate fire damage occurred at the Normanston Park Play area over the weekend. If anyone has any information relating to this incident, please contact Suffolk Police on 101. The play area has now been cleaned up and is open again for use but without its bench, which was destroyed in the fire. The Town Council will now consider a replacement bench and any further action. 

Picture sourced: Lowestoft Journal 

20210308 Normanston Park

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Unauthorised removal of trees at Gunton Cliff and Links Road

5 March 2021

The Town Council is disappointed that an area of trees on Gunton Cliff and Links Road has been cut down without any consent. The removal of trees without consent and the appropriate licences is both a criminal activity and strongly against the Town Council’s Climate Emergency declaration. If you happen to witness any other unauthorised activity within this area, you should report this to the Suffolk Police by calling the non-emergency line 101. If nearby residents feel tree maintenance is required within the area, the Town Council, as landowners, should be contacted. Please note that the timber and brushwood currently stacked on the cliff are left as habitat mounds for wildlife and to aid biodiversity and should not be removed.

If anyone has any information or knowledge of this incident, please get in contact at: admin@lowestofttowncouncil.gov.uk

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20210305 Tree Removal 001

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Suffolk Community Foundation - Available Funding

1 March 2021

Suffolk Community Foundation have a reserved pot of funding for community projects that may be in need of improvements to digital connections and/or essential equipment, including Wi-Fi, laptops or other electronic equipment to help contact those hardest to reach or in the most deprived areas.

If there are any groups and/or organisations that could benefit from this available funding, please go direct to Suffolk Community Foundation website.

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