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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.

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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 

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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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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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Notice of Vacancy in Office of Councillor

26 February 2021

Due to the passing of Councillor Susan Barnard, a vacancy has arisen in the Office of Councillor for the Town Council, within the ward of Gunton. A by-election to fill the vacancy will be held if ten electors for the ward give notice in writing claiming such an election to the Returning Officer not later than Thursday 18th March 2021.

Where ten valid requests for a by-election are received then under the provisions of the Coronavirus Act 2020 and The Local Government and Police and Crime Commissioner (Coronavirus) (Postponement of Elections and Referendums) (England and Wales) Regulations 2020 the by-election will not currently take place, and the vacancy will be held open until the by-election takes place. The 2020 regulations provide for the by-election to take place on the date for the Ordinary Election of Councillors due to be held on Thursday 6 May 2021. However, this date may be brought forward or deferred by the Government depending upon the circumstances. Any Election that is in due course called will be duly publicised as required by law.

The Addresses of the Returning Officer is:

First Floor 2 Canning Road Lowestoft NR33 0EQ

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North Lowestoft Conservation Area Appraisal

25 February 2021

East Suffolk Council has to review its conservation areas, which includes boundary revisions where deemed necessary. A revised North Lowestoft Conservation Area Appraisal Draft document has been produced and the Council would like to ask you for your comments on this document, which includes proposed changes to the Conservation Area boundary. The fieldwork was undertaken in 2018/2019 from public thoroughfares and open spaces and this work was supplemented with information from published material and map regression studies.

The documents are available on East Suffolk Council website.

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Annual Assembly of the Town 2021

23 February 2021

The Zoom link and the Annual Assembly of the Town Agenda is now available to view. Additionally, the minutes of the 2020 Annual Assembly of the Town are available to view. 

The Annual Assembly of the Town was hosted through a video meeting via Zoom on Tuesday 2 March 2021 @ 19:00 PM, with 30 members of the public attending. The recording of the meeting is still available to view on the Town Council’s YouTube channel.

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Community Organised Forum 

A wide range of organisations provided written reports ahead of the meeting, representatives attending and answering questions from the public. See below the collection of written reports: 

East Suffolk Council Leader's Report 2021

Friends of Kensington Gardens Report 2021

Gainsborough Drive Pond Group Report 2021

Jack Rose Old Lowestoft Society Report 2021

Lowestoft and Plaisir Twinning Association Report 2021

Lowestoft in Bloom Report 2021

Lowestoft Maritime Museum Report 2021

Lowestoft Museum Report 2021 

Lowestoft Police Report 2021

Lowestoft Rising Report 2021

Marina Theatre Report 2021

The Lowestoft Players Report 2021

SCC Leader Report 2021

Post-meeting Notes and Q&A's

In the meeting, Tim Passmore noted how the precept and Operation Uplift is impacting on policing in the county. The Commissioner noted the monitoring of the plans for this additional investment and all relevant information is on the Suffolk Police and Crime Commissioner website

At the meeting there were many inciteful and important questions asked by attendees to representatives and Council officers, see an overview of these questions and answers from the Assembly - 2021 Annual Assembly Questions and Answers

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THE NESS PLAY AREA CLOSURE

19 February 2021

Unfortunately, owing to the adverse weather conditions from last week, all play equipment and park furniture at The Ness should not be used until further notice. It is currently being assessed for safety and the Town Council will advise further at the earliest opportunity. However, owing to COVID-19 affecting suppliers and services, it may be some time until the play area can be put back into use.

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Census 2021

18 February 2021

Census 2021 is taking place on 21 March 2021 - by filling in your census, you will help shape your community for the next 10 years. Census 2021 will give information to improve the overall understanding of the pandemic. It will also help to make sure that the services you use meet the needs of our changing society, this could include hospitals, schools, universities and job centres.

Census 2021 is a digital-first census, which means that you will be encouraged to respond online if possible using any device to complete the census. If you need help, there will be an online help area on the Census website, as well as offering help by phone, webchat, email, social media or text message. Importantly, law protects your census information. 

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In East Suffolk there are two dedicated ‘Census Support Centres’ (CSC) – one at the Marina Centre in Lowestoft which will be operated by staff from East Suffolk Customer Service, and one at the Station House in Campsea Ashe operated by the social enterprise. These centres will not be open to the public, due to Government restrictions, however telephone assistance will be available to help complete the Census form and/or answer any general enquiries. To contact the Marina Centre CSC: 01502 523523 and for Station House, Campsea Ashe CSC: 07856810828.

To find out more and/or to download helpful resources, these are available on the Census website, or see below the following helpful documents for your knowledge: 

Community Handbook 

Data Security Handout 

Your Questions Answered Leaflet 

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