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Christmas Bin Collection Schedule 2020

14 December 2020

With Christmas around the corner, see the changes in collection dates of bins for your guidance.

For any questions or queries, please contact East Suffolk Norse on 0345 040 2020 or email esn.info@ncsgrp.co.uk

bin rules updated

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Important Road Access Notice

9 December 2020

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.

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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Lowestoft High Street Late Night Christmas Shopping

9 December 2020

For one night only, late-night shopping on the Historic High Street, down to the Triangle, and onto London Road North is happening on Thursday 10th December until 8 pm.

Look out for Santa at Uncle Sid's Zero Waste Store, there is bound to be a little something for everyone. Special events and offers up and down the High Street, including a free ball of wool when you spend over £5 at A Wool Shop. A raffle in House of Hair to win a £200 hamper, all proceeds going to The Warren School. JoJo's, The Spice Den, and Door to the Cosmos will be open for business, with festive goodness and hearty food available. Art and Craft in Wood and newest additions to the High Street, Paper-Works Books & Prints, and The Art Gallery will keep their doors open for the evening.

This is just a small selection of the shops that will be open. Shop Local this Christmas in these independent stores, located in the heart of Lowestoft.

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Doorstep Carols

9 December 2020

Carols On Your Doorstep

On Wednesday 16th December at 6 pm, from your doorsteps why not sing along to the radio and get behind raising some much-needed Christmas cheer this year. Doorstep Carols was established in Shropshire and is expanding nationally as more local radio stations join in, including BBC Radio Essex, York, Oxford, and Bristol, to spread some festive cheer this Christmas in their neighbourhoods. Staying in household bubbles and following the government restrictions, everyone can join in with the carols that will be broadcast on local radio stations across the UK.

Tune in to BBC Radio Suffolk at:
Ipswich - 103.9 FM
West Suffolk - 104.6 FM
Lowestoft - 95.5 FM
Aldeburgh - 95.9 FM

This event is in support of Mind UK, with donations accepted on the Doorstep Carols Just Giving page on their website. Alternatively, neighbourhoods are invited to organise their own local collections for charities closer to home or donate to your local regions chosen charities, which are listed on the Doorstep Carols website.

For more information on how to get involved and to download your carol sheet, use the following link: https://www.doorstepcarols.co.uk/is-your-area-involved-/suffolk

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Pakefield Temporary Protection works

4 December 2020

Coastal Partnership East, part of East Suffolk Council (ESC) has appointed the Water Management Alliance (WMA) to carryout temporary protection work, which is likely to start from Monday 7th December 2020 onwards, the work taking approximately five days. All work is subject to safe working conditions, i.e. tide and weather condition dependent.

This maintenance work will provide temporary protection to the base of the cliffs and beach in the location of residential properties for this winter. It will spread along the beach from Rectory Road, Lowestoft to the beach south of Arbor Lane, Pakefield. There will be a temporary site set-up established at All Saints Road.

For further information, please contact Ali Bloomfield, Operations Manager (Suffolk) Tel: 07775 662806 Email: alastair.bloomfield@wlma.org.uk

Full factsheet on the works available in this PDF document.

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Keep Moving Suffolk

1 December 2020

Looking for a reason to get active? This winter why not set yourself a new challenge and join the campaign #KeepMovingSuffolk. Sport and physical activity deliver immediate mental health and social benefits and have a long-term positive impact on physical health.

Keep Moving Suffolk has gathered helpful tips and advice, and local activity challenges that can help you to stay active this winter. Including Winter Wheelers, with a chance to win great prizes for cycling 10 minutes each day of December, and 100 Miles for Suffolk Mind, a new challenge to cover the distance of 100 miles to help raise money for Suffolk Mind to support mental health in your community.

Winter Wheelers

From 1st – 25th December, you can unlock discounts and win cycling gear from ProvizBeryl, and Loffi, plus a brand new e-bike on Christmas Day, through their cycling advent calendar, designed for grown-ups. Sign up for Winter Wheelers today, Tuesday 1st December for a chance to win a £750 local bike shop voucher.

Ride anytime, anywhere from 1st – 25th December. Log your ride by 3 pm the following day to enter the prize draw for the previous day (e.g. Enjoy a ride on 1 December; log it by 3 pm on 2 December, winner announced at 5 pm). Everyone who rides from 1-24 December will enter the draw for a brand new e-bike announced on Christmas Day! Keep an eye out on their social media platforms and website for prize-winner announcements.

Suffolk Mind

This January why not kick-start the New Year by challenging yourself and other to cover the distance of 100 miles, and help raise money for Suffolk Mind to support the mental health of your community.

The 100 Miles for Suffolk Mind challenge is to cover the distance of 100 miles, whether that is running, cycling, walking, rowing, swimming or in a more unique way. Suffolk is approximately 100 miles East to West and North to South, with the ambition to make Suffolk the best place in the world for talking about it and taking care of mental health.

How to join:

  1. Decide how you want to take on 100 miles, there is no particular route required to be covered and there is no given timeframe.
  2. Set up and share your giving page, sign yourself or your team up.
  3. Complete the distance of 100 miles, sharing videos and/or photos to your social media platforms using the hashtag #100forsuffolkmind
  4. As a thank you, the Suffolk Mind team will send a medal and certificate to show their appreciation and your achievement in doing something amazing whilst helping to support others in your community.

Suffolk Mind would like to hear about all the ways you have taken on this challenge – email: fundraising@suffolkmind.org.uk.

Winter Wheelers 2020  100 miles for Suffolk Mind

For more details on the Winter Wheelers challenge, use the following link to their website: https://www.lovetoride.net/suffolk/prizes

For more details on 100 miles for Suffolk Mind challenge, use the following link to their website: https://giving.suffolkmind.org.uk/…/100-miles-for-suffolk-m…

Or for more activities and tips on how to stay active this winter, go to the Keep Moving Suffolk website: https://www.keepmovingsuffolk.com/

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A Green Christmas 2020

1 December 2020

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Let's get crafty this Christmas! See full details on the document attached. 

We are encouraging the community to create window displays, using recyclable household materials only. Send pictures of your recycled Christmas window displays with a chance to feature on our Facebook page for the twelve days of Christmas and win a festive British hamper! Councillor Alan Green, Mayor of Lowestoft, will judge the best window displays, deadline Sunday 20th December at 9.00 am. All ages can get involved with the Town Council's Green Christmas Competition.

Please send your image(s) of window displays to admin@lowestofttowncouncil.gov.uk – Email entries accepted only. Receipt of email received will be confirmation of entry to the competition.


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Important Roadworks Information - A47 Bascule Bridge Update

1 December 2020

The essential maintenance work that is required at Bascule Bridge within Lowestoft has been postponed, with the plan for this work to be completed from Monday 4th January 2021 to Friday 15th January, between the hours of 8pm to 6am each night. This decision has been made by Highways England, with the consideration of the impact the maintenance work will have on local businesses and the wider community ahead of the Christmas period.

Whilst the A47 is closed, local traffic will be diverted via a well-signed route. Northbound traffic will be diverted via the A12, B1531, A1117, A1144 and A47. Southbound traffic will follow the same diversion in reverse.
There will be additional signs directing through traffic going northbound via the A12, A1117 Bloodmoor Road, Elm Tree Road, Cotmer Road, Bridge road, Saltwater Road, Bridge Road, Normanston Drive, Peto Way, and the Millennium Way. A47 southbound traffic will follow the same diversion in reverse.

To stay informed about all the latest major roadworks happening near you, visit www.gov.uk/government/organisations/highways-england to register for the latest alerts. If you have any enquiries please contact the Highways England Customer Contact Centre on 0300 123 5000, or by e-mail to info@highwaysengland.co.uk


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National Tree Week 28 Nov. - 6 Dec. 2020

27 November 2020

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The Tree Council has started a programme of cultural events for this very unusual national tree week (28 November - 6 December). Despite the Town Council being unable to progress a Tree Council funded planting scheme until next year, you are encouraged to enjoy some of the events the Tree Council are running, as well as getting out and about within our tree laden parks as you take your daily exercise. There are many events that you can enjoy from home, perfect for the last few days of the current lockdown.

National Tree Week is the UK's largest annual tree celebration, marking the start of the winter tree planting season (November to March each year). The Tree Council, one of the UK’s leading charities for trees, first established National Tree Week in March 1975 in response to the national replanting required after the outbreak of Dutch Elm disease.

For more details on how to be #TreelyConnected, visit:

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Notice of Vacancy in Office of Councillor

27 November 2020

Due to the resignation of Councillor Peter Collecott, a vacancy has arisen in the Office of Councillor for the Town Council, within the ward of St. Margaret's West. 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 17th December 2020.

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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