East of England, including Suffolk and Norfolk, have been placed under Tier 2 (High Alert) following the Government regional tier announcement today, Thursday 26th November. These new rules will come into effect from the beginning of Wednesday 2nd December 2020.
Decisions on which area goes into which tier are primarily based on 5 key epidemiological indicators:
1. Case detection rates in all age groups
2. Case detection rates in the over-60s
3. The rate at which cases are rising or falling
4. Positivity rate (the number of positive cases detected as a percentage of tests taken)
5. Pressure on the NHS, including current and projected occupancy
For the full list of local restriction tiers by area, use the following link: https://www.gov.uk/…/full-list-of-local-restriction-tiers-b…
In Tier 2:
> You must not socialise with anyone you do not live with or who is not in your support bubble in any indoor setting, whether at home or in a public place
>You must not socialise in a group of more than 6 people outside, including in a garden or a public space – this is called the ‘rule of 6’
>Pubs and bars must close, unless operating as restaurants.
>Hospitality venues can only serve alcohol with substantial meals. Hospitality businesses selling food or drink for consumption on their premises are required to:
-Provide table service only, in premises which sell alcohol
-Close between 11pm and 5am (hospitality venues in airports, ports, transport services and motorway service areas are exempt)
-Stop taking orders after 10pm
>Early closure (11pm) applies to casinos, cinemas, theatres, museums, bowling alleys, amusement arcades, funfairs, adventure parks and activities, and bingo halls.
>Public attendance at spectator sport and business events can resume inside and outside, subject to social contact rules and limited to 50% capacity, or either 2,00 people outdoors or 1,00 people indoors.
> Organised outdoor sport, and physical activity and exercise classes can continue
>Organised indoor sport, physical activity and exercise classes will only be permitted if it is possible for people to avoid mixing with people they do not live with (or share a support bubble with). There are exceptions for indoor disability sport, sport for educational purposes and supervised sport and physical activity for under-18s, which can take place with larger groups mixing
>If you live in a tier 2 area, you must continue to follow tier 2 rules when you travel to a tier 1 area. Avoid travel to or overnight stays in tier 3 areas other than where necessary, such as for work, education, youth services, to receive medical treatment, or because of caring responsibilities. You can travel through a tier 3 area as a part of a longer journey
For the full list of rules and restrictions, use the following link: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/local-restriction-tiers-what-you-need-to-know#high-alert
Greater Anglia Railway have announced their proposed timetable changes which will be in full operation by December 2021. With proposed extra services between key areas and routes, with the Norwich to London in 90-minutes services on the horizon.
Journeys to/from London and Norwich will have a direct 30-minute frequency from early morning to mid-evening Monday to Saturday. Most journey times between 1 hour 45 minutes and 1 hour 50 minutes. The weekday Norwich in 90 minutes services will all be scheduled at times that suit day trips to London and back with two morning services at 08.00 and 09.00 from Norwich, and two return services – one between 17.00 and 17.15 and another between 19.00 and 19.15 from London. All trains operated with new longer, higher capacity trains, with hourly Sunday frequency, plus a couple of extra services at key times of day.
Norwich to Lowestoft will see extra services at peak times on Mondays and Fridays, to and from the city to the town. Hourly Sunday service, similar to current service. With all trains continuing to operate with new, higher capacity trains. Ipswich to Lowestoft will continue to have core hourly service frequency on Monday to Saturdays. Hourly Sunday service, similar to current service, with trains continuing to operate with new, higher capacity trains.
Access to the full proposal is available on the Greater Anglia website for further proposed service alterations.
Greater Anglia are welcoming comments from customers and stakeholders with a specific interest in these particular services on their views on these proposals. The consultation will run for 12 weeks and close on Friday 12th February 2021. All responses will be recorded and carefully considered to help shape the final timetable submission to Network Rail. Timetables are due to be loaded into the industry systems, 12 weeks in advance of the timetable coming into operation in December 2021. You can contact Great Anglia through the following ways:
Address: December 2021 Timetable Consultation, c/o Norwich station, Station Approach, Thorpe Road, Norwich, NR1 1EF
Essential maintenance works on Bascule Bridge on the A47 Lowestoft is being carried out from Monday 30th November to Saturday 12th December, between the hours of 8pm to 6am each night.
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.
Highways England are providing a free hourly bus service to take pedestrians between each side of the bridge via the diversion whilst it is closed. All sites have strict safeguarding measures to prevent the spread of Covid-19 and none of the sites are open to the public during work is being carried out.
To keep up-to-date with latest major roadworks, visit http://www.gov.uk/government/organisations/highways-england to register for the latest alerts near you. If you have any enquiries please contact the Highways England Customer Contact Centre on 0300 123 5000, or by e-mail to email@example.com
East Suffolk Council has recently published its Local Validation List which can be found at ‘Making a Planning Application Page’ of the East Suffolk Council Website. This document details what information will be required to accompany an application to enable validation by the Local Planning Authority (East Suffolk Council). The document also includes clearer details regarding the basic plan requirements such as site location plans, block plans, elevations, floor plans and more.
The Town Council remains a statutory consultee for all planning applications in the Lowestoft area, its Planning and Environment Committee convenes once every two weeks to make recommendations to support or reject planning applications, which are then supplied to East Suffolk Council.
The Planning and Environment Committee meetings are available to observe on the Lowestoft Town Council's YouTube platform.
Yesterday, on Armistice Day, Councillors Peter Lang (Deputy Mayor) and Andy Pearce paid their respects with a two minute silence and laid a wreath at the war graves in Lowestoft Cemetery to commemorate the Town’s involvement in both world wars. Appropriate protocols and social distancing was adhered to.
The day also signified the 100th anniversary of the burial at the Tomb of the Unknown Warrior in Westminster Abbey, London. The grave being the first honour to the unknown dead of the First World War. Pictured is the war grave of the Tomb of the Unknown Warrior.
Suffolk County Council has been successful in securing European Social Funding to deliver a 3-year project titled Work Well Suffolk, with an aim to help more than 2,000 people into employment by tackling barriers that they may face. This project will provide a locally integrated coaching and employment service that tackles the deep-seated barriers to work for all who need it. Operating with strategic partners, including Steadfast Training and MENTA, dedicated Work Well Suffolk Employment Services will seek out, create and support employment and self-employment, volunteering and mentoring opportunities for individuals across the county.
The project will be managed by Suffolk County Council, delivered across the following areas of Suffolk: Ipswich, West Suffolk, Babergh and Mid Suffolk, East Suffolk and Waveney. Helping anyone who is over 18-years-old and eligible to work in the UK.
Steadfast will support participants to prepare them for their entry (or re-entry) to employment by equipping them with the skills to get them work ready. This will include employability and personal development workshops that cover CV and letter writing, guided and independent job search, interview skills practice and much more.
MENTA who deliver Work Well Suffolk’s self-employment service can work with any participants interested in finding out more about starting a business and being their own boss. Helping participants for free to understand how to write a business plan, how to market a business and understand how business finances work.
The Realise Futures Coaching Service are offering personalised support to you in life and work, one to one health, wellbeing, employability and skills support. Helping those who are 18+ years old, are unemployed or unable to work, or have a long-term health condition and/or are autistic or have learning difficulties.
To refer into Work Well Suffolk please use the website https://www.suffolk.gov.uk/jobs-and-careers/work-well-suffolk/ or email firstname.lastname@example.org for further information.
'Right Up Your Street' is a video poem by Dean Parkin, celebrating Lowestoft's High Street and Scores. Commissioned by the North Lowestoft Heritage Action Zone, Dean gathered memories and stories - past and present - via local interest Facebook pages to create the poem and film.
The 10 minute video poem also includes over 60 rare archive photos, many from the Jack Rose Collection, and modern day location filming by Joshua Freemantle ('Life of Lowestoft''). 'Right Up Your Street' was produced by Naomi Jaffa and is a Poetry People production (2020).
Do you like the idea of improving your fitness without having to be inside at a gym?
Lowestoft Town Council is currently considering options and budget to install outdoor exercise equipment in two parks in the town. At Fen Park in Kirkley there is the possibility of an assault course specifically with teenagers in mind, and at Normanston Park an outdoor gym with a range of equipment.
We are keen to hear your thoughts on these projects. If you feel they should proceed in these locations and/or if they are something you would use, get in contact with us through our email email@example.com or contact us on our Lowestoft Town Council page on Facebook.
Lowestoft Town Council is disappointed the annual service at the war memorial on Remembrance Sunday has been suspended due to Covid-19. As we enter another period of lockdown, during which we will wish to remember all the men and women who fought to protect our country, the council and local figures have come together to create a virtual Remembrance service. With words from Councillor Alan Green, Mayor of Lowestoft, Royal British Legion Chairman, Phill Turner and poem readings from students of Ormiston Denes Academy and filming by Joshua Freemantle (‘Life of Lowestoft’), the Mayor asks, “that you observe the rules, stay safe, stay well and do all you can to protect our community the brave and selfless people of Lowestoft fought so hard to protect for you”.
We ask you to join our service which will be livestreamed on YouTube at 10:45am, accessible through Facebook or on our website on Remembrance Sunday, 8th November 2020.
We are grateful to both Royal British Legion Lowestoft & District Branch, Parade Marshall Kevin Smith, Joshua Freemantle and pupils of Ormiston Denes Academy for making the service possible. You are also invited to listen to a selection of reflective contemporary and traditional poem readings read by the students, including ‘In waters deep’, ‘Why we wear a poppy’ and ‘A tribute to the millions’, which can be found on our YouTube playlist.
We are pleased to announce that a short film, 'Lest We Forget', will also premiere on these platforms on Friday, 6th November 2020. With a poignant insight into the war graves and cross of sacrifice at Lowestoft Cemetery, considerate to the loss of life the town was subject to in both of the world wars. With moving words from Alan Green, Mayor of Lowestoft and with special thanks to Henry Baker for filming, and local historians Ivan Bunn and Bob Collis for making this film possible.
You may also wish to show your respects for the fallen by observing a two minutes’ silence at 11.00 am from your doorstep or by displaying a poppy in your window. Poppy templates are available on the Royal British Legion website.
Post Update: 12.11.2020
Thank you to all those who laid wreaths across Remembrance Sunday and Armistice Day during these challenging times. In addition, thank you for the positive response and community support from our Remembrance Virtual Service, which was streamed on YouTube on Sunday.
The Town Council are hopeful to return with a full service and parade for Remembrance Sunday 2021.
The Town Council were pleased to support this event at Crown Meadow on 23 October. Below is the recount as written by local Historian Bob Collis. A fitting story as we enter look to Remembrance Sunday and Armistice Day to commemorate the town’s effort in both World Wars and pay respects to the fallen.
There have been some pretty colourful and unusual "away teams" visiting the hallowed turf of the Crown Meadow football ground in Lowestoft over the years. However, probably the strangest sight to invade the pitch was a German bomber exhibited there 80 years ago.
The day Lowestoft Town Football Club had a German Dornier 17 bomber exhibited on the centre spot was recalled at a special event on Friday 23 October.
The event was suggested by aviation historian Bob Collis, who has spent decades researching the wartime history of the area and has a photograph showing the bomber standing on the pitch being inspected by local people.
The aircraft, a Dornier Do 17Z from the Luftwaffe unit 8/KG.76, was shot down by Spitfires over Kent on 15 September 1940, a date which used to be celebrated as Battle of Britain Day. The bullet riddled bomber crash landed at Castle Farm, Shoreham with three of the crew wounded, one fatally.
The Dornier was one of a number of shot down German aircraft taken on tour by the British authorities to boost morale, raise funds for the war effort and give people a chance to look at Hermann Goering's much-vaunted Luftwaffe at close quarters. For 6d (sixpence) towards the "Spitfire fund" local people were allowed entrance to the Crown Meadow and a close inspection of the raider. A set of steps were placed next to the aircraft and people were able to peer inside the cockpit. Several who recall visiting the unusual exhibition remember being quite horrified to see dried blood stains still extant on the gunner's seat inside.
The aircraft arrived in sections on two RAF "Queen Mary" low-loaders on 23 October 1940, during the closing weeks of the Battle of Britain and was reassembled using a small crane.
Mr Collis also read a message from Dave Brocklehurst, MBE, the Chairman of the Kent Battle of Britain Museum Trust at Hawkinge. In it Mr Brocklehurst reminded everyone that there was only one surviving Battle of Britain fighter pilot still living, Group Captain John "Paddy" Hemingway, now 101 years old. Mr Brocklehurst said "I am sure that "Paddy" would have approved, knowing that the good people of Lowestoft are holding their own commemoration today, but more importantly, remembering."
"I am very grateful to Councillor Alan Green, Mayor of Lowestoft, and the Directors of the club for allowing us to mark the event in this way. History and heritage events of this kind are very valuable to local communities and it is profoundly important we keep our unique local heritage in the public eye" added Mr Collis.