In the House of Commons this afternoon Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced his long awaited plan to end restrictions and ease England out of lockdown. As had been urged by many, the easing is cautious – allowing four weeks between each stage in order to analyse the data and ensure there is no huge resurgence in virus cases and hospitalisation numbers. The PM did make … Continue reading Boris Johnson Announces Four Stage Road Map Out Of Lockdown
In these uncertain times mid pandemic and post Brexit you would be forgiven for thinking we are short on good news – especially in the area of trade. Love it or loath it, with the demise of local manufacturers and now the decimation of the retail industry, job security in our region relies to a great extent on the prosperity of our ports – and … Continue reading Felixstowe & Harwich Bid for FreePort Status – What Does It All Mean?
For some time the grass land just past the Leisure Centre on the South seafront has been a bit neglected – and the installation of the ‘trim trail’ didn’t really improve things – being as it was a rather half hearted attempt at an outside gym. There has also been increasing concern at the falling levels of the beach which has prevented beach huts being … Continue reading New ‘Beach Village’ Plans for Felixstowe South – Have Your Say
Weekend Word – EDITOR’S COMMENT On the week when Persimmon Homes finally gained permission to start the first phase of what is ironically called the North Felixstowe Garden Neighbourhood, I watched David Attenborough’s new series ‘A Perfect Planet’ Having spent a lifetime making wildlife documentaries you would be forgiven for thinking Attenborough had nothing new to tell us. Yet this series shows more clearly than … Continue reading Developers vs Climate Change – Which Side Is Winning In Suffolk?
Covid has caused a lot of suffering within the community – but it has had perhaps the greatest effect on vulnerable older people, some who have had to isolate for months at a time separated from loved ones and unable to attend the usual clubs or day centres that made life a little bit easier. In order to bring a little cheer into these people’s … Continue reading Council To Deliver ‘Goody Bags’ To Isolated Older Residents
Another day – another reduction in services due to the pandemic! If you have taken the opportunity during this latest lockdown to tackle some home DIY, and you have lots of bulky items to dispose of – there’s some bad news this morning. To ensure that household waste and recycling collections are prioritised, East Suffolk Council and East Suffolk Norse have taken the decision to … Continue reading Council Suspends Bulky Waste Collection Service
Are you a passionate lover of your local heritage? Would you be willing to give up some time to protect, preserve and administer that heritage for the benefit of others? Bordered by the North Sea, Orwell estuary and the Port of Felixstowe the Landguard Peninsula contains a Site of Special Scientific Interest, Scheduled Ancient Monument, Nature Reserve, Bird Observatory, Museum and Grade 1 listed Fort. … Continue reading New Charitable Trust For Landguard – Looking for Board Members
Subsequent to the Chancellor’s announcement at the start of this latest lockdown, a new one-off grant is now available to businesses that have been asked to close in line with the new national restrictions which came into place on 5 January 2021. East Suffolk Council is now processing the payment of grants for local businesses provided by the Government with one-off top ups of £4,000 … Continue reading More Council Grants Available For Covid Impacted Businesses
Are you struggling with heating bills this winter – or do you know someone who is? Are you, a friend or a neighbour suffering isolation or is the pandemic having a major impact on your or their mental health? As the Coronavirus pandemic continues to have a profound impact on all our lives, we perhaps have a greater empathy than ever before of what it … Continue reading Help Available Now Through Suffolk Community Foundation Winter Appeal
So the roll out is finally happening. Whatever you may think of the speed with which these vaccinations have been developed and approved – or concerns about older people being guinea pigs – nevertheless with the new strain cutting swathes through the population and lockdowns having very little effect, it is probably the only way to try and halt the spread of this most virulent … Continue reading Vaccination Centres for Felixstowe Peninsula Revealed