Deben High School Site Sold for Leisure and Housing Development

After standing empty for some time Suffolk County Council have transferred the old Deben School Site to East Suffolk Council  – and they have big plans to redevelop the site for both sport and housing.  Deben High School closed and left the site in 2012, after merging with Orwell High School and the property was vacant for a year before Suffolk County Council leased the … Continue reading Deben High School Site Sold for Leisure and Housing Development

New Mayor of Felixstowe Elected Via Zoom

At the Felixstowe Town Council virtual AGM via zoom on May 20th Councillor Mark Jepson was elected as the Mayor of Felixstowe for 2020-21 and Councillor Sharon Harkin was appointed as the Deputy Mayor. A challenging time to take on this role – but with Mark’s background in the police force ( 30 years rising to the position of Chief Inspector) and his experience in … Continue reading New Mayor of Felixstowe Elected Via Zoom

Suffolk Coastal Local Plan – Have Your Say

We may have had our worlds turned upside down by the coronavirus pandemic – but local planning never sleeps. And in spite of the fact it is often felt the views of the public are routinely ignored – nevertheless the Council still have a legislative duty to submit proposed plans to the local public for their views. The Government are encouraging local authorities to continue … Continue reading Suffolk Coastal Local Plan – Have Your Say

Developers Exploit Covid-19 Lockdown to Push Forward Planning Proposals

While the rest of us are in lockdown – developers have been hard at work pushing forward proposals and seeking to finalise planning permission on a number of controversial developments on the Felixstowe peninsula. At a time when emergency measures have had to be brought in to discuss planning applications – public meetings are banned and it is very difficult for town and parish councils … Continue reading Developers Exploit Covid-19 Lockdown to Push Forward Planning Proposals

Garden Waste Collections Suspended – But So Are MOT’s – and Off-Licenses Now Allowed To Open

Every day it seems we wake up to something else that has been taken away from us. Today its the garden waste collection. Unfortunately East Suffolk has decided to suspend the collection of garden waste after Friday 27th in order to concentrate on collecting household waste. However – on a lighter note – MOT’s have all been given a six month extension And the government … Continue reading Garden Waste Collections Suspended – But So Are MOT’s – and Off-Licenses Now Allowed To Open

Change in Parking Regulations As Local Authority Takes Control

Parking rules are changing. Previously the police were in charge of fines for parking on yellow lines and obstruction on the roads – but this has new all been handed over to local authorities, and East Suffolk will be the authority in charge for our area. There are new rules such as a restriction on parking on verges, penalties for repairing cars at the side … Continue reading Change in Parking Regulations As Local Authority Takes Control

East Suffolk Community Partnerships – New Approach to Community Funding

Distributing funding fairly for community groups and project has always been a tricky one, but East Suffolk Council have new come up with a new scheme which they say will provide critical funding for projects which local people want and need in a more even distribution. The East Suffolk Community Partnerships have been created to “bring ideas to life” and eight separate partnership groups, covering … Continue reading East Suffolk Community Partnerships – New Approach to Community Funding

Felixstowe Town Council Asks for Community Feedback on Business Plan

Felixstowe Town Council has published a draft Business Plan for 2020-2024, which was developed following feedback from a community survey and a Felixstowe Horizons Engagement event, and are now seeking the public’s views on it. The aim of the Town Council’s Business Plan is to clearly articulate the Council’s priorities for the next four years. There are four main objectives: Focus on the Environment – … Continue reading Felixstowe Town Council Asks for Community Feedback on Business Plan

East Suffolk Councillors Vote to Increase Their Allowances

In these continuing times of austerity, when every week there is news of more services being cut, Councillors at East Suffolk Council are set to agree a rise of more than £2,600 in their basic allowances this week – an increase of more than 50%. This is at a time when the Labour Group at Suffolk County Council has warned that deep cuts to children’s … Continue reading East Suffolk Councillors Vote to Increase Their Allowances

East Suffolk Council Unveils New Community Partnerships Initiative

On Thursday night at Felixstowe Ferry Golf Club East Suffolk Council held a meeting for invited community leaders to officially unveil a new innovation  to create something called Community Partnerships. Not surprisingly, when the councils of Waveney and Suffolk Coastal were amalgamated, concerns were expressed about the 55 Councillors having to cover larger geographical areas, more Town and Parish Councils and more people, and hence … Continue reading East Suffolk Council Unveils New Community Partnerships Initiative