Politics is a strange business. In spite of a fairly disastrous handling of the pandemic over the best part of a year, the superlative rollout of the vaccine programme seems to have saved the Conservative’s bacon – and across the country it’s been a fairly terrible result for Labour – and especially Kier Starmer in his first test a leader In Suffolk, not surprisingly, the … Continue reading Local Election Results – Conservatives Retain Big Majority But Greens Make Significant Gains
So – girls – have you ever felt nervous walking home alone in the evening – even if it’s not that late and not that far? Have you ever had second thoughts getting into a taxi – or looked behind you and clutched your keys a little tighter while collecting your car from a deserted multi story car park? Although it’s not the first time … Continue reading SATURDAY ESSAY – Are Women Safe In Suffolk?
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
One of the main fall outs from covid has been the increasing frustrations of trying to book appointments with people in authority. However if you are a council tenent it is set to get a little bit easier East Suffolk Council’s housing tenants will soon be able to manage their tenancy using a new online service, due to be launched later this year. A new … Continue reading New Online Service For Council Tenants To Be Launched Soon
In spite of the current difficulties in staging live performances – Two Sisters Arts Centre in Trimley St Mary is continuing to host a variety of events. The Arts Centre, in the former St Mary’s Church in Trimley, has a full range of covid secure measures in place including online booking of socially distanced tables for up to four people, temperature checks and compulsory sanitizer … Continue reading What’s On @ Two Sisters Arts Centre – October 2020
On Tuesday night at 10.30pm the government basically ‘bowled a googly’, to use a cricket expression. They announced that from Monday 14th Sept no groups of more than six were allowed to meet anywhere indoors or outdoors at any time – but there would be limited exceptions – and that was that – no detail of any kind and leaving everyone who runs venues, clubs, … Continue reading The ‘Rule Of Six’ – What Does It Mean For You?
Car parking charges in Felixstowe are changing. Following a delay caused by the Covid-19 pandemic, East Suffolk Council will now begin rolling out new parking tariffs across the district – which will include charges in car parks that were previously free . However – after listening to the public – there will still be free half hour parking across a number of sites. There are … Continue reading Changes to Felixstowe Parking Tariffs Imminent
Do you run a small business? Did you struggle to get funding in the first round of council business grants? Maybe you are a newish business or were not on the rates list. Maybe you did not qualify against the government’s original criteria. If this is the case – you may still be able to apply for the ESC’s Discretionary Business Grant Scheme – but … Continue reading Last Chance For Small Businesses To Apply For Council Grants Scheme
Suffolk has recorded its first week of no coronavirus deaths since the disease arrived in March New figures released by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) show that in the week ending July 24 (week 30) there were no Covid-related deaths in the county. And Ipswich Hospital has cut back on the number of ward areas used for coronavirus patients as Covid-19 admissions fell to … Continue reading No New Covid Deaths In Suffolk – And SCC Set To Roll Out Own Test & Trace System