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  • File:SARS-CoV-2 without background.png* Public Domain * (* Public Domain * Centers for Disease Control and Prevention #23312)
    Article: Nov 26, 2020

    New Covid restrictions for Suffolk as County is put into Tier 2.

    Tier 2: High alert

    This is for areas with a higher or rapidly rising level of infections, where some additional restrictions need to be in place.

    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'

    • businesses and venues can continue to operate, in a COVID-Securemanner, other than those which remain closed by law, such as nightclubs

    • 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

    • hospitality businesses and venues selling food and drink for consumption off the premises can continue to do so after 10pm as long as this is through delivery service, click-and-collect or drive-through

    • early closure (11pm) applies to casinos, cinemas, theatres, museums, bowling alleys, amusement arcades, funfairs, theme parks, adventure parks and activities, and bingo halls. Cinemas, theatres and concert halls can stay open beyond 11pm in order to conclude performances that start before 10pm

    • public attendance at outdoor and indoor events (performances and shows) is permitted, limited to whichever is lower: 50% capacity, or either 2,000 people outdoors or 1,000 people indoors

    • public attendance at spectator sport and business events can resume inside and outside, subject to social contact rules and limited to whichever is lower: 50% capacity, or either 2,000 people outdoors or 1,000 people indoors

    • places of worship remain open but you must not socialise with people from outside of your household or support bubble while you are indoors there, unless a legal exemption applies

    • weddings and funerals can go ahead with restrictions on numbers of attendees - 15 people can attend wedding ceremonies and receptions, 30 people can attend funeral ceremonies, and 15 people can attend linked commemorative events such as wakes or stonesettings.

    • 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

    • you can continue to travel to venues or amenities which are open, but should aim to reduce the number of journeys you make where possible

    • 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 international travel see the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office travel advice for your destination and the travel corridors list


  • Andrew T at Sizewell beach (East Suffolk Lib Dems)
    Article: Nov 24, 2020

    Sizewell C More proposed changes out for consultation but will they be enough?

    The applicant for Sizewell C (NNB Generating Company(SZC Ltd) have now submitted further proposed changes to their application to the Planning Inspectorate accepted for examination on 24th June.

    With the latest Government announcements about a series of UK mini nuclear plants and suggestions of home based investment of Sizewell C the applicant will be hoping that these changes will be sufficient to appease the opposition and the Suffolk Coastal project may be given a reprieve. Clearly significant continuing opposition from the communities impacted by the development added to opposition from within local Councils will have undoubtedly played a part in these latest changes being brought forward.

  • Stop the Tory Power Grab in planning
    Article: Nov 13, 2020

    Defend local planning and ensure your community's voice is heard

    An open letter hosted by CPRE, the countryside charity, and Friends of the Earth to the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government has already been signed by over 1500 elected representatives.

    The open letter is about the government's proposed changes to the planning system, as announced in August 2020 in the White Paper - Planning for the Future.

  • Biden/Harris win
    Article: Nov 10, 2020

    Joe Biden and Kamala Harris's victory isn't just democratic, it may have saved US democracy.

    In 70 days we will be looking forward to the inauguration of a new US President. In President-Elect Joe Biden and Vice President-Elect Kamela Harris we must hope for an end to chaos and a return to sanity in US governance and foreign policy and a return to international cooperation and renewed support for international humanitarian agencies and global agreements.

  • Make votes matter - proportional representation
    Article: Oct 30, 2020

    Constitution, Democracy & Rights Commission

    Your chance to tell the Select Committee you want electoral reform!

    The 2019 Conservative manifesto promised to set up a "Constitution, Democracy & Rights Commission" to review aspects of the UK's political system.

    The Public Administration and Constitutional Affairs Committee has launched a survey to invite views on what issues the Government prioritises when it forms its new Constitution, Democracy and Rights Commission.

  • Barrowdale Avenue street sign with abandoned roadworks items
    Article: Oct 26, 2020
    By Councillor Inga Lockington
    Councillor Inga Lockington writes:-
    Over the years I have reported this kind of LITTER several times on the "Report it Tool" on the County Council's Web-Site. This is Street Litter left behind when a Utility Company or our County Highways Teams have worked in our streets.
    They think they have finished the job, packs up and go but clearly can't be bothered to always take all the Boards/bollards/sandbags away with them. Someone brought the Items along so why do they not count them out and back in again. At the end of the day they all cost money and boards left behind on pavements can cause injury.
  • Oliver Holmes
    Article: Oct 24, 2020
    By Councillor Oliver Holmes

    The Borough Council has received details as to how the Planning Inspectorate will deal with the public enquiry into the Ipswich Local Plan. This, under current legisla�on, describes the local planning framework for the Borough, until 2036 .

    Councillor Oliver Holmes, on behalf of Ipswich Liberal Democrats, submitted a number of suggested amendments concerning the residential development to the north of Humber Doucy Lane, parking policy for the town centre and the failure to take account of changes in natonal policy on climate change. Full details of the enquiry will be given when they are published.

    This whole process may be meaningless if the Government's Planning White Paper is enacted. Under a suggested zonal system, new housing would be agreed in principle using a natonal algorithm.

    Oliver comments: "Removing Local Democracy from planning and planning control will not mean more housing - the real problem is non-comple�on of new homes already approved through our current planning system."

    Consultation on the White Paper finishes at the end of October. If you are concerned, want to learn more or want your voice to be heard, we found the following helpful:-

    www.cpre.org.uk www.youtube.com/watch?v=b6g6EORy4Rs

    Grounds maintenance and new Housing developments.

    It used to be the case that Developers would provide local authorities with a fixed sum, for 10 years, to maintain the shared areas of new estates, including their green and leisure spaces, before transferring to normal Council maintenance funded through Council Tax.

    This is no longer the case and Developers can choose to make their own private arrangements including annual charges for grounds maintenance.

    The Vista (Hayhill Development) was set up in this way. Residents have told us of some things not being done because the Estate management company believes them to be the Borough Council's responsibility.

    We have contacted the Borough Council about this and are working with residents to see if there are ways we can help improve maintenance of shared areas.

  • Coins
    Article: Oct 24, 2020
    By Paul Daley

    As a local party, we are planning so that in future years, we can gain more seats in Ipswich and through this, to make a difference in Ipswich, but to do so, we do need to increase our income and to fund the extra expenditure this will require. We have recently added a fundraising officer to the executive to help plan this and over coming months, there will be a number of opportunities to help make a difference.

  • Free School Meals
    Article: Oct 22, 2020

    Suffolk Coastal and Waveney Tory MPs help to vote down proposal to extend Free School Meals

    Peter Aldous (Waveney) and Therese Coffey (Suffolk Coastal) voted against a motion to extend free school meals in England over the school holiday periods until Easter 2021 and whilst the pandemic continues to impact deprived areas especially and hit poorer families.

  • Planning Permission Granted
    Article: Oct 19, 2020

    East Suffolk Council's three consultations for you to respond to:

    : Engagement in the Planning Process

    : Cycling & Walking Improvements

    : Protecting Habit Sites in Housing Developments

    East Suffolk Council have launched the three different consultations, ranging from how they can better engage you in the planning process, to discovering the walking and cycling infrastructure matters and opportunities in your local area.

    These consultations last for six weeks, and end at 5pm on 30 November 2020.

    If you have any questions about the consultations or get hard copies of the consultations ( see address below), or for anything relating to Planning Policy.

    Email: planningpolicy@eastsuffolk.gov.uk

    Twitter: @EastSuffolkPlan