New dog poo bins

Two new dog poo bins have recently been installed in Melton, one at Wilford Bridge and the other at Old Malting Approach/New Quay Lane. We are aware that someone has cut through the metal straps attaching the bin at Old Malting Approach so it will be reinstalled in due course.

Sizewell C – Application for a Development Consent Order

On 3 April 2020, EDF wrote to Parish Councils confirming its decision to defer, by a few weeks, the submission of its application for a Development Consent Order (DCO) to build Sizewell C. EDF says that this will allow everyone more time to read the documents through the summer months and then register their interest and submit their views for the public examination phase of the DCO process. EDF is liaising with the Planning Inspectorate to discuss how normal arrangements can be flexed so that communities are not disadvantaged by the current difficult circumstances.

Green Bin Collections Suspended

As of 27 March 2020, East Suffolk Council has temporarily suspended the collection of green bins, until further notice.  This is in response to the COVID-19 emergency and aims to protect crew safety and prioritise household waste and recycling collections.  The advice from East Suffolk Council is:

All current green bin subscriptions will be extended, once the service resumes, to reflect the period of time that collections were missed within your subscription period.

There is also concern about the risk of increased fly-tipping. If you see any, please report it: https://www.eastsuffolk.gov.uk/waste/fly-tipping/how-to-report-fly-tipping/

Payment of grants for local businesses

East Suffolk Council is now processing the payment of grants for local businesses provided by the government in response to the COVID-19 outbreak.

Eligible businesses are being asked to complete a straightforward online form which will capture the data required by central government and allow the Council to make payment to each eligible business as soon as possible.  As part of this process, and to ensure as many businesses as possible are aware of the funding available to them, East Suffolk Council is also writing to over 7,000 businesses who may be eligible for the grants – the Small Business Grant Fund or the Retail, Hospitality and Leisure Fund. The Council will also promote the scheme through the media and online channels.

The online form and full details about how to apply with full eligibility criteria can be found at: https://www.eastsuffolk.gov.uk/covid-19-business-grant-funding.

The first fund offers a grant of £10,000, announced by the Government to support small businesses (which receive small business rate relief or rural rate relief). The second is a grant of either £10,000 or £25,000 depending on rateable value, for businesses in the retail, hospitality and leisure sectors.

Once each business has completed the online form, they will receive an automated email to confirm receipt of the form. The Council will then undertake verification checks and make payment of the grant as soon as possible. Once payment has been submitted to the business an automated email will be sent to confirm payment has been made.

Cllr Craig Rivett, Cabinet Member for Economic Development and Tourism, said: “We are in unprecedented times and this funding is a lifeline for many local businesses. We have a responsibility to ensure they can access it as quickly as possible and by setting up a clear and straightforward online form, the application process will be as smooth as possible. We hope to encourage everyone who is eligible to apply and get the funding they deserve.”

Businesses with a rateable value of £51,000 or over are not eligible for this scheme. Additionally, businesses which are not ratepayers in the business rates system are not included in this scheme.

Home, but not alone

A new Suffolk-focused community service has been set up to support people who need help during the COVID-19 pandemic. The telephone line is for those in need who can seek information on support with care needs, loneliness and to connect with community support. Please note it is not a general information line for COVID-19 queries.

Home, but not alone – 0800 876 6926

Melton Good Neighbour Scheme – Collecting Prescriptions

The Melton Good Neighbour Scheme is collecting prescriptions from the pharmacies in Woodbridge and delivering them to your door. Please think about using this service rather than collecting your own prescriptions. The queues are very long and by using this service you will reduce your risk of exposure and help the staff at the pharmacies.
You can email meltongns@gmail.com or call 0333 3355366. If there is no answer leave a message and one of the team will get back to you.

Melton Produce (formerly Springside) reopening

Melton Produce (formerly Springside) on Melton Road will be reopening on Monday 23rd March at 10am. The refurb isn’t quite finished but please bear with them. They will be only be accepting cash initially until the card machine/internet connection is set up. They are also looking into home deliveries.