East Suffolk Council encourages businesses to apply for funding

East Suffolk Council is now processing the payment of grants for local businesses provided by the Government in a response to new national Covid-19 restrictions.

The Local Restrictions Support Grant (LRSG) is available to businesses that have been required to close in line with new national restrictions which came into force on 5 November. These include non-essential retail, leisure, personal care, sports facilities and hospitality businesses.

To qualify for this grant, businesses must be in the East Suffolk area and have been:

·        trading as usual prior to the date the restrictions came into force on 5 November 2020

·        liable to paying business rates as at 5 November 2020

·        required to close due to Government lockdown restrictions

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.

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: “This is a challenging time for our businesses who have been forced to close their doors once again due to Covid-19. We have a responsibility to ensure they can access this funding 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.”

If you are not registered on the business rates system and/or your business is not eligible for the LRSG grant under the Government guidelines, you may be eligible for the Additional Restrictions Grant (ARG). The details of this scheme are still being developed and once we have more details, we will announce it.

The online form and full details about how to apply with full eligibility criteria.

To Live With Dying Website

To Live With Dying’ is a website for residents in East Suffolk. It is a portal to information and support around subjects related to death, dying and cherishing life.

Death is a natural process and one that comes to us all, albeit in many different ways. It is part of life, yet many of us are hesitant to talk about it, or plan for it. This website will guide you to local and national resources that provide helpful information and support. From how to live with a life-limiting illness, to finding bereavement and practical support when someone dies. It has been created by NHS Ipswich and East Suffolk Clinical Commissioning Group and Suffolk County Council in collaboration with local health and wellbeing organisations.

By talking about death and dying in our everyday lives and making plans for the future, we can cherish every moment of the life we have and improve the experience of end of life, for both for ourselves and our loved ones.

Garden Waste Service returning to normal collection dates from 28 September

Following disruptions due to Covid-19, East Suffolk’s garden waste service is now set to return to normal on Monday 28 September, in accordance with the original bin collection dates.

This means that households who subscribe to the service will once again have their green bins collected on the same day as their blue bins after this date. Please refer to your collection calendar or use the online calendar to check your collection dates: http://apps.eastsuffolk.gov.uk/pages/bins/collectiondays.aspx.

Cllr James Mallinder, cabinet member for the Environment, is keen to remind residents that home composting is a great way to get rid of surplus garden waste and some food waste, such as vegetable peelings.

He said: “Although we offer a kerbside garden waste collection, we still want to encourage residents to compost at home, where possible. It’s a really easy and environmentally friendly way to dispose of surplus garden waste and appropriate food waste, and also helps to significantly reduce carbon emissions which is good for the planet and the environment. The small changes we make in our behaviour will make a big difference over time. Most garden waste and uncooked food can be composted and turned into free nutrient rich food for gardens, which can be used on vegetable gardens and flower beds or placed around trees to improve the soil structure and nutrient content.”

Learn more about home composting, and how to get a discounted compost bin at www.eastsuffolk.gov.uk/home-composting

Read more at www.eastsuffolk.gov.uk/news/pre-lockdown-green-collections-set-to-restart/

Register now to clean National Landscapes and help tackle ocean litter

The Coast and Heaths and Dedham Vale Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) and Stour Valley team, with help from the local authorities in these areas, are encouraging people to register for the Marine Conservation Society’s annual Great British Beach Clean and it’s new Source to Sea Litter Quest taking place from the 18 – 25th  September.

The scale of the litter problem in the AONBs since lockdown restrictions have eased has increased enormously. We all need to take action to clean up our beautiful beaches, countryside, villages, and towns to keep these National Landscapes special for people to enjoy and wildlife to thrive.

Individuals are being encouraged to register for the Great British Beach Clean and adopt a 100m stretch of beach and organise their own beach clean and litter survey, with smaller groups of friends, family or ‘bubbles’, in line with Government guidance. Councillor David Wood, Chair of the Coast and Heaths AONB Joint Advisory Committee  said ‘ this is a great opportunity for families and small groups of people to get out and help clean our beaches and estuaries of all the litter that has accumulated over the year. It really does make a difference!’

For those people unable to head to the coast this year a new Source to Sea Litter Quest is being promoted where you try to spot (and pick up!) common beach litter items in your local area. 80% of the litter on beaches around the UK has travelled there from our towns, parks, and rivers. By taking part in the Source to Sea Litter Quest you can remove these potential polluters and see why it’s important to keep our inland spaces clear, for the sake of our oceans. Councillor Nigel Chapman, Chair of the Dedham Vale AONB Joint Advisory Committee said ‘ I am delighted about the new Source to Sea Litter Quest and hope that local people along the River Stour take part not only to clean up litter from their local area but also to stop it reaching the sea!’

The litter survey data helps show a national and international picture of the most common forms of litter which the Marine Conservation Society uses to call for policy change to tackle ocean pollution at its source such as the 5p single-use carrier bag charge, the ban on plastic coffee stirrers and straws and the commitment to a Deposit Return Scheme in Scotland. This year, it’s asking volunteers to record how much personal protective equipment they find, including gloves and masks. This will show how prolific it has become and the danger it poses to the marine environment and wildlife.

During last year’s Great British Beach Clean weekend, 386 volunteers in Suffolk collected over 9582 litter items. It would be wonderful if more people signed up this year to remove litter not just from our beaches but from inland spaces. Just think what an incredible difference that would make to our two National Landscapes in Suffolk and Essex.

To register for either the Great British Beach Clean or Source to Sea Litter Quest visit the Marine Conservation Society’s website www.mcsuk.org/beachwatch/greatbritishbeachclean  Or for guidance ring the Beachwatch team on 01989 566017, or email beachwatch@mcsuk.org

The AONB team can loan out litter picking and survey equipment to volunteers on a first come first served basis. Contact Emma Black on 01394 445225, or email emma.black@suffolk.gov.uk

Volunteers can also contact their local authority to get advice on the provision of litter picking equipment and litter collection:

East Suffolk- ESN.info@ncsgrp.co.uk

Citizens Advice Services – financial support and advice

Covid-19 has had an unprecedented impact on many people’s lives, including financially. If you’re worried about your finances – whether you have already been affected by the situation, or you’re worried you will be in the future – don’t worry alone!

Free, confidential support is available from East Suffolk’s three Citizens Advice services, who can help you deal with money matters. To talk to someone, call 0330 107 5627 or email moneymoneymatters@nescab.cabnet.org.uk Monday – Friday between 9.30am – 4pm.

At Citizens Advice Leiston we have two Covid funds we can use to help people in our community who have been financially impacted by Covid:

  • Covid Energy Fund where we can help clients manage their energy bills whether gas, electricity or oil
  • Covid Secondary School Uniform fund where we can help people with the cost of secondary school uniforms

Suspension of Car Parking Charges to end – 25th May

Message from East Suffolk Council:

Having taken advice from the British Parking Association about measures to support social distancing, we are bringing our suspension of car park charging to an end from Monday 25th May.

Prolonged ‘free’ parking can create additional traffic in popular, tourism areas which can impact on social distancing. Signs will also be installed to remind people of their health and safety responsibilities when they are using our facilities.


Easter Bin Collections

General household waste and recycling bin collections will continue as scheduled over the Easter Bank Holidays – please continue to put your bin out for collection as normal.

Remember to make sure your bin is out by 6am on collection day!

Our green bin (garden/food waste) collections remain suspended at this time: www.eastsuffolk.gov.uk/news/garden-waste-collections-suspended/ Please do not put your food waste in the green bin during this suspension.

You can check your collection day, and what colour bin is being collected, at: apps.eastsuffolk.gov.uk/pages/bins/collectiondays.aspx

Garden Waste Collection temporarily suspended

Message from East Suffolk Council

In the interests of crew safety and to ensure that household waste and recycling collections are prioritised, East Suffolk Council and East Suffolk Norse have taken the decision to temporarily suspend the collection of garden waste.

The final round of garden waste collections will take place on Friday 27 March.

These changes will ensure that all vehicles and crews are being used to collect household waste and recycling during the current restrictions and they will continue to be emptied on established collection days.

When garden waste collections recommence, subscriptions will be ‘rolled forward’, which means that a new annual payment will only be required once each subscriber has received their full quota of 12 monthly collections.

Cllr James Mallinder Cabinet Member for the Environment said: “In these unprecedented times we must get the balance right between delivering essential services and safeguarding the health of our staff and communities. Fewer collections ensure that our crews will spend less time in close proximity to each other, which then reduces the risk of spreading the virus and creating further disruption to our teams.

“We appreciate that stopping this service will cause some inconvenience but we sincerely hope that everyone will understand that this is being done to safeguard wider public health.”

Cllr Mallinder also confirmed that there are no current plans to stop the collection of recyclables – however the Council will continue to monitor the situation. Additionally, he hopes that people will give some thought to what they purchase and the build-up of household waste.

He said: “It is important that people are only purchasing the food items they need to ensure that shops are able to replenish their stocks in good time. However, this is also important to help minimise waste and the build-up of rubbish, should there be further impacts on our collection service. Garden and food waste should also be composted wherever possible.”