West Suffolk households are being sent a request to check and update their details on the West Suffolk Electoral Register. The invitation contains an individual code for you to use securely online. Your invitation will be sent by email, text or posted form, depending on the details you have given us. You can update these contact details when you are online. Using email and text reduces postage and saves time. Responding quickly can avoid reminder messages being sent and remove the need for a personal canvass. You will know the message is from us if it is an email from email@example.com, or a text message or postal form from West Suffolk Council. Being registered means you can vote in next year’s elections, including the Police and Crime Commissioner and Suffolk County Council Elections on 6 May. Thank you for your attention.
Stanton's Black Wheelie bins will be emptied on Tuesday 5th May and not as advertised in the Steamer magazine, this is as a result of a late rethink at WSC.
Update on pre-surface dressing patching on Upthorpe Road and Reading’s Lane in Stanton.
Due onsite on Monday 4th May and will likely be present for most of the week. The plan is to begin working on Reading’s Lane, from the Ixworth Road junction and position hard closure points in such a way that ensures the industrial estate mentioned is accessible as normal, to vehicles travelling from Upthorpe Road. Once the works have progressed to a point where the industrial estate entrance is blocked by the closure, ‘gatemen’ will be present at barriers at all times throughout the day, who will make sure staff and deliveries are provided entry as soon as it is safe to do so. Please understand that those who need to pass may face short delays depending on ongoing activities, however Highways will do their utmost to keep any holdups to a minimum. The gatemen can also act as a point of contact for you, should you wish to let them know of particular times when deliveries are likely to arrive. Operatives will be onsite from around 09:00 until 15:30 each day – outside of those times the road will be reopened, albeit with a few slight obstructions should we need to protect open holes etc.
The above information should provide some clarity.
Finally, are you in a position to be able to circulate this message to other businesses situated within your industrial estate? We will do our best to include everybody in a wider email due to be sent out in the very near future.
Thank you in advance for your patience while our works are carried out.
West Suffolk Council, update on what the Council has been doing to tackle COVID-19. This is a fast-paced situation we are in and the magnificent work our staff are putting in is a testament to our work and planning that other councils and regional organisations are looking at how we are doing things, and indeed using some of our staff, and their expertise, to help deliver Countywide actions
We have made the decision to temporarily suspend parking charges in all West Suffolk Council car parks, and on street, to support our key workers and community volunteers in the current COVID-19 crisis
The move will help local key workers and the delivery of essential goods for the most vulnerable in town centres by community volunteers and organisations. It will also ease parking for many working from home or in residential parking zones as they will be able to use the car parks and reduce parking on streets in congested areas. This in turn will make it easier for emergency and essential services such as police, fire, ambulances and our own bin lorries to get through.
As you know, West Suffolk Council is at the forefront of local community and business support during this coronavirus pandemic. We are actively working to support the setting up and running of voluntary groups that are helping the most vulnerable in their communities (and the temporary removal of parking restrictions will help this).
The temporary suspension of charges will be kept under a rolling review and includes both on street and off-street parking. While it may take until early next week to cover all machines and make the necessary changes to RingGo etc. the Council will stop parking enforcement for all but dangerous parking with immediate effect.
I’m sure we can all agree that key workers and volunteers are working very hard and long hours in challenging situations and hope that you will support this help to them during this time.
Scaling back or stopping some operations
From Monday 30 March, the Garden Waste Collection Service will be suspended to allow redeployment of crews for essential collections. The subscription year will be extended by the period of the suspension, however long that is. Customers for whom we have email addresses are being notified directly. All residents are asked to please keep garden waste out of their black bin either by, if possible, home composting or storing.
The bulky waste collection service will also be suspended until further notice.
Grass cutting and street cleaning will be scaled back while ensuring public safety.
Emergency tree work will take place, but routine scheduled work is suspended.
We have begun the process of telephoning several thousand businesses to invite them to take up the grant support on offer.
The Council is, and will be, contacting an estimated 2,300 eligible businesses encouraging and supporting them to take up grants of £10,000 available under the Government’s Small Business Grants Fund.
It will also contact the business owners of another 610 properties that are eligible as part of the Retail, Hospitality and Leisure Fund. Grants of £10,000 and £25,000 are available under the Retail, Hospitality and Leisure Business Grants Fund.
We estimate that we will be paying out over £32m in business grants from 1 April. On top of this we will be paying out more than £34m in Business Rate Relief.
While we have begun making the calls and have deployed greater resource to prioritise these payments, we are asking businesses to bear with us. The team will initially try database contact numbers while we can also check websites and social media for other means of contact. If you have any businesses contact you, please make them aware of this. The team can be contacted on firstname.lastname@example.org or Covid19.BusinessGrants@westsuffolk.gov.uk
In addition, the relevant portfolio holders in discussion with Cabinet have agreed extra measures to help businesses. We will be implementing these as soon as possible and telling businesses about them.
As highlighted, these measures are intended to help, but very much a case by case basis and so it would help our teams that you ask businesses to contact our economic development team rather than pass on advice that may not be appropriate to a particular company. In the case of business rates please ask businesses to contact Anglian Revenue Partnerships.
In talks with businesses we have also picked up several other issues which we are assisting them with and lobbying Government and others on. We have also found that some companies are tooling up to help provide items for the NHS and we are helping where we can with this.
Earlier this week, Cllr Broughton issued a decision that allowed officers to implement the schemes announced by the Government to support businesses during Covid-19. Most notably the business rates grant scheme (which the Council is responsible for paying to businesses) and the business rate relief for retail, leisure, and hospitality properties. These schemes are both fully funded by the Government.
I am pleased that following significant hard work by Council officers, including the team at ARP, as well as our systems providers, we have been able to expedite this action so businesses can access it as swiftly as possible. We are expecting to be in a position where, in the early part of next week, we can begin to actually pay these grants and reissue business rate bills to a significant number of businesses in our area.
We continue to follow national Government and health instructions re providing markets so people can get essential food. So far people have been sensible and traders have been introducing, with our help, extra health measures as well as looking at delivery services. Our staff are at the markets and we have spaced stalls and brought in signs and measures to remind people to keep their distance. We will, of course, keep this under review.
Please be extra vigilant at this time. A number of #COVID19 related phishing emails and texts have been reported to Action Fraud. These emails or texts appear to come from a credible source such as DWP, HMRC and banks. They attempt to trick you into opening malicious attachments or links to fake webpages which could lead to fraudsters stealing your personal information, logins, passwords, or banking details.
Never pass on your personal information if you have any queries over the nature of the contact.
We would always recommend going straight to the website address rather than clicking links on emails or texts.
Report the email or text to Action Fraud online, phone 0300 123 2050 (this number will be charged at your normal network rate). They open Monday to Friday 9am-6pm.
Please, to help our contact centre who are working remotely and helping many people, some very distraught, we encourage wherever possible everyone to go online. Our website www.westsuffolk.gov.uk has all the information and special pages on COVID-19 which we are updating.
We do realise that this may not always be possible and so people can contact us on our normal number of 01284 763233.
Community Groups offering help and those who are vulnerable needing help there is now a countywide service.
The free app, called Tribe Volunteer, can be downloaded from the Apple App Store and Google Play Store. The telephone number for those in genuine need of help is freephone 0800 876 6926 and will be staffed from 9am to 5pm, seven days a week but should only be used for the most vulnerable.
If you have any further queries please contact your Families and Communities officer or email email@example.com
Most if not all events advertised in the April Steamer will not actually happen, please watch for adverts when we return to normality after Corona Virus.
Stanton Co-op Application approved. Roll over title for details of consent given by West Suffolk Council for plans for six houses and Store on the old Tripp Batt site.
Planning application for land opposite Rose and Crown is on WSC web site: DC/19/2481/OUT, Outline Planning Application (Means of Access and Landscaping to be considered) - up to 250no. dwellings open space and associated infrastructure, Land East Of Bury Road Stanton Suffolk
This application is currently on the agenda for determination by the Development Control Committee of West Suffolk Council at its Meeting on Wednesday 5th February 2020.
This application has now been validated and is open for comments.
Planning and Regulatory Services,
West Suffolk Council,
West Suffolk House, Western Way, Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, IP33 3YU
Please ask for: Britta Heidecke Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Application no: DC/19/1714/FUL Date received: 21 August 2019 Determination date: 28 October 2019 Stanton Ward
Today’s date: 10 September 2019
Consultation on application received by West Suffolk Council Local Planning Authority
Proposal Planning Application - (i) 6no. dwellings (ii) 1no. convenience store with 15 no. parking spaces and associated works (following demolition of existing buildings)
Location Marlows Home And Garden Hepworth Road Stanton Suffolk
Applicant Con Mech Group Limited And FPC (Stanton) Limited
We are notifying you that the application detailed above has been submitted and can be viewed by downloading it from the planning section of our website.
The supporting documents should be available for viewing within 2 working days of the date of this letter.
Yours faithfully Britta Heidecke Senior Planning Officer
Old Primary School, Bury Lane, Planning Applications (two)