There will therefore be an opportunity to represent Wrentham by becoming one of the first ever East Suffolk Councillors.
FREE INFORMATION BRIEFING 6pm Mon 18 Feb 2019 at Lowestoft Town Council Office - anyone thinking of becoming a Parish Councillor, District Councillor, or County Councillor is invited to attend an information briefing. This will explain how to the differences between the Councils and how to join. There will be no pressure at all to make decisions or join any political parties. This is for Wrentham or anywhere else.
No need to book. Just go along to Lowestoft Town Council Offices , Hamilton House, Battery Green Road, Lowestoft NR32 1DE.
Monday April 1 will see the historic creation of a brand new local authority, replacing Suffolk Coastal and Waveney District Councils.
East Suffolk Council will deliver essential services to local people and communities, from Lowestoft in the north to Felixstowe in the south, and is the natural culmination of a partnership between Suffolk Coastal and Waveney which has seen them save a combined total of over £22 million.
The creation of this new ‘super district council’ is a historic first for local government. It is the latest step in a meticulously planned journey designed to ensure that local people receive the services they deserve and expect in the face of considerable financial challenges for local government.
The primary reason for creating this new council is to meet the challenges presented by a hugely pressurised financial and service-delivery environment. Compared with the other options considered, it is the most simple to implement and has involved limited transitional costs. It will enable the new council to grasp more opportunities and deliver its priorities for East Suffolk: financial self-sufficiency, economic growth, and enabling communities.
So what will you as taxpayers see that is different? First, the number of councillors is being reduced from 90 across the two authorities to 55 and the elections to the new council will take place on May 2nd. A lot of work has gone in to ensuring that it will be ‘business as usual’ when the new council comes in to force on April 1.
Residents will continue to pay their council tax in the same way, refuse and recycling will be collected by the same friendly and efficient teams a and a range of important services from Planning and Coastal Management to Housing and Environmental Health will continue in exactly the same way.
There will of course be some changes. A new telephone number is being introduced for the Council’s switchboard and customer contact centre: 03330 162 000. This will be a non-geographic number, meaning that callers will be charged at a local rate, no matter where they call from in East Suffolk. And of course, there will be new signs – from the largest logos on the side of our main buildings, to car parks and vehicles.
These changes will be made gradually to keep costs down; another example of how the creation of a brand new council has been carefully planned with the taxpayer and public money in mind.
If you have any questions please ask.
New Council Programme Team
The opt-in process for those pupils who are eligible for Suffolk CC funded school travel for the 2019/2020 school year opens on 1 March 2019 with a deadline of 31 May 2019.
All elligible children MUST OPT IN (ie apply) to get , or continue to get free travel. There is NO AUTOMATIC RENEWAL. So, even if you have been getting free school travel , you won’t continue to get it unless you re-apply
This is when you will be eligible for free school travel
Starting a new school in Sept 2019, AND
Over 2miles (under 8yrs old), OR over 3 miles (8yrs or over) walking distance from nearest suitable school that would have had a place available for them. Still applies whether or not an application was actually made at that school.
If parents do not hear from us by the date shown above and believe their child is eligible for SCC funded school travel, they should contact the Customer Service Team on 0345 606 6173 or email them at firstname.lastname@example.org. Information about those who are eligible to SCC funded travel will be provided to the child’s current and receiving school.
The new policy is being phased in. This means that children who receive SCC funded school travel in the 2018/2019 school year will continue to receive this whilst they continue to attend the same school, unless they turn 8 years of age and live between 2 and 3 miles from their current school, or move house at which time eligibility would be reassessed.
Post-16 Travel Policy Statement for September 2019:
The Post-16 Policy has not changed other than agreed increases to the cost of a seat until the charge equals the average cost. For September 2019/2020 school year the charge will be £750 per annum.
The financial contribution for students with SEND for 2019/2020 school year will be £690.
Cabinet member for Children’s Services, Education & Skills
Affordable Housing at MEADOWLANDS are now being advertised for rent via Waveney District Council Homechoice. You must be registered with Waveney District ouncil Housing Department to apply for these properties. Preference will be given to those already living in Wrentham or with a strong local connection.
Register NOW before these properties are allocated to people from outside the area by following this link https://www.eastsuffolk.gov.uk/housing/how-to-register/.
Alternatively, Contact: Waveney District Council Homechoice Team, 4 Canning Road, Lowestoft. NR33 0EQ
T: 01502 523524
Have a look at this new A-Z of crime prevention from Suffolk Constabulary
From Police Connect dated 25th January 2019
"Suffolk’s Police and Crime Commissioner, Tim Passmore has confirmed today he will raise the policing element of the council tax by £2 a month ( for a Band D property) for the next financial year. This will see 29 extra police officers across the county, 24 civilian investigators, a share of 45 police staff with Norfolk and increased investment in technology"