People can now sign up to register an interest in joining Suffolk Coastal’s Garden Waste Collection Service.
At its Cabinet meeting in December 2017, Suffolk Coastal decided to introduce a charge for collecting garden waste from homes during next financial year (2018/19).
People in Suffolk Coastal will be given the option of paying an annual charge of £43 per garden waste bin (the equivalent of paying about £1.65 per fortnightly collection).
This is a completely voluntary scheme, which people will have to opt to join (rather than residents automatically becoming part of the scheme).
The first paid-for collections are scheduled to start from the beginning of May 2018, with local residents able to subscribe for the new service from 1 March 2018 and we will email them when the subscription service is live.
However, in the meantime, people can register their interest by completing a simple online form.
There has recently been a spate of crimes in the village. Vehicles have been entered which have been left unsecured. It is sensible to ensure that all vehicles are securely locked, particularly overnight. There has also been a burglary during daylight hours and residents are advised to be alert to people acting suspiciously. Call the police immediately if you notice anything untoward.
Over the last few years the Parish Council and Community Council have spent some of their budgets and grants on features that should enhance the parish in some way. The Parish Council is developing a 10 year plan, which will include ways in which the amenities of the village might be progressed. Anyone who has ideas or suggestions is very welcome to make them known to us. This can either be done by contacting someone on the parish council or by handing in an envelope at Orwell Stores.
UK Power Networks advise that they operate a free Priority Services Register (PSR) for those who may need more support in the event of a power cut.
If you wish to be considered for affordable housing you MUST be registered with the Gateway to Homechoice. Affordable housing is allocated to those deemed most in need on a case by case basis. If you are not registered on this site you will never be considered for affordable housing even if some is being built in your own village.
Suffolk's Warm Homes Healthy People scheme offers support to those most in need. The scheme can help home owners or tenants who privately rent and are on a low income or in receipt of a means tested benefit. The scheme also takes into account age, disability, and cold related health conditions.