One of our area’s longest running summer events could go ahead - but without the appearance of its popular funfair this summer.
Aldeburgh Carnival has been featured Stocks FunFair since the 1920s..., following restructuring of costs by East Suffolk Council last year the fee to rent the site has now increased… There is now uncertainty as to whether the FunFair will be part of the 2020 carnival...
Stocks FunFair has said that the category for small sites such as the one they rented for Aldeburgh Carnival, has disappeared - and that now all funfairs have to pay the same, regardless of how many rides a site can accommodate.
Following a request for a response from East Suffolk One, the council said that they had been in discussions with the funfair operators - and made them aware last summer of the charges for this year’s event.
East Suffolk Council added that although the rent increases were due last summer - they made a good will gesture and the funfair operators were charged a ‘small commercial’ rate.
Police have arrested a teenage boy following an assault in Bungay, which occurred on Sunday 16th February, when one group of men was assaulted by another group in the town.
As a result of this incident, a man aged his 20s, sustained swelling to his face and a cut to his left cheek after he was hit with a weapon.
Following an investigation, a 15-year-old teenage boy was arrested on suspicion of possession of an offensive weapon and conspiracy to cause grievous bodily harm.
The teenage boy was subsequently released under investigation pending further enquiries.
Anyone who witnessed the incident or saw a group of men in the area shortly prior to or after the incident in Hillside Road East at around 12.45am on Sunday 16th February, should contact Suffolk police, by phoning 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.
The ‘Love East Suffolk’ litter pick scheme is returning to encourage, enable and reward people to show some love for where we live.
‘Love East Suffolk’ gives community groups a winning way of cleaning up their neighbourhood, while helping themselves by offering £20 to their nominated community fund or charity for litter picks carried out during March, April or May.
All registered groups who carry out their litter pick during this time, will also be entered into a £200 grand prize draw, with prizes provided by the Council’s partners, East Suffolk Norse.
The local scheme ties in with the Great British Spring Clean, which takes place between 20th March and 13th April - and aims to bring together people across the country, to clean up litter that blights our towns, villages, countryside and coastline.
East Suffolk Norse can provide equipment, including sacks, to groups on request and will also arrange for gathered litter to be collected. Litter pick sticks, bag hoops and green vests can also be loaned out, subject to availability.
For more information and to register a litter pick, just go online to: go to www.eastsuffolk.gov.uk
An iconic building on the Suffolk coast is set to be demolished, following confirmation from the Orfordness Lighthouse Trust, which owns the structure.
The lighthouse has stood for 228 years but after surviving the elements for more than two centuries, the owners have said that they have long-known this day would come.
Following a site inspection earlier this year, East Suffolk Council’s Building Control team advised the Orfordness Lighthouse Company that the structure was in a dangerous condition, due to exposed foundations on the entrance porch and a void between the base of these foundations and the ground.
Officers also advised that the main lighthouse was a potentially dangerous structure and consideration should be given to its long-term future.
East Suffolk Council added that: ‘It is sad to see such a historic feature disappear from our coastline - however it is not unexpected. Our Building Control team will continue to liaise with the owners to ensure appropriate action is taken.
Police are appealing for information after two vehicles were damaged in Laxfield Way in Lowestoft on Wednesday evening on 19th February.
Between 9.30pm & 9.45pm two men on a bicycle were seen causing damage to the wing mirrors of two cars parked in the street.
Both suspects are described as white and around 6ft tall. One of them was riding a grey mountain bike while the other
sat on the handlebars.
If you saw who caused the damage or recognise the descriptions of the men, please contact Suffolk Police by phoning 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111
Police are issuing a warning to shoppers in the Beccles area after further incidents of counterfeit notes were passed to a shop.
An initial incident took place at W H Smith in the Suffolk town earlier in February - when two suspects entered the shop and tried to make a payment of over £1000 in Scottish notes. These were all found to be counterfeit.
Meanwhile, there have now been further reports on social media of additional attempts to pass on the fake notes to shop in Beccles town centre.
The suspects, two men, were described as having Irish accents and were about five foot eight inches to five foot nine inches tall - and had dark hair and wore heavy black coats.
Police would remind all shoppers and businesses to be aware - and anyone who has knowledge of a similar incident taking place should contact Suffolk police by phoning 101.
Police have arrested and charged two people in connection with an aggravated burglary in Lowestoft.
The incident happened on Monday 24th February just after 3am on St Margaret’s Road in the town.
Two men attended an address on Tethys Place, off St Margaret's Road - and threatened the resident, a man in his 20s, was threatened with a knife and assaulted with a crowbar. He sustained bruising to his right ankle and a small cut to the side of his body.The offenders then left the scene with an i-phone being taken.
Two men were arrested later the same morning, they were 23 year old Alex Gibb of Clapham Road North in Lowestoft and David Hawthorne aged 41 of Tethys Place in Lowestoft were both charged with aggravated burglary. Gibb was also charged with robbery.
They have now appeared before Norwich magistrates court and remanded in custody to appear before Norwich Crown court on Wednesday 25 March.
Suffolk County Council are looking to reduce their carbon footprint by investing £9.8m in street lighting, if an LED street lighting replacement project is given the go-ahead.
The council says it recognises the importance of climate change, the need to reduce the effects of this and its role in protecting the environment.
The council owns and maintains over 60,000 street lights. Back in 2010, the county council took numerous steps to help reduce both the energy costs and carbon footprint of its lighting stock. This included switching many street lights off, initially from midnight and conversion to LED for lighting units consuming the highest levels of energy.
The Council has said its proposal to convert the remaining street lighting stock to LED, will help to reduce both Suffolk’s energy consumption and carbon footprint, whilst providing crisper illumination of the streets for residents.
The project will also ensure that Suffolk remains more resilient to any future energy price increases.
Attempts to find buyers for one of the countries oldest department store chains, has now failed, with jobs losses here in east Suffolk.
It had been hoped that the Beales store in Beccles and Palmers in Lowestoft, would find a reprieve - but Administrators at KPMG have been unable to find interested parties to buy the stores and keep them open.
The sites in Beccles and Lowestoft are both in prime town centre locations - and echo a theme of high street names that continue to close in a difficult trading environment.
It had been reported that a slimmed-down version of Beales could emerge from the administration process - but these attempts have now failed, with the stores expected to remain open for another two months
Two men have been jailed for a total of nearly 14 years for a targeted incident of aggravated burglary in Leiston.
20 year old Callum Hart of Heath View in Leiston and 28 year old Andrew Fraser of Snape Road in Saxmundham - have both been sentenced at Ipswich Crown Court, after pleading guilty to aggravated burglary at earlier hearings.
It follows an incident in Leiston last July 2019, when the two offenders, carrying knives, forced their way into a flat on the High Street demanding cash.
One of the residents, a man in his 40s, was injured by Fraser, by sustaining a six inch cut to his left arm and shoulder.
Damage was also caused to the kitchen cupboard and bedroom door and other items of property including ornaments and jewellery were also damaged.
Both Hart and Fraser were arrested later the same day and taken to Great Yarmouth Police Investigation Centre for questioning and subsequently charged.
Hart received a custodial sentence of four years, eight months to be served in a young offenders institute, while Fraser was jailed for nine years.