Despite local opposition, the application to build Sizewell C, a new twin reactor nuclear power station here on our coast in Suffolk, has been submitted by EDF Energy.
Meanwhile, the application documents are not made public at this stage - although if successful, the full public examination is not expected to start until the autumn.
EDF Energy has said around 25,000 employment opportunities and 1,000 apprenticeships would be created during construction. Once operational, it would employ 900 people in high-skilled positions based in Suffolk.
However, the ‘Stop Sizewell C’ group has long campaigned against another nuclear power station - and has said that this is a time to protect our ecosystems - not destroy them.
Lowestoft CID has charged a woman in connection with a robbery in the Suffolk town.
Last Friday evening (22nd May) police received reports that an offender had entered the Happy Shopper on London Road South - and made threats to the shopkeeper with a knife before stealing alcohol.
Victoria Nash, aged 28 and of Belvedere Road in Lowestoft, has been charged with robbery, possession of a bladed article in a public place and two counts of assaulting a police officer.
Nash has appeared at Norwich Magistrates’ Court and is due to appear before Ipswich Crown Court on Friday 26th June.
Suffolk Police will continue targeting speeding drivers, as part of an on-going nationwide enforcement campaign.
Whilst promoting the message #SlowDownSaveLives - the initiative will keep running until Sunday 7th June - and will see an increased amount of checks and enforcement across the county.
Officers will be speaking with drivers during the campaign, aiming to highlight the dangers of speeding - and the risks and consequences that driving above the limit can have.
Campaign objectives also include reducing the number of people killed or seriously injured in collisions and supporting new roads users, including cyclists, to remain safe on our roads.
Community projects across East Suffolk have received a funding boost to support their activities which benefit local residents.
Following successful applications to East Suffolk Council’s Enabling Communities ‘Exemplar Grant Programme’ - 19 community projects were chosen to each receive a share of £160,000 to help deliver projects and activities which will benefit East Suffolk residents.
Some of the projects to receive funding in Lowestoft include the buying of a minibus for the Allsorts Support Services group, providing theatre courses within Lowestoft schools at the Seagull Theatre and Lowestoft Movers, to establish dance and movement classes for the over 55s.
Meanwhile, the construction of a heritage hut by the Thorpeness & Aldringham Heritage Group and funds to help refurbish, upgrade and reline the main pool at Beccles Lido were some of the other projects that received funds.
With the warm weather set to continue over the coming days, Suffolk’s Resilience Forum is urging people to keep doing the right thing, as the county’s #StickWithItSuffolk campaign continues.
Despite the relaxation of some of the Government restrictions, there is still a risk that the spread of coronavirus is likely to increase.
Suffolk has been very successful in slowing the infection rate, with people staying at home, keeping two metres apart when out, not gathering in groups and washing hands regularly.
However, the NHS, emergency services and public sector organisations which make up the Suffolk Resilience Forum - are stressing people must ‘stick with it’ - and keep following these instructions if we are to continue slowing the spread of the virus and saving lives.
After temporarily suspending payments across all its car parks, East Suffolk Council will now re-introduce charging.
From Bank Holiday Monday - the 25th May, the council says it has listened to advice from the British Parking Association which considers that prolonged ‘free’ parking is more likely to create additional traffic in popular, tourism areas which can impact on social distancing.
Charging ‘tariffs’ will remain at 2019-20 prices for the time being and additional signage will also be installed to remind people of the responsibilities they have - for their health and wellbeing - and of other car park users.
Four people have been charged following an incident that took place in Lowestoft.
On Friday 15th May at just before 5am - a group of people attended a property on Trafalgar Street in the Suffolk town, gaining entry via a communal door.
The offenders then punched the flat door, waking the occupier who then answered the door. The group then entered the flat, punching the victim, a man in his 40s, in the face - then took around £440 in cash notes and some tobacco.
Police enquiries were made, with three men and a woman arrested and taken for questioning.
21 year old Lavell Farman of Bonds Avenue,, 35 year old Joanne Searle of Zanetta Court, 47 year old Dean Meadows of Beccles Road all in Lowestoft - as well as 31 year old Nicky Bates of no fixed abode, were all subsequently charged with burglary.
Police have arrested a young man in connection with drug offences in Saxmundham.
Officers on patrol had cause to stop and search an 18-year-old, under a Misuse of Drugs Act in the Suffolk town last week, with three others failing to stop when requested.
Later, one of the three men, a 16 year old, was found a short time later in St Johns Road.
He had a quantity of suspected drugs, cash and drug-related paraphernalia and was arrested on suspicion of possession with intent to supply Class A drugs.
He was subsequently released under investigation. Meanwhile, the 18-year-old man was given a warning.
Anyone concerned about drug-related activity in their neighbourhood should contact police on 101 or contact Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.
A 33-year-old disqualified driver from Lowestoft has been jailed, after he stole a car following a burglary in the town last month.
Thomas Morgan, of Montgomery Avenue, has appeared before Norwich Magistrates’ Court, where he was sentenced to 20 weeks’ imprisonment - and disqualified from driving for 62 weeks in total.
He pleaded guilty to three offences - burglary: theft of a motor vehicle and driving whilst disqualified.
These all took place on Sunday 19th April, when Morgan broke into a business premises in Whapload Road by smashing a window, and stole the keys to a silver Smart car.
The car was discovered abandoned later that day near Swaffham, having sustained damage from an apparent collision.
Police are appealing for witnesses after break-ins at a number of garages and a storage container in Beccles.
Between 9pm and 10pm on Monday 11th May, a storage container at a business premises in Smallgate and four garage units at the same premises in Hungate Lane were all broken into.
At this time, the only property confirmed to have been stolen is a grey mountain bike.
Anyone with information about these crimes is asked to contact East CID at Lowestoft Police Station, by phoning 101.