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URGENT Extraordinary WDC Overview & Scrutiny Committee meeting - open to the public at Riverside on Monday 27.11.17 at 6.00pm 
Importance: High.

Being discussed is the extremely important issue of public safety

With regard to tower blocks - in particular St Peter's Court.

Which was called to answer questions by Waveney Labour Group, After two Fire and Rescue Service reports came to light, after FOI requests  that detail major safety concerns at St Peter's court, Labour have asked challenging questions which need to be answered at this meeting.

Please attend if you are available

Many Thanks

Waveney CLP

Overview & Scrutiny Meeting at Riverside Monday 27th November 2017

URGENT Extraordinary WDC Overview & Scrutiny Committee meeting - open to the public at Riverside on Monday 27.11.17 at 6.00pm Importance: High. Being discussed is the extremely important issue of public safety With regard...

Dear Editor

 

At the Simultaneous Cabinet Meeting (Waveney District Council & Suffolk Coastal District Council) held on 13th November, 2017 at Riverside there was a major and historic item on the agenda which should be ofinterest to all Waveney residents and readers of the `EDP`. The two Cabinets consisting of eighteen Cabinet members voted for the five recommendations (you can view the full agenda item 6 meeting papers atwww.eastsuffolk.gov.uk ) which will now go before the full Waveney District Council on Wednesday 15th November, 2017and also to the full Suffolk Coastal District Council to be held on the 23rd November 2017.Opposition Waveney Labour Councillors attended the meeting in the public gallery and asked a number of important questions. As both Councils are Conservative controlled the proposal in Item 6 1 A that `Suffolk Coastal District Council (SCDC) and Waveney District Council (WDC) be dissolved and one new Council for East Suffolk be created to replace them` plus all the other recommendations will, no doubt, be agreed.

 

The Waveney Labour Party are concerned that the majority of Waveney residents are still unaware that there will be a new East Suffolk Council from May 2019 and more importantly; that residents have not been able via a local Referendum to have their democratic voices heard on this major change to local government. At the meeting I asked about how representations on the creation of the new Council can be made and the meeting was informed that the Secretary of State at the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLC) the Rt. Hon Sajid Javid will receive representations on the new East Suffolk Council between now and the 8th January, 2018. Sajid Javid will be using the new Devolution Act legislation passed last year to put the Order before Parliament for the new East Suffolk District Council to be created, followed by the Local Government Boundary Commission agreeing on the next step (including the size of Wards and number of Councillors). So decisions about the future of our local council are being made at a national level using legislation that was used to put forward Devolution for Norfolk and Suffolk which was voted down by a majority of Councils in Norfolk and Suffolk last year. Readers can find out more information on the proposed East Suffolk District Council on www.eastsuffolk.gov.uk and make representations to the Secretary of State at the DCLC Sajid David at email:sajid.javid.mp@parliament.uk .’

 

Regards

 

Sonia Barker (Cllr)

Leader Waveney Labour Group

David Finnigan

Chair Waveney Constituency Labour Party

17 Commercial Road,

Lowestoft

Stop the merger! - Letter to the press - We have until January 8th 2018 to send objections to Sajid Javid.

Dear Editor   At the Simultaneous Cabinet Meeting (Waveney District Council & Suffolk Coastal District Council) held on 13th November, 2017 at Riverside there was a major and historic item on the agenda...

 

Please note, these are the venues and times of available food banks.

 

SALVATION ARMY The CITADEL MONDAY 10 TILL 12 IN THE MORNING AND TUESDAY AND WEDNESDAY MORNING

 

BRIDGE VIEW ALL WEEK 10 TILL 12

 

ACCESS COMMUNITY TRUST - MONDAY, TUESDAY AND FRIDAY 10 Till 12.

 

MARRAM GREEN IN KESSINGLAND ONLY ONE DAY -WEDNESDAY

 

LEISTON ON THURSDAY 10 to12

 

Food banks - Changes to local services

  Please note, these are the venues and times of available food banks.   SALVATION ARMY The CITADEL MONDAY 10 TILL 12 IN THE MORNING AND TUESDAY AND WEDNESDAY MORNING...

Dear Editor,

 

It was really great to see at the presentation last week on the Lowestoft Flood Risk Management Project in Lowestoft that the support given to local residents in Pakefield and Carlton Colville during the flooding in July, 2015 alongside the campaigning for flood prevention improvements, which included the gathering of evidence about the incidents of flooding in both Pakefield and Carlton Colville (both from individuals and via Carlton Colville Town Council) over the last two years has finallyborne fruit. During the meeting a SCC officer explained that there are currently two Kirkley Stream improvement projects being explored by SCC in relation to both Pakefield and Carlton Colville. After attending all the meetings arranged by WDC, Anglian Water, the Environment Agency and SCC (including an investigative Scrutiny Committee) since July 2015 when flooding from the Kirkley Stream devastated residents’ lives in Pakefield it is important to note that local Councillors speaking up on behalf of local residents have finally been listened to and acted upon. It is really important therefore that local residents respond to the Consultation on the Lowestoft Flood Risk Management Project which invites views on the various options being considered. Residents need to make their views known on the options to prevent flooding from the sea and to ensure that preventative measures as suggested by SCC to reduce the risk of flooding from the Kirkley Stream go ahead. Visit the website onwww.lowestoffrmp.org.uk to make your views known.

 

Yours sincerely,

 

Sonia Barker (Cllr)

District Councillor for Pakefield (former SCC for Pakefield Div)

Peter Byatt (former SCC for Pakefield Div)

Letter to Lowestoft Journal 'Lowestoft flood risk management project & Kirkley Stream'.

Dear Editor,   It was really great to see at the presentation last week on the Lowestoft Flood Risk Management Project in Lowestoft that the support given to local residents...

Plans in place for the future of the NHS.
NHS secret must be out.

Do you know what a Sustainability and Transformation Programme (STP) is? There are 44 STP’s across the country which aims to save the NHS money - in Norfolk and Waveney £300m needs to be saved over the next five years.
The lead for the Norfolk and Waveney STP Mr Antek Lejk said: “I have to confess the whole process about setting up the STP was in secret a bit, we were told not to be too involved in public debate.”
Many of the NHS staff and members of the public feel in the dark over changes to the Health Service. Secrecy and public ignorance have been important for the STP, the October 2016 submission to NHS England identifies public objections as a key risk.
However recently at a Norfolk Health Overview and Scrutiny Committee meeting held in Norwich Mr Lejk said, “We do need to do more to get an understanding on what we are saying.”
There is so much that is going on that is slipping under the public’s radar. Last July there was a STP Public meeting held in Norwich and now there is the opportunity to attend meetings in Gt Yarmouth. We must attend these meetings to listen to their plans and use this as an opportunity to ask questions.
1 December at Kings Centre, Great Yarmouth
• The Future of GP Services 10.00am – 12.30pm
https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/the-future-of-primary-care-in-norfolk-waveney-east-event-by-healthwatch-norfolk-tickets-39250789167
• Urology, Cardiology and Radiology 1.30pm – 4.00pm
https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/the-future-of-urology-cardiology-radiology-services-in-norfolk-waveney-east-event-by-healthwatch-tickets-39250867401

Councillor Jane Murray (Oulton).

 

 

Our NHS is Under Threat! ACT NOW!

Plans in place for the future of the NHS.NHS secret must be out. Do you know what a Sustainability and Transformation Programme (STP) is? There are 44 STP’s across the... Read more

Len Jacklin, Labour's candidate for the Oulton Broad Waveney District Council by-election on 21 September has condemned the failure of Tory-led Suffolk County Council to hire a new Chief Executive:

'This week Suffolk County Council (SCC) failed to choose a new Chief Executive. This failure has already cost us, the ratepayer, £37,000.

'The pay packet for the last Chief Executive has been £170,000 a year to which you then add the pension payments the Council makes, so the total cost to the Council is £214,000 a year.

'Most organisations including SCC pay a contribution into employee pensions, in addition to paying their salary. This is to ensure that the employee has an income when they cease to earn.

'The Suffolk Tories have proposed that they will pay the new executive the salary of £170,000 plus £44,000 because the proposed new person does not want to pay into a pension. So, the new executive will not have any deductions from their pay and an increased salary of £44,000 a year. That, we are told, is how the new employee wants it, so they get a gross salary of £214,000.

'I believe in freedom of choice. It's a right, but - and here's the rub - this particular freedom is not available to any other employees, they have to pay into a pension, and if they choose not to, the Council say ok we will keep our contribution: tough. No option for the lady in the highways department or the man in social services to have the extra money in their pay packet.

'They have to accept 1% a year grudgingly handed down by the Council, unlike the last Chief Executive who as recently as March received a massive increase, and the leader and Council cabinet who handed themselves a hefty pay increase.

'The Tories are so arrogant they simply do not see how obscene this behaviour is. They cut, cut, cut others and grab, grab, grab for themselves. Labour oppose, and will always vote against, this 'I'm all right Jack' mentality.

'Tory motto = for the few - the many can suck it up. Labour = for the many not the few.'

Tory-led Suffolk County Council's expensive failure to hire a new Chief Executive

Len Jacklin, Labour's candidate for the Oulton Broad Waveney District Council by-election on 21 September has condemned the failure of Tory-led Suffolk County Council to hire a new Chief Executive:...

Labour's candidate for the Oulton Broad by-election Len Jacklin has called for a 'Highways Permit Scheme' to ease traffic disruption. Len said:

'If a "HIghways Permit Scheme" had been in place when the National Grid disrupted Bridge Road in Oulton Broad then there might not have been days of inactivity whilst drivers fumed at long delays and diversions. Such a scheme would encourage roadworks to be better planned as well as completed more quickly.

'Although they did complete their work within the time, many of us felt that it could have been finished days earlier saving local businesses from losing trade as well as road users time and expense.

'During the debate on the Labour proposal to introduce such a scheme, I pointed out the damage being done to Borrow Road by traffic using it as a rat run to avoid the congestion. The very next day the road was repaired. It took a Labour councillor to get things done.

'It also took a Labour Councillor to point out that Tory-run Suffolk had scheduled both our bridges to be closed at the same and get the situation resolved.

'Now a Tory Government are to implement exactly the scheme myself and other Labour members proposed. It goes to show that Tories in the south of Suffolk don’t care about us.

'They’re happy to waste your time and your money!'

Time to waste: easing traffic disruption in Oulton Broad

Labour's candidate for the Oulton Broad by-election Len Jacklin has called for a 'Highways Permit Scheme' to ease traffic disruption. Len said: 'If a "HIghways Permit Scheme" had been in...

Waveney Labour has been working hard to ensure that Oulton Broad gets the new health centre it needs. Labour's candidate for the Oulton Broad by-election Len Jacklin said:

'When the Labour Party carried out our survey recently in Oulton Broad, much concern was voiced about the waiting times for appointments since the closure of Oulton Medical Centre and transfer of over 2500 additional patients to the Bridge Road Surgery. There were also concerns about the lack of a local Health Centre and the journey that residents have to make to access enhanced medical assistance.

'My colleague Jane Murray, councillor for the neighbouring parish of Oulton, has been campaigning about the situation since the closure in 2015. She has made representations and attended meetings at all levels to resolve this issue and put pressure on all the bodies concerned. It has been a constant battle but a successful one.

'A bid for NHS capital funding was submitted through the Estates and Technology Transformation Fund (ETTF) to enable the planning and design of a new health centre for this area. This bid was successful and funds will be made available from April 2018 for this purpose. There is land provisionally earmarked for the provision of a health centre within the new Woods Meadow development and during spring 2018 a project team will be set up to take this forward.

'Jane, myself and the Labour Group will be keeping a very close watch to ensure that this team is set up and do actually carry things forward!'

Good news for Oulton Broad on GPs

Waveney Labour has been working hard to ensure that Oulton Broad gets the new health centre it needs. Labour's candidate for the Oulton Broad by-election Len Jacklin said: 'When the...

Labour's candidate for the Oulton Broad by-election Len Jacklin encourages Waveney residents to take their opportunity to make their views on the proposed Lake Lothing Third Crossing. Len says:

'It's easy to complete Suffolk County Council's online survey: it's a just few simple questions and you can include your own comments. You can see what the plans are and how it will be done, so when you want to fill it in you have some idea how you want to answer the questions.

'You can also go and visit one of the exhibitions. You’ll see where the bridge will go, what it will look like and how it will be built. You can fill in the survey there and then, or you can complete it at home and send it in.

'The first one is today, between 12 noon and 7pm, at the Gunton Community Hall in Hollingsworth Road. Just drop in, take a look and have your say. There are others across the town on various dates. For Oulton Broad, it’s on the 25th September between 2pm and 7pm at the Commodore Mission Hall.

'This consultation is part of the deal for Government funding for the bridge. We can really help to bring our hoped for bridge a step nearer, the more of us who complete the survey the less likely they are to have an excuse for not giving us the money.

'It’s up to us all to FILL IT IN and make our Bridge happen!'

Building bridges: make your views known on the Lake Lothing Third Crossing

Labour's candidate for the Oulton Broad by-election Len Jacklin encourages Waveney residents to take their opportunity to make their views on the proposed Lake Lothing Third Crossing. Len says: 'It's...


Labour's candidate for the Oulton Broad by-election Len Jacklin has condemned Tory-run Waveney District Council's mismanagement of waste collection. Len said:

'When the green bin charge was introduced last year more household waste was collected but waste recycled or composted fell.

'Labour councillors said this would happen but the Conservatives ignored us. The Tories said it would save money but the real consequences are that we, the taxpayers, pay more to dispose of extra waste instead of it being recycled.

'So council tax payers pay to have the green waste collected and then pay again to dispose of non-recycled waste. We pay twice!

'This is without the hidden cost of clearing up the additional fly-tipping that you told us about in our summer survey.

'Once again, the deceitful, short-sighted Tories are grabbing extra money from us whilst claiming to save us money.'

Money to waste? By-election candidate condemns Tory mismanagement

Labour's candidate for the Oulton Broad by-election Len Jacklin has condemned Tory-run Waveney District Council's mismanagement of waste collection. Len said: 'When the green bin charge was introduced last year...

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