Am I eligible for COVID-19 vaccine, testing and care
Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh
The Councillors of Oulton Parish Council and Parishioners of Oulton would like to express their condolences at the death of HRH Prince Philip.
As a mark of respect, the flags at East Suffolk Council offices will be flown at half-mast from 9 April 2021. An online Book of Condolence has been placed at www.suffolk.gov.uk/condolences and further information will be provided in due course on this website.
Statement of Persons Nominated, Notice of Poll & Situation of Polling Stations
Election of County Councillors for Oulton Division
Notice of Uncontested Election of Parish Councillors for Oulton West
Election of Police and Crime Commissioner
April’s edition of the local policing magazine
April 2021 (link to external website)
Notice of Election - Police and Crime Commissioner
Notice of Election (Police and Crime Commissioner)
Notice of Election - Suffolk County Council
Notice of Election (Suffolk County Council)
Notice of Election (Parish by-elections)
Notice of Election (Oulton Parish)
Lowestoft’s Gull Wing officially marks the start of construction
The start of construction work on Lowestoft’s Gull Wing has been formally marked today (22 March 2021), despite officials not being able to host a traditional groundbreaking ceremony at the site, due to Covid lockdown restrictions.
Instead, a video featuring a range of people involved with the scheme has been released, including Jack and Hayden, former Somerleyton Primary School pupils who won the schools competition to give the Gull Wing its name.
In the video, a number of facts about the Gull Wing are revealed, such as how long it will take to open when ships need to pass underneath, and how many tonnes of concrete will be used during construction.
Watch the video (link to external website)
Woods Meadow Country Park Newsletter February 2021
James Paget University Hospital Governors Inside Story Report March 2021
Countdown to Census Day 21 March 2021
As we approach the 21st March, the national media campaign to promote the Census is now in full swing, and many households will already have received their Census invitation or paper questionnaire.
There will be two dedicated ‘Census Support Centres’ (CSC) in East Suffolk – one at the Marina Centre in Lowestoft which will be operated by staff from East Suffolk Customer Services, and one at the Station House in Campsea Ashe operated by the social enterprise there. They will not be open to the public at present, but can offer telephone assistance with completion of a Census form and answer general enquiries.
Marina Centre CSC: 01502 523523
Station House, Campsea Ashe CSC: 07856810828
Census 2021 has a presence on all the major social media platforms. If you use social media you can follow and share their content so that it reaches more people.
Census 2021 Engagement Leaflet (link to external website)
Census 2021 Leaflet (link to external website)
Census 2021 Your Questions Answered (link to external website)
Census 2021 Data Security Leaflet (link to external website)
The Oulton Messenger Newsletter
Welcome to our first edition of The Oulton Messenger, a new magazine for you, the residents of Oulton Parish. This is where the Parish Council can keep residents informed to events that are, or will be happening within our Parish and give an insight into the history of where we live. We also hope to garner support from local businesses who wish to advertise within the magazine. In later issues we hope to include additional pages, especially a page relating to the latest Scams to protect you from falling victim to fraud and also a Children's page.
Notice of Vacancy in Office of Councillor
Due to the resignation of Councillor Jane Murray, a vacancy has arisen in the Office of Councillor.
Cllrs Keith Robinson & James Reeder Monthly Parish Newsletter February 2021
COVID-19 Vaccination Questions & Answers
Suffolk Highways - Upcoming works - B1074 Blundeston/Flixton East and Oulton
Suffolk Highways are planning to carry out pre surface dressing road repairs along B1074 Blundeston/Flixton East and Oulton (as below). The works are programmed to take place between 8 and 12 March 2021, from 9am to 3pm each day. The roads will be closed for the duration of the works to ensure that we can carry out our works safely.
B1074 Flixton Road, Blundeston – From Somerleyton Road to Flixton Road
B1074 Flixton Road, Flixton East
B1074 Flixton Road, Oulton
B1074 Hall Lane, Oulton – From Flixton Road to B1375
For the duration of the road closure, traffic will be diverted via B1074, A143, B1534, A47, B1375, B1074 and vice versa.
As they plan roadworks in advance, they schedule extra days to allow for bad weather or other delays beyond our control. If they need to make major changes to our work dates, we will update the information signs on site.
A plan showing the diversion route for these works is below. When they close the road and put a diversion in place, the route needs to be accessible to vehicles of all shapes and sizes.
Later Life Community Connect
Thanks to the support of Suffolk Community Foundation, a new support service for older people in Suffolk is starting on Monday 8th February 2021. Later Life Community Connect is a single point of access telephone support line with a “real” person at the end of the phone, between 10am – 2pm, seven days a week.
They will be offering the following:
• A “real” person answering the phone between 10am – 2pm, seven days a week to speak to any older person or anyone worried about issues around later life
• A referral system using both the Warm Handover (SIP) and other local organisations to support any needs or worries that the caller may have
• Regular and agreed follow-up calls from Later Life Community to the individual to check how they are getting on, have they heard from the other organisations, do they have any other needs?
• Regular welfare calls for older people with trained volunteers
Different from the Information & Advice Service that was previously provided by Age UK Suffolk, this is based on a person centric model, with open-ended questions and a listening ear. As we all know, often the issue or concern that is the initial prompt for the call, is not necessarily the only (or main) reason for the call. This service is about working collaboratively to ensure that the caller gets the support that is needed – and as we all know, there are many amazing organisations in the county that provide vital support for older people – its often just that there is not that single point of access, and people don’t always know where to call.
It is their intention that with time, Later Life Community will become the advocate for older people in Suffolk – something that has been missing for some months.
Find your NHS Number
One of the questions you are asked when you need your COVID-19 vaccination is your NHS number.
A new service is now available to help you find your NHS number - you can access this service by clicking here (link to external website)
You can also use this service on behalf of someone else where the name, date of birth and registered home postcode is known.
You can opt for the number to be sent to you by text, email or letter.
Community Testing - How to get tested for COVID-19 if you cannot work from home
Self Isolation Financial Support
Feedback - COVID-19 Vaccination Programme
Your help is required to provide feedback on your experiences relating to the roll out of the COVID-19 vaccination programme.
Further information (link to external website)
Suffolk residents are urged to donate their spare digital devices for school children as part of a new campaign ‘IT kit for kids’
Further information (link to external website)
East Suffolk households asked to follow bin rules
Have your say on open spaces in East Suffolk
Residents, businesses and other interested parties are invited to help shape the future of open spaces across East Suffolk.
East Suffolk Council is currently carrying out research to help shape the future of open spaces and sports facilities in the District. This includes parks, play areas, allotments, cemeteries, playing pitches (such as football, rugby, cricket, bowls and tennis) and indoor facilities (such as sports halls and swimming pools).
As part of this, Knight, Kavanagh & Page (KKP) consultancy has been commissioned to carry out work to understand the supply and demand of open spaces and outdoor and indoor sports facilities in East Suffolk, whether managed by the public, private or voluntary sector.
Alongside this, the Council also wants to hear from residents, businesses and other interested parties what their view on the future of open spaces and outdoor and indoor sports facilities look like.
The aim of the consultation is to identify priorities and allocate resources across council-owned and managed open spaces in the future, while at the same time conserving and enhancing them to maximise community benefit.
Online survey (link to external website) Closing date 12 February 2021
Cllrs Keith Robinson & James Reeder Monthly Parish Newsletter January 2021
Greenprint Newsletter Winter 2020 - 2021
Newsletter (link to external website)
Coronavirus Vaccination Information
Your Community Needs You
If you are passionate about your local area and interested in making a difference, then being a parish or town councillor could be the ideal position for you.
Oulton Parish Council has a councillor vacancy which can be filled by co-option. If you are interested in becoming a councillor please contact the Parish Clerk. Further details can be found on the notice below. Closing date for application is 19 February 2021 and all applications will be considered at the Oulton Parish Council meeting on 2 March 2021.
East Suffolk Council Information Leaflet (link to external website)
Lockdown Rules January 2021
North of Lowestoft Garden Village - Notice of Public Exhibition
Suffolk County Council (Corporate Property) invites you to view their virtual public exhibition regarding the production of a Masterplan that will guide future development of land known as the North of Lowestoft Garden Village.
The consultation commences on 4 January 2021 and runs for a period of 6 weeks until 15 February 2021.
Further details (link to external website)
Cllrs Keith Robinson & James Reeder Monthly Parish Newsletter December 2020
Woods Meadow Country Park Newsletter December 2020
Broads Briefing December 2020
See John Packman's Broads Briefing December 2020 (link to external website)
Woods Meadow Country Park tree planting
Thanks to Chris Ryde and Woods Meadow volunteers, 1,200 trees have recently been planted on the Country Park.
Also, a new bench has been installed by the pond today (16 Dec. 20). Weary walkers now have a place to rest and more will be going in soon.
If you would like to join the group of volunteers please get in contact with Chris Ryde Chris.Ryde@ncsgrp.co.uk you would be most welcome.
Your Community needs You
Oulton Parish Council has a councillor vacancy which can be filled by co-option. If you are interested in becoming a councillor please contact the Parish Clerk. Further details can be found on the poster below. Closing date for applications is 22 January 2021 and all applications will be considered at the Oulton Parish Council meeting on 2 February 2021.
Notice of Vacancy in Office of Councillor
Due to the resignation of Councillor George King, a vacancy has arisen in the Office of Councillor.
Oulton Parish Neighbourhood Plan- Survey 2020
Thank you to everyone who completed the previous Neighbourhood Plan Questionnaire in 2018. This survey builds on the findings of that and asks some more specific questions that will help us to draft the plan. A Neighbourhood Plan is a key planning document produced by residents to influence the future type and location of growth in the parish.
Participation in the survey is totally voluntary but, if you decide to take part, your time is very much appreciated. All responses will be treated as anonymous and you are not required to provide your name or contact details. By completing the survey, you consent to allowing your responses to be used by the Neighbourhood Plan project. All information will be stored securely on UK-based servers, compliant with GDPR rules.
Survey 2020 (link to external site)
Doorstep Carols Wednesday 16 December at 6.00 pm
If you live on the Woods Meadow development or nearby, a leaflet will be going through doors to invite you to the doorstep carol event. Even if you do not receive a leaflet you are very welcome to join.
Doorstep Carols (link to external website)
Keep Moving Suffolk for your physical and mental health
Coronavirus Tier 2 Rules from 2 December 2020
Cllrs Keith Robinson & James Reeder Monthly Parish Newsletter November 2020
Notice of Vacancy in Office of Councillor
Due to the resignation of Councillor John Murray, a vacancy has arisen in the Office of Councillor.
East Suffolk Council Cycling and Walking Strategy
Cycling and walking is imperative in supporting better physical and mental health, reducing our impact on the environment and decreasing congestion on our roads. East Suffolk Council is at the early stage of producing a Cycling and Walking Strategy, which will supersede the Waveney Cycle Strategy (2016).
There is still time for you to comment on this strategy, by visiting East Suffolk Council's consultation website and leaving your comments. The consultation period has been extended and responses will be accepted until 5 pm on Monday 7 December 2020.
See Cycling and Walking Strategy (link to external website)
Ready, steady, census
The decennial census is almost upon us.
Households across Oulton will soon be asked to take part in the nationwide survey of housing and the population. It has been carried out every decade since 1801, with the exception of 1941.
Information from the digital-first census will help decide how services are planned and funded in your local area. This could mean things like doctors’ surgeries, housing or new bus routes.
Households will receive a letter with a unique access code in the post, allowing them to complete their questionnaire online. Paper questionnaires will be available on request. Census day is March 21.
For more information, visit census.gov.uk (link to external website)
Broads Briefing October 2020
See John Packman's Broads Briefing October 2020 (link to external website)
Remembrance Sunday 8 November 2020
As in past years on Remembrance Sunday, Oulton Parish Council, placed a commemorative wreath at the Lowestoft war memorial. Despite, COVID-19 restrictions which had caused cancellation of the usual public ceremony Oulton Parish Council was able to pay respect to lives lost in war and conflict.
Cllrs Keith Robinson & James Reeder Monthly Parish Newsletter October 2020
Defibrillator installed at Oulton Community Centre
Oulton Parish Council has, with the help of generous donations, installed a 24/7 Community Public Access Defibrillator (CPAD) outside Oulton Community Centre. The Parish Council would like to thank The Otium Centre, Oulton Community Centre and user groups and Suffolk County Council. Thanks also to Jayne Biggs of Heart 2 Heart Norfolk for supplying the defibrillator.
It is proven that effective use of an Automatic External Defibrillator to cardiac arrest patients in the first few minutes, can increase the chance of survival to 90% making it so important to have local access.
The CPAD is installed in a locked security cabinet. The code to access the unit is released by the ambulance service when they receive a 999 call and the control room operator identifies a patient is having a cardiac event. No prior training is needed to operate a CPAD as it delivers instructions on where to place the pads on the patient and clear spoken prompts.
Oulton Parish Council Co-Option Vacancy
Following the expiry of the notice of vacancy dated 29 October 2020 no election was claimed for the vacancy so it can be filled by co-option. Further information can be obtained by contacting the Parish Clerk. Closing date for applications is 27 November 2020 and interviews will be held on Monday 30 November 2020 @ 6.00 pm via Zoom.
Greenprint Forum Newsletter - Autumn 2020
Greenprint Forum Newsletter Autumn 2020 (link to external website)
Disability Advice North East Suffolk
Disability Advice North East Suffolk Outreach Service - serving the communities of Lowestoft, Beccles, Bungay, Southwold and Halesworth and the surrounding areas. With more than 30 years' experience of providing free, impartial advice to anyone with a disability, long term health condition, their carers and the professionals who work with them, Disability Advice North East Suffolk (formerly DIAL Lowestoft & Waveney) continues to be there to assist. Whether you have a life-long disability or simply find that you can't do what you used to do, they can offer advice and support about welfare benefits, employment (including seeking work), transport, care needs and much more besides.
All of their advisers are trained professionals who can talk to you by phone or email. In some circumstances they can arrange to make a home visit to assist with welfare benefit claims.
If they can’t assist with your enquiry, they usually know someone who can!
Call on 01502 511333 Email Info@danesonline.co.uk
Notice of Councillor Vacancy
Cllrs Keith Robinson & James Reeder Monthly Parish Newsletter September 2020
Oulton Telephone Box Consultation Letter
Oulton Parish Council Co-Option Vacancy
Following the expiry of the notice of vacancy dated 11 September 2020 no election was claimed for the vacancy so it can be filled by co-option.
Oulton Poors Trust
Oulton Poors Trust in its early form was started by the Parish Rector and Lord of the Manor in the early 1800s and is independent of Oulton Parish Council. It was set up to help members of the community who needed urgent that support.
There are five trustees, one of those being the Parish Rector who is usually the Chair of the Trust. The Trust is a registered charity registered with the Charity Commission.
The main condition for an application for support is that the person must live within the Oulton Ecclesiastical boundary. The Trustees will confidentially look at each application and the level of support needed to help the person or family through an immediate crisis or need.
The help given can, for example, take the form of emergency food, basic cooking equipment or special purchases needed to ease day to day living needs. To gain support it is important that all recognised ways of obtaining support have been applied for, such as state benefits or from the Local Authorities and that those applications have either not been successful or there are delays in that help arriving. The help from Oulton Poors Trust is usually a stop gap to help whilst waiting for official help or help where the nature of the need cannot be met in any other way.
If you feel Oulton Poors Trust can help, please phone 01502 512459.
The Bugle Magazine October 2020
Bugle Magazine October 2020 (link to external website)
See John Packman's Broads Briefing for September 2020 (link to external website)
Oulton burial site: Sutton Hoo-era Anglo-Saxon cemetery discovered
A "nationally significant" Anglo-Saxon cemetery with 200 graves dating back to the 7th Century has been revealed.
The graves were uncovered in Oulton ahead of the construction of a housing development.
Further details and information (link to external website)
Oulton Parish Council Notice of Vacancy in the Office of Councillor
Bike marking & crime prevention advice 6 September 2020 11.00 am - 1.00 pm at Oulton Community Centre
PC Amy Yeldham will be at Oulton Community Centre carrying out free bike marking and offer crime prevention advice.
St Michael's Church, Oulton Pews News September 2020
The Bugle Magazine September 2020
Bugle Magazine September 2020 (link to external website)
Suffolk County Councillors Parish Newsletter
Woods Meadow Country Park Newsletter August 2020
The Bugle Magazine August 2020
Bugle Magazine August 2020 (link to external website)
St Michael's Church, Oulton Pews News August 2020
See John Packman's Broads Briefing for August 2020 (link to external website)
Sizewell C Planning Application
The planning application for a development consent order to build a new nuclear power station to the north of Sizewell B is now available to read online and in hard copy. You can register your views with the Planning Inspectorate from 8 July until 30 September, This is not a public consultation but an opportunity to read the application and register your views.
See Sizewell C Planning application information poster with mobile library dates
NHS in Norfolk and Waveney Coronavirus update 8 July 2020
Update 8 July 2020 (link to external website)
East Suffolk Council Summer Greenprint Forum Newsletter
Summer newsletter (link to external website)
The Pink Orange
Do you live in Suffolk and receive free school meals?
If the answer is YES, then this Summer it's time to join...
The PINK Orange
FREE household meal kits for the school Summer holiday.
See The Pink Orange poster for further details.
Suffolk County Councillors Parish Newsletter
See John Packman's Broads Briefing for July 2020 (link to external website)
Suffolk Highways - Upcoming works - U5054 Borrow Road, Lowestoft - 9 July 2020
Suffolk Highways are planning to carry out road repairs on U5054 Borrow Road, Lowestoft on 9 July 2020. This will require a road closure (9am-3.30pm) from Prospect Road to Romany Road. This will ensure that they can carry out works safely. Traffic cones may also be placed to prevent on-street parking, so their work site is unobstructed.
For the duration of the closure, traffic will be diverted via Prospect Road, Hall Road, B1375, A1117, Commodore Road, Caldecott Road, Borrow Road and vice versa.
Suffolk On Board Passenger Transport
See June 2020 Newsletter (link to external website).
James Paget University Hospital Governors News
See June 2020 Issue 19 (link to external website).
See John Packman's Broads Briefing for June 2020 (link to external website).
We currently have a vacancy for a councillor to join the Parish Council. Please see our Councillor Vacancy Notice for further information, or contact the clerk if you'd like to discuss joining the Council.
COVID-19 - Useful Contact Information for Parishioners
Oulton Parish Council has put a together a list of useful contact numbers for the people of Oulton if they need support in these difficult times.
Woods Meadow Country Park