During the winter and early spring months, flooding can cause persistent and damaging issues for local communities. Despite the disruption this can cause, it can also be quite difficult to know who to report flooding to since there can be a number of different organisations (known as flood risk management authorities) who might have responsibility or involvement in an incident.
Therefore, Flood and Water Management at Suffolk County Council has created the Report a flood in Suffolk webpage. This helps to inform users which organisation they should report their flood to, and provides links to make this process as simple as possible. Historically, flooding tends to go under-reported due to the fear of an increase in insurance costs, but a new government scheme known as Flood Re has helped to significantly reduce the burden on homeowners. You can find more information on Flood Re here. So if you are aware of any areas which may have suffered from flooding, we would encourage you to use our reporting tool and make the relevant risk management authorities aware.
You can also find plenty more information on a number of different flooding and drainage issues (such as ditches, highway drainage, and the responsibilities of private owners) on our website: www.suffolk.gov.uk/flooding. you do have any specific questions you would like to put to the Flood and Water Management Team please feel free to contact me, and I will ensure that we answer to the best of ability.
If you have any specific questions you would like to put to the Flood and Water Management Team please feel free to contact me, and I will ensure that we answer to the best of ability.
Tom Mann. Flood & Water Project Officer. Email: Tom.Mann@suffolk.gov.uk
The UK’s Deputy Chief Veterinary Officer has confirmed H5N8 avian flu at a poultry premises near Redgrave, in the district of mid-Suffolk.
This follows the announcement of an initial 10km Temporary Control Zone around the premises on 13 February after laboratory analysis identified the presence of H5N8. Further investigations into the nature of the virus have now confirmed that it is the same highly pathogenic strain of H5N8 that has been found in wild and farmed birds in the UK since December 2016.
A 3km Protection Zone and a 10km Surveillance Zone have been put in place around the infected premises to limit the risk of the disease spreading.
Defra have published full details of the controls in place.
Starting from Wednesday 15th February, Suffolk Trading Standards will be working with their colleagues in Norfolk Trading Standards to visit all premises within the 3km zone.
Read the latest advice and information on avian flu in the UK, including actions to reduce the risk of the disease spreading, advice for anyone who keeps poultry or captive birds and details of previous cases.
If you keep poultry you are required to take action to reduce the risk of avian flu spreading.
All poultry keepers – whether commercial farmers or those with a small backyard flock – are currently required by law to house poultry or otherwise keep them separate from wild birds. This is because a Prevention Zone is currently in force across the UK. This applies until 28 February 2017.
For advice and guidance on what to do if you keep poultry or to report suspicion of disease in animals, call the Defra Rural Services Helpline on 03000 200 301 or read our detailed guidance on avian influenza.
Members of the public should report dead wild birds - such as swans, geese, ducks, gulls or birds of prey - to the Defra helpline on 03459 33 55 77. Defra will then collect some of these birds and test them to help us understand how the disease is distributed geographically and in different types of bird.
Public Health England advises the risk to public health from the virus is very low and the Food Standards Agency is clear that bird flu does not pose a food safety risk for UK consumers.
You can report non-compliance of the housing and separation requirements to Trading Standards on 01473 264859.
There is a vacancy on the Parish Council following the resignation of Councillor Keith Wykes. The Parish Council wishes to fill the vacancy by co-option as soon as possible
If you wish to make a difference to your village and would like to be considered for this vacancy please contact the Clerk at the earliest opportunity.
Carol Smy, clerk to Fressingfield Parish Council. firstname.lastname@example.org
After last year's consultation about how the local police force should and could be re-organised, significant changes have been made to local policing. An information sheet explaining these changes has been released by Suffolk police.
If he read it, Donald Trump might say, 'Many people tell me that this is management gobbledegook. They also are saying we ought to get the parish council to get someone who understands it to come to a meeting to explain it.'
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Following efforts from the Operation Randall rural crime team, Norfolk officers have arrested five men in connection with ‘going equipped' theft offences.
The men, who are all aged in their 20s and 30s and from the London area, were stopped on the evening of Thursday 19 January 2017, near to Attleborough.
A number of items, including the two vehicles they were travelling in, were seized and the men arrested.
The five males have been bailed to return on 21st March 2017.
Suffolk and Norfolk police ask the local community to be vigilant around buildings like places of worship and schools, reporting any suspicious activity, particularly the unexpected arrival of builders.
If you see any suspicious activity, report it to police on 101. If a crime is in progress or you require emergency assistance, dial 999 immediately.
Crime prevention advice on a number of topics can be found on
The full programme of the local history groups' meeting has been published and can be found on FLHAG's page on this website. Individual entries are posted in the Calendar' and listed in 'What's On'.
At the council meeting on Tuesday 29 November three topical planning matters were discussed.