Mid-Suffolk District Councillor Report: Mike Norris & Steve Phillips
Submitted on 17 March
Covid-19 Community Testing
One in three people who have Covid-19 do not have symptoms and may be unwittingly spreading the virus to other people. To tackle this, Suffolk has introduced community testing (also known as lateral flow testing or rapid testing) for those who are unable to work from home.
A number of community testing centres have recently opened across Mid Suffolk, including sites in Stowmarket, Elmswell and Needham Market.
To find out more, or to make an appointment go to the Suffolk County Council website.
Covid Support Grants for Businesses
There are several business support grants available which cover different local and national lockdown periods. For businesses mandated to close (including those in retail, leisure and hospitality) that have applied and received a lockdown grant since November 2020, MSDC’s plan is to automatically pay additional grants following pre-payment checks.
However, businesses that may be eligible but have not heard from MSDC or are yet to apply for any grants, are encouraged to find out more and to submit an application form as soon as possible.
Further information about all the Covid-19 business support grants can be found on the MSDC grant funding schemes webpage.
Financial support for struggling households
Thousands of households across Mid Suffolk will be eligible for a reduction in their council tax bill after councillors approved further support for residents facing financial difficulties due to Covid-19. More details are available on the Mid Suffolk District Council website.
Councils confirm support for Freeport East
Mid Suffolk and Babergh District Councils have confirmed their support for Freeport East. The bid, which includes Gateway 14 in Stowmarket, has been formally submitted to government by Hutchinson Ports.
£3m extra for warmer, greener Suffolk homes More Suffolk residents, including those in Mid Suffolk, are set to benefit from the Green Homes Grants thanks to a further successful bid for £3m funding by a Suffolk consortium of local authorities.
Plug in Suffolk
Plug in Suffolk is now providing grants for the installation of electric vehicle charging points at non-profit locations such as community centres, parish council car parks and village halls. Visit the Green Suffolk website or contact Suffolk County Council’s Environment Strategy Officer Peter Frost to find out more about the funding.
Postponement of the Women›s Tour
The Women’s Tour, the international cycle race originally scheduled to finish in Suffolk on 12 June 2021, has been postponed due to Covid-19.
Organisers, SweetSpot Group, have requested alternate race dates of Monday 4 to Saturday 9 October from the sport’s governing body. Once new dates are confirmed, MSDC will begin their community activity and work with local schools and businesses to promote the tour coming to the district.