January 2021 News and Updates

A New Year but with an increase in restrictions because of the Coronavirus pandemic. Please take care and stay safe in all that you do. Compliance with Government advice will help protect us all and our essential services.

Please see below some news and updates that you should be aware of.

Eaton Street Post Box: The post box outside the old Post Office on Eaton Street has been sealed off by Royal Mail and is no longer in use. Alternative post boxes are available in the Cellar House and Waitrose but only during opening hours. The nearest public post box is by the corner of Church Lane and Greenways. City Councillor, Caroline Ackroyd, has contacted Royal Mail seeking provision of a new post box for Eaton Street.

Norfolk Trading Standards publish regular reports on scams to alert residents to these. There are several scams doing the rounds at present and some of these are linked to Covid-19 vaccinations – please take care and be aware of these. There is a link to Norfolk Trading Standards on the EVRA website but you can see the latest alerts and also sign-up to get updates and alerts emailed directly to you via their website at: https://www.norfolk.gov.uk/business/trading-standards/scams/consumer-alerts

Norwich City Council is running a consultation on their proposed budget for the coming financial year starting in April. The outcome of the consultation will determine the increase in Council Tax for next year. Residents are invited to participate in the consultation and submit their views by the closing date of 27th January 2021. You can read the background to the proposals and find a link to the consultation on the City Council website at: https://www.norwich.gov.uk/budget2021

Norfolk’s Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC), Lorne Green, has launched his annual consultation on the proposed budget for policing across the county, setting out some of the key challenges facing the Constabulary in the coming year.

The PCC is required by law to set the budget for Norfolk Constabulary and, as part of this, determine how much the people of Norfolk contribute to the policing element of the Council Tax they pay to keep the county safe.

In the consultation information, Lorne stresses the importance of protecting the gains made in keeping our county safe since 2016 and ensuring the police have the resources necessary to provide strong community policing, fight fraud, and tackle the scourge of domestic abuse.

The consultation closes on Friday 22 January 2021. To take part, visit the Norfolk Police and Crime Commissioner’s website: https://www.norfolk-pcc.gov.uk/key-information/finance/police-budget-202122-consultation/a-message-from-pcc-lorne-green/