Babergh District Councillor Mary McLaren (Stour Ward)

Covid-19 Update
Bulletins can be accessed via the county council website. Updates on the vaccine roll out can be found on the SNEE NHS COVID-19 Vaccination Service website.

Community Testing
One in three people who have Covid-19 and do not have any symptoms may be unwittingly spreading the virus to other people without knowing. The current testing method is known as lateral flow or rapid testing and is for those people who are unable to work from home. Holbrook Village Hall is our local testing centre until further notice.

Opening Hours
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday & Friday: 7am-1.30pm
Thursday: 12.30-7pm / Saturday and Sunday: Closed

Financial support for struggling households
Households across Babergh will be eligible for a reduction in their council bill after councillors approved further support for residents facing financial difficulties due to Covid-19.

Covid-19 Support for Businesses
Businesses mandated to close (including retail, leisure and hospitality) that have received a lockdown grant since November 2020 will automatically receive additional grants from BDC following pre-payment checks.

Those who have yet to apply for any grants are encouraged to find out more and submit an application form as soon as possible. Further information about all Covid-19 business support grants can be found on our grant funding schemes webpage.

District Council Meeting, February 23
Councillors have agreed Babergh District Council’s budget for 2021/2022, delivering financial stability post-Covid while still delivering the council’s commitment to climate change.

Babergh’s Cabinet approved new taxi fares in the district following wider consultation with cabbies. The base daytime rate will increase by 20p.

Freeport East
Babergh & Mid Suffolk District Councils have confirmed their support for Freeport East (Harwich and Felixstowe) following the bid being formally submitted by Hutchinson Ports.

Warmer, Greener Suffolk Homes
Thanks to the further successful bid for £3m funding by the consortium of Suffolk Local Authorities, more Suffolk residents, including those in Babergh, are set to benefit from the Green Homes grant.

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 funding.

The Women’s Tour
The international cycle race scheduled to finish in Suffolk on 12 June 2021 has been postponed due to Covid-19. Organisers have requested alternate race dates of Monday 4 to Saturday 9 October. Work with local businesses and schools to help promote the event will begin once the dates are confirmed.

The Sustainable Development Fund
The Sustainable Development Fund is available for community and conservation organisations (or individuals) to support projects that will enhance Dedham Vale AONB and Stour Valley.

The AONB is seeking applications from local projects that benefit the public, are innovative, socially inclusive, sustainable and involve partnership working.

For information and advice about the fund please visit the website or contact AONB grants officer Oka Last.

We continue to thank all our community groups and volunteers who continue to support everyone in need of help, a friendly neighbour and a listening ear across all our villages.

Mary McLaren:

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