News in Felixstowe

Deputy mayor Sharon Harkin with Revd Andrew Dotchin at 1953 flood commemoration

On Friday 29 January 2021, Cllr Sharon Harkin laid a wreath to commemorate the 1953 North Sea Floods, which claimed 41 lives locally and over 300 people across English coastal towns and villages.

The Deputy Mayor of Felixstowe, Cllr Sharon Harkin said, "At this tough and emotional time as we reflect on over 100,000 deaths due to the Covid pandemic, it is still incredibly important to mark the anniversary of another tragedy, 68 years ago on Sunday 31st January 1953, when 41 lives were lost in Felixstowe, including several children.

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A freeze on East Suffolk Council's portion of the council tax bill has been agreed by the authority's cabinet, citing the financial challenges many are facing from the Covid-19 pandemic as a key reason.

The authority last week unveiled its first draft budget at its scrutiny committee meeting, in which it proposed to keep the council tax level for 2021/22 at the same level as this year – £171.27 for a Band D property.

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River Deben

Water which would normally be pumped away into Suffolk's River Deben, is now being reused in a new scheme near Felixstowe - the first of its kind in the UK.

Each year, hundreds of thousands of tonnes of drainage water which fills land near the river's estuary is pumped away. This pumping process can also damage precious saltmarsh and mudflats, which are important habitats and part of the local ecosystem.

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