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  1. Register to have your say on 6 May CommsTeamRSS 14 April 2021

    On Thursday 6 May residents in Norfolk will go to the polls to have their say on who represents them as the Norfolk Police and Crime Commissioner and at Norfolk County Council. There may also be by-elections or Neighbourhood Planning Referendums.

    In order to vote in these important elections, residents must be on the electoral register. The deadline to register to vote is midnight on Monday 19 April. It takes just five minutes to apply online at gov.uk/register-to-vote.

    Voters have a range of options for casting their ballot – in person, by post or by appointing someone they trust to vote in their place, known as a proxy vote. The deadline to apply for a postal vote is 5pm on 20 April, and for a proxy vote the deadline is 5pm on 27 April.

    For those who choose to vote in person, polling stations will be safe places to vote on 6 May. Voters are encouraged to keep themselves and others safe by:

    • Wearing a face covering
    • Bringing their own pen or pencil
    • Cleaning their hands when entering and leaving the polling station
    • Keeping a safe distance

    Voters should not attend the polling station if they have symptoms of Covid-19, or if they have been asked to self-isolate. There will be provisions in place to apply for an emergency proxy vote if required due to health circumstances.

    Trevor Holden, Police Area Returning Officer for Norfolk, said:
    “It’s important to make sure your voice is heard at the elections in May, and we are putting measures in place to help you cast your vote safely. You can vote either vote at a polling station, by post or by proxy.
    “You can find more information about how to apply to vote by post or proxy by visiting your local Council’s website.”
    “However you choose to vote, you must be registered in order to have your say at the elections – the easiest way to register is online at www.gov.uk/register-to-vote.”

    Ailsa Irvine, Director of Electoral Administration and Guidance at the Electoral Commission said:
    “The choice on how to vote at the elections is yours – you can have your say in person, by post or by proxy. However you choose to cast your vote in May, you will be able to do so safely.
    “If you’re voting in person, help keep yourself and others safe by following the safety measures that will be in place at the polling station.
    “If you decide to vote by post, don’t wait until the deadline to apply. Sending your application now will make sure it is processed early, and your postal vote can be sent to you more quickly once the candidates for the election are confirmed. It’s easy to apply and you can find out how by visiting the Electoral Commission website.”

    The deadline to register to vote for the May 2021 elections is midnight on Monday 19 April.

  2. Fitness facilities now open in South Norfolk CommsTeamRSS 11 April 2021

    South Norfolk Council’s Leisure Centres are now open and are welcoming customers back.

    All the Council's gyms, plus their swimming pools at Diss and Wymondham Leisure Centre opened today. Their 3G pitches, tennis courts and outdoor classes are also available for customers to book.

    This is the latest phase of a staggered reopening of the Council’s facilities at Long Stratton, Diss and Wymondham Leisure Centre, Framingham Earl Sports Centre and Kett’s Park.

    Leisure Operations Manager Daniel Infanti said: “It’s fantastic to finally be opening up the centres again and welcoming our members back. Over the next couple of months, we will gradually be reopening all of our facilities when it is deemed safe to do so.”

    From 17 May, indoor classes, such as HIIT, Yoga, and Pilates will be back on offer and children will once again be able to have fun in the Bananas soft play.

    On 21 June, the Council plans to reopen all their facilities.

    Manager Daniel Infanti said: “We will still be operating in a Covid-secure way to keep our residents and members safe, so for example, you may have to book certain things online before using our facilities and maintain social distancing, but all being well, we will be offering our full range of facilities again on 21 June and we are extremely excited to be opening our doors again.”

    For more information and to book, visit www.south-norfolk.gov.uk/visitors/leisure-centres

  3. The death of his Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh CommsTeamRSS 11 April 2021

    The Chairman of the Council would like to express the deep sadness with which we received news of the death of The Duke of Edinburgh.

    The Duke has served our country with great distinction throughout his life and our thoughts and deepest sympathy are with The Queen and the rest of the Royal Family at this sad time. Accordingly, the Council’s flag will be flown in line with protocol until the day following the funeral.

    For those wishing to leave a message, an e-book of condolence is available on the official Royal website (www.royal.uk) or by emailing condolence@s-norfolk.gov.uk.

    In line with Government advice on social contact during this sensitive time, we are asking residents not to lay flowers within the Council grounds.

    The Royal Household understand that members of the public would like to express their grief on the death of His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh. Making a donation to one of His Royal Highness’s many patronages is a fitting way of paying tribute to his remarkable legacy. A list of His Royal Highness’s patronages, and how you can donate can be found on the Royal Website.

    In light of the continued COVID-19 public health rules and guidance, we are supporting the Royal Household in asking members of the public not to gather at Royal Residences. Please continue to follow the public health advice particularly on avoiding meeting in large groups and minimising travel.

  4. The Chairman of the Council would like to express the deep sadness with which we received news of the death of The Duke of Edinburgh Jack.Edwards 9 April 2021
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    Originally released on 09/04/2021

    The Chairman of the Council would like to express the deep sadness with which we received news of the death of The Duke of Edinburgh

    The Duke has served our country with great distinction throughout his life and our thoughts and deepest sympathy are with The Queen and the rest of the Royal Family at this sad time.  Accordingly, the Council’s flag will be flown in line with protocol until the day following the funeral.

    For those wishing to leave a message, an e-book of condolence is available on the official Royal website (www.royal.uk) or by emailing condolence@s-norfolk.gov.uk.

    In line with Government advice on social contact during this sensitive time, we are asking residents not to lay flowers within the Council grounds.

    Return to South Norfolk Council website.

  5. Candidates for Police and Crime Commissioner announced CommsTeamRSS 8 April 2021

    Norfolk Police and Crime Commissioner candidates have been published
    The five candidates contesting this year's police and crime commissioner election for Norfolk have been unveiled.

    The candidates are:
    John Peter Crofts - Liberal Democrat
    David John Moreland – Independent
    Giles Rackley Orpen-Smellie – Conservative Party
    Michael Rosen – Labour and Co-operative Party
    Martin Kenneth Albert Schmierer – Green Party

    Nominations closed at 4pm yesterday (Thursday) and have been published this morning, Friday April 9.

    The PCC election takes place on Thursday, 6 May, with the votes being counted on Saturday, 8 May and declared on the same day.
    In order to vote in these important elections, residents must be on the electoral register.

    The deadline to register to vote is midnight on Monday 19 April. It takes just five minutes and can be done online at www.gov.uk/register-to-vote.

    The deadline to apply for a postal vote is 5pm on 20 April. Application forms can be downloaded but must be completed and signed:
    https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/apply-for-a-postal-vote

    The deadline for a proxy vote the deadline is 5pm on 27 April