On 1 April, East Suffolk Council was created, covering the former districts of Suffolk Coastal District Council and Waveney District Council.
Volunteers are being asked to step forward to help their local community take a smart approach to plastic waste by joining a new network of Plastic Action Champions.
The full text from Cllr Steve Gallant's maiden speech as Leader of East Suffolk Council, given on Wednesday 22 May:
The Leader of East Suffolk Council believes next weekend's First Light Festival in Lowestoft is a 'landmark occasion providing an incredible boost' for the people and businesses of the town.
We are just days away from Leiston Leisure Centre reopening!
As part of a scheme inspired by students in Felixstowe, free sanitary products are now being made available through community venues across East Suffolk.