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When I saw that leaders of Suffolk County Council were proposing to launch a new bid for city status for Ipswich, I had two slightly conflicting emotions.

The leader of the largest single-party opposition group at Endeavour House has stood down after only six months in the role.

The former deputy leader of Babergh council has been suspended by the authority’s Conservative group after he was accused of leaking confidential information at an open meeting.

A group of travellers have set up camp in one of the busiest car parks in Ipswich after driving on to the site.

A bus route used by dozens of workers on the Ransomes Europark industrial estate has been suspended because roadworks have made it impossible for vehicles to keep to schedules.

Proposals to mount a new city bid for Ipswich have not attracted universal support from visitors to our website and Facebook page.

Drivers using one of the busiest roads in Ipswich face four weeks of chaos at the start of 2018 as a new gas main is laid under the road.

Suffolk County Council leader Colin Noble has insisted that work to build a new bridge across the River Orwell near Ipswich town centre remains on schedule.

Staff working for Central Suffolk and North Ipswich MP Dr Dan Poulter have insisted that casework is still being dealt with although he has been on sick leave for a few weeks.

A team of engineers who keep the current fleet of Greater Anglia trains running despite their increasing age has won national awards for making them more reliable.

A new bid to get city status for Ipswich is set to be launched next week – by Suffolk County Council.

Last week’s budget was as big a non-event as I can remember from a Chancellor of the Exchequer. But he still got a lot of column inches for what he said and did to try to help the housing crisis.

Controversial proposals to build seven new homes behind historic cottages in the middle of the picture-postcard village of Kersey have been given the go-ahead despite residents’ objections.

Council leaders of authorities from across Suffolk have agreed to contribute to a new study into a relief road around Sudbury to take lorries out of the town centre.

Ipswich council is to step up its battle against noisy neighbours in a bid to ensure residents can enjoy a peaceful Christmas.

Government under-funding of schools in Suffolk is one of the key reasons that social mobility in parts of the county is below the national average.

Transport Secretary Chris Grayling has said his department could look at re-opening more lines closed following the publication of the Beeching Report in the 1960s in a bid to boost economic growth.

The fall in the number of people employed directly by councils across East Anglia has been highlighted by the GMB union – showing that the number has fallen by near 80,000 in the last seven years.

Suffolk’s library services has expressed relief after appearing to escape further serious cuts in next year’s county council budget.

A broken manhole cover on the junction of Landseer Road and Cliff Lane added to motorists’ problems during Ipswich rush-hour on Tuesday morning.

Claims that Suffolk County Council is failing to do enough to combat gangs on the streets of Ipswich have been firmly denied by the Tory-run authority.

Ipswich council’s executive is set to confirm the compulsory purchase of two homes in the town on Tuesday.

Residents of villages near Southwold fear that a huge new gravel quarry could be created in the middle of a protected area near one of Suffolk’s most important nature reserves.

The owners of the former Rose and Crown pub at the junction of Norwich and Bramford Roads in Ipswich have been formally served with a notice to carry out work to make the building safe.

Colchester’s moment in the spotlight during Thursday’s evening’s BBC Question Time programme was cut short after a member of the audience was taken ill.

The campaign to compensate women who lost years of pension contributions has been backed by Ipswich council.

Road users – especially commuters – gave a huge sigh of relief when the Orwell Bridge re-opened early on Thursday morning after an overnight closure because of high winds.

Scores of motorists are facing fines, points on their licences, or the prospect of special training after “dicing with death” on railway level crossings in Suffolk.

There is no sign of an end to years of council austerity – and no indication of when authorities might be able to ease up on the quest for more cuts.

The Christmas lights are up, and on, all over Ipswich. The Bury Christmas Fayre starts today. So the festive season has well and truly started.

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