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It’s the project that has limped on much longer than originally planned – but the final piece of work that was originally part of the Travel Ipswich scheme should be completed by mid-May.

Discount superstore The Range is to open a new Ipswich store at the Anglia Retail Park on Bury Road from June 2 – creating 80 extra jobs.

It’s been a funny old start to the 2017 General Election campaign after Theresa May’s shock announcement just over a week ago

First Eastern Counties is to take over Ipswich’s park and ride service on July 3 – running a service with a smaller subsidy but fewer buses than at present.

Work to restore the Broomhill lido in Ipswich are set to take a significant step forward as new operators Fusion Lifestyle put the final touches to their application for millions of pounds of National Lottery funding.

Broomhill pool was opened in 1938 and for 65 summers was a popular attraction for Ipswich swimmers – especially youngsters attracted their on hot days.

Ipswich’s Crown Street Car Park will close on May 22 to allow the start of a seven-month project to build a new multi-storey on the site.

Don’t be too surprised if you bump into a top politician on the streets of Ipswich or Lowestoft over the next few weeks – both the Conservatives and Labour are preparing to send in their “big guns” to the marginal constituencies.

The people will vote for members of county councils on May 4 – but the exact shape of the administrations that emerge might not become clear for several days.

If voters feel the strain of going to the polls twice in five weeks, spare a thought for the returning officers and election staff who are having to go through the process twice.

Three new housing developments in Capel St Mary could see the village double in size over the next decade, the parish council believes.

Both Labour and the Liberal Democrats in Suffolk hope to have candidates in place by the May Day bank holiday next Monday.

A new bid to attract thousands more holiday-makers and short-breaks to Ipswich has been launched by the organisation set up to boost tourism in the town.

Representatives of tourist-related businesses from across Ipswich will gather at a conference at Trinity Park next month to discuss how the town can attract more leisure business.

Ipswich MP Ben Gummer’s role as one of the rising stars of Tory party politics has been confirmed as he has been given the crucial job of writing his party’s election manifesto.

The calling of a snap general election caught many political strategists by surprise – and the fact that parliament had to approve the election has meant there is a longer “phoney war” than usual.

Ipswich Conservative MP Ben Gummer got his campaign for re-election off the ground on Saturday with a little help from his parliamentary friends.

As someone who usually enjoys travelling by rail, I try to make at least one trip a year around the region just to see how services off the main line are fairing.

The second tower at the Regatta Quay development became a very visible symbol of how the recession hit Ipswich after work there stopped at the end of 2009.

Officials at Ipswich council have appealed to the public to be careful while visiting the town’s parks because of the danger of fire after the long dry spell.

Senior Liberal Democrats in Suffolk have rejected a call for a “progressive alliance” with the Green Party to try to show a united front against the Conservatives in June’s general election.

Campaigners trying to persuade motorists to leave their cars at home have received powerful backing from academics who say cycling to work can cut the risk of some cancers and heart disease in half.

Political analysts in London and in the major cities of the Midlands and the North of England are already describing the 2017 poll as the “Brexit Election” – but in this part of the world it is likely to be about many other issues, writes Paul Geater.

Ipswich Borough Council has insisted Wolsey’s Gate is being cared for after getting complaints about rubble left near the historic structure.

Labour Party officials are hoping to have a candidate in place to challenge Ben Gummer in the June 8 General Election within a week to 10 days.

The surprise launch of a general election campaign this week has left some candidates in the “other” election currently under way feeling their bid for votes could be forgotten in the race to Westminster.

One of the most prominent buildings in the centre of Ipswich could get a new lease of life as flats if permission is granted next week.

Proposals to build a new multi-storey car park on Crown Street in Ipswich are set to get the final go-ahead from borough planners next week.

In the two years since the last general election, the political landscape of Britain has altered significantly – but it would be a brave gambler who put much money on there being a big change in our region in 2017.

MPs from across Suffolk were caught on the back foot by the Prime Minister’s announcement – but they were looking forward to the General Election on June 8.

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