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A sunny day on the beach and promenade in Southwold - the town has been boosted by coastal communities status. 
Picture: James Bass

Two communities in Suffolk have been awarded special status as part of a national project to drive forward future economic growth and prosperity in coastal areas.

As part of the new franchise agreement towns on the east Suffolk line will regain a direct service to London Liverpool Street.

Sizewell C could be the “catalyst” to improvements on the East Suffolk railway line, the rail minister has said.

Migrant workers are employed within many sectors across the East of England - pictured are migrant workers employed in the rural/farming sector.
 
MMP Cambridge (Masons)

A new system should be put in place now to recruit migrant workers from across the world to pick East Anglia’s fruit and vegetables, MPs have been told.

Residents say no to Anglian Water development at Ardleigh Reservoir. Photo: Steve Argent

Campaigners are objecting to a utility company’s plans for a new office building in a north Essex village.

Jan Cavelle, founder of the Jan Cavelle Furniture Company, photographed in 2011.

Around 16 jobs have been lost at a specialist furniture manufacturer based in Suffolk.

ScottishPower's West of Duddon Sands offshore windfarm in the Irish Sea, off the coast of Cumbria, one of the company's 30 offshore installations already operational.

The East Anglia One wind farm project off the coast of Suffolk has taken another major step forward with the award of a contract to transport and install foundation “jackets” for the turbines.

Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May delivers a speech on leaving the European Union at Lancaster House in London, AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth

The full text of Prime Minister Theresa May’s speech

Cllr John Spence

Households in Essex are due to pay an average of £35 extra next financial year in council tax under plans unveiled by County Hall and fire chiefs.

Foxhall Day Centre in Ipswich

The closure of a “crucial” day care service would be a “real loss” to an Ipswich community, a councillor has said.

The Kent Blaxill site in Colchester.

East Anglian building supplies company Kent Blaxill is to end its glass installation service, with a number of jobs at risk as a result.

The A12  at Marks Tey.

Consultations on improving the A12 in Essex are due to start later this month as part of a £1.1bn road upgrade across the region.

Southwold Hospital

PHOTO: Nick Butcher

Campaigners are appealing for one last push over the finishing line as they aim to raise the final £1,000 required to help keep a former hospital for community use.

Anglia Retail Park - the development would be built in the green space to the left of the retail park.

Planning permission has been granted for a new distribution centre on the north west corner of Ipswich despite objections from its nearest neighbours.

The Herman de Stern building on Felixstowe sea front was a convalescent home.

This is the time of year when we hear about the crisis in the NHS with A&E units struggling to cope – and social care facing financial meltdown, writes Paul Geater.

The Suffolk Horse Society works to promote and preserve the Suffolk Punch breed, which is iconic to our county

If you have a passion for horses, particularly the Suffolk breed, and are looking for a new challenge then this role could be for you.

Ipswich-based accountancy firm is seeking new recruits

Looking for a new role with a bigger salary package, more responsibility and more job satisfaction? These three vacancies could be just what you are looking for.

Plans have been approved for a new Lidl store in Felixstowe.

Budget supermarket firm Lidl UK has been given the go-ahead to build a second supermarket at Felixstowe – after Asda pulled out of the project.

Marine investigative work carried out for the Sizewell C project.

Businesses from across Suffolk are being invited to hear how they could benefit from a multi-million pound contracts bonanza should the proposed Sizewell C nuclear power station get the go-ahead.

Leiston

Voters will go to the polls next month to decide whether to approve a detailed document to shape the future of their community.

Plans have been submitted for Suffolk Park, Bury St Edmunds including a new headquarters for Treatt which has bought a ten acre site

The future of nearly 200 jobs in Bury St Edmunds has been secured with the exchange of contracts on a major property deal.

A visualisation of what part of the Suffolk Park business, industrial and warehousing development in Bury St Edmunds might look like.

Flavour and fragrance solutions company Treatt has purchased a 10-acre site for a new headquarters complex on the edge of Bury St Edmunds.

Jamie's Italian restaurant  in central London. 
Photo: Nick Ansell/PA Wire

Celebrity chef Jamie Oliver is to close six Jamie’s Italian restaurants, after they were hit by a combination of rising Brexit cost pressures and tough trading.

Ed Sheeran poses with fans outside the BBC Broadcasting House ahead of his appearance on the BBC Radio 1 Breakfast Show today

Ed Sheeran has said he wants to put Suffolk on the international map by dedicating one of his new tracks to his home county.

Sleepy driver danger

Wednesday, January 4, 2017
Untreated sleep conditions can be a greater risk behind the wheel than being over the drink-drive limit.

Prominent organisations say there should be fast-track diagnosis and treatment for professional drivers with sleep conditions.

How the Deben Pool will look once the refurbishment has been completed

Proposals have been submitted for the first phase of a major project to refurbish public leisure centres in three Suffolk towns.

Dunwich Heath. Photo copyright -Æ Bob Foyers 2105

Studies show just how valuable Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty are to the economies of our counties.

A Titchmarsh & Goodwin furniture maker. The company is looking for someone to join its team in Ipswich. Photo: Titchmarsh and Goodwin

A furniture company in Ipswich is search for an experienced cabinet maker to join its team.

Mandie Holgate at the launch of her new book. Photo: Caroline Horne Suffolk Photography

We must ‘fight the fear’ to conquer our negative mindset, she says

Craig's employer David Nunn, David Henley, Craig Thompson, Arnis Purins, Richard Anscombe of Fram Farmers and Mrs Parkinson, Arnis's employer.

The Suffolk Agricultural Association has launched its annual competition
to find the Agricultural Apprentice of the Year 2017, following a successful inaugural year. SARAH CHAMBERS spoke to its first title-holder, Craig Thompson, and his employer, James Nunn of Stowupland.

Spanish actress Penelope Cruz told a newspaper she had resisted Facebook and Twitter, and said: Im on Instagram but I use it for specific things. Its a bit frightening, really. Im not going to photograph the fried eggs I eat in the morning. It seems unnatural to me, like posting photos of my family. Photo: AP/Abraham Caro Marin

A look back at what made the news in 2016

Boris Johnson brought the Vote Leave message to Ipswich in the spring.

If I’d been looking in a crystal ball at the start of 2016 and seen all the events of the next 12 months, I think I’d have been left feeling I was having a nightmare, writes Paul Geater.

�1.8m boost for Enable East mental health project.  L-R: Paul Feasey Signpost, Chris Paveley North Essex Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust, Sarah Knights Realise Futures, Phil Edwards Employ-Ability, Rachel Jennings Enable East. Photo: Contributed

A project helping people with mental health problems get back into work in Essex has been given a £1.8million funding boost.

My First Car: Dodge sedan

Friday, December 23, 2016
Was that a strange noise – No it is just fine. The 1951 Dodge proved reliable travelling across America apart from tyres and a dodgy dynamo at journey’s end. Picture: Barry Shackcloth

Barry Shackcloth bought a 1951 Dodge with fellow students and travelled across America for a spell of California Dreamin’.

Lt_Rt Kirsty McLaughlin GM,Roger Fern Local Mayor, Leanne Daines Dep GM,

The Golf Hotel, Foxhall Road has was re-opened by the major of Ipswich Roger Fern, after a major refurbishment by owners Greene King.

An Ipswich pub has re-opened, following a six-figure investment, and creating 10 new jobs in the process.

Road works in Franciscan way, ipswich

Calls have been made for tougher sanctions by Suffolk County Council on utility firms that overrun on roadworks, after multi-million pound firms were being fined just hundreds of pounds for behind-schedule work.

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