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Wednesday, April 27, 2016
One of Siemens' 7MW wind turbines, of the kind to be installed as part of the East Anglia One offshore wind farm project.

ScottishPower Renewables has awarded what is thought to be Europe’s largest single-project wind turbine contract, with the development of the giant East Anglia One offshore wind farm having cleared its final hurdle.

District and town councillor Simon Barrett with Gordon Hardy trying out one of the new hire boats on the River Stour at Sudbury.

The return of hire boats along a stretch of river immortalised by Constable and Gainsborough is set to boost the local economy by up to £200,000.

Gallery:See photos of the best bluebell woods in Suffolk

Tuesday, April 19, 2016
Bluebells

Thick purple-hued carpets are appearing in woods across Suffolk as the spring bluebells flower and bloom.

People campaigning for the four villages bypass, now called the Suffolk Energy Gateway, in 2014

Air pollution levels on a Suffolk stretch of the A12 ‘will only get worse’ should a new power station be built at Sizewell, campaigners have argued, after pollutants there were found to have returned to 2011 levels.

The sea spraying over defences at Southwold

The protection of Suffolk’s fragile coastline was at the centre of discussion as the Environment Agency’s acting chairman visited the county.

The line of the cable from Bawdsey to Bramford

Communities around the north of Ipswich could face a decade of on/off engineering work as engineers prepare to bring green power from the North Sea to the National Grid.

Volunteers working at the Shawlands wood in Great Cornard

Conservation volunteers are concerned for wildlife at a local nature reserve after it emerged that motorcyclists are using the site as an off-road track.

Suffolk is to get almost £1.4m to repair potholes.

What roads in Ipswich do you think are most in need of resurfacing?

Nowton Park.

“Mindless idiots” who have been repeatedly dumping rubbish at a community woodland in Bury St Edmunds are being called on to show some respect to the community.

Anglia in Bloom judges in Sudbury with the town council in 2014, which was the last time the town entered the challenges.

Green fingered Sudbury residents are being urged to ‘take pride’ in their town by sprucing up gardens, roadside verges and community areas in time for summer.

The recent glimmer of sunshine with its hint of warmth has sent us into the garden where things are beginning to show signs of new life.

The spruce up and tree planting at the River of Flowers in Bury.

Volunteers have been out in force to maintain a well-loved flower arrangement in Bury St Edmunds.

Abbey Gardens Bury St Edmunds. Picture by Barry Pullen

Council bosses have moved to reassure the public that a restructure of its gardening and rangers teams will not adversely affect Bury St Edmunds’ beautiful Abbey Gardens.

Damage to road surface on Toller Road, Ipswich

Confusion has reigned after plans were announced to resurface a busy road in Ipswich but highways officials later denied any knowledge of the scheme.

Aldeburgh beach.  Photo: GRAEME CRISSELL.

Officials have ruled out any risk to health following the discovery of traces of an “unusual” radioactive isotope on a popular beach.

The reactor dome of Sizewell B Nuclear Power Station

Prime Minister David Cameron has emphasised the importance of state-of-the-art security at nuclear plants like Sizewell B with a warning that terrorists would “like to kill as many people as they possibly could”.

Local wildlife enthusiast George Millins at the site where Sainsbury's was built in Sudbury

An environmental education charity could step in to help save a controversial wildlife area for the local community.

Official opening of the £200million dry fuel storage facility at Sizewell B

Suffolk became home to the UK’s first dry nuclear fuel store as the facility opened at Sizewell B yesterday.

Port of Felixstowe - action has been taken to cut pollution levels in the port and its immediate area.

A pollution blackspot with high levels of fumes that cause potential health problems is set to be given the all-clear after a six-year campaign to improve air quality.

The muntjac deer released back into Christchurch Park.

A female muntjac deer that was trapped when it got caught in a garden near Crown Pools last month has been returned to Ipswich and freed in Christchurch Park.

Corton beach.

Completion of essential repairs has allowed a promenade to re-open in time for the Easter weekend.

William Johnston pleaded guilty to fly-tipping on the side of the road in Finningham Road between Walsham le Willows and Finningham in April 2015.

A Suffolk farmer has been ordered to pay nearly £3,000 after causing a major fly-tipping offence in the county last year.

The Alde and Ore estuary with Snape in the foreground.

A new strategic plan to protect one of Suffolk’s most beautiful but vulnerable areas from flooding has successfully crossed its first major hurdle.

Vandalism damage caused to the outdoor classroom in Christchurch Park

Inspirational youngsters in Ipswich showed remarkable community spirit in Christchurch Park last weekend when they chipped in to help repair damage to the park’s outdoor classroom by vandals.

The Lighthouse at Orford Ness.

Immediate repairs have been carried out that could give a threatened Suffolk lighthouse an extra 20 years of life thanks to a successful £10,000 fundraising campaign.

The reactor dome of Sizewell B Nuclear Power Station

Emergency and security services were put to the test to see if the nuclear power station could handle a major incident.

Mike and Tom Young with the 15Kg halibut.

From the cold waters of the north Atlantic off the coast of Greenland to a market stall in Ipswich, this 15kg halibut has had quite a journey since it was caught by fisherman.

Earth Hour London. The stark contrast between the images of the Houses of Parliament in London when the lights were switched off for Earth Hour last year can been seen here and below. Photo: Ash Knotek/WWF-UK

This Saturday millions of people and companies around the world will turn off their lights as part of a huge movement highlighting a range of environmental issues.

A computer-generated image of how the Sizewell complex will look after construction of Sizewell C.

A pressure group is calling for changes to the rail network to enable construction materials for Sizewell C to be transported by train to avoid using the roads and protect residents.

There is a proposal for 70 new homes to be built on land  off Humber Doucy Lane.

Plans for a new housing development to the east of Ipswich have been branded “mission creep” - with claims vital greenbelt land could be lost.

Saxmundham

Community leaders in east Suffolk are fearing a parking “free for all” if the police stop enforcing on-street restrictions before councils agree a new system to deal with the issue.

Sizewell sunrise on a frosty morning. Image: Charlie Mann

Extensive tests are to be carried out on the pressure vessel “heart” of the Sizewell B reactor as the power station closes down next month for refuelling and maintenance.

The new law aims to reduce the number of strays which end up with services such as Blue Cross

Dog owners in Ipswich are being urged to get their pets microchipped before the new law takes effect next month – or risk facing a £500 fine.

HGV traffic queuing at the scene of a road traffic collision on the approach to Stratford St Andrew

Reports into three pockets of pollution in a Suffolk district are going up for examination by members of the public after being endorsed by the Government.

Clean for the Queen. Volunteers in Bury St Edmunds cleaning up at the Southgate Community Gardens.

Cleaning for the Queen is all well and good but Bury St Edmunds got there first.

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