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Consultants are set to be employed to help an east Suffolk market town get work under way on a blueprint to shape its future.

Fordham in Bloom members Les Hearsey, Richard Gregor, Britain in Bloom judges Teresa Potter and Roger Burnett, Fordham in Bloom members Stephen Foster and Julie Travis, on judging day earlier this year. Photo: Su Anderson

Two north Essex teams have won silver gilt awards at the Britain in Bloom finals.

Pot hole madness on approach road to Audley End Station.

The number of potholes on main routes in Essex has halved after significant investment in the county’s roads, and the Government’s Pothole Action Fund, says Essex County Council.

Speakers at the Suffolk Coastal and Estuaries Conference, Snape Maltings, Oct 2016. Dr Therese Coffey MP

Brexit will not lead to Britain deciding to “rip up” environmental legislation that is enshrined in European directives – but it offers a “great opportunity to take a more holistic approach” to the full suite of environmental issues that face the nation, a Suffolk MP said yesterday.

Part of the old biscuit factory site on the Lowestoft Town Hall complex.

New proposals have been submitted for a drive-thru restaurant next to an historic building – but conservationists say the amended project is only a “token gesture” to preserving the site’s heritage.

TDC’s Cabinet Member for Commercialisation Nick Turner and TDC’s Seafront Manager Tim Sutton in front of the new beach-cleaning machine on Brightlingsea’s Blue Flag beach

A new machine which keeps beaches clean and tidy will be used across Tendring.

Huge waves crash over sea defences in Southwold during the tidal surge of 2013.

Experts will gather this week to review what has been done to protect Suffolk’s coastal communities since the havoc caused by the tidal surge three years ago – and to look at what more needs to be done.

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

Chinese backers yesterday signed important financial agreements connected to the construction of Suffolk’s yet-to-be-approved Sizewell C nuclear power station.

Flood risk veteran Steve Hayman is retiring after 40 years

Flood risk veteran Steve Hayman, who played a key role in the aftermath of the East Coast surge in 2013, is retiring after 40 years.

Theatre Square artists impression

A revamped area around the New Wolsey Theatre and former Civic Centre is set to be open by April 2018, it has been revealed.

The RSPCA need to find Ripley the parrot's owner

The RSPCA is hoping to reunite a lost parrot with her owner after she was rescued from a hazardous building site.


Ground investigation work is under way ahead of scheme to create a permanent tidal wall to prevent low-lying homes from being flooded in Lowestoft.

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

Communities across east Suffolk are today waiting eagerly and anxiously to find out more details about Sizewell C.

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

Preparations for Sizewell C looked set to move to their next stage today as the Government decided to proceed with the first new nuclear power station for a generation.

John Barber on the lookout for flies in Thurston

A single fly swat sits in a bucket outside the village shop in Thurston, one of the signs of a village under siege.

Red admirals, Vanessa atalanta, wide view showing habitat, Sutton Fen RSPB reserve, Norfolk

A major new audit of the UK’s natural environment reveals continuing catastrophic wildlife declines – and shows East Anglia to be a vitally important stronghold for nature and a crucial powerhouse in Britain’s efforts to conserve it.

Mabel the owl has returned to Christchurch Park.

Mabel the owl has returned to her familiar perch in Christchurch Park, after six months away for the breeding season.

Colchester GV: High Street

Concerns have been raised over Colchester Borough Council’s plans to collect rubbish every fortnight – with some residents claiming it will leave streets “crawling with rats”.

Wheelie bins could be coming to Colchester. Library image. Photo: Anthony Devlin/PA Wire

Residents face fortnightly rubbish collections in Colchester under plans from the borough council – along with a limit on the number of black bags people can use.

Abbey Gardens, Bury St Edmunds.

Jubilant Bury in Bloom organisers have hailed the ‘icing on the cake’ of their 30th anniversary by scooping the large town of the year award.

Halstead in bloom as they are crowned overall winners at Anglia in Bloom awards 2016

Green-fingered residents from across the region are celebrating today after the winners of this year’s Anglia in Bloom competition were revealed.

Holywells Park Bee Keepers Charle Currie (L to R) Yvonne Westley, Peter Locke and volunteer ranger Nick Pettican

Holywells Park will be selling its own honey for the first time this month after beekeepers at the park harvested enough for dozens of jars.

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

Government officials say there is still “no indication” of when Prime Minister Theresa May will make a final decision on the proposals for the Hinkley Point C nuclear power station.

12-20 Upper Orwell Street, which could be demolished and regenerated if plans by the East of England Co-op go through

A derelict building in Upper Orwell Street which has been empty for decades could be set for demolition if new plans for the area are approved.

Eye Airfield. Photo: Mike Page

The developer of a gas-fired power station in north Suffolk has put forward possible changes to its structure.

Children enjoyed exploring Holywells Park in Ipswich on Monday morning as part of a wildlife workshop, finding out about the reptiles and amphibians that live in the area. Isabelle with a grass snake.

Budding naturalists were on the hunt for reptiles at Holywells Park in Ipswich on Monday - but the elusive animals proved too shy to make an appearance.

Forest Heath District Council has bought Toggam Farm solar farm, in Lakenheath.

At a time when councils are facing cutback after cutback, one Suffolk authority has decided to spend £14.5million on a solar farm.

The baby porpoise washed ashore at Felixstowe Ferry

The body of a new-born baby porpoise has been found washed up on the beach at Felixstowe Ferry.

Braintree District Council launches its 'Don't Be a Tosser' anti-litter campaign

An award-winning anti-litter campaign is being re-launched in Essex for a third time in a bid to drive down rubbish thrown out of cars.

A recycling centre. Library image.

A trade union and Green councillor have called on Essex County Council to reverse a ban on vans using recycling centres in a war on DIY waste.

Tony Dilkes with Rufus the runaway skunk. The pair have been reunited after Rufus escaped thanks to the help of Riversbrook Vets and park rangers. 

Pictured with vet Rebecca Johnson

Rufus the runaway skunk who disappeared from his home in Ipswich this morning has been reunited with his owner.

Sudbury Rowing Regatta  on the Stour on Saturday . Races and fun. MP James Cartlidge pictured , also with some of  the Sudbury Team.

Hundreds of rowers from across the UK took to the River Stour at the weekend to compete in the 136th annual Sudbury Regatta.

Therese Coffey outlines her role at Defra.

Suffolk Coastal MP Dr Therese Coffey was appointed junior minister with responsibility for flooding and rural affairs in the recent reshuffle. Here she outlines what her role will be – and her work in Suffolk has helped prepare her for the challenges ahead.

Sizewell A and B

Permission has been granted for addtional work areas at Sizewell A as part of the ongoing work to decommission the old nuclear power station.

Suffolk County Council and Being Well in the Wild are launching Suffolk's Fab 40 Adventures initative.

Suffolk is set to be transformed into 40 shades of green as young and old alike are expected to rise to a challenge launched yesterday that aims to connect them with the county’s wonder-filled natural environment.

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