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Polls open in Leiston for all-female candidate by-election

PUBLISHED: 07:09 17 May 2018 | UPDATED: 07:09 17 May 2018

Polling stations are opening in Leiston (stock image). Picture: GREGG BROWN

Polling stations are opening in Leiston (stock image). Picture: GREGG BROWN

Polling stations are opening in and around Leiston for today’s district council by-election, which features an all-female candidate list.

The successful candidate will become one of the ward’s two district councillors, taking the seat, which became vacant following the resignation of former Conservative councillor Ian Pratt.

Notice was given last month that a new councillor was being sought to represent the town at Suffolk Coastal District Council, inviting people to make nominations.

The four candidates are:

•Sammy Betson (Independent)

•Freda Casagrande (Labour)

•Jules Ewart (Liberal Democrats)

•Susan Geater (Conservative)

Polling stations are open from 7am-10pm in Leiston Community Centre, the Long Shop Museum, Middleton Village Hall and Theberton Jubilee Community Hall.

An educational arts charity in Bury St Edmunds is to be wound up after more than 40 years of serving the community.

Final approval has been given to create a “fun and contemporary” leisure centre for Leiston and work on the £3.5million project should start in September.

Organisers of one of Felixstowe’s biggest events have been left dismayed and worried about its future after it was decided to leave more than 60 huts on the prom because of beach erosion.

Two Suffolk youngsters are gearing up for a 200-mile charity trek in memory of their loved ones.

The creation of a new West Suffolk Council has been given the official go-ahead by parliament with leaders describing it as “a truly historic moment” for the district.

A day care centre near Bury St Edmunds which provides an invaluable service for people in the community has received a boost from a borough councillor.

Weathermen have today issued a yellow warning that severe storms and torrential rain are heading for Suffolk over the Bank Holiday.

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