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Yesterday, 12:30
Cllr Rodney Bass speaking at an A120 event last month. Picture: Pagepix Ltd

Serving the people for 50 years as a councillor is no mean feat, but Maldon and Essex council veteran Rodney Bass is stepping down in May after achieving just that. Here he talks about his political career.

Yesterday, 09:00
The former Grimwades shop on the Cornhil.

Hopes of attracting a major retailer to move into the former Grimwades store on Ipswich Cornhill have prompted councillors to reject an application to turn the building into a restaurant.

Yesterday, 14:20
Adnams Bitter pairs well with roast meats.

The finance boss of East Anglian brewer Adnams has urged MPs to consider if “over-generous” pension promises which could bring companies to their knees could be watered down or reversed.

Wed, 17:31
Old Bakery Site on Old Norwich Road. The development works are in full swing.

As a full a planning application has been submitted for the former Tooks Bakery site off Old Norwich Road earlier this week, we are inviting readers to share their thoughts of the planned development.

Wed, 17:07
Sandra Gage

A bid to get the controversial decision to extend Suffolk County Council’s highways contract with Kier reconsidered by the authority’s scrutiny committee has been rejected.

Wed, 15:00
An architect's impression of the new car park.

Proposals to build a new multi-storey car park at Crown Street in Ipswich have received unanimous backing from the borough’s planning committee.

Wed, 12:43
Bus station consultation at Sudbury Town Hall

The questionnaire which forms part of the public consultation over controversial plans to move Sudbury bus station has been criticised by some members of the public, because it asks for “personal details”.

Wed, 12:41
The former Tooks Bakery site

More details of a planned 60-home housing development on the former Tooks Bakery site in Ipswich have been unveiled – with more than two thirds of the development set to be affordable housing.

Wed, 09:31
Christian Brodie toasts Braintree's future economic success with Cool Beans proprietors Ross & Rachel McMillan

‘Braintree is open for business’ was the message promoted by senior councillors during a tour of the district by the chairman of the South East Local Enterprise Partnership (SELEP).

Paul Geater - Opinion

Yesterday, 18:04
The Lower Brook Street newsroom in the late 1980s with Paul Geater sitting opposite current EADT editor Terry Hunt and current Bury Mercury editor Russell Cook in the foreground.

Today I’m spending my last day at my desk in our Lower Brook Street offices more than 34 years after I first walked into the newsroom as a junior reporter, writes Paul Geater.

Thursday, October 13, 2016
We might have enjoyed some of the 1970s (like 1978) but would anyone really want to go back to that decade?

At school, history was my favourite subject, writes Paul Geater. My family have had membership of the National Trust for more than 30 years and I love the music and films that I grew up with.

Thursday, October 6, 2016
I haven't been a Town regular since Joe Royle's era.

I’m marking a slightly melancholy anniversary about now, writes Paul Geater, it’s 10 years since I ceased to be an Ipswich Town fan.

Thursday, September 29, 2016
Woodbridge appears affluent but even in towns like this there is hidden deprivation.

This week’s report on Hidden Needs in Suffolk has been seen as something of an eye-opener because it shows deprivation is not confined to the council estates of our largest towns, writes Paul Geater.

Thursday, September 8, 2016
Lowestoft station

Yesterday I was in London for an East Anglian rail summit at the House of Commons which focussed heavily on the proposals to speed up mainline services from London to Ipswich and Norwich, writes Paul Geater.

Thursday, September 1, 2016
Immigration has brough benefits, like the multi-cultural area in Norwich Road, Ipswich.

This week’s figures showing that the number of people born outside the UK in the region has increased significantly over recent years tells a number of very interesting stories, says columnist and reporter Paul Geater.

Thursday, August 25, 2016
Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn speaks during a leadership campaign rally - but how many floating voters do events like this attract?

The Labour leadership election is looking more and more like something you could imagine turning up in a Tom Sharpe farce as the two candidates try to out-do each other by insisting they are more and more left-wing.

Thursday, August 18, 2016
We might have got electrification in 1985 - but there were no new trains. This locomotive was built in the mid-1960s.

When privatisation of the railways was first proposed 20 years ago, I struggled to see the point of it, writes Paul Geater.

Thursday, August 11, 2016
Northgate was a great grammar - but has thrived as a high school.

Spin-doctors working for new prime minister Theresa May have floated the idea that she may allow a new generation of grammar schools to be built, says Paul Geater, local government reporter.

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