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Bacton Community Middle School development plans. Left to right, David Barker MBE, chairman of Westhorpe Parish Council, Phil Webb, chairman of Wyverstone Parish Council and chairman of Bacton Parish Council Richard Peaty.

Suffolk County Council has been accused of hypocrisy over the Olympic legacy – just days after it backed calls for people to get more active in the wake of the UK’s medal success.

Sudbury Bus Station.

A staunch opponent of moving Sudbury’s bus station to Girling Street has admitted to a change of heart after a meeting with Babergh’s deputy leader.

Yesterday, 08:00
Cllr David Nettleton is pictured in St Andrews Car Park in Bury St Edmunds where the pedestrian pathway has been moved to allow for extra parking.

Moving a footpath that previously went through a council car park to free up six extra spaces has been labelled “complete madness” by the ward’s independent borough councillor.

Yesterday, 18:00
Great Eastern Rail Campaign members at Ipswich Station: 
Jonathan Denby, David Burch, Chris Starkie, Chloe Smith MP and Bun Gummer MP

In the second of five three-minute interviews Ben Gummer, the MP for Ipswich, gives his reaction to Abellio Greater Anglia being awarded the rail franchise for East Anglia.

Yesterday, 07:00
Colin Noble

The deadline for the public to comment on proposals for East Anglian devolution passes today.

Yesterday, 06:00
Holywells Park in Ipswich

Homeowners around Holywells Park have urged event organisers in the park to enforce stronger parking measures after a handful of anti-social parking complaints.

Mon, 18:02
Ipswich MP Ben Gummer at the official launch of the University of Suffolk

In the first of five three-minute interviews Ipswich’s MP talks about the level of redevelopment currently taking place in the town.

Saturday, August 20, 2016
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.

Saturday, August 20, 2016
File photo of a police officer using a Taser. Pic: Gareth Fuller/PA Wire.

An urgent parliamentary inquiry into police use of Tasers has been called for by a leading group of agencies after the death of former Ipswich Town star Dalian Atkinson.

Paul Geater - Opinion

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.

Thursday, August 4, 2016
Will we see a new power station beside Sizewell B? Don't put your money on it!

As someone who has come to believe in nuclear power as a vital part of a carbon-free energy mix, it gives me no pleasure to say this, but I don’t think Sizewell C will be built in the next 30 years, writes Paul Geater.

Thursday, July 28, 2016
Suffolk County Council headquarters; Endeavour House, Ipswich.

Faced with the looming juggernauts of budget cuts and devolution, Suffolk’s district and borough councils are facing very uncertain times, writes Paul Geater.

Thursday, July 21, 2016
Ben Gummer at his desk in the Cabinet Office.

Ipswich MP Ben Gummer received a rapid, and somewhat unexpected, promotion last week to the very heart of the government machine in Whitehall, writes Paul Geater.

Thursday, July 14, 2016
Jeremy Corbyn spoke at a rally to defend his position where Socialist Worker placards were seen.

Ben Gummer’s plea to voters to get involved with the political process by joining a party – Conservative, Labour, Liberal Democrat, Green, anyone but UKIP – was interesting because it highlighted a major concern that politics is in danger of being hijacked by extremes, writes Paul Geater.

Thursday, July 7, 2016
Londoners have taken to electing a mayor - but East Anglia still has not accepted the concept.

After last week’s frenetic rush by councils to vote on the proposals for East Anglia’s devolution when everyone’s mind was really on other things, at least we can now put that issue out of our minds for a time. Or can we? Writes Paul Geater

Friday, July 1, 2016
Stock markets have not collapsed - but the economic outlook is far from clear following the vote to leave the EU.

A week on from the EU referendum and most of us still haven’t been able to catch our breath – but after all the claims from the Remain campaign that were labelled “Project Fear” should we really be fearful . . . or were they overblown, writes Paul Geater?

Thursday, June 9, 2016
Boris Johnson is confronted by Remain supporters at the Waterfront in Ipswich.

This week has really seen the referendum campaign come to life in Ipswich with Boris Johnson and Michael Gove coming on Tuesday and yesterday’s visit by Hilary Benn, writes political reporter Paul Geater.

Liz Nice - Opinion

Tuesday, May 10, 2016
Steve Ransom, taken in 2006

Liz Nice remembers her Suffolk New College colleague Steve Ransom, of Trimley, who died suddenly last week, aged 45.

Tuesday, January 19, 2016
1971 - when fans could still stand at Portman Road

I was hugely irritated by a young woman on the radio the other day talking about how much ‘fun’ it would be to bring back standing at football matches, writes columnist Liz Nice.

Thursday, November 19, 2015
Former

It’s hard to feel helpless, but that seems to be the theme of this week.

Wednesday, November 11, 2015
It was this week claimed that women in full-time employment will effectively work for nothing from now until the new year as a result of the gender pay gap.  Photo: Philip Toscano/PA Wire

There was a bit of a brouhaha this week after Mick McCarthy told his star striker, Daryl Murphy, who scored a hat trick at Rotherham at the weekend after a long dry spell, to ‘leave your sister at home’ in future.

Friday, October 30, 2015
Stella Creasy had to stop the tampon tax debate

The ‘F’ word still seems to bother people, doesn’t it? writes Liz Nice.

Thursday, October 1, 2015
A vintage Ferguson tractor in action at the Museum of East Anglian in Stowmarket

I’ve been doing the museum trail again this year as a judge in the annual Suffolk Museum of the Year competition, and once again it has been a rewarding and humbling experience.

Thursday, September 24, 2015
What is Tony Blair's legacy?

Unfortunately, when we die, we don’t get to choose how we are remembered, writes Liz Nice.

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