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Suffolk: County to shake up services following cabinet backing

PUBLISHED: 15:03 08 November 2011

Endeavour House

Endeavour House

TWO of Suffolk’s most high-profile services are to face major changes after the county’s cabinet backed radical changes today.

The library service is to be transferred to an Industrial and Providential Society (IPS) if the move is agreed by the next full meeting of the county council on December 15.

That should ensure none of the county’s 44 libraries close – although they would no longer be directly managed by the council.

Meanwhile the county’s road maintenance work is to be contracted out to a private sector company from April 1 2013. That move should save Suffolk £2 million a year.

Both moves were backed unanimously by the cabinet which met at Endeavour House in Ipswich today.

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Roman Catholics in East Anglia are to embark on the first stage of a campaign which could see Suffolk war hero, humanitarian and philanthropist Leonard Cheshire become a saint.

Proposals have been submitted for a 12-acre film studio complex at a former Suffolk air base with the project hailed as an “important development” in the drive to tap into the creative industries.

The family of a Bury St Edmunds man who died aged 32 just a week away from receiving a kidney transplant are holding a charity race night in his honour.

A young girl has suffered head injuries after being struck by a car in Ipswich this afternoon.

Frequent power cuts have been reported in Framlingham over recent days – including several in a short space of time this afternoon.

Two members of an Essex family are taking to the Suffolk skies on Saturday in a bid to raise awareness of a genetic condition after their seven-year-old son and grandson was diagnosed with the potentially life-changing illness.

Police have released a CCTV image of a man they would like to speak to in connection with a burglary in Brightlingsea.

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