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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.

The RSPCA is calling on animal lovers to adopt one of these cute animals waiting for their forever home from its centre in Martlesham.

More than £2,000 was raised at The Bell Inn’s 10th annual bike show and meet, which was described as “absolutely brilliant” by organisers.

A 17-year-old girl told police she was raped in Chelmsford on Friday night.

A driver could be facing a ban and having his licence endorsed with 99 points after allegedly being caught speeding on the Orwell Bridge 11 times in just 25 days.

The NHS, farms and businesses will “suffer badly” if the UK exits the European single market under a hard Brexit, the Green Party’s election candidate for Clacton has said.

The relocation of an annual showcase of countryside pursuits has been hailed a success after thousands of visitors flocked to its new rural setting.

Suffolk and Essex runners are bracing themselves for the 37th London Marathon this morning.

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