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Suffolk/Essex: Bills for Essex and Suffolk Water customers to rise by £5 a year from April

PUBLISHED: 14:33 10 February 2014 | UPDATED: 14:34 10 February 2014

The average water bill is set for a price hike of about 10p a week for customers of Essex and Suffolk Water.

It means an increase of about £5 for the year from April 2014 for the company’s 1.8 million customers.

For the 2013-14 year the cost was £222.

The increase in charges for each of the five years from 2010 to 2015 was determined and announced in 2009 by the water regulator Ofwat.

Essex & Suffolk Water is currently completing its £150 million investment in the Abberton Reservoir Scheme, which will secure water supplies to 1.5 million people in Essex for many years and benefit the area’s habitat and wildlife biodiversity.

Heidi Mottram, Essex & Suffolk Water’s CEO, said: “Although appreciating that any increase in charges will not be welcomed our household customers will still pay an average of 62p per day for their drinking water services which represents great value for money.

“We are also continuing to ensure that we run our business as efficiently and sustainably as possible.”

Essex’s Police, Fire and Crime Panel has approved an average £12 increase in council tax - which looks to provide 150 more frontline officers in the county.

Everyone’s favourite ska band Madness are heading to Suffolk this summer as part of a four-date tour of UK stately homes.

The region’s ambulance trust, which is facing allegations of patient deaths due to delays, is to be the subject of a “risk summit”.

Emergency services have been called to the scene of a crash on the A14 near Coddenham.

The Multicultural Women’s Group of Bury St Edmunds (MWG) will be carrying out a demonstration in Bury St Edmund, next month, in support of One Billion Rising (OBR), the biggest mass action to end violence against womem.

Rail passengers are facing delays on the rails this morning due to a points failure at London Liverpool Street.

A councillor has decided to take Sudbury’s future into his own hands, believing that Babergh Distric Council has “inadequate motivation to get things moving”.

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