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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.

A 35-year-old man has been charged following an armed robbery at a business premises in Stowmarket.

Police are appealing for witnesses following a burglary at a business premises in Felixstowe.

A missing 15-year-old boy with links to Melton and Combs, near Stowmarket, has been found safe and well.

An academy trust which runs three schools in Suffolk and one in Essex has denied allegations it is under threat of bankruptcy, and insists its schools are safe following a damning government report into the state of its finances.

A new Timpson pod could soon be opening outside the Tesco supermarket in Bury St Edmunds.

Sanctuary Personnel, of Ipswich, has been appointed by the Department of Education and the Skills Funding Agency as an official apprenticeship training provider.

Comedian and panel-show regular Ó Briain is among the latest acts to be announced for this year’s Latitude Festival.

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