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David Ellesmere

When county council leader Colin Noble dropped his bombshell that he had commissioned a report looking at the future of local government in Suffolk, he must have known he was letting off a firecracker in the world of the county’s public sector.

A 16-year-old boy has been arrested in connection with the stabbing of another teenager in Ipswich.

Easter has come and gone and suddenly we are caught up in the election season (well, those of us lucky enough to live in Ipswich or Colchester are).

Suffolk leader Colin Noble has provoked a furious reaction from other council leaders in the county over his attempt to restart the unitary authority debate.

Voters will be going to the polls in Ipswich and Colchester at the start of next month as a third of the seats on the boroughs are up for grabs.

Business and political leaders have called for a swift decision on the future of the Ipswich Toys R Us store which is due to close within the next six weeks.

The prospect of a single council running all services in Suffolk is today back on the political agenda with county leader Colin Noble commissioning a new report.

A new £2.8million scheme will provide accommodation for homeless people in Ipswich - and help them to get their own home.

Thousands of festival-goers are expected to descend on parks in Ipswich, Colchester and Bury St Edmunds this summer for a series of two-day music extravaganzas.

Work to complete the Crown Car Park in Ipswich is unlikely to be completed until the second half of April – three months late.

A new law centre is set to open in Suffolk later this month after a hard-fought campaign to make justice more accessible to people of all backgrounds.

A £500,000, two-year pilot scheme is to be launched in Suffolk to combat drug dealing and gang violence.

Ipswich council leader David Ellesmere has spoken about his disappointment about the closure of the Mygo employment centre for young people in the town.

As work continues to refurbish Ipswich Cornhill, the borough has launched a competition to find four aspects of the town’s life to be included on the artwork in front of the new Pret A Manger takeaway.

Ipswich market stallholders have been given another month rent-free to try to establish their pitches in their new sites after the closure of the Cornhill for redevelopment.

Ipswich Borough Council is set to waive all fees for funerals of children from within the borough after a change in its fee structure was agreed at a full council meeting.

Some of the food stalls at Ipswich market are to be allowed to move from Queen Street to Giles Circus after their takings were hit by their new site.

Paving repairs in the middle of Ipswich have been left unfinished after a breakdown in communications between Suffolk County Council and a utility company that was working in the town.

Ipswich borough leader David Ellesmere has insisted that the authority’s multi-million pound investment in commercial property in the town is safe despite government expressing fears about council spending.

Traders at Ipswich Market have warned they could be forced to leave the town because trade has suffered since they were forced to leave the Cornhill.

Suffolk’s council leaders have denied they have formed a secretive group controlling millions of pounds of public money through behind-the-scenes deals.

An online petition calling for the refurbishment work at Ipswich Cornhill to be suspended before being reviewed has attracted more than 3,000 signatures so far.

Ipswich Council is to get nearly £10m from the government to help boost new infrastructure in the new Garden Suburb development on the northern fringe of the town.

Opposition Conservative councillors in Ipswich are set to question the administrations council tax plans when they are debated later this month.

Work to rebuild Ipswich’s Cornhill has started this morning.

More than 200 affordable homes across 20 different house building programmes are set to take place in 2018 – a fifth of the target the borough has over a decade.

Work to rebuild Ipswich’s Cornhill starts on Monday – with the borough and its partners promising that the new-look square will bring the “Wow Factor” to the town centre.

Striking new images are being unveiled of a major development proposed for the heart of Ipswich which could see restaurants, a hotel and a tower block built opposite Cardinal Park.

This is the last week that market traders will operate from Ipswich’s Cornhill for at least a year as work to rebuild the town centre is due to start.

Council tax bills in Ipswich are set to rise by just under 4.8% in April after all the elements are added into the equation.

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