More than £1.1million is being committed to a fresh three-year campaign in tackling county lines drug operations – with specialist hubs set for Ipswich and Bury St Edmunds.

A government-funded scheme supporting families in need during the coronavirus crisis will continue for a further 12 months in Suffolk thanks to fresh investment by Suffolk leaders.

The Green, Liberal Democrat and Independent group at East Suffolk Council has changed leader for the year ahead.

A £2million plan to boost Suffolk’s economy and help businesses get back on their feet has been announced - with public leaders saying that supporting the county’s tourism industry is vital to its future.

Conservatives and Independents at a deadlocked Suffolk authority have narrowly held on to power for another year thanks to a casting vote – a key position which could dictate decision making in the district.

Decorative ornaments missing atop one of Ipswich’s key historic buildings will be restored after more than 70 years.

More than half of the 11,000 homes planned for East Suffolk over coming years will be built in Felixstowe and the greater Ipswich area, it has been confirmed.

Plans to introduce a cap on the age of taxi vehicles in West Suffolk have been pushed back to give stability to operators while the coronavirus pandemic continues.

Work will begin to establish temporary cycle lanes around Bury St Edmunds this week – and motorists and cyclists can expect them to be in place for at least six months.

Long-running plans for 75 homes in Wherstead have been given the final green light, after two years of delays.

Public orders to clampdown on street drinking, dog-fouling and racing cars in West Suffolk have been extended for a further three years.

County council chiefs have called on EDF Energy to listen to communities and “do something about Suffolk’s very reasonable concerns” over Sizewell C.

East Suffolk Council will maintain a “neutral” stance on the proposed Sizewell C development, after its Cabinet on Monday night approved its response to be submitted to the Planning Inspectorate this week.

More than £43million is the anticipated financial hit facing a Suffolk authority as a result of coronavirus this year – though Government grants have made up for most of that.

A by-election in Lakenheath is the latest in a string of planned polls set to take place in May 2021.

Suffolk councils could be forced to approve twice as many homes per year under new government proposals – a move that some claim could “permanently destroy” the character of many communities.

Plans to revamp Suffolk’s children’s centre provision will go ahead, after a challenge by opposition parties was dismissed.

A task group has been formed to work with food processing plants across Suffolk to prevent coronavirus outbreaks similar to that seen at Banham Poultry.

Suffolk GP surgeries are receiving just one sixth of the pneumonia vaccines they need, it has emerged.

Plans have been lodged for a new service station along one of Ipswich’s busiest routes.

Vital efforts are being made to protect Sproughton from unsuitable development, according to village leaders.

Ipswich Hospital has spent £6.5million on a new lab which has become the hub for molecular testing in Suffolk and north Essex – and up to 2,000 people per day will soon be able to be tested.

Two Suffolk councils are each having to bridge a gap of more than £3million in their budgets as they wrestle with rising costs and substantial income losses as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.

An eight-week consultation has been agreed by Ipswich Borough Council’s executive to launch this autumn over 54 planned additions to the town’s local list.

More than a quarter of new coronavirus cases in Suffolk are among people aged between 15 and 25, shock new data reveals.

A second wave of coronavirus is coming this autumn or winter, according to a senior hospital planner – but elective services are this time set to continue.

More than £222,000 in developer contributions have been approved for key infrastructure projects in Mid Suffolk – including £100,000 for rail improvements.

Graffiti removal, managing playgrounds and maintaining car parks among other council services could change next year as councillors decide whether to bring services back under their own roof.

Domestic abuse referrals in west Suffolk rose by more than a quarter during the coronavirus lockdown, latest data shows – and more reports are expected over the coming weeks and months.

Frail patients in need of hip or knee replacements who have existing medical conditions will not be denied care under plans to move orthopaedics surgery out of Ipswich, senior hospital chiefs have confirmed.

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