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Yesterday, 19:00

Suffolk is being urged to “stick with it” after the county entered Tier 2 of the enhanced regional lockdown system – but aims to return to less restrictions.

The second phase of a key 125-home development in Bury St Edmunds which has been in the pipeline for more than 13 years can finally go ahead after planning approval was secured.

Newmarket’s former magistrates’ court which closed more than two decades ago is to finally get a new lease of life as luxury apartments, after planning permission was approved last week.

A key deal for the council to buy the Ipswich Debenhams unit in a bid to keep one of the town’s most prominent retail units in use had not been completed prior to Tuesday’s administration news, it has been confirmed.

Yesterday, 07:00

This week we have seen the end of the second lockdown and all shops are now able to open their doors to Christmas shoppers – but as the whole of the East of England has gone into Tier 2 there remain tight restrictions on many sectors, especially hospitality, writes Paul Geater.

Nearly six million items of PPE stopped at the Suffolk border because they did not meet UK safety standards were not government or NHS orders, it has been confirmed.

Parking permits are being planned for 14 Ipswich roads to curb problem parking by those not living in the area.

Millions of unsafe items of PPE coming into Suffolk have been seized by Trading Standards, as more than half of checked items failed to comply with UK safety laws, shock new data reveals.

Councillors at a Suffolk authority will not be upping their allowances this year – but a fresh review is set to take place within two years.

Paul Geater - Opinion

Yesterday, 07:00

This week we have seen the end of the second lockdown and all shops are now able to open their doors to Christmas shoppers – but as the whole of the East of England has gone into Tier 2 there remain tight restrictions on many sectors, especially hospitality, writes Paul Geater.

Thursday, November 26, 2020

Ensuring there is high-quality, affordable housing for residents should be one of the primary duties of local authorities – so this week’s news that some of the new homes on the Tooks site in Ipswich are ready to be handed over to tenants really should be universally welcomed, writes Paul Geater.

Thursday, November 19, 2020

We’re now halfway through the second lockdown and I’m now feeling both optimistic and pessimistic about the world we will emerge into once the current restrictions end on December 2.

Thursday, November 12, 2020

I’ve never been a fan of Donald Trump and I was disappointed when he was elected President of the USA four years ago. I think the world will be a better, and safer, place with Joe Biden sitting in the White House.

Thursday, November 5, 2020

So here we are, back in lockdown and facing a grim winter with little to really look forward to – because the festive season is going to feel anything but festive as it looks like we’ll have to do most of our socialising by Zoom or Microsoft Teams, writes Paul Geater.

Thursday, October 29, 2020

This week we had confirmation of the 15 Ipswich projects that are being put forward to the government for funding from the £25m Town Deal funding that is due to come this way from the scheme that was announced just before the General Election was called last year.

Thursday, October 22, 2020

Over the last week there have almost been times when you could park Covid-19 and feel as if “normal” politics had returned to Suffolk with rows about council candidates and an argument between a local MP and government quango.

Thursday, October 15, 2020

Every week at present feels like a crucial point in the battle against Covid-19 and the struggle to keep the country together – but this week feels more important than most as the government introduces the new three-tier approach to fighting the disease, writes Paul Geater.

Thursday, October 8, 2020

Today East Suffolk lies at a crossroads – the future of the east of the county now seems certain to rest in the hands of London-based civil servants and ministers – and to be honest I don’t know which way they will jump when push comes to shove.

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