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Residents are being urged to register to vote so they can have their say in a crucial set of upcoming Suffolk elections.

Nominations open today for candidates planning to stand in this year's local council elections on May 2.

With the new West Suffolk Council just days away from hitting the ground running, Local Democracy Reporter Jason Noble finds out what the changes mean on a practical level for homes in the west of the county.

Suffolk's bishops visited the county's oldest working water mill on the penultimate day of their Lent Pilgrimage.

Plans for a number of community events including children's theatre workshops to encourage people to learn the history behind the Abbey of St Edmund have been backed by councillor funding.

A ceremony has been held to mark a key milestone in the construction of a new £23million waste hub near Bury St Edmunds.

A Brandon councillor says he is "incandescent with rage" after Haverhill was chosen as the town which could benefit from a slice of a £675million government funding pot.

More than £100million in savings have been made by Suffolk's councils in the last four years, it has been revealed, as the extent of funding pressures on the county has been revealed.

Cash-strapped councils in Suffolk and Essex have sold off millions of pounds' worth of assets including schools, care homes, farms and community buildings.

Businesses set in Suffolk's most rural backwaters are set to get superfast broadband access thanks a £1.725m government windfall.

A total of 16 people sleeping rough in Suffolk died over the last five years, according to new figures from the government - with seven of those deaths in Ipswich.

Homes in the Forest Heath district will see a small council tax increase from April as the first budget was agreed for the new West Suffolk Council being established.

Suffolk County Council spent almost £95,000 over the last three years on awards events to recognise people in the county according to new figures from the Taxpayers' Alliance.

More companies were formed in Suffolk in 2018 than in any previous year, figures show.

A range of new facilities are now on offer at Haverhill Leisure Centre following the completion of a £1.5million refurbishment.

A popular Chinese takeaway in Bury St Edmunds - which was the first to open in the town - will celebrate its 50th anniversary this year.

Hundreds of people filled a Bury St Edmunds church this week to welcome a new vicar to his parish.

A voluntary scheme which offers transport to a rural west Suffolk health centre will now be able to continue after five councillors "answered a call for help".

Homes in Forest Heath are set to see a small increase in their district council precept, as council tax levels between the two West Suffolk councils begin to align.

Drivers in Bury St Edmunds can now recharge their electric vehicles (EVs) in as little as 30 minutes after a new rapid charger was installed in the town centre.

People in Forest Heath and St Edmundsbury who are on the housing list can re-register from today to carry on bidding on properties after April 1.

A "worrying number" of young carers are going under the radar in west Suffolk and are not receiving the support they need, experts have said.

The number of rough sleepers across Suffolk and Essex has decreased, new government figures have shown.

The Babergh district has been voted one of the best 30 places in the UK to live in an annual quality of life survey.

Changes to Hackney Carriage tariffs in West Suffolk are set to be approved this week, which will feature a price hike of 60p upwards for Forest Heath passengers.

Emails have been sent out to 2,500 people on the housing register in the Forest Heath and St Edmundsbury districts, advising them that they will need to re-sign by the end of next month.

The value of Suffolk's housing stock out performed the national average and grew by 3.8% in 2018 despite Brexit fears slowing the UK market, according to analysis from property expert Savills.

Full 'pay on exit' parking facilities in Bury St Edmunds are off the agenda currently due to concerns over traffic congestion.

A well-used children's play area that was upgraded with a £50,000 cash injection has been damaged in an arson attack.

Groundbreaking plans to pilot smart energy solutions in west Suffolk have been given a £335,000 cash boost after a successful funding bid.

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