Ipswich Borough Council

Two months of roadworks have been organised for the A14 near Ipswich in the new year – starting just four days after the Brexit transition period ends when port queues are expected to be at their worst.

More than £8.2million of taxpayer money has been saved from being lost in Right to Buy and tenancy fraud in two Suffolk districts last year.

Nearly £63,000 has been granted to good causes in Ipswich to help with the Covid-19 relief efforts – but projects in the town can still access cash.

Plans to build a same-day emergency treatment unit at Ipswich Hospital have moved a step forward, after a planning application was submitted – with hopes it will be open by the start of 2021.

An eyesore town centre car park has been dubbed “an embarrassment” for Ipswich by councillors, prompting fresh talks to begin on regenerating the area.

A music festival aimed at promoting Ipswich as a destination for touring artists will be held online on Friday, after coronavirus forced the cancellation of this year’s event.

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.

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

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

As Ipswich council staff prepare to return to their offices in Grafton House, they’re being warned they will be unable to talk to each other face-to-face while they’re at work.

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

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.

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.

Councillors in Ipswich seem set to reject a report that would have given them a £1,000 a year pay rise because of the financial pressures faced by the borough as it deals with the covid-19 crisis.

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.

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.

Pubs, churches, sports domes and even a bus stop are among 54 structures in Ipswich set to be added to the list of local buildings of special interest.

Work to save an historic merchant house on Ipswich Waterfront can begin after securing planning permission for work to take it off the ‘at risk’ register.

Plans for a new multi-storey car park in Ipswich town centre have been given the green light.

Plans for a new multi-storey car park to be built in Portman Road are to be given the green light next week.

Refuse collectors in Ipswich have been making very early starts in a bid to beat the heat on their rounds in the town as temperatures are again set to climb above 30C.

More than 30,000 extra people visited Ipswich Town Hall and Corn exchange last year, according to new figures, with the Elmer trail believed to be the big draw.

Suffolk councils have received nearly £6million in emergency cash from central government to tackle the coronavirus pandemic in the latest settlement – but council bosses have warned more is needed to see them through the crisis.

East Suffolk Council has forecast a £4.5million hit on its finances this year as a result of coronavirus, but bosses say that it is in a stronger position than most authorities.

A second phase is to be launched in Ipswich for two grant schemes to help those impacted by the coronavirus pandemic.

Emergency budget measures which would see the Tourist Information Centre close have been agreed by Ipswich Borough Council‘s cabinet - as it warned of its worst ever financial crisis.

Plans to open up the entrance of Ipswich Waterfront as part of a long term ambition for the site have taken a step closer, while pictures inside a derelict historic building there have surfaced for the first time showing the bleak state of disrepair.

Ipswich Borough Council, like every other council, is facing an unprecedented financial crisis due to the coronavirus. We forecast a deficit of £10million this year due to increased expenditure and loss of income.

More speed cameras are to be installed on the Orwell Bridge this year as part of measures to combat wind closures before the end of the 2020.

Organisers behind a new music festival and industry summit aiming to promote Ipswich as a destination for touring bands have been forced to cancel this year’s event.

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