David Ellesmere

Ipswich’s Tourist Information Centre in St Stephen’s Church is unlikely to reopen at the end of the coronavirus crisis as the borough council struggles to fill a £10m black hole that the pandemic has opened up in its finances.

Ipswich Borough Council is to unveil a blueprint for how it will tackle a “huge financial black hole” in its budget caused by the Covid-19 crisis.

Plans to move hip and knee surgery out of Ipswich could get a wider debate in Parliament, after the town’s MP raised the issue twice in the House of Commons this week.

Ipswich political leaders have united in condemning plans to move hip and knee surgery out of the town, and urged the final decision makers not to pursue the proposals.

Hopes are high of attracting more touring bands and artists to Ipswich following the success of the Ed Sheeran concerts last summer.

Plans to move orthopaedic surgery out of Ipswich and into a new facility in Colchester have been recommended for approval, despite nearly two thirds of consultation respondents being against the move.

In his latest column, Ipswich Borough Council leader David Ellesmere welcomes the return of the authoritys social housing allocation system

Some road layouts in Ipswich town centre could change under proposals to enable greater social distancing - so shops can plan to reopen on June 1.

A fresh injection of government cash to help local authorities tackle the coronavirus crisis has eased the pressure but council leaders are warning that more support will be needed further down the line.

Councils across Suffolk have issued a plea to the Government for more cash to tackle the coronavirus crisis, as the public purse has taken a multi-million pound hit in Suffolk in just one month.

The former Argos store in Ipswich’s Carr Street could be converted into flats and a gym, as well as a smaller shop unit, if a planning application submitted to the borough council is approved.

Another week has gone by and we are all slowly adjusting to a situation that just a few weeks ago would have seemed utterly incredible.

In his latest column, Ipswich Borough Council leader DAVID ELLESMERE discusses the right response to the coronavirus outbreak.

The world’s biggest online retailer could be sending out your Christmas presents from Ipswich this year after it agreed to create hundreds of jobs by building a new distribution centre on the edge of town.

Ipswich council leader David Ellesmere is demanding that the borough is given a place on the taskforce being created by Suffolk County Council to look at new ways of tackling the town’s traffic problems.

Could Ipswich’s Bury Road park and ride re-open to ease peak-time traffic congestion on Norwich Road? That’s one of a series of proposals from county council transport experts.

Ipswich’s new MP Tom Hunt has started a big debate about crime in the town.

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