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Paul Geater

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Over the last week there’s been a fresh debate about the impact that out-of-town shopping centres have on our traditional towns.

The work done by Ipswich councillor Colin Smart to highlight the problem with roads in his ward in the town is really to be commended.

Ipswich council’s decision to fully-fund the town centre free shuttle bus running between Russell Road and the town centre for three hours a day over the lunchtime period has clearly gone down well with many.

The last few weeks have seen a succession of controversies at Suffolk County Council over the level of pay for senior people at Endeavour House.

If you look at our towns, and villages for that matter, you will see that in many cases their character is made up by buildings of a mixture of generations.

I am becoming increasingly confident that Ipswich will be getting a new northern bypass – and that it could take much less than the 15 years suggested to see work under way on the project.

After Framlingham, East Bergholt, Brantham, Fressingfield and Shotley, there is now another flashpoint in the battle over new rural homes – in the picture postcard village of Kersey

The future of the Upper Orwell Crossing has rapidly become the first major flashpoint of the new political dynamic in Ipswich since the election of Sandy Martin as MP two weeks ago.

It feels as if the world has been rather stood on its head over the last seven days, following the indecisive result in the 2017 General Election, writes Paul Geater.

Just 48 hours ago he was one of the most powerful men in the British government. Now Ben Gummer’s parliamentary career has come to an abrupt end – whether temporarily or permanently. Why did he lose?

I do like the drama you get on general election nights, so I’ve been looking forward to tonight’s results for the last few weeks.

This week we have seen a flurry of television debates among the main parties as we approached the last seven days of the general election campaign.

When Lord Stuart Rose described the Cornhill as “depressing” at the Beacon Town conference nearly five years ago there was a sharp intake of breath in the Corn Exchange – but deep down almost all of us there knew he was right.

After last week’s horrendous events in Manchester, the election campaign is now back at the top of the news agenda – but it would be naive to believe that the bombing is not going to affect anything.

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