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Paul Geater

Thursday, April 19, 2018

Back in the early 1960s as a very small boy, one of my pleasures in life was being taken on a train trip from our home in Saxmundham to our relations’ home in Leiston.

When county council leader Colin Noble dropped his bombshell that he had commissioned a report looking at the future of local government in Suffolk, he must have known he was letting off a firecracker in the world of the county’s public sector.

Easter has come and gone and suddenly we are caught up in the election season (well, those of us lucky enough to live in Ipswich or Colchester are).

One of the great things about democracy is that every so often it can conspire to give us a result no-one could have predicted and that politicians have to then take, read, inwardly digest and learn important lessons from.

With all the concern about local government finances circulating again, it was perhaps inevitable that the question of a unitary government for Suffolk would appear on the political agenda again.

After the battering they’ve received in the last few months, Suffolk’s roads are a real mess.

Over the last decade local councils have been really hammered by governments wedded to the notion that austerity is the solution to all our economic ills.

Us Brits love talking and reading about the weather. When there’s a lot of snow, or when storms bring high winds, everyone in an area tends to be affected.

In case you’ve missed my columns of the last few weeks, I’m in favour of the changes that are currently under way at the Cornhill in Ipswich – and I feel many of the critics are misinformed and should have raised their objections years ago.

I make no apology for the fact that I am delighted to see work has finally started on refurbishing the Cornhill in Ipswich – and I reckon the market looks great in its new home at the top of Princes Street.

This is the season of council tax-setting – and this year it is starting to look very different across the country.

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