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Paul Geater

Thursday, May 31, 2018

The fact that some pen-pushers at the Home Office decided that former Ipswich mayor Inga Lockington had not done enough to prove that she was worthy of UK citizenship came as a shock – but not a total surprise.

The Ideas for Ipswich document produced by planning consultants Allies and Morrison is packed with ideas for the future development of the town centre.

Suffolk County Council’s new leader Matthew Hicks will be spending the next week putting the final touches to his new cabinet and his formal acceptance speech before he formally takes over the reins of power at Endeavour House.

This week’s announcement that Britain’s rail industry is finally looking at its archaic fares structure is welcome – but way overdue!

During this year’s local election campaign in Ipswich, both main parties have said that they are fighting very much on local issues – and that is what the public want to talk to them about.

The fact that Suffolk County Council cabinet member Matthew Hicks was considering a bid for the leadership of the authority has been one of the worst-kept secrets in the county’s political circles over the last few months.

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.

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