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Paul Geater

Thu, 06:00

There is a common misconception about elections in this country (and I suspect in most other democracies).

The news that the construction of the Upper Orwell Crossing in Ipswich is “under review” by an independent consultant working for Suffolk County Council is likely to spell the death-knell for this exciting project.

Some readers may have noticed I haven’t been exactly prolific for the last few weeks. There’s a simple answer to that – for the last couple of months I’ve been recovering after a major operation.

During a week like this, I really couldn’t resist a further comment on the extraordinary summer we have been “enjoying” as the Summer of 1976 has given us a full re-run.

The results of our survey into what people thought of this part of the world that we published earlier this week were illuminating – but hardly a major surprise.

New county council leader Matthew Hicks and his cabinet have been in control at Endeavour House for a couple of months now and are starting to make their own mark on the way the authority operates.

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.

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