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Paul Geater

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One of the real problems with democracy comes when our legislators have to decide on issues that directly affect them personally.

It was great to see the positive news on East Anglian tourism that was published the other day – showing that the region is attracting increasing numbers of holidaymakers from both other parts of the UK and abroad.

The first of the RMT guards’ one day strikes on the Greater Anglia rail network on Tuesday proved to be something of an anti-climax with little effect on services and little disruption for passengers.

I missed last week’s full meeting of Ipswich Council as I was soaking in the sights and sounds of the great city of Berlin, but my colleague Emily Townsend did a great job reporting on the row that blew up over the new borough local plan.

All my life, nuclear power has been a part of Suffolk life – and for 50 years it has felt as if it would always be there.

The strange saga of the Mid Suffolk bus service that was re-routed to take it away from its passengers has provided a bit of amusement – and has made the county council look a bit silly.

As the start of work on the Ipswich Cornhill in January moves ever closer, the question of what should happen to the town’s market is getting more pressing.

The news that some communities in north Suffolk are to lose their county council-subsidised bus services will cause problems for very small number of people.

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.

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