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Paul Geater

Thursday, December 7, 2017

When I saw that leaders of Suffolk County Council were proposing to launch a new bid for city status for Ipswich, I had two slightly conflicting emotions.

Last week’s budget was as big a non-event as I can remember from a Chancellor of the Exchequer. But he still got a lot of column inches for what he said and did to try to help the housing crisis.

The Christmas lights are up, and on, all over Ipswich. The Bury Christmas Fayre starts today. So the festive season has well and truly started.

No one who lived through the firestorm prompted by the 18% council tax rise imposed by Suffolk County Council in 2003 will be in any doubt about how toxic the issue can be.

Suffolk’s local council landscape has been more or less the same for the last 43 years – but things are set to change in 2019.

Over the last week there’s been a great deal of navel-gazing and mutual self-congratulation in the rail industry – especially in East Anglia.

Last week’s tragic accident on the Orwell Bridge once again sparked calls for a new road across the top of the town.

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.

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