Building the Orwell Bridge was only one of three options considered when an Ipswich by-pass was first seriously considered in the 1970s, the former chief executive of Suffolk County Council has revealed.
A new road, which ran almost £5m over budget, faces fresh controversy after it emerged a council employee involved in the project also completed work for the road’s developers through his private company.
Suffolk’s police and crime commissioner is proposing an increase in the force’s council tax precept of 6.8% – which will add an average of £12 a year to the overall council tax bill of each household in the county.
Ipswich MP Sandy Martin has asked for talks with transport ministers about building a new road across the north of the town – as it emerged that more than half a million pounds has been committed to planning a new route.
Thousands of people in Suffolk and Essex, including pre-school children and pet owners, have had their details stored on internal council databases due to their deemed potential threat to staff, an investigation has found.
Suffolk’s Chamber of Commerce says the Government has not been ambitious enough with its plans for superfast broadband in the county – and want to see download speeds 10 times as fast by the end of the decade.