The northern bypass debate has divided opinion, but one thing most would agree on is that something must be done to improve traffic in Ipswich - but what?

Plans to introduce permits for utility firms carrying out roadworks have been given the green light, which aims to reduce disruption for motorists.

The results of the Ipswich northern route consultation has prompted a flurry of responses from civic leaders in the county - both for and against the proposals.

Conservatives in Ipswich have called for a "major rethink" of services, claiming that the Labour-run council has "buried its head in the sand" by not making savings sooner.

The prospect of a northern bypass to aid Ipswich's traffic problems appears to be on the rocks, after support for the project splintered.

Ipswich Borough Council Labour leader David Ellesmere gave a stark warning that the cut to the council's budget from central government equated to between £500,000 and £1.5m a year - up to £6m over the next four years.

Sudbury will hold a silk festival every two years following the success of last year's inaugural event, it has been confirmed.

A property investment firm owned by two Suffolk councils has spent £6million on two new properties, set to bring in hundreds of thousands of pounds income per year.

Suffolk education campaigners have welcomed plans for Ofsted to scrap its inspection exemptions for 'outstanding' schools - but raised fears that some may not have been assessed in 17 years.

The next steps for work to reduce wind closures of the Orwell Bridge have been met with frustration, after initial findings failed to come up with concrete proposals.

Controversial proposals to up councillor allowances in East Suffolk by 53% - more than £2,600 a year - have been given unanimous approval.

Highways chiefs have outlined the next steps to reduce wind closures on the Orwell Bridge - and include options for single-file traffic and slower speeds.

Vaping in taxis and private hire vehicles has been banned at a Suffolk authority.

Ipswich MP Tom Hunt has said he is encouraged by plans to solve the town's Orwell Bridge closure problems - and is hopeful some solutions will be in place before next winter.

Major plans to boost Suffolk's literacy are in the pipeline, as the county's education chiefs aim to team up with a leading charity.

A new homes competition, solar power plant and better council provision in the district are ideas which opposition groups at a Suffolk authority have called for.

Plans have been unveiled to bring up to 20 council sites forward for housing developments - with nearly £11 million pledged to kick start the scheme.

A 3% council tax rise and 2.7% rise in council house rents have been backed by Babergh District Council's cabinet.

Suffolk will be gracing the screens both big and small once again in 2020 after a busy year. Local democracy reporter Jason Noble spoke to Screen Suffolk to find out what you can expect to see in the year ahead.

A plea has been made by Mid Suffolk's Green party for more to be done for Stowmarket, amid warnings it will not thrive without help.

Councillors at a Suffolk authority are set to agree a rise of more than £2,600 in their allowances next week - an increase of more than 50%.

The third phase of Suffolk's superfast broadband programme has been given approval to begin, which aims to target the hardest 2% to reach.

An independent task group assessing funding for Citizens Advice Bureaux has called on the county council to restore its £368,000 annual grant in full.

Council chiefs have objected to proposals for two offshore windfarms on the Suffolk coast, claiming it will do "untold damage" to the area.

Tough new fines are set to be introduced in Ipswich for abandoned vehicles, as new data shows hundreds of reports in a year.

Ipswich Borough Council's executive was presented with four options for the future of 4 College Street at its meeting in October - ranging from spending £423,000 for repairs to doing nothing.

Changes to parking enforcement powers in Suffolk, which are expected to bring tougher crackdowns on nuisance motorists, have been laid before Parliament for the final go-ahead.

Budget proposals that will result in a council tax increase and the maximum council house rent rise permitted have moved a step closer.

Ipswich's Labour-run council has pledged to support victims of anti-semitism - and admitted the party nationally has not done enough on the issue.

Fines for people who fail to inform their council of a change in circumstances have been given approval at three Suffolk authorities.

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