Hospital charities in Suffolk will benefit by more than £2,000 from special irises developed by Suffolk grower Barry Emmerson in Leiston earlier this year.

This week’s news that the rail franchise system is effectively dead and is to be replaced by a new “commissioning” model with the government engaging companies to run specific services has been lost in all the other news about Covid, but it’s a really big deal for travellers, says Paul Geater.

Controversial proposals to build 96 new homes – including 67 council homes – on land at Ravenswood in Ipswich are set to go before planners.

Work to convert the former Ipswich Odeon cinema into a new church has reached a significant stage with its new name appearing on the side of the building that has been empty for 15 years.

Rail bosses are facing a nervous weekend as the government’s money which has kept trains operating during the lockdown and beyond is due to run out at midnight on Sunday – and talks are continuing with the Department for Transport on a new scheme.

It is a feature of the world we live in today that opinions (amplified by social media) have become more entrenched, in many cases more extreme, and that far too often what should be a rational debate can end up as a rather unpleasant name-calling exercise.

Engineers installing the new network for CityFibre have come under fire in Ipswich and Bury St Edmunds as traffic is held up by temporary lights and householders have found the road outside their homes dug up.

Ipswich councillors have voted overwhelmingly to reject a report that would have given them a £1,000 increase in their allowances over the next year.

Bosses at Ipswich council were today hopeful that the latest setback to the redevelopment of Broomhill Pool will turn out to be a delay and not a cancellation of the plans.

The main cross-country rail line from Felixstowe to the Midlands could be electrified within 20 years as part of a government proposal to get rid of all diesel locomotives on the country’s rail lines by that year.

As Ipswich council staff prepare to return to their offices in Grafton House, they’re being warned they will be unable to talk to each other face-to-face while they’re at work.

Businesses in Ipswich are still struggling to recover from the lockdown despite a new report showing that the town is doing better than other East Anglian cities as the economy struggles to get back to normal.

More evidence of public concern about Covid-19 has emerged in a survey by this newspaper – with people seemingly not yet ready to return to their pre-lockdown lives.

A new map showing how Suffolk County Council could lose five members at its next reorganisation has been published by the Boundary Commission – but its proposals may well never be implemented.

What is notable about the part of Ipswich where you live? Does your street have any notable former residents – or has anyone dug up any ancient relics in the garden of a nearby home?

“Flexitickets” should be brought in for commuters who do not have to travel to their offices every day of the week, South Suffolk MP James Cartlidge has said.

Many readers remain very worried about the Covid-19 pandemic – and are still a long way from returning to “normality”, according to our recent survey about life after lockdown.

Six months after its first open day of the season, volunteers at Ipswich Transport Museum in the final stages of preparing for its second day of opening next weekend.

Eyesore garages in Princes Street should be consigned to history by the end of next month – but it is still not clear how long it will be before the site is redeveloped as part of Ipswich’s main business district.

The East Suffolk rail line will be closed between Saxmundham and Lowestoft for a week at the end of October to allow Network Rail engineers to replace nearly two miles of track at Brampton, near Beccles.

A new street in Ipswich has opened in honour of a “forgotten” Czech poet whose literary talents were rediscovered while he was living in Suffolk - with his country’s ambassador visiting to unveil the road.

This is a column that has changed radically in my head from when I first thought: “What should I write about this week?” on Sunday afternoon.

Back in 2011 the former factory site appeared to have little going for it when Chelmsford-based developers AquiGen bought it. It was known to be one of the most heavily contaminated sites in Suffolk and there had been debate at the borough about whether it should be allocated for housing or commercial development.

Central Suffolk and North Ipswich MP Dr Dan Poulter has joined colleagues from all sides in the House of Commons to back National Farmers Day.

Councillors in Ipswich seem set to reject a report that would have given them a £1,000 a year pay rise because of the financial pressures faced by the borough as it deals with the covid-19 crisis.

Ipswich town centre businesses should be able to continue to attract shoppers despite a rise in Covid-19 cases – if it can persuade shoppers that it is still safe to visit and providing people obey simple social-distancing rules.

One of the largest manufacturing companies in Ipswich is showing faith in the future of the town by building a new factory on Futura Park – allowing it to expand significantly over the next five years.

Ipswich MP Tom Hunt has called for increased police funding in the wake of the Kesgrave shooting and a separate incident where a teenager was threatened with a knife in Colchester Road.

Town centre bosses in Ipswich hope that the area could be winning back shoppers and other visitors in the wake of lockdown being lifted – just as retailers start thinking about the festive season ahead.

One of the main car parks in Colchester town centre will be closed on Saturday to allow vital maintenance work to be completed.

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