Hobson's Choice over incinerator

THOSE living on the Felixstowe peninsula already have much to put up with - the noise from the port, the light pollution, the huge amount of traffic on the roads, not to mention the constant threat of disruption from Operation Stack whenever it is windy.

THOSE living on the Felixstowe peninsula already have much to put up with - the noise from the port, the light pollution, the huge amount of traffic on the roads, not to mention the constant threat of disruption from Operation Stack whenever it is windy.

Now it has emerged that the area has been considered as a possible location for yet another irritant - Suffolk's proposed new waste incinerator.

The county council considers a site a site at Clickett Hill, Trimley St Mary, as an appropriate site for the incinerator which would burn waste from Suffolk which would otherwise be put into a landfill site.

This is one of six sites considered suitable by the county council - and the only one outside Great Blakenham they are prepared to reveal.

On the face of it, this is a ridiculous option. Why on earth would anyone want to put more lorries, this time carrying loads of rubbish, on to a road which is already heavily congested?

But is that the point of this option - that it is so ridiculous?

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It is the oldest trick in the book for bodies which want to steer public opinion towards their preferred option to come up with other proposals which are so outrageous that no one would ever support them.

It's a bit like offering a child who isn't a great fan of Smarties a choice of Smarties, chopped spring onions, or dried parsnip chips. Then there's no surprise when they choose the Smarties!

The Trimley proposal will never go ahead - but was it really just a smokescreen to persuade us that Blakenham is best?

OUR revelation today that Damian Brauer was on the run from the Polish authorities when he entered Britain before stabbing an Ipswich teenager will come as a shock to everyone.

Suffolk has been very quick to welcome workers from across the European Union who have come to the town to help on building projects or do work that British people don't want to do.

But while open borders can be good for the economies of the nations of Europe, there is always the danger that criminals can move around more quickly than the authorities.

There have to be checks at borders to know who is coming in to our country - and to know that they are coming to Britain for the right reasons, not as fugitives from their own country.

Brauer will hopefully never cause a problem in Britain again - as soon as his sentence is passed he should be put on a plane back to his homeland to complete his sentence there.

If the tolerant attitude between nationalities that we see most of the time in this country is to survive, the Home Office must take action to ensure there are no further incidents like this.

THESE are worrying times at Portman Road.

Despite the arrival of Marcus Evans' millions, the team has actually gone into decline since the club was bought by the multi-millionaire at the end of last year.

When he arrived, the team was comfortably in the play-off zone and most fans expected a push for an automatic promotion place.

Now after a series of lacklustre displays, the team is sitting in tenth place and many fans fear even a play-off spot is beyond them.

The team needs to get back on track quickly - starting with a victory over the “old boys” now playing for Charlton at the weekend.