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Life in Suffolk Coastal improving

PUBLISHED: 01:03 29 November 2001 | UPDATED: 10:56 03 March 2010

LIFE in Suffolk Coastal is improving despite many existing jobs paying below the regional average wage and many parishes lacking in the basic services a report has shown.

LIFE in Suffolk Coastal is improving despite many existing jobs paying below the regional average wage and many parishes lacking in the basic services a report has shown.

The fourth State of the District report is a form of 'health check' on the district and looks at key issues such as housing, jobs, health, leisure and the environment.

The report reveals that many areas are showing signs of growth with a drop in unemployment, a housing boom and more people moving into the area than leaving.

But the figures also show that there are areas that need to be looked at for improvement.

It was revealed that 18 parishes have lost basic services and are without a pub, post office, primary school, meeting place, or a general store.

During the last year, seven parishes have lost their post office and tourism has dropped by one third since 1997.

The drop in figures was put down to bad weather as the effects of the Foot and Mouth crisis will not be revealed until next year.

In the past Felixstowe docks and BT's Adastral Park have been the top employers in the district and continue to remain that way, but the council recognise that new employers need to be attracted in to improve the number, choice and range of available jobs.

Leader of the council Ray Herring said that many jobs are still below the regional average ways.

He said: "A big task facing this council and others is to bring in better paid jobs so the people of the district can enjoy a bigger share of the national prosperity."

Despite the downsides there are some good things about living in the district, the crime rate is lower than the national average and the mortality rate is below the county average.

Cllr Herring said: "There is much to celebrate in this report but I assure residents that the council will nor become complacent about continuing to improve the quality of life of this district."

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