May election pledges made by all parties

ALL three major parties in Ipswich have now published their blueprints for the town's future if they win next month.Labour's promises to carry on the policies of the last few years – and to work in partnership with the national government.

ALL three major parties in Ipswich have now published their blueprints for the town's future if they win next month.

Labour's promises to carry on the policies of the last few years – and to work in partnership with the national government.

The Conservatives are promising a radical change to the face of the town – they want to tear up large sections of the new local plan currently being considered by the council.

They would veto proposals for a controversial new 1,500-home development off Westerfield Road.


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And they would also give the go-ahead for a new retail park and roads on the east bank of the River Orwell.

The local plan rejects the retail park proposal and sees a new road there as the final option if all other attempts to solve traffic chaos around the docks fail.

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Meanwhile the Liberal Democrats, hoping to increase their councillors from the current three, have published their manifesto for a "County Town at ease with itself."

It aims to increase local democracy by setting up community forums and it also wants to increase the council's environmental work.

Although the Liberal Democrats themselves accept they are unlikely to win a majority at Civic Centre, a large group could hold the balance of power if the Tory and Labour parties win a similar number of seats.

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