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Paul Geater

Thu, 05:30

Do you remember all the complaints about the £21m spent on the Travel Ipswich project aimed at improving accessibility to the town centre?

A few weeks ago I outlined my concerns about the proposals to build Sizewell C power station in a part of the world I know well and is probably the most attractive part of the Suffolk coastline.

One of the benefits of the rise of online news pages was supposed to be that it “democratised” the news. It gave everyone the chance to have their say underneath a news or comment piece.

This week’s news that Ipswich has suffered more than other East Anglian “cities” from the loss of government support during a decade of austerity didn’t, in all honesty, come as a huge surprise to me.

Brexit is back firmly on the political agenda – and not just in the House of Commons where the Prime Minister is making another futile attempt to push through her deal that was rejected by two thirds of MPs nine days ago.

Much has already been said and written about the comments from Suffolk Coastal councillor Geoff Holdcroft about the “cesspit down the road” which was almost universally seen as dig at Ipswich.

I’ve been following the Sizewell C saga carefully because I feel as if I have a personal stake in the issue.

The start of a new year should be the chance to look ahead at a brighter future – and to anticipate good things to come.

Music and film fan Paul Geater reflects on what the threat to the future of HMV could mean to high streets everywhere

Back in the late 1960s the local hunt came to the Suffolk village I lived in one weekend and formed up at the bottom of our road. I remember everyone turning out to see the huntsmen and women immaculately turned out in their finery.

The term “energy coast” is increasingly being used to describe the British side of the southern North Sea between The Wash and the Thames Estuary.

As regular readers of this column will know, I’m fairly enthusiastic about the revamp of Ipswich’s Cornhill – I think it’s opened up the town centre and made this area of Ipswich a much better focal point for the town.

The region’s rail services have taken a double whammy this week with the news that reliability fell during the middle of the year – and then we had confirmation that there would be another three-month weekend blockade of the main line to London.

The news that Ipswich Borough Assets has spent £23.3m on buying Beardmore Park in Martlesham Heath to provide an investment income stream has provoked many comments over the last week.

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