Ipswich MP Tom Hunt has launched a second attack against council housing policy - with the authority’s leader hitting back at claims it disadvantages people trying to find accommodation in their home town.
When the government first imposed the lockdown, many council buildings had to shut completely. With the gradual easing of restrictions, we can now start to see them start to emerge from their long hibernation.
Suffolk councils have received nearly £6million in emergency cash from central government to tackle the coronavirus pandemic in the latest settlement – but council bosses have warned more is needed to see them through the crisis.
Plans to open up the entrance of Ipswich Waterfront as part of a long term ambition for the site have taken a step closer, while pictures inside a derelict historic building there have surfaced for the first time showing the bleak state of disrepair.
Ipswich Borough Council, like every other council, is facing an unprecedented financial crisis due to the coronavirus. We forecast a deficit of £10million this year due to increased expenditure and loss of income.
Ipswich’s Tourist Information Centre in St Stephen’s Church is unlikely to reopen at the end of the coronavirus crisis as the borough council struggles to fill a £10m black hole that the pandemic has opened up in its finances.
A fresh injection of government cash to help local authorities tackle the coronavirus crisis has eased the pressure but council leaders are warning that more support will be needed further down the line.
The world’s biggest online retailer could be sending out your Christmas presents from Ipswich this year after it agreed to create hundreds of jobs by building a new distribution centre on the edge of town.
Ipswich council leader David Ellesmere is demanding that the borough is given a place on the taskforce being created by Suffolk County Council to look at new ways of tackling the town’s traffic problems.