Archive for Month: March 2014

  • Suffolk Outperforms Other Counties in Tackling Domestic Abuse

    Domestic abuse is one of the last taboos. These days, we chat, blog and tweet about almost every aspect of our lives but it is  hard for victims of domestic abuse to speak out and get the protection and help they need. It was so heartening to hear this week that Suffolk Police, with significant help…

  • Brilliant Energy From Waste Project

    I had a tour of Suffolk’s brilliant energy from waste facility at Great Blakenham last Friday. It is at this site that  from 1 December, all our black bin rubbish will be burned rather than being dumped in landfill. It was a really inspiring visit. Cliff Matthews, the regional manager for SITA UK,  who are…

  • Don’t Panic … But Know What To Do In An Emergency

    I went to a training session recently to learn more about the key role councillors have in contributing to the council’s actions in preparing for, responding to and recovering from such emergencies. The session was run by Neal Evans, SCC’s Emergency Planning Officer. He took us through a discussion on how the county had fared…

  • Housing in Suffolk – Have Your say!

    What do you think of when you are asked what you value most about living in Suffolk? Well, in the next few days more than  80,000 households will receive questionnaires inviting them to answer that question and describe their aspirations for the future.   From today, in what will be Suffolk’s biggest housing survey, all seven district…

  • Calling for a Fair Deal for Hundon Primary School

    It is full council tomorrow where the big debate will be on a no-confidence motion from Labour, attacking the administration over its handling of education in the county. We can expect the usual assault on the administration. We will be blamed for all that is wrong in Suffolk’s schools with no acknowledgement from the opposition that while many…

  • West Suffolk Tories AGM

    At the West Suffolk Conservative Association AGM on Friday night Matthew Hancock, our MP, gave an inspiring address outlining the Tory strategy for the General Election next year. He explained the key issues on which we will fight for an outright Conservative majority in the next Parliament. And the association did me the great honour of…

  • Jet Wash part 3

    The saga of the flood on Village Hall Lane, Stansfield continues. I have just heard that highways are coming back on Tuesday to check out the drain underneath the lane. Let’s hope they succeed this time!

  • A to Z of Recycling

    The Suffolk Waste Partnership, a joint enterprise of the County, District and Borough Councils, is urging residents to “Waste Less and Save More”. However, if you are like me, you don’t always know how to dispose of things in the best way. To help us all a new A-Z of Recycling has been launched.  This should…

  • Three Cheers for Local Democracy!

    Brilliant news! St Edmundsbury Borough Council has listened to the fears and concerns of  parish councils and campaigners about alerting them when requests are made for an Environmental Impact Assessment screening. I am chuffed to bits that our campaign has succeeded – congratulations all round to Iona Parker who chairs STOC – Stop Turbines Over Clare…

  • Tweeting for beginners

    Watch out! I am arraning to have a lesson in the art of tweeting from my friend and fellow County Councillor Sarah Stamp – a wizzard with social media. I suspect the major difficulty I am going to have to overcome is the rotten mobole reception around here which means that if I need to send…