Archive for Month: October 2014

  • SUFFOLK SCHOOLS START TO IMPROVE

    Exciting news: there have been big improvements in results in the early years and Key Stage 1 results from Suffolk schools –  the number  of our three to seven year olds achieving expected levels of attainment has risen significantly. Congratulations to the schools concerned – the teaching staff and governors, the children and a big…

  • MUSING ON MANSION TAX

    I am possibly missing the point with the enthusiasm of the Lib Dems and Labour for the introduction of  the so called mansion tax…But I can’t help thinking: why on earth would anybody want to go to all the effort and expense of defining and refining a new tax measure when the mechanism already exists and pretty much…

  • CALLING ALL LOCAL VILLAGES GET MOVING FAST – AND GRAB SOME OF THIS £100k GRANT!

    I was sorry to miss the annual autumn clear up at Stansfield Village Hall this year but saw at a glance on my latest visit just what great efforts had been made in chopping down vegetation, hacking and clearing the undergrowth and opening up the entrance to make it safer. All the parishes in this…

  • COUNTY’S BLUE-LIGHT MERGERS WIN NEARLY £5MILLION GRANT

    Suffolk’s campaign to merge police, fire  and even ambulance stations –  saving money and improving collboration across the emergency services into the bargain – has had a major boost with the award of a £4.9m grant. It has been made as a result of the submission of a joint-bid, led by SCC’s Fire and Rescue Service, earlier…

  • TIME TO REFLECT

    Three hours scraping ivy off the front face of the platforms, while avoiding damaging the rare ferns, at the old railway station in Clare allows plenty of time to reflect. A very strong and diverse quartet has been chosen for the shortlist for the Bury St Edmunds seat – good luck to them all Jo Churchill,…

  • VOLUNTEERING AT CLARE COUNTRY PARK

    Looking forward to my first volunteering session at Clare Country Park on Sunday. I am delighted that the country park is transferring to the control and care of the people of Clare who will nurture it and cherish it. It is one of my biggest regrets as a councillor that the park was allowed to…

  • HIGHSPEED BROADBAND BOOST

    PUBLIC MEETING FOR RESIDENTS OF THE CLARE AREA ON HIGHSPEED BROADBAND Stansfield Village Hall, CO10 8 LP at 7pm Monday 17 November  SCC Cabinet this week agreed to a new £10million contribution to phase two of the plan to secure high-speed broadband across Suffolk. Procurement for this next stage should be completed by the end…

  • WEST SUFFOLK’S BUSINESS BREAKFAST CLUB HITS THE MARK!

     We had not just one but two   chairmen of Local Enterprise Partnerships speaking at the West Suffolk Conservatives’ Business Breakfast Club on Friday at Haverhill Golf Club. Mark Pendlington, who chairs the New Anglia LEP, was the guest speaker but we also had the benefit of input from club member, Mark Reeve, who chairs the…

  • CHIPLEY ABBEY – UPDATE

    Result! The potholes have been filled… only the phone to be fixed and all will be back in working order for the frst time in well over a year!

  • SUFFOLK TRANSPORT FORUM

    We have been busy planning the launch in January of the new Suffolk Transport Forum  with discussions of who to invite and what topics to highlight at our launch conference. Hospital transport can be a major problem – in many places the lack of good transport links leads to over crowding in the hospital car…