Archive for Month: November 2014

  • FINAL 5%

    I am having my first meeting with Suffolk County Council officers on Tuesday afternoon to start planning how we get better broadband to those 5% of properties in the county which will not be covered by the first and second phases of the role out of the better breoadband programme.We will also be talking about the…

  • WEAR THE WHITE RIBBON

    I know there are ribbons and wrist bands to mark almost every pressing cause but please, please do support  the White Ribbon campaign in Suffolk, and say no to domestic violence. Domestic violence is, we know, wildly under reported, its impact lasts long, long after physical scars are healed – often for life, and it affects the…

  • FROM CLARE CHRISTMAS LIGHTS TO CONSERVATIVE PARTY HIGHLIGHTS

    It was a busy Friday night: I took part in the switch-on of Clare Christmas lights and then hopped in the car to get to Newmarket in time to meet and greet guests at the West Suffolk Conservative Association General Election Dinner The lights switch-on was a great event, masterminded by Vicky and Robin Stone.…

  • HAVE YOUR SAY …

    With increasing pressure on funding, Suffolk County Council is asking the people of Suffolk what their priorities are, ahead of decisions being taken on spending plans for the coming year. Residents have until the 8 January in which to answer a range of questions that will help to shape decisions taken in February next year.…

  • HUNDON FLOODS

    Three times in the past year homes and gardens in Hundon have been flooded with foul, sewage water after there has been heavy rain. Although the manholes were overflowing after yesterday’s deluge, I have had no reports that anybody’s home ended up under water. At Wednesday’s Parish Council meeting, residents vividly described the disscgusting mess they…

  • RURAL BROADBAND

    An ambitious £100m project led by Suffolk County Council aims to provide every property in our corner of rural Suffolk with access to broadband speeds of at least 15 megabits per second (Mbps). Peter Ingram, who heads the Suffolk Better Broadband Programme, explained the complexity of the project in detail to a packed meeting at…

  • With cold weather forecast, I couldn’t have had a more timely reminder of the need to stay stafe, than the email this week from my colleagues in Suffolk Fire and Rescue Service about the dangers of thatch and chimney fires. They are bringing their Thatch and Chimney Road Show to Clare to provide advice and tips…

  • AND WE MADE THE CASE …

    The very strong, irrefutable, business case for big investment and improvements in rail services across Suffolk was put by speaker after speaker at the Suffolk Rail Conference on Friday The new rail minister, Claire Perry, heard all about the need to improve rail services in the county at the seminar which focussed on the forthcoming long-term rail…

  • SUFFOLK RAIL CONFERENCE

    It certainly wasnt the train taking the strain when I  met up at Sudbury station yesterday with Jenny and Nick Antill to go to London. Only after we had wrestled with the ticket machine and bought our tickets did the announcement come about delays. When the 9.33 finally turned up 25 minutes late the guard…

  • REMEMBRANCE

    A poignant Remembrance Day service at St Mary’s Lidgate today  with members of the seven parishes in the Bansfield Benefice joining together to mark this special day. All the wreathes were taken out to the Lidgate War Memorial for the exhortation, laying of their wreathes, reading of names and then each parish took their wreath…