Archive for Month: December 2014

  • CALLING FOR THE RAIL SERVICES WE NEED

    The Department for Transport  has fired the starting gun on the contentious process for the retendering of the East Anglia rail franchise. There are plenty of strong and varied views to be expressed as we aim to shape Suffolk’s rails services for the next 7 – 10 years. It is therefore crucial to get it…

  • OUR VIEWS ON LIVING IN SUFFOLK … WE LOVE IT!

    Financial concerns and the lack of affordable housing are two major factors preventing Suffolk residents from moving house, according to the recently published ressults of a major housing survey. However the key finding is that: the vast majority of us – nearly nine out of ten – enjoy living in Suffolk – no surprises there! The…

  • FUTURE OF POLICING IN CLARE

    The lease on the police office in Clare expires at the end of the month which raises the whole issue of the future of policing in Clare and the surrounding villages. To make sure residents know what is happening – and so that they can have their say – I have invited Tim Passmore, Suffolk’s…

  • WHAT A MERRY START TO CHRISTMAS

    There was a great atmosphere at the Wickhambrook pensioners’ Christmas lunch on Wednesday. It made a merry start to the festive season … but do please note I was there as a guest. An under-age guest at that! It was a really lovely event, a delicious meal, great entertainment with music and the most brilliant magician. It…

  • A FAIR DEAL FOR RURAL AREAS

    I get a host of emails from special interest groups, lobbyists and campaigners, but the ones I really look out for are the regular updates from the Rural Services Network, which  has just published its manifesto, calling for a fairer deal for rural England. The document, Seeking the Best for Rural England, calls on an incoming…

  • KEEPING WARM

     It is a shocking fact that around 350 elderly people could die this winter in Suffolk because of the cold and it is reckoned that nationally 200 older people in the UK die of cold every day throughout the winter. Well, help is at hand to keep Suffolk people warm this winter thanks to the county’s Warm…

  • TRUE GRIT …

    Suffolk is getting ready for winter – and the highways team has bought nine new Econ gritters to replace the ageing machines in our fleet. Meanwhile, a further 29 gritters have been upgraded since last autumn. In all, we have 39 gritters each with an attachable snow plough and three ‘mini-gritters’ which are designed for…

  • SPEED LIMIT REVIEW

    Today I presented to cabinet the report I chaired, with  the roads and transport policy development panel, on speed limits throughout Suffolk. We used the government guidance on setting local speed limits as our starting point and put a Suffolk twist on how we should approach changing speed limits locally. For example, we said Transport systems…

  • ANGLIAN WATER IN HUNDON

    We had a positive and productive meeting in Hundon yesterday with the residents who have suffered flooding in their homes three times this year, parish councillors, Steven Halls from the county’s flooding team, a team from Anglian Water – and me. Anglian Water heard in detail about just how disgusting, upsetting and unpleasant it is…

  • ENERGY FROM WASTE SITE OPENS FOR BUSINESS

    Suffolk’s energy-from-waste facility has been completed on time and on budget, and the site has started producing electricity – fulfilling its purpose of putting the county’s waste to good use. The site, at Great Blakenham,  has been taking the waste that can’t be recycled from homes and businesses across Suffolk, and beyond, since June when…