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  • SUFFOLK’S SCHOOLS FORGE AHEAD

    Really good news – the upward trend in education continues as the county’s schools kicked off the New Year in great style as the proportion of Suffolk schools rated as Good or Outstanding by Ofsted continues to grow. Truly significant progress is now being made towards the administration’s ambitious objective that all children in Suffolk…

  • ALLOWANCES & MILEAGE – WHAT COUNCILLORS CLAIM

    I want to take issue with Paul Geater re the article he has written in today’s East Anglian Daily Times suggesting that all 38 Tory County Councillors will be claiming mileage for attending tomorrow’s Conservative Group meeting. For the record: I wont be claiming. The group meeting, where we are to discuss the budget, is…

  • Launch of the largest flu vaccination programme

    A major drive to help people stay well this winter was launched today by Public Health England and NHS England. It kicked off with a national flu vaccination programme for children, which this year seeks to help over three million 2-6 year olds, as the programme is extended to children in school years 1 and 2.…

  • SPEED AWARENESS COURSES TO FUND NEW SPEED CAM’ VAN

     Speeding traffic is the number one community safety issue in the villages around South West Suffolk. I have been helping parish councils tackle the problem by getting them together to share Vehicle Activated Signs. Today I passed on to Ousden the fourth sign I have fully funded for local communities – and this week a…

  • CHARLIE’S TREK TO BEAT THE LITTER LOUTS

    I see that Charlie Haylock the great Suffolk entertainer, champion of all things Suffolk and expert on our county’s language and dialect, is launching a crusade on roadside litter. I read in the East Anglian Daily Times that Charlie  is leading a mass participation Pied-Piper style sponsored 65 mile walk across the county starting from…

  • CHAIR … CHAIRMAN …

    The county council’s constitutional working party met last week to decide how the councillors who chair our meetings should be addressed – chairman/woman or the gender neutral chair. The discussion had been triggered by a request from the local branch of the Fawcett Society which campaigns for equality. The argument is that male-derived language and terminology deters…

  • SCHOOL’S OUT … LET’S PLAY!

      The design consultants for the new Thurlow playground just couldn’t wait to try it out A community-wide project to refurbish the playground, led by a committee formed from members of Gt & Lt Thurlow Parish Councils, Thurlow Sports Club and parents from within the two villages has been delivered on time, to budget in just…

  • PUTTING SUFFOLK’S CASE TO THE GOVERNMENT: NO DIGITAL DIVIDE IN OUR COUNTY

    JohnWhittnigdale, the Secretary of State for Clture, Media and Sport visited Suffolk last week to see what we are up to on the delivery of superfast broadband and I had the honour of leading the team from the county council who met him. We put our case for the Government to commit to fund the…

  • Coming to a high street near you…Suffolk County Council’s Leader is listening…

    Yesterday my colleague  SCC leader, Colin Noble, began his series of Suffolk high street   events. On this occasion,  he was at The Arc in Bury St Edmunds town centre. Colin and Cllr Sarah Stamp, Cabinet member for Communities, along with other officials spent from 10am and 2pm listening to people’s views and answering any questions. This is…

  • YOUNG DRIVERS FACE THE HONEST TRUTH

    A hard hitting campaign is being launched in Suffolk to keep younger drivers safe on our roads – and it comes at a time when we have seen several deaths in recent weeks on our county highways, each one is such terrible tragedy for the families concerned. Anything any of us can do to alert motorists, especially…