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  • SUFFOLK HARVEST FESTIVAL

    The Cathedral in Bury St Edmunds was packed today for the county’s annual harvest festival with great hymns and a fine address by Anna Hill of  the BBC’s Farming Today programme. The service was  a wonderful mix of  acknowledging our county’s farming tradition while looking to the future. There were  long service awards for farm workers while with…

  • SPENDING SUFFOLK’S POUNDS IN THE COUNTY

    Over 60% of all the money spent by SCC is on contracts for goods and services.  This is because the council have both outsourced many of our services, which are now being delivered by third parties, or because we have spun off activities such as the libraries and property activities into independent, wholly-owned, bodies. Last…

  • DITCHING 0845 NUMBERS … A RESULT … At LAST!

    About a year ago, I took up the complaints of residents about the cost of telephoning the county council. It could cost 28p + just to get through to the right department when calling to pay a bill. SCC Leader, Mark Bee, promised to look into the issue for me but said nothing could be…

  • CLACTON CAMPAIGN

    Thursday 2 October, the day after returning from the party conference, and a group of us met up with Matt Hancock to celebrate his birthday and go campaigning in Clacton. So here we are enjoying birthday fish and chips.

  • BRILLIANT SPEECHES AT CONFERENCE 2014

    You will have heard the reports, seen the news and read the write-ups of the Conservative Party Conference in Birmingham. I just want to add the best bits I heard and remembered during an inspiring, fascinating, exhausting three days Mobile companies must do more – and I will make sure that they do – Sajid Javid about…

  • OFF TO CONFERENCE…

    For the first time in years I am off to the Conservative Party Conference. When I last did the rounds of the party conferences, as a political hack, it was the Labour Party that struggled to present a united front and I can’t recall anyone being caught in a tabloid sting texting dodgy photos of…

  • COMING SOON … SUFFOLK SKILLS SHOW & JOBS FAIR

    Suffolk businesses are being encouraged to support the first ever Suffolk Skills Show, set to reach over 4,000 young people. The large-scale skills and careers event targeting young people between 11 and 24 years old has been planned for 22 October at Trinity Park in Ipswich, and businesses are being called on to exhibit. The…

  • THE SAGA OF THE CHIPLEY ABBEY LEAK

    My Dad was a big fan of the comedy duo Flanders and Swann and I grew up listening to their songs such as The Gas man Cometh which describes a catalogue of domestic mishaps requiring one tradesman after another from the gas man to the electrician to the joiner to the decorator to put things…

  • BRILLIANT BROXTED SOLAR PARK

    Win-win is one of those clichés that I try hard to avoid but I can think of no other term to describe the utterly brilliant Broxted solar farm which had its official opening today. At the heart of the site on the old Stradishall airfield is an 150 acre solar farm which will provide the…

  • HUNDREDS OF SUFFOLK RESIDENTS ON SCAMMERS HIT LIST

    Suffolk County Council’s Trading Standards team has identified nearly 1,600 Suffolk residents on scam mail company lists. Our team has been working with the National Scams Team. We know the lists of names are swapped between scammers and they target peopel by mail or phone trying to get them to sign up to ‘miracle’ health…