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  • NEW SPEED CAMERA VAN LAUNCHED IN CLARE

    If you are one of those people who tend to set out from home a bit late and are always in rush so you put your foot down to make up time, then you better mend your ways. And fast! A new police speed camera van is being deployed on patrol around our local roads…

  • OFTSED GOOD IS BRILLIANT NEWS!

    Suffolk County Council’s Children’s Services has been rated GOOD by Ofsted – which is brilliant news and means the team at SCC, led by Sue Cook, and working with our most vulnerable children are truly among the best in the country. The Ofsted report, which was published on Thursday praises the work of the council in protecting…

  • 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…

  • GOING THE EXTRA MILE!

    Childhood obesity is a major threat to the health and wellbeing of the next generation but Elaine Wyllie the inspirational head teacher of St Ninians Primary School in Stirling, with not a penny in funding, has transformed the health, happiness and work levels of the children at her school. She had one really simple, really clever…

  • 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…

  • BIG THANKS TO OUR MP FOR SPEAKING OUT!

    Big thanks to the new South Suffolk MP James Cartlidge for raising in the House of Commons the cancellation of the proposed Assington Green mobile ‘phone mast. We are blighted in this area with very poor infrastructure. We need good phone and internet access in rural areas if our communities are to survive and thrive.…

  • 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.…

  • MOBILE PHONE MAST PROJECT STALLS

    The mobile phone mast promised for Assington Green, which was going to bring coverage to our notorious local notspot, is not now going to be installed, I have been told. On the very day Stansfield Parish Council was to discuss feedback from residents to the proposal by Arqiva to build the mast, I was at…

  • 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…