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  • 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…

  • BT £3.9M CLAW-BACK WILL FUND FURTHER ROLL OUT OF FIBRE BROADBAND

    Suffolk’s broadband programme is being boosted by around £3.9 million under the clawback clause in our contract with BT, which is brilliant news for those of us waiting anxiously to find out when our communities will be linked up to the new tecnology. The extras funds will be used to extend further the reach of high-speed fibre…

  • 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…

  • TEAM BONKERS BEAT 100K

    I  undertook the toughest challenge of my life two weeks ago with three friends from west Suffolk. Not for nothing did we call ourselves ‘Team Bonkers’ as we signed up to walk the London-Brighton 100K challenge – which is billed as one of the UK’s greatest endurance events. My team mates, Jane Ballard, Lucie Riches, Leigh…

  • FOSTERING FORTNIGHT

    During Fostering Fortnight, which runs until 14 June, Suffolk the county council’s fostering team will be touring the county, making connections and searching for people who could help care for a  vulnerable Suffolk child. More than 700 children are in care in Suffolk, with 400 over the age of 10. They need someone who can…

  • MY OLD FRIEND CHARLIE

    We woke to the news of the death of Charlie Kennedy. What a terrible blow for his family, especially his young son, and what a shock to all of us who cared about him. True, I hadn’t seen Charlie for years, but there was a time, way back, when I guess I saw him most days.…

  • NEW HORIZONS

    In the reorganisation of Conservative councillors at SCC, following our leadership election, I have been appointed to chair the Scrutiny Committee. I am sorry to leave highways, as I hate to drop something when it has not been finished. Although we had made progress there is still a great deal of work to do to…