Recent News

  • 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…

  • £3.3M GRANT FOR SUFFOLK FOR JOINT PROJECT TO REDUCE COSTS AND BOOST COLLABORATIVE WORKING

    Suffolk’spublic-sector leaders have won £3.35m government funding to invest in developing new ways of collaborative working that support communities, reduce costs and generate benefits for residents, has been successful. The SPSL group, brings together public sector leaders including SCC, district and borough councils, as well as members from NHS England and Suffolk Police among others. They were…

  • COMMUNITY FUND TO SUPPORT ‘RAISING THE BAR’ IS LAUNCHED

    Local community groups are being encouraged to apply for grant funding to support the wider aspirations of Raising the Bar. The Raising the Bar Community Fund is designed to provide grants to projects led by organisations other than schools, such as charities and social enterprises, who have a role in supporting the development of Suffolk’s…

  • FINAL 5%

    I am having my first meeting with Suffolk County Council officers on Tuesday afternoon to start planning how we get better broadband to those 5% of properties in the county which will not be covered by the first and second phases of the role out of the better breoadband programme.We will also be talking about the…

  • WEAR THE WHITE RIBBON

    I know there are ribbons and wrist bands to mark almost every pressing cause but please, please do support  the White Ribbon campaign in Suffolk, and say no to domestic violence. Domestic violence is, we know, wildly under reported, its impact lasts long, long after physical scars are healed – often for life, and it affects the…

  • FROM CLARE CHRISTMAS LIGHTS TO CONSERVATIVE PARTY HIGHLIGHTS

    It was a busy Friday night: I took part in the switch-on of Clare Christmas lights and then hopped in the car to get to Newmarket in time to meet and greet guests at the West Suffolk Conservative Association General Election Dinner The lights switch-on was a great event, masterminded by Vicky and Robin Stone.…

  • HAVE YOUR SAY …

    With increasing pressure on funding, Suffolk County Council is asking the people of Suffolk what their priorities are, ahead of decisions being taken on spending plans for the coming year. Residents have until the 8 January in which to answer a range of questions that will help to shape decisions taken in February next year.…