Recent News

  • HUNDON FLOODS

    Three times in the past year homes and gardens in Hundon have been flooded with foul, sewage water after there has been heavy rain. Although the manholes were overflowing after yesterday’s deluge, I have had no reports that anybody’s home ended up under water. At Wednesday’s Parish Council meeting, residents vividly described the disscgusting mess they…

  • RURAL BROADBAND

    An ambitious £100m project led by Suffolk County Council aims to provide every property in our corner of rural Suffolk with access to broadband speeds of at least 15 megabits per second (Mbps). Peter Ingram, who heads the Suffolk Better Broadband Programme, explained the complexity of the project in detail to a packed meeting at…

  • With cold weather forecast, I couldn’t have had a more timely reminder of the need to stay stafe, than the email this week from my colleagues in Suffolk Fire and Rescue Service about the dangers of thatch and chimney fires. They are bringing their Thatch and Chimney Road Show to Clare to provide advice and tips…

  • AND WE MADE THE CASE …

    The very strong, irrefutable, business case for big investment and improvements in rail services across Suffolk was put by speaker after speaker at the Suffolk Rail Conference on Friday The new rail minister, Claire Perry, heard all about the need to improve rail services in the county at the seminar which focussed on the forthcoming long-term rail…

  • SUFFOLK RAIL CONFERENCE

    It certainly wasnt the train taking the strain when I  met up at Sudbury station yesterday with Jenny and Nick Antill to go to London. Only after we had wrestled with the ticket machine and bought our tickets did the announcement come about delays. When the 9.33 finally turned up 25 minutes late the guard…

  • REMEMBRANCE

    A poignant Remembrance Day service at St Mary’s Lidgate today  with members of the seven parishes in the Bansfield Benefice joining together to mark this special day. All the wreathes were taken out to the Lidgate War Memorial for the exhortation, laying of their wreathes, reading of names and then each parish took their wreath…

  • PREVENTING FUTURE FLOODING

    Having your home flooded is surely one of the most unpleasant experiences any householder can suffer: your property is polluted by foul water, carpets, rugs and furniture are ruined; your prized possessions are damaged salvage; you are in many cases forced into temporary accomodation for months and, of course, your insurance premiums are penalised as a…

  • GETTING READY FOR WINTER

    The drop in temperature is a timely reminder that winter is on its way. Last year we had a terrible time with storms and floods and in recent years we have had some very bitter cold snaps. But it is good news that despite the many shortcomings over the past year, SCC highways and its contractors Kier May…

  • RECYCLING BOOST IN SUFFOLK

    A new service, designed to make recycling even easier, will go live this week with Suffolk residents being given the chance to recycle even more at home. The new enhanced household recycling service means that residents can now put their food and drink cartons, aerosol cans, books and metal pots, pans and trays into their recycling…

  • A DAY AND NIGHT OF FRONTLINE POLITICS

    Richard and I enjoyed a day, and evening, of front line politics on Wednesday starting with a visit back to our old stamping ground – the Palace of Westminister – for Prime Minister’s questions. In our day, when we both worked in the Press Gallery and Lobby, PMQs ran for 15 minutes on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons.…