Babergh and Mid Suffolk council merger proposal set for public consultation

The possibility of Babergh and Mid Suffolk district councils dissolving and reforming as one authority has re-emerged, after a proposal was approved in principle last week.

Artist's impression of the 1,250-home Chilton Woods development

Decision on Chilton Woods development plans for Sudbury due next week

Long-awaited plans for the Chilton Woods development in Sudbury will at last be decided by Babergh District Council next week, after years in the pipeline.

The Boundary Commission's proposals to move part of the Bury St Eedmunds constituency into Central Suffolk. The dark blue line is the current boundary.

Have your say on how Suffolk’s MP constituencies will change

The Boundary Commission wants to move the part of the Bury St Edmunds parliamentary constituency south east of Stowmarket into neighbouring Central Suffolk.

South Suffolk MP James Cartlidge at the Water Meadows in Sudbury. Mr Cartlidge is campaigning to deliver a bypass for the town.

Opinion split on Sudbury bypass as petitioners make case for and against

The MP for South Suffolk, who is campaigning to deliver a bypass for Sudbury, says he believes those stating their opposition to the project have chosen to do so in “a scaremongering manner.”

Hadleigh Quarry, Peyton Hall Farm, Hadleigh
Alan Shepherd is launching a petition against a planning application to build new facilities at Hadleigh Quarry. 
Picture Mark Westley

Questions mount over Hadleigh Quarry plans as opponents fear development will expand

Opponents of development plans at Hadleigh Quarry say they fear the scope of the proposals could expand in the future, arguing the current application has been ambiguous on key details.

Suffolk County Council's headquarters at Endeavour House, Ipswich

Babergh and Mid Suffolk council merger to be recommended at meeting tomorrow

Babergh and Mid Suffolk District Councils are to reconsider a potential merger – despite the plans being rejected in a referendum six years ago.

Babergh's proposed boundaries

Babergh to discuss changes to ward boundaries

Proposals to reduce number of district councillors and make changes to ward boundaries will be discussed by Babergh District Council.

Cabinet members for Mid Suffolk and Babergh district councils will meet at Endeavour House

Single council for Mid Suffolk and Babergh is back on the cards

Two district councils are to reconsider becoming a single authority - despite the plans being rejected six years ago.

Members of the green belt organisation who oppose the campaign and petition in support of a relief road around Sudbury.

Pictured: Tim Register, Julia Fowles-Smith, Robert Lindsey and Luke Creswell 

Picture: Mecha Morton

Bypass would destroy Sudbury’s greatest asset, say campaigners

Campaigners opposing plans for a Sudbury bypass are calling for important questions to be answered over its benefit and negative impact on the town.

Mid Suffolk's proposed boundaries

Mid Suffolk and Babergh boundaries consultation starts today

Residents of Mid Suffolk and Babergh are being asked for their views on proposed changes to their council ward boundaries.

Suffolk County Council's headquarters at Endeavour House, Ipswich

Babergh council staff in limbo as union talks over office relocation continue

Unison will consult its members today following negotiations with Babergh District Council, after a tumultuous sequence of events that left many staff in limbo over their upcoming relocation.

Long Melford Neighbourhood Plan engagement Day 

PICTURE: Mecha Morton

Uncertainty around future development in Long Melford fuels concerns

Uncertainty surrounding the future development of Long Melford has sparked alarm after a major consultation was launched.

South Suffolk MP James Cartlidge welcomes Roads Minister Jesse Norman to Sudbury to make the case for a new bypass road. From left: James Cartlidge; Jesse Norman; Mark Pendlington, chair of the Anglia Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP); and Colin Noble, leader of Suffolk County Council.

MP to launch petition to show public support for Sudbury bypass project

The MP for South Suffolk is launching a parliamentary petition next week to demonstrate the extent of public support for the ongoing Sudbury bypass project.

Babergh district council offices

Picture Mark Westley

Raydon councillors angry at Babergh planning process after 21-home plan approved

Raydon Parish Council has voiced its frustration at a lack of transparency in the planning process, after plans to build 21 new homes in the village were given the go-ahead.

Sudbury Nick Miller wants Sudbury to keep more green spaces.
Picture Mark Westley

Campaigners fear new 130-home plan for Sudbury will eliminate green space

Sudbury Town Council has given its backing to a plan for another significant housing development in Sudbury – but a community group fears it could eliminate badly-needed green space.

Suffolk County Council candidate Luke Cresswell

Labour gains Sudbury district council seat from Tories by one vote in by-election

The Labour Party has gained the Sudbury South district council seat from the Conservatives, winning yesterday’s by-election by a single vote.

Easterns Station Lounge club in Sudbury.

Plans to convert Sudbury’s Easterns nightclub into flats approved

The Sudbury community will bid farewell to a long-standing former pub and nightclub in the town, after plans to partially demolish and convert the building into new homes were granted approval.

Suffolk County Council's headquarters at Endeavour House, Ipswich, where Babergh District Council is relocating to.

Unison concerned staff are “footing bill” for Babergh District Council relocation

Unison, the public sector trade union, has raised concerns that staff at Babergh District Council are “footing the bill” for their impending office relocation.

Pictured: The Red Arrows display team get the families day flying display under way.

Wattisham families celebrate military history
Aircraft of all shapes and sizes converged on Wattisham Flying Station to celebrate 135 years of history for the bases units.

Soldiers who fly and maintain the Apache attack helicopter joined with their families and contractors today (Thu 24 Aug) for a celebration of the 60th anniversary of the Army Air Corps and 75th anniversary of the Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers.

Alongside displays by the Royal Air Forces Red Arrows aerobatic team and Falcons parachute display team, the highlight was an explosive demonstration by the Attack Helicopter Display Team (AHDT).

PICTURES: Aircraft displays mark history of Wattisham Flying Station

Soldiers and families joined together on Thursday to celebrate 135 years of history for Wattisham Flying Station.

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