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Suffolk County Council moves to fill holes in its roads and budget

Suffolk County Council plans to borrow £21 million to resurface and repair the county’s roads over three years.

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Open day at Sudbury Community Health Centre

Campaign group urges U-turn on plans to sell land around Sudbury Health Centre

A campaign group has urged a U-turn on plans to potentially sell land around Sudbury Health Centre, for fears it will damage the town’s ability to respond to future healthcare needs.

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Cllr John Ward was elected as leader of Babergh District Council last week. 
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New Babergh leader pledges public referendum on council merger proposal

Babergh District Council’s newly-elected leader has pledged to hold a public referendum over plans to merge with Mid Suffolk.

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Sudbury Nick Miller wants Sudbury to keep more green spaces.
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Environmental groups oppose rate of Sudbury development in response to 130-home plan

Environmental groups have reiterated their objections to another significant housing development proposal for Sudbury, despite efforts by the applicant to address their concerns about potential harm to the area.

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Luke Cresswell (Sudbury town councillor).

Sudbury councillor urges stronger enforcement of hunting ban

A Sudbury councillor has urged the county’s police and crime commissioner to make assurances that hunting is not welcome in the county, after a fox was allegedly killed at a hunting event on Boxing Day.

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Sudbury house for sale

Sudbury tops national list for average house price rises

Sudbury has been branded a property hotspot after average house prices rocketed by 13.1 per cent last year, according to online property website Rightmove.

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Stephen Howlett, originally from Lavenham, has been awarded a CBE for services to housing in the 2018 New Year's Honours list.

Lavenham man ‘surprised and humbled’ by New Year’s Honour recognition

A Suffolk man, who devoted more than four decades of his life to the housing sector, says receiving recognition in the 2018 New Year’s Honours list was an “extraordinary surprise”.

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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.

South Suffolk MP says proposed Sudbury bypass should be seen as investment for area

The MP for South Suffolk says the costs associated with delivering a bypass for Sudbury are not unusual, and should be considered as an investment for the area.

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Simon Barrett, Sudbury district councillor.

Former Babergh deputy leader declines to run for vacant leadership role

A Sudbury councillor, who failed in a Babergh District Council leadership challenge back in May, says he will not be throwing his hat in the ring to replace the outgoing leader.

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Ian Park, a disabled former RAF telecoms operator from Sudbury, has been aided by a �34,000 grant from the RAF Benevolent Fund to adapt his home to suit his needs. Pictured: Ian at his home in Sudbury with his wife Susan.

Disabled RAF veteran from Sudbury says £34k charity grant changed his life

A disabled Royal Air Force veteran says his life has been changed by a £34,000 charity grant to adapt his home to his needs.

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South Suffolk MP James Cartlidge meets with pupils and staff at Stour Valley Community School and Clare Primary School.

Stour Valley schools call for fairer funding after meeting with MP

The Stour Valley Educational Trust hopes a recent visit by its local MP has helped illuminate its concerns about the new National Funding Formula (NFF) for schools.

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Cllr Jennie Jenkins

Under-fire councillor quits role as Babergh District Council leader

Babergh District Council was dealt a fresh blow on Tuesday night when leader Jennie Jenkins’ stepped down amidst heavy criticism.

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Villagers in Liston are against plans to develop former factory site to homes, quadrupling size of village

Liston residents determined to defeat plan for 122 new homes

Opponents of plans for a large housing development on a site running across county borders say they will continue to fight the scheme, after Babergh District Council recommended it be given the green light.

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The vacant commercial site on land east of Bulmer Road, Sudbury is being developed into 43 new homes.
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Development plan for 43 homes on former Sudbury industrial site approved

A former industrial site in Sudbury, which has stood empty for a decade, will soon be redeveloped with 43 new homes.

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Cllr Jennie Jenkins

Opposition seeks to oust Babergh District Council leader

Opposition councillors have put forward a motion to try to oust Babergh District Council’s leader, over issues surrounding the ongoing proposals to merge with Mid Suffolk.

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Mid Suffolk District Council leader Nick Gowrley

Consultation starts on Mid Suffolk and Babergh merger

Babergh and Mid Suffolk District Councils yesterday launched a public consultation on the future of the two authorities.

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Simon Barrett, Sudbury district cllr.

Sudbury councillor says Babergh Conservatives trying to ‘silence’ him with three-month suspension

A Sudbury councillor has been suspended by his party’s local group, after he was accused of leaking confidential information.

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Fire damaged Grenfell Tower, London, June 16 2017. See National News story NNTOWER: Violence could erupt on the streets of London if the authorities don't take control of the Grenfell disaster aftermath, warned a local councillor. She said local people are "angry" in the wake of the catastrophic blaze and there will be "unrest in the streets" if council chiefs don't step in. Eartha Pond said donations and aid to victims of the Grenfell tower fire have been mainly community led. And she warned that if the local authority doesn't act quickly, civil unrest could erupt.

Hadleigh firm which supplied Grenfell insulation helped influence policy to maximise sales, investigation reveals

A Hadleigh company that supplied plastic insulation for Grenfell Tower, which caught fire earlier this year, had a role in lobbying the Government to help maximise sales, according to a new investigation.

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A bird's eye view of Long Melford.

Land activity raises fears at prospect of large development in Long Melford

Unexpected activity on land in Long Melford has raised worries locally over the prospect of yet another site potentially being developed in the future.

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Plans for 24 homes in Boxford near Daking Avenue has been refused. Members from Boxford Society are pleased with the decision following concerns that Swan Street is very narrow and there are traffic issues in the area.




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Relief for Boxford residents after plan for 24 homes refused

Villagers have expressed their relief after plans to build 24 homes in Boxford were narrowly refused.

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