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Educating Ipswich - By Cllr Liz Harsant

When I first became Leader of the Council, the late and irreplaceable James Hehir - CEO of Ipswich Borough Council - said to me: “You have to become a governor of Suffolk New College”; and so my journey of being involved in education in Ipswich began.

Record low number of children in workless households

There are 22,234 fewer children in workless households in this region compared to 2010. This means more children in families in Ipswich can have the security that comes with a good job and a regular pay packet.

Tidy up in Broughton Road

On Saturday, St Margaret's Councillors Lee Reynolds and Chris Chambers were joined by Paul West and Richard Pope clearing dead weeds from Broughton Road.

New bin installed

Residents in the Woodbridge Road area near the Kindergarten on the corner of Jupiter Road, contacted Bixley Councillor Eddy Phillips, to advise that a lot of dog waste was being dumped in bags alongside the hedges, putting children's health at risk.

Being a leading lady

When I was younger I took a great interest in two incredible ladies, writes Cllr Liz Harsant. Jennie Churchill (the mother of Winston), who was the cornerstone of high society, and behind the scenes a political dynamo when women were afforded few freedoms; the other was Nancy Astor – the first woman to sit in Parliament.

Peter Stebbings OBE

It is with sadness we report that our friend and colleague Peter Stebbings passed away last week.

Transparency at Ipswich Borough Council

Ipswich Borough Council currently operates and owns four companies which are run as private businesses. Currently these companies have outstanding loans to IBC of over £60 million. To put this number into context it is 3 times as much as the Annual Net Budget of the entire Council.

Upper Orwell Crossings Update

The leader of Suffolk County Council has launched an independent review of the costs of building the Upper Orwell Crossings in Ipswich.

Supporting the Samaritans

Rushmere Councillor Stephen Ion took time out when visiting the Ipswich Mela in Christchurch Park to speak to Ipswich & East Suffolk Samaritans about the important work they do for local people. The Samaritans provide a vital service for people when things are getting to them and they need someone to talk to.

Anglesea Road 20MPH Zone

Chris Chambers, Conservative Councillor for St Margaret's-Westgate has confirmed to residents of Anglesea Road and the surrounding roads that  the proposed 20 MPH Zone has been signed off by the Suffolk Highways department.