Local News

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.

Ashdown Way Re-Surfaced - As Pledged

During his election campaign, Bixley Cllr Eddy Phillips, pledged that Ashdown Way would be re-surfaced as part of the overall Felixstowe Road improvement scheme, and now it has been finished.

Maggie Playbus –by Cllr Liz Harsant

Liz writes "I have been involved with the Ipswich Community Playbus as far back as 2000 and have been Chair of the Charity for many years."

Bangladeshi Pita Festival

Ian Fisher, Liz Harsant and David Goldsmith attended the Suffolk Pita Festival. It was organised by the Bangladeshi Support Centre and was hosted at the Suffolk New College.

Orwell Challenge Raises money for charity

Cllr Liz Harsant wrote in the recent “Waterfront Life Magazine “I am a proud member of the Rotary Club of Ipswich East and one of our biggest fundraisers over the years has been The Orwell Walk, which began as long ago as 1977.

More NHS funding announced in its 70th Anniversary Year

We welcome the Prime Minister’s announcement of an additional £20.5 billion a year for the NHS.

Theresa May outlined the development of a 10-year plan for the future of the health service, which will see the NHS budget increase by £20.5 billion in real terms by 2023-24, or £394m per week. This is a 3.4% average annual increase compared to Mr Corbyn’s plan to only give 2.2%.

Car Parking, how much?

Labour controlled Ipswich Borough Council announced last week an 8.3% increase in short-stay car parking charges across the town. This is in addition to the massive rise last year. Since 2017 Labour have increased the charges by a mouth-watering 30%, over 7 times the rate of inflation.

Employment continues to rise

More people are in work than ever before. In Ipswich, the number of people claiming the key out of work benefits has fallen by 1515, this is a 48% drop since 2010.

Chris promoted on Suffolk County Council

Conservative County Councillor for St Margaret's and Westgate, Chris Chambers, has been named Deputy Cabinet Member for Education at Suffolk County Council in last week’s annual meeting by new Council leader Cllr Matthew Hicks.