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  • Cllr Inga Lockington
    Article: Jan 18, 2021
    A new website has been launched today aiming to offer residents across Suffolk and North East Essex a single, comprehensive and accurate source of information about COVID-19 and the roll out of the vaccination.
    Councillor Inga Lockington has already taken a look for us and said "With all the information and questions about Covid and the Vaccine here is an update from our Local NHS. It is important for all of us that we get correct information. Like many residents I can't wait for us to get back to a time when we can meet family and friends again so if you/we are able to receive the vaccine we are helping each other with taking up the offer when we receive it."
  • James Sandbach
    Article: Jan 6, 2021

    Justice campaigner and former Parliamentary Candidate James Sandbach has been selected as the Liberal Democrats' candidate for the upcoming Police and Crime Commissioner election in Suffolk.

    James has been involved in Suffolk politics for several years having been the Lib Dem Parliamentary candidate in Suffolk Coastal (2015 and 2017) and Central Suffolk and North Ipswich (2019). He lives in Saxmundham where he is Town Councillor.

    Professionally, James has an active background in the voluntary sector, the justice system and the challenges it faces - over the past 15 years he has worked for leading national charities Citizens Advice, the Legal Action Group, and LawWorks (the solicitors pro bono group).

    On the upcoming election, James said: - I am delighted to have been selected to be the Lib Dem PCC candidate for Suffolk. The PCC has an important role
    in supporting our fantastic local police force, and ensuring the policing needs of all of Suffolk's communities are met.

    Since I moved to Suffolk, I've been struck by the ever-diminishing emphasis on community policing - police numbers down, local stations closed, and the thin blue line stretched far too thinly. I strongly believe that when it comes to fighting crime, anti-social behaviour and low-level disorder, prevention and deterrence is always the best approach but to do that well there must be a strong bond between the police and local communities, accessibility, and a visible presence.

    I'm looking forward to talking to communities across Suffolk about their concerns and my priority will be to fight for better funding and resources to support the police in the vital work they do in the community."

  • Survey: Dec 15, 2020
    8 questions

    Paul Daley is standing as the Liberal Democrat Candidate in Holywells Ward and St Helens County Diivision.

    He is keen to find out what issues matter most to the residents of the area and what are your top priorities that you would like your councillors to be addressing.

    Please spend a few minutes completing this short survey. If you have any particular questions, or matters you would like to raise with Paul, feel free to email paul.daley@ipswichlibdems.org.uk Thank you

  • Barrowdale Avenue street sign with abandoned roadworks items
    Article: Oct 26, 2020
    By Councillor Inga Lockington
    Councillor Inga Lockington writes:-
    Over the years I have reported this kind of LITTER several times on the "Report it Tool" on the County Council's Web-Site. This is Street Litter left behind when a Utility Company or our County Highways Teams have worked in our streets.
    They think they have finished the job, packs up and go but clearly can't be bothered to always take all the Boards/bollards/sandbags away with them. Someone brought the Items along so why do they not count them out and back in again. At the end of the day they all cost money and boards left behind on pavements can cause injury.
  • Oliver Holmes
    Article: Oct 24, 2020
    By Councillor Oliver Holmes

    The Borough Council has received details as to how the Planning Inspectorate will deal with the public enquiry into the Ipswich Local Plan. This, under current legisla�on, describes the local planning framework for the Borough, until 2036 .

    Councillor Oliver Holmes, on behalf of Ipswich Liberal Democrats, submitted a number of suggested amendments concerning the residential development to the north of Humber Doucy Lane, parking policy for the town centre and the failure to take account of changes in natonal policy on climate change. Full details of the enquiry will be given when they are published.

    This whole process may be meaningless if the Government's Planning White Paper is enacted. Under a suggested zonal system, new housing would be agreed in principle using a natonal algorithm.

    Oliver comments: "Removing Local Democracy from planning and planning control will not mean more housing - the real problem is non-comple�on of new homes already approved through our current planning system."

    Consultation on the White Paper finishes at the end of October. If you are concerned, want to learn more or want your voice to be heard, we found the following helpful:-

    www.cpre.org.uk www.youtube.com/watch?v=b6g6EORy4Rs

    Grounds maintenance and new Housing developments.

    It used to be the case that Developers would provide local authorities with a fixed sum, for 10 years, to maintain the shared areas of new estates, including their green and leisure spaces, before transferring to normal Council maintenance funded through Council Tax.

    This is no longer the case and Developers can choose to make their own private arrangements including annual charges for grounds maintenance.

    The Vista (Hayhill Development) was set up in this way. Residents have told us of some things not being done because the Estate management company believes them to be the Borough Council's responsibility.

    We have contacted the Borough Council about this and are working with residents to see if there are ways we can help improve maintenance of shared areas.

  • Coins
    Article: Oct 24, 2020
    By Paul Daley

    As a local party, we are planning so that in future years, we can gain more seats in Ipswich and through this, to make a difference in Ipswich, but to do so, we do need to increase our income and to fund the extra expenditure this will require. We have recently added a fundraising officer to the executive to help plan this and over coming months, there will be a number of opportunities to help make a difference.

  • Article: Sep 23, 2020
    By Tim Lockington

    The Covid-19 crisis has massively transformed our human world, but it will pass. The climate emergency, linked to rapid release of carbon, buried, as fossil fuels, for millennia, will affect much more than human health, social and economic activity. The whole structure and security of life on our planet is at risk.

  • Oliver Holmes
    Article: Aug 7, 2020
    By Oliver Holmes
    Big developers, major donors to the Tory party, have welcomed proposals to scrap the existing planning system in proposals which are being sold to the public as the solution to more housing for the young homeless. The new market oriented system closely follows the details provided in a paper by Policy Exchange, a right-wing think tank secretly funded by corporate and private lobbying groups - and almost certainly including the big developers. A de-regulated zonal system will remove residents' rights to object and is yet another assault on local democracy.
    All the largest environmental and heritage groups are outraged and have pointed out that there is no evidence whatsoever to show these changes will improve housing supply. The Local Government Association points out that there are existing planning permissions for more than one million homes which have not even been started. The Minister introducing these changes, Robert Jenrick, owns a number of high-end properties that he has developed himself and is mired in what is known as the Westferry Scandal where, in granting a controversial application, he agreed he had acted unlawfully.
    Cllr. Oliver Holmes, who sits on the Ipswich BC Planning Committee, is very concerned at the loss of local democratic involvement and comments: "The real reason we have such an appalling record on building homes is the speculative building system controlled by the big developers and these proposals will only increase their power and control. No wonder they are delighted."
  • Elmer's Travel Trunk
    Article: Aug 2, 2020
    By Tim Lockington

    Question:

    If the promotion of Ipswich Tourism by Ipswich Borough Council is to continue as an essential activity of the Council, what specialist staff, outlets and budget are required to deliver and support our offer to Tourists and enable the promotion of Ipswich's attractions through Tourism services provided by other administrations in the Region, recognising that they should expect reciprocal support?