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  • Town Hall at Christmas
    Article: Dec 8, 2017

    The regeneration project for the Cornhill will take a big step forward next Tuesday 12 th December when the Executive of Ipswich Borough Council are likely to give final approval to the scheme and appoint the main contractor. Work should start in the New Year but, in order to get it finished by the end of October, the total cost seems certain to rise. Clearly, after many missed deadlines on major projects in the past (Queen Street comes to mind) , no one wants the works to overrun and ruin Ch ristmas shopping for 2018. While the Labour Executive may raise the budget, some elements of the scheme may be cut with the "four arches" looking particularly vulnerable.

    Cllr. Oliver Holmes says:" It is vital to Ipswich retailers and shoppers that the works finish by the end of October and I want to make sure the contract with the builders contains suitable penalties if they finish late. I am also concerned that the market traders have still not been told what will happen to them either during the work or when it is finally finished. The market is a great asset to the Town."

    If anyone has concerns about the proposals, Cllrs. Oliver Holmes and Inga Lockington may be contacted via the "Contact Us" button at the top of this website.

  • David Oyewobi (Photo by Oliver Holmes)
    Article: Dec 7, 2017
    By Oliver Holmes

    How can the community help in the fightback against drugs gangs?

    Well, Councillors Inga Lockington and Oliver Holmes have recently met an inspiring Ipswich resident who used to be involved with London gangs and has now turned his life around. David Oyewobi runs Community Interest Company OJB Ventures which aims to steer vulnerable young people into music projects instead of joining street gangs. He says: "I had to learn the hard way that it is really difficult to break out of gang membership once you are in. I use this experience to connect with kids and young people in a way they can relate to. You have to work really hard with every young person, but the fulfilment I get when they make a breakthrough is incredible."

  • Adrian head and shoulders
    Article: Dec 1, 2017
    By Adrian Hyyrylainen-Trett

    Each year the 1st December, World AIDS Day arouses a series of different emotions for me from relief, to tears, to pride and to survival that I've surmounted another six months.

    You may wonder why, in 2017 this means so much to me and engulfs me in such a fashion. Well, I was diagnosed on the 3rdJune 2004, which is ironically the halfway point of every year between December 1st. It is my HIV positive anniversary which many people, who have been diagnosed, have etched on their psyche for ever.

  • Cllr Inga Lockington
    Article: Nov 28, 2017

    The Social Mobility Commission has today published its index showing the prospects in England of someone from a disadvantaged background and the chances they have of obtaining a decent standard of living. Ipswich ranks 261st out of 324 local authority areas and is rated, like many parts of East Anglia, as a coldspot. Being a post-industrial town is undoubtedly a major reason for this problem but County Cllr. Inga Lockington also feels that the decline in educational attainment under Tory controlled Suffolk County Council is also a major factor and says: " Since the Tories took back control of the County Council, 12 years ago, they focused on reorganising rather than supporting our schools and the previously strong performance of Suffolk education declined compared with other Education Authorities.

  • Oliver Holmes
    Article: Nov 24, 2017
    By Councillor Oliver Holmes

    At the recent council meeting in Ipswich, councillors put aside their political differences and voted unanimously to give priority to the ongoing fight against drug dealing which blights many parts of Ipswich. The recent University of Suffolk Report on Gangs highlighted the escalation of violence in recent months with stabbings and gunfire between rival gangs from the Jubilee Park area and Nacton Road. Increasing numbers of drug runners from London, known as County Lines, seem to be the main problem as dealers fight to control the supply of heroin and crack cocaine. A new multi-agency task force has been established and Suffolk Police, Suffolk County Council and Ipswich Borough Council have all committed additional resources. As Superintendent Cutler told the meeting, in her experience, the majority of crime in the town stems from the trade in drugs. But at a prior presentation to the Council, a warning was given that community engagement was essential to the success of the task force. All Ipswich residents need to be united in their determination to rid the town of these gangs.

  • Broomhill Pool
    Article: Nov 15, 2017

    Fusion Leisure have been granted planning permission for the renovation of the Broomhill Swimming Pool following a meeting of the Ipswich BC planning committee today. The art deco lido was a much loved leisure feature in the town but closed to the public over 15 years ago.

    Cllrs. Inga Lockington and Oliver Holmes have been monitoring progress on the plans for some time. As a Borough and County Councillor , Inga has for many years supported the Broomhill Pool Trust who have worked tirelessly to bring back outdoor swimming to Ipswich.

  • AGM group 2017
    Article: Nov 11, 2017

    At last nights Annual General Meeting of Ipswich Liberal Democrats a new and expanded Executive Committe was elected. Trevor Powell was elected as chairman and former chairman Cathy French moved over to take on the role of treasurer. Colin Boyd remains as membership secretary.

    After the formal business of the AGM a number of members spoke passionately on their chosen policy topic. This was followed by a fun and original political game created by Colin.

  • The Havens roundabout (Suffolk County Council)
    Article: Nov 9, 2017

    Suffolk Highways will be returning to south east Ipswich this month to increase vehicle capacity for motorists exiting the Havens.

    The work, which will take five weeks, will begin on Monday, November 20 and was proposed when a Suffolk Highways scheme to increase vehicle capacity on the roads along Nacton Road, Ransomes Way and Felixstowe Road was completed in 2015.

  • World Mental Health Day
    Article: Oct 10, 2017

    This year's World Mental Health Day focuses especially on mental health in the workplace.

    Many people are now starting to talk about their mental health too. But it can be tough to recognise that we sometimes don't feel 100% and tough to talk about it if we do. There are tools available to you and talk about it with friends, family or a professional.

  • Cllr Inga Lockington
    Article: Oct 10, 2017

    The Liberal Democrats have called for the benefits freeze to be scrapped, in a debate in Parliament on Universal Credit.

    It comes as a report by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation found almost half a million more people would be forced into poverty in the UK in 2020 if the government maintains its freeze on benefits.

    Stephen Lloyd MP, Liberal Democrat Work and Pensions Spokesman, commented:

    "Balancing the books on the backs of the poorest in this way is unacceptable. Not only are those on benefits seeing their incomes eaten away by rising inflation, but many families are suffering as the flawed Universal Credit roll-out leaves them out of pocket for weeks on end.

    Rent arrears and indebtedness are soaring wherever Universal Credit is introduced. That is why even John Major and dozens of backbench Conservatives have called for a pause and review of the system. Unless this Government decides to change course and listen to those on the sharp end of their policies, millions of people - including young children - will see their life prospects permanently damaged.

    With Labour silent on this issue, only the Liberal Democrats are committed to ending the freeze on working-age benefits and ensuring that incomes keep up with the soaring cost of living."