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County Council postpones gypsy and traveller site sale

Following a challenge by Labour Councillors on Suffolk County Council the decision over the planned sale of the West Meadows gypsy and traveller site has been postponed until the next Cabinet meeting on the 7th November.

The postponement is an admission that a full consultation with the residents had not taken place and at no stage had the council listened to the concerns of the residents about the planned sale. We can be sure that the gaps in the paper presented to the Cabinet highlighted by the Labour Group were the reason for the decision not to discuss the paper.

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Rosehill Library re-opens

Rosehill Library in Tomline Road, Ipswich has been reopened following a full refurbishment of the interior. A disabled toilet has been installed and a small extension built to the rear of the building. Having been run in a private house in Alston Road from 1895, the library was the first purposed-built branch in Ipswich and was opened in 1905.

Councillor Mandy Gaylard, speaking at the re-opening ceremony, said: “It is with mixed feelings that I attend this event. On the one hand, it is a celebration of the library refurbishment and, after much lobbying of Suffolk County Council by residents and myself, the painting of the exterior. On the other, tribute has to be paid to Rosehill Readers who campaigned to keep the library when it was threatened with closure in 2011. If it were not for the campaigners, the library would not be here today.”

The recent news from S.C.C. of further cuts in funding to the library service (run for the council by Suffolk Libraries I.P.S.) will lead to the loss of over 50 jobs to the equivalent of 15 full-time staff.

Labour Councillors provide over £5,700 to Cruse Bereavement

Cruse Bereavement Care has been providing support to bereaved people in Suffolk since the 1980s. Suffolk Cruse was formed in April 2009 to bring together the four branches: Suffolk Coastal, Ipswich, North Suffolk & Great Yarmouth and West Suffolk. The four branches still operate at a local level and the overall strategic direction of the charity is administered by an Area Committee.

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Labour Councillors provide over £3,000 to women’s leadership project in Ipswich

WoW! is a free community development and leadership programme designed to support women who may be interested in running events or community projects in the Whitehouse area.

Set up by Kim Trotter, from the community interest company, Future Female Society, WoW! will help local women to lead their projects, developing their confidence, leadership skills and their ability to network with professionals in the community who can provide inspiration and support for their ideas.

Kim Trotter, Managing Director of the Future Female Society and founder of WoW! said, “This project is designed to empower the Women of Whitehouse and enable them to become active members of their community and support them to develop their own projects. The programme will work with a cohort of women to develop their confidence and self-belief alongside communication, project planning, event management, and interview and presentation skills.

Miss Trotter continued, “WoW! is running for 6 months, starting this week, and will aim to recruit 10 women. The skills they learn, and further developed through the growth of their own projects, are all transferrable into the work place, with the women being actively supported to become work ready.”

Labour County Councillor for Whitehouse, Kathy Bole, said “In Whitehouse, we can often feel left out, with most facilities and community projects so focused on the centre of town. WoW! is precisely the sort of project that will make a big difference to the Whitehouse community. Not only will local women gain valuable skills that are easily transferable to the workplace, but their ideas and projects will be of continuing value to the area for many years to come.”

Cllr Bole continued, “The opportunity to support a project that can really benefit people in my division is one of the reasons I put my name forward to represent the area as a Councillor 4 years ago. I look forward to seeing the fruits of this project’s labour in coming months.”


Cllr Sandy Martin Budget amendment speech

This budget is about the money that this Council has to spend and the ways in which it decides to spend it or not spend it. But the important issue is not the money itself but the effect that it has on people’s lives. We are not bringing this amendment because we have a pathological hatred of financial reserves, but because we have a deep-seated hatred of ill health, and poor education, and unsafe situations for children, and freezing homes for elderly people, and the despair that goes with a life where everything seems to be getting worse. And we resent seeing the Council sit on the financial means to deal with those issues, but do less and less each year.
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Council candidates announced

Sandra 2The Labour Group on Suffolk County Council is delighted to support all those who have been selected to be Labour candidates for the upcoming election for Ipswich Borough Council on May the 22nd this year.

We are particularly pleased that our own County Councillor Sandra Gage has been selected for Rushmere ward and wish her and all Labour candidates the very best of luck.
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