Opinion PUBLISHED: 05:30 12 January 2019 Paul Geater Mr Holdcroft has come under fire from many who point out Ipswich's attractions like Christchurch Park opening on to Ipswich School. Picture: PAUL GEATER Archant Irritation is growing over the reports that Suffolk Coastal’s deputy leader Geoff Holdcroft appeared to describe Ipswich as a “cesspit” during a heated planning meeting earlier this month. New investment has seen fountains installed on Ipswich Cornhill. Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWNBut there is also growing concern that his comments reflect a general feeling among people living in rural Suffolk – including local politicians.It’s been said that a few years ago Suffolk Coastal councillors in private meetings described the county town in even less flattering language – using words that we could not countenance publishing!This all suggests that for all the millions spent on improving Ipswich – the … [Read more...] about Why do Suffolk people dislike Ipswich so much, or give it second chance?
Opinion PUBLISHED: 05:30 11 January 2019 Brad Jones Suffolk Coastal councillor Geoff Holdcroft Picture: RAY LEWIS Archant At least we didn’t need a lip-reader in this case – it was very clear what deputy leader of Suffolk Coastal District Council, Geoff Holdcroft, said. At least we didn’t need a lip-reader in this case – it was very clear what was said by deputy leader of Suffolk Coastal District Council, Geoff Holdcroft.The Woodbridge councillor told a meeting discussing the authority’s housing strategy that if there weren’t enough new homes built, people would have to move to “that cesspit down the road” and drive back to the district to work.When we contacted Mr Holdcroft, he said he was “not referring to any one place”.While he didn’t name a town, you can make your own mind up over whether he was referring to Ipswich.The only conclusion we can reach is that he was. Mr Holdcroft … [Read more...] about If top Woodbridge Tory did call Ipswich a ‘cesspit’, it’s an insult – and worrying
PUBLISHED: 05:30 11 January 2019 | UPDATED: 07:02 11 January 2019 Paul Geater Suffolk Coastal deputy leader Geoff Holdcroft. Picture: DAVID GARRAD A senior Suffolk councillor has apologised after many people felt he was describing Ipswich as a “cesspit” during a meeting discussing housebuilding. Suffolk Coastal deputy leader Geoff Holdcroft told a meeting discussing the district’s local plan that if there weren’t enough new homes built people would have to move to “that cesspit down the road” and drive back to the district to work.Mr Holdcroft did not name Ipswich during his speech – and said later that he was not referring to any one place, but to anywhere outside the district that people have to commute from.He said: “I should not have used those words. “It was a passionate meeting with strong views on all sides. I didn’t mention anywhere specific in those terms – but I apologise fully to … [Read more...] about Was politician’s ‘cesspit down the road’ jibe aimed at Ipswich?
PUBLISHED: 07:52 07 January 2019 | UPDATED: 08:39 07 January 2019 Andrew Hirst Michael Gower said controversial housing developments, such as in Framlingham, had fuelled wars between planning authorities and communities Picture: RACHEL EDGE Archant Demanding housing targets are fuelling Suffolk’s ageing population and increasing pressure on services and the economy, it has been claimed. Councillor Michael Gower Picture: GREGG BROWNSuffolk Coastal councillor Michael Gower warned the thousands of homes planned for the county were “far too many” as most would be occupied by people who have no local connection.He said Suffolk’s natural population was declining, with more deaths than births in 2017/18, and so the new homes would perpetuate a “significant inward migration” to the county. Rather than coming to work and build the economy, Mr Gower said newcomers were mainly older people relocating for retirement. “The … [Read more...] about Suffolk is building ‘far too many’ homes
PUBLISHED: 10:01 18 December 2018 | UPDATED: 10:23 18 December 2018 Ross Bentley The view from Dunwich Heath towards RSPB Minsmere and the coast © Justin Minns With a number of major energy related projects proposed for the coast, how do we ensure a balance between development and preserving Suffolk’s natural assets? The latest view out to East Angla ONE with the jacket foundations installedIt is anticipated that we will see a number of major energy sector-related developments on the Suffolk coast in future years. ScottishPower Renewables, for example, is planning a series of large offshore wind farms, which will also require onshore developments, while EDF Energy has announced Stage 3 consultation on Sizewell C is due to start in January. Both projects are expected to create millions of pounds for local businesses and bring many high –quality jobs to the region. At the same time, Suffolk has a coastline loved by many, and conserving this … [Read more...] about How can Suffolk’s nature coast and energy coast co-exist?