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Councils vote on next step to set up single authority

The two West Suffolk councils will next week have to endorse the policies necessary to form one new council.

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Council leaders James Waters Forest Heath District Council grey suit and John Griffiths St Edmundsbury Borough Council blue suit. Plans to merge councils press conference.
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Forest Heath to increase council tax while East Cambridgeshire freezes rate for fifth year

Council Tax rates across Forest Heath are set to increase for the second year as the authority battles to ‘protect services’ against government cuts.

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Suffolk's last chief executive Deborah Cadman

Hopes for new Suffolk County Council chief executive by Easter

Suffolk County Council hopes to be able to appoint a new chief executive by Easter – more than six month after its last one, Deborah Cadman, left to run the new West Midlands Authority.

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Matt Hancock launched his app yesterday, which allows constituents to communicate with each other and find out what the MP is up to.

Matt Hancock talks about Matt Hancock, his app

West Suffolk MP Matt Hancock said he is ‘delighted’ by the huge reaction created by the social network Matt Hancock.
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Suffolk County Council's headquarters at Endeavour House, Ipswich

Suffolk’s cabinet backs 4.99 per cent tax rise

A council tax rise of 4.99 per cent and budgets cuts of £27 million were approved by Suffolk County Council’s Cabinet yesterday.

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Cambridgeshire County Council has proposed to increase its tax by 4.99 per cent

Cambridgeshire to hike council tax

A council is set to increase its tax by almost five per cent - the maximum allowed before a local referendum - because of an 'outdated and broken' funding formula.

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The new West Suffolk Council is expected to be formed in 2019.

West Suffolk council asks for help in shaping new authority

A local council is appealing for help in redrawing its electoral map as it merges with its partner authority.

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Soham Town Council voted in favour of raising its share of Council Tax by 3.5 per cent

Tax rise 'not enough' argues Soham town councillor

A Soham town councillor refused to back a tax rise because the council ‘hasn’t got enough money’ and the increase ‘would not be enough’.
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A pothole awaiting 'reactive repair' near West Row

Suffolk County Council moves to fill holes in its roads and budget

Suffolk County Council plans to borrow £21 million to resurface and repair the county’s roads over three years.

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West Suffolk MP Matt Hancock made culture secretary

West Suffolk MP Matt Hancock has been appointed culture secretary in Theresa May’s cabinet reshuffle.

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The locations of the garage blocks Flagship seek to redevelope for housing.

Mildenhall residents set petition and meeting on Flagship’s garages to homes plans

A new petition and residents’ meeting have been organised over Flagship Housing’s plans to use garage sites on Mildenhall estates for housing.

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Suffolk County Council's headquarters at Endeavour House, Ipswich

Suffolk County Council set to raise Council Tax bills

A county council is set to put up its council tax by the maximum allowed by the government.

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Suffolk MPs, from the left, Matt Hancock, Jo Churchill. and James Cartlidge

Suffolk MPs back council merger

Three Suffolk MPs have written to the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government backing the plan to merge St Edmundsbury Borough and Forest Heath District Councils.

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An F-22 Raptor fighter lands at RAF Lakenheath [USAF  photo/ Tech. Sgt. Matthew Plew]

Raptors fly in to RAF Lakenheath

One of the USAF’s most advanced fighters is making a flying to RAF Lakenheath.

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West Suffolk authority plans sent to Westminster as proposal gets go-ahead from local councillors

Forest Heath Council approved the proposal that would see the creation of West Suffolk Council, formed by the merger of Forest Heath Council, which covers Newmarket and Mildenhall and the Bury St Edmunds-based St Edmundsbury Borough Council.

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Kc-135 Stratotanker at RAF Mildenhall
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USAF postpones RAF Mildenhall closure

The USAF will stay at RAF Mildenhall for at least two years longer than planned, it was revealed today.

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Minister gives signal for vital East Anglia rail upgrade

Minister gives signal for vital East Anglia rail upgrade

A senior cabinet minister has insisted a key bottleneck on the rail network of Norfolk, Suffolk and Cambridgeshire is one of his main priorities during a visit to the region.

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West Row village sign

West Row to get own parish council

West Row will have a parish council of its own by 2019, Forest Heath District Council decided last night.

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Newmarket cinema study set for approval

Forest Heath councillors are set to give the go-ahead for a study to establish whether there is a feasible site for a cinema in Newmarket when they meet on Tuesday.

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Matt Hancock re-elected as MP for West  Suffolk

Matt Hancock re-elected as MP for West Suffolk with increased majority

Conservative Matthew Hancock has been re-elected as MP for the West Suffolk constituency which includes Newmarket and Mildenhall.

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