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Seckford lick wounds after disastrous GCSE results at Beccles and Saxmundham
Back in 2012 I wrote extensively about the proposed Seckford Free Schools at Beccles and Saxmundham saying they were unwanted and that they would waste money better spent elsewhere. One thing I did not expect however was that these schools would deliver tru...
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LIVE BLOG: Stradbroke Parish Council 13th July from 7.30pm

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Sorry seems to be the hardest word...
It's sad, so sad It's a sad, sad situation. And it's getting more and more absurd. It's sad, so sad Why can't we talk it over? Oh it seems to me That sorry seems to be the hardest word. The Editors of the Stradbroke Monthly have had a hard time over the las...
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Sad day for Stradbroke. Parish Clerk resigns. Stradbroke Monthly editors accuse councillors of bullying
Tonight Stradbroke Parish Council hit a new low with both the resignation of the Parish Clerk and claims by the four magazine editors that they have experienced symptoms of bullying due to the behaviour of some councillors. Carol Smy resigned as Clerk sayin...
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Transparency Code loophole allows Councils to avoid publication of papers
The Coalition Government under Eric Pickles introduced several pieces of legislation aimed at improving local government openness and transparency. This included the "right to report" legislation making it possible to film and report live from Council meeti...
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County Council explain more about Superfast broadband for Stradbroke
Suffolk County Council have provided some more information about the availability of "superfast" broadband in Stradbroke. There is not much new but their response does explain in more detail exactly why only half of the village will have Superfast broadband...
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LIVE BLOG: Stradbroke Parish Council Planning Committee Grove Farm 27th July 2015 8pm
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Grove Farm: Suffolk County Council officer recommends refusal due to "significant detrimental landscape impacts"
Download a copy of the letter recommending refusal of Grove Farm plans A detailed response from Suffolk County Council's landscape planning officer recommends that Mid Suffolk refuses the proposed Grove Farm housing development due to the significant detrim...
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Chairmen's statements leave questions unanswered following resignation of clerk
From left to right: current Chairman Stuarty Gemmill, Clerk Carol Smy, Vice-Chair Olly Last and former Chair Nick Stones Current Parish Council Chairman Stuart Gemmill has issued a statement following the resignation of Parish Council Clerk Carol Smy at the...
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Why is the parish council discussing the magazine again and not broadband?
Over the past few months broadband speeds in Stradbroke have got worse and worse with some people experiencing complete loss of service for days at a time. We know from the discussion at the annual parish meeting and from information published online that f...
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LIVE BLOG: Parish Council Meeting 8th June 2015

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Parish Council attempts to sack magazine editors in "ambush" at annual meeting
At the first meeting of the newly elected Stradbroke Parish Council last night a group of councillors in what was clearly a planned political ambush tried to oust the four editors of the Stradbroke Monthly magazine and replace them with two former councillo...
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Citizen blogger interested in technology (mobile in particular), education and a little bit of politics! Chair of Governors at Stradbroke Primary School, Suffolk. Stradbroke Parish Councillor. IT Professional. All opinions are mine!
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