Sprinklers offer a sensible way to protect our historic buildings. But they are not being installed.
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Judy Terry is a journalist and marketing professional. She was a Suffolk councillor for 10 years, four of which on the County as Cabinet member for Economic Development, and 10 on Ipswich Borough Council, where she transformed cultural services. She stood down in May this year.
Failing inspection reports on two occasions and losing 90 per cent of SEND cases taken to tribunal are worrying signs.
Brexit and the leadership contest have reduced clarity on council finances. But the pressure to find savings is likely to continue.
Funds go to leasing expensive cars for managers – while more specialist care for our courageous servicemen and women should be made available.
It will take time to rebuild confidence in what has become a very disappointed and sceptical electorate.
Bringing services together under one roof would be enormously beneficial, both financially and socially.
We must take responsibility for public safety – to protect people, homes, businesses, and schools.
A more collaborative approach with the districts over planning approval could avoid unnecessary complexity and delay.
Huge funds are handed over to prestige schemes in the capital. But modest funds for projects elsewhere would provide better value.
Council planning officers impose extra costs, which make it harder to restore redundant buildings.
The people of Suffolk are not “nimbies”. But ignoring concerns about traffic congestion and ugliness achieves nothing.
Judy Terry: Councillors are still too passive in allowing costly procurement and infrastructure projects
There remains a culture in much of the public sector that no-one will ever be held to account for wasting money on unworkable vanity projects.
Norfolk & Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust is officially the worst mental health provider in the country. Proper scrutiny and accountability is needed.
Judy Terry: While the state is failing, the voluntary sector is tackling the loneliness and anxiety – of young and old
Many if Suffolk are left isolated by poor transport. Charities are effective at helping, where councils and the NHS have struggled.
Helping others who are desperate to improve their lives is essential. Otherwise we will have more “no-go areas”.