Suffolk County Council demanded a hedge be drastically cut back – destroying a blackbird habitat and flowers that attracted bees.
Posts by Judy Terry
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.
Local authorities should do more to recognise and encourage volunteers – who provide services worth billons of pounds.
Face masks are destroying the environment. Social distancing rules have disrupted visits to recycling centres.
If the county continues to be neglected, the local elections could prove something of a shock.
Linking the Ports of Felixstowe and Harwich would create a strategic hub linking the UK with suppliers and customers across the globe.
Judy Terry: The demands to make car travel more expensive ignore the political and economic realities
Will council employees have their already generous mileage allowances raised to cover the extra costs?
“Special measures” are ineffective unless the failing culture is challenged. Local accountability is lacking.
Unlike independent schools, there is a reluctance in state schools to encourage careers in the Services, which then impacts on diversity.
The Government must improve its communication, avoiding bluster and phrases that patronise the public.
Councils should do more to share premises, such as libraries and office reception areas. So should post offices.
Finance, legal, and property expertise are often in short supply on governance boards, yet that knowledge is key to professional school management.
Judy Terry: Suffolk has shown has small charities can make a big difference in helping the vulnerable
A Community Foundation in the county helps the old with insulation improvements and the young to turn away from knife crime.
Too many have non-existent brakes and inadequate lights. We need courses in public parks to ensure roadworthiness and proficiency.
Experienced paramedics are refusing deserved promotions because they don’t want to be part of existing management.
Retraining older workers wishing to renew their careers, is a priority. There is a lot of hidden talent.