May I start by wishing you a happy and prosperous New Year.
Flooding update Although Woodbridge town survived the flooding on 6 December with relatively few problems, there were breaches to the river wall to the north and south of Martlesham Creek. Cattle had to be rescued from the flood along the north bank, where a 30m wide breach left 30 acres of grazing land underwater. Work has been undertaken on the north wall and footpath which leads from Kyson Point to the footpath from Sandy lane.
Ipswich Sexual Health Clinic This fiasco continues. From Monday 28 October the sexual health service has been operating a reduced level of service from the clinic based at Ipswich Hospital , with the service having to vacate the site completely from April 2014.
We were told that the reason for this move was that there were plans to create a sexual health hub in a more accessible location. However it turned out that the ‘accessible location’ might as well have been picked out of a hat! Gipping Court, Constantine Road proved not to be possible due to flooding issues. So, instead, the service has been relocated to Lindbergh Road in Ipswich – in other words, as far out of town as Ipswich hospital but with far poorer transport links for people from Woodbridge and beyond. In fact, Woodbridge people relying on public transport face a two-bus ride of about an hour plus a 20min walk to get to the new clinic. This is as opposed to the journey to Ipswich hospital which was a half an hour single bus plus a 7 minute walk.
So much for greater accessibility and the vaunted ‘good transport links’ ! I am continuing to point this out
Highways Issues of efficiency still continue after KierMG took over the contract to maintain the public highway network in Suffolk at the end of last year. (The public highway consists of any verge, footway, carriageway, bridleway or footpath whether or not maintained at public expense and over which the public has a right of way) . SCC is therefore starting a political group of councillors to work informally together in the new year with Suffolk Highways colleagues from SCC and Kier to help best meet needs for information and communication within the new contract. I am the nominated Lib Dem member of this group.
County Councillor’s Locality Budget I am glad to have been able to support Woodbridge town and Choose Woodbridge in providing funding for the skating rink, which will hopefully bring people into the town in mid -February.
County Councillor’s Surgery Surgery dates for the next few months will be on Saturday 18 January, Saturday 15 February, and Saturday 19 April. There will be no surgery in March as I will be in China