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Empty home with Cllr Winch and Cllr Carter

Tax premiums agreed for owners of second homes and empty properties

23 February 2024
Councillors at Babergh and Mid Suffolk District Councils have agreed higher tax premiums for owners of second homes and long-term empty properties.
Tree planting with volunteers from Hadleigh Environmental Action Team (HEAT)

More of Suffolk’s tree cover and orchards to be restored

23 February 2024
1,877 new trees are being planted across the county by Suffolk’s councils, with a focus on re-establishing orchards
Cllr Andy Mellen and Cllr Rachel Eburne

Mid Suffolk agrees budget ‘to back communities and drive change’

23 February 2024
Council tax rise of 2% - or 7p a week - is lower than most local authorities.
Rural Transport Grants Scheme

Rural Transport Grants Scheme launches

20 February 2024
Funding available for community transport operators in Mid Suffolk is set to better connect local communities and reduce emissions
Chilton Fields and Cllr Tim Weller

Go-ahead for 'exciting' new sports facilities in Stowmarket

15 February 2024
Plans for ‘exciting’ new sports facilities in Stowmarket have been given the green light. 
Cllr John Ward and Cllr Andy Mellen

Council Leaders warn of ‘catastrophic effect’ of Suffolk County Council budget plans

13 February 2024
Proposed changes to Housing Related Support 'could impact on most vulnerable residents'.
Loft insulation installation

Councils’ loft insulation offer for Suffolk homes

09 February 2024
Funding is available to help Suffolk residents make their homes warmer and save money on their energy bills
The Hold in Ipswich will host the retrofit solutions conference

Making Suffolk’s older properties more energy efficient and cheaper to run

08 February 2024
A free event to explore making Suffolk’s older homes more energy efficient will take place at The Hold in Ipswich on 6 March 2024
Railway stations at Needham Market, Stowmarket, Thurston and Elmswell.

All aboard! Mid Suffolk gives green light to new community rail partnership

06 February 2024
Mid Suffolk councillors have backed the introduction of a community rail partnership in the district.
Aerial shot of Gateway 14 site with Cllr Winch and Cllr Mellen

Plan for ‘transformative’ £18m Skills and Innovation Centre passes milestone

31 January 2024
Mid Suffolk District Council’s plan for an £18m Skills and Innovation Centre in Stowmarket has passed a major milestone
Flood-threatened communities in Mid Suffolk are to get emergency plan support. Inset: Cllr Tim Weller.

Flood-threatened communities get emergency plan support

30 January 2024
Communities at risk of flooding are being helped by Mid Suffolk District Council to better prepare for the future.
The Babergh and Mid Suffolk District Council building control team receive their LABC award, January 2024.

Babergh and Mid Suffolk building control wins award for “excellent” barn conversion

29 January 2024
The Babergh and Mid Suffolk building control team is celebrating after receiving a prestigious national award.
Bury St Edmunds-based Ecocarriers

Funding available for community action on climate change

25 January 2024
Monies available for community projects which are tackling climate change and carbon reduction
Layham Road Sports Ground, with insets of Cllr Deborah Saw and Cllr Tim Weller.

£230,000 awarded to community projects across the districts

24 January 2024
Projects across Babergh and Mid Suffolk have received a share of £230,000 in grants and funding.
Cllr Tim Weller stands by the Eezy bike pods at Needham Lake

New electric bikes arrive at Needham Lake

23 January 2024
Two new electric bikes can now be hired from Needham Lake, helping to encourage sustainable travel
Cllr Andy Mellen and Cllr Rachel Eburne

Mid Suffolk reveals draft budget to deliver new vision

16 January 2024
Proposed council tax rise of 2% in district's share of bill would be an extra 7p a week.
Paper plane marked with an X - All abroad

More Brits overseas can now vote

16 January 2024
British citizens living abroad are now eligible to register to vote in UK general elections, regardless of how long they’ve been living outside the UK.
2023 housing development BMSDC

New Year in new homes – council housing boost

05 January 2024
Tenants have picked up the keys to more than 120 new affordable, high-quality council homes over the last 12 months.
Communities Together East Anglia host a session in 2023

Councils award funding to provide warm spaces this winter

04 January 2024
31 community projects have received a share of more than £36,000 to help their communities this winter.
Chilton Fields

New sports facilities for Stowmarket under first stage of major project

29 December 2023
Improved sports facilities in Stowmarket, including a new 3G football pitch, multi-use games area and mini athletics track, could move a step closer.
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