Martin Redbond

Liberal Democrat Councillor for the Claydon and Barham Ward Learn more

Housing rents to increase by 6.4%

by martinredbond on 21 January, 2008

The Government expects Council rents to reach the same level as in the private sector within ten years. However this year they have extended the timescale to 2015/16 enabling Mid Suffolk District Council if it wished to restrict the increase to 5.3%. However, at today’s Executive Committee, the Conservative led Executive without Liberal Democrat support have […]

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Say no to incinerators

by martinredbond on 20 January, 2008

The hot news is the decision by the Suffolk County Council Conservative Administration to put its controversial incinerator in Great Blakenham. No other options for sites have been released and the Council now intends to consult with the public. Given the Conservatives record on consultations in the last few years they are very unlikely to […]

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Local government changes

by martinredbond on 6 January, 2008

The Government announced in December that it was not minded to accept Ipswich’s Unitary Bid in its present form. The Secretary of State has since asked the Boundary Committee for advice on and the rest of the county to see if there are alternative options for Unitary Councils including solutions that may cross the existing […]

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New leader reveals Shadow Cabinet

by martinredbond on 20 December, 2007

I was extremely pleased that my choice for the new leader of the Liberal Democrats, Nick Clegg was elected, albeit by a small majority. Today Nick has revealed his Shadow Cabinet team to carry the party’s message throughout the country. The reshuffle sees promotions for many of the party’s talented younger MPs and a focus on […]

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Mid Suffolk Liberal Democrats present budget proposals

by martinredbond on 20 December, 2007

At today’s Mid Suffolk District Council’s Executive Committee meeting Liberal Democrats made a number of alternative budget proposals that will help the Council to achieve its corporate objectives in 2007/08. “These proposals will also increase the Council’s engagement with local communities as well as its Parish Councils and Town Councils”, said Lib Dem Group Leader […]

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Ipswich unitary blocked

by martinredbond on 7 December, 2007

Ipswich’s bid to become a unitary authority leaving the rest of the county to function as two-tier (District and County) has stalled. Having given approval in the summer the Department for Communities & Local Government has now declared that the proposal from Ipswich has not yet demonstrated conclusively that it is financially sound when based […]

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Preparing for the next budget

by martinredbond on 3 December, 2007

Attended Mid Suffolk District Council ‘Budget Training’. This is designed to ensure that Councillors understand how the Council spends its money, where the money comes from, key issues affecting the Council’s finances and the Councillors role in budget matters. It is hoped that it will better equip Coucillors to participate in budget discussions and decisions […]

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More affordable homes

by martinredbond on 28 November, 2007

Attended Mid Suffolk District Council’s Planning Control Committee meeting at Needham Market. Councillors approved a development in Palgrave that will provide 10 affordable houses for local people. The scheme dates back to 2005 when a Local Housing Needs Survey identified a lack of affordable housing in the area. The provider, Wherry Housing Association have received […]

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Extended schools

by martinredbond on 27 November, 2007

The Claydon High School Extended Schools Governor Working Group has met with Jeanette Hunt, Extended Schools Development Officer (West Ipswich Cluster) for an update on progress to date and governance issues.  The idea is that Extended Schools will provide a range of services and activities often beyond the school day. The Government believes that Extended Schools […]

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Ballot for new leader

by martinredbond on 27 November, 2007

Have now returned my ballot form for the Liberal Democrat leadership election. Fortunately we have two excellent candidates so it has been a diffficult decision. However, I have decided to back Nick Clegg. Having watched him on Question Time I believe he has the charisma and ability to connect with the voters.  He appears to have […]

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