Paul West puppet for Ben Gummer as Ipswich cabinet member SCC

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    Paul West gives Ipswich a new voice at cabinet of Suffolk County Council

    Bixley councillor Paul West is to take over as cabinet member for Ipswich later this month after the Conservative victory in the county council elections.

    He is one of two new members on the cabinet which is largely unchanged after the Tories strengthened their position at Endeavour House.

    The other newcomer is Newmarket councillor Robin Millar who takes on a new role as cabinet member for families and community.

    Both the new cabinet members arrived at Endeavour House after by-elections last year although Mr West had been at the top table for two years from 2009 before standing down because of business commitments.

    Mr West said his new role would put him at the forefront of developing the town’s economic strength – and he will be the county council voice on the Ipswich Vision partnership.

    He said: “These are exciting times for Ipswich and the county council has a very important role to play in many of the projects including the Upper Orwell Crossings.

    “There is work following on from that to develop the island site and improving the traffic around the Waterfront area. It is a very important scheme.

    “Then there is The Hold heritage centre which we should start to see being developed over the next few years.”

    Mr West added: “I have lived in Ipswich most of my life and live in the town now. I really think things are starting to happen here and I am looking forward to having a role in that.”

    He twice fought the town’s parliamentary seat – losing to Chris Mole in the 2001 by-election and the 2005 general election – and he led the Conservative group on the borough council at one point.

    In his new role Mr West will be working closely with borough council leader David Ellesmere who arrived on the borough at the same time as him in the 1990s.

    Other members of the cabinet retain their roles with slight changes – except former deputy leader and cabinet member for Ipswich Chris Hudson who will not have a seat at the top table despite his surprise victory over Liberal Democrat Dave Busby in Belstead Brook last week.

    The new cabinet will be formally confirmed at the annual meeting of the county council on May 25 when new councillors will take their seats for the first time after the election.

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    This is bad news, especially with the campaign for a Northern Bypass.

    A cabinet member assigned with an agenda… the Upper Orwell Crossings and Island site (“Enterprise Island”) and to sit on the board of Ipswich Vision, working with David Ellesmere. He is strengthening Ben Gummer’s hand – if he wins the General Election seat for Ipswich.

    Chris Hudson was heavily criticised as being the Ipswich representative on the Suffolk County Council cabinet, as he don’t live here and isn’t a councillor for any Ipswich ward. With Paul West on board, he will become deputy for Ben Gummer while he secures a more important job…

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    From the article, it is clear he is all about the Ipswich Waterfront. A small area of the town!

    I have always been under the impression from what I have heard from people resident in the town…

    1. Over-rated
    2. More to the town than the Waterfront
    3. Nice on a sunny day

    The opportunity for an Greater Ipswich boost with a new face is lost – the cabinet member will directly focus on the Ipswich Waterfront… including Ben’s vanity bridge, the winerack, the Island site of housing etc.

    Surely Ipswich Central and Ipswich Borough Council has this all covered? Seems the Tories now want direct control… they don’t want the Labour borough messing up their project (SCC lead of the Upper Orwell Crossings). Last time they had control, they gave us Travel Ipswich… (well, not sure if I can say that, is it finished?)

    It appears Paul West has been offered next chance for the Ipswich constituency seat and Ben Gummer wants him to act as his deputy while he works as Secretary of State? Ben won’t have time for Ipswich.

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