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Summary

  1. Updates for Wednesday, 25 May 2016
  2. Talks aimed at preventing ambulance strike resume today at Acas
  3. Consultation held on plans to close 30 level crossings in Suffolk
  4. West Suffolk Hospital "disappointed" over ambulance transfer delays
  5. Campaigners allege planning "free-for-all" in Suffolk Coastal
  6. Updates resume at 08:00 on Thursday

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By Kate Williams

All times stated are UK

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That's it from us

Kate Williams

BBC Local Live

Goodnight from us all and thanks for your company, on a day when we brought you news of a consultation on closure of 30 level crossings in Suffolk and cute pictures of peregrine falcon chicks being ringed to help monitor their future movements. 

Suffolk Live returns tomorrow from 08:00. We hope you can join us then.

The forecast: Light drizzle overnight

BBC Weather

Tonight it'll stay overcast with patchy light rain and drizzle, especially across northern counties.  

Weather graphic
BBC

It'll be drier across southern counties and gradually becoming dry across all areas this evening and overnight, 

Meanwhile tomorrow will start cloudy, but it'll become brighter with sunny spells.

Devolution: Three counties will need to negotiate certain issues

Andrew Sinclair

BBC Look East political correspondent

To satisfy the government, Norfolk, Suffolk and Cambridgeshire will have to agree to work together on certain issues and I understand that there is still a lot of disagreement about what those areas should be.

East Anglian flag
BBC

There is also a feeling that the government needs to put more money towards the devolution project and a few people still have reservations about directly-elected mayors. 

The deadline of this Friday for a deal to be agreed is expected to slip by as much as a fortnight. 

Meanwhile, a report from the House of Lords today raises concerns about the lack of public engagement and transparency in the whole devolution process. It also questions "if the people of Cambridgeshire, Peterborough, Norfolk and Suffolk will feel that the proposed East Anglia Combined Authority reflects their local identities".     

Signs that devolution is close, but will probably be delayed

Andrew Sinclair

BBC Look East political correspondent

The man leading negotiations for East Anglian devolution is expected to meet Local Government Secretary Greg Clark tomorrow amid signs that a deal involving Norfolk, Suffolk and Cambridgeshire could be close, although there still appear to be major hurdles to overcome.

I understand that Suffolk businessman Andy Wood will ask for more money towards transport projects to help seal the deal. 

The East Anglia Devolution Agreement Document
BBC

Council leaders from the three counties met today, and I understand that most of the discussion revolved around the so-called "brother and sister deal" which would see two new authorities and two elected mayors created: one for Norfolk and Suffolk and the other for Cambridgeshire and Peterborough.

More on consultation on plans to close 30 Suffolk level crossings

Kate Williams

BBC Local Live

Network Rail has issued more information about the consultation into the closure of 30 level crossings in Bury St Edmunds, Ipswich and Stowmarket. 

The list of those earmarked include six in Bury St Edmunds area, 16 in the Stowmarket area and eight in the Ipswich area.

Public meetings will be held in June on the proposals. More information is available from Network Rail by clicking here.

Watch: BBC Springwatch team preview their highlights for Suffolk-based series

The popular BBC Springwatch series is back on our screens on Monday on BBC2 at 20:00, once again coming from Minsmere on the Suffolk coast.

Presenters Chris Packham, Iolo Williams and Martin Hughes-Games give their personal highlights from this year's series.

Devolution explained: What it could mean for Suffolk

Vikki Irwin

BBC Radio Suffolk political reporter

For several weeks now BBC Suffolk has been discussing the issue of East Anglian devolution and what it could mean for the people of Suffolk.

East Anglian Flag
BBC

Now the county council has created a website explaining how it would work. You can read and learn more by clicking here.   

ITFC's Christophe Berra's take on training... in Scotland

Bury Town clubhouse: Planning approval is 'final bit in the jigsaw'

Ben Parker

BBC Suffolk sport

Bury Town FC's chief executive says there is just one remaining piece to the "jigsaw" of having a new clubhouse. 

The old clubhouse, pictured below behind the stand, will be torn down.

Ram Meadow, the home of Bury Town Football Club
Stuart Shepherd

The Shakers have already secured funding to build the new clubhouse for next season, with St Edmundsbury Borough Council providing £50,000 in funding and the club raising the same amount through sponsorship.

A five-year lease has been granted. Chief executive Michelle Banfield-Curran said: "The final bit in the jigsaw is literally the planning approval, which we hope we'll get next week."

Watch: Falcons ringed on 'tallest building'

Andrew Woodger

BBC News

Peregrine chicks nesting in a 23-storey tower block have been ringed to help monitor their future movements.  

The Mill, in Ipswich, which is 233ft (71m) high, has a specially-built nesting box that is home to five chicks waiting to fledge.

Peregrine chicks in Ipswich

Falcons ringed on 'tallest building'

Peregrine chicks nesting in a 23-storey tower block have been ringed to monitor their movements.

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Automated barriers 'way forward', says campaigner

Earlier we told you about proposals to shut or change the use of 30 level crossings across Suffolk under a regional plan to make trains quicker and improve safety.

Warning sign at level crossing
Rail Network

Campaigners against the plans have urged people to attend Network Rail's consultation events in Bury St Edmunds, Ipswich and Stowmarket. 

Rosie Carter, from Suffolk Crossings, said she feared communities could end up being divided and has urged people to attend Network Rail's consultation events in Bury St Edmunds, Ipswich and Stowmarket.

"Rurally our public rights of way are so important... automated barriers have got to be the answer," she said.

Councillor: 'Housing demands much greater than they were'

Kate Williams

BBC Local Live

Framlingham Residents Association (whose chairman Chris Sharpe is pictured below) is claiming a planning inspector's report giving the go-ahead for a housing development in the town suggests other builders could have free-rein to follow suit. 

Chris Sharpe, chairman of the Framlingham Residents' Association
BBC

They highlight one of the inspector's conclusions, that Suffolk Coastal's policy is out of date when it comes to housing development in the countryside. 

But councillor Tony Fryatt who has responsibility for planning says there is no loophole that can be exploited. 

He said: "We are only obliged to provide 7,900 houses, which is far less than the assessed needs for this particular district. 

"And we were supposed to come up with another figure, it is claimed in 2015, but what's not been appreciated by the inspector is the fact that the world has now changed quite dramatically and the housing demands that are being put on us are much greater than they were back in those times."

Match report: AFC Hoxne see off league rivals to win Suffolk Junior Cup for the first time

Diss Express

AFC Hoxne were crowned the Suffolk Junior Cup champions for the first time after beating Henley Athletic 2-0 in the final at Portman Road last night.

AFC Hoxne celebrate winning the Suffolk Junior Cup at Portman Road last night
Diss Express

Thirty crossings could close for faster rail

East Anglian Daily Times

This is the front page of today's East Anglian Daily Times:

East Anglian Daily Times front page
East Anglian Daily Times

Why I took on 'drug dealing menace'

Ipswich Star

Here's a look at today's Ipswich Star front page:

Ipswich Star front page
Ipswich Star

Clubhouse funding boost for Bury Town

Bury Free Press

Bury Town FC received a shot in the arm last night after learning that they will receive the necessary funding to renovate their ‘not fit for purpose’ clubhouse.

Bury Town FC plaque
Bury Free Press

Talks aimed at preventing ambulance strike resume

Talks aimed at preventing a strike by East of England Ambulance Service staff will resume today at the conciliation service Acas. 

Ambulances parked
BBC

Health union Unison has released a video showing the stresses it claims its members are under. 

The dispute with the ambulance trust is over rest breaks and enforced overtime. The trust is under pressure to meet targets for response times and admits it does not have the resources to meet demands.

West Suffolk Hospital 'disappointed' over ambulance transfer delays

Kelly McCormack

BBC Radio Suffolk

West Suffolk Hospital says it is disappointed at failing to meet targets for the length of time it takes to transfer patients from ambulances into accident and emergency.

West Suffolk Hospital
BBC

Figures being discussed today show 63 patients bought to the hospital by ambulances in March were forced to wait outside for more than an hour.  

In a statement, West Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust said: "The whole hospital has been very busy over the past few months, which has impacted our ability to move people between departments and affected these latest figures."

Campaigners allege planning 'free-for-all' in Suffolk Coastal

Campaigners against plans for more than 150 homes in Fairfield Road in Framlingham - which were approved on appeal - claim there's a development free-for-all in the Suffolk Coastal area. 

The group has concerns over a report from the Planning Inspectorate, which they say leaves the district council open to abuse by developers.

Framlingham Residents' Association has seen the report by planning inspector, John Braithwaite and says he no evidence the council had a five-year supply of housing land.

It has written a letter to the chief executive of Suffolk Coastal District Council demanding action, but the council says the claimed loophole does not exist.

Consultation held on plans to close level crossings

Kate Williams

BBC Local Live

Plans to close 30 level crossings in Suffolk have gone to consultation. 

Train going over a level crossing
PA

Network Rail has announced proposals which will be discussed at three public meetings next month. 

It's thought most of the crossings that could be affected in the county would mean changes for pedestrians on footpaths rather than vehicles on roads.

The forecast: cloudy and grey

Kate Kinsella

BBC Look East weather

Today will be cloudy and it'll feel chilly with outbreaks of light rain through the morning and afternoon, mainly affecting northern parts, but southern areas should remain dry throughout the day.  

Morning and welcome to Wednesday

Kate Williams

BBC Local Live

Morning all, on this rather grey, and chilly Wednesday. We'll be here right until 18:00 today bringing you news, sport, weather and travel in your part of the world. 

In a few moments, we'll bring you news of a planning wrangle in Framlingham. Campaigners against plans for more than 150 homes claim there's a development "free-for-all" in the Suffolk Coastal area.

More soon, but in the meantime, here's today's weather.