On Friday morning I visited Mayo Court, which is a sheltered housing scheme run by Ipswich Borough Council. I was well received and struck by the friendliness of the residents. I was ribbed about my yellow shirt and green tie as those are Norwich colours! Mental note to always wear my Labour tie in future!
In the afternoon I had a meeting with the director of Suffolk Wildlife Trust. They manage several small nature reserves with about 35 full time staff and 1500 volunteers. They also provide consultancy to developers and councils on environmental matters. On the Parham windfarm, they say there is no environmental issue with going ahead whereas with Snoasis, there is an issue with bats and newts. What interested (and disappointed) me most was that it is very difficult to recreate most wildlife habitats, which makes human developments very damaging to the natural world.
Out canvassing on Friday evening on the Whitehouse estate - six times more voters for than against. I was very tired by this point so I am glad there weren't too many long discussions on the doorstep.