Here are some of our most popular posts on Ipswich Forum.

  1. Ipswich Museums' £3,200 annual conservation budget
    Are the exhibits in Ipswich Museum and Christchurch Mansion looking a bit unloved? A request reveals outside of booster grants for specific projects, the current "conservation and care element" budget is £3,200 per year (up £400 from 5 years ago), on top of a conservation post at £29,300 per year. This is £32,500 (plus employee costs) for both museums.
  2. John Norman's rant on the Ipswich Cornhill
    Ipswich Society chairman John Norman complains about the new Cornhill in the April 2019 newsletter. Source:.
  3. Ipswich Society: Snibblets
    Ipswich Society's latest newsletter contains a few "snibblets". Not sure the link of two of the three items!
  4. POPULAR:Ipswich Buses: Ticket Wallets
    Ipswich Buses have ordered some new ticket wallets advertising 5 methods to pay - Cash, Contactless, Android Pay, Smartcard and Apple Pay. "REFUNDS ARE NOT AVAILABLE IN RESPECT OF LOST OR UNUSED TICKETS".
  5. POPULAR:What could the waterfront gateway be.
    Over the summer I'm going to be developing a concept for a waterfront gateway. Its a personal project but wish for the outcome to be in the public eye, to show what Ipswich could have, could aspire too. So thought I'd share the start of this project here. It was originally going to be a plan for the whole area along Grafton way, but I'v scaled back that plan. ' I'v set a poll, dubious to how many people will view it, but the site still gets a decent amount of hits considering I haven't updated it in months.
  6. POPULAR:Giles Circus, why are we waiting?
    How long ago did the tree get knocked down? 6 months ago? Reports of the broken manhole cover have all disappeared off the SCC Highways reporting tool I noteid today. So its been put back on! I think every road sign on one of the metal hoops around the area is damaged.
  7. Ipswich Buses: £420k savings
    Ipswich Buses launched a "new network" in February 2018 intending to save £320k each year when factoring in fare increases (not sure how you can class an increase in revenue as an expenditure saving). Part of this saving would be IBC subsidies. Furthermore, they renegotiated their insurance to save £100k per year. (Or so they claim) As great as those savings may look, it is actually only a ~5% saving on expenditure. This is limited as a big chunk is the staff bill, so savings can never be a large percentage.
  8. Ipswich Buses: £266k bill for former Managing Director
    Ipswich Buses late filed accounts showed it paid former part-time Interim Managing Director Robert Bellamy at least £266k (2017 £179k and 2018 £87k) to his service company Mews Environmental Ltd to hold the fort at Ipswich Buses. No Income Tax, National Insurance, Employers NI or Pensions Contributions. Logic would suggest this is far beyond the going rate for the services tendered whilst he ran other businesses. Of some irony, the increased bus fares were to bring about a similar figure over a year period.
  9. Ipswich Buses Ltd files overdue accounts
    Ipswich Buses Ltd has finally filed their overdue company accounts this week. The "new network" (with fare increases) is intended to deliver £320k worth of savings a year. Renegotiation of their insurance apparently saves them around £100k per year also. Of the 18 6-year old double deckers, 14 were financed through the IBC loan and the other 4 are leased. Income Statement and Balance Sheet (as restated).
  10. Robot Wars legend Rex Garrod dies at 75 after long illness with Alzheimer’s
    Robot Wars legend Rex Garrod dies at 75 after long illness with Alzheimer’s. Suffolk inventor’s quirky genius also seen in Teletubbies and Brum − and he rode speedway for Ipswich Witches, too Continue reading. on Ipswich Star.
  11. Can shoppers, businesses, and council save Ipswich Debenhams?
    Can shoppers, businesses, and council save Ipswich Debenhams? Business leaders in Ipswich will do all they can to try to keep the largest store in the town centre – but are believed to accept the fate of Debenhams may be out of their hands. Continue reading. on Ipswich Star.
  12. Arras Square St Stephens Lane
    I know they talked about working on the trees here near the church but one has now been chopped down! The ancient yew that was just by the corner of the church tower, removed yesterday. I can see some benefits but it seemed a bit hasty. Those yew trees, the traditional churchyard tree of England, been there hundred of years probably, gone in a day, with no discussion! An act of vandalism on par with knocking down the church tower itself some may say.
  13. Final preparations under way at Ipswich Cornhillfor first Farmers’ Market
    Final preparations under way at Ipswich Cornhill for first Farmers’ Market. Preparations are well under way for the first Ipswich Farmers’ Market on the town’s Cornhill on Sunday – with pitches fully booked. Continue reading. on Ipswich Star.
  14. Ipswich Cornhill to host a year of events – but will the work ever be finished?
    Ipswich Cornhill to host a year of events – but will the work ever be finished? Ipswich’s Cornhill is set to become home to a series of events over the next 12 months – providing a major grant to the town is agreed. Continue reading. on Ipswich Star.
  15. Armed police swoop on road near Ipswich station
    Armed police swoop on road near Ipswich station. Suffolk police are currently at the scene of an incident near Ipswich railway station. Continue reading. on Ipswich Star.
  16. Man ‘stabbed in the throat’ on Ipswich Waterfront
    Man ‘stabbed in the throat’ on Ipswich Waterfront. Police are investigating reports that a man suffered stab wounds and cuts to his throat and chin on Ipswich Waterfront last night. Continue reading. on Ipswich Star.
  17. Landmark building now full as Princes Street revamp continues apace
    Landmark building now full as Princes Street revamp continues apace. Last week I received an email from Malcolm Hobbs, the developer of Connexions (the former Fisons HQ), with the welcome news that the building is now fully let. Continue reading. on Ipswich Star.
  18. Boys aged 15 found with ‘zombie killer’, sword and drugs outside shop
    Boys aged 15 found with ‘zombie killer’, sword and drugs outside shop. Two 15-year-old boys have received custodial sentences after being found with a ‘zombie killer’ knife and a sword outside an Ipswich branch of the Co-op. Continue reading. on Ipswich Star.
  19. Ipswich Buses freezes bus fares until later in the year 2019
    Word on the grapevine suggests Ipswich Buses are going to delay plans to increase bus fares until the autumn, to clear the fallout from the credit voucher discontinuation and attempt to "woo" passengers with the new buses arriving - which will be in operation from next week - on the understanding (or belief) passengers will be happy to pay more to use the bus with the slightly newer buses. I think it is pretty certain bus fares will rise by April 2020 - if not before.
  20. Ipswich Vision fails to realise partner UCS is now University of Suffolk
    If you ever wondered how incompetent Ipswich Vision are, this is quite an interesting observation. They have recently released an updated Vision Priority including updating the town MP; but have included "University Campus Suffolk" as a partner despite the organisation having gained independence and became the University of Suffolk in 2016 - two and a half years ago. .
  21. ‘I’m surprised they are opening one here’ – Ipswich shoppers’ verdict on new Superdry store
    ‘I’m surprised they are opening one here’ – Ipswich shoppers’ verdict on new Superdry store. The arrival of a new Superdry store in Ipswich has garnered a mixed response from the town’s shoppers. Continue reading. on Ipswich Star.
  22. POPULAR:Ipswich Region - A new news site?
    Anyone come across this site, I'v seen it pop up everywhere. Says they want to create a new news organisation? .
  23. POPULAR:Ipswich Buses: Advertising for an Enquiries Office Assistant
    Ipswich Buses is advertising for a part-time Enquiries Office Assistant to provide customer service for 20 and a half hours per week in the enquiry office in return for £8. 64 per hour and free bus travel. .
  24. POPULAR:Ipswich Buses shows off new (second hand) fleet of Optare Tempos
    Ipswich Buses has published two photos on Twitter of one (of 11) of their new buses in their livery. Looks relatively smart. No internal photos but it is clear the bus company hasn't bothered to paint internal poles and refurbish the bus seats to create a consistent experience across their fleet. Front. Rear.
  25. ISCRE receives Sandy Martin's backdated solidarity letter
    Ipswich and Suffolk Council for Racial Equality has published online a solidarity letter from Sandy Martin. This corrected version has been backdated before he had apologised on Twitter for using the wrong terminology. Likely composed and posted yesterday, it is beyond belief why he allowed a discrepancy with the date used between different sources. Politicians with integrity? Obviously not!
  26. Sandy Martin apologies for using anti-Muslim slur
    Ipswich MP Sandy Martin has apologised for his House of Commons letterhead slur claiming a spelling error. Somewhat ironic is his apology gives the excuse of using the defence of being "mis-spelt". Spelling is to get the letters of a word put in the correct order. The third sentence contradicts this assertion by suggesting he used the old fashioned term not realising it was offensive. So was it a misspelling or the mistake of choosing an outdated word?
  27. POPULAR:Sandy Martin: Ipswich MP uses slur in wake of New Zealand Terror Attack
    Ipswich MP Sandy Martin has used a slur multiple times on House of Commons letterhead. He also signed it. Then uploaded it and tweeted it. Muslim or Moslems? Just like terminology applies to various racial groups that have become "racist" over time.
  28. Orwell Bridge ‘costs businesses in Ipswich £1million a day’ every time it closes
    Orwell Bridge ‘costs businesses in Ipswich £1million a day’ every time it closes. The closure of the Orwell Bridge costs firms in Ipswich £1million a day – “money that has left the town and won’t come back”, according to a business leader. Continue reading. on Ipswich Star.
  29. Care company boss angry over Orwell Bridge traffic chaos
    Care company boss angry over Orwell Bridge traffic chaos. The closure of the Orwell Bridge has caused traffic misery for many in Ipswich today. Continue reading. on Ipswich Star.
  30. EADT and Star says...Serious action needed over frustrating Orwell Bridge closures
    EADT and Star says. Serious action needed over frustrating Orwell Bridge closures. The frustration of Orwell Bridge closures, along with the subsequent delays and disruption they cause, is something we’ve felt all too many times before. Continue reading. on Ipswich Star.
  31. A14 Orwell Bridge REOPENS for evening rush hour
    A14 Orwell Bridge REOPENS for evening rush hour. The A14 Orwell Bridge has reopened to traffic having been closed since before this morning’s rush hour - causing havoc on the roads in Ipswich. Continue reading. on Ipswich Star.
  32. Orwell Bridge could close again for second day as Storm Gareth continues
    Orwell Bridge could close again for second day as Storm Gareth continues. The Orwell Bridge is still closed this afternoon - and could have to close again tomorrow, as Storm Gareth continues. Continue reading. on Ipswich Star.
  33. What can be done over Orwell Bridge closures and how likely are these measures?
    What can be done over Orwell Bridge closures and how likely are these measures? This morning’s closure of the Orwell Bridge has prompted fresh questions about what can be done to stop the gridlock which builds up around Ipswich as traffic diverts off the bridge and into the town. Continue reading. on Ipswich Star.
  34. ‘Welcome to Gridswich’ - reaction to Orwell Bridge closure
    ‘Welcome to Gridswich’ - reaction to Orwell Bridge closure. Commuters trying to get to work in Ipswich have expressed their misery about today’s closure of the Orwell Bridge. Continue reading. on Ipswich Star.
  35. Orwell Bridge in Ipswich closes due to 'strong' winds
    Wind speeds of up to 55mph are forecast as Storm Gareth passes through the east of England. Continue reading. on BBC News website.
  36. Orwell Bridge hoped to reopen before this evening’s rush hour
    Orwell Bridge hoped to reopen before this evening’s rush hour. Highways England have said that they hope the Orwell Bridge will reopen this afternoon before the start of rush hour traffic. Continue reading. on Ipswich Star.
  37. POPULAR:Orwell Bridge to close in both directions due to ‘very strong winds’
    Orwell Bridge to close in both directions due to ‘very strong winds’. Drivers have been urged to consider other routes this morning after it was announced it would be shut in both directions due to the “very strong winds” from Storm Gareth, Continue reading. on Ipswich Star.
  38. Uncertainty over Orwell Bridge closure continues as Storm Gareth hits Suffolk
    Uncertainty over Orwell Bridge closure continues as Storm Gareth hits Suffolk. A yellow weather warning is in place as East Anglia braces itself for the arrival of Storm Gareth which is expected to batteri the region with wind speeds of up to 60mph. Continue reading. on Ipswich Star.
  39. POPULAR:Orwell Bridge remains open for now as gusts approach 50mph
    Orwell Bridge remains open for now as gusts approach 50mph. The Orwell Bridge is being “constantly monitored” by highways workers as high winds sweep across Suffolk and Essex ahead of the evening commute. Continue reading. on Ipswich Star.
  40. POPULAR:Cornhill Vandalism: Ipswich humiliated on BBC The One Show!
    BBC's The One Show came to Ipswich to talk about the large tomato greenhouse just outside Ipswich. The backdrop featured what is left of the market and of course the planters with the blue "Step Down Use Handrail" signs attached. They appeared to avoid the monoliths! Which makes me wonder, were the planters actually installed to make the Cornhill prettier for The One Show filming which would have been planned in advance? See here @ 51m: BBC iPlayer - The One Show - 06/03/2019.
  41. Great Blakenham SnOasis: Financial backing 'in place'
    Plans for the £300m snow sports centre in Great Blakenham have been in the pipeline for 18 years. Continue reading. on BBC News website.
  42. POPULAR:Where does the buses go?
    Quite disappointing from Suffolk County Council's Suffolk Onboard, bus timetables which tell you what times what services arrive, but not specify where the buses are going! Here is an example in Long Melford! I suppose you cannot say fairer than that, however, does nobody check these? These aren't printed next to the bus stop. These are designed, sent to the printers and then delivered one-by-one to the bus stops for installation.
  43. Orwell Bridge remains open as high winds monitored
    Orwell Bridge remains open as high winds monitored. A decision to close the Orwell Bridge may be made today, with wind speeds of up to 50mph set to batter Suffolk. Continue reading. on Ipswich Star.
  44. POPULAR:Stop and Search: Is Suffolk Constabulary racist?
    Is Suffolk Police really racist? Does the Ipswich and Suffolk Council for Racial Equality (ISCRE) really understand what "racial equality" is? On the radio yesterday, figures from July 2018 to December 2018 showed 54 black people and 539 white people were stopped and searched in Suffolk. This doesn't seem particularly concerning to me. nine times more white people were searched than black.
  45. Forecaster warns incoming high winds could close Orwell Bridge
    Forecaster warns incoming high winds could close Orwell Bridge. It’s been an unseasonably warm week to end a month that last year saw East Anglia covered in snow – but change is on the horizon, and it could pose some problems for the Monday rush hour. Continue reading. on Ipswich Star.
  46. Police officer praised for hauling man back from edge of Orwell Bridge
    Police officer praised for hauling man back from edge of Orwell Bridge. The actions of a police officer in hauling a man back from the edge of the Orwell Bridge have been praised by the force. Continue reading. on Ipswich Star.
  47. POPULAR:Poulter says there is “no chance” of him supporting northern by-pass
    Poulter says there is “no chance” of him supporting northern by-pass. The two MPs representing Ipswich have differing views on the northern by-pass, with Central Suffolk and North Ipswich’s Dr Dan Poulter saying the road has no chance of getting his support. . . or government funding.
  48. POPULAR:Does Ipswich need a northern bypass? Public consultation to be launched into project
    Does Ipswich need a northern bypass? Public consultation to be launched into project. A public consultation on a northern bypass for Ipswich will launch this summer, it has been announced. Continue reading. on Ipswich Star.
  49. POPULAR:Old Ipswich Tourism Map (Undated)
    Just happened to have discovered an old Ipswich Town Centre tourism map - the kind you get from one of the welcome board kiosks you pay £1 for - undated by the Landmark Map Company. It isn't that old relative to the age of the town and the available borough maps but it is the oldest drawn map I know of for the promotion of retail. If anyone can help date it I would be very grateful!
  50. POPULAR:Ipswich Buses: 2019 Price Rises
    Ipswich Buses' bus fares are expected to rise once again in 2019. Whilst we await formal confirmation through an announcement from the bus company, early indications are fare rises from April 2019 with bus fares rising by 20p for adult single fare, 20p for adult returns (rounded to £2, £3, £4) with the all day family bus ticket, Under 20 bus fares, transfer tickets and day rovers also changing in price. Anticipated Ipswich Buses Adult Bus Fares All tiers of bus fares to rise by 20p. Returns to be rounded numbers. Adult Single £1.
  51. Are speeding drivers finally getting the message? Three-year low for Orwell Bridge cameras
    Are speeding drivers finally getting the message? Three-year low for Orwell Bridge cameras. Drivers may finally be getting the message, Suffolk’s crime chief has said as the number of motorists snapped speeding on the Orwell Bridge plunged to a three-year low. Continue reading. on Ipswich Star.
  52. POPULAR:Ipswich Buses set to scrap credit notes – will you lose money?
    Ipswich Buses set to scrap credit notes – will you lose money? Ipswich Buses is to stop issuing credit notes at the end of next month in a bid to speed their vehicles at bus stops – but some travellers will be forced to pay more for their journeys. Continue reading. on Ipswich Star.
  53. POPULAR:Ipswich Buses: Company announces End of March credit voucher ban
    Ipswich Buses has today announced details of the withdrawal of credit vouchers from the end of March 2019. This has already caused quite a reaction on Twitter, as could be expected. .
  54. POPULAR:Split ticketing changes could benefit rail users
    Split ticketing changes could benefit rail users. Rail user groups in Suffolk and Essex are welcoming proposed changes to ticket prices which could see split ticketing become a thing of the past in favour of less complicated fares. Continue reading. on Ipswich Star.
  55. POPULAR:Cornhill Revamp: council's "planter" quick fix trick doesn't conform with Health & Safety standards
    Ipswich Borough Council has installed some planters on the Cornhill near the steps to force people to use the handrails. These black planters as a "quick fix" creates a multitude of issues. By default they block the view of the dangerous stairs from certain angles - so the depth of steps cannot be judged. The plants can distract people away from the activity of going down the steps. The blue makeshift signs do not confirm with Health & Safety standards - these should be yellow and black "caution" warning signs due to the fatality - plus too far away from the steps.
  56. POPULAR:Ipswich Buses: Steve Bryce appointed as General Manager
    It can be confirmed through Linkedin () that Steve Bryce has been appointed to the job of General Manager at Ipswich Buses Ltd replacing the former Operations Manager. It is expected Stephen from Shrewsbury (roughly halfway between Cardiff and Leeds) will undertake the job of the Managing Director who spends his time in Ashford, Kent. We assume/hope that unlike the MD, Stephen will actually be moving to Ipswich. Stephen in his own words. Furthermore.
  57. POPULAR:Ipswich Buses: Council bus company to stop offering change vouchers (credit notes)
    Ipswich Buses are to discontinue credit vouchers. When the new changes come in - believed to be April - you will either have to use a smartcard, contactless debit card or use cash with the exact fare. If you don't have change for the bus (perhaps your credit or debit card isn't working or you didn't notice it had expired) overpaying won't get you a "change voucher" any longer. You won't receive change or a credit note. Furthermore, the opening hours for the enquiry office / Travel Shop will be reduced.
  58. POPULAR:New planters on Ipswich Cornhill in a bid to ease concerns about safety
    New planters on Ipswich Cornhill in a bid to ease concerns about safety. Ipswich council is installing new planters at the top of the steps on the town’s Cornhill in response to safety fears which were heightened after the death of John Stow last month. Continue reading. on Ipswich Star.
  59. POPULAR:The safety expert's opinion must be in! The barriers go up....
    You read it here first, 13. 15 today the barriers start to go up on the steps on the new Cornhill. Work being carried out by Ipswich Borough Council labour under supervision by a couple of IBC personal. So this is not a contractor setting up some sort rf work area for remedial works, this is IBC blocking off the steps. Much assumption here of course, but not sure what else they could be doing.
  60. The world’s first mass-produced recycled paper bottles will be made here in Suffolk
    The world’s first mass-produced recycled paper bottles will be made here in Suffolk. Machine to make a new kind of paper bottle which could revolutionise the packaging industry and help to purge the environment of plastic rubbish are being built here in Suffolk. Continue reading. on Ipswich Star.
  61. POPULAR:Suffolk Business Awards 2019 is launched
    Suffolk Business Awards 2019 is launched. Top businesses across Suffolk and north Essex are being urged to get their entries in as the East Anglian Daily Times launches its prestigious annual business awards event. Continue reading. on Ipswich Star.
  62. POPULAR:Ipswich traders wary about joining farmers’ markets on the Cornhill
    Ipswich traders wary about joining farmers’ markets on the Cornhill. Market traders in Ipswich have been offered the chance of joining the new Farmer’s Market that is due to start on the Cornhill once a month from April. Continue reading. on Ipswich Star.
  63. POPULAR:Roadworks, roadworks, everywhere!
    Week 7 of 2019 and the roadworks including full closures and temp traffic lights affecting my journey into and out of Ipswich town centre seems to be getting worse by the day! So to try and put down some sort of a marker and monitor this here's a list of the works that have caused me to be diverted or delayed so far in 2019. Timings are approx: Week 2-ongoing, Closure of Rushmere Road, footway works, ongoing, 9 weeks work as signed. This has been fully closed on occasions but you can now travel the length of it if you slalom around the road closed signs and works in the carriageway etc.
  64. POPULAR:Ed Sheeran fans to get thousands of extra train seats for Ipswich shows
    Ed Sheeran fans to get thousands of extra train seats for Ipswich shows. Fans heading to Ipswich for Ed Sheeran’s four concerts in Chantry Park over the August Bank Holiday weekend should find many extra trains laid on to take them home Continue reading. on Ipswich Star.
  65. Final hours of man who died after Cornhill fall revealed at inquest opening
    Final hours of man who died after Cornhill fall revealed at inquest opening. The opening of an inquest into the death of a man who fell on the steps of the Cornhill in Ipswich has revealed his final hours. Continue reading. on Ipswich Star.
  66. Ipswich retail ‘in decline’, warns town centre leader
    Ipswich retail ‘in decline’, warns town centre leader. Ipswich needs to fundamentally transform its town centre because the retail sector is “in decline”, the leader of a group representing shops and businesses has warned. Continue reading. on Ipswich Star.
  67. POPULAR:This is the investment we are putting into Ipswich - council leader
    This is the investment we are putting into Ipswich - council leader. Last week I detailed how Labour-run Ipswich Borough Council is keeping council tax bills down while protecting frontline services from cuts. Continue reading. on Ipswich Star.
  68. POPULAR:Police spotted in Ipswich park after man ‘grabs child from swing’
    Police spotted in Ipswich park after man ‘grabs child from swing’. Officers have searched the area around an Ipswich park following reports a young child was taken out of a swing. Continue reading. on Ipswich Star.
  69. High winds ‘could close Orwell Bridge’, experts warn
    High winds ‘could close Orwell Bridge’, experts warn. Forecasters are predicting another round of high winds this morning – with gusts of up to 50mph threatening havoc for drivers. Continue reading. on Ipswich Star.
  70. POPULAR:Queen Street Food Quarter: Finished?
    Has the Queen Street Food Quarter idea finally died off? The Ipswich Market Queen Street Food Quarter wasn't operational today. Yesterday it was called off on safety grounds but when checking for an official announcement from Ipswich Borough Council on their website or twitter, no explanation. I wasn't alone in wondering what happened to it. Will the food quarter be back?
  71. Relocated Ipswich Market traders are furious after borough organises Cornhill farmers market
    It has been made public that when Ipswich Market was relocated for the Cornhill works, Ipswich Central and Ipswich Borough Council were headhunting Justine Paul of Suffolk Market Events, to put on a monthly 30-trader farmers market on the Cornhill. Ipswich Star - Huge new monthly farmers’ market coming to Ipswich I actually love the concept of a farmers market and none of this is criticism for the proposed Ipswich Farmers Market. We are the county town of rural Suffolk! The local farmers market to Ipswich was largely inconvenient for many.
  72. Change of wind direction could keep Orwell Bridge open this weekend
    Change of wind direction could keep Orwell Bridge open this weekend. The second wave of Storm Erik is expected to hit Suffolk this weekend and winds are expected to be even stronger than we have seen today. Continue reading. on Ipswich Star.
  73. POPULAR:Cornhill, why are we waiting?
    So, 4 month is it now since the glorious Cornhill was opened? And yet we still wait for the moanaliths to be completed, we still have temporary barriers on the tappered step and we now await the results of an "expert" safety consultation following a tragic fall on the steps that resulted in a death. It had been noticed that some of the resin aggregate paving around the new trees was sinking a bit in a few places. But reports just in that temporarily black top has now been applied to those to level them up! I've not seen it yet but, SERIOUSLY!
  74. POPULAR:Huge new monthly farmers’ market coming to Ipswich
    Huge new monthly farmers’ market coming to Ipswich. Organiser hopes the Cornhill-based market will attract more footfall to the town centre. Continue reading. on Ipswich Star.
  75. POPULAR:Orwell Bridge closure threat ‘borderline’ as Storm Erik batters Suffolk
    Orwell Bridge closure threat ‘borderline’ as Storm Erik batters Suffolk. The Orwell Bridge could be forced to close this afternoon as wind speeds are predicted to reach 55mph. Continue reading. on Ipswich Star.
  76. POPULAR:Is Colchester getting organised?
    For some reason Colchester wants to drop the "Oldest Recorded Town" strap-line replacing it with "Britain's First City". Which is a bit of a strange one as it closely implies resemblance to a far-right fascist group of a similar name. A pending PR disaster, I will wait for the signs to go up before making the link. LOL In other news, Colchester Borough Council is seeking information on a Unitary Authority.
  77. POPULAR:Ed Sheeran Chantry Park Concerts: Travel Arrangements
    Ed Sheeran is about to begin his worldwide tour which will end with four concerts in Ipswich's Chantry Park. So what travel arrangements has Ipswich Borough Council got in store to make it run as smoothly as possible? So far, it defaults on existing car parks in the town, Suffolk One car park and London Road (Copdock Mill) Park & Ride. These are going to be nowhere near enough. We ultimately know it will resort in thousands of cars parked down side streets, on grass verges and probably on peoples driveways.
  78. POPULAR:Strong winds hit Suffolk but Orwell Bridge remains open
    Strong winds hit Suffolk but Orwell Bridge remains open. Strong winds have hit Suffolk overnight but Highways England have confirmed that the Orwell Bridge remains open so far this morning. Continue reading. on Ipswich Star.
  79. POPULAR:Suffolk seriously failing STEM
    Somebody woke up one morning in Suffolk and dreamt up "Eastern Institute of Technology" to bridge the gap between what the Suffolk education system produces and what is required to bridge the gap of the skill shortage for employers in STEM subjects - Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics.
  80. POPULAR:New technology hub in Ipswich moves step closer
    New technology hub in Ipswich moves step closer. An innovative multi-million pound technology teaching hub featuring a tie-up of colleges across Suffolk have moved a step closer. Continue reading. on Ipswich Star.
  81. POPULAR:UK’s largest car stack set to revolutionise parking at the Winerack on Ipswich Waterfront
    UK’s largest car stack set to revolutionise parking at the Winerack on Ipswich Waterfront. At the heart of the Winerack currently being fitted out on Ipswich Waterfront is an extraordinary stacking system that will store more than 250 cars on eight levels. Continue reading. on Ipswich Star.
  82. Public Realm Strategy: Local nodes project
    Ipswich’s urban fabric is characterised by a number of street junctions which have irregular geometry, a strong sense of enclosure and prominent townscape value. Most of these date back to the medieval street network, and contribute - or have the potential to contribute more strongly - to a sense of place and local identity. All of them are also important decision points, places where pedestrians can choose to travel east-west or north-south. However the tight enclosure by adjacent buildings means that vistas are limited and legibility of route choice is not always good.
  83. POPULAR:Public Realm Strategy: Lloyds Avenue
    Turn Lloyds Avenue into a more attractive place with more pedestrian activity by providing space for‘sitting out’ and promoting the north-south route between the Cornhill and Crown Street activity. Also improve the public realm to rear of Debenhams at the southern end. Improve public realm at south end of Lloyds Avenue with special surfacing treatment that connects beneath Lloyds Avenue Arch and links with Cornhill. Repave footway and carriageway along remainder of Lloyds Avenue with special materials as shared or level surface to promote pedestrian priority (e. g.
  84. Public Realm Strategy: Tower Street and Tower Ramparts east
    Tower Street should be improved to enhance the setting of St Mary-le-Tower churchyard and provide a stronger and more attractive pedestrian route along the street, terminating in a new pocket space created at the rear of Yates on the eastern end of Tower Ramparts. The design approach developed should be consistent with that around St Lawrence, St Mary le Tower, and other pedestrian lanes to create consistency and visual unity.
  85. Public Realm Strategy: St Lawrence Centre
    This urban space features a highly visible and iconic church tower, but the surrounding churchyard is constrained and hidden - the presence and amenity of this small space should be enhanced. The design approach developed should be consistent with that around St Lawrence, St Mary le Tower, and other pedestrian lanes in the town centre to create consistency and visual unity. Repave Dial Lane and paved churchyard areas with consistent surface materials that with other churchyards and lanes.
  86. POPULAR:Public Realm Strategy: Arras Square / St Stephens
    This important public space forms the setting of St Stephens Church (the Tourist Information Centre) and the main entrance to the Buttermarket shopping centre, and the public realm should reflect this. The design approach developed should be consistent with that around St Lawrence, St Mary le Tower,and other pedestrian lanes in the town centre to create consistency and visual unity. Repave entire area with consistent surface materials that complement heritage setting and create a stronger sense of place, clearly identifying designation of loading/unloading for stores.
  87. Public Realm Strategy: Princes Street Bridge gateway
    Bridge area enhanced as ‘gateway’, promoting sense of arrival and orientation from rail station towards the town centre. Potential for a piece of signature art to provide a visual feature and sense of arrival to Ipswich in the station forecourt. Place name/ Ipswich branding feature along boundary of land on northwest corner of junction of Princes Street/ Burrell Road/ Ranelagh Road that promotes identity and conveys sense of direction towards the town centre. Upgrade footway surfacing on bridge to match station square.
  88. Public Realm Strategy: Regent Gateway/ Major's Corner
    This project is to enhance this gateway to the town centre from the east, as the terminus of the major east-west axis of Westgate/Tavern/ Carr Streets, a major junction on a key north-south route connecting the Waterfront to Christchurch Park, and the setting for The Regent Theatre - a key cultural asset for the Council. Promote re-use or redevelopment of the Odeon site to create a high-quality landmark building which provides improved public realm activation and frontage along the existing parking site.
  89. POPULAR:Public Realm Strategy: Upper Orwell Street streetscape
    Upper Orwell Street suffers from a poor quality public realm in contrast to the Fore Street part of this corridor. The street should be improved to provide a strong visual continuation of Fore Street to draw people onwards, with wider footways where possible. Investigate the reduction of carriageway space to consistent 6. 5m in order to improve cycle routes, widen footways and help maintain slow traffic speeds. Repave footways and carriageway in special materials, similar in style to Fore Street.
  90. POPULAR:Public Realm Strategy: Upper Brook Street/ Northgate
    In the short term, promote interventions that improve the pedestrian experience and make it more comfortable for southbound cyclists. Raise loading and disabled parking bays to footway level and repave in materials similar to footway, to create space that can be used by pedestrians when not occupied by vehicles, and visually narrow the carriageway. Raise contra-flow cycle lane to footway level, to further visually narrow the carriageway. Work with building owners/occupiers to encourage improvement of frontages along the street, and maintain clean and unobstructed footways outside their premises.
  91. Public Realm Strategy: Westgate / Tavern / Carr streets
    A key part of this important east-west corridor will be improved through the delivery of the Cornhill project at Ipswich’s heart. Following this significant project further work should be undertaken to upgrade the rest of this link. In the short term: Review and remove redundant street clutter, and work with business owners to reduce the number of ‘A’ boards and similar which are provided in the space. Replace bins and benches with coordinated palette of contemporary, high quality items, and identify additional locations for benches to provide regular rest points along street.
  92. POPULAR:Public Realm Strategy: St Peter's Port area
    New green space and public realm setting for Wolsey Gate and St Peter’s church in conjunction with sensitive development of vacant St Peter’s Port site including new north south pedestrian links. Redesign public realm in front of St Peter’s church as part of St Peter’s north-south route, using design elements that provide more visual consistency between St Peter’s Street and St Peter’s Dock, and make this area a focal point with improved amenity (e. g. buffer planting in grassed area, integrated seating, and pedestrian lighting).
  93. POPULAR:Public Realm Strategy: Bridge Street gateway
    The starting point of the St Peter’s gateway project, is that it is an important arrival area for both the Waterfront and the town centre. Redesign should improve east-west and north-south connectivity, and provide a high quality public realm to attract people to the town centre, and to provide an enhanced setting for future development on key sites which will act as a gateway to the Waterfront. It is recognised that the four lane ‘Star Lane Gyratory’ acts as a barrier to north/ south connectivity however is important for vehicular movement.
  94. POPULAR:Public Realm Strategy: St Peter’s Dock
    Funding from the Coastal Community Fund has been secured to create an improved area of public realm alongside the Waterfront at St Peter’s Dock. SCC is preparing a high quality improvement scheme for this area; this should form the starting point for further enhancement in conjunction with redevelopment of adjacent buildings. Ultimately, this area should be turned into a new destination public space with sitting out space, and prioritising pedestrian movement and people activity over vehicles.
  95. See the Orwell Bridge from the air in these drone photos
    See the Orwell Bridge from the air in these drone photos. A drone pilot has been photographing some of Suffolk’s most iconic scenes including the Tide Mill at Woodbridge and Seckford Hall. Continue reading. on Ipswich Star.
  96. POPULAR:HMV: struggles with poor window displays
    The positives about hmv's new tiny Sailmakers store is the modern shell retail units are pretty smart. The negatives are how small and so little choice it offers (especially compared to online) and. that window display! This is effectively Part 2 of the HMV deserves it's fate topic. HMV are having major problems, downsizing to save cash in what it sees as an unimportant location, seems rather sound.
  97. Now you see it, now you don’t – Orwell Bridge ‘disappears’ in fog
    Now you see it, now you don’t – Orwell Bridge ‘disappears’ in fog. The Orwell Bridge near Ipswich has ‘disappeared’ in fog this morning. Continue reading. on Ipswich Star.
  98. POPULAR:Woffee: the new French coffee shop nobody has heard of
    I rarely use eBay these days and rarely go down Carr Street, but I recently stumbled across a business for sale advert for a Cafe based in Ipswich. or so it said, and I thought to myself that isn't Ipswich! Although it clearly looked like a Superdrug beside it and the pavement not being perfect. I don't normally plug new A3 units in particular independents. and this isn't intending to be an advert.
  99. POPULAR:County council tax rises wipe out previous freezes, claims Ipswich council leader
    County council tax rises wipe out previous freezes, claims Ipswich council leader. The recent Centre for Cities study confirms what we all knew – that areas like Ipswich have been hit hardest by Government funding cuts, writes David Ellesmere, leader of Ipswich Borough Council. Continue reading. on Ipswich Star.
  100. POPULAR:Ipswich Market Unofficial Website
    We have registered IpswichMarket. co. uk for use as a. Probably too late to help the market now but better than nothing (Ipswich Borough Council's efforts)!