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  1. Ipswich Buses: Need to try harder
    Ipswich Buses are proudly at Ipswich Maritime Festival with a stall - sandwiched between a car dealership and the Samaritans. Noticeable are 4 posters - 2 look to be A4, and 2 look A3 sized - about the Ed Sheeran Shuttle Bus. Very poorly presented. Why not two roller banners? No information or timetables being given away despite the ED1 shuttle bus timetable published online over a week ago on the 9th August 2019.
  2. Ipswich Buses: ED1 Ed Sheeran Shuttle Bus timetable and information
    Ipswich Entertains has published the timetable for the Ed Shuttle Bus ("ED1") which appears to be every 15 minutes there until 4pm - not every 10 minutes as advertised - and more frequent back. This replaces 6+ service buses (more if 13 is limited too) with 4 buses. We cannot expect anything less from Ipswich Buses who are promoting this service this weekend at the Ipswich Maritime Festival but not giving out information or a timetable. Buses return via A14 & Sproughton Road.
  3. Ipswich Buses: Ed Sheeran Concert Updates - No service to Chantry?
    Did you not know? Ed Sheeran is playing 4 large concerts in a park in Ipswich just north of Chantry this coming Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday. Ipswich Buses are rumoured to be significantly reducing service to the area but haven't yet revealed details of this publicly.
  4. Is Ed Sheeran headlining the 30th Ipswich Music Day?
    Rumours are: part of the deal of Ipswich Borough Council's Chantry Park hosting Ed Sheeran's final Divide tour concerts is the suggestion that Ed Sheeran might be making an appearance at the 30th anniversary of Ipswich Music Day - and that the event might be held in Chantry Park. Is Ed Sheeran headlining the 30th Ipswich Music Day?
  5. First Buses makes compromise on Martlesham Route 66 proposals
    First Buses makes compromise on Martlesham Route 66 proposals. Public backlash over plans to re-route a key Martlesham bus service has resulted in a U-turn by operators. Continue reading. on Ipswich Star.
  6. easyHotel Coffee Shop Unit: Still vacant
    Why has nobody moved in to the ground floor A3 unit in Northgate Street with easyHotel? Okay, so better located coffee shops exist further down the road where the footfall is higher. although Starbucks did fine a stone throw away (although visible on the high street), before they closed. but you know, it is close to the library, the main bus station, a new super-budget hotel without an on-site restaurant and the town centre primary street isn't far off. easyHotel made a massive celebration when they sold the rights to this unit, we all expected someone would announce and then occupy this unit.
  7. Are more rural buses in Suffolk heading for an October shake-up?
    Are more rural buses in Suffolk heading for an October shake-up? Bus services to villages in the Mid Suffolk area could be facing a major shake-up in October after Galloways told the county council that it plans to withdraw from its local bus contracts. Continue reading. on Ipswich Star.
  8. Street Entertainment at St Peter’s Dock
    Article in the star today how despite the Cornhill Project, the town has the highest number of vacant shops in the last 4 years. It is good to see the council and Ipswich Central has its priorities right. Firstly, , none to be seen elsewhere in the town, and secondly, but most importantly, a small programme of street entertainment has been organised at St Peters Dock. Why? All paid for by the Coastal Community Fund.
  9. Great Blakenham Waste Incinerator: Plans to increase capacity to 295 thousand tonnes
    Great Blakenham's Waste Incinerator is to see operational capacity increased approximately 10% to 295,000 tonnes per annum, if Suffolk County Council considers the application.
  10. Suffolk Retail Park: The Range to sell beverages, frozen food and chilled dairy?
    The Range has applied for planning permission (19/00602/VC) to convert 280 sqm of retail floor area for freezer cabinets, 2 chiller cabinets selling perishable items such as meat, cheese and other dairy products, a range of non-perishable tinned and packet food, alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks, and household goods such as toothpaste, soap and toilet rolls. Currently Unit 1 occupants are prohibited from selling food and adult fashion items. They are obviously concerned about Home Bargains and Food Warehouse opening up alongside them.
  11. Would-be Ipswich MP brands northern bypass opponents ‘NIMBYs’
    Would-be Ipswich MP brands northern bypass opponents ‘NIMBYs’. Opponents to a northern bypass in Ipswich are “NIMBYs” who should have “more care for their county town”, a would-be MP has said. Continue reading. on Ipswich Star.
  12. Colchester Borough Card: Multi-operator unlimited travel across Colchester
    First Essex has launched their "Colchester Borough Card" (appears not to be connected with Colchester Borough Council - I assumed it was their initiative at first) offering unlimited travel in Inner Colchester and Outer Colchester area for a fixed price across multiple operators - including Ipswich Buses. This I assume is supported by Essex County Council - similar ideas in Suffolk was rejected by Suffolk County Council. and informal arrangements aren't allowed to stop price fixing cartels. Or so the excuse is, I am sure nothing is stopping this happen as long as operators played fair.
  13. How much is Ed Sheeran paying to use Chantry Park?
    How much income is Ipswich Borough Council getting by hiring out Chantry Park? .
  14. A1214 London Road Closure: 20km (12 miles) diversion!
    For the Ed Sheeran Concerts at Chantry Park approx 2km of London Road (A1214) will be closed at 10pm to 1am between the Holiday Inn junction and Ranelagh Road junction. The diversion is 19. 7km (SCC figures) which is about 12. 25 miles. using the A14 to J57 (Nacton), Ransomes Way and then Felixstowe Road before heading towards the hospital and using the A1214.
  15. POPULAR:Ipswich Buses: Fare increases helped net £230k income boost
    Ipswich Buses failed to meet the £420k savings target last year achieving only £121k in savings with £100k anticipated in insurance cost savings alone. Fortunately enough, their fare increases of both town and county routes along with council subsidies allowed them to end up making £195k in profit. Pretty impressive. Revenues - mostly from the fare increases (supported through contactless payments and banning government ID for child fare) - were up £230k.
  16. POPULAR:Eastern Counties buses in Suffolk set for major September shake-up
    Eastern Counties buses in Suffolk set for major September shake-up. First Eastern Counties are planning a major shake to its bus network in the Ipswich area. Continue reading. on Ipswich Star.
  17. POPULAR:Lack of disability friendly bus stops are still a problem
    I suppose the wheelchair user should have got the other bus right? Surely not too much problem to engineer a solution at the below bus stop location! Only in Ipswich. the initial bus stop is wheelchair accessible but the one opposite for the return leg, is not!
  18. POPULAR:Does the Ed Sheeran Concerts highlight Ipswich Borough Council event attendance discrepancies?
    Ed Sheeran's Chantry Park concerts are quoted to bring in up to 160,000 people over 4 days. Figures range from 25,000 to 45,000 per night with the lowest numbers expected on the Bank Holiday Monday. Popular events in the town such as Ipswich Music Day is quoted to have seen 25,000 attend this year, whilst Ipswich Maritime Festival last year brought in 50,000 people, apparently. So forget that Ed Sheeran is having four concerts for a moment.
  19. POPULAR:Princes Street bridge gateway
    Plans have been proposed for the Princes Street bridge gateway with some basic don't-really-have-a-clue concepts for tendered planners to achieve the task and get paid. But can we be inspired from the past? I stumbled across the above photo online, wouldn't a modern adaptation of this be awesome? The first thing visitors to the town see when exiting the rail station. Four flags - Union Flag, England flag, Suffolk Flag and IBC Flag.
  20. POPULAR:LEP declines Gecko multi-use scheme at Ipswich Waterfront
    It has been revealed that IBC devised a mixed use scheme compromising of ground floor commercial, 2 floors of offices and residential on the upper two floors at Burtons Warehouse on the Ipswich Waterfront. The council applied for LEP funds - the LEP declined. The feedback seems to be having planning consent will boost chances of funding, rather than perhaps the scheme is crap? Gecko appears to have applied for Arts Council grant funding to fit out the space.
  21. POPULAR:Farewell to Ipswich’s open-top bus as it fails to meet modern standards
    Farewell to Ipswich’s open-top bus as it fails to meet modern standards. The weather might have seemed ideal for its trips over the last week – but the open-top bus that has been a feature of summers in Ipswich and east Suffolk for decades has been notable by its absence. Continue reading. on Ipswich Star.
  22. POPULAR:Ipswich Buses: Bus fires closes A12 at Junction 18
    The second major incident in two months. In June, a bus operating on a county route resulted in the engine blowing up in a huge cloud of smoke. Today, a bus burnt out on the side of the A12 in Essex, after the driver successfully evacuating 68 passengers. Despite this, and new General Manager Stephen Bryce making a comment, the incident hasn't appeared on their website or across social media through official accounts.
  23. POPULAR:Ipswich Buses: "handheld" buses?
    Looking at real time positioning information. was very curious to see Service 12 registration plate "HANDHELD" go for a walkabout. So is this an enquiry office ticket machine? Has someone stole it? Is it a mobile phone or tablet from a member of management?
  24. Police to increase patrols after ‘terrifying’ Ipswich rape
    Police to increase patrols after ‘terrifying’ Ipswich rape. A ‘terrifying attack’ which saw an 18-year-old woman dragged into a car park and raped in Ipswich town centre has prompted Suffolk police to increase patrols in the area. Continue reading. on Ipswich Star.
  25. POPULAR:Teenager raped by stranger in town centre car park
    Teenager raped by stranger in town centre car park. An 18-year-old woman was dragged into a car park and raped in Ipswich town centre overnight, police believe. Continue reading. on Ipswich Star.
  26. POPULAR:Is Ipswich town centre dead?
    Ipswich lost out on the Future High Streets Fund - if we were successful we would have got an 8 figure sum. To counter this, Labour at Ipswich Borough Council has created the Town Centre Retail Grant Scheme with a low five figure sum that match funds work up to £1000 that can be spent on fitting out premises, purchase of assets, making business more efficient, changes to layout, redecoration, new fixtures and fittings, and signage. Don't get me wrong, I wouldn't be surprised if one of the usual suspects didn't extend the amount available by matching it. At face value it is far too tiny.
  27. POPULAR:Ipswich Buses: More inaccurate diversion information
    Ipswich Buses are reporting that Station Street is closed. Anglian Water is digging up the road to replace a banjo leak. This affects Service 15A and Service 15 which both uses Station Street. Service 15 is going to cut out Austin Street - this could be a hint to improving their south west bus services. Service 15A is turning left avoiding the Over Stoke area too.
  28. POPULAR:Waterfront development
    Didnt know what to call this thread, but I had a look around the winerack and, the tower itself is looking decent - though the white wont last, but activity around the ground floor units is non existent. These units are massive, I believe one of them was meant to be a theatre but they have since relocated. How are these going to get filled when units in the Mill and the other side in on Stoke Quay are all empty? You can see the two storey unit from here, the glazing under the bricks.
  29. POPULAR:Stop! Campaign Against the Ipswich Northern Bypass
    They are getting organised. Whilst there is no official pro-Northern Bypass campaign, there is an anti-NBP campaign. Remember this is a consultation and not a referendum. To hold the consultation there must be intent for the county council to go ahead with it. I must admit I like to see such democracy direct action to process but where is the pro-NBP campaign from the tens of thousands of people living in Ipswich and Kesgrave?
  30. POPULAR:Ipswich area bus service changes September 2019
    Suffolkonboard. com have now started adding new timetables for bus service changes taking place in September. It seems both Ipswich Buses and First Eastern Counties (Ipswich Reds) are making changes on the 1st September. Currently uploaded is a new timetable for service 15/15A, 94A and a cancellation of service 68. I’d imagine there will be more changes than this so worth checking back over the next few weeks!
  31. POPULAR:Northern Bypass Merchandise Shop
    The Northern Bypass Merchandise Shop has just been launched. This dropship service is provided by Spreadshirt - there are no setup costs to open one, no minimum order or requirement to pre-order large volumes - so there is no volume discount but it avoids needing thousands of pounds of stock, somewhere to store it, to handle payments and shipping. A 15% off deal is applicable to all new Spreadshirt shops for the first two weeks. This should help cover all or some of the postage! The following are a selection of initial designs - new designs are in the pipe line.
  32. POPULAR:Vote of No Confidence Petition in Ipswich Buses
    Do Ipswich residents have no confidence in Ipswich Buses or find it not fit for purpose? .
  33. POPULAR:Why did Ipswich fail to be shortlisted for the Future High Street Fund? The problem with BIDs
    Ipswich has had a reprieve from accelerated decline by failing to become shortlisted for the Future High Street Fund. It is a common misunderstanding that the Future High Street Fund is about injecting capital into saving the High Street. Actually, the Future High Street Fund is a £675m pot of money to replace vacant retail units and find alternative uses for the traditional British town centres. This enforces a switch from traditional retail to supermarkets, retail parks and purpose built shopping centres, which goes against our heritage. Here is the irony.
  34. What is going to happen to Ipswich’s Jack Wills store?
    What is going to happen to Ipswich’s Jack Wills store? Jack Wills is on the hunt for a new owner after months of poor sales. Continue reading. on Ipswich Star.
  35. POPULAR:Suffolk rejected in government funding to regenerate high streets
    Suffolk rejected in government funding to regenerate high streets. Questions are to be asked over funding for high street regeneration in Suffolk after the county was snubbed in the latest central government pot of cash. Continue reading. on Ipswich Star.
  36. POPULAR:St Peters Dock works now complete.
    Had a walk here this morning. it really is underwhelming, its already dirty, and someone has spilt what I assume is paint on the new paving, pretty sure it was there last time I was there some while ago, so why not clean it up! I'm not sure if the railway lines all went as part of this work but why not keep them, its all part of the heritage. Having spent some time in Portsmouth last week that's the way to do a waterfront development. Its wonderful,its got heritage, lots of new development, major tourist attractions, and above all is all pretty clean and tidy.
  37. Suffolk targets 3,000 more university students ‘in next few years’
    Suffolk targets 3,000 more university students ‘in next few years’. Suffolk could see a rise of more than 3,000 university students over the next few years as part of ambitious growth plans. Continue reading. on Ipswich Star.
  38. POPULAR:Blind woman abused on Ipswich bus
    Blind woman abused on Ipswich bus. Suffolk police are appealing for witnesses after a bind woman sat with her guide dog on a bus in Ipswich was abused by a man. Continue reading. on Ipswich Star.
  39. POPULAR:Northern Bypass: Northern Route Consultation dates
    Suffolk County Council has announced 11 consultation dates for the Northern Route. .
  40. POPULAR:Norwich BID: Live City Data dashboard
    Norwich's BID has a Live City Data link on their website () revealing:- Current Car Park Usage Current Park & Ride Usage City Footfall (wifi? ) Full Inner Ring Road Lap (RTPI/UTMC? ) Ipswich, an early BID with founder setting up the umbrella group for BIDs, does not! Okay, so we don't know how accurate this data is. I looked at this last night between midnight and 2am.
  41. POPULAR:Queen Street Food Quarter looks pathetic on Google Streetview!
    Some of the most recent 2019 Ipswich Google Streetview captures have gone live over the last few weeks and months. One view is as follows. Queen Street. blocked off by a blue bin, two cafe style banner dividers and two vertical flag banners. In this distance is what appears to be two stalls one opposite each other and very little footfall.
  42. POPULAR:Proposal to Declare a Climate Emergency
    In two weeks Ipswich Borough Council's Executive is proposing to Declare a Climate Emergency. The report isn't currently available - I just don't see where Labour IBC are going with this. Do they want people to vote Lib Dem and Greens? They escape most of the blame with such responsibilities generally falling on Suffolk County Council but some shock decisions such as electric car pool for staff - instead of electric/hybrid buses which will be much more better for the environment (and central government will match funds for them i. e.
  43. POPULAR:Burtons Warehouse: Waterfront gateway regeneration bodge risks destroying Ipswich Waterfront
    Ipswich Borough Council seems to think the continuation of work on the Wine Rack means the pause on Waterfront regeneration has ended. Even so, it is refusing to regenerate the "Stoke Bridge" gateway end, choosing instead to refurbish Burton's Warehouse. The council owns the Burton, Beeson and Silo sites. With this relaxed attitude towards regeneration the remainder will remain a bombsite car park and undeveloped ruin to when Ipswich was a great Suffolk powerhouse. Some history.
  44. POPULAR:Warning after woman followed along the Waterfront by man in Mercedes
    Warning after woman followed along the Waterfront by man in Mercedes. A student from Ipswich has urged others to ‘be careful’ after she was followed along the Waterfront towards the University of Suffolk on Sunday evening. Continue reading. on Ipswich Star.
  45. POPULAR:Anger grows at Ipswich multiple student accommodation plan for ex-care home
    Anger grows at Ipswich multiple student accommodation plan for ex-care home. Growing fears have been raised about turning a former Ipswich care home into a house of multiple occupancy for students. Continue reading. on Ipswich Star.
  46. POPULAR:Museum Street Cafe to reopen at new venue as workers co-op
    Museum Street Cafe to reopen at new venue as workers co-op. A group of friends will reopen the Museum Street Cafe as a workers co-op from a new location – in a final bid to save the business from closure. Continue reading. on Ipswich Star.
  47. POPULAR:A quick update on the railway station forecourt.
    Drove past this morning so chance for observations were brief. Only went that way to to continuing closure of Grafton Way of course, but that's another issue. I was heading west, and noticed how good the trees along the front look, all credit to Mr Gummer for those I think. I then looked down at the paving beneath! Not so good, lots of weeds growing in the joints and frankly all looking very scruffy.
  48. WATCH: Vloggers walk 13 miles to complete mammoth Elmer trail
    WATCH: Vloggers walk 13 miles to complete mammoth Elmer trail. Elmer’s Big Parade – Suffolk has been proving popular with all ages, as two vloggers in their 30s took on the equivalent of half a marathon to find all 139 Elmer’s. Continue reading. on Ipswich Star.
  49. Elmer helps this happy couple celebrate a very special day
    Elmer helps this happy couple celebrate a very special day. Your wedding day is one you will never forget - and that is certainly true for Elmer fans Damian and Nicola McCarthy. Continue reading. on Ipswich Star.
  50. POPULAR:Elmer hunting gets underway with ribbon cutting at the Cornhill
    Elmer hunting gets underway with ribbon cutting at the Cornhill. It was a colourful day in Ipswich today as sponsors, partners, and young fans celebrated the official launch of Elmer’s Big Parade – Suffolk. Continue reading. on Ipswich Star.
  51. WATCH: Have you ever wondered how an Elmer comes to life?
    WATCH: Have you ever wondered how an Elmer comes to life? It is a ‘herd’ job painting an Elmer, as this video from an Elmer’s Big Parade Suffolk artist shows. Continue reading. on Ipswich Star.
  52. POPULAR:Have you been out on the Elmer trail this weekend?
    Have you been out on the Elmer trail this weekend? Despite only having arrived in the streets of Ipswich on Saturday, the elephants of Elmers Big Parade are already causing a stir in the town. Continue reading. on Ipswich Star.
  53. POPULAR:Elmer's HQ: Difficult to access for wheelchair users
    Ipswich Borough Council's poor attitude to disabilities continue! First, hundreds of years of step free access to the Cornhill was hindered with adding in steps, and now it appears "Elmer HQ" is located within the non-accessible (stepped area) of the Town Hall. On closer inspection, it appears said room maybe accessible to wheelchair users and other limited mobility users, however, if it isn't easy and obvious, then there is a problem! For instance, there is an accessible toilet sign within the Town Hall Tea Room.
  54. POPULAR:Pigs Gone Wild fans some of the first to complete Elmer trail
    Pigs Gone Wild fans some of the first to complete Elmer trail. An 11-year-old girl and her family, who were some of the first to complete the Pigs Gone Wild trail, look set to have repeated their effort by visiting all 55 Elmers on the trail’s first day. Continue reading. on Ipswich Star.
  55. Elmer fans hit the trail as Big Parade Begins
    Elmer fans hit the trail as Big Parade Begins. We’ve collected some of our favourite photos of you enjoying the Ipswich sunshine to welcome Elmer to the town. Continue reading. on Ipswich Star.
  56. POPULAR:Elmers Big Parade arrives in Ipswich
    Elmers Big Parade arrives in Ipswich. After years of preparation Elmers of all designs and colours are set to descend on Ipswich today. Continue reading. on Ipswich Star.
  57. How to get involved in the Elmer trail this weekend - and get a FREE sticker album
    How to get involved in the Elmer trail this weekend - and get a FREE sticker album. In just a few hours time the brightly painted Elmer sculptures will begin arriving on the streets of Ipswich ready for Elmer’s Big Parade Suffolk. Continue reading. on Ipswich Star.
  58. Elmer fever hits Ipswich - one more sleep to go
    Elmer fever hits Ipswich - one more sleep to go. As the final countdown to Elmer’s Big Parade Suffolk begins, Ipswich is gearing up for a colour explosion. Continue reading. on Ipswich Star.
  59. POPULAR:Suffolk takes no pride in Suffolk Pride 2019
    So if you are a lesbian, gay, bisexual, transexual, queer or of one of the associated bolt-ons within LGBTQ+ circles, you are being afforded the right to walk from a car park as a meeting point (officially from Dance East), all the way to Cult Cafe. This is half a mile. Non-LGBTQ+ persons (or those within the community that don't want to march) can come down to observe a group of people walking half a mile, away from any hive of activity. This is Suffolk Pride 2019 (there wasn't one the previous year).
  60. POPULAR:Everything you need to know before the launch of Elmer’s Big Parade tomorrow
    Everything you need to know before the launch of Elmer’s Big Parade tomorrow. Elmer’s Big Parade Suffolk takes over Ipswich in one day’s time, with thousands of visitors and millions of pounds expected to flow to the town. Continue reading. on Ipswich Star.
  61. POPULAR:Cornhill event programme lacks ambition
    Without a doubt Ipswich residents and a handful of visitors will love the new £100,000 programme of events on the Cornhill, and this will highlight how vibrant the older Cornhill could have been if events were planned more frequent. The big question mark over why entertainment was banned on the Cornhill by the Labour administration and demoted to Giles Circus (or spots in Westgate Street and Tavern Street respectfully), still remains, and the cover-up of the £3. 6m waste of taxpayers money with these events really forced the binary option question.
  62. Win a special day out at Portman Road with Elmer’s Big Parade Suffolk
    Win a special day out at Portman Road with Elmer’s Big Parade Suffolk. Elmer’s Big Parade and an Ipswich barbers are giving four young Town fans the chance to lead the team out at Portman Road next season. Continue reading. on Ipswich Star.
  63. POPULAR:Ipswich Buses: reporting problem with the Orwell Bridge
    Ipswich Buses are incorrectly reporting "a problem with the orwell Bridge". There was however a multi-vehicle collision on the A14 just before the Orwell Bridge this morning. It can be safely assumed the Orwell Bridge itself is structurally sound.
  64. See first reveal of Elmer’s Big Parade Suffolk in Ipswich shop window
    See first reveal of Elmer’s Big Parade Suffolk in Ipswich shop window. With just three days to go until Elmer’s Big Parade Suffolk hits the streets of Ipswich, residents got an early surprise this morning when a display in the window of an Ipswich store was revealed. Continue reading. on Ipswich Star.
  65. POPULAR:Ipswich Buses: Passengers harassed and assaulted aboard buses
    Starting to get numerous cases coming through where Ipswich Buses allowing individuals on their bus that either verbally abuse or assault passengers. Difficult to validate claims made of course without seeing CCTV footage but the following claim is undertaken by someone that has publicly made a long post available on Facebook along with their name and photo. In this specific case, the offensive passenger was under the influence of alcohol, possibly drugs, and was in an aggressive mood with an abusive attitude.
  66. POPULAR:Ipswich Buses: when child fare is more expensive than adult fare
    Local mum Nicola was totally shocked when her 12 year old child's bus ticket cost more than her own! Both Route 6 bus 88 registration JY12 GWC. Matching driver, machine and trip IDs. Both Sat 20 April 2019 at the same time 12:58 from Tower Ramparts bus station. Consecutive ticket numbers 113639 £1.
  67. POPULAR:Ipswich Buses: buggies blocking entrance, gangway and emergency exit
    Absolute madness. How is anyone going to get on or off with a buggy blocking the gangway? This isn't a most recent example of the lack of common sense and disregard for passengers' health and safety, but it is a notable example and thus is documented here for completeness. Childs faces blurred here compared to the original facebook one. .
  68. POPULAR:Ipswich Buses: Missing out buses again?
    Are Ipswich Buses Limited in financial troubles still? Despite a Rod Stewart concert that evening, Ipswich Buses allegedly failed to operate the 22:47 and 23:15 Service 13 buses. The last route sponsored by Ipswich Borough Council. This resulted in at least a couple waiting 50 minutes for the bus, opting for another bus (Service 12) which doesn't go where they want it to and walking the other 2 miles home in the rain. They were soaked.
  69. POPULAR:Change UK's EU election failure: Why no by-elections?
    Labour MPs Chuka Umunna, Luciana Berger, Mike Gapes, Chris Leslie, Angela Smith, Ann Coffey, Gavin Shuker and Joan Ryan, along with Conservative MPs Anna Soubry, Heidi Allen and Sarah Wollaston were elected on party manifestos but got bored of their political parties so left to join the "Independent Group". They crowdfunded and had support from Gemini A Ltd; circumventing strict political party funding rules. This later rolled into a political party called "Change UK" without a by-election.
  70. POPULAR:"Ipswich, getting it wrong since AD 600"
    Interesting comment I stumbled across on Flickr. A quote of the comment is as follows. "I was born and grew up in Ipswich, but it is not a town I think well of - it seems intent on putting itself down at every opportunity - as future pictures will show. " Which is a distinct difference from those people that feel critical people are to blame putting it down, rather than governance "getting it wrong"!
  71. POPULAR:Anyone with a drone or gimbal for aerial and eye-level photography?
    Does anyone know of someone that takes professional-level photography in the Ipswich area? I am looking for 4K or HD quality, stabilised footage from a drone or gimbal, of Ipswich Town Centre for a project I am working on. Probably 30-60 minutes work of the main high street roads of Westgate Street, Tavern Street and Carr Street.
  72. POPULAR:Ipswich Buses: Leaving early so the bus driver can smoke in a later bus stop lay-by
    Ipswich Buses seem not to have any control over their drivers. Someone has complained on Twitter about a nighttime bus driver deliberately leaving bus stops early so he can have a cigarette break at a bus stop layby at the next fare stage. The allegation is the bus driver arrived 6 minutes early to the bus stop - there is no excuse to be early and various layby exists before then to make up time - and apparently smoking just outside the bus with the doors open. The ticket machines linked to the driver tracks position and time. CCTV would show the reason for racing to the next fare stage.
  73. POPULAR:Ipswich Buses: Another councillor rant over poor bus services
    Labour Westgate Ward councillor living in Chantry. Colin Kreidewolf, has yet again resorted to Twitter to complain about the poor service offered by Ipswich Buses. It appears he may have been waiting in Museum Street with buses still diverted away. Following a further tweet from the ibserviceupdate account, he later deleted these tweets. .
  74. POPULAR:Ugly CornHenge is a national embarrassment for Ipswich
    A national newspaper has picked up on Ipswich Vision's failed Cornhill Project highlighting the £45k monoliths which it calls "Britain's worst sculpture" highlighting the fatality and in a day has been shared 2300+ times and gained 161 comments and growing. Ipswich doesn't need this sort of bad publicity. There is hope for Archant Suffolk's Ipswich Star. the monoliths (in my opinion) are neither a sculpture, statue or plinth! Worst of all the Daily Mail loves adding hundreds of photos to its articles.
  75. POPULAR:Ipswich Market gets new look as Coxys becomes Catcheys for fruit & veg
    Ipswich Market gets new look as Coxys becomes Catcheys for fruit & veg. One of the best-known stalls on Ipswich Market has taken on a new identity as it makes its mark in its new permanent location next to the Town Hall. Continue reading. on Ipswich Star.
  76. POPULAR:Sandy Martin vows to pressure First to improve bus services
    Sandy Martin vows to pressure First to improve bus services, however, no such luck for this Labour MP to pressure the Labour run borough council in improving Ipswich Buses run bus services. .
  77. POPULAR:Easton and Otley to be carved up after damning Ofsted inspections
    Easton and Otley to be carved up after damning Ofsted inspections. A land-based college operating across Suffolk and Norfolk is set to be broken up after being rated ‘inadequate’ by Ofsted inspectors. Continue reading. on Ipswich Star.
  78. POPULAR:6 days to go until free hot dogs at Ipswich Cornhill
    6 days to go until free hot dogs at Ipswich Cornhill. The Hot Sausage Company is celebrating 30 years of trading at Ipswich Cornhill by giving away free hot dogs. Continue reading. on Ipswich Star.
  79. POPULAR:New hope for Grimwades as Ipswich council says plinths must remain
    New hope for Grimwades as Ipswich council says plinths must remain. Could a new tenant soon be found for the former Grimwades store on the edge of the Cornhill as the council prepares to replace the controversial plinths outside it? Continue reading. on Ipswich Star.
  80. Elmer’s Learning Herd Guide set to get children stomping
    Elmer’s Learning Herd Guide set to get children stomping. Children in Ipswich are being encouraged to get out and about and search for the Elmer’s Big Parade Suffolk Learning Herd. Continue reading. on Ipswich Star.
  81. POPULAR:Ipswich Society: Still an unofficial Ipswich Vision member
    A really interesting one. With news on replacement monoliths that won't have the plaques after thought but go back to the original design of names on the actual monoliths themselves, which must have had a lot of Ipswich Society involvement behind the scenes, they have managed to declare the Cornhill Revamp a success. Like Ipswich Vision and its partners, weasel words come out. Apparently "most people" have been "very positive" despite no survey undertaken to determine this. I don't like the new Cornhill,in fact I hate it with a passion.
  82. POPULAR:Ipswich Cornhill to get safety boost and new “Cornhenge”
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