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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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)!
So anyone can now say there is an issues with the steps after numerous incidents including the avoidable fatality of John Stow; we have a look back to comments made BEFORE the Cornhill works went ahead! Planning Application Comments A comment regarding access/Right of Way. These are snippets around the word "step"(s), "access", "platform", "barrier" or "obstacle"(s).
I finally managed to visit the Rodin Kiss & Tell exhibition at Christchurch Mansion, where if I was an Instagram/Facebook/YouTube celebrity, I would have probably gotten away with deceiving millions into thinking the mansion was my house LOL. There were too few people. Christchurch Park very quiet. Got into the mansion, no one in the concourse (not completely rare) was greeted by a member of staff who gave me a card to subscribe to Ipswich Museums updates. By the time I left I had forgot and taken it home with me.
I spotted a workman fixing what looks like to be a broken step near Arras Square in St Stephens Lane. Not sure if this is on the instructions of Buttermarket Centre, IBC or Suffolk County Council. We mustn't forget this entire road looks like the fallout from a war, it is in a very bad state of repair, yet they are taking serious responsibility in sorting out this step. It is close to the rail yet I have never really seen anyone walk up where the affected step is. Elsewhere, on the Cornhill the steps are still accessible, dripping wet - as you could expect, and nobody using them!
Monsoon is closing down its store in Ipswich. Monsoon the fashion retailer is shutting down its store in the centre of Ipswich, in a major blow to the town centre. Continue reading. on Ipswich Star.
Ipswich Council will immediately carry out any Cornhill safety work needed after death of John Stow. Ipswich council will take immediate action to make any changes recommended to the new Cornhill by the independent expert called in to inspect the work following the tragic death of John Stow. Continue reading. on Ipswich Star.
Northern bypass proposal to be published ‘within two or three weeks’. The business case for a northern relief road in Ipswich is set to be published within the next three weeks, Suffolk County Council’s leader has confirmed. Continue reading. on Ipswich Star.
Ipswich doesn't need a Pret A Manger. In fact it is rather a shame this couldn't have been executed with humour, setting up a rival independent sandwich shop in the Grimwades unit called Terp a Regnam! Funny with the reference plus it also has some interesting translations! Comic Sans font for effect. A different star shape or even a heart.
The Victorian red brick three-storey building was home to Clinton Cards until it closed in 2013. Continue reading. on BBC News website.
Ipswich set for 15 weeks of roadworks near Cardinal Park. A busy area near Cardinal Park in Ipswich is set for 15 weeks of roadworks as Anglian Water replaces sewer pipes in Grafton Way and Commercial Road. Continue reading. on Ipswich Star.
Pret is no longer opening a shop in Ipswich. Popular sandwich chain Pret has confirmed is no longer opening a store on Ipswich Cornhill. Continue reading. on Ipswich Star.
Traffic coming into the town centre from North/East Ipswich has been suffering from two major road closures for several weeks now. Rushmere Road is closed for footway works between Colchester Road and Woodbridge Road, but the closure has varied, sometimes its been possible to travel along it, at others is been blocked off with barriers just at the Colchester Road roundabout junction. Originally advertised as daytime closure only, but its not been that, so best avoided.
The Upper Orwell Crossings vanity bridge project has cost taxpayers £8. 3m. £7. 3m of this was on external consultancies and contractors. More shocking is the internal project team (which obviously doesn't include external consultants) has cost £520k!
Dear Suffolk County Council, Please abandon your hold over Ipswich, stop burning cash on silly vanity projects which destroys our town. Cheers! The SCC press release article is below. Council news | Suffolk County Council.
We must get behind Northern Bypass after four wasted years on Upper Orwell Crossings. I’m convinced there is a book to be written about the sorry tale of The Upper Orwell Crossings. The problems began almost from the very start. Continue reading. on Ipswich Star.
"A Tale of Three Cities" an analysis by Mark Ling. Ipswich versus its two main regional competitors: Norwich and Cambridge. A very good 5 minute read. .
Roche Retail commercial estate agents are promoting the availability of 4 retail units of A1 shop or A3 restaurant usage and 1 large leisure unit probably a gym, near to ASDA Stoke Park superstore. These don't yet exist and I am not sure if they have planning consent for them, so if that is the case we can expect one shortly.
Interesting case. As part of regeneration of the mostly vacant "The Centre" (Stoke Park Shopping Centre) district centre which will see it all demolished and replaced with primarily an ASDA supermarket, part of this development would be a block of smaller retail units with residential above, and a larger residential block at the front facing onto Stoke Park Drive which has now funnily enough become a fuel station. ASDA refused to complete this work as required under Section 106 agreement requiring the works to be completed within 12 months.
I randomly came across an advertising planning application by marketingforce for the installation of a sponsor sign panel underneath the "Welcome to Ipswich" boundary welcome signage! Not surprisingly, the council refused the application (07/00658/ADV). .
The first TripAdvisor review of Ipswich's easyHotel by Martin Brannelly, reveals paying for a windowed room might not be worthwhile. Whereas you see some sunlight, the windows don't open (as probably expected by most), causes the natural cold draught and is frosted so you cannot see out. So the top tip seems to be. No point upgrading for a windowed room unless you need some daylight to wake up. It is unknown whether all windowed rooms are frosted or whether it is only rooms with an unpleasant view (such as from the side, of a wall etc.
Council calls in expert to look at Ipswich Cornhill after tragic accident. Ipswich council has commissioned an independent expert to join its investigation into safety on the rebuilt Cornhill following last week’s tragic accident outside the Town Hall. Continue reading. on Ipswich Star.
Could Bury Road park and ride reopen to help ease Ipswich traffic? Serious talks are under way in Ipswich about re-opening the Bury Road park and ride centre which was closed by Suffolk County Council as a cost-cutting measure in 2011. Continue reading. on Ipswich Star.
Ed Sheeran’s generosity helps pupils build their own Lego House. Singing superstar Ed Sheeran and new wife Cherry Seaborn have donated an unusual gift to a Suffolk primary school – much to the delight of pupils. Continue reading. on Ipswich Star.
Following on from the death of a man who fell on the new Cornhill steps, both councils appear to be pointing the finger of blame at each other. A map has been found showing the extent of Ipswich Borough Councils forecourt ownership - if the incident occurred within the area inside the black lines IBC will be liable, if it happens outside this area but on the Cornhill, the public highway authority SCC will likely be responsible. sdfsf.
Despite being aware of a number of incidents, Ipswich Borough Council has failed (or refused) to make a public statement regarding how dangerous the brand new almost £4m Cornhill project is. Since an investigation has been launched a man has died. Still no public announcement. .
As the Ipswich Cesspit Scandal subsides, the letters to the editor section has two on litter in Ipswich. I have added bold for emphasis. The previous newsletter snippet for reference. Ipswich Borough Council and Ipswich Central doesn't seem to care.
Nothing now seems to be going on at the old Grimwades site currently. No builders signs up, no temporary fencing, no vans on last few occasions I've been past. Have Pret a Manger pulled out? Even if its still going ahead this is a strange break in activities, and not showing much faith in the wonderful new Cornhill. They must have started work on that many months ago now, why so slow?
‘I am so sad he has gone in this way’ - family left in shock as man dies following Cornhill fall. The sister of a man who died after falling on the steps at the newly-revamped Cornhill in Ipswich has paid tribute to her “lovely brother” following his sudden death. Continue reading. on Ipswich Star.
Upper Orwell Crossings would have ‘turned lives into a nightmare’ say campaign groups. Campaign groups on both sides of the River Orwell have expressed relief at the decision to axe the Upper Orwell Crossings, amid fears it would turn some parts of Ipswich into rat runs. Continue reading. on Ipswich Star.
John Stow, 83, died the day after falling on steps on the newly-revamped square. Continue reading. on BBC News website.
Man dies following fall at newly-revamped Cornhill. A man has died after suffering head and facial injuries in a fall on steps at the Cornhill in Ipswich town centre on Saturday. Continue reading. on Ipswich Star.
It hasn't been two months yet, but we have the first fatality on Ipswich Vision's beloved new Cornhill Vandalism project. This was completely avoidable as adding in steps created a new hazard which wasn't there before. Not only did residents not like the new Cornhill, but thousands petitioned against it and I had even personally warned of serious injuries and fatalities. even creating a heat map of most dangerous areas. To say I am angry, doesn't cut it.
Days Gone By - Lives were lost as low-lying parts of the Ipswich area were flooded. 80 years ago this week tragedy hit Suffolk as parts of Ipswich flooded including Princes Street, Bridge Street and Portman Road. Continue reading. on Ipswich Star.
As the Labour Party demands a General Election (despite losing the confidence vote against the government), Ipswich Labour are preparing for a possible General Election this year by dropping reference to the "northern relief road" and instead using the phrase "Northern Bypass". On news that Suffolk County Council will drop plans for the vanity bridge, Ipswich Labour are celebrating with an article that mentions the Northern Bypass 4 times.
Upper Orwell Crossing plan to be dropped – after millions already spent on Ipswich project. Proposals to build three new bridges across the River Orwell in Ipswich to help ease congestion in the town centre are set to be formally abandoned next week – leaving more than £8m spent with nothing to show for it. Continue reading. on Ipswich Star.
Suffolk County Council says it is unable to secure funding for the £139m project. Continue reading. on BBC News website.
Ipswich Borough Council are launching an investigation after a pensioner was seriously hurt on the new Cornhill. On news of Saturday's morning incident where a fire engine and paramedic car was called to an incident, Gordon McKenna on facebook has revealed "another incident" where an ambulance was called. It isn't certain whether the investigation is in relation to the council being sued and whether it was the reported incident or this below one which has been reported as happening later than the one reported in Ipswich Star. Everyone predicted the problem.
Investigation launched after pensioner seriously hurt on Ipswich Cornhill. Ipswich council is investigating how a pedestrian in his 80s came to suffer serious injuries after falling on the new steps on the town’s Cornhill. Continue reading. on Ipswich Star.
Watch: When can Ipswich drinkers and diners expect to find a Wetherspoon pub on the Waterfront? Ipswich is set to get a second Wetherspoon pub – probably on or near the Waterfront. Continue reading. on Ipswich Star.
I had the chance to take a couple of visitors into the town today, the primary objective to see The Kiss in Christchurch Mansion which I think is wonderful and I'm proud of having in our town. But I of course couldn't resist going via the town centre and the Cor nill, this was about 3. 30pm, Sunday afternoon.
Our public spaces need money spending on them - Ipswich council leader David Ellesmere. It’s an inescapable fact that, over time, our homes will need money spent on them. Continue reading. on Ipswich Star.
Not only were paramedics (and a flagged down fire engine) called to the Cornhill this morning over reports a man fell down and smashed his glasses and obtained serious injuries to the face in the process, the market stall holder reporting it to the Ipswich Star also confirmed she witnessed a woman fall on Tuesday without injuries and a colleague saw someone else fall yesterday (Friday) at the same place who was taken into the town hall. On Twitter, dodgy step not fixed. and within 2 days of the tweet, acknowledgement of another fall. I wonder what Sandy Martin will do. nothing!
Emergency services called as person suffers ‘horrific’ fall on Ipswich Cornhill steps. Paramedics were called to Ipswich’s Cornhill this morning in Ipswich after a man fell on steps in the centre of town. Continue reading. on Ipswich Star.
Can you believe it? Ipswich Borough Council has been trying for over 25 years to expand Ipswich Museum. The above is a snippet from the Local Plan 1997 which is the only online reference available. The site marked on the map is/was "Suffolk College Art School". Nothing happens overnight of course, but 25 years later they are no closer to linking the museum with the art gallery, which I think they have dropped now.
The new Local Plan 2017 for Ipswich has again highlighted the desire to move Ipswich Buses from their depot site in Sir Alf Ramsey Way (Constantine Road), and repurpose the land for mixed residential and office commercial. The long term plan for this bus depot site is 5000sqm of B1 office space (despite unable to fill Princes Street office corridor) for the tram shed - which isn't listed (? ) but is a building of interest - and convert the rest of the site into 48 houses. Except, previous plans to move the depot (as of 1997 Local Plan) were finally axed as seen as too expensive.
A recent article on Ipswich Star had a photo of Matthew Hicks next to a new "Welcome to Suffolk" road sign (a campaign started by Colin Noble) - which dates back to Suffolk Day 2018 - as below (minus the SCC leader! ) Which made me think, if road signs can be that photo-like, why have the Ipswich signs been done in a way with limited colour representation? (So not only is it possible but permitted from Secretary of State) Are they deliberately trying to make us look bad?
Headline on the front page of the Ipswich Star today. "Arras Square leads way for £3m revamp Poll over next big town centre project" by Paul Geater. Except unless he knows more than the rest of us, Ipswich Borough Council are investing £1m each year over the next 3 years (total pot of £3m) on a number of public realm improvement projects including finishing off the Cornhill/Cornhill Expansion, Majors Corner, Princes Street bridge and Arras Square, all for £3m apparently.
Following on from the Sandy Martin I know better than my constituents row, Sandy Martin had tweeted confirming only Labour voters for him matters and that Labour must address issues where Labour voters betrayed the country by voting Leave. He seems determined to change the mindset of those people in order to force a Remain - hence his support for a Second Referendum believing if he can influence people to change their vote, Brexit can be cancelled. I struggle to understand Sandy's logic here.
Anger has broken out over Sandy Martin confirming on BBC Radio Suffolk with Mark Murphy that he knows better than his constituents. He first started with a smart alec response regarding that he isn't MP for the North West of Ipswich (which is true) and after challenging what constituents want he responded with "56% isn't a ringing endorsement, is it? [. ] it's a clear majority but not a very big majority", followed by agreeing to a loaded statement by the radio presenter suggesting he knows best. Not only did he confirm it, he didn't try to correct or dilute such a motion.
easyHotel rooms soar to £117. 99 a night for Ed Sheeran gigs. A new ‘budget’ hotel has increased its prices to seven-times the standard rate ahead of the Suffolk stars headline shows this summer. Continue reading. on Ipswich Star.
Are you the next Ed Sheeran? Make a splash at Ipswich Music Day. Baby, It’s Cold Outside – but if you’re a musician dreaming of becoming the next Ed Sheeran, then you could be thinking Here Comes Summer as applications for this year’s Ipswich Music Day on July 7 open next week. Continue reading. on Ipswich Star.
Sandy Martin disputes claims from Ipswich Conservatives of disrespecting voters. Ipswich Labour MP Sandy Martin has insisted he is not disrespecting the views of his constituents by suggesting that a second referendum might be needed to sort out the Brexit problems if all else fails. Continue reading. on Ipswich Star.
Ed Sheeran lends a hand to Irish boy band Westlife by writing their latest song. It might be a while before Ed Sheeran fans have a chance to hear new music from the Suffolk superstar - but there is a new song on the airwaves that he may have had something to do with. Continue reading. on Ipswich Star.
Ipswich Borough Council has indicated through the Local Plan Nov 2018 IP-One area inset map that it intends to bridge the gap between the main section of the waterfront to Stoke Quay. At current the western bank of the waterfront area is very isolated from the rest. This is despite opting not to continue plans for such a pedestrian crossing bridge to link Tower Street to Over Stoke. This appears to be an alternative if the Mather Way bridge of the Upper Orwell Crossings isn't built.
Rather disappointing that Ipswich Star ran with a promotional easyHotel feature promoting £14. 99 "affordable comfort" rooms, misleading people showing a wheelchair accessible room (identified by the pull cord) which is spacious (you know, room for the wheelchair) - and unavailable for those who are not wheelchair users, or we hope so - instead of the claustrophobic rabbit-hutch rooms on offer.
Ed Sheeran’s advice to Game of Thrones star persuaded him to set up base in Suffolk. Game of Thrones star Kit Harington has admitted that Suffolk legend Ed Sheeran persuaded him to live in the county while he was on a quest to find a new home. Continue reading. on Ipswich Star.
Kit Harington said he took advice from the singer on where he should settle. Continue reading. on BBC News website.
Days Gone By - Town captured in colour from eras when black and white was the norm. Colour photographs are something we take for granted now. Photography was first patented in 1939 and in the early years, the only way to add colour to an image was colouring by hand. Continue reading. on Ipswich Star.
Extra parking now available in Woodbridge – and more to come. Work has been completed on the first phase of a project to alleviate parking problems in a riverside town. Continue reading. on Ipswich Star.
I rarely read the nonsense by Archant Suffolk's so-called journalists. Except as part of the Alan Brazil on Andy Murray crying saga, Lynne Mortimer wrote an article which was probably intended to translate as "it is okay for men to cry" but instead soon lost the plot of the subject and acted as a list of successful and wealthy sportsmen and politicians that have cried at some point in public.