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  1. 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. .
  2. 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.
  3. 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!
  4. 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 So was it a misspelling or the mistake of choosing an outdated word?
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. 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.
  11. 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.
  12. ‘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.
  13. 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.
  14. 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.
  15. 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.
  16. 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.
  17. 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.
  18. 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.
  19. 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.
  20. 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.
  21. 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.
  22. 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.
  23. 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.
  24. 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.
  25. 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.
  26. 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.
  27. 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!
  28. 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.
  29. 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.
  30. 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.
  31. 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. .
  32. 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.
  33. 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.
  34. 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.
  35. 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.
  36. 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.
  37. 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.
  38. 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.
  39. 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.
  40. 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.
  41. 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.
  42. 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.
  43. 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.
  44. 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.
  45. 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.
  46. 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.
  47. 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.
  48. 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?
  49. 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.
  50. 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.
  51. 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!
  52. 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.
  53. 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.
  54. 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.
  55. 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.
  56. 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.
  57. 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.
  58. 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.
  59. 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.
  60. 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.
  61. 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.
  62. 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.
  63. 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.
  64. 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.
  65. 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.
  66. 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.
  67. 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.
  68. 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.
  69. 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.
  70. 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).
  71. 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.
  72. 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.
  73. 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.
  74. 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.
  75. 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.
  76. 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.
  77. 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.
  78. 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)!
  79. POPULAR:Cornhill Death Steps: Ipswich residents pre-construction concerns
    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).
  80. POPULAR:Christchurch Mansion: disappointing numbers
    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.
  81. Town Centre steps immediate fix... but not for the Cornhill!
    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!
  82. Mystery as a hundred dead crabs wash up near the Orwell Bridge
    Mystery as a hundred dead crabs wash up near the Orwell Bridge. An Ipswich man made a worrying discovery when he came across hundreds of dead crabs as he took a lunchtime stroll along the banks of the River Orwell. Continue reading. on Ipswich Star.
  83. POPULAR:Monsoon is closing down its store in Ipswich
    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.
  84. POPULAR:Ipswich Council will immediately carry out any Cornhill safety work needed after death of John Stow
    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.
  85. Northern bypass proposal to be published ‘within two or three weeks’
    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.
  86. POPULAR:Pret Cornhill: Terp A Regnam
    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.
  87. POPULAR:Pret A Manger pulls plug on Ipswich Cornhill store
    The Victorian red brick three-storey building was home to Clinton Cards until it closed in 2013. Continue reading. on BBC News website.
  88. Ipswich set for 15 weeks of roadworks near Cardinal Park
    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.
  89. POPULAR:Pret is no longer opening a shop in Ipswich
    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.
  90. Orwell Bridge: Digital model used to predict dangerous conditions
    The study aims to work out when it is safe for different vehicles to cross in in high winds. Continue reading. on BBC News website.
  91. POPULAR:More roads closed Ipswich, north/east
    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.
  92. Snow creeps closer and winds rise - but Orwell Bridge will stay open
    Snow creeps closer and winds rise - but Orwell Bridge will stay open. Suffolk and north Essex commuters are bracing themselves for snow - but commuters can still use the Orwell Bridge as winds lie low. Continue reading. on Ipswich Star.
  93. POPULAR:Upper Orwell Crossings: £520k Project Team salary bill
    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!
  94. POPULAR:Suffolk County Council’s commitment to Ipswich reiterated as three bridges project proves unaffordable
    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.
  95. POPULAR:We must get behind Northern Bypass after four wasted years on Upper Orwell Crossings
    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.
  96. POPULAR:A Tale of Three Cities
    "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. .
  97. POPULAR:More retail units, a restaurant and a gym coming to Stoke Park?
    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.
  98. POPULAR:[ASDA Stoke Park] What happened to the residential blocks?!
    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.
  99. When Welcome to Ipswich signs almost had a sponsor!
    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). .
  100. Wind tunnel testing considered for Orwell Bridge wind closure study
    Wind tunnel testing considered for Orwell Bridge wind closure study. More details have been unveiled for an innovative aerodynamic study assessing wind closures of the Orwell Bridge – with experimental wind tunnel testing an option for later this year. Continue reading. on Ipswich Star.