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2019: A new year, Part 8 of the continuous Northern Bypass discussion thread! Politicians have managed to plant a seed in the minds of many locals that the Northern Bypass is primarily about an alternative route for traffic when the Orwell Bridge is closed. Therefore the cost cannot be justified for a few days a year. The dual carriageway Northern Bypass is more about an Ipswich Orbital so residents in the Greater Ipswich can travel without needing to come into the town and pollute residential areas.
The same inspection cover on the new Cornhill Revamp on two different days! . The first is an unmanned cover without any safety protection on a very wet day (do we assume the worker is in the planet room below? ) very dangerous! The other is how it should have been executed first time round!
Tower Ramparts Bus Station has new signs installed on each bus shelter window pane. It consists of a prohibition red circle with a black symbol of a person and a red diagonal line over the top. Underneath it reads Do not cross here (with do not in a larger font, two words to a line) followed by a black divider line, the words crossing point followed by an arrow facing left or right depending where it is located. It looks silly! Is there a story behind it?
Likelihood of Ipswich Orwell Bridge measures revealed. Highways England has confirmed there are no additional measures set to be introduced this winter in the event of an Orwell Bridge closure – but more clarity has emerged on some of the key debates. Continue reading. on Ipswich Star.
US jury to decide if Ed Sheeran plagiarised Marvin Gaye classic. A US judge has ruled a jury will have to decide whether or not Ed Sheeran is guilty of plagiarising Marvin Gaye’s Let’s Get It On for his smash hit Thinking Out Loud. Continue reading. on Ipswich Star.
A US judge rejects a request by the singer to throw out a lawsuit alleging he copied a Marvin Gaye song. Continue reading. on BBC News website.
One of the earliest museums in one of the oldest towns in the country, yet our council over numerous different political administrations has been allowing our heritage displays to become damaged over time through under-investment and lack of care. Too much arrogance to realise the time is now to find a new site for the museum - something Colchester Borough Council, who runs Ipswich's two museums, have no appetite for - instead opting for a take two attempt at lottery funding to repair it and give a minor face lift. To become a tourist attraction it is neither big enough or well located enough.
Ipswich Buses may be discontinuing credit vouchers in 2019. A freedom of information request reply in December states Ipswich Buses is reviewing its credit voucher policy in the new year. It could be with contactless payments being rolled out last year, Ipswich Buses may stop issuing credit vouchers full stop requiring exact cash fare or debit card contactless payment. Thus like Ipswich Borough Council's old parking payment scam, if you don't have the exact change you will need to overpay without any change (or at current a credit ticket). .
Days Gone By: Can you get 16/16 in this nostalgic Suffolk quiz? David Kindred has gathered a stunning collection of black and white pictures taken in places all over Suffolk. See how well you do at recognising these picturesque scenes of the past. Continue reading. on Ipswich Star.
A well-timed planning application () has been submitted into converting the remaining part of East Suffolk County Hall in St Helen Street to 42 flats. oh and a (and I quote. ) "museum/interaction/information area" which just happens to roughly be the size of a 2 bedroom flat. So hardly a museum by any stretch of the imagination! More like a room with some information on the walls to tick the heritage box.
Ipswich Buses Ltd accounts were due by 31st December 2018. Seems they will file them when they can be bothered. Here is a heads up for them that they need to file them ASAP, penalty fine currently stands at £150 rising to £375 after a month. What is really bad is the finance part of Ipswich Buses has been subcontracted out to IPSERV Ltd - another subsidy of the council. .
Quite fancy from Ipswich Buses, destinations screens used to be so dull even with LED matrix but in recent times they have finally learnt how to program the screens to add some custom flair. Whether this is rotating principle destination stops or their logo. Now festive screens have been created, quite a nice touch if I am honest but I think their priorities could be strengthened in other areas. .
Historic Ipswich There is a wealth of information online - from photos to more informational pieces - of Ipswich in the past. Whether that is hundreds of years ago or much more recent. What isn't so represented are memories which risk getting lost over time. The concept of this "Historic Ipswich" forum is allowing residents past and present or relatives there of, to share such stories, memories, photos and facts. Nothing much changes in Ipswich, however, when you look back each decade has some quite significant overlooked changes.
Introduction of new trains to East Anglia will be like moving ‘from mid-table to Champions League’ says Greater Anglia boss. First new trains on Greater Anglia network due to arrive in summer 2019 Continue reading. on Ipswich Star.
St James Place Property Unit Trust has reapplied to Ipswich Borough Council to make modifications to Suffolk Retail Park reducing the size of Unit 2A (previously Dunelm) and increasing the size of the adjoining Unit 2B (previously Brantano) along with car park modifications, speculating that they may be in advanced stages of securing tenants for both units. The full planning application approved earlier in the year (IP/18/00745/FUL). The aligned crossing has to be better than the current system of kerbs.
Passmore renews coastal warning as Home Office steps up border security. As concern mounts about the number of illegal immigrants turning up on beaches in the south east of England, Suffolk Police and Crime Commissioner Tim Passmore has repeated his call for more investment to protect Britain’s coastline. Continue reading. on Ipswich Star.
Will the Christmas craft market return to the Cornhill? Traders say the pre-Christmas craft market on Ipswich Cornhill was a major commercial success with tens of thousands of shoppers heading through the big tent – but it continues to divide opinion in the town. Continue reading. on Ipswich Star.
This wonderful shows popularity of Cornhill outside Lion Cafe (Golden Lion Hotel) and Mannings. This was pretty much the dream envisioned by Stuart Rose. What we have now doesn't remotely allow this to now happen. .
Plans for two a biodiesel power generators at Ipswich Waterfront operating for only 200 hours a year and never between 11. 30pm and 7 am, have been modified to use higher polluting conventional diesel for 500 hours a year with the ability to generate power outside permitted hours 5 times a year. The council is set to approve a variation of current planning to meet demands of the National Grid. This is approximately averaged out at 1 and a half hours every single day or just short of 42 hours per month (capped to 2 hours a day). Is is probable for later variations of conditions.
A long disused retail unit in Upper Orwell Street looks set to be utilised as a new entrance towards the Bond Street mosque prayer hall. Probably more convenient for many than accessing through Bond Street. .
Police swoop on bus station over reports of ‘man with axe’. Up to seven police cars were spotted at Ipswich’s Old Cattle Market bus station this afternoon following reports of a man with an axe. Continue reading. on Ipswich Star.
Venue in bid to bring late-night entertainment scene to Waterfront. Proposals to extend hours at a venue near Isaacs on the Quay at Ipswich Waterfront have been submitted to the council. Continue reading. on Ipswich Star.
Here are a few photos of the busiest time of the year and the largest ever known Christmas Tree in Ipswich. yet a big marquee tent holding a crafts fair which isn't really a crafts fair so you can't really see the tree, get onto the Cornhill and a single file forcing obstructions promoting the market. Not good! When anticipating such volumes of people in the highest density of footfall in the entire town so many obstructions and funnelling is unacceptable. The marquee briefly exceeds the Cornhill Revamp into the street.
HMV is expected to be the next High Street casualty and it is well deserved IMHO. With the collapse of Woolworths (including a music distributor it owned), the subsequent loss of Virgin Megastores (in Europe anyhow, Zavvi rebranded after MBO), the rise of Apple (in particular the rise of iTunes Store - in 2012 a 29% global music market share and 35 billion songs sold globally by mid 2014) and digital sales and streaming in general, surely HMV would have adapted and tweaked their business model. Instead they are left with a household brand without brand loyalty.
Work to continue on Cornhill gateway once Christmas tree is removed. The Christmas Tree on Ipswich Cornhill will remain in place for at least another week it has been revealed, although the town’s Christmas lights will be switched off at Twelfth Night next weekend. Continue reading. on Ipswich Star.
Far too many grumpy people in Ipswich complaining about the £4m Cornhill Vandalism project. They should all see it from the perspective of Ipswich Vision. . clearly a work of art!
Suffolk New College raise over £100 for Woolly Pully Week. Students at Suffolk New College have helped to raise over £100 for charity by wearing festive knitwear. Continue reading. on Ipswich Star.
Is it graffiti? Mystery blue markings on the Cornhill monument. Today eagle-eyed sale shoppers in Ipswich town centre may have spotted some blue scribbles on the new Cornhill monument. Continue reading. on Ipswich Star.
Seven concerts and festivals to look forward to in 2019 - from Ed Sheeran to Take That. From Ed Sheeran coming to Chantry Park in Ipswich to former Oasis frontman Noel Gallagher headlining Sunday Sessions in Earlham Park in Norwich, there are plenty of reasons to look forward to the new year. Continue reading. on Ipswich Star.
Days Gone By: First Floor Club was the only place for late-night fun for decades in Ipswich. David Kindred looks at the First Floor Club, flooding in Ipswich and The Arlington Ballroom with Olga Wilmot. Continue reading. on Ipswich Star.
Ed Sheeran returns to Portman Road to cheer on Ipswich Town. Castle on the Hill singer Ed Sheeran returned to Portman Road this afternoon to support his beloved Ipswich Town as they picked up a point against Sheffield United. Continue reading. on Ipswich Star.
Thanks to a Freedom of Information request someone made (and of course Ipswich Buses for releasing the information) price information on Ipswich Buses' faretables has been released. So if you are a customer or would be passenger, hopefully the following information will be a good guide on cost from one place to another. These fare stages/tables are a few months old so we have reflected the most recent fare increases. So all figures in the above old summary table in the middle column has been substituted with the 10p increase in the new price column.
Town-centre bosses delighted as Lord Stuart Rose praises £3. 6m Cornhill new look. Ipswich town-centre bosses have welcomed news that former Marks & Spencer chairman Lord Stuart Rose has reportedly praised the Cornhill’s new look. Continue reading. on Ipswich Star.
Suffolk Highways vows more proactive look at Orwell Bridge closure impact on Ipswich roads. “We have got to do something more proactive. ” Continue reading. on Ipswich Star.
It has been announced this week that the Operations Manager has been removed from his position and their employment terminated at the company. They have now advertised for a replacement (although under a new title with additional responsibilities) as General Manager with a salary of £50k. Advert here: The job description isn’t that detailed and it sounds more like a ‘mini MD’ job to me - perhaps to make up for the fact that the actual MD spends more time in Kent than in Ipswich! Probably not the best time to advertise for any position (let alone one as important as this!
A new-look town centre square has a raised platform and fountains. Continue reading. on BBC News website.
‘It’s a way of being part of something’- Winter solstice attracts hundreds to Cornhill monument. It has been a controversial year for the revamped Cornhill but tonight a special gathering celebrated the new monument, otherwise known as ‘Cornhenge’. Continue reading. on Ipswich Star.
Orwell Bridge unlikely to close as 40mph gusts hit A14. Despite reports of high winds today the Orwell Bridge on the A14 near Ipswich is not expected to close. Continue reading. on Ipswich Star.
Ipswich stabbing victim died of ‘single wound to abdomen’. A 32-year-old man killed in a “horrific” attack in an Ipswich street died of a single stab wound, a post mortem examination has revealed. Continue reading. on Ipswich Star.
The deal is, @ibserviceupdate provides automated service announcements and @ipswichbuses provide general customer service and news announcements. Except, sometimes they forget which account they are tweeting from (like in the above image).
Ipswich Buses are , this time in January 2019. Fortunately for most people they will be unaffected, this only affects country bus service users. This appears to hint Ipswich Buses are still struggling to balance the books. They chose not to increase country services in November 2018 fare changes, but appear to slip in the fare rises during the festive period hoping people won't notice. As usual, very short notice given.
Police believe the stabbing of Daniel Saunders in Ipswich "was not a random attack". Continue reading. on BBC News website.
Ipswich stabbing victim named as 32-year-old Daniel Saunders. A 32-year-old man stabbed to death in an Ipswich street has been formally identified by police. Continue reading. on Ipswich Star.
Greater Anglia says the move and the addition of longer trains will increase capacity by 20%. Continue reading. on BBC News website.
An alleged fraudster accused of ripping off hundreds of pensioners is jailed for contempt of court. Continue reading. on BBC News website.
Karen Hales, 21, was stabbed multiple times and her body set on fire on 21 November 1993 Continue reading. on BBC News website.
Calls lead to ‘fresh information’ in unsolved Karen Hales murder case. A number of calls have provided police with “fresh information” over the brutal murder of an Ipswich mother 25 years ago following an anniversary appeal last month. Continue reading. on Ipswich Star.
The Variable Message Signs tender report suggests 9 proposed Variable Message Signs (VMS) for 12 town centre car parks of Crown MSCP, West End Road Car Park, Portman Road Car Park, Elm Street Car Park, Spiral Car Park, Cox Lane Car Park, Regent Car Park, Cox Lane NCP Car Park, Blackfriars (Foundation Street) MSCP, Tacket Street Car Park, NCP Tower Ramparts Car Park and Buttermarket MSCP. All council car parks mentioned (as shaded black in the below photo) will be included in the scheme but private operators have to opt in.
Detectives granted additional 36 hours to interview murder suspects. Detectives investigating a fatal stabbing in Ipswich at the weekend have been granted more time to quiz three people arrested on suspicion of murder. Continue reading. on Ipswich Star.
Greater Anglia to end First Class seats in most of its trains across region. Greater Anglia is to eliminate First Class seats on almost all its trains from the start of 2020. Continue reading. on Ipswich Star.
Three arrested in Ipswich murder investigation remain in custody. Three people arrested on suspicion of murder following a fatal stabbing in Ipswich on Sunday are still being quizzed by detectives. Continue reading. on Ipswich Star.
Northern Bypass Open Letter to Tom Hunt Tom Hunt's Reply For anyone who wonders, APPG is an acronym for "All-Party Parliamentary Group". Not elected yet and speaking the lingo. I have heard of them but didn't automatically associate "APPG" with it. .
First details revealed of new teaching hub for Suffolk New College. New higher education courses currently not on offer in Ipswich could be provided in a new contemporary teaching hub in the town’s Education Quarter. Continue reading. on Ipswich Star.
Police say they believe the fatal stabbing in Ipswich "was not a random attack". Continue reading. on BBC News website.
Three arrested in Ipswich murder investigation. Three people have been arrested on suspicion of murder following a fatal stabbing in Ipswich on Sunday. Continue reading. on Ipswich Star.
‘We don’t go out at night anymore’ – Neighbours react to horror of fatal stabbing in Ipswich. Shocked neighbours in an Ipswich community where a man was stabbed and killed in broad daylight say they do not feel safe living there as a murder probe continues. Continue reading. on Ipswich Star.
Ipswich murder probe: Everything we know so far. A murder investigation is under way in Ipswich today after a man was stabbed to death in broad daylight. Continue reading. on Ipswich Star.
Ipswich fatal stabbing: Shocked community reacts. A community is shocked and saddened after a man was stabbed to death in Ipswich. Continue reading. on Ipswich Star.
Two men suffered injuries in an attack in Ipswich, police say. Continue reading. on BBC News website.
Three Ipswich stabbings reported in less than 12 hours. Police dealt with three reported stabbings in Ipswich today in less than 12 hours, officers have confirmed. Continue reading. on Ipswich Star.
The man died in an Ipswich street after being stabbed, police said. Continue reading. on BBC News website.
Had the opportunity today to take a relative who hasn't been to Ipswich town centre for a few years to see our "wonderful" Cornhill development today. It was a lovely day, after all the rain and cold yesterday, the sun came out and it couldn't have been a nicer day for a stroll around the town. So what did this person think of the our new henge then you ask? The words used I'm afraid "its embarrassing".
Murder investigation launched after man dies in Ipswich stabbing. A man believed to be in his 30s has died following a stabbing in Ipswich, sparking a murder investigation. Continue reading. on Ipswich Star.
Major police presence in Ipswich street after reports of stabbing. Armed police have shut off a residential street in Ipswich following reports of a stabbing. Continue reading. on Ipswich Star.
Ipswich bucks trend as town centre footfall goes up after Cornhill revamp. The number of people visiting Ipswich Cornhill has increased significantly since refurbishment work finished at the start of November, according to new measuring devices in the town centre. Continue reading. on Ipswich Star.
First new Greater Anglia train takes to the tracks in early morning test. Greater Anglia’s first new “bimode” diesel and electric train for rural routes has ventured out on to the region’s rail network for the first time. Continue reading. on Ipswich Star.
New deputy chief for Suffolk police. A new deputy chief constable has been appointed by Suffolk Constabulary. Continue reading. on Ipswich Star.
Police are urging businesses to be vigilant following reports of counterfeit bank notes being used across the county. • My Food Store, St Matthew’s Street, Ipswich – A male offender attempted to pay for a drink using a counterfeit £20 note shortly after 6. 20pm on Monday 3 December. The note was refused by the cashier (37/69942/18). • Star Grill Kebabs, Ipswich – Two male offenders attempted to pay for food with a counterfeit £20 note but the note was refused by a member of staff at around 10.
More passengers using Greater Anglia trains despite summer issues. Despite increasing reliability problems caused by infrastructure issues during the summer, Greater Anglia saw one of largest increases in passenger numbers in the country. Continue reading. on Ipswich Star.
“Emotionally charged” - police officer tells court of scene after Tavis stabbing. A policeman who went to the scene of the stabbing of Ipswich teenager Tavis Spencer-Aitkens has described it as “the most challenging” he’d ever had to manage. Continue reading. on Ipswich Star.
‘Cynical’ fraudster jailed for 10 months for council flat scam. A fraudster cheated the system to illegally sub-let her council home for her own “greedy profit” - and then bought it at a huge discount, a court heard. Continue reading. on Ipswich Star.
Reported to me early this morning, one of the large Plane trees on Giles Circus snapped off and laying over at 90 degrees. Spotted later, tree gone and a sand bag or something over the stump. So questions; how was it broken and by whom? Must have been backed into by a large vehicle to snap it off like that, When will it be replaced? Well, sadly I suspect it will take IBC a long while, in fact will it ever get replaced.
Two of the defendants accused of murdering an Ipswich teenager showed no reaction when told of his death, court hears. Two defendants accused of murdering Ipswich teenager Tavis Spencer-Aitkens allegedly showed no reaction when they were told he had died, a court has heard. Continue reading. on Ipswich Star.
Sandy Martin raises “unsexy” insurance industry in Commons. Not every finance-related job is tied to the City of London – that was the message from Ipswich MP Sandy Martin after he asked a parliamentary question about Brexit in the House of Commons. Continue reading. on Ipswich Star.
Children join Ipswich MP Sandy Martin to plant trees to mark Queen’s long reign. Ipswich MP Sandy Martin has joined councillors and schoolchildren from Rushmere Hall to plant trees as part of an scheme to mark The Queen’s work for the Commonwealth. Continue reading. on Ipswich Star.
Orwell Bridge traffic builds after lorries collide on the A14. A lorry crashed into another HGV after a tyre blow out on the A14 this morning, causing tailbacks towards the Orwell Bridge. Continue reading. on Ipswich Star.
A man has been discharged from hospital after being stabbed in the head outside the restaurant. Continue reading. on BBC News website.
Word on the street: Should May stay or should she go? Theresa May will face a vote of confidence in her leadership this evening – ahead of the decision, we asked people in Ipswich whether they think the Prime Minister should stay or go. Continue reading. on Ipswich Star.
Revamp of St Peter’s Wharf in Ipswich set to start in January - what do you think of the scheme? A £750,000 revamp of St Peters Wharf on Ipswich’s waterfront has been announced – with work set to kick-off in January. Continue reading. on Ipswich Star.
A judge says their 12-year sentences were too long because the men had not actually raped the woman. Continue reading. on BBC News website.
Dennis Young has reported an incident of uneven paving at Hawthorne Drive shops on FIxMyStreet. This area has always been a problem whether paving levels or inadequate gritting in adverse weather. I think the Hawthorne Drive District Centre shopping precinct should be looked at for complete overhaul/remodelling. r.
Various Ipswich residents are unhappy and raising their concerns about the craft market that they consider operates for too long blocking the Christmas Tree, not being an actual proper "Crafts Market" and overpriced items. Others claimed the white nature of the tents enhanced the new Cornhill somewhat. Selected are as follows:- Of course there are also fears for Ipswich Market. It is an actual disgrace overall. .
Police hunt attackers after man stabbed in head in restaurant. A man suffered stab wounds to the head in a “targeted attack” in front of horrified diners in a Nando’s restaurant in Ipswich town centre. Continue reading. on Ipswich Star.
The victim was attacked by two men in green tracksuits at about 17:30 GMT, police say. Continue reading. on BBC News website.
Police seal off Nando’s in Cardinal Park, Ipswich, after man hurt in restaurant. Police have sealed off Nando’s in Cardinal Park, Ipswich, tonight after a man was believed to have been hurt in an incident inside the restaurant. Continue reading. on Ipswich Star.
Pair jailed for attempted rape of woman in car park have jail terms cut. Two men who stalked and tried to rape a vulnerable young woman in Ipswich as she walked home from a night out have had their sentences cut. Continue reading. on Ipswich Star.
Days Gone By: Legacy in the Cobbold family in Ipswich. For more than 260 years generations of the Cobbold family had a great influence in Ipswich, writes David Kindred. Continue reading. on Ipswich Star.
What is the history of Ipswich Town Football Club (ITFC)?
Council lost £91,000 in market rent during the Ipswich Cornhill rebuild. Ipswich Council’s support for the town’s market while the Cornhill was being rebuilt has cost the authority £91,000, new figures show. Continue reading. on Ipswich Star.
Craft market opens to bring festive feel to new Cornhill in Ipswich. Ipswich’s Christmas Craft Market has opened on the Cornhill – the first time the area has been used for a major event since its refurbishment was completed at the start of last month. Continue reading. on Ipswich Star.
Why are there mysterious ‘white tents’ on the Cornhill? Have they been set up to house druids flocking to Ipswich to worship at “Corn Henge”? Or are they there to cover up the fountains? Continue reading. on Ipswich Star.
It’s a date! Time capsule is buried under Ipswich Cornhill until 2050. Brothers Damon and Riley O’Donnell joined Mayor of Ipswich Jane Riley to make it a date to remember at Ipswich’s new-look Cornhill as they buried a time capsule beneath the iconic Gateways - not to be opened before 2050. Continue reading. on Ipswich Star.
Tavis murder trial adjourned until Monday. The trial of six defendants accused of murdering Ipswich teenager Tavis-Spencer-Aitkens has been adjourned until Monday. Continue reading. on Ipswich Star.
Student Florence Lewis had £1. 50 taken from her purse by Greater Anglia as a "storage fee". Continue reading. on BBC News website.
Greater Anglia scrap charges to cash found in lost wallets and purses. Greater Anglia will no longer apply charges to cash found in lost wallets and purses after a teenager’s complaint to the firm sparked national outrage. Continue reading. on Ipswich Star.
Look: Suffolk’s women Reclaim the Night with march against sexual violence. Ipswich town centre was filled with light and noise as the women of Suffolk marched to tell people they have the right to feel safe on the streets after dark. Continue reading. on Ipswich Star.
The global superstar chatted to students about how they can make the most of their talent. Continue reading. on BBC News website.
Ed Sheeran makes surprise visit to music students in Norwich. Ed Sheeran makes surprise visit to students at Access Creative College in Norwich It was the perfect Thursday for aspiring musicians in the city, as Access Creative College alumni and patron Ed Sheeran visited its Norwich centre in Magdalen Street. Continue reading. on Ipswich Star.
Stab wound caused ‘torrential’ blood loss, murder trial hears. Ipswich teenager Tavis Spencer-Aitkens died from a stab wound to the heart which caused “torrential” blood loss, a murder trial has heard. Continue reading. on Ipswich Star.
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