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A new-look town centre square now has a raised platform and fountains. Continue reading. on BBC News website.
Ipswich Cornhill open for business again as the barriers finally removed. Most of Ipswich Cornhill has finally reopened after nine months’ work to redesign the heart of the town centre. Continue reading. on Ipswich Star.
So £3. 6m+ has been spent on the Ipswich Labour's Cornhill Vandalism project and this includes bespoke (as in unlike anything else in the town, probably whole of Suffolk too) litter bins. This is despite Labour MP for Ipswich Sandy Martin receiving a promotion to Shadow Waste & Recycling Minister. These new grey litter bins appear to replace the mixed black and blue bins - a hybrid litter and recycling bin. So the promotion was only recent but Sandy Martin was MP before the project got the go ahead with the overspend.
The new Managing Director of Ipswich Buses has been in the job for around 6 months and contactless payments have been accepted for a similar length of time also. Transitioning from interim MD to a permanent Managing Director, Ipswich Buses doesn't seem to be seeing less complaints as a result of its poor unreliable bus services all across the town. This is something which should have been resolved with a new stable management to the business. In reality, it is more of the same.
Will the Chancellor’s billions transform roads in Suffolk and Essex? Campaigners hoping to see major improvements in major roads are waiting to see if a major increase in funding announced in Budget papers will lead to big changes. Continue reading. on Ipswich Star.
Mental health staff were "too busy" to notice Matthew Arkle had gone missing, an inquest hears. Continue reading. on BBC News website.
Will Bury St Edmunds Christmas Fayre continue beyond 2018? Councils in west Suffolk are set to commit to running the Bury St Edmunds Christmas Fayre for another three years. Continue reading. on Ipswich Star.
It takes four weeks for Lorrie Thackeray to transform his home into the spooky experience. Continue reading. on BBC News website.
Seven years ago today, then-MP Ben Gummer was defending the town to which he called "the finest community in the whole of Suffolk". It came after people shot the town down calling it "shabby and rundown", a "cesspit" and "hellhole" during a Radio Suffolk crime themed phone in, following stabbings including in Nacton Road. Politicians were content in continuing the depressing state and poor retail experience of Suffolk's county town. It wasn't until the following year, a snide remark made by an outsider, they decided to do something about it.
New track taking shape to boost the freight link to the Port of Felixstowe. Network Rail has started laying a second track beside the existing line at Trimley to help increase the capacity of the line to the Port of Felixstowe. Continue reading. on Ipswich Star.
Cornhill’s opening put back a day – but barriers down by the weekend. The barriers at the new Cornhill in Ipswich are not expected to come down until the weekend after there was a delay in the final street furniture reaching the town. Continue reading. on Ipswich Star.
Days Gone By: Boys’ Brigade on parade in the 1960s and 70s. Days Gone By looks at past local activities in Ipswich including the Boys Brigade band and events at the ABC cinema, St Matthews Baths Hall and more. Continue reading. on Ipswich Star.
We should begin with preemptively cancelling the counter argument of "It is a bit too late now! " as the Cornhill regeneration project is almost complete, with "the people didn't decide on it anyway". Serious question. Did Ipswich get the best possible Cornhill design? In a word.
The Ipswich Society has been keeping track of the Cornhill Regeneration progress. The Town Hall looks quite nice at the moment. Ignoring the temporary metal fencing barriers etc. they are temporary, whats left of Ipswich Market just isn't doing it for me. Damaging the seating to discourage people using them seems a bit silly (no major deal really) as it is something they should have foreseen with such a design and decided against it.
Evans Cycles, which has stores in Ipswich and Norwich, could close up to half its outlets. As many as half of a cycling retail chain’s stores could close, putting hundreds of jobs under threat. Continue reading. on Ipswich Star.
A question for Dave. Why is our town centre dying? We are a county town, the gateway to the Suffolk Coast, a major regional station on the main line from London. and unlike the national picture, our economy has out grown many other areas. We have a booming tourism sector in Suffolk and our town centre is less retail and more leisure.
Tom Hunt - the new Tory candidate for Ipswich. Clearly a Lib Dem. but standing in for the Tories. This is what Tom Hunt has to say for himself. It is interesting he has identified 5 areas on his website rather than the 3 he initially had.
The Police Federation hopes a newly introduced "policing model" will be staffed properly. Continue reading. on BBC News website.
Day of action at Felixstowe to target criminals sees 51 vehicles stopped and 10 arrests made. A total of 51 vehicles were stopped and 10 arrests were made following an operation to target criminals using Suffolk’s roads. Continue reading. on Ipswich Star.
From drab town square to a focal point complete with water feature - the Cornhill revamp in pictures. The new-look Cornhill in Ipswich is about to be fully unveiled, following a £3. 6million restoration. Here we look back at how it all took shape. Continue reading.
Rail passengers travelling to and from Suffolk and Essex delayed following signal fault. A signal fault at Liverpool Street station has halted services in and out of the terminal. Continue reading. on Ipswich Star.
How this budget will affect businesspeople in Suffolk and Essex. From apprentices to entrepreneurs, the raft of changes in this year’s budget are bound to affect people involved in all levels of business in East Anglia. Our experts in Suffolk give their reaction to Chancellor Hammond’s big announcements. Continue reading. on Ipswich Star.
Broken down freight train at Kennett delays services between Ipswich and Cambridge. A broken down freight train delayed services between Ipswich and Cambridge this morning. Continue reading. on Ipswich Star.
Ipswich Cornhill finally set to open after major restoration. Ipswich Cornhill is set to open to the public by the end of this week following a £3. 56 million restoration. Continue reading. on Ipswich Star.
Police launch appeal to find missing 20-year-old from Felixstowe. An appeal has been luanched today for help to find a missing 20-year-old man from Felixstowe. Continue reading. on Ipswich Star.
Essex and Suffolk roads both affected by abnormal load on the move. A wide load with police escort is set to cause tailbacks in Essex and Suffolk when it travels down the A12. Continue reading. on Ipswich Star.
Couples in Norfolk and Suffolk denied fertility treatment based on age or if ‘overweight’. Couples in Norfolk and Suffolk are being turned down for fertility treatment because men are too old or overweight, it can be revealed. Continue reading. on Ipswich Star.
A man with paranoid schizophrenia is let out of mental health unit without an escort and kills himself. Continue reading. on BBC News website.
Suffolk police chief to retire next year after 30 years of service in East Anglia. Suffolk Constabulary’s Chief Constable Gareth Wilson announced he will retire in April next year after completing 30 years’ of dedicated public service, four of those as leader of the Suffolk police force. Continue reading. on Ipswich Star.
Man, 20 seventh to be charged with murder of Tavis Spencer-Atkins. A seventh defendant has appeared at Ipswich Crown Court charged with the murder of Tavis Spencer-Atkins Continue reading. on Ipswich Star.
The driver ignored height restriction signs before striking an overhanging structure, a court hears. Continue reading. on BBC News website.
What will Chancellor Philip Hammond do for Suffolk and Essex in this year’s budget? Chancellor of the Exchequer Philip Hammond is today presenting his second full autumn budget. Follow here for the main issues to come and comment on what you think about his budget proposals. Continue reading. on Ipswich Star.
Tamsin is one of many 16 to 24-year-olds who describe themselves as lonely. Continue reading. on BBC News website.
All lines blocked after person hit by train near Colchester. Services are at a standstill due a person being hit by a train on the line between Colchester and Witham. Continue reading. on Ipswich Star.
Gok Wan gives incredible makeover to ‘truly amazing’ carer at Norwich show. It was all about the confidence in Norwich this weekend as TV fashionista Gok Wan brought his One Size Fits All tour to the city. Continue reading. on Ipswich Star.
Fountains tested as final touches put to new look Cornhill. The major redevelopment of the Cornhill is set to be completed this week and construction teams have been working throughout the weekend to put the final touches in place. Continue reading. on Ipswich Star.
Spot yourself: Felixstowe hosts Steampunk Halloween festival. It’s futuristic, classical and steam-powered - it is the Felixstowe Steampunk Halloween Festival taking place at Landguard Fort this weekend. Continue reading. on Ipswich Star.
Seventh person appears in court charged with the murder of Tavis Spencer-Aitkens. A seventh person has appeared in court this morning charged with the murder of an Ipswich teenager. Continue reading. on Ipswich Star.
Fewer complaints, more passengers brings rail boost to Greater Anglia. The number of complaints to Greater Anglia by passengers during the first three months of the financial year almost halved compared with the same period in 2017, according to new figures from the industry watchdog. Continue reading. on Ipswich Star.
Waterfront art celebrates soldiers of the First World War. The words of soldiers have been brought to life at Ipswich Waterfront in an artistic salute to soldiers of the First World War. Continue reading. on Ipswich Star.
Six people have already been charged over a 17-year-old who was fatally stabbed in Ipswich. Continue reading. on BBC News website.
Seventh suspect charged in connection with Tavis murder. A 20-year-old man has been charged with murder following the death of Ipswich teenager Tavis Spencer-Aitkens. Continue reading. on Ipswich Star.
Suffolk has the ambition to become the greenest county. This year it has become apparent that Suffolk recycles less than four years ago. Ipswich MP, Sandy Martin has just got a promotion to Shadow Waste and Recycling Minister. I demand him to sort out the issues in Ipswich town centre with recycling being an afterthought. If Suffolk is to be the greenest county, then surely the county town needs to take charge of getting its act together?
Ipswich Buses marks Town legend as vehicle named Kevin Beattie. As thousands of people prepare to pay tribute to Kevin Beattie on the day of his funeral, Ipswich Buses has paid its own tribute by naming a bus after the Town legend. Continue reading. on Ipswich Star.
Are Ipswich Central really marketing experts? Paul Hurst has been sacked from ITFC. Maybe it is time to remove Ipswich Central from our town? Their focus on making Ipswich the "Waterfront Town of East Anglia" has heavily impacted on the town centre. This has forced David Ellesmere to write to Debenhams pleading with them not to close the Ipswich store.
Knives, drugs and money seized from Bury St Edmunds car. Drugs, knives and money were seized from a car in Bury St Edmunds after police spotted a vehicle was involved in drug dealing in the town. Continue reading. on Ipswich Star.
The singer has donated more than 300 items to go under the hammer for charity. Continue reading. on BBC News website.
Woman slashed across the face and sexually assaulted in Colchester’s Castle Park. A woman was sexually assaulted and her face slashed in Castle Park in Colchester. Continue reading. on Ipswich Star.
New plastic tickets come in for Greater Anglia season ticket holders. Rail company Greater Anglia is phasing out paper tickets for season ticket holders – replacing them with plastic smart cards that can be swiped at barriers. Continue reading. on Ipswich Star.
Colchester’s arts centre starts a hi-tech makeover that will boost accessibility. Colchester Arts Centre lands a major grant that will turn a medieval church into a cutting edge, 21st century venue able to offer access to all Continue reading. on Ipswich Star.
Duke and Duchess of Cambridge announce royal visit. Apprentices and graduates will receive a special visit next week – from royal couple the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge. Continue reading. on Ipswich Star.
Woodbridge Wyevale Garden Centre to become Dobbies. A garden centre in Woodbridge is set to change hands as part of a major sale by its owners. Continue reading. on Ipswich Star.
Is Ipswich Doomed? Shops (A1) were converted to restaurants and cafes (A3), the town was focusing on day visitors and "staycations", and the town became more leisure focused. The Deloitte Consumer Tracker Q3 2018 reveals the UK retail market grew 2% in the first half of the year, but the fall in spending for restaurants, hotels and going out is a grave concern. Spending Down In Q3 2018, the so-called tourism sector (restaurants and hotels) spending fell 6. 5%* (from 3%* previous quarter) and "going out" (leisure) spending fell 15%* (from 8%* previous quarter).
Judge rues knife crime ‘epidemic’ before jailing 22-year-old for stabbing. A judge lamented levels of knife crime as approaching “epidemic proportions” before jailing a Suffolk father-of-two for stabbing another man outside a pub. Continue reading. on Ipswich Star.
Why was a helicopter flying over Ipswich waterfront? A low flying helicopter over the Ipswich waterfront has been causing a stir among passersby this afternoon. Continue reading. on Ipswich Star.
The wheels on the Felixstowe bus won’t go round and round Ipswich’s Gainsborough estate! Bus services between Ipswich and Felixstowe are being shaken up next month in a bid to improve reliability – and compete with the rail line to the coast. Continue reading. on Ipswich Star.
Youngsters encouraged to take part in Cornhill time capsule project. Young people in Ipswich are being given the chance to get involved in a time capsule project to mark the completion of the new-look Cornhill. Continue reading. on Ipswich Star.
Five Essex men arrested over growing cannabis, possessing firearms and breaching bail. Five men have been arrested after a car chase ended in a crash in Chelmsford. Continue reading. on Ipswich Star.
‘Slippery rails’ causing 20 minute delays on Greater Anglia. Greater Anglia are warning that train delays of up to 20 minutes are likely today due to slippery rails between Norwich and London Liverpool Street. Continue reading. on Ipswich Star.
Ipswich Star October 23rd page 24 -- 2018 Another constructive letter by Mark Ling I recommend all to have a read -- is there anything that we can do on here to give him the backing he truly deserves?
House of horrors opens at Ipswich Waterfront. The Great Plague returns to Ipswich this Halloween - but are you brave enough to find out more? Continue reading. on Ipswich Star.
First Norfolk and Suffolk (Eastern Counties) are making changes to Services 60, 61, 75, 76, 77, and X7, as detailed below. .
The coastguard stands down its search for Lawrence Gibbs, who was last seen on the beach on Saturday Continue reading. on BBC News website.
Greater Anglia refund Suffolk student’s ticket in ‘storage fee’ row. Rail bosses have refunded a Suffolk student after staff took 10% of the cash in her purse as a “storage fee”. Continue reading. on Ipswich Star.
Ed Sheeran 2019 gigs listed as ‘sold out’ – but tickets still available. Suffolk superstar Ed Sheeran is playing four huge concerts in Ipswich’s Chantry Park next year – and over 100,000 die hard fans are due to descend on Suffolk to see him perform. Continue reading. on Ipswich Star.
Man, 20, released under investigation after latest Ipswich stabbing. Police investigating reports of a stabbing in Ipswich have released a man in connection with the incident as enquiries into what happened continue. Continue reading. on Ipswich Star.
Final push to vote Woodbridge in Great British High Street awards. Admirers of a picturesque Suffolk high street vying for the title of Britain’s best are being urged to back a final push for votes. Continue reading. on Ipswich Star.
A bright but chilly morning across Suffolk and north Essex. Forecasters are predicting a return to colder temperatures in Suffolk and north Essex today after a long period of warmer weather. Continue reading. on Ipswich Star.
Man, 21, stabbed near Christchurch Park in Ipswich. One person has been arrested after a man was stabbed on Cemetery Road in Ipswich. Continue reading. on Ipswich Star.
An air, sea and land search is launched for a swimmer who went missing off the east coast. Continue reading. on BBC News website.
Road closures to be aware of this week in Suffolk and north Essex. Make sure your plan your journeys around the road works being carried out by Highways England. Continue reading. on Ipswich Star.
Plans for £70m retail and leisure park near Colchester submitted. A full planning application for the first phase of the £70million Tollgate Village retail and leisure park at Stanway have been submitted this week. Continue reading. on Ipswich Star.
What homes could be yours for around £300,000 in Suffolk and Essex? When you’re hunting for a new home, what can you buy for around £300,000? How about part of a unique pub conversion in Ipswich or a bungalow in Brandon? Continue reading. on Ipswich Star.
Fat Frog Comedy Club hops into Colchester. Business is no joke - but it can be a laughing matter. Just ask stand-up comedian Joe Grant. Continue reading. on Ipswich Star.
WOW! As the Cornhill Vandalism nears completion the £4 million Ipswich Cornhill Regeneration Project has had the public water feature tested for the first time. The much reduced size and number of the water jets on the Cornhill has absolutely amazed the public, who have never seen any water feature displays before, or even water. Town centre retailers (Ipswich Central BID levy payers) are rejoicing in the increased business that they expect from this vanity project. I remain not convinced.
Cannabis grown in Norfolk could soon be available on NHS prescription. The bosses of a pharmaceutical company which has been growing cannabis legally in Norfolk since 2016 for the international medicinal market are now hopeful of being able to offer their cannabis-derived medicine on prescription in the UK. Continue reading. on Ipswich Star.
Suffolk County Council are holding their next We Are Listening event in Ipswich at Giles Circus next week on Thursday 25 October, 11am – 1pm. Leader Matthew Hicks and other senior staff and councillors will be there. .
Morbid or more bids? Essex auctioneers launch a spooky kind of sale. Here’s a sneak peek at some of the ghoulish and grisly items coming up for auction in Essex, to put you in the mood for Halloween. Sworders Fine Art have been building up a collection of strange consignments for their next ‘Out of the Ordinary’ sale to be held early next year. Continue reading.
Ipswich Town’s new temporary signing. Ipswich Town have made a new signing, ahead of a busy Christmas. Town have signed for a temporary Planet Blue shop in the Buttermarket, Ipswich. Continue reading. on Ipswich Star.
Rise in theft and weapons crime higher in Essex and Suffolk than nationally. Crimes including theft and weapons possession have risen more sharply in Suffolk and Essex than on average across the rest of the country. Continue reading. on Ipswich Star.
Felixstowe stabbing that left teenager with neck wound was ‘targeted attack’ - police. Police are treating the stabbing of an 18-year-old man in Felixstowe yesterday as a targeted attack. Continue reading. on Ipswich Star.
Cold snap set to be a feature of half-term holidays in Suffolk and Essex. The chilly autumnal snap which saw temperatures drop close to freezing in parts of the region last night is set to continue into next week’s school half-term holidays. Continue reading. on Ipswich Star.
Suffolk Highways wins ‘partnership award’ recognising its benefits to the community. Suffolk Highways has received a national award for providing “real and tangible benefits to the community it serves”. Continue reading. on Ipswich Star.
So it is middle of October, University of Suffolk graduations are on at the Waterfront in a big white tent and the Cornhill Vandalism hasn't been finished. What I can say so far - without the monoliths, trees, steps, fountains and weathering/wear-and-tear - it looks quite good. Now, not to get carried away. "quite good" isn't good enough at the cost of around £4 million pounds. Perfection is what is needed.
First World War soldiers saluted in Waterfront art display. The words of First World War soldiers will be brought to life at an Ipswich arts festival. Continue reading. on Ipswich Star.
So you are a cyclist heading up Felixstowe Road past Sainsburys. and you notice a sign. "Cyclists Please Dismount And Use Footway". so assuming you aren't cycling to the left of the cones already, you need to turn in to the left of the cones, dismount, lift your bike over a curb, up a sloped grass verge and over a wooden barrier without any breaks in it. I am not too sure why they cannot just use the road?
It is good to see the faulty Ipswich Hospital bus station's RTPI screen be replaced with a much nicer screen. The 80s boxy TV on a pole type RTPI screens positioned around Ipswich are bulky, dirty/burnt in/discoloured screens and fail much of the time. This said the position it is installed in is wrong and could be improved - most people didn't notice it! It is surprising they didn't keep it consistent by installing similar shelters to that at the bus stations and Ipswich Rail Station, in which case utilise the larger screens.
Norfolk and Suffolk bid to woo global investors at international showcase. Norfolk and Suffolk’s biggest development opportunities are being presented to global investors at an international event this week. Continue reading. on Ipswich Star.
Days Gone By: Memories of poor Victorian housing. David Kindred takes a look back at Ipswich Cox Lane and The Convent of Jesus and Mary in Woodbridge Road. Does this article bring back memories for you? Continue reading. on Ipswich Star.
House prices continue to rise in Suffolk, but Essex sees a downward trend. House prices in Suffolk crept up by 0. 4% in August, contributing to a 3. 6% rise over the last 12 months. Continue reading.
Dutch taxpayers subsidise Greater Anglia rail services. Rail services on Greater Anglia have effectively received an £80m subsidy over the last year. . . from Dutch taxpayers.
Coastal MP backs Woodbridge High Street Awards bid. Therese Coffey, the MP for Suffolk Coastal, has lended her support to Woodbridge’s Great British High Street Awards bid. Continue reading. on Ipswich Star.
Cloudy day with some rain in store for Suffolk and north Essex. East Anglia’s weather will have a distinctly cloudy feel this morning as a band of cloud and rain passes across the region. Continue reading. on Ipswich Star.
Police encourage people to report hate crime as cases in Suffolk and Essex increase. Hate crime in Suffolk has increased by 31% this year with more than 1,000 people reporting crimes to the police. Continue reading. on Ipswich Star.
Iconic steelyard to be rebuilt at Woodbridge pub. A pub in Woodbridge which lost its historic weighbridge six months ago is to be rebuilt. Continue reading. on Ipswich Star.
John Norman (Ipswich Society) talks about the future of the Ipswich Cornhill in the latest newsletter. I wonder how many members will be writing in demanding the market is returned to the Cornhill. For me, however, I am much interested to hear feedback on changes to the Cornhill. whether it is positive, indifferent or negative.
Police say Felixstowe stabbing was ‘targeted attack’. Police are treating the stabbing of an 18-year-old man in Felixstowe yesterday as a targeted attack. Continue reading. on Ipswich Star.
New boy Tory, pro-fox hunting (did we say Tom Hunt was pro Fox Hunting? No? Well he is pro Fox Hunting! ) Tom Hunt who recently failed to win another urban parliamentary seat in the snap general election is desperately trying to make head way into winning Ipswich. First on his list is to act grown up and hold a meeting with the Suffolk County Council leader, Mr Hicks (who is against a Northern Bypass and strongly in favour of the Upper Orwell Crossings) into giving the impression progress is being made for a Northern Bypass.
A parable sent in to the Ipswich Society about the vanity bridge project - the Upper Orwell Crossings. .
From Ipswich Society newsletter. .