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What a disaster! Another day at Ipswich's revamped Cornhill another person is injured and another ambulance called. Today I just happened to be there when it arrived. I went into the Town Hall to enquire about the ambulance to see whether they were aware of it. They didn't seem to care.
An outline planning application has been submitted for 75 dwellings at the Old Station Works near Westerfield Station. .
Final piece of Ipswich Cornhill finally starts to arrive in town centre. Work to complete the final section of the Cornhill revamp in Ipswich has started with the arrival of the first part of the “Four Gateways” artwork which is going up outside Debenhams. Continue reading. on Ipswich Star.
Ipswich Buses to put up fares for second time in a year as Christmas nears. Fares on Ipswich Buses are going up again at the end of November – for the second time in nine months. Continue reading. on Ipswich Star.
Oh the irony, Labour-run public transport company Ipswich Buses Ltd, is using Tory tactics of austerity! Decreasing services but increased taxes, or in this case bus fares! Adult Single Fares for all three zones increase by 10p to £1. 10, £1. 60 and £2.
The first in a fleet of 38 Swiss-made trains for Abellio rolls into East Anglia for testing. Continue reading. on BBC News website.
Watch: First new Greater Anglia train arrives in region from Swiss factory. The first new Swiss-built train for Greater Anglia has arrived in the region – being pulled from the Channel Tunnel, around London and along the main line to Norwich early on Thursday morning. Continue reading. on Ipswich Star.
There is a campaign looking to introduce traffic calming for the Felixstowe Road and Nacton Road junction and potential junction remodelling (just think of the 6 months of roadworks). Due to the two different height levels of the connecting roads nothing can really be done. However, Suffolk County Council loves "improvement schemes" almost as much as traffic lights which are no good here, which leaves the concept of a bus gate allowing only buses and cycles through the top section of Nacton Road.
As Ipswich Borough Council keeps Crown Car Park tariffs low, it is public transport users who are seeing the second lot of fare rises at Ipswich Buses, announced in 2018. We can expect more of the same in Feb to May 2019! We anticipated service changes, fare rises and fare structure changes for the autumn. View Ipswich Buses 2018 fare information here. Edit: Added information as it becomes available.
Suffolk police seeks ‘inspirational’ chief constable. Suffolk police is seeking an ‘inspirational’ replacement for its outgoing chief constable. Continue reading. on Ipswich Star.
Ipswich man jailed for sexually assaulting schoolgirl. An Ipswich man who sexually assaulted a schoolgirl has been jailed for four months. Continue reading. on Ipswich Star.
Could Greater Anglia’s new suburban trains be maintained at Harwich? Greater Anglia is due to take delivery of its first new suburban trains next year – but has still not yet formally announced where they will be serviced in north Essex. Continue reading. on Ipswich Star.
Ipswich Buses has a second facebook called ipswichbuses1. It bridges between the last facebook account which ceased updates in 2016 proudly mentioning proposed strike action and cancelled strike action. It ceased updates in February after the new bus changes came in force. Hard to tell if this is an official account or not. One notable missing feature is Reviews.
Yomping around Essex and swimming for charity. Staff at Tendring District Council-run leisure centres are getting ready to go the extra mile in aid of Children in Need – some literally. Continue reading. on Ipswich Star.
It seems nobody applied any common sense with the plans for the Cornhill Regeneration Project. Ipswich Borough Council must have carried out a detailed risk assessment. Where are the most likely areas problematic with any such event that may cause serious injury or even death? The below is a polygon heatmap like representation of the Cornhill weighted by severity of injuries possible or probability of any incident occurring. Pretty much common sense.
Millwall fan arrested on A14 on suspicion of speeding and drug driving after Norwich thriller. A Millwall supporter was stopped by police on his way home from his side’s crushing injury time defeat to Norwich City – and then arrested on suspicion of road offences. Continue reading. on Ipswich Star.
Trains cancelled between Ipswich and Felixstowe due to ‘slippery rails’ are reinstated. Rail services between Ipswich and Felixstowe are being reinstated after “slippery rails” left lines between the two towns blocked. Continue reading. on Ipswich Star.
Rail works won’t interfere with Ed Sheeran concerts. The big event may be more than nine months away - but councils and transport companies are making big plans for Ed Sheeran’s concerts in Ipswich next August Bank Holiday. Continue reading. on Ipswich Star.
`The Cornhill is going to look great with the tree at Christmas’. There is a new name in men’s fashion in Ipswich - Uniform Research in Queen Street. Continue reading. on Ipswich Star.
Supporting female entrepreneurs in Essex. Colchester Business Enterprise Agency (Colbea) has been shortlisted in the 2018 National Enterprise Network (NEN) Awards. Continue reading. on Ipswich Star.
Ipswich Vision has tweeted a photo of the Ipswich Waterfront - a half baked modernisation of the Victorian Wet Dock it had no part in - instead of the brand new Cornhill Revamp which was their project from beginning to end! If the Ipswich Vision group made up of various partners including Ipswich Borough Council, Ipswich Central and Suffolk Chamber of Commerce, thinks the new Cornhill isn't exceptional enough rather than yet-another wet dock snap, there is absolutely no hope for the town centre. If the group behind a £3.
It appears Ipswich Borough Council is monitoring the new Cornhill like a hawk. I was taking photos of the Cornhill including the orange barriers which have either blown over or been knocked down by somebody (as above), but by the time I walked down Princes Street around the Corn Exchange and back up through Lion Street someone had picked up the three part orange barrier. Nobody within a few metres of the barrier and nobody looking at it. I can only assume someone from the council noticed my photo taking for the latter critique to follow, and rushed over to upright it.
The Cornhill Vandalism project has major issues with drainage. in three main cobbled areas, the water fountains, the slot drainage, the groove in the paving and the central elevated area. You expect some problems but this is far too many and this is before you factor in the cost of the damn thing!
The van was taken from a police station on Saturday evening and found abandoned in another town. Continue reading. on BBC News website.
Not only is it a location for a grey cabinet for the Cornhill, Lion Street happens to be a storage alley for around 14 bins - general waste and blue recycling - mostly for Ipswich Market. Although these do not obstruct the fire exit to the Corn Exchange, not an ideal situation to have them oin the way of an escape. The above are bins for the Town Hall and Corn Exchange. Notice (if it is possible not to) the overflowing black General Waste bin. Also note, the blue recycling bin which appears to be re-purposed for General Waste that lies close to empty.
Ipswich Buses borrows the odd concept from fellow municipal bus operator Reading Buses, but they could do much better to learn how they operate it. First and foremost, Reading Buses have acknowledged Armistice Day with a poppy. What a neat touch. Secondly, Reading Buses are not afraid to show services which are far exceeding the 5 minutes late target, and this happens frequently as-and-when rather than solely for major incidents. Reading Buses twitter accounts shows delays for technical issues, events, on bus incidents, passenger illness, and congestion.
It appears Ipswich Buses have rolled out "Pay Contactless" vinyls across their fleet, 6 months after introducing contactless payments. 1) Are they planning of axing cash payments altogether in the new year? 2) Has uptake of contactless been poor, so they have decided to promote it a bit more to encourage more people to use it? 3) Are they considering raising their fares again? Nothing too great.
Pret A Manger hasn't even opened in Ipswich, yet we are seeing casualties. The Museum Street Cafe - a well known vegan cafe - in Ipswich's Museum Street is to close. A property website has the cafe which is located at Westgate House, as To Let. Giving a rental of £11,000 pa, the 740sq ft cafe is "Under Offer" - whether that is to say there has already been an offer for a new lease or whether the cafe will continue pending a new tenant. This might just be a quick change of cafe.
Remembrance 2018: Thousands gather in Felixstowe for civic service. Thousands of people turned out in a coastal town to pay their respects to those who gave their lives during the First World War. Continue reading. on Ipswich Star.
Where will roadworks and diversions be in Suffolk and north Essex this week? Plan in advance and avoid hold-ups by finding out what roadworks Highways England are planning over the next week. Continue reading. on Ipswich Star.
The marked police van was taken by a man seen driving it erratically by the public. Continue reading. on BBC News website.
A pair of his old boxers, a guitar and toys fetch £53,000 in a charity auction of the star's items. Continue reading. on BBC News website.
‘Devoid of ambition’ – Calls to start Bury St Edmunds Christmas Fayre from scratch. Recommendations for the future of Bury St Edmunds’ Christmas Fayre have been slammed as “devoid of ambition” – with calls made to start 2020’s event from scratch. Continue reading. on Ipswich Star.
Domestic abuse support projects in Suffolk and Essex receive government funding boost. Projects supporting domestic abuse survivors in Suffolk and Essex have received a funding boost of nearly £700,000 from the government, it has been announced. Continue reading. on Ipswich Star.
How does Ipswich Buses' fare vinyls compare to other operators across the UK? A quick search on Flickr reveals all. The above, National Express West Midlands. bus is named. various fare pricing vinyls exist above the wheel - shaped and distinctive colours.
Since the departure of Jeremy Cooper as Managing Director and Julie Dyson as Finance Director, these roles have since been outsourced off the payroll. The Finance Director position is being substituted through IPSERV Ltd (currently recruiting for a part-qualified Finance Manager) - an Ipswich Borough Council owned business - and the Managing Director position is being provided as a remote part-time position through Passenger Transport Knowledge Limited. A company Heath Williams owns, possibly acting as a service company (i. e. pay no income tax, N.
Will the Orwell Bridge be shut by late-night high winds? Yellow and amber weather warnings have been issued for the UK tonight, with high winds potentially set to shut the Orwell Bridge. Continue reading. on Ipswich Star.
The body will be formally identified in due course but Lawrence Gibbs's family have been informed. Continue reading. on BBC News website.
College students paid their respects with a minute's silence and poppy petal ceremony. Continue reading. on BBC News website.
Pigeon cull at Ipswich Waterfront for ‘public safety reasons’. A cull of pigeons is to be carried out on Ipswich Waterfront for public safety reasons. Continue reading. on Ipswich Star.
Delays on Greater Anglia lines out of Ipswich. Early morning commuters will not be happy as Greater Anglia announced several delays due to an earlier trespass incident. Continue reading. on Ipswich Star.
If you operate a large network of bus services between 6am and just before midnight, should service updates be limited to office hours? Bus service users are looking at Twitter feeds via their mobile phone. so why is it so hard that in the 21st century the bus company cannot find an automated solution to keep people updated or manually have staff logging into Twitter on a smartphone (work phone) to make such announcements for significant problems? Apparently, Ipswich Buses are working on a solution. I wonder what else they are working on.
Days Gone By: Freedom of the swinging sixties saw many youngsters form bands. In the 1960s those then in their teens and 20s were the first generation for decades not conscripted into military service for two years. Continue reading. on Ipswich Star.
Apparently it appears Jenny "regularly have issue with these journeys". and on being acknowledged after 5 months of complaining about the same services, is asked to make a "formal complaint" through their email service. A step in the right direction yet no management at Ipswich Buses has picked up on this and decided to investigate it themselves. It is a mystery how they have very good bus punctuality figures when consistently late and miss out services. .
Essex businesses celebrated in the House of Commons. Over 70 businesses from across Essex joined Members of Parliament in the House of Commons recently for Essex Chambers’ third Parliamentary Reception. Continue reading. on Ipswich Star.
Will the Orwell Bridge close today? Motorists concerned that the Orwell Bridge may shut this morning due to high winds are being reassured that a closure is unlikely. Continue reading. on Ipswich Star.
The East of England Co-op have made a hybrid planning application () to demolish former Dairy Site to establish two retail units, a gym and some offices. It also include the outline permission for developing distribution centre into 2 warehouses and a D2 leisure unit in the middle. The strange part is the retail units (plus car parks) are only accessible from the industrial estate requiring shoppers to use either Morrisons roundabout or the eastern entrance road into the industrial estate (Boss Hall Road).
The most recent addition to the (17/01189/CON) had been submitted just last month. This included the "A3 planning conditions update report" received 01/10/2018 but dated 10/08/2018. It appears the Planning & Development Committee of Ipswich Borough Council is yet to approve any of the submissions. .
Have you seen missing 83-year-old Joseph Clark from Woodbridge? Police are appealing for help finding a missing 83-year-old man from Woodbridge. Continue reading. on Ipswich Star.
Crash on A14 Orwell Bridge causing traffic chaos. A two-vehicle crash on the A14 Orwell Bridge is causing heavy traffic and tailbacks in the area. Continue reading. on Ipswich Star.
Head back over 15 years ago, the latest "urban renaissance project" in Ipswich that is "fit for 21st century" was Ipswich Village. We will let you read the blurb about the development in their own words, but this area of land south of Handford Road, west of Civic Drive and Princes Street, and North East of the rivers was intended to bring living, employment and leisure into one self-contained area.
Fancy buying a life-size Lego head of Ed Sheeran? Now’s your chance. An exclusive collection of music and memorabilia from Suffolk pop superstar Ed Sheeran is to go under the hammer at the weekend. Continue reading. on Ipswich Star.
Faulty train causes disruption on Essex to Suffolk line. Greater Anglia passengers may have to travel in just one train carriage after a faulty train between Marks Tey and Sudbury disrupted travel on the line. Continue reading. on Ipswich Star.
Will the Orwell Bridge be closed this morning? The Orwell Bridge may be closed by high winds after gusts were forecast in coastal areas of England. Continue reading. on Ipswich Star.
A planning application () has been submitted to convert an old furniture shop into a Fish & Chip shop takeaway (A5) on Heath Road near to Foxhall Road roundabout. .
Six years ago (when Ben Gummer was still MP) at the Beacon Conference, Sir Stuart Rose (now Lord Rose) said the following about Ipswich:- Will we be saying the same in six years with the new Cornhill in place? Here is an article from the Ipswich Star. Poll: What should we do with the Cornhill, asks former M&S boss Sir Stuart Rose.
Considering Debenhams Ipswich store won't be here forever, is it sensible to buy a Debenhams Gift Card this Christmas? Although the Ipswich Debenhams store is rumoured to be one of the affected stores to close over the next 2 to 5 years period (possibly with a relocation to an out of town store as a cost cutting measure), a poor festive trading period is expected to bring such store closure plan forward. Debenhams Plc isn't going anywhere in a hurry - not administration or liquidation - so gift cards will be fine this Christmas.
Christmas lights switch on events in Suffolk and north Essex. Looking for some seasonal sparkle? Here are some of the places you can see Christmas lights switched on this year. Continue reading. on Ipswich Star.
Architects and surveyors grows in Bury St Edmunds. Having recently expanded their offices across their Hatter Street property, after 21 years Whitworth architects and surveyors are finally able to open a front door onto Hatter Street, Bury St Edmunds. Continue reading. on Ipswich Star.
Cornhill revamp under scrutiny after shoppers trip over ‘narrow step’. Temporary barriers have been placed near the old Post Office on Ipswich’s Cornhill while alterations are made to a problematic step. Continue reading. on Ipswich Star.
Will there be a Christmas tree on Ipswich Cornhill this year? The Christmas lights are starting to go up in Ipswich town centre as the countdown to the big switch on begins. Continue reading. on Ipswich Star.
Broken down vehicle after Orwell Bridge causes delays. A broken down vehicle just after the Orwell Bridge has caused traffic congestion for commuters this morning. Continue reading. on Ipswich Star.
Greater Anglia apologises after ‘extensive disruption’. The managing director of Greater Anglia has apologised after “extensive disruption” to train services last week. Continue reading. on Ipswich Star.
Some are saying the monoliths/arches will be stone but earlier indications reveal this will be cast concrete 4. 7 metres tall. The latest information available appears to suggest a new bespoke design to be undertaken by Amber Precast. The Derbyshire manufacturer specialises in both Precast Concrete and Cast Stone, so we will have to wait and see. Information discs will be affixed (possibly screwed) into the pillars - the information will not be engraved, inset or cast into the plinths/pillars in gold as the previous artist impressions suggested.
The Christmas Light switch on event is scheduled for 6. 45pm on the 22nd of November 2018. It will be the first year numbers of people will be restricted on the Cornhill. No figure has yet been released of what the magic number of people will be but if you are lucky enough to get onto the new Cornhill it will be free of charge. (Photo from New Anglia: ).
It just goes from worse to worse. On Saturday, the first full day of the Cornhill having been reopened. an elderly woman fell over the steps, requiring an ambulance to be called. Just today, a middle age man also fell over the controversial edge near the Old Post Office. prompting the need for orange barriers.
Meeting the bowmen and bow women of Essex. For past 20 years Mark Bloom has had a passion for archery and the English longbow. Continue reading. on Ipswich Star.
Colchester man denies rape at University of Essex student halls. A Colchester man has denied raping a woman in her 20s at Essex University’s student halls. Continue reading. on Ipswich Star.
Pair arrested in connection to murder of Joe Pooley are rebailed. Two people arrested in connection to the murder of 22-year-old Joe Pooley from Ipswich have been rebailed by police. Continue reading. on Ipswich Star.
In recent times the Cornhill has seen its fair share of vibrancy from events, however, these ceased when Labour took control of the borough council in 2011 which forced any such events onto Giles Circus or to stop entirely. These included IP-Art events (such as the Jazz Festival), Pentecost, Community Choir, various Flash Mobs and Titan the Robot! The amount of crowds these brought in were huge! So has David Ellesmere allowed the town to be run down hoping the Cornhill will be regenerated to relaunch entertainment on the Cornhill as a new concept?
Mild and dry day across Suffolk and north Essex for Bonfire Night. With the fireworks set to go off across the region tonight for Bonfire Night it looks like conditions will remain dry. Continue reading. on Ipswich Star.
Revealed – The number of people signed off sick in Suffolk and north Essex each day. The numbers of people signed off work by GPs in Suffolk and Essex each day has been revealed – as new measures are introduced to ease the workload faced by doctors. Continue reading. on Ipswich Star.
Planned roadworks in Suffolk and north Essex this week. Save time and plan your journeys in advance by finding out what Highways England are doing to our roads over the next seven days. Continue reading. on Ipswich Star.
Over 350 children take part in Bury St Edmunds Armistice celebrations. St Edmundsbury Cathedral was the scene of a powerful Act of Remembrance as 350 young performers honoured those who died in the First World War. Continue reading. on Ipswich Star.
Suffolk Constabulary's Chief Constable quits following new Suffolk Policing Model being introduced. From April 2019, Suffolk Constabulary's Chief Constable Gareth Wilson will retire, following major changes to Suffolk Police's operations as proposed by Tim Passmore. It isn't known if Gareth intended to retire on reaching 30 years of service, or whether this was a convenient excuse to part from the force after major difficult changes were introduced as they struggle to manage the policing budget. Either way, difficult times for policing ahead. .
Unfortunately, the new Cornhill has claimed it's first victim. An elderly gentleman was spotted lying on the ground near the steps yesterday. Nice to hear members of the public stopping to help him. The new Cornhill design features much fewer steps than the original "levelled town hall access" design but even so with the few steps it is already became a problem. Anticipate this getting worse throughout the winter months.
Cornhill is open – can it be a game-changer for Ipswich town centre? So after nine months’ work and £3. 6m the new-look Ipswich Cornhill is finally open to the public again. But has it all been worth it? Continue reading.
Pedestrian in north Essex dies after collision with car. A man hit by a car in north Essex has died in hospital. Continue reading. on Ipswich Star.
What do people in Ipswich think of the new look Cornhill? The Cornhill in Ipswich has reopened after a nine month, £3. 6m renovation – but what does the public think? Continue reading. on Ipswich Star.
Shoppers and traders have their first chance to judge Ipswich Cornhill. Weekend shoppers and Ipswich traders were keen to see the town’s new Cornhill after it was finally reopened after nine months’ work to redesign the heart of the town centre. Continue reading. on Ipswich Star.
WATCH: Man with megaphone protests World War One centenary music project at Ipswich Waterfront. A man with a megaphone has been protesting an outdoor music project marking the end of World War One at the Waterfront in Ipswich. Continue reading. on Ipswich Star.
‘Potholes over police’ - Damning statements from Essex and Suffolk police federations. Police Federation chairmen in Essex and Suffolk have blasted the government’s budget as funding for domestic policing is overlooked in favour of road repairs. Continue reading. on Ipswich Star.
Was reading a tweet with Terry Baxter included in the conversation and was surprised he has his tweets private. Quite a strange approach really. .
An absolute disgrace. The main focal point of the new Ipswich Cornhill has a major issue. The entire area becomes a shallow pond and water tracks over to the surrounding areas. "Well yeah, duh, the water sprays up into the air! " Well, the surrounding area should be wet, but no surface water!
Bury St Edmunds firework display cancelled after warning of strong wind. Organisers of Abbey Gardens fireworks display in Bury St Edmunds are “devastated” at having to cancel the event because of strong winds forecast to hit Suffolk this weekend. Continue reading. on Ipswich Star.
BBC Suffolk has posted a video of Ipswich's new Cornhill including various views and the water fountains in day and at night lit up in colour. The best way to see before actually going to view it for yourself! .
Work on the town centre project started in January. Continue reading. on BBC News website.
Students hear from former gang members at conference at University of Suffolk. Scores of Suffolk students have attended a conference on drug and gang culture - getting the chance to meet former gang members and prisoners who have turned their lives around. Continue reading. on Ipswich Star.
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.