Ipswich Forum

Northern Bypass

Join us as we press for the long overdue Northern Bypass bring various benefits (such as reducing air pollution in the town, reducing Felixstowe HGVs, reducing congestion, alternative routes when roads are closed due to an RTC or roadworks etc) for the Greater Ipswich area in particular Ipswich and Kesgrave.
‘The crowd’s loving it’ – excitement builds at Latitude opening night
‘The crowd’s loving it’ – excitement builds at Latitude opening night. The atmosphere is “buzzing” at Latitude this evening as headliner George Ezra prepares to take to the main stage in front of thousands. Continue reading.
Your chance to hear an Elmer’s Big Parade song
Your chance to hear an Elmer’s Big Parade song. Tomorrow families in Ipswich have the chance to enjoy a free concert which is supporting the Inside Out charity and promoting Elmer’s Big Parade Suffolk. Continue reading.

New tunes from Ed Sheeran top UK charts

New tunes from Ed Sheeran top UK charts. Suffolk’s own superstar has scored a UK chart double with his hit new album ‘No. 6 Collaborations Project’ and single ‘Beautiful People’. .
Ed Sheeran goes to numbers one, three and four
BBC News: Ed Sheeran goes to numbers one, three and four The star dominates the chart with his star-studded fourth album No. 6 Collaborations Project. Continue reading.
Challenges faced by adult social care are ‘unprecedented but not insurmountable’, says council
Challenges faced by adult social care are ‘unprecedented but not insurmountable’, says council. In 2014 the council paid £7,036 a head for people needing social care – putting it at 138th in a league table for the 150 authorities responsible for social services. Continue reading.
‘We’re delighted’ – Multi-million pound boost for region’s air ambulance charities
‘We’re delighted’ – Multi-million pound boost for region’s air ambulance charities. Air ambulance charities in the East of England have secured a huge slice of government funding to support their life-saving work. Continue reading.
New Intercity train on first daylight runs from East Anglia to London
New Intercity train on first daylight runs from East Anglia to London. Greater Anglia’s first new Intercity train has run its first daylight testing runs on the main line between the region and London. Continue reading.
See inside the Hollywood and Zest nightclub as new office complex opens
See inside the Hollywood and Zest nightclub as new office complex opens. The £3. 5m Maltings office complex which was unveiled today has been hailed as part of the ‘renaissance’ of Ipswich town centre.
Suffolk parish rejects claims it’s opposed to Ipswich northern bypass
Suffolk parish rejects claims it’s opposed to Ipswich northern bypass. The chair of a Suffolk parish council has denied his body is opposed to a new Northern Route for Ipswich – despite it being listed as being a supporter of the “Stop the Northern Bypass” campaign. Continue reading.
Woman robbed in Ipswich car park
Woman robbed in Ipswich car park. A woman in her 30s attempted to chase down a robber after he stole her mobile phone in an NCP car park in Ipswich. Continue reading.
‘It’s for people who want to be James Bond sat at a desk’ – Suffolk lecturer launches new spy game
‘It’s for people who want to be James Bond sat at a desk’ – Suffolk lecturer launches new spy game. A Suffolk lecturer who is a double Bafta nominee has just launched a new spy computer game. Continue reading.
Nightmare roadworks are complete - but not quite
Nightmare roadworks are complete - but not quite. Roadworks which have crippled a Suffolk town are due to overrun to allow ‘additional works’ to take place. Continue reading.
Harrod nets success in Netball World Cup
Harrod nets success in Netball World Cup. A Lowestoft-based company, which supplies a wide range of sports from Premiership football to cricket and hockey, is a winner with the latest World Cup tournament. Continue reading.
Why Joanne Smith is a national hero
Why Joanne Smith is a national hero. A heropolice officer who intervened in an armed robbery in Essex has received a prestigious bravery award for her actions. Continue reading.
‘Hand in your guns’ - Suffolk police back national firearms surrender
‘Hand in your guns’ - Suffolk police back national firearms surrender. Suffolk police are backing a national surrender of firearms and ammunition - and are asking anyone with weapons to hand in their guns. Continue reading.
‘I wonder if I can find that hotel?’ - Woman’s 5,000 mile trip to stay in Yesterday movie location
‘I wonder if I can find that hotel? ’ - Woman’s 5,000 mile trip to stay in Yesterday movie location. An American movie fan was so captivated by the location and scenery in her new favourite film she flew nearly 5,000 miles to experience them for herself.
Public warned not to approach prison absconder
Public warned not to approach prison absconder. A warning has been made not be approach a man who absconded from jail while on recall in relation to a threat to kill offence. Continue reading.
Brand new outdoor play opens for children near Ipswich
Brand new outdoor play opens for children near Ipswich. This is a Suffolk school’s brand new, state-of-the-art play area which will help to put smiles on the faces of dozens of children. Continue reading.
How one couple are painstakingly restoring Butley Water Mill
How one couple are painstakingly restoring Butley Water Mill. Timbers have been salvaged from buildings on Tottenham Court Road by a couple keen to create a luxury holiday let and preserve an important part of Suffolk’s rich agricultural heritage. Continue reading.
WATCH Incredible video of seal spotted in Suffolk river
WATCH Incredible video of seal spotted in Suffolk river. A friendly seal has become a social media star after it was captured on camera swimming in Kirton Creek off the River Deben earlier this week. Continue reading.
Will there be a ‘secret act’ at this year’s Latitude Festival – and who could it be?
Will there be a ‘secret act’ at this year’s Latitude Festival – and who could it be? Anticipation is building around whether there will be a ‘secret act’ at Latitude Festival this year – and who it could be. Continue reading.
Cliff Lane Primary is 80
Cliff Lane Primary is 80. Pupils from an Ipswich primary school have buried a time capsule to mark the school’s 80th anniversary. Continue reading.
What are my rights if my summer holiday flight is cancelled?
What are my rights if my summer holiday flight is cancelled? Thousands of families from Suffolk are preparing to jet off on their summer holidays as schools break up for the long six-week break, many from the recently upgraded Stansted Airport in Essex - but what do you do if your dream holiday fails to take off. Continue reading.
Murder probe launched a year on from death of 74-year-old Clive Wyard
Murder probe launched a year on from death of 74-year-old Clive Wyard. A murder investigation has been launched and a man arrested a year after the death of 74-year-old man found unconscious and injured outside his home in Ipswich. Continue reading.
‘Prettiest of cottages’ is looking for a new owner
‘Prettiest of cottages’ is looking for a new owner. This delightful thatched cottage at Monks Eleigh, which comes complete with planning permission for a contemporary extension, is on the market for just £395,000. Continue reading.
Belly dancing, Morris dancers, meditation and Tarot readings at Stonham
Belly dancing, Morris dancers, meditation and Tarot readings at Stonham. Suffolk’s first pagan festival is taking place at Stonham Barns, near this weekend. Continue reading.
‘No request is too weird for us’ - university invites businesses to explore the possibilities of 3D printing
‘No request is too weird for us’ - university invites businesses to explore the possibilities of 3D printing. The Ipswich Waterfront Innovation Centre has taken delivery of two state-of-the-art 3D printers and wants to work with local companies to see how this cutting edge technology can help their business. Continue reading.
Latitude crowds set for wet start to festival
Latitude crowds set for wet start to festival. Festivalgoers are set for a rainy start to Latitude as wet and windy weather moves though Suffolk today. Continue reading.
Suffolk sees biggest knife crime rise across England and Wales
Suffolk sees biggest knife crime rise across England and Wales. Knife crime in Suffolk rose by 51% – the highest in England and Wales – while robbery also saw a sharp increase, according to latest statistics from the Home Office. Continue reading.
Keep up with Friday’s breaking news here
Keep up with Friday’s breaking news here. Welcome to today’s live feed, where you can find all of the day’s breaking fire, crime and travel news from Suffolk and north Essex. Continue reading.
Small farmers Brexit-proof business with lakeside lodges
Small farmers Brexit-proof business with lakeside lodges. Two years ago, the Knock family looked into the idea of a setting up a small number of lodges next to fishing lakes in the middle of their farm. Continue reading.
Butterfly fans anticipate a once in a decade ‘painted lady summer’
Butterfly fans anticipate a once in a decade ‘painted lady summer’. East Anglia could be set for a bumper summer of painted lady butterflies – a phenomenon that takes place around once a decade, according to experts. Continue reading.

Is Ipswich town centre dead?

Ipswich lost out on the Future High Streets Fund - if we were successful we would have got an 8 figure sum. To counter this, Labour at Ipswich Borough Council has created the Town Centre Retail Grant Scheme with a low five figure sum that match funds work up to £1000 that can be spent on fitting out premises, purchase of assets, making business more efficient, changes to layout, redecoration, new fixtures and fittings, and signage. Don't get me wrong, I wouldn't be surprised if one of the usual suspects didn't extend the amount available by matching it. At face value it is far too tiny.
Campaigners turn out in force in protest against Northern Bypass
Campaigners turn out in force in protest against Northern Bypass. Demonstrations against the northern bypass have ramped up after campaigners gathered at Suffolk County Council – but a motion for work to cease failed to gain traction. Continue reading.
Watch dramatic ‘die in’ protest outside Suffolk County Council
Watch dramatic ‘die in’ protest outside Suffolk County Council. Climate change protestors who staged a dramatic ‘die-in’ protest outside a Suffolk council have called on bosses to “act now” on its environmental pledges. Continue reading.
Obituary: Did you know colourful former Mid-Suffolk councillor Michael ‘Tuffy’ Turner?
Obituary: Did you know colourful former Mid-Suffolk councillor Michael ‘Tuffy’ Turner? The life of the true ‘Suffolk character’ from Battisford has just been celebrated at his funeral - where he wore a fetching pink three-piece suit. Continue reading.
RSPB’s pledge to work with EDF to minimise Sizewell C impact
RSPB’s pledge to work with EDF to minimise Sizewell C impact. A wildlife charity has pledged to work with EDF to minimise the environmental impact of a new nuclear power station of the Suffolk coast - despite its concerns over the impact on a popular beauty spot. Continue reading.
Ipswich ‘eyesore’ to be demolished for new housing development
Ipswich ‘eyesore’ to be demolished for new housing development. A derelict office building opposite Chantry Park, which has stood empty for more than five years, is to be knocked down and replaced by a new housing development. Continue reading.
Opening date for Food Warehouse in Ipswich
Opening date for Food Warehouse in Ipswich. A giant Food Warehouse, the latest development by the Iceland Foods supermarket group, is to open in Ipswich at the end of the month. Continue reading.
Investigation launched after baby dies
Investigation launched after baby dies. Police have confirmed an investigation is underway following the death of a baby boy. Continue reading.
Does Ipswich need to improve its image?
Does Ipswich need to improve its image? Independent Ipswich businesses are being offered new grants to help spruce up their shop fronts, boost trade and improve the town’s image. Continue reading.
‘Empowering’ exhibition of nude women boosts confidence
‘Empowering’ exhibition of nude women boosts confidence. Her nude paintings celebrating the natural differences between women may have ‘caused a stir’ in Felixstowe but that has not put artist Brittany Van Wezel off plans for a second exhibition. Continue reading.
‘Those are living creatures not toys’ - Latitude fans question festival tradition of pink sheep
‘Those are living creatures not toys’ - Latitude fans question festival tradition of pink sheep. Latitude Festival kicked off today with the customary release of bright pink sheep on the festival grounds. Continue reading.
Campaigners oppose latest Sizewell C proposals
Campaigners oppose latest Sizewell C proposals. Campaigners opposed to Sizewell C have hit out at proposals to tear up a multi-million relief road once the planned EDF plant has opened. Continue reading.
Combines out across Suffolk and Essex as harvest gets under way
Combines out across Suffolk and Essex as harvest gets under way. Farmers are feeling upbeat this week as the combines come out in force for the first time across the eastern region. Continue reading.
Have you seen the stunning new mural by Ipswich Waterfront?
Have you seen the stunning new mural by Ipswich Waterfront? A street in Ipswich has been transformed by a massive community art project, with a stunning mural created to celebrate the town’s diversity. Continue reading.
Individuals, businesses, schools and farmers recognised at Suffolk’s ‘Green Oscars’
Individuals, businesses, schools and farmers recognised at Suffolk’s ‘Green Oscars’. Creating the Greenest County Awards seek to recognise those doing good for the environment in Suffolk. Continue reading.

Ipswich Buses: More inaccurate diversion information

Ipswich Buses are reporting that Station Street is closed. Anglian Water is digging up the road to replace a banjo leak. This affects Service 15A and Service 15 which both uses Station Street. Service 15 is going to cut out Austin Street - this could be a hint to improving their south west bus services. Service 15A is turning left avoiding the Over Stoke area too.
How Suffolk Dog Day cash helps thousands across the county
How Suffolk Dog Day cash helps thousands across the county. Suffolk Dog Day returns to Helmingham Hall next weekend and is set to raise tens of thousands of pounds for good causes - but who benefits from the cash? Continue reading.
Jailed: Burglar caught red-handed with jewellery in pockets
Jailed: Burglar caught red-handed with jewellery in pockets. A burglar caught red-handed with pockets full of jewellery will spend six months behind bars. Continue reading.
Dramatic images of chalet fire released
Dramatic images of chalet fire released. Shocking pictures of the damage caused by a bonfire have been released by firefighters after several families were left homeless. Continue reading.
Workshop aims to help educators explain nature to children
Workshop aims to help educators explain nature to children. Suffolk Naturalists’ Society event to be held at the University of Suffolk on Ipswich Waterfront this summer .
Holiday park to face legal action after talks fail to resolve ‘complex’ problems on site
Holiday park to face legal action after talks fail to resolve ‘complex’ problems on site. Housing officials confirmed a holiday park owner will face enforcement action after talks failed to resolve problems of guests staying on site all year. Continue reading.
Colchester farmer’s echium crop creates stunning purple-blue carpet
Colchester farmer’s echium crop creates stunning purple-blue carpet. Essex farmer Andrew Fairs’ echium crop – now in full flower – depends solely on natural pollinators. Continue reading.
Councils fail to meet recycling targets, figures show
Councils fail to meet recycling targets, figures show. Parts of Suffolk and Essex are failing to meet recycling targets, it has been revealed - with one area ranked amongst the worst in the UK. Continue reading.
Today’s news as it happens
Today’s news as it happens. Find all the latest travel news, headlines and news stories across Suffolk and north Essex all in one place. Continue reading.
Heart transplant patient: I owe my life to my donor
Heart transplant patient: I owe my life to my donor. She was given just two years to live - but now Yvonne Dunham will shown her remarkable turnaround when she takes part in a tough national contest for heart transplant patients. Continue reading.
Road, rail and sea to be used for Sizewell C materials – and bypass could be temporary measure
Road, rail and sea to be used for Sizewell C materials – and bypass could be temporary measure. A multi-million pound link road to take construction traffic to and from Sizewell C could be ripped up once the proposed power plant is open, it has been suggested. Continue reading.
Otley merger college head makes land-based pledge for future
Otley merger college head makes land-based pledge for future. The further education college set to take over the running of Suffolk’s land-based education has pledged to boost provision with a raft of commitments. Continue reading.
Investigation launched following stabbing in Suffolk town
Investigation launched following stabbing in Suffolk town. Detectives are launching an appeal for any information about a stabbing - the second serious assault in the same town this week. Continue reading.
Fire destroys homes on coast and firefighters tackle blaze
Fire destroys homes on coast and firefighters tackle blaze. A fire has engulfed a number of homes on the Essex coast, leaving several people homeless. Continue reading.
University pick winning design for new commemorative mace
University pick winning design for new commemorative mace. The winner of the University of Suffolk’s competition to design its very first commemorative mace has been announced. Continue reading.
How much money does McDonald’s bring into Ipswich each year?
How much money does McDonald’s bring into Ipswich each year? McDonald’s has claimed it helps contribute more than £9m each year to the Ipswich economy. Continue reading.
Stowmarket Carnival to dazzle crowds in 58th year
Stowmarket Carnival to dazzle crowds in 58th year. Stars of the silver screen are set to role down the red carpet as part of a film themed Carnival in Stowmarket. Continue reading.
Release date announced for new film which was shot in Suffolk
Release date announced for new film which was shot in Suffolk. Tourism bosses in Bury St Edmunds are hoping for a big boost to the town’s visitors, after the release date for Armando Iannucci’s new Suffolk-filmed flick has been announced. Continue reading.
Motorcyclist airlifted to hospital with life-changing injuries
Motorcyclist airlifted to hospital with life-changing injuries. A motorcyclist was airlifted to hospital after a collision with a car left him with life-changing injuries. Continue reading.
Ipswich worst in Suffolk for smoking, new statistics reveal
Ipswich worst in Suffolk for smoking, new statistics reveal. People in Ipswich are nearly twice as likely to smoke than in some areas of Suffolk, a new study has revealed. Continue reading.
Crash involving Audi and Hyundai near Ravenswood roundabout in Ipswich
Crash involving Audi and Hyundai near Ravenswood roundabout in Ipswich. A crash involving an Audi and a Hyundai close to the Ravenswood roundabout in Ipswich is causing tailbacks in the area. Continue reading.
Measures sought to make Suffolk council carbon neutral by 2030
Measures sought to make Suffolk council carbon neutral by 2030. A task force is to be created in September at a Suffolk council to come up with measures to make the authority carbon neutral in the next decade. Continue reading.
Northern Bypass supporters launch petition for new Ipswich road
Northern Bypass supporters launch petition for new Ipswich road. The Ipswich-based group supporting calls for a Northern Bypass – or route – across the town has launched an online petition to give people the chance to show their support for the project. Continue reading.
Ipswich School’s speech day in pictures
Ipswich School’s speech day in pictures. “Just be kind! ” That was the message to students from their teachers as their school held a speech day to celebrate another year of hard work.
Eighteen fire engines called to huge 30-acre blaze on edge of Ipswich
Eighteen fire engines called to huge 30-acre blaze on edge of Ipswich. A enormous blaze has broken out in east Ipswich, with 18 fire engines rushing to scene. Continue reading.
Changes to speech and language education in Suffolk approved
Changes to speech and language education in Suffolk approved. Suffolk County Council’s cabinet approved the new model for specialist speech and language education at its Tuesday meeting, which will focus on earlier intervention. Continue reading.
Extinction Rebellion and Northern Bypass protesters heading to Suffolk County Council
Extinction Rebellion and Northern Bypass protesters heading to Suffolk County Council. Suffolk County Council is facing two environmental protests before Thursday’s meeting at Endeavour House in Ipswich. Continue reading.
Joe Pooley murder investigation: Pair released after bail
Joe Pooley murder investigation: Pair released after bail. Two people on bail in connection to the investigation into the death of Joe Pooley have both been released under investigation. Continue reading.
Woman robbed at bus stop in Ipswich town centre
Woman robbed at bus stop in Ipswich town centre. A woman in her 50s was robbed of her phone as she waited for a bus in Ipswich town centre. Continue reading.
Perseid meteor shower 2019: When to watch the skies
Perseid meteor shower 2019: When to watch the skies. The annual Perseid meteor shower is on the horizon, but this year it could be hampered by the moon. Continue reading.
Runners face dash to grab last 500 places for Great East Run in Ipswich
Runners face dash to grab last 500 places for Great East Run in Ipswich. Only 500 places are left to take part in this year’s Great East Run - so if you want to take part you’ll need to dash for a place. Continue reading.
Shipping container adapted for Killing Eve by Ipswich company to be auctioned for charity
Shipping container adapted for Killing Eve by Ipswich company to be auctioned for charity. An Ipswich-based company adapted a shipping container to be used in an interrogation scene in smash hit BBC drama Killing Eve, and is planning to auction it for charity. Continue reading.
Is your glowing moon picture in our eclipse gallery?
Is your glowing moon picture in our eclipse gallery? Photographers from across Suffolk captured some stunning photographs of the partial lunar eclipse, which brightened up the night sky yesterday evening. Continue reading.
Elmer’s Big Parade Suffolk: Meet Petal the tiny elephant
Elmer’s Big Parade Suffolk: Meet Petal the tiny elephant. One special Elmer on the art trail taking over Ipswich this summer has captured the imagination of young readers at the town centre library. Continue reading.
Hop, skip and jump! Suffolk athletics in 1986
Hop, skip and jump! Suffolk athletics in 1986. We take a look back at Suffolk schools athletics in June ‘86.
Cyclist in hospital after rush-hour collision in Norwich Road
Cyclist in hospital after rush-hour collision in Norwich Road. A cyclist is in hospital after a collision with a car during the morning rush-hour in Ipswich. Continue reading.
Another Ipswich store to close down after firm enters administration
Another Ipswich store to close down after firm enters administration. Ipswich’s Bathstore looks set to shut down after the national retailer fell into administration last month. Continue reading.
Cricket hero joins the aristocracy of an island off Suffolk
Cricket hero joins the aristocracy of an island off Suffolk. England cricket World Cup final hero Ben Stokes has been made a Lord – of Sealand, the tiny self-proclaimed principality seven miles off the Suffolk coast. Continue reading.
Victim in murder investigation named – as police continue search for man
Victim in murder investigation named – as police continue search for man. A Jaywick man found dead has been named, as police renew their efforts to find a man they want to speak to in connection with their murder investigation. Continue reading.
Ipswich college criticised by Ofsted after surprise inspection
Ipswich college criticised by Ofsted after surprise inspection. Suffolk New College has been criticised by education regulator Ofsted for failing to protect vulnerable learners at acute risk of self-harm. Continue reading.
Motorcyclist injured in country lane collision
Motorcyclist injured in country lane collision. A motorcyclist was injured in a collision on a Suffolk country lane shortly after sunrise today. Continue reading.
Revealed – The two Suffolk councils with soaring mental health staff sickness
Revealed – The two Suffolk councils with soaring mental health staff sickness. Staff sickness due to stress, anxiety and depression at two Suffolk councils has more than doubled in just one year, shock new figures reveal. Continue reading.
Find all the breaking news and headlines here
Find all the breaking news and headlines here. Stay up to date with the latest news, travel and weather in Suffolk today - all on our live feed. Continue reading.
‘I’ve never been so appalled’ – Claims of personal attacks threaten parish council
‘I’ve never been so appalled’ – Claims of personal attacks threaten parish council. Tensions ran high at a parish meeting amid accusations of abusive behaviour, threats to resign and pleas to resolve rifts. Continue reading.
‘Ipswich is on the up’ - New Superdry store bringing more shoppers to town
‘Ipswich is on the up’ - New Superdry store bringing more shoppers to town. Superdry’s new Ipswich store has proved an instant success, boosting footfall and attracting new shoppers to the town. Continue reading.
Here we mow – Tractor Boys go green
Here we mow – Tractor Boys go green. Ipswich Town is going greener. It has switched all its ground machinery from diesel to cleaner-burning Shell GTL fuel to improve air quality at its training ground.
Could electric bikes ease rush hour congestion in Ipswich?
Could electric bikes ease rush hour congestion in Ipswich? As we look to greener fuels and easing traffic chaos, more of us are turning to electric vehicles but could the two-wheeled variety be the perfect solution? Continue reading.
Police car and another vehicle involved in Ipswich crash
Police car and another vehicle involved in Ipswich crash. A police car and a Volkswagen Golf have been involved in a collision at a busy town centre junction. Continue reading.
The 9 most annoying things about working in an office - according to staff in East Anglia
The 9 most annoying things about working in an office - according to staff in East Anglia. A new survey has revealed our top gripes, from food theft, to colleagues who never wash up. Continue reading.
Revellers reminded to ‘stay safe’ at Latitude Festival
Revellers reminded to ‘stay safe’ at Latitude Festival. Festival-goers have been urged hide valuables, be careful and “remember no means no” at Latitude Festival, following a number of crimes last year. Continue reading.
Crate expectations - Pop-up shops, seaside attractions and more being made from shipping containers
Crate expectations - Pop-up shops, seaside attractions and more being made from shipping containers. Shipping containers have seen soaring demand in Suffolk – with two major attractions planned in Felixstowe based around the boxes. Here are some unusual ways to use them.
Warm and muggy weather ahead, forecasters warn
Warm and muggy weather ahead, forecasters warn. Tomorrow is set to be a hot and sunny day in the region – but cloudy conditions won’t stop temperatures from reaching the mid-20Cs later in the week, forecasters have said. Continue reading.
‘I did not have many brag-worthy GCSEs...but never give up’: Ipswich artist’s inspiring words for success
‘I did not have many brag-worthy GCSEs. but never give up’: Ipswich artist’s inspiring words for success. “Your passion can never be destroyed” – that is an emerging Ipswich artist’s motivational words after overcoming a lack of qualifications to achieve her dreams of university and a career in art.

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