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Drunk Stowmarket heating engineer admits having knife in public. A drunk Stowmarket heating engineer who pulled out a work-tool when he became involved in a late night incident has been given a suspended prison sentence. Continue reading. on Ipswich Star.
Suffolk braces for wet, blustery conditions as Storm Erik hits. Suffolk is set to see heavy rain and wind speeds up to 55mph this weekend as Storm Erik hits the county. Continue reading. on Ipswich Star.
Share your views on screen time and social media. The UK’s Chief Medical Officers have published advice on social media and screen time for the first time. Continue reading. on Ipswich Star.
Everything you need to know: Norwich City v Ipswich Town - how to watch, travel information and more. Ipswich Town and Norwich City meet in the second East Anglian derby clash of the season at Carrow Road on Sunday. Here’s everything you need to know about the big game. Continue reading. on Ipswich Star.
Ipswich man, jailed for attacking prostitute 15 years ago, sentenced for downloading child porn. An Ipswich man who was jailed more than a decade ago for slashing a prostitute’s throat and sexually assaulting her has been given a suspended prison sentence for downloading child porn. Continue reading. on Ipswich Star.
Final plea made to safeguard cash for Citizens Advice. Fresh calls to protect Citizens Advice funding have been made to Suffolk County Council, as an amendment to controversial budget proposals has been put forward ahead of next week’s key decision. Continue reading. on Ipswich Star.
For some reason Colchester wants to drop the "Oldest Recorded Town" strap-line replacing it with "Britain's First City". Which is a bit of a strange one as it closely implies resemblance to a far-right fascist group of a similar name. A pending PR disaster, I will wait for the signs to go up before making the link. LOL In other news, Colchester Borough Council is seeking information on a Unitary Authority.
Ed Sheeran is about to begin his worldwide tour which will end with four concerts in Ipswich's Chantry Park. So what travel arrangements has Ipswich Borough Council got in store to make it run as smoothly as possible? So far, it defaults on existing car parks in the town, Suffolk One car park and London Road (Copdock Mill) Park & Ride. These are going to be nowhere near enough. We ultimately know it will resort in thousands of cars parked down side streets, on grass verges and probably on peoples driveways.
Suffolk prepares for rain and high winds as Storm Erik approaches the UK. As Suffolk braces for Storm Erik’s rain and high winds, UK Power Networks is making preparations in case of interruptions to power supplies. Continue reading. on Ipswich Star.
Appeal to help man without use of his legs buy a specially-adapted car. The family of a former wheelchair athlete born without the use of his legs are appealing for funds to help him buy a new specially-adapted car, helping to transform his mobility. Continue reading. on Ipswich Star.
Hopkins Homes denies misleading house buyers over play area. A Suffolk housing developer and its sales and marketing director have denied misleading three house buyers about a children’s play area on a large green space on a development in Leiston. Continue reading. on Ipswich Star.
So far 270 people have launched new businesses. Five hundred would-be entrepreneurs in Suffolk and Norfolk have completed MENTA’s `Start Right’ business training. Continue reading. on Ipswich Star.
Sex addict Ipswich tax worker made 30,000 indecent images of children. A “sex addict” Inland Revenue worker from Ipswich who downloaded more than 30,000 indecent images of children has been given a suspended prison sentence. Continue reading. on Ipswich Star.
Everything we know about the Ed Sheeran concerts so far. Next week Suffolk-star Ed Sheeran launches his 54-date world tour - which ends here in Ipswich over August Bank Holiday weekend. Continue reading. on Ipswich Star.
Lane in Ipswich town centre is closed to public due to ‘falling debris’. A lane in Ipswich’s town centre has been temporarily closed due to falling debris caused by today’s high winds. Continue reading. on Ipswich Star.
Makers of new test for TB in cattle win top dairy innovation award. The Suffolk makers of a pioneering test for devastating livestock diseases are delighted after scooping a royal accolade. Continue reading. on Ipswich Star.
Extra trains added for Sunday’s big derby match. Greater Anglia is laying on extra trains for the big Ipswich Town vs Norwich City derby match on Sunday. Continue reading. on Ipswich Star.
Is this the future of shopping? The local independent stores helping to save the planet. As we become more aware of the havoc humans are wreaking on the earth, new stores are springing up in Suffolk and North Essex that help us to break ingrained shopping habits and be kinder to our planet. Continue reading. on Ipswich Star.
Free parcel on your doorstep? You may be a victim of ‘brushing’. Consumers are being warned about a parcel delivery scam known as ‘brushing’. Continue reading. on Ipswich Star.
What happened this week? Suspicious package detonated in Ipswich town centre. Spend the weekend catching up with our most read stories of the week including a scam to hit Suffolk and the drama over a suspicious package in Ipswich. Continue reading. on Ipswich Star.
Waste management companies in Ipswich sink, owing more than £3m to creditors. Two waste management companies, one of which has been running for 27 years, have both collapsed in Ipswich. Continue reading. on Ipswich Star.
Suffolk man admits making indecent images of children. A Suffolk man who downloaded indecent images of children has been given a suspended prison sentence. Continue reading. on Ipswich Star.
Suffolk prisoners can watch films containing sex, drugs and violence. Inmates at Suffolk prisons can watch films containing sex, violence and drug use from their jail’s own DVD library, it can be revealed. Continue reading. on Ipswich Star.
Homes conversions have reduced office space. The Essex office market has seen record rents achieved along the A12 corridor in Brentwood, Chelmsford and Colchester as occupier demand remains strong in the face of decreasing supply. Continue reading. on Ipswich Star.
Children as young as five taught about mental health in new sessions. Young people as young as five are being taught from an early age about the importance of their mental health thanks to a charity’s new work in schools. Continue reading. on Ipswich Star.
New finance membership platform. East Anglian businesses unable to offer finance to customers can now do so now through a new membership initiative. Continue reading. on Ipswich Star.
‘Take extra care’ in high winds, drivers told despite downgraded weather warnings. Drivers are being advised to take extra care on the roads in windy conditions over the coming days - despite ‘yellow’ warnings for strong winds being lifted by the Met Office. Continue reading. on Ipswich Star.
Chelmsford races cancelled following outbreak of equine flu. An outbreak of equine flu - which has affected 14 horses in Suffolk - has forced all British racing to be cancelled today and could affect upcoming events including races at Chelmsford City. Continue reading. on Ipswich Star.
Broker wins award four years in a row. Independent insurance brokers Ryan’s, of Ipswich, has been awarded the Feefo Gold Service award for the fourth year in a row. Continue reading. on Ipswich Star.
What we know so far about human remains found in Leiston. Suffolk police announced this morning that what was believed to be human remains had been found at the site of a fire in Leiston. This is what is known so far about the incident. Continue reading. on Ipswich Star.
Cause of explosion which caused sailor’s death still uncertain despite second inquest. A jury could not establish the exact cause of a boiler explosion that resulted in the death of crewman in Felixstowe. Continue reading. on Ipswich Star.
New homes being built at Old Felixstowe. Felixstowe & Walton United Football Club has a new sponsor for its under 13s white team - The Generator Group. Continue reading. on Ipswich Star.
Community react to ‘disturbing’ news of possible human remains at Leiston fire site. People living in Leiston have been reacting to the news that human remains are believed to have been found following a fire. Continue reading. on Ipswich Star.
Is your road the new Mayfair? Ipswich gets Monopoly makeover. A nifty tool has been created which turns your town into a Monopoly board and provides you with a summary of the average house prices. Continue reading. on Ipswich Star.
Emergency asbestos removal at Shotley Pier. Shotley Pier has undergone emergency building work to remove asbestos found in the buildings at the end of the historic tourist attraction. Continue reading. on Ipswich Star.
Van donated to Suffolk charity on live TV was ‘heap of rust’. A mental health charity’s dream donation became an “embarrassing nightmare” after a van they were given on live TV turned out to be a “knackered old rust bucket”. Continue reading. on Ipswich Star.
Suffolk estates manager takes part in gruelling African cycling challenge. A landowners’ leader has already raised nearly £3,000 for charity as he prepares to head off on a 500km cycle ride in Kenya. Continue reading. on Ipswich Star.
Human remains thought to have been found after portable building fire. Suffolk police have confirmed that what are thought to be human remains have been found at the scene of a portable building fire. Continue reading. on Ipswich Star.
Free parcel on your doorstep? You may be a victim of ‘brushing’. Consumers are being warned about a parcel delivery scam known as ‘brushing’. Continue reading. on Ipswich Star.
Owner of guide dog attacked six times backs new police training scheme. Police in Suffolk are to receive specialist training on guide dog attacks in the first scheme of its kind in Britain. Continue reading. on Ipswich Star.
Strong winds hit Suffolk but Orwell Bridge remains open. Strong winds have hit Suffolk overnight but Highways England have confirmed that the Orwell Bridge remains open so far this morning. Continue reading. on Ipswich Star.
Kevin Beattie statue appeal hits £20,000 milestone. The campaign for a statue of Ipswich Town’s greatest ever player, Kevin Beattie, has now reached £20,000 in less than two months. Continue reading. on Ipswich Star.
Council gave personal data of adopted parents to children’s birth mother. A couple who adopted three Suffolk children say they are living in fear after their personal information was wrongly given to the birth mother. Continue reading. on Ipswich Star.
Somebody woke up one morning in Suffolk and dreamt up "Eastern Institute of Technology" to bridge the gap between what the Suffolk education system produces and what is required to bridge the gap of the skill shortage for employers in STEM subjects - Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics.
College set for ‘full structural review’ after Ofsted reports. A Suffolk and Norfolk-based land college is to undergo a full structural review ‘looking at all options’ following two damning Ofsted reports. Continue reading. on Ipswich Star.
Two released following re-arrests in Joe Pooley murder probe. Two people re-arrested in connection with the death of an Ipswich man have now been released. Continue reading. on Ipswich Star.
Suffolk school goes solar - after push from eco-minded pupils. A Suffolk primary school has installed dozens of solar panels in a bid to reduce its carbon footprint - following a push by eco-minded pupils. Continue reading. on Ipswich Star.
New technology hub in Ipswich moves step closer. An innovative multi-million pound technology teaching hub featuring a tie-up of colleges across Suffolk have moved a step closer. Continue reading. on Ipswich Star.
Cordon in place after fire at portable building near football ground. Police have cordoned off a portable building following a serious fire on land adjoining Leiston Football Club. Continue reading. on Ipswich Star.
Suffolk ‘no longer a rural idyll’ as police take on 21st century challenges. A Suffolk MP has called for a shake-up of police funding to address “long-term disparities” between the county’s force and others across the country. Continue reading. on Ipswich Star.
BrightHouse stores in Suffolk and Essex escape the axe, but one store faces a backlash over its location. Although local stores are not among the 30 closing today, questions remain whether the rent-to-own retailer should be operating inside one of our region’s Poundland stores. Continue reading. on Ipswich Star.
The wheel deal: Tyre retailer based in Suffolk is bought up. Goodyear Dunlop Tyres UK has just snapped up a leading regional tyre retail company. Continue reading. on Ipswich Star.
Breaking the stigma around mental health issues. East Anglian housing provider Flagship Group is putting the spotlight on staff wellbeing and mental health on February 7, which is Time to Talk Day. Continue reading. on Ipswich Star.
A company with a £20m turnover is building its new global HQ in Ipswich. Work has just started on building a new base in Ipswich for a major machinery parts provider. Continue reading. on Ipswich Star.
Drug dealer denies organising a van to take teenger’s alleged killers to area of his death. A 20-year-old drug dealer has denied organising a van to take Tavis Spencer-Aitken’s alleged killers to the Nacton area of Ipswich on the day of his death. Continue reading. on Ipswich Star.
Elephant’s tale - Fun Elmer activities in store for half term. Excitement is growing about Elmer’s Big Parade - and Ipswich Children’s Book Group (ICBG) is holding a special event in Waterstones for half term. Continue reading. on Ipswich Star.
First look at Ormiston Endeavour rebuilding plans as councillors give green light. Plans to tear down dated buildings at one of Ipswich’s key secondary schools and rebuild it with a fit-for-purpose teaching space have been approved. Continue reading. on Ipswich Star.
Suffolk coffee company unleashes new ‘date’ flavour for its new Middle Eastern customers. In the past, it might have been the Americans or the Italians that had the edge when it comes to coffee. But a Suffolk coffee company has just opened a distribution hub in the UAE to tap into growing demand for British coffee in the Middle East, and across the world. Continue reading. on Ipswich Star.
UK’s largest car stack set to revolutionise parking at the Winerack on Ipswich Waterfront. At the heart of the Winerack currently being fitted out on Ipswich Waterfront is an extraordinary stacking system that will store more than 250 cars on eight levels. Continue reading. on Ipswich Star.
A chance to ask Sizewell C business questions. Local businesses are being encouraged to sign up to a breakfast event to bring them up-to-speed about the potential benefits to the business community from the building of a new nuclear power station at Sizewell C. Continue reading. on Ipswich Star.
Take a look at this modern seaside home - which could be yours for £625,000. An apartment in a Felixstowe landmark which overlooks the promenade has gone on the market. Continue reading. on Ipswich Star.
Police appeal for public’s help after 50 burglaries are linked in Suffolk. Detectives are appealing to local communities to help them put an end to a series of more than 50 burglaries across west Suffolk. Continue reading. on Ipswich Star.
Battle to save Felixstowe M&S is lost – campaigners ‘bitterly disappointed’. Bosses at Marks and Spencer have this afternoon confirmed that the company’s Felixstowe store will definitely close. Continue reading. on Ipswich Star.
Fourth day of strike action is planned at Suffolk printers in furore over pay. Print workers who claim to have been given just two pay rises in the last 14 years are hatching plans for a fourth day of strike action. Continue reading. on Ipswich Star.
Ipswich Town fan ‘overwhelmed’ with letter of support from Luke Chambers. A loyal Ipswich Town supporter said he was “overwhelmed” to receive a supportive letter regarding his mental health from Blues skipper Luke Chambers. Continue reading. on Ipswich Star.
Power tools and van stolen in trail of thefts across Suffolk. A seven-hour crime spree across Suffolk saw a pair of suspects steal power tools from vans and building sites in a spate of thefts. Continue reading. on Ipswich Star.
Artist Boris paints celebrities’ portraits in top TV contest. A talented teenage artist from Hadleigh has been chosen from hundreds to compete on national TV. Continue reading. on Ipswich Star.
Dealer denies carrying knife for protection, Tavis murder trial hears. A drug dealer accused of murdering Ipswich teenager Tavis Spencer-Aitkens has denied carrying a knife to defend himself in case he was robbed. Continue reading. on Ipswich Star.
Arrests up but penalties down as police ‘avoid criminalising children’. Suffolk was one of just 11 police force areas in the country to see an increase in the number of children arrested last year. Continue reading. on Ipswich Star.
Lidl is opening its second supermarket in one town. The German supermarket chain Lidl is opening another supermarket in our region on Valentines Day. Continue reading. on Ipswich Star.
Two re-arrested in Ipswich murder probe. Police investigating the murder of Ipswich man Joe Pooley have re-arrested two people. Continue reading. on Ipswich Star.
Do you remember the Dolce Vita nightclub? New apartment homes are nearing completion in the former Dolce Vita nightclub, in Old Foundry Road, in the heart of Ipswich. Continue reading. on Ipswich Star.
Do you have Seasonal Affective Disorder? Suffolk charity gives eight tips on how to cope. A Suffolk charity has been giving its advice on how to cope with Seasonal Affective Disorder, or SAD, this winter. Continue reading. on Ipswich Star.
New project will help the visually-impaired to run in Essex and Suffolk. A project to help visually-impaired people enjoy running events has been launched in conjunction with parkruns in the north Essex area. Continue reading. on Ipswich Star.
Bury St Edmunds episode of Love It or List It to air. An episode of a popular home design television show which was filmed in Bury St Edmunds will be aired tonight. Continue reading. on Ipswich Star.
`Being recognised by our peers is a fantastic achievement’. Colchester-based ROL Cruise, the independent cruise retailer, has celebrated the arrival of 2019 with an array of honours in industry awards. Continue reading. on Ipswich Star.
Yellow weather warning issued for high winds across Suffolk and Essex. The Met Office has issued a new weather warning for strong winds in the east of England with gusts of 60mph predicted this evening. Continue reading. on Ipswich Star.
Take a look at the first flats to be completed at Winerack for spring sale. Here is a first look at one of the first flats to be completed in the Winerack on Ipswich Waterfront – they are due to be handed over to the developer next month and could be occupied by May. Continue reading. on Ipswich Star.
Councils throw a lifeline to the high street to keep stores afloat. Cash-strapped town centre stores that are buckling under the weight of outgoings are being offered some help by councils in Suffolk and north Essex - but is it a case of ‘closing the gate when the horse has already bolted? ’. Continue reading. on Ipswich Star.
Watch: Suffolk brass player will make history by becoming first Briton in prestigious French music competition. A Suffolk cornet player will be heading to a prestigious music competition at the end of the month. Continue reading. on Ipswich Star.
National Trust to raise membership fees to help pay for major Suffolk heritage projects. Membership fees are to be increased by the National Trust from the beginning of next month to help generate cash to pay for conservation work - and two of its biggest projects are in Suffolk. Continue reading. on Ipswich Star.
Delays expected as police escort abnormal load. Motorists are being advised that they may experience delays as police are set to escort an abnormal load through Suffolk. Continue reading. on Ipswich Star.
Sentencing day for ‘Stansted 15’ protestors who blocked airport deportation flight. Fifteen activists who brought Stansted Airport flights to a standstill are today due to be sentenced after they were convicted of an aviation security offence. Continue reading. on Ipswich Star.
When should babies start on solid food? One in four parents in East Anglia aren’t sure. Nearly a quarter of parents in the east of England lack confidence in when they should introduce solid foods to their babies because of fear of choking, allergic reactions and overfeeding, new research suggests. Continue reading. on Ipswich Star.
Do you know the five ways you could save a life? St John Ambulance is on a mission to educate more members of the public on how they can step into action and start saving lives. Continue reading. on Ipswich Star.
Police find coolboxes used as seats in Ipswich vehicle. Coolboxes were being used as seats and a total of eight people were found on board a five-seater vehicle when it was stopped by police. Continue reading. on Ipswich Star.
Pupil referral unit joins alternative education trust. A pupil referral unit in Bury St Edmunds which supports vulnerable children across west Suffolk has joined an education trust. Continue reading. on Ipswich Star.
New initiative means Suffolk is leading the charge when it comes to electric vehicle power. The UK’s first ‘fully open’ electric charging network has just been launched in Suffolk. Continue reading. on Ipswich Star.
Ipswich’s urban fabric is characterised by a number of street junctions which have irregular geometry, a strong sense of enclosure and prominent townscape value. Most of these date back to the medieval street network, and contribute - or have the potential to contribute more strongly - to a sense of place and local identity. All of them are also important decision points, places where pedestrians can choose to travel east-west or north-south. However the tight enclosure by adjacent buildings means that vistas are limited and legibility of route choice is not always good.
Turn Lloyds Avenue into a more attractive place with more pedestrian activity by providing space for‘sitting out’ and promoting the north-south route between the Cornhill and Crown Street activity. Also improve the public realm to rear of Debenhams at the southern end. Improve public realm at south end of Lloyds Avenue with special surfacing treatment that connects beneath Lloyds Avenue Arch and links with Cornhill. Repave footway and carriageway along remainder of Lloyds Avenue with special materials as shared or level surface to promote pedestrian priority (e. g.
Tower Street should be improved to enhance the setting of St Mary-le-Tower churchyard and provide a stronger and more attractive pedestrian route along the street, terminating in a new pocket space created at the rear of Yates on the eastern end of Tower Ramparts. The design approach developed should be consistent with that around St Lawrence, St Mary le Tower, and other pedestrian lanes to create consistency and visual unity.
This urban space features a highly visible and iconic church tower, but the surrounding churchyard is constrained and hidden - the presence and amenity of this small space should be enhanced. The design approach developed should be consistent with that around St Lawrence, St Mary le Tower, and other pedestrian lanes in the town centre to create consistency and visual unity. Repave Dial Lane and paved churchyard areas with consistent surface materials that with other churchyards and lanes.
This important public space forms the setting of St Stephens Church (the Tourist Information Centre) and the main entrance to the Buttermarket shopping centre, and the public realm should reflect this. The design approach developed should be consistent with that around St Lawrence, St Mary le Tower,and other pedestrian lanes in the town centre to create consistency and visual unity. Repave entire area with consistent surface materials that complement heritage setting and create a stronger sense of place, clearly identifying designation of loading/unloading for stores.
Bridge area enhanced as ‘gateway’, promoting sense of arrival and orientation from rail station towards the town centre. Potential for a piece of signature art to provide a visual feature and sense of arrival to Ipswich in the station forecourt. Place name/ Ipswich branding feature along boundary of land on northwest corner of junction of Princes Street/ Burrell Road/ Ranelagh Road that promotes identity and conveys sense of direction towards the town centre. Upgrade footway surfacing on bridge to match station square.
This project is to enhance this gateway to the town centre from the east, as the terminus of the major east-west axis of Westgate/Tavern/ Carr Streets, a major junction on a key north-south route connecting the Waterfront to Christchurch Park, and the setting for The Regent Theatre - a key cultural asset for the Council. Promote re-use or redevelopment of the Odeon site to create a high-quality landmark building which provides improved public realm activation and frontage along the existing parking site.
Upper Orwell Street suffers from a poor quality public realm in contrast to the Fore Street part of this corridor. The street should be improved to provide a strong visual continuation of Fore Street to draw people onwards, with wider footways where possible. Investigate the reduction of carriageway space to consistent 6. 5m in order to improve cycle routes, widen footways and help maintain slow traffic speeds. Repave footways and carriageway in special materials, similar in style to Fore Street.
In the short term, promote interventions that improve the pedestrian experience and make it more comfortable for southbound cyclists. Raise loading and disabled parking bays to footway level and repave in materials similar to footway, to create space that can be used by pedestrians when not occupied by vehicles, and visually narrow the carriageway. Raise contra-flow cycle lane to footway level, to further visually narrow the carriageway. Work with building owners/occupiers to encourage improvement of frontages along the street, and maintain clean and unobstructed footways outside their premises.
A key part of this important east-west corridor will be improved through the delivery of the Cornhill project at Ipswich’s heart. Following this significant project further work should be undertaken to upgrade the rest of this link. In the short term: Review and remove redundant street clutter, and work with business owners to reduce the number of ‘A’ boards and similar which are provided in the space. Replace bins and benches with coordinated palette of contemporary, high quality items, and identify additional locations for benches to provide regular rest points along street.
New green space and public realm setting for Wolsey Gate and St Peter’s church in conjunction with sensitive development of vacant St Peter’s Port site including new north south pedestrian links. Redesign public realm in front of St Peter’s church as part of St Peter’s north-south route, using design elements that provide more visual consistency between St Peter’s Street and St Peter’s Dock, and make this area a focal point with improved amenity (e. g. buffer planting in grassed area, integrated seating, and pedestrian lighting).
The starting point of the St Peter’s gateway project, is that it is an important arrival area for both the Waterfront and the town centre. Redesign should improve east-west and north-south connectivity, and provide a high quality public realm to attract people to the town centre, and to provide an enhanced setting for future development on key sites which will act as a gateway to the Waterfront. It is recognised that the four lane ‘Star Lane Gyratory’ acts as a barrier to north/ south connectivity however is important for vehicular movement.