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Inquest adjourned into case of Woodbridge widower hit by car. The inquest into the death of a 90-year-old widower who died after a road collision in Woodbridge has been opened and adjourned until later this year. Continue reading. on Ipswich Star.
Struggling academy trust operating in Suffolk and Essex faces TV documentary claims of fiddling public money. An academy trust running schools in Suffolk and Essex has been accused of receiving large sums of public money for building and fire safety work that it failed to carry out. Continue reading. on Ipswich Star.
Fewer victims support charges for domestic and serious sexual offences. More than half of domestic crime victims withdrew support for charges over the last year. Continue reading. on Ipswich Star.
Vikings take over Woodbridge Maritime festival. Vikings besieged Woodbridge this weekend at their annual maritime festival, with the river filled with impressive longships, yachts and rowing boats as tourists soaked up the town’s heritage. Continue reading. on Ipswich Star.
On their leaflet, there is a mention of -- Tooks site update -- 60 homes will be built, 41 homes will be let on affordable rent, and 19 on market rent, work to start later in the year, no mention of the super surgery? -- all the sixty home would have been council houses at affordable rents, but the Tory government once again put their foot in it by not approving the scheme on Ravenswood because it had too much affordable housing -- with luck, I will be bringing this up at the next N W Ipswich Area Committee meeting.
Hunting for a new home? What will £300,000 buy you in Suffolk and north Essex? Here’s a look at some of the properties you could buy for around £300,000 in East Anglia, with options ranging from a gorgeous thatched cottage to a super-modern flat. Continue reading. on Ipswich Star.
“I understand the controversy behind it” - Former Norwich City star Darren Eadie on his coaching move to Ipswich. He is well known and much loved for being one of Norwich City’s most exciting ever talents but Canaries legend Darren Eadie has done the unthinkable - by pulling on an Ipswich badge. Continue reading. on Ipswich Star.
Former chorister Ed Sheeran backs Ipswich church singing project. A Suffolk church is singing the praises of pop star Ed Sheeran – after he agreed to encourage the tradition of singing in the community. Continue reading. on Ipswich Star.
Cooking up success: Which Suffolk and Essex restaurants made this year’s Good Food Guide? From north to south and east to west Suffolk and Essex are well represented in this year’s guide. Continue reading. on Ipswich Star.
Felixstowe woman wins eco car in East of England Co-op’s 150th anniversary prize draw. A woman from Felixstowe has been handed the keys to a brand new electric car after winning a competition marking the East of England Co-op’s 150th anniversary. Continue reading. on Ipswich Star.
Missing Bury St Edmunds girl found. A girl who went missing as she was heading towards the town of Bury st Edmunds has been found. Continue reading. on Ipswich Star.
Time to prepare for the Upper Orwell Crossings Consultation. Suffolk County Council have been kind on Twitter in revealing when the report is due and also revealing the cost to be £25k. IPSWI suspects this is theatre and buying time. Elaine initially responded the "external" view of Jacobs independent review being September. On asking further details Tracey (who might be the same person with a random name used) confirmed the report is expected towards the end of October 2018.
Will you fall in love with Greater Anglia’s FLIRTs? Greater Anglia’s first new “bi-mode” train excited visitors as it was put through its paces at a test track in the Czech Republic. Continue reading. on Ipswich Star.
Suffolk police warning following Middenhall church theft. The Suffolk Constabulary are calling for communities to act as their “eyes and ears” after lead was stolen from a rural church. Continue reading. on Ipswich Star.
Ed Sheeran's promoter dismisses the ticket reseller's fraud allegations as ludicrous. Continue reading. on BBC News website.
UFO helping clean up Ipswich Waterfront. Is it a boat? Is it a float? No, it’s a Seabin Continue reading. on Ipswich Star.
Days Gone By: The changes of Fore Hamlet and the Waterfront. A part of Ipswich which has seen many changes in the past century is the area between the wet dock (now known as the Waterfront) and Fore Hamlet, writes David Kindred. Continue reading. on Ipswich Star.
The new motorway would be on an 18-mile section of the upgraded A14 between Cambridge and Huntingdon. Continue reading. on BBC News website.
Emergency exercise to take place at Ipswich Hospital today. Don’t be alarmed if you see fire engines at Ipswich Hospital this morning – this is what’s happening. Continue reading. on Ipswich Star.
Video: See Greater Anglia’s new train in action for the first time. The first new Swiss-built train destined to enter service on Greater Anglia next year has been shown off at a test track in the Czech Republic. Continue reading. on Ipswich Star.
‘Woodbridge is a town for all age groups’ -Town Council object to new plans for Melton Hill. Woodbridge Town Council has added its voice to the growing opposition to the Melton Hill development. Continue reading. on Ipswich Star.
Video: The sheriffs are coming! See how Greater Anglia staff help save lives on stations. Greater Anglia’s team of Land Sheriffs have been expanded across the region after they have proved themselves to be real life-savers. Continue reading. on Ipswich Star.
Jailed in Suffolk and north Essex in August: A karaoke thug, a drug dealer and a serial burglar. Take a look at some of the criminals that were put behind bars in Suffolk and north Essex courts in August. Continue reading. on Ipswich Star.
Fenwicks in Colchester to cut jobs in another blow for Colchester town centre. Retailer Fenwick is swinging the axe on 421 jobs as part of a major cost-cutting drive, and 12 of those will be at its landmark Colchester store. Continue reading. on Ipswich Star.
Early September visit reveals a mismatch of paving types, none of which were in the public drawings or planning application. We have the Portuguese Sett, another paving type inspired by the Giles Circus broken slab and small blocks surrounding what looks like to be the fountains or drainage. Work continues down the side of what will be Pret. Yes, it appears as though a few slabs were broken off-centre diagonal, yet they decided to keep this "style" so none of the "unbroken" slabs need to be replaced in future. Very clever but it looks a mess.
Tiny pink chewing gum bins by Gumdrop outside Ray's Bar in Dogs Head Street on the junction with Silent Street - not far from Old Cattle Market bus station. There is also one in St Nicholas Street and three elsewhere. You could easily walk by not noticing it. More on gumdrop chewing gum bins. Stupidly small unit and sign in a silly location.
Everything you need to know about Woodbridge Maritime. Woodbridge’s Maritime event will be returning this weekend after a number of years away from the town. Continue reading. on Ipswich Star.
Trains delays expected at Colchester after signal failure on Greater Anglia mainline. Trains between London Liverpool Street and Norwich are currently affected by a signal failure between Colchester and Ipswich stations that briefly brought trains at Colchester to a standstill. Continue reading. on Ipswich Star.
Invasions, wars, pirates on the waves – Felixstowe gets ready for history weekend. People can enjoy visiting some of the resort’s most historic buildings this weekend as they open their doors as part of the Heritage Open Days. Continue reading. on Ipswich Star.
Man, 20, remains on bail following arrest in Tavis Spencer Aitkens murder probe. A 20-year-old man arrested in connection with the murder of Ipswich teenager Tavis Spencer Aitkens remains on bail. Continue reading. on Ipswich Star.
Suffolk police to join regional force. A new operation has been launched to tackle hare coursing in Suffolk and Essex. Continue reading. on Ipswich Star.
Ipswich car sales manager jailed for fraud ordered to repay £38,000. A car sales manager at an Ipswich garage who was jailed earlier this year for his part in a £343,000 fraud involving trade-in cars which were sold privately has been ordered by a judge to repay £38,000. Continue reading. on Ipswich Star.
Ipswich Hospital changes policy on Bounty representatives after mum raises concerns. Ipswich Hospital has changed its policy regarding sales representatives from a commercial parenting club on the maternity ward after a Suffolk woman raised concerns following her experience. Continue reading. on Ipswich Star.
‘It’s not a money making exercise’ – police chief’s warning to Orwell Bridge and A12 speeders. Cracking down on speeding is not a money making exercise – that’s the message from police as it’s revealed thousands of motorists are still being clocked by cameras. Continue reading. on Ipswich Star.
Business masterclass series in Woodbridge. Choose Woodbridge, along with Coast Consulting is organising a series of essential business masterclasses, at the Shire Hall, on Wednesdays over the next few weeks with a range of expert visiting speakers. Continue reading. on Ipswich Star.
Suffolk County Council abandon stake in housebuilding company after failing to build any new homes. Suffolk County Council is set to pull out of a housing development company it co-founded three years ago – before it built any homes or secured any planning permissions. Continue reading. on Ipswich Star.
Ipswich Waterfront residency for heritage ship is delayed. Plans to tow the historic LV18 Lightship up the River Orwell for a six week residency in Ipswich on Monday, had to be put on hold. Continue reading. on Ipswich Star.
The audited accounts of Suffolk County Council reveal that £116. 3m of a total capital programme of £367. 7m has been allocated for the Upper Orwell Crossings (Wet Dock Crossing) in Ipswich and Lake Lothing Third Crossing in Lowestoft. This is despite the Upper Orwell Crossings FAQ stating the project will cost £96. 646m (£19.
Various buses have the inconsistent "Free Wifi" or "Free On Board Wifi" array of vinyl stickers across the Ipswich Buses fleet. I never try free wifi on buses as I already know it is frustrating when they don't work so I just use mobile data. Does Ipswich Buses apply these vinyls to compete with First Group on features? The bus I got on today was advertising "FREE Wifi" so I looked for available networks to connect to. No such networks available.
The firm claims Stuart Galbraith 'duped' the singer's fans by making them buy tickets twice. Continue reading. on BBC News website.
Views sought on 2,000-home ‘garden neighbourhood’ plan for Felixstowe. Consultation is taking place over the project, which would see 350 acres of farmland stretching from the A14 dock spur roundabout to Old Felixstowe developed over the next 18 years. Continue reading. on Ipswich Star.
Colchester rail work finished on time – but more disruption to come down the line. Network Rail engineers have completed the installation of new track in Colchester station over the weekend – but there is still much more work to do on the main line to London over the autumn. Continue reading. on Ipswich Star.
Apparently it has been 3 years since the original Westgate Wolsey Theatre Square was proposed - a modest development added in steps and a restaurant. Despite all the A1 shop conversions into A3 restaurants and cafes in the town, no one was interested in the unit. Theatre Square 1. 0 was supposed to start last year.
Six people appear in court after a 17-year-old was stabbed to death in June. Continue reading. on BBC News website.
Suffolk County Council reveals £8. 6m projected overspend this year as further cutbacks expected to hit county. All services will be examined for cuts at Suffolk County Council as new figures predict the authority is on course for an £8. 6million overspend this year. Continue reading.
Ipswich murder trial could be delayed. The trial of six people charged with the murder of Ipswich teenager Tavis Spencer-Aitkens could be delayed if a judge agrees to allow barristers in the case more time to prepare the case. Continue reading. on Ipswich Star.
Suffolk police launch new campaign to thwart theives. The campaign, known as #9PMRoutine encourages members of the public to carry out checks in their home and on their vehicles at a certain time every day. Continue reading. on Ipswich Star.
The revenue assumptions in the 2015 Ipswich Buses business plan highlights significant concern. £375k ENCTS funding drop identified (estimated) yet allowed £300k in forecasting so the projected profit was inflated almost double. Despite realising the loss of Park & Ride will lose them £130k profit annually, they had assumed Route 13 would increase in frequency and serve Copdock Park & Ride commercially. This should have never been dreamt. Their major rival First Group now operates Park & Ride.
The 2015 Ipswich Buses business plan snippet on "route development" (our words) raises many questions. Very unlike any commercial bus operator, but of course it is a political municipal bus operator! The efforts put into X1 (area served by First) at the expense of Route 4 is bizarre. With growth in Martlesham Heath as a destination even for non-bulky goods, abandoning the extended route seems premature. Made worse of course with the more recent developments there.
Three problem areas identified in the 2015 Ipswich Buses business plan are "Punctuality", "Driver Standards" and "Accidents and vehicle/tyre damage". This gives great insight into what led almost to a strike. The bus company blames the county council for what it calls "dreadful bus stop layouts", blames accidents on increased traffic due to falling fuel prices, and blames low driver standards on new overpaid drivers who haven't been on a customer care course along with absence of a mentoring system.
Why was their a hedgehog themed lantern parade along the Ipswich waterfront? Campaign funding to make Ipswich the most hedgehog friendly town in England has come to an end with a beautiful parade along the Ipswich waterfront. Continue reading. on Ipswich Star.
The 2015 Ipswich Buses business plan did suggest falling turnover and profits. The £16,000 modest profit ended up as a pre-adjustment loss of £514,000 (£262,000 with Labour IBC help). Labour have some questions to answer. profitability collapsed under their administration! What happened?
Art masterclasses held on the prom at Felixstowe. Felixstowe’s seafront was packed as art-lovers enjoyed one of the highlights in the resort’s calendar of events. Continue reading. on Ipswich Star.
On to the promotion and marketing section of Ipswich Buses old business plan. it clearly states "a revised livery application is needed" despite the "physically striking" "strange battenburg style" livery having not been fully rolled out across the fleet. Correct. They didn't like their new livery, but continuing to press ahead whilst they think up a new one. More cost!
Ipswich Buses old business plan reveals an incident where a bus was found in service with a flat tyre. It also contradicts the reason for the newer double-decker buses by stating "maintenance costs are also remarkably low for a fleet of this type". Interesting enough, elsewhere in this business plan it states accident and vehicle damage are unacceptable. I suppose you don't need to call that maintenance. .
The 2015 Ipswich Buses business plan gives great insight into their pricing and tickets policy. They considered single fares to be cheap, but other fares expensive, except child fare which they see as quite a generous discount. The strict requirement for child ID cards was intended to come in 2 years before it had done this month. They criticise students for not bothering to get a child ID card rather than the system being inconvenient. Keeping in mind the discounts encourage those to use the buses who wouldn't at full adult price.
Another day on Ipswich Buses' twitter. another road name invented lol Blasted Road? This would be "Belstead Road". Also, not entirely sure what "19:00-05:00" is all about. Ipswich Buses have never ran a 24 hour bus service.
Preview followed by live coverage of Sunday's Championship game between Ipswich Town and Norwich City. Continue reading. on BBC News website.
Fans in full voice as excitement builds for Ipswich vs Norwich derby clash. Excitement is building for today’s big derby clash between Ipswich Town and Norwich City at Portman Road. Continue reading. on Ipswich Star.
How many mistakes can one person make? Surely Ipswich taxpayers deserve something better than their consistently shit attempt at communication? As of the derby game today, Ipswich Buses tweeted 6 times notifying people of diversions. I thought it was Ipswich Town Football Club (ITFC) not Ipswich Football Town Club (IFTC). I have never heard of Princess Street and Upper Brooke Street - to make it worse only the first letter of the first word is uppercase.
Ipswich Buses required Ipswich Borough Council to tender for Consultancy Services for Assessments of Viability and Customer Experience relating to Ipswich Buses as 3 of the 5 main key people left the company - the Managing Director, Finance Director and Operations Manager. The top 3 most important roles! So it is clear it wasn't just a financial issue but lack of management strength. The 2015 business plan stated:- It also names 5 people with a description about what they do and their background.
Ipswich Buses Old Business Plan 2015 An insider at Ipswich Buses has leaked a copy of the Jeremy Cooper era business plan from around 2015. It makes for some quite interesting reading. With Heath Williams taking over the helm in a remote part time capacity and Ipswich Borough Council tendering out a viability study on the bus company, this business plan has obviously been superseded. Ipswich Buses is wholly owned by the council and thus is owned by the people, so if you ever wondered what strategic direction they were planning here is a good start.
Uncertainty over Upper Orwell Crossing future causing anxiety for Ipswich people, say campaign groups. Campaign groups against plans for the Upper Orwell Crossings in Ipswich have said that uncertainty over its future has caused anxiety for those who could be the most impacted. Continue reading. on Ipswich Star.
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I overlooked the estimated timings for Upper Orwell Crossing closures/openings (depending if you are a road or marine user) which were published in the Ipswich Wet Dock Crossing Lock Operation and Modelling guide. I asked at a consultation event earlier in the year but they weren't able to answer the question! In peak hours, they intend to create a total delay of 10 minutes. In off-peak hours, they intended to create a total delay of 20 minutes. This consists of 6 minutes to allow boats to pass and 2 minutes before and after for the bridge to close or open.
New Suffolk County Council leader Matthew Hicks had awarded Jacobs a contract to produce a report on the future of the Upper Orwell Crossings vanity bridge project. The results of this report is due to be published this month. As part of the process Suffolk County Council has been employing a QC and various different professionals throughout the project. They have spent a reported c£10m despite little public support for the project. We don't suspect the Upper Orwell Crossings project is necessarily over yet.
ABP wants to develop Ipswich's wet dock island site for housing. Ben Gummer and the county council creates a major project to make this a reality and inflate the land price by multiple millions, yet ABP who have not invested a single penny into the project, won't even pay its own legal costs? Suffolk County Council happy to use taxpayers money for it! £28,000 for Ipswich Deed of Consent. £5,000 for ABP fees for land access £20,000 for Navigational Risk Assessment £10,000 for consultation.
WATCH: Dramatic bomb detonation captured by Suffolk coast patrol team off Essex coast. A Suffolk volunteer coast patrol team helped with the dramatic detonation of a parachute bomb, which had been picked up by a fishing trawler near to the Essex shoreline. Continue reading. on Ipswich Star.
Enjoy Felixstowe More by taking part in stone hunting fun to win cash prizes. People are being invited to take part in a special challenge exploring a popular Suffolk resort – with prize money of £250 up for grabs. Continue reading. on Ipswich Star.
Trial date set for six accused of Tavis Spencer-Aitkens murder. The trial of six people charged with murder in connection with the death of Tavis Spencer-Aitkens in Ipswich is due to take place in November. Continue reading. on Ipswich Star.
Severe delays on A12 between Colchester and Ipswich following crash between lorry and car. There are reports of heavy tailbacks on the A12 towards Ipswich following a crash involving a lorry and a car near Stratford St Mary. Continue reading. on Ipswich Star.
Two men appear in court after a 17-year-old was stabbed to death in June. Continue reading. on BBC News website.
Calls for independent review into Woodbridge ‘cheese wedges’ housing proposals. Some 45 public objections have been lodged about Active Urban Woodbridge Ltd’s (AUWL) recently revised application to build 100 homes at Suffolk Coastal District Council’s old offices in Melton Hill – with one supporting comment. Continue reading. on Ipswich Star.
Mamma mia - Italian fashion brand is coming to Woodbridge. Fashion brand James Lakeland has joined forces with Woodbridge boutique, Darcy B and will be bringing fine Italian women’s tailoring lines to the town. Continue reading. on Ipswich Star.
Sixth person charged with murder following death of Tavis Spencer-Aitkens. A sixth person has been charged with murder following the fatal stabbing of Tavis Spencer-Aitkens in Ipswich. Continue reading. on Ipswich Star.
Over the last week a number of people have complained about Service 4 - either not running or late. The bus company had identified a potential ~£400k loss next year from ENCTS funding being withdrawn from routes 4, 14, 16 and 19. As we know 19 was replaced with Route 7. Councillors are unhappy with the frequency of Route 16. Route 14 was tendered out by owner Ipswich Borough Council to subsidiary Ipswich Buses.
READ Suffolk police’s response to claims over new information in Corrie McKeague case. Suffolk police has responded following claims from Corrie McKeague’s mother on social media that her son could have left the area he was last seen in Bury St Edmunds on foot. Continue reading. on Ipswich Star.
Speculation over future of The Swan in Ipswich – the music venue where Ed Sheeran once played. There are fears over the future of an Ipswich town centre pub famous for its live music. Continue reading. on Ipswich Star.
Days Gone By: The history of Fisons factory in Ipswich. Fisons Cliff Quay, Ipswich works, occupied a large site and employed hundreds of people, writes David Kindred. Continue reading. on Ipswich Star.
‘I can’t see myself playing an Avenger’ - Suffolk singer Ed Sheeran’s ambitions for musical film. Suffolk singer Ed Sheeran has revealed he wants to make a big screen musical. Continue reading. on Ipswich Star.
London-bound rail services face morning rush commuter delays following Essex signal fault. A signalling fault on the Great Eastern Mainline is causing delays for London-bound commuters from the region this morning. Continue reading. on Ipswich Star.
Showery start for parts of Suffolk and Essex before drier conditions this afternoon. Parts of the region could see some showers this morning, as a band of rain moves eastwards across the country. Continue reading. on Ipswich Star.
The charge follows the fatal stabbing of a 17-year-old boy outside a row of shops. Continue reading. on BBC News website.
Fifth murder charge in connection with Tavis Spencer-Aitkens death. A fifth man has been charged with murder in connection with the death of Tavis Spencer-Aitkens. Continue reading. on Ipswich Star.
The singer is wearing a wedding ring and hinted that he got married in secret. Continue reading. on BBC News website.
A fourth man is jailed for life after a father-of-five was fatally stabbed while trying to buy drugs. Continue reading. on BBC News website.
Teenager arrested after latest Ipswich stabbing released under investigation. A 19-year-old man arrested after a teenager was stabbed in Ipswich last week has been released under investigation. Continue reading. on Ipswich Star.
Drug dealer jailed for 18 years for stabbing murder. A drug dealer convicted of murdering a Suffolk man who died after he was stabbed to “teach him a lesson” has been jailed for 18 years. Continue reading. on Ipswich Star.
Could Ed Sheeran already be married? Suffolk superstar Ed Sheeran has hinted that he is now a married man, despite plans to build a chapel at his Framlingham home falling through earlier this year. Continue reading. on Ipswich Star.
Interesting Private Message from Sandy Martin on Twitter recently. His question plenty valid but what tickled me was he could read social media whilst on holiday (I assume) including sending me a private message (therefore also contacting Labour colleagues no doubt) but not respond to the electorate through bite-sized tweets. Not really a person to publish private correspondence. However, I have chosen to as nothing confidential said or spoken about (just the question) and have also included my messages to be fair. Yeah, hasn't messaged me for 7 months.
“We have got to come together” - Tim Passmore calls for unity after latest Ipswich stabbing. Suffolk’s Police and Crime Commissioner Tim Passmore has stressed the need for the county to unite after another stabbing in Ipswich over the weekend. Continue reading. on Ipswich Star.
New Fibre optic cables laid by Essex company bring high speed connectivity to oil and gas platforms. An Essex company has successfully completed two fibre optic cable installations, bringing vital high speed connectivity to four UK North Sea oil and gas platforms. Continue reading. on Ipswich Star.
What happened at Felixstowe’s Ferry Festival on Bank Holiday weekend? Thankfully Felixstowe’s Ferry Festival was there to fill the hole left after the downfall of Mansion on the Moon earlier this month. Continue reading. on Ipswich Star.
Musical journey through time with Just Jay Dance’s Pop Goes Decades at Woodbridge’s Seckford Theatre. Just Jay Dance, the team behind Poptastic and Pop Goes Christmas, want you dancing in the aisles of Woodbridge’s Seckford Theatre with their latest show next month - Pop Goes Decades. Continue reading. on Ipswich Star.
Relatives of a 25-year-old gym owner, who took his own life, call for better mental health services. Continue reading. on BBC News website.
Teenager arrested in connection to stabbing in Cromer Road in Ipswich. A 19-year-old man has been arrested in connection to a stabbing in Ipswich on Friday. Continue reading. on Ipswich Star.
Police and Crime Commissioner Tim Passmore describes latest Ipswich stabbing as ‘cowardly and sickening’. The Suffolk Police and Crime commissioner urged members of the public to get in touch with police if they knew anything about the incident. Continue reading. on Ipswich Star.
Bus replacement on train lines through Ipswich, Felixstowe and Colchester. Passengers are facing delays on the rails on lines through Ipswich Felixstowe, Colchester and Sudbury today due to planned engineering works. Continue reading. on Ipswich Star.
Officials at Ipswich church to consider day time closure following latest theft. Officials at an historic church in Ipswich are considering closing it during the day following the latest theft. Continue reading. on Ipswich Star.
You wait ages for a bus then three turn up at once. The first news articles in about a month have appeared. Changes to Proof of Age, School Term Time Bus Schedule and Bank Holiday. In typical fashion, one week notice has been given of changes to proof of age. They have actually been forced into displaying notices on buses for a couple of weeks about changes to the proof of age required.