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  1. martinc

    Parking in Arras Square, St Stephens Lane

    by martinc in Civic & CommunityFeb 13, 2017 with 24 replies and 52 views.

    Still a big problem with no sign of any action from either SCC of IBC. So far as we understand their is a Traffic Order preventing parking but as there are no signs up it can't be enforced. IBC would be responsible for the enforcement but they have advised us that they are waiting for SCC to sort out the signs. SCC also advise that there are potential land ownership issues that may be complicating the issue. Bottom line is we can't get a...

    Latest reply: It was a significant problem for many years... all authorities just passed the buck - but how the junior and senior councils work in the two-tier system only encourages such an infinitive loop.It was just a small part of the overall town and...

  2. martinc

    Traffic Counters Everywhere!

    by martinc in Civic & CommunityMay 12, 2017 with 15 replies and 32 views.

    The street of Ipswich have sprouted many traffic counters across carriageways over the last few days, personally seen and driven over several in Wherstead Road, all the way out ot the A14, Dogs Head St and little old Turret Lane in the town centre, also reported in Norwich Road area as well.Who's doing what and for whom?

    Latest reply: They might install speed bumps to discourage traffic using that road.

  3. dan5

    Ipswich Carnival

    by dan5 in Civic & CommunityJul 10, 2017 with 9 replies and 116 views.

    Is it time to bring back Ipswich Carnival?30 I felt a part of the community soul got destroyed when it was axed. I know it got brought back briefly unsuccessfully due to the council not wanting it to succeed. Over the years the town has become more diverse, yet we don't have a carnival. Felixstowe Carnival continues strong as does many other places in Suffolk - and indeed other counties nationwide, but why not Ipswich? Even if the...

    Latest reply: Don't get me started with the Key Street lane closure! It is necessary, just not for that duration... a month should be adequate for both sides (i.e. 2 weeks each, ideally with a break between doing either side) I would argue it could be done...

  4. dan5

    Ipswich Railway Station Forecourt

    by dan5 in Civic & CommunityMar 21, 2017 with 9 replies and 30 views.

    I went into the forecourt of Ipswich Rail Station this morning....Unless I am mistaken by perception, the current incomplete design looks nothing like it. Bus Stop area looks larger than the taxi rank area - when it should look rather equal - is there enough room for the bus shelters on pavement? The Improved Pedestrian Access area (public realm) doesn't seem that large - by this design it takes up 45% of the greater forecourt area...

    Latest reply: The trees are now installed and look really silly.An update to original post:I think there is space for bus stop shelters... just about. Instead of two rows of bus stops there is just adequate space for other buses to overtake other...

  5. martinc

    The Easy Hotel, what's happening?

    by martinc in Civic & CommunityJun 30, 2017 with 8 replies and 74 views.

    The site of the new Easy Hotel in Northgate Street looks to have been abandoned. Someone I know who works adjacent tells me the workers have not been on site for a month or so now. Scaffold was put up and never used, then taken down again, and the office the builders have over the road in the former restaurant hasn't seen any activity in ages.Has the project fallen through?

    Latest reply: Yes. I wonder if they had intended to do this originally but felt the planning permission would be turned down? Some developers like getting one foot on the ladder with local planning... It could be the case of no Easy Hotel in Ipswich, if it...

  6. martinc

    Oh Dear Travel Ipswich

    by martinc in Civic & CommunityMar 20, 2017 with 7 replies and 15 views.

    Once upon a time there was a travelipswich website. It kept the residents of this town informed about the project, what was being done, and where their money was being spent etc. This website was at www.travelipswich.co.uk. Some while ago the website disappeared, a shame really as people were still most interested in the project (they still are). So this evening when looking through my collection of "Ipswich" bookmarks I try the old...

    Latest reply: They have thought about it but cannot do it because of the school. I am surprised they haven't got rid of the mini roundabout and replaced it with traffic lights! The road shaping outside the co-op is silly. This is to reduce speed for the...

  7. martinc

    Filthy, dirty, scruffy Ipswich.

    by martinc in Civic & CommunityJun 21, 2017 with 6 replies and 48 views.

    I've been away for a bit. And while away visited a few other UK towns and cities. They all leave you with some impression, you pick up on certain features which stand out, for me walking the streets is usually the general state of the place and I can report that as a couple of examples Edinburgh is packed with tourists and Newcastle has a fair bit of graffiti but that both are pretty clean and tidy.So I get back home to Ipswich and on...

    Latest reply: Last year only 16 Fixed Penalty Notices were issued...1 per month, plus an additional 1 for each quarterCouncil clean up operations are important not just issuing fines. The problem is we now have #itsmystreet which (although it shows civic...

  8. wrightie

    The Ipswich Proposal

    by wrightie in Civic & CommunityJun 29, 2017 with 6 replies and 83 views.

    I have linked to to this site a few times but I am now going to create a new post every 2 days on the site. Its only a .wordpress blog, styled like a database/wiki site where posts can be found using categories. I aim to document every large proposal for Ipswich, including the ones that didnt get built, were downsized as well as new proposals.So far I have documented a few proposals but I aim to document every 'large' proposal in Ipswich...

    Latest reply: You are right, it is probably overkill at the moment! Still, good content so far...

  9. Ipswi

    Ipswich Buses Woes: privatisation?

    by Ipswi in Civic & CommunityApr 13, 2017 with 5 replies and 27 views.

    Is there an major problem with municipal bus company Ipswich Buses Ltd? We had written to David Ellesmere with our concerns months ago who had responded along-the-lines of "all is fine" without injecting much confidence in his response. Their Managing Director and Finance Director both went recently, a new MD hasn't been found (Rob Bellamy from Peterborough remains interim Managing Director, previously Waste and Fleet Management Consultant...

    Latest reply: It appears Ipswich Borough Council has bailed out Ipswich Buses Ltd to the tune of £252,000:- Charge code: 0200 0058 0003 Registration of a charge (MR01) Created: 30 May 2017 Delivered: 7 June 2017 Status: Outstanding Persons...

  10. martinc

    Ipswich Star changes its comments facility

    by martinc in Civic & CommunityJun 29, 2017 with 4 replies and 33 views.

    I see the good old Star is now using disqus for its comments. Good or bad? Not sure myself, may put a few people off..

    Latest reply: I think it is an improvement. To give it the proper title "most comments in the last week Sunday onwards by different people"... so you got news articles which had 1 comment at number 3 and an article with 40+ falling off despite a couple of...

  11. dan5

    Prosecco Festival is coming to Ipswich

    by dan5 in Civic & CommunityJun 29, 2017 with 4 replies and 65 views.

    Are we a town of alcoholics or is the town in desperate need of visitor boosts?So the Prosecco Festival in Ipswich has been announced for November. We have had wine and spirits, beer, gin etc.  I am expecting a Champagne, Whisky, Whiskey, Rum, Brandy, Vodka, Cider, Cognac, Perry, Tequila, Port etc. festival or two to be revealed in the next 24 months.Questions should be raised as to why we are seeing floods of these events. I don't agree...

    Latest reply: Doesn't surprise me that Norwich takes presence. Dutch - missing two e and an s - of course, the other "dutch"... already official, lol.I thought you were going to say it was German BUT Non-Bavarian perhaps Berlin, Frankfurt or Hamburg...

  12. martinc

    The new Ipswich welcome signs have arrived

    by martinc in Civic & CommunityJun 3, 2017 with 4 replies and 22 views.

    well according to the Ips Soc theY have arrived, not actuallY seen one for mYself.Worth waiting for then? 

    Latest reply: Losing the county town part is a disgrace and I would like to see a change in MP, which I hope will end the Ipswich Waterfront obsession.Completely clueless from day one and struggled to obtain easy-wins... the island site isn't developed, Wine...

  13. dan5

    Travel Ipswich: Tower Ramparts Bus Station set to be remodelled

    by dan5 in Civic & CommunityFeb 16, 2017 with 4 replies and 11 views.

    Not much more than 3 years after the remodelling of Tower Ramparts Bus Station as part of Suffolk County Council's Travel Ipswich scheme, there are plans to remodel it to ease congestion of bus stops. Public transport (i.e. buses) are seen to be the way of easing road traffic congestion, despite them not being able to properly organise a bus station to prevent problems with congestion of buses obstructing the way for other buses and blocking...

    Latest reply: Interesting clip... The lady is right.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NnWzcWv9mYY

  14. Ipswi

    Ipswich Free Shuttle Axed Bus 38

    by Ipswi in Civic & CommunityMay 4, 2017 with 3 replies and 29 views.

    Ipswich Buses have cancelled bus service 38 (better known as the free shuttle). The last day is expected to be Wednesday 28 July 2017.PF0000147/44IPSWICH BUSES LTD, 7 CONSTANTINE ROAD, IPSWICH, IP1 2DLOperating between IPSWICH, ENDEAVOUR HOUSE, RUSSELL ROAD andIPSWICH, ENDEAVOUR HOUSE, RUSSELL ROAD given service number 38effective from 29 July 2017. 

    Latest reply: Despite the earlier Ipswich Star article, it appears this news came as a surprise to the management of Ipswich Borough Council who claim not to have been consulted....

  15. martinc

    Princes Street works

    by martinc in Civic & CommunityMar 14, 2017 with 3 replies and 16 views.

    Well i didn't think it would take long. It looks like Anglian Water are the first to dig up part of the recently completed Princes Street paving works. They appear to have a hole in the footpath barriered off on the west side. Will be interesting to see if they reinstate it properly or if we end up with the very first tarmac scar.  Watch this space... 

    Latest reply: Why would anyone come to Ipswich based on ... ?: Train station facelift Forecourt revampThe concept that it will change the towns economic performance is seriously laughable. I am sure critics will say I am a whinger.The internal...

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