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  1. dan5

    Travel Ipswich 2.0

    by dan5 in Local PoliticsSep 8, 2017 with 1 replies and 33 views.

    A further £5 million has been allocated for more road improvements (in addition to the £21m for Travel Ipswich) in what we will dub Travel Ipswich 2.0.If you are thinking of investing in Ipswich, you should wait until plans have been released of what this will entail. To date there are no public plans from this LEP monies, although without a doubt it will be supporting the Upper Orwell Crossings. This is either Star Lane gyratory changes...

    Latest reply: This is sheer pain for East Ipswich. Roundabout removal at Landseer Road/Nacton Road junction. Two further roundabout "upgrades" and two traffic light junction upgrades.

  2. dan5

    700 years of Ipswich Charter Market

    by dan5 in Local PoliticsSep 7, 2017 with 0 replies and 17 views.

    Not a word from Ipswich Borough Council. If you need definite proof that the borough council is looking to kill off Ipswich Charter Market, this surely is it. On the 20th May 1317 Edward II gave Ipswich its second royal charter which allowed a (charter) market to be held. Why would the council not promote this significant anniversary? Markets (of whatever description) have been held from the day Ipswich became an important trading port with...

  3. dan5

    Why is Ipswich Buses still promoting Park & Ride?

    by dan5 in Local PoliticsSep 4, 2017 with 0 replies and 23 views.

    It is two months in since a new operator First Group took over the Park & Ride service for Ipswich.Ipswich Buses still have the conflicting information available. Park & Ride | Ipswich Buseshttp://www.ipswichbuses.co.uk/assets/park_ride_leaflet.pdfThis is highly unprofessional and does very little for visitors using Google to locate information. They no longer have the Park & Ride link in their navigation and the top image has...

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    Ipswich Market: Game Over

    by Ipswich in Local PoliticsAug 30, 2017 with 0 replies and 29 views.

    It is clear since Ipswich Borough Council took over the market, it has deliberately been run into the ground. 2009: DepthThis first streetview snapshot shows the depth of the market had onto the Cornhill.4742009: Old Post OfficeEven in front of the old post office building there were stalls. 475 2009: Big MarketThe market went all the way down the side of the town hall - it isn't just the case of stalls grouped up together! The food...

  5. dan5

    Ipswich Cornhill: Market Or Open Space?

    by dan5 in Local PoliticsAug 22, 2017 with 11 replies and 110 views.

    Going back to an almost 5 year old article by Paul Geater, where the debate was whether Ipswich Market should stay or go, with Ipswich Cornhill Regeneration it appears the conclusion is likely to be neither! 445 Sir Stuart was calling for the market to be relocated, albeit only a short distance, while the market traders insist they will not move from the Cornhill.One of the main concerns about the town centre is the number of empty...

    Latest reply: Martin, this is the intention. They want to pull people south to the waterfront... but a market on Cromwell Square will also encourage that but be a good location for it.I am still waiting for the Star Lane gyratory plans to be made public! Are...

  6. dan5

    Ipswich Maritime Festival: What Went Wrong?

    by dan5 in Local PoliticsAug 21, 2017 with 7 replies and 40 views.

    Ipswich Maritime Festival was the largest and most prestigious event in the Ipswich calendar of the hundred or so events within the Ipswich borough... how did it go from well-loved local maritime festival to 'okay' over-commercialised food and drink event? Let's reflect back on past successful maritime events...Ipswich Maritime Festival 2014Does anyone miss the following? A little step back in time with these workshops... 415 416 417...

    Latest reply: Ambition...What i would love to see in Ipswich is a summer time event of the magnitude and popularity of the Bury Christmas Market. Why could we not do that, fill the whole of the town up with stalls, food, activities, entertainments, from...

  7. dan5

    Ipswich Maritime Festival 2017: Autopsy

    by dan5 in Local PoliticsAug 21, 2017 with 0 replies and 27 views.

    If you don't care very much for maritime-related activities and have never been to a previous Ipswich Maritime Festival event (or perhaps any maritime festivals) the chances are you loved it and along with thousands of other people attending you considered it a successful event.Whats not to like?Fireworks finale (good display too)FoodBeerFairground ridesHowever, a significant number of people have started to question it on facebook....

  8. dan5

    Vacant Bhs: Is Mixed-use Really Suitable For Ipswich?

    by dan5 in Local PoliticsAug 19, 2017 with 2 replies and 33 views.

    An application to convert the old BHS store has been made recently to the borough planners.I am pleased BHS is being looked at but I have to admit I was expecting something a bit more significant for the year it has been vacantSo Dave, the way these town centres are going nowadays, retail isn't everyone's cup of tea... to get tenants we should utilise the mixed-use methodology. Leisure? Err... another Gym upstairs... Retail? Err... keep a...

    Latest reply: Facebook on fire!!Julie Stone Anything wud be better than an empty shop!Nicola Sadler Do whatever it takes to fill the unit. No good to anyone emptyLiam Overett Dont put another bloody gym theres enough gyms in ipswich and there struggling as...

  9. dan5

    Archant: Details Not Important

    by dan5 in Local PoliticsAug 15, 2017 with 1 replies and 27 views.

    Following on from Ipswich Society's criticism over Ipswich Star putting the town down which resulted in the revelation of Archant Norwich changing copy before publication. Controversy doesn't end there... cue the Press Complaints Commission cases... Evening StarDetails.. important? From publishing photos of children without parental consent, confusing a victim with a suspect, speculating incorrectly of a found body being a missing...

    Latest reply: East Anglia Daily TimesSister paper, the EADT also has a few "gems" of cases at the PCC...From attacking freelance journalists in print, getting the reasons why someone was recalled to prison wrong, portraying a football club was in financial...

  10. dan5

    Ipswich Society: Putting The Facts In Perspective

    by dan5 in Local PoliticsAug 9, 2017 with 3 replies and 63 views.

    An long overdue rant on Ipswich Society's facebook...Our negative local "newspaper", the Ipswich Star, today describes Ipswich as "one of the worst sporting towns in the country" instead of reporting the truth which is "Little old Ipswich has just been voted one of the Greatest Sporting Cities in the UK even though it is only a small town". Did Archant misread the heading or were they just trying to sell papers with little regard to the...

    Latest reply: (Language more offensive than this CBA logo... You have bene warned!)309 (Maybe I should have loaded up photoshop after all... instead of Paint lol)It appears someone from the Archant Ipswich office has defended themselves: "Wasn't us Guv, it...

  11. dan5

    Carr Street Co-op: Good Location For New Primary School?

    by dan5 in Local PoliticsAug 12, 2017 with 0 replies and 44 views.

    Approximately 2 months ago we announced the Carr Street Co-op is going to become a Primary School, this comes after news of the Department for Education turning down a funding bid for it. The borough and county now joint funding it. New MP Sandy Martin along with David Ellesmere is backing it. Ben Gummer allegedly was involved and Colin Noble was infamously upset when Sandy Martin posed for photos.The project of a new free school was...

  12. dan5

    Ipswich Waterfront: Is It Time To Increase Car Parking Charges?

    by dan5 in Local PoliticsAug 9, 2017 with 0 replies and 38 views.

    Usually the most desirable locations yield the highest parking charges at nearby car parks. In Ipswich all the waterfront car parks are cheaper, cheaper than elsewhere in the town. Why are car parks at Ipswich Waterfront not charging more for people to park?Anywhere else a modern upmarket regenerated area would naturally command a premium on car parking. Apart from prime retail in the heart of town next to anchor tenants - or of a railway...

  13. dan5

    Borough Scraps £1 After 3pm Quids In Car Park Incentive

    by dan5 in Local PoliticsAug 9, 2017 with 0 replies and 27 views.

    Ipswich Borough Council has scrapped its "Quids In" initiative of car parking for £1 after 3pm at selected Ipswich Borough Council run car parks in Ipswich town centre in favour of a new "£2 after 2pm Midweek parking" initiative.It is a Monday-Friday £2 after 2pm scheme. Surely should be £2 after 2pm Weekday initiative?

  14. dan5

    Chatham: Why Ipswich Needs To Rethink Its Waterfront Strategy

    by dan5 in Local PoliticsAug 8, 2017 with 0 replies and 45 views.

    This place popped up on Homes Under the Hammer the other day, out of chance I saw it despite not watching the programme... I was intending to have wrote a post on it before but it slipped my mind. Until now. This is my opinion and not that of any resident from Chatham or their council.There is no point making too many direct comparisons between Ipswich and Chatham – but I think you will find this topic very interesting. A lot of its modern...

  15. dan5

    Visit Colchester (and Suffolk... But Not Ipswich)

    by dan5 in Local PoliticsAug 5, 2017 with 0 replies and 38 views.

    Oh dear, I picked up an Visit Colchester visitor guide 2017 from the Ipswich Tourist Information centre. It looks a really well done brochure. Compared to the dull grey sky and dark cover of the Ipswich counterpart, it has a nice bright blue sky, happy days!!!Colchester and Ipswich Museums Service (CIMS) is a joint venture between Colchester Borough Council and Ipswich Borough Council. A partnership between two regional heritage rivals....

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