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    Ipswich Cornhill: Market Or Open Space?

    by dan5 in Local PoliticsAug 22, 2017 at 6:31 PM with 2 replies and 30 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: I took a photo of Ipswich Market the other week (a month ago now) and the market was pretty much dead. I don't go into town frequently enough to categorically state it is always running with few stalls but from what I see (traders are forced to...

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    Ipswich Maritime Festival: What Went Wrong?

    by dan5 in Local PoliticsAug 21, 2017 at 5:57 PM with 7 replies and 27 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...

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    Ipswich Maritime Festival 2017: Autopsy

    by dan5 in Local PoliticsAug 21, 2017 at 5:01 PM with 0 replies and 12 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....

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

    by dan5 in Local PoliticsAug 19, 2017 at 1:15 PM with 2 replies and 22 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...

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    Archant: Details Not Important

    by dan5 in Local PoliticsAug 15, 2017 with 1 replies and 12 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...

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

    by dan5 in Local PoliticsAug 12, 2017 with 0 replies and 27 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...

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    Ipswich Society: Putting The Facts In Perspective

    by dan5 in Local PoliticsAug 9, 2017 with 3 replies and 41 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...

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

    by dan5 in Local PoliticsAug 9, 2017 with 0 replies and 21 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...

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

    by dan5 in Local PoliticsAug 9, 2017 with 0 replies and 13 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?

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    Chatham: Why Ipswich Needs To Rethink Its Waterfront Strategy

    by dan5 in Local PoliticsAug 8, 2017 with 0 replies and 22 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...

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

    by dan5 in Local PoliticsAug 5, 2017 with 0 replies and 21 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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    Ransomes Way & Felixstowe Road Illegal Hoarding Advertisements

    by dan5 in Local PoliticsAug 5, 2017 with 0 replies and 18 views.

    This is a strange case. One night in 2016 (assume it was done at night), someone came along dug holes, poured concrete and erected large billboard advertisements at the Sainsbury's roundabout on Felixstowe Road and on Ransomes Way on Highway land. A company behind it, some reputable businesses have advertised there believing it is all legit. Glasswells being one of them.250 This advertisement and there is another one around the corner on...

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    Ipswich Pret: Council Struggles To Justify Grimwades Addition

    by dan5 in Local PoliticsAug 5, 2017 with 1 replies and 27 views.

    I am sure there are various idioms for this situation. Here are just a few:-make a rod for your own back (do something likely to cause difficulties for oneself later)you've made your bed, now lie in it (something that you say in order to tell someone that they must accept that they will suffer as a result of something bad that they have done)shot yourself in the foot (to say or do something stupid that causes you trouble)So you have...

    Latest reply: The refusal notice reads...The reason(s) for the Council's decision to REFUSE planning permission are:-1. Adopted Policy DM20 seeks to promote and enhance the central shopping area to support thetown's vitality and viability, and its...

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    Ipswich Tourist Information Centre: Visitor Experience

    by dan5 in Local PoliticsAug 4, 2017 with 1 replies and 27 views.

    Today I went to the Tourist Information Centre to pick up the Explore Ipswich Visitor Guide.Oh dear, as visitor experiences go, it wasn't a good one. I am not a visitor to the town so was being heavily critical. Not all visitors will have such a view - some might not care if it is a little run down - some people like to see potential even if it isn't marketed. The church is a good venue but this is where it ends.Walking down Tower Street...

    Latest reply: My verdict on the Explore Ipswich Visitor Guide is now available. I think on reflection, there was a reason why the guide was hard to find.. maybe they saw how bad it was and decided to take it off public view.

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    High Street Campus

    by dan5 in Local PoliticsAug 4, 2017 with 0 replies and 20 views.

    The earliest reference online we could find for an High Street Campus was back in 1990 in a July edition of the Ipswich Society newsletter (issue 100). Friends of the Ipswich Museums group made the suggestion of a larger museum. High Street Museum The refurbished Victorian Natural History Gallery was opened on 26 April. The Friends of the Museum have made some far-reaching proposals to incorporate the nearby Salem Chapel and the High...

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