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  1. Ipswi

    Ben Gummer

    by Ipswi in Local PoliticsApr 15, 2017 with 64 replies and 138 views.

    Benedict Michael Gummer (Ben Gummer) has been our MP for coming up to 7 years now after defeating Chris Mole at the 2010 General Election. This topic will serve for all discussions directly relating to Ben Gummer.Ben Gummer ContractBen's Contract with Ipswich Voters.Many people have lost their faith in politicians. Voters are fed up with the lies and the failure to deliver real change.I want to be different.That is why I have drawn up...

    Latest reply: Ben Gummer has unrestricted his Facebook and released a statement on Facebook... (yesterday morning)As a Suffolk boy, it has been the greatest honour to represent a town I have known and cared about since I was a child. I am proud of what we...

  2. martinc

    Orwell Bridge Closed September, October

    by martinc in Local PoliticsSep 16, 2017 with 37 replies and 391 views.

    Yes, there are signs around the town announcing that the Orwell Bridge is closed, September, October. And then it goes on to say somethingl like to avoid congestion avoid the diversion routes.. (need a photo!)Now hang on, this reads like the bridge is shut for a whole two months, how mad and stupid is that.We have had a letter at home from Kier sent to us presumably as residents on the diversion route to tell us they are doing maintenance...

    Latest reply: Silence is golden.... Apart I suspect from the occasional truck bringing medical waste from all over the country to be burned at the Ipswich Hospital incinerator nothing much heard last night... :)

  3. Ipswi

    The Upper Orwell Crossings a bridge too far?

    by Ipswi in Local PoliticsApr 11, 2017 with 36 replies and 163 views.

    From Ipswich Society newsletter Ipswich Society April 2017 (issue 207):-Clever politicians throw their weight behind projects that are likely to succeed and avoid those that will be a long time coming. Thus we can guess that the proposals to build additional bridges over the Orwell and the New Cut are likely to happen sooner rather than later.However the rationale for the biggest of these bridges is debatable and the methodology used to...

    Latest reply: As stated in the NBP topic, I had a meeting with Sandy Martin this morning. Most of it is confidential so cannot divulge it. I must share some points with you on IPSWI though. My interpretation of various points within the conversation:-...

  4. martinc

    The weed infested streets of Ipswich

    by martinc in Local PoliticsSep 2, 2017 with 34 replies and 225 views.

    I'm sick of traveling around this town and seeing so many road gutters full of weeds. It's like an epededmic now, everywhere except town centre which I assume is receiving some cleaning. It's not just roads of course, many footpaths are as bad especially around trees and other street furniture. Last year I reported this to SCC via their online report site. After numerous chase ups and vague offers from SCC to investigate I gave up. Nothing...

    Latest reply: Well, would those battered weeds survive if someone went along with some Miracle-Gro (other brands and products available) ? i.e. have they been killed or just in a bad state? If the latter, it is possible for them to recover. Say, with water,...

  5. Ipswi

    Cornhill Redevelopment Planning Application Comments

    by Ipswi in Local PoliticsApr 5, 2017 with 34 replies and 70 views.

    Various comments are now appearing since it was changed to FPI3....I have been invited to comment on the above location by the Ipswich Society.My objection is very straightforward. Can IBC show who owns the actual Cornhill routes and places? As they know who block paved the area (IBC or SCC) with public funds it is obviously a public right of way.It has probably been a right of way for hundreds of years as it has been used by the...

    Latest reply: I will email them tomorrow to remind them about the uproar.The Ipswich Remembers comments... (warning some strong language)James Patrick I'm sure money could be spent better .Like · 7 · Yesterday at 09:32John RowsonJohn Rowson Yep - saving...

  6. dan5

    Sandy Martin

    by dan5 in Local PoliticsMay 6, 2017 with 24 replies and 89 views.

    This will be the Sandy Martin discussion topic. Sandy Martin is the Labour Candidate for Ipswich, General Election 2017. It appears he doesn't currently have a website, a bit worrying a month away from a General Election although I am sure it will all soon be revealed when he launches his General Election campaign.

    Latest reply: Free ChildcareSandy Martin (Ipswich) (Lab)7. What assessment she has made of the effect of the Government's policy on 30 hours of free childcare on the financial viability of childcare settings. Sandy MartinGiven that 38% of nurseries...

  7. martinc

    Pot Holes.

    by martinc in Local PoliticsAug 17, 2017 with 15 replies and 103 views.

    It's getting really bad. You expect a few bits of poor road here and there, but this morning in a two mile drive from outskirts into town centre i now have to actively steer around 4 significant potholes now that I think could potentially damage the car, would most certainly throw off a cyclist or biker.. Now they have all been marked with spray paint so Highways know about them all. But one of the, actually the hardest to avoid, and it means...

    Latest reply: According to Google Maps, there appears to be an additional roadworks further down Woodbridge Road...Roadworks.org says this is Suffolk Highways for "Gully cleansing." (Ref: LY300WOO-NAT) affecting the full length of the road. There is...

  8. Ipswi

    Ben Gummer & Conservative Manifesto

    by Ipswi in Local PoliticsMay 18, 2017 with 12 replies and 40 views.

    Former Conservative Ipswich MP and current Tory candidate for Ipswich, Ben Gummer, Cabinet Minister, was tasked with writing the Conservative Party Manifesto.As you would expect for a 2-times MP and prospective candidate for a third term, Ben is an advocate for Ipswich (in particular for the Ipswich Waterfront).The manifesto didn't include anything to benefit Ipswich or the Suffolk economy specifically... and the same applies with East...

    Latest reply: As other post the offending thread and photo have been removed from his Facebook page now. I would like to think that the person who was in charge of it yesterday has perhaps been reprimanded by his boss (BG) today for;a, not knowing one...

  9. dan5

    Ipswich Cornhill: Market Or Open Space?

    by dan5 in Local PoliticsAug 22, 2017 with 11 replies and 125 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...

  10. dan5

    Ben Gummer founded Great Eastern Mainline. Really?

    by dan5 in Local PoliticsApr 30, 2017 with 11 replies and 46 views.

    We know politicians tells fibs, little white lies and some major fraudulent ones... Ben Gummer has pushed the boat a little too far this time... "We have come a long way since I first founded the Great Eastern Mainline...". Wait! hang on a moment? Founded? The Great Eastern Main Line opened in 1862 from early track starting from 1839, predating not only him but his father and his father's father Canon Selwyn Gummer born in 1907... and his...

    Latest reply: I wonder if Miles Macadam the manufacturer installed it or Suffolk Highways... that probably makes a major difference.(Hopefully they haven't stuck a thin layer of that stuff on the existing temporary surface)Time will tell, hopefully it...

  11. dan5

    Ipswich Local Plan Questions

    by dan5 in Local PoliticsOct 3, 2017 with 10 replies and 65 views.

    106 questions being asked for the Ipswich Local Plan...656 657 658 659 You cannot copy and paste from the PDF, so they are in the above image....

    Latest reply: The truth is planning has been appalling. Some of this is down to our council and others about a lack of joint up thinking. Infrastructure needs to come first. Kesgrave is a big example, the A1214 isn't fit for purpose and neither is Foxhall...

  12. dan5

    Ipswich Carnival

    by dan5 in Local PoliticsJul 10, 2017 with 9 replies and 175 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...

  13. Ipswi

    David Ellesmere George Osborne Tory Bashing as Labour Local Elections Campaign

    by Ipswi in Local PoliticsMar 19, 2017 with 9 replies and 34 views.

    David Ellesmere - Ipswich Borough Council leader - has gone on record in the Ipswich Star criticising central government as part of the Suffolk Labour campaign for the local elections.... he just can't hold back his opinions with unprofessional rants of his hate for Conservatives!!!The article reads...How can George Osborne hold down another job?PUBLISHED: 19:00 19 March 2017  David EllesmereTwo weeks ago, Chancellor Philip Hammond...

    Latest reply: Paul Geater appears to be back supporting Labour... http://www.ipswichstar.co.uk/news/one_job_george_osborne_is_not_getting_ed_balls_rules_him_out_of_norwich_city_manager_race_1_4941440A pointless stub article. If you cannot turn a 5 second...

  14. dan5

    State Of Suffolk Roads: Ipswich Potholes

    by dan5 in Local PoliticsAug 7, 2017 with 8 replies and 82 views.

    Only last week was I talking to someone about how bad the roads are in Suffolk. From the A14 to Ipswich road network. You cannot really blame it on cold or extreme weather. Suffolk County Council is responsible for Ipswich roads apart from trunk roads around the town (responsibility of Highways England). Today the Ipswich Star is running a story about a Smart councillor who reported cases of potholes in Sprites Ward pun intended - 66 photos...

    Latest reply: so the one the sent me the acknowledgement about has now been repaired! Progress.... Perhaps we need an " I reported this problem and this is what's happened" forum.... !

  15. Ipswi

    Ben Gummer Vision 2020 2 year review

    by Ipswi in Local PoliticsApr 25, 2017 with 8 replies and 34 views.

    Ben Gummer wrote his "Vision 2020" for the town. Just utilising the content from his website, lets compare what content it contained in 2015 and what it contains now after the snap General Election had been announced - and approved by MPs. 2015 version...The Best SchoolsFor too long Suffolk schools have not been good enough. Ben has worked hard to change this already – supporting good head teachers, bringing Teach First to Ipswich, and...

    Latest reply: Actually, it is much worse than that! The 6 point vision is as follows:- A Wet Dock Crossing and a Northern Route Instead a title of "Wet Dock Crossing":- funding obtained, architect picked - not started work yet, not complete, not opened...

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