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  1. Ipswi

    Ben Gummer

    by Ipswi in Local PoliticsApr 15, 2017 with 68 replies and 241 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: Indeed. It was painful watching him pretend to be able to make it work with the different focus... almost as bad as when he told people that LARGE lie of £1.5bn investment for Ipswich...Has he been back to Ipswich since his defeat?

  2. Ipswi

    The Upper Orwell Crossings a bridge too far?

    by Ipswi in Local PoliticsApr 11, 2017 with 36 replies and 204 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:-...

  3. martinc

    The weed infested streets of Ipswich

    by martinc in Local PoliticsSep 2, 2017 with 34 replies and 265 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,...

  4. Ipswi

    Cornhill Redevelopment Planning Application Comments

    by Ipswi in Local PoliticsApr 5, 2017 with 34 replies and 114 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...

  5. dan5

    Sandy Martin

    by dan5 in Local PoliticsMay 6, 2017 with 24 replies and 111 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...

  6. martinc

    Pot Holes.

    by martinc in Local PoliticsAug 17, 2017 with 17 replies and 138 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: lol, yes, i think its more than silly, just posted that in another thread before I read this!

  7. dan5

    Leaked: Actual Ipswich Cornhill End Designs Revealed

    by dan5 in Local PoliticsDec 10, 2017 with 13 replies and 149 views.

    So we didn't get another consultation and the council applied itself for planning permission, granting it despite large opposition; can you believe it that the design as part of the planning application process is not going to be anything like the end design?Likely DesignThese monoliths are less vanilla but not any better looking. Completely random being there! There is a hole in the top, maybe you can stick a football or basketball on...

    Latest reply: So between the newish paving in Princes St, Giles Circus and the New paving on Cornhill we are going to keep a section of old paving. LOLYes, it appears to be the case. The whole idea of this Cornhill Regeneration is to persuade the busy...

  8. wrightie

    The Ipswich Proposal

    by wrightie in Local PoliticsJun 29, 2017 with 12 replies and 170 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: Indeed... here is a snippet from IBC website:-populate_anite_button('doc_pad_Download_document_Application_Form_-_NONE_for_17/01013/FUL238', '17/01013/FUL', '100091635905', '30/10/2017', 'NONE', '', 'APAPFM', 'True', 'page', 'Download document...

  9. Ipswi

    Ben Gummer & Conservative Manifesto

    by Ipswi in Local PoliticsMay 18, 2017 with 12 replies and 53 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...

  10. dan5

    Ipswich Cornhill: Market Or Open Space?

    by dan5 in Local PoliticsAug 22, 2017 with 11 replies and 153 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...

  11. dan5

    Ben Gummer founded Great Eastern Mainline. Really?

    by dan5 in Local PoliticsApr 30, 2017 with 11 replies and 58 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...

  12. dan5

    Ipswich Carnival

    by dan5 in Local PoliticsJul 10, 2017 with 9 replies and 217 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 45 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

    Cornhill Regeneration scheme rockets to £3.6m after cost saving changes

    by dan5 in Local PoliticsDec 10, 2017 with 8 replies and 99 views.

    A complete shambles. The preferred bidder will stick the project far over budget and require parts to be scrapped or "value engineered". Ipswich Borough Council are planning to borrow £200,000 and seek equal contributions from other partners to make up the £400,000 shortfall. If this isn't bad enough, the £3.6m inflated cost still won't cover the cost of the Preferred Bidder - and it appears any others. In order to reduce the cost enough,...

    Latest reply: I hope Ipswich Star has gone along to the meeting and will reveal the result/decision...

  15. martinc

    Filthy, dirty, scruffy Ipswich.

    by martinc in Local PoliticsJun 21, 2017 with 8 replies and 160 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: Mattresses could be handy for the folks living at the bus station..

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