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  1. dan5

    Why does this town keep making poor decisions?

    by dan5 in Local PoliticsMar 9, 2017 with 8 replies and 14 views.

    Why does this town keep making poor decisions?A comment from a council estate (or someones alias named after it) on Ipswich Star:-Why does this town keep making poor decisions ? We lose Broomhill, Pipers Vale, the Airport, the town centre and now have a run down football club. The £60 million easily found for a wet dock flood defence expecting a tsunami flood any day soon. Another £20 million plus for a derelict sugar beet factory a few...

    Latest reply: The best way would be to build a nice bridge opposite Isaacs... split the marinas... remove the existing vehicular access so access to the marina on the other side exists. But this site could end up becoming a park?

  2. dan5

    What Is Ben Gummer Doing Next?

    by dan5 in Local PoliticsJul 15, 2017 with 2 replies and 41 views.

    It has been just over a month since Ben Gummer lost his job as MP for Ipswich.On his website he has the following statement...Thanking the people of Ipswich“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 have done in the last seven years to help Ipswich begin to become the town it deserves to be.“That vision has only begun to be realized...

    Latest reply: Still an MP according to his linkedin... which unfortunately is private. He has 8 connections on there.If the following is true, this is really poor...Ousted Tory minister puts office up for sale - doesn't bother clearing up firstThough he...

  3. dan5

    What Does David Ellesmere Know?

    by dan5 in Local PoliticsAug 2, 2017 with 0 replies and 19 views.

    What does David Ellesmere know? Can what David Ellesmere says be trusted? Can what David Ellesmere say be believed? 217 3 years ago (almost) David Ellesmere was saying "there is a shortage of modern good quality office accommodation in Ipswich. There are a number of Ipswich firms who have been looking for quality office accommodation for some time" in support for plans of the council building a third office block opposite Birketts new HQ....

  4. dan5

    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....

  5. dan5

    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...

  6. Ipswi

    Unitary Authority for Greater Ipswich?

    by Ipswi in Local PoliticsJun 12, 2017 with 2 replies and 16 views.

    An article about a Greater Ipswich Unitary Authority for Ipswich, originally posted by myself on Streetlife.Unitary Authority for Greater Ipswich?Not much confidence in Suffolk County Council and Ipswich Borough Council combo.Suffolk Coastal District Council and Waveney District Council has shared a CEO since 2008 and the council has claimed to have saved £16m since 2010 by doing this. The councils have been working in partnership since...

    Latest reply: Since this topic, Orwell Ahead have been proposing Reform Suffolk to create three Unitary Authorities across Suffolk. One of these would be an Orwell Unitary Authority which would be like Greater Ipswich but include Felixstowe. The "East...

  7. Ipswi

    The Upper Orwell Crossings a bridge too far?

    by Ipswi in Local PoliticsApr 11, 2017 with 36 replies and 101 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:-...

  8. Ipswi

    The Sad Ballad of Ipswich Waterfront

    by Ipswi in Local PoliticsFeb 18, 2017 with 0 replies and 7 views.

    The Sad Ballad of Ipswich Waterfront: James Hehir and his unfulfilled dream blog post by David Whelan from WebTree Agency.https://webtreeagency.com/blog/sad-ballad-ipswich-waterfrontI have stumbled across this blog article from 2014 by a local entrepreneur David Whelan and felt it would be nice to share snippets of it on IPSWI. Click the above link to view the entire article.I have previous said Ipswich's decline was to do with:- The...

  9. dan5

    The renaissance of the Waterfront will soon be complete

    by dan5 in Local PoliticsMay 4, 2017 with 4 replies and 12 views.

    ben4ipswich The renaissance of the Waterfront will soon be complete now that the Winerack project has been fully funded. It has been a long and difficult journey but it feels great to have finally got there. #partnership #progress #regeneration #waterfront #ipswich #IpswichRising #winerackThe renaissance? Is Ben okay?renaissance means a new growth of activity or interest in something, especially art, literature, or music. It is a French...

    Latest reply: Indeed, but surely the final piece of the Ipswich Waterfront is the "Enterprise Island" (leaving out Stoke Bridge end as apparently that isn't part of it), the bridge still needs doing.Is "It was a long road", a Northern Bypass reference?...

  10. dan5

    The Mark Murphy at Breakfast election battle bus rolls into Ipswich tomorrow!

    by dan5 in Local PoliticsMay 15, 2017 with 4 replies and 15 views.

    The Mark Murphy at Breakfast election battle bus rolls into Ipswich tomorrow, live from 7am.https://twitter.com/MarkGlennMurphy/status/864066345322917889

    Latest reply: I will look into the email problem. Not sure what is wrong.The radio trailing annoyed me somewhat - probably only me. :DIt wasn't too bad overall, very selected people spoke despite a small crowd (overall wasn't all that popular but then...

  11. dan5

    The Inability To Make Princes Street A Business Hub

    by dan5 in Local PoliticsJul 17, 2017 with 0 replies and 29 views.

    A very recommended read on The Ipswich Proposal website...The Princes Street office corridor is a prime example of poor planning, lack of imagination and complete inability to redevelop a ‘prime’ location. The street, home to a number of largely vacant office blocks, a fire station, a closed pub and rundown car showroom is the first thing people see when walking from the train station into the town centre. Despite the extremely close...

  12. dan5

    Suffolk's University: No Ambition Or Innovation.

    by dan5 in Local PoliticsAug 2, 2017 with 1 replies and 39 views.

    Ipswich and the county of Suffolk is doomed as far as a university is concerned. Wolsey tried back-in-the-day and ever since it has been a non-starter. We are supposed to be thankful for the recent attempt which has recently reached its first annual milestone as a proper an independent university. So it is new? The only real success for the University of Suffolk is pushing up land and rental prices in the area, which is a problem when we...

    Latest reply: In 2017, the following 5-storey office block building is being built for around £12m...222The two main University of Suffolk buildings on the Waterfront cost a combined £56m.On a campus, you could have built 5 or 6 (briefly factoring in costs...

  13. Ipswi

    Suffolk County Council Local Elections 2017 Results

    by Ipswi in Local PoliticsMay 5, 2017 with 4 replies and 10 views.

    Suffolk County Council Local Elections 2017 ResultsThe Suffolk local county elections results are as follows:-Voting Stats Party No of Seats No of votes Percentage of votes...

    Latest reply: How the Suffolk County Council Local Elections 2017 Results look like on a map.

  14. Ipswi

    Stunning entrance gateway to Ipswich Waterfront

    by Ipswi in Local PoliticsApr 27, 2017 with 6 replies and 37 views.

    Almost 3 years ago Ipswich Borough Council held an design competition to create a "stunning entrance" to the Ipswich Waterfront from Stoke Bridge end. At the time, Ipswich residents weren't convinced and ever since New Year 2015 it appears this has all disappeared to be forgotten about.Ipswich Borough Council Press releases/news article 2014:-Plan for waterfront gatewayIpswich Borough Council is set to step in to kick-start the...

    Latest reply: Soon, I will be pushing for the Ipswich Democratic Group... currently there is nothing holding Ipswich Borough Council, Suffolk County Council, Ipswich Central and Ipswich Vision to account. Ipswich Borough Council used the excuse of waiting...

  15. Ipswi

    Something Something... more to do!

    by Ipswi in Local PoliticsMay 8, 2017 with 0 replies and 10 views.

    The same old rhetoric from Ben Gummer "more to do" mandatory phrase following a claimed achievement. This time it is unemployment, which he proudly shows increased under his first two years as MP of Ipswich. We assume he is talking about Claimant Count instead of overall unemployment itself. he has a new hashtag, #IpswichWorking. We struggled to understand how he arrived at his figures on his graph....

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