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  1. dan5

    Why is Ipswich Buses still promoting Park & Ride?

    by dan5 in Local PoliticsSep 4, 2017 with 0 replies and 78 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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    Why does this town keep making poor decisions?

    by dan5 in Local PoliticsMar 9, 2017 with 8 replies and 62 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?

  3. dan5

    Why Did Labour And Unison Wait Until After Two Elections To Save Free Shuttle?

    by dan5 in Local PoliticsJul 21, 2017 with 0 replies and 58 views.

    The question asked should be Why was the petition organised after the Suffolk county local election in May and the UK snap general election in June? We had known about the free shuttle being axed and had been very vocal about this on IPSWI and through social media.If we had known, at least one of the Labour councillors (at either council) must have known? Labour wasn't interested in picking up on this at the time - in fact they weren't...

  4. dan5

    Why are new businesses so unenthusiastic about Ipswich?

    by dan5 in Local PoliticsDec 16, 2017 at 11:00 PM with 1 replies and 30 views.

    A serious question, and by no means intended to discourage brands and businesses wanting to choose Ipswich, however, a common trend is businesses appearing to run out of steam and enthusiasm about launching in Ipswich compared to elsewhere, and in some cases even scaling down or aborting their venture.Instantly, we will discard large projects such as those well documented by The Ipswich Proposal. We have Next who left the town centre but...

    Latest reply: still waiting for Adnams shop, they have claimed to be looking.

  5. dan5

    What Is Ben Gummer Doing Next?

    by dan5 in Local PoliticsJul 15, 2017 with 2 replies and 209 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...

  6. dan5

    What Does David Ellesmere Know?

    by dan5 in Local PoliticsAug 2, 2017 with 0 replies and 56 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....

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

    by dan5 in Local PoliticsAug 5, 2017 with 0 replies and 76 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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    Vacant Bhs: Is Mixed-use Really Suitable For Ipswich?

    by dan5 in Local PoliticsAug 19, 2017 with 2 replies and 53 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. Ipswi

    Unitary Authority for Greater Ipswich?

    by Ipswi in Local PoliticsJun 12, 2017 with 2 replies and 37 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...

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    Travel Ipswich 2.0

    by dan5 in Local PoliticsSep 8, 2017 with 1 replies and 66 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.

  11. 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,...

  12. 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:-...

  13. Ipswi

    The Sad Ballad of Ipswich Waterfront

    by Ipswi in Local PoliticsFeb 18, 2017 with 0 replies and 47 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...

  14. dan5

    The renaissance of the Waterfront will soon be complete

    by dan5 in Local PoliticsMay 4, 2017 with 4 replies and 29 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?...

  15. martinc

    The new Ipswich welcome signs have arrived

    by martinc in Local PoliticsJun 3, 2017 with 4 replies and 51 views.

    well according to the Ips Soc theY have arrived, not actuallY seen one for mYself.Worth waiting for then? 

    Latest reply: Losing the county town part is a disgrace and I would like to see a change in MP, which I hope will end the Ipswich Waterfront obsession.Completely clueless from day one and struggled to obtain easy-wins... the island site isn't developed, Wine...

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