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  1. 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:-...

  2. Ipswi

    Ben Gummer

    by Ipswi in Local PoliticsApr 15, 2017 with 64 replies and 93 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...

  3. dan5

    Ben Gummer takes a dump on WASPI women

    by dan5 in Local PoliticsMay 5, 2017 with 2 replies and 51 views.

    In a very shocking letter posted on twitter, former Ipswich MP and now Conservative candidate for Ipswich Ben Gummer has alienated what appears to be a large number of pensioners and women in Ipswich. The letter clearly shows an MP (at the time of writing) under-pressure over being unable to move away from toeing the party line. After all, Ben Gummer promised in 2010 to put Ipswich first and not himself or his party - and he has done the...

    Latest reply: Quite a betrayal looking back at 2010...WASPI and the Ben Gummer ContractThe letter clearly shows he is putting both his party and himself first (1), he isn't being positive about people's lives (2) and that he isn't available (5) by delaying...

  4. 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...

  5. dan5

    Sandy Martin

    by dan5 in Local PoliticsMay 6, 2017 with 18 replies and 41 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: He is evicting an Web Designer who was based at Labour's Silent Street office. I am not sure why Sandy Martin didn't have a website! It didn't matter in the end.

  6. dan5

    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...

  7. 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...

  8. 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...

  9. dan5

    A Commentary On Ipswich’s Dire Planning And Lack Of Ambition

    by dan5 in Local PoliticsJul 29, 2017 with 0 replies and 36 views.

    The Link Development – A commentary on Ipswich’s dire planning and lack of ambitionAnother brilliant insight into the whole Ipswich fiasco, on The Ipswich Proposal website. The following are snippets hopefully to tempt you into reading the entire article - well worth a read! These are just brief snippets but quite a few of them. (My commentary in between, feel free to comment below and on TIP website)With the councils constant emphasis on...

  10. Ipswi

    Cornhill Redevelopment Planning Application Comments

    by Ipswi in Local PoliticsApr 5, 2017 with 34 replies and 35 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...

  11. dan5

    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...

  12. 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...

  13. dan5

    More childish political squabbling at the councils

    by dan5 in Local PoliticsJun 13, 2017 with 1 replies and 29 views.

    As Conservative Party rising-star Ben Gummer departs his role as MP and replaced with a Labour MP, Sandy Martin, a war has erupted in Russell Road between our two-tier councils.Why? Sandy Martin hasn't decided on Ipswich Vision and threatens the Suffolk Conservatives power vacuum over Greater Ipswich. The sheer audacity for the new MP planning to axe Ben's vanity bridge project by putting his constituency first is going down a storm. Just...

    Latest reply: It is believed Sandy Martin is:Still wanting to reallocate monies away from the Upper Orwell Crossings project, andWill continue on Ipswich Vision as the new MP

  14. dan5

    How Much Will The Cornhill Regeneration Project Really Cost?

    by dan5 in Local PoliticsJul 23, 2017 with 0 replies and 28 views.

    The Cornhill Redevelopment project (also known as the Cornhill Regeneration project) controversially got the go ahead recently during the general election purdah. The funding for this has been split into local authority and match funded by the LEP in the following arrangement:-£800k from Ipswich Borough Council (25%)£800k from Suffolk County Council (25%)£1.6m from the LEP (50%)Looking at IBC's Statement of Accounts for 2016/17, they...

  15. Ipswich

    Greater Ipswich Could Lose 1000 Jobs By End Of Year

    by Ipswich in Local PoliticsJul 18, 2017 with 0 replies and 28 views.

    We have been concerned about the job market in Ipswich going stale, but after the shock of losing two insurance companies Call Connection and Ignition Select, it is more probable the local labour market could stall. The total loss this fiscal year 2017/18 could be as many as 1000 jobs. Companies expected to shred jobs include Axa, Direct Line, Suffolk Life, Willis and BT. Some of Ipswich's biggest employers. This is only a prediction and...

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