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  1. 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... :)

  2. 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,...

  3. 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...

  4. 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:-...

  5. 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...

  6. 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...

  7. wrightie

    The Ipswich Proposal

    by wrightie in Local PoliticsJun 29, 2017 with 6 replies and 109 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: You are right, it is probably overkill at the moment! Still, good content so far...

  8. dan5

    What Is Ben Gummer Doing Next?

    by dan5 in Local PoliticsJul 15, 2017 with 2 replies and 103 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...

  9. 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...

  10. 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...

  11. dan5

    Ben Gummer takes a dump on WASPI women

    by dan5 in Local PoliticsMay 5, 2017 with 2 replies and 87 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...

  12. 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.... !

  13. martinc

    Filthy, dirty, scruffy Ipswich.

    by martinc in Local PoliticsJun 21, 2017 with 6 replies and 74 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: Last year only 16 Fixed Penalty Notices were issued...1 per month, plus an additional 1 for each quarterCouncil clean up operations are important not just issuing fines. The problem is we now have #itsmystreet which (although it shows civic...

  14. dan5

    Ipswich Society: Putting The Facts In Perspective

    by dan5 in Local PoliticsAug 9, 2017 with 3 replies and 73 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...

  15. 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...

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