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  1. dan5

    Ipswich Pret: Council Struggles To Justify Grimwades Addition

    by dan5 in Local PoliticsAug 5, 2017 with 1 replies and 86 views.

    I am sure there are various idioms for this situation. Here are just a few:-make a rod for your own back (do something likely to cause difficulties for oneself later)you've made your bed, now lie in it (something that you say in order to tell someone that they must accept that they will suffer as a result of something bad that they have done)shot yourself in the foot (to say or do something stupid that causes you trouble)So you have...

    Latest reply: The refusal notice reads...The reason(s) for the Council's decision to REFUSE planning permission are:-1. Adopted Policy DM20 seeks to promote and enhance the central shopping area to support thetown's vitality and viability, and its...

  2. An interesting viewpoint by Paul Geater. His opinion posts are usually designed to wind people up.231 It is well-used – that’s never been a problem with the service, even when the county paid for it – it brings people into the town centre spending money in its shops, and it provides employment for driver for three hours of the day.It doesn’t cost council taxpayers a penny and everyone gains, don’t they?I’m not so sure and there are a...

    Latest reply: Apologies. As you can see this isn't auto-imported and for some reason I forget to include the link.Paul Geater: New Free Bus is welcomed but is it right for the townFor the interest of anyone stumbling across this topic wondered the original...

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    High Street Campus

    by dan5 in Local PoliticsAug 4, 2017 with 0 replies and 98 views.

    The earliest reference online we could find for an High Street Campus was back in 1990 in a July edition of the Ipswich Society newsletter (issue 100). Friends of the Ipswich Museums group made the suggestion of a larger museum. High Street Museum The refurbished Victorian Natural History Gallery was opened on 26 April. The Friends of the Museum have made some far-reaching proposals to incorporate the nearby Salem Chapel and the High...

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    Ipswich Vision Regroups And Plans Significant New Website For This Autumn

    by dan5 in Local PoliticsAug 3, 2017 with 0 replies and 50 views.

    The Ipswich Vision has regrouped following the loss of former Ipswich MP Ben Gummer. Ipswich Vision is a partnership of key Ipswich stakeholders as shown below who have agreed to deliver a single Vision to create the successful county town centre which Ipswich and Suffolk expect and deserve through supporting:RegenerationBetter transportBetter shoppingImprovements to public spaces and public buildingsWe all think that Ipswich has...

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    Suffolk's University: No Ambition Or Innovation.

    by dan5 in Local PoliticsAug 2, 2017 with 1 replies and 164 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...

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    What Does David Ellesmere Know?

    by dan5 in Local PoliticsAug 2, 2017 with 0 replies and 62 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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    A Commentary On Ipswich’s Dire Planning And Lack Of Ambition

    by dan5 in Local PoliticsJul 29, 2017 with 0 replies and 121 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...

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    How Much Will The Cornhill Regeneration Project Really Cost?

    by dan5 in Local PoliticsJul 23, 2017 with 0 replies and 133 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...

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    More childish political squabbling at the councils

    by dan5 in Local PoliticsJun 13, 2017 with 1 replies and 85 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

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    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 69 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...

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    Ipswich Is An Acronym

    by dan5 in Local PoliticsJul 21, 2017 with 0 replies and 61 views.

    No, I don't mean... I Put Some Water In Charlie's Hat! I found out today that in Belgium they have a study regarding poverty... which they were kind enough to name it after our town...IPSWICH stands for In-work Poverty and Shifts in Work, Income, and the Composition of Households. Sounds rather fitting for Ipswich actually, unfortunately....I wonder if Ipswich Borough Council is aware of this? Or even care?

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    Ipswich Town Charter Market: Empty

    by dan5 in Local PoliticsJul 20, 2017 with 0 replies and 102 views.

    Ipswich Borough Council in recent months has placed a lot of effort into promoting the market including through roundabout advertising on the Tesco roundabout near the Copdock Interchange. The marketing blurb...Ipswich Market is managed by Ipswich Borough Council. The Council aims to improve the appearance of the market and to attract new and varied stallholders and feel that we are well on the way to achieving our target.Operating...

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    Greater Ipswich Could Lose 1000 Jobs By End Of Year

    by Ipswich in Local PoliticsJul 18, 2017 with 0 replies and 71 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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    The Inability To Make Princes Street A Business Hub

    by dan5 in Local PoliticsJul 17, 2017 with 0 replies and 84 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...

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    Stunning entrance gateway to Ipswich Waterfront

    by Ipswi in Local PoliticsApr 27, 2017 with 6 replies and 123 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...

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