Ipswich Star Another £5m to be spent on town roadworks in wake of Travel Ipswich

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  1. newsbot

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    Just months after the last section of Travel Ipswich was completed, Suffolk County Council has been given a £5m war chest to carry out more improvements around the town.

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    Cannot even deal with the weeds along busy non-trunk A roads.

    This won't be good news. It is £5m of more destruction of Ipswich... Travel Ipswich 2.0!
     
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    They will wreck the roads further. I am compiling a speculate list of what they will do. The roundabout in Nacton Road where it meets Landseer Road will have to become traffic lights... not sure if they will do it with this money or the vanity bridge funds. It is too much of a bottleneck.
     
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    It certainly did touch a nerve! They can give me the money.... I'll spend it on things that really need doing and not on pointless tinkering with perfectly OK roads and junctions. What is getting to me more and more is that once they finish these projects they do nothing at all to look after them.. I know I go on about weeds but surely new paving should not end up full of weeds after a few months. So either it's not being done properly in first place or they have no maintenance plans. Either way it's a failure of the system.... My guess is SCC do the work, hand it over to IBC to look after who can't afford to do it, and we end up with new works looking scruffier than they often did before they spent the money. The local government of Ipswich has to change, anyone can see that, but why is Ellesmere not pushing for it?
     
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    The weeds is a perfectly valid complaint - it isn't advanced upkeep that will be really expensive... it is basic maintenance but neither council cares about it. Until we have a Unitary Authority both councils hold the responsibility for Ipswich even for areas outside their remit in my eyes... everything is tangled up. For example, SCC undertakes permit parking zones etc. but it is the borough that enforces it. A lot of local government works like that in a two tier system and it confuses people. Another good example is how SCC is the highways authority (i.e Suffolk Highways) but IBC is responsible for it where there is housing.

    I have a few suggestions of what they might do with that money... Travel Ipswich It is all speculative, I have a few more to add to it.

    I am not sure. I don't think he is as bright as many would give him credit for. His job (loyalty marketing software development SaaS- unless I am very mistaken) at the waterfront would give you the impression he is really intelligent. He must be, but I don't think anyone would understand him. He has acquired land outside the borough boundary with a master-plan for it to be developed... yet, why had he not intended to widen the borough boundaries? ...this isn't to say a Unitary Authority or to go as far as Orwell Ahead/Mark Ling to Felixstowe... or at least Greater Ipswich... His predecessor is also to blame.

    The sugar beet factory site (despite some housing applications over the years) was a bit of contaminated wasteland. I doubt they would have cared too much for IBC to slightly widen the borough boundary to include that bit of land. I expect in South West and South East Ipswich, it would be an entirely different ball game with the housing stock and supermarkets.

    I think they are scared and aware of their limitations. IBC for a while (regardless of controlling political party) have been very much about a small town mentality. We seem to forget we are the county town - it only gets mentioned in the context of an accolade title and not as it should be, a central city-like hub regardless of city status. The Labour borough are only too aware of the county being more Tory as you leave Ipswich, so I guess they see boundary expansion as political suicide. As sugar beet factory site being allocated as Sproughton Enterprise Park (not employment land surely as its outside their borough boundary remit) they are not going to attract Tory voters to live there... except this may happen with the Northern Fringe.