Ipswich Society has posted a photo of the Cornhill archaeological dig in the town centre. They refer to the proposed fountains as "fun fountains". The lower level has been akin to the medieval market site - which is ironic as Ipswich Borough Council has no intention to keep the charter market on the Cornhill.What will happen once the work has been done? Are they going to keep the entire Cornhill closed off? As you can see very little is soft material like sand or soil - or even hard core, and much of it is rubble from previous tarmac and the like. They are not going to be able to (easily) refill the material and lay down the blocks temporarily for January. This may mean the festive period will have the Cornhill closed off... where will they put the tree? Of course, maybe they aren't planning to dig the entire area (renders the exercise rather pointless). I can only assume the current barriers is the boundary of the archaeological dig site and thus the inner area will have the remains of a work site. Will it become a pond? Or are the council going to be "clever" and bring forward the start of the works, for example... install the tanks and pumps for the fountains and do basic ground works before January? I might be far off the mark, however, I cannot see them being able to restore the surface for the festive period... they could of course import hundreds of tons of hard core etc. and get it block-paved again... but to dig this up again just a couple of months later appears both cost prohibitive and pointless. They could use broken segments of tarmac etc. as a base but similar still applies.