Ipswich the 13th unhappiest place

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    Reaction as Ipswich is ranked as the UK’s 13th unhappiest place

    The Office of National Statistics asked a sample of 180 people in the town to rate ‘how happy they were yesterday’ on a scale of one to ten.

    Although Ipswich clocked a score of 7.26, one of the lowest in the UK, Mayor Roger Ferns says this does not fit in with his view of the town.

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    Roger Fern goes on to compare (I think it was his attempt of a joke) the nature of Ipswich Town fans a few weeks ago and their faces on Monday. Ipswich is more than a football club!

    On Monday, coming from Yarmouth Road into London Road (from A1214 bypass) I struggled to discover the football score. Looking at peoples faces you would assume it was a draw… not a comfortable win.

    Ipswich is a very unhappy place (especially town centre) – I am surprised Ipswich didn’t make the top 10. But remember as Ben Gummer says, “the negative people will have to lose” [clip]. Perhaps he will if those same negative people vote in someone else?

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    Ipswich Star comments…

    Our problem is that we don’t appreciate what we have or in this case, where we live. The grass always is greener somewhere else in our mind so we feel miserable. If we appreciated the place we call home we would make it a better place. All you read from commentators on this paper is the whining about what a rubbish town it is. Don’t like? Go to somewhere better if you can find it. Ipswich resident

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    As an Ipswich lad who’s lived in other towns and cities but returned to live here, I can attest that Ipswich is a decent place with much going for it. Like all towns, Ipswich isn’t perfect , but it’s problems pale into insignificance compared to areas of London or Manchester, for instance. What I have found, and was rudely reminded of upon my return, is that the folk of Ipswich are in general a miserable lot. A place where the glass is definitely half empty! Driven Roundabend

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    Ipswich has an image problem , too many unfinished projects in a very historical town .It has failed to capitalise on its history as it has a split warring two tier council , a vision group that’s controlled by the small freak MP who only puts his projects first .Mr Geater a classic relic from the past he still leads this local rag with his bias opinionated reports. The Ipswich I grew up in had little crime , you knew all your neighbours , it had good roads , good schools , a thriving market, a bustling town centre , very good football and speedway teams . The rot set in when the council changed to a two tier system and investment in the town dropped , John Gummer failed to give us a Northern bypass and a succession of vanity MPs have failed to resurrect this once great town . We no longer live in Ipswich as it’s became dirty , crime ridden and gridlocked .Those in charge are to blame not the residents that grew up here they still look on the bright side of life but are controlled by the elite, who take what they want for their own personal gain. Macke

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    Waspie’s wife…Well I’m in agreement with Macke. To the other comment that Ipswich’s problems pale into insignificance compared to London or Manchester tells of how changed we have become. The attitude we should be happy we are slowly taking on the worst elements of these places, is a weak argument for being happy with our lot. I’m a glass half full female. I appreciate the area I live but not what’s happening to this town. Born here schooled here. Mr. Geater is welcome to his cycle route because I’m glad I only pass through, not reside there. So much I notice, knowing the roads and streets and the odd conversation with long term residents, it makes you mourn for the cleaner low crime, working class filld terraces kept pristine. Passages free of rubbish and a cheery air about the area. waspie

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    ‘A lot of happy people about’…. really? Yes I’m sure some of them are happy wandering around the town centre drunk by mid morning whilst the rest of us are hard at work… my last visit here was memorable as i’d been asked for money from various folk begging three times by the time i’d reached the town centre from the Crown Street car park. Yes I’m sure there are worst places, but these tend to be much larger then Ipswich. The trouble with our county town is that it has become all too easy for the powers that be to ignore the problems or do something about it, hiding behind ‘a lack of resources’ or in-fighting between the various councilors involved. The whole governance structure needs a complete overhaul with people bought onto the council who live in Ipswich and have a direct and personal interest in it’s future. The current two Tier system is a nonsense, and serves very well those who get paid handsomely for arguing with each other, sitting on their hands and actually getting very little done. Suffolk Boy

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    fail to read anything in this!!!! 180 people?? get real, as someone who owns his own business and work with like minded people throughout the year I see people with a real buzz and enthusiasm for life! all local people! Please can we start to celebrate our town!!! I was in Lowestoft recently………..the grass is not always greener!! alotofpuff

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    Rated 13th?…I’d have put it nearer the top. Joking aside, the best view of Ipswich is in the rear view mirror. Bobby Lbb

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    There has been a drip feed of negativity over the last 15 years. The Star, and local TV have been party to this. BSE, never a rival in the past, now see to kick us while we are, to them, down. Steve Wright didn’t help, with the worlds media looking for seedy stories, the national press describing a Town I didn’t recognise. A generation of us born in the 60’s are now trying to turn this around as we have seen the two teir local government slowly take from our Town, and give nothing back. Vote Reform Suffolk on May 4th. The fight back has started. Mike Derruki

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    It is a lazy and worthless study. It is not a proper sample, doesn’t use any combination of qualitative or quantitative questions. Just a cheap headline, nationally crapping on a list of towns who are given no equivalent platform to respond. Mark Ling

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    More Ipswich Star comments…

    The mugs are the people who complain and yet still stay in Ipswich. Probably the same people who have never experienced living anywhere else and should try taking a walk further up north where pay is much lower,crime rate and unemployment is much higher and it rains a lot more. Walkies

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    Only 13th ?? well Ive been to many places in my life around the UK and Ipswich is in the top 5 of the worst places to live. Its dirty beyond reproach which considering their excessive council tax is a disgrace. Theirs prostitutes everywhere, bad drug addiction and criminal acts of every kind. Vandalism is rife, you can see why I moved out of Ipswich. ged scott

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    I’m surprised it’s not higher up the list! Thankfully, we don’t live in the town, and only visit when absolutely necessary. I used to relish my weekly visits to the town, but now it’s just a shadow of it’s former self. The lovely little independent shops have all gone, and we just have the same old mainstream tripe that every other towncity has, with an abundance of charity shops to boot! Laura Wilmot

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    Using the excuse that ‘there are much worse places’ is just pathetic. All that does is highlight the incompetence of the government over the last 70 years. Ipswich isn’t that bad but it does have a lot of energy sucking vampires. I blame the wages, they are some of the lowest in the country. There is one thing that can make people miserable and that is being skint. The two-tier system doesn’t help either. Nothing really happens here. The town just meanders along. Helping the large number of homeless and getting rid of the chuggers would help the atmosphere in the town centre. Mark Solveland

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    So the mayor is ignoring the facts. I thought that these elected people were supposed to make things better in their town. Well if you do not acknowledge the facts and ignore everything it may just go away. Maybe he should look a little harder as it is possible that everyone in his circles are quite happy and he can’t see the misery of others. Maybe he should re-examine what a Mayor is for. easylec

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    Ged Scott is on the money. Prostitution, drugs and crime everywhere – all the things the local police said they won’t tolerate. Well, they’ve been saying that for years, but we all know they are completely useless, and of course most of the above problems have been given something of a boost since the recent arrivals… cthulu

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