Ipswich Waterfront: Rubbish

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    Is this really how the council & co wishes visitors and residents to see our town?

     

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    ah, cheers, I wondered where I had left my bike!

    thing is though, you don’t even need to look over the flood wall to see an eyesore, that telephone box on Stoke Bridge is a disgrace, I doubt many get past that,

    In fact check this out, what exactly is good in this picture? Even the tower block still has lots of the cladding missing….! (and of course no residents!!)

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    Couldn’t they even install some bright hoarding/banners over the ugly flood wall?

    Let’s say blue background and message saying “Welcome to Ipswich Waterfront”.

    I suppose the motorbike, the watch, the handbag and iPod are okay… the recent installation of the map signage is good but doesn’t hide the telephone box.

    I just hoped the council would realise that the Ipswich Waterfront isn’t working and pull the ambition for it. The university is launched with two buildings on site, you have the flats, restaurants and Isaacs… keeping on the theme wanting to then develop Stoke Bridge end, the island site and the WDC bridge with the millions they want to spend on the record centre, a heritage centre and perhaps a vaguely proposed relocation of the museum. Just pull the plug now while you can!

    Despite buying some of the land it still isn’t a priority for the council to undertake. Their recent record of obtaining lottery funding isn’t all that good other than for parks.

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    It’s a small area of the town clearly blighted by the derelict buildings, and fair enough, they are hard to deal with but what really gets me is no one makes any effort whatsoever to make it look a bit more respectable. OK, so the first part of the road has now been resurfaced, that helps, but given it is  the primary entrance to the “wonderful” Waterfront it’s a disgrace. Back in 2014 when we had the Maritime Festival, thousands attended, it was heralded as a great event showing off the town and Waterfront and yet just the other side of the flood wall to the original photo above I took this picture of the litter, which wasn’t fresh that day but had clearly been there for months and months. Now given the supposed prestige of the event would you not think that as part of the basic prep for the event IBC or someone would have done a quick litter pick? We had thousands of visitors, all walking past this, I was actually ashamed of it..

    then of course many walked past the derelict telephone box, which was in the same state then as it is now, plus for many years we had the remains of an information board, a rotting piece of ply, that could so easily have been tidied up for little, you can see all the lovely market stalls along the waterfront, just yards from this eyesore..! This has now in the last 12 months finally been replaced with a new info board, so all power to whomever did that, not IBC I suspect.

    And this is what frustrates me so, so much about Ipswich. Here they all are, all the powers that be  in the town, now talking about spending millions more on a grandiose scheme for the Cornhill and yet all over the town, everywhere, there are little eyesores such as above, which just need a small amount spent on them, and will go such a long way to make the whole place look less neglected. Do they all walk around with their eyes closed? Do they not see down at street level how much needs doing that actually wouldn’t cost much, but that would make a massive difference…  Or do that never actually descend from their crystal towers to look…!

    How many thousands for that info board?

    But how many hundreds just to do something with the phone box?

    this was three years ago, its no better now!

     

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    It has all the hallmarks of Ipswich Central with IBC piggybacking off the event. It wouldn’t have been difficult for the council to have organised a basic litter-picking of the area. No doubt they probably never realised the state the town is in (including that part of the Waterfront) as it is beyond the boundary of the “nice waterfront area” (no relation to France)… Perhaps they expected everyone to come out of Salthouse Harbour?

    The worse part is just a few hours of work and the place would have been smart enough for the event. Strangely enough I never got to see this on the promotional video recorded of how good the event was! This is the end where most people will arrive from the town and from the main transport hub – the railway station.

    £50k would probably be enough to tidy up that part of the waterfront (excluding the building state of course) and would be a small amount of money in the grand scheme of things – especially with IBC overall spending. The telephone box is probably listed but doesn’t mean it cannot be restored. The truth is all these “partners” sitting around the table are waiting for each other and third party developers to make a move (spend money) before they are willing to do so. I wouldn’t be surprised if lack of action is based upon intent of a lottery funding grant to improve the area… perhaps a piazza etc. in addition to the heritage centre?

    This won’t get touched until the Upper Orwell Crossings are built. Even then, no guarantees. SCC have plans for better street lighting on the waterfront but won’t do this until the bridges are built and open. This is ultimately why they all should discontinue emphasis on the Ipswich Waterfront – everyone is cautious to stick too much effort or money into the project out of common sense… but still want a ROI for money and time spent by halfheartedly pushing it.

    The Cornhill Redevelopment doesn’t look very promising based on other projects. I actually don’t shop that much in the town and pass the railway station more often; but I still hold the view (whereas the railway station forecourt isn’t ideal) the damaged caused to the town with the new Cornhill design could initiate a local recession. Many Ipswich Society members have been commenting against the proposals now, however, the society itself doesn’t seem too bothered as a group (at this moment in time, at least) to state its position. They have a new newsletter (April 2017) out so I will study that and provide a greater insight to their thoughts.

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