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- 3 weeks ago #3849
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Sir Bob Russell has to be admired for his achievements he has done for his home town and thoroughly deserved being knighted for such service.
For Colchester, he is the man to vote for, subject to the electorate’s personal preferences of course.
However, for Ipswich it poses some significant challenges:-
- The proposed Ipswich and Colchester merger to form a cross-county Unitary Authority.
It would be better for Ipswich to join forces with Felixstowe (Orwell unitary Authority), or form solely a Greater Ipswich Unitary Authority.
- Colchester and Ipswich Hospital merger – a bad deal
The first issue was when the Colchester and Ipswich Museum services merged – it scrapped our plans to promote our heritage proudly. Two very historic settlements with similar claims to fame, it might work if located opposite sides of the country, but 18 miles up the A12? Colchester wasn’t having it. Ipswich had to settle for Ipswich Central’s East Anglia’s Premier Waterfront Town title, not very inspiring, especially when our waterfront barely make it into the top 5 of East Anglia. We have had to lose centuries of our heritage based upon the cost-saving model of sharing the service.
The second issue is now the hospitals have agreed to merge to save £33 million a year. You can probably only imagine what a bad deal it is for both South Suffolk and North Essex people, for this cost-cutting measure. Colchester hospital is a poorly performing hospital.
With Sir Bob Russell with the drive and enthusiasm to improve Colchester, sadly it is mostly a one-way street. A Roman town with a Norman castle. This is of course unless University of Suffolk can get in on University of Essex… but not a chance…
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