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Northern Bypass for Ipswich

Watchfull in Castle Hill
It has be suggested that we bring this subject up again--can we have your views on this and the reason why--if the Orwell bridge shut down the Valley road gets grid locked--if the big expansion comes about North of Westerfield--it will get worst--I can ... [ more ]
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Charles W
About a year ago on radio Suffolk I brought up this subject on NBP   with the northern fringe development when  Ben Gummer  was in the studio taking questions, he agreed with everything I said and also mentioned there was something in the pipeline to ... [ more ]
Martin C
For info I'll quote Mr Gummer's website.. his 6 point vision for Ipswich, point 3..  "Ipswich is getting clogged up. New traffic technology – money won by Ben – will have a small impact but if we are to accommodate growth in the town we need new roads. ... [ more ]

Airport taxis

Gillian M in Westerfield
Can anyone recommend a good reliable taxi service to Stansted airport please for 4 people with luggage. Thank you.
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Charlotte O
Peter prentice is great and will do his best to beat any quote. He's got a Mondeo estate so plenty of space :) 07735027155
Alex G
Charles W. I did use the Gatwick to Ipswich route a couple of years ago, and it is, as you say, 'different'. A 2015 flight arriving at Gatwick required a 2 hour wait for the bus departure. We then went to Heathrow, where the bus stopped to drop and ... [ more ]

Door repairs

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French Conversation

Margaret P in Ipswich Town Centre
I have seen somewhere, but not sure it was on Streetlife, reference to a local French Conversation Group. Does anyone know or have any information please? Thanks
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Avril L
Hi - for anyone a member of U3a I run a conversation group for beginners.  The group is full at present, but you can put your name on the waiting list.  There is also an intermediate group.

Aldi in Meredith Road

Mass R in Castle Hill
Can anyone throw any light on the rumour which is currently circulating that Aldi are planning to relocate to the.B&Q site when they close later this year ?
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Ian P
When aldi took over the pub people thought that would be the end of the co-op but I was told that the co-op profits increased by 20% because people were attracted to aldi because of the reduced prices but they went across to the co-op for the items they ... [ more ]

Cuts to Fire & Rescue service in Ipswich

Mass R in Castle Hill
Listened to a presentation of proposal to cut Fire and Rescue Service by half in Ipswich at NW Area Committee Meeting.  Apparently money available to build new fire station but not enough to man fire engines.  The targets set by SCC are not being met now ... [ more ]
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Steve C
There is a petition asking SCC to reconsider the way the decision is made. With such an important county wide issue the whole council should have a say. If you sign the petition we can force a debate in Full Council. Link here ... [ more ]
Have done the survey but must agree with Interested there there are one set of questions at the end of the survey which are very intrusive and have nothing  to do with fire engines--this survey should be modified or withdrawn--

Time to Talk Day 2016

Community Team IBC in Akenham
We are proud to be supporting the Time to Change - Time to Talk day 2016.  It's easy to get involved. Just have a chat about mental health with a friend, loved one, colleague or even your Streetlife Neighbours, in any way that suits you.  Let's get the ... [ more ]

Electronic bus timetables

Jean M in Ipswich Town Centre
How long does it take to get the powers that be to fix the electronic timetable for the busses at Norwich Road Bridge? It's been out of order since before Christmas!
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Steve C
Jean I guess the point I was trying to make is that where buses provide a regular service i.e 10min intervals the electronic timetable is pretty much redundant. Out in the countryside, where the service only runs half hourly or perhaps only hourly these ... [ more ]
An electronic timetable yes perhaps I agree, but the bus companies are supposed to be working towards fitting all buses with live tracking, this is where the screens come in handy, even for 10 minute frequency services. Having been stood at a stop many ... [ more ]

Jubilee Park Play-Space Survey

Community Team IBC in Akenham
Do you live in the Jubilee Park area? If so, we need your help!  Please take 5 minutes to complete our survey on the play-spaces in the community: Your feedback is really appreciated.
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Buzz R
The football/netball/basketball area next to the play area has high fencing which would be virtually impossible to climb. Similar fencing around the play area would pretty well ensure its security overnight.

Ipswich Waterfront Transport Study

Optimist! in Whitton
Over the last few months (years?) there have been many topics which discuss the traffic situation in Ipswich, in particular the balance between car users and public transport/pedestrians/cyclists, and the issue of the Star Lane gyratory system and Wet ... [ more ]
Roger A
"Ipswich becomes a ‘Town on the Waterfront’ rather than a ‘Town in a ring road’ This won't be achieved if the northern development goes ahead and especially if housing development sprawls out to Rushmere, swallowing up agricultural land as it does so.

counselling for men who have been in an abusive marriage.

Theresa H in Maidenhall
Hi! Please can someone offer some help? I need to find out if there is any support groups or counselling services which offer MEN support with depression linked to having been in an abusive marriage. My partner thankfully is now out of that marriage ... [ more ]
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Hi Theresa. The name is Angela Emmerson. She's in IP3. 01473 727197 I hope she can be a help to your partner.

A helping hand for families/individuals in Ipswich.

Kiki Y in White House
Hi. We have recently set up a new group for people in Ipswich, who may be in need of a little help this time of year. Currently, anyone requiring the assistance of a food bank or similar in Ipswich need a referral from Social Services or a health care ... [ more ]

electronic bus timetable

Jean M in Ipswich Town Centre
The new electronic bus timetable at Norwich Road Bridge going into town has been out of order since before Christmas. Does anyone know how long it will be before it is up and running again?
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Confirmed by Suffolk on Board that the 8,9 & 10 users will have seats at Tower Ramparts by the end of February:
Maureen R
This is very good news I have noticed several older people use these stops so will be very welcome

Ipswich Hospital Care Parking

Val S in Sproughton
I am so fed up with the car parking situation at Heath Road.  Sadly we are in the position of having to visit the hospital frequently to attend appointments and the time lost by driving endlessly round and around the car park looking for a space is ... [ more ]
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Patricia D
I started a thread about trying to save the park and ride some time ago as  have found it so easy to attend the hospital. One can wait inside the spacious hall at either end so no need to be cold or wet, and the bus stop at the hospital is covered. If ... [ more ]

Barham pits

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John T
This is part of the Gipping Valley River path, so who owns this bit ? Is it a Barham Parish Council responsibility ?
Anne D
Perhaps it would be worth contacting the Rver Gipping Trust - their website has a contact telephone number.


Janet A in Common, The
Can anyone recommend anywhere good to go to have a new will done?
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Rita P
We had a party when we made our wills and gave a copy to each of the executers so there would be no unpleasant surprises for our children.

Recommendation for cattery please.

Brian H in Stoke Park
Hi, can anybody recommend a cattery, preferably not too far from central Ipswich, for our timid rescue cat to be boarded for a few days?
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David G
Acorn cattery at Copdock is fantastic. The owners are a bit eccentric but the care the cats get is second to none. The cattery has outside runs so the cats get to sit out on their shelfs watching the wildlife. Fantastic rural position cant recommend ... [ more ]
Shaun N
We always use Woodside for our two  Lovely place and great environment and lovely people who run it.  They were more than happy for us to come and have a look around when we inquired.  Our cats seem to be very ... [ more ]

Fundraising ball

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The manor ballroom, 4 St Margaret's green, Ipswich
Michelle D in Ipswich Town Centre
Bear for an Angel presents their first ever fundraising ball at Manor ballroom, 4 St Margarets Green, Ipswich, on February 14th, 7-11pm, our awareness bands will be on sale on the run up to and on the evening at £1.50 each Over 18's only! Their will be ... [ more ]

Fundraising ball

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The manor ballroom, 4 St Margaret's green, Ipswich
Michelle D in Ipswich Town Centre
Their will be a disco, buffet, bar, raffle, Dress code: smartly dressed (ball gowns or evening dresses, suits & ties & shoes Bear for an angel are a small non profit organisation based in Ipswich who provides no sew teddy bear packages for ... [ more ]

Bramford Village Stores

Bin Collections

Not K in Henley
I have just been searching for this year’s dates for bin collection and note that the Mid Suffolk twitter site gives this link as they no longer send out the leaflets. Does this mean that those without internet are psychic, or do ... [ more ]
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Nadine H
I had seen the Mid Suffolk Christmas/New Year recycling calendar on this site and therefore prepared to put my bin out today. However, yesterday (my usual bin collection day) it seemed that everyone else in my area had put their bin out causing me to ... [ more ]
Anne D
I'm glad it helped, Interested. I saved the image as a photo - from Facebook I think.

Cycling on Pavements

Not K in Henley
On a recent trip to London I had a close encounter with a cyclist riding on the pavement, apparently in some parts it is the norm. I note that Claydon Parish Council and I quote from InTouch “is very concerned that cycling, sometimes at speed, by ... [ more ]
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Its no use having laws that are not enforced ever.  Cyclists ride up and down pavements,on and off pavements. Most do not have lights,most do not ride as per the highway code. This has been the norm in Ipswich since about 1980. Also in Ipswich they ride ... [ more ]
Anne D
I agree entirely with Nadine H's comments. SCC - our local PCSO is fully aware of the problem and the High School have been alerted to it too, but it still continues. A few school children do wheel their bikes past the bus shelter which is ok, but many ... [ more ]

Jumble Sale

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25th Ipswich Scout group, Bramford Road, Ipswich
Lyn A in Ipswich Town Centre
On Saturday 16th January the 24th Ipswich Scout Group will be holding a Jumble Sale. Doors open at 1pm.  Bramford Road Railway Bridge 330A Bramford Road Ipswich IP1 5AX

Proposed Housing Development in Barham

Not K in Henley
Today I noticed that a tiny yellow poster has appeared on a lamppost in Norwich Road between Coopers way and Barham Church lane for a planning application for 14 houses with responses due back by the 29th December! There is nowhere to park nearby so ... [ more ]
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Not K
It is interesting that Barham is not alone, other areas are being short changed on consultations. For those who have not seen the reference in yesterdays EADT to 52 houses in Creeting St Mary. Thanks YM for your comments and ... [ more ]
Not K
Just noticed in yesterdays EADT this planning application had been entered with a cut off date for comments within 21 days of 6th January, ie 27th January. So we have a local yellow posted notice saying that it is 29 December 2015 (not that you can ... [ more ]

Epson Printer

Gillian M in Westerfield
I have an Epson RX685 printer with an extra set of inks it is about 8 years old. Prints black and white but colour a bit iffy. If this would be of any use to someone they are welcome to it rather than sticking it on the dump