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Continuation NBP

Watchfull
in Castle Hill
Streetlife have closed our NBP debate down which is their policy to do so after six mouths-- and I think we ought to thank Streetlife for allowing us to run for that length of time-- should we keep this continuation going at least until we get the ... [ more ]
Ipswich Entrepreneur
No worries, as Carol C stated I was referring to ... "Matt, Customer Services." Matt seems a decent chap but what is the council doing employing managers to join in on social media conversation?!  Nothing against Matt personally. What has SCC ever ... [ more ]
Ipswich Entrepreneur
I hear what you are saying but what difference does it make that both councils know what joe public are thinking and saying amongst themselves?!  What Ipswich Borough Council used to do they delegated most out to Ipswich Central - an arms length ... [ more ]
Ipswich Entrepreneur
Completely relevant Watchfull, IBC and SCC do not like working together. Replacing both with one unitary authority would do wonders for Ipswich and the surrounding areas (if it was to cover them). There will no longer be any confusion of who does what ... [ more ]
Ipswich Entrepreneur
Reality check. In their own little bubbles councils are the be-all-and-end-all authority within their boundary, pretty much both elected and non-elected persons do not have a clue or the common sense to do anything constructive. They rely too much on ... [ more ]
Ipswich Entrepreneur
"our bandwagon"? If you don't like the concept of a community site where others that perhaps you don't like or don't know have the equal ability to give their views, opinions, recommendations, suggestions, complaints and criticism, as you do, then ... [ more ]
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The MP does get paid, not bad putting his scribble on a letter typed up by someone else, his line graph signature is very amusing.  In my view, the position holder of Central Suffolk should lose "North Ipswich" and the Ipswich MP should be ... [ more ]
Ipswich Entrepreneur
Indeed, but unless the candidates are married or got a bromance (sismance?) going on, they aren't going to be singing from the same hymn sheet. In local politics different areas of the town (political wards) may share similar concerns and issues, ... [ more ]
Ipswich Entrepreneur
Well ignore what any official response is on this matter, the Northern Bypass won't be on the agenda until the WDC (now renamed Upper Orwell Crossing) is complete... that is many years away. Even then it will be yet another survey, and people will ... [ more ]
Ipswich Entrepreneur
We don't have a religious seat and we don't have a cathedral (building), we will never become a city.  Council estates work, they operate standalone with a connection to the town centre (i.e. you have your local shops but you travel to supermarkets, ... [ more ]
Ipswich Entrepreneur
Well, what do these villagers do? I know so many people living out in the villages and hamlets in Suffolk, they either work and/or go shopping in Ipswich or Bury St Edmunds, and although they seem to rely on the local store for the basics, including ... [ more ]
Ipswich Entrepreneur
Come on people... don't be so trusting. The devil is in the details! A "Northern Relief Road" isn't a Northern Bypass. Politicians are playing on that term a lot recently and not shooting down "Northern Bypass" queries, they want the term "Northern ... [ more ]
Ipswich Entrepreneur
I am glad is being brought up.  You can pretty much stay indoors at home and work,  eat unhealthy, do little exercise and drink a lot... and may get ill. Obesity and drinking has long been identified openly as potential precursors for many illnesses ... [ more ]

The so called christmas tree

Jack D
in Westbourne
I know we are a few weeks away and next month the Christmas decorations will start to appear in the town centre, what are the chances of us having a real tree instead of the abstract excuse for a tree again.
Ipswich Entrepreneur
Johan, a "tradition" is when a custom is passed down from one generation to the next, and so forth. In 150 years you could quite comfortably have 5 generations or as much as 8.  Traditionally, Christ mass was only what Christians got involved in. ... [ more ]

Ipswich Buses: Fare Rises

Ipswich Entrepreneur in Chantry
I noticed a tweet from Ipswich Buses today saying that at the end of the month they are raising bus fares; this comes just a week after they agreed to increase wages for starter drivers to call off a strike.  From 30th October 2016 bus fares are ... [ more ]

Parking

Lawrence A inactive in Chantry
Does anyone know if the community parking areas on Chantry are due to be upgraded ? Parking is a problem where I live and there are no where near enough spaces. I did notice that Bittern close has ample parking spaces. Wondering why the rest of us ... [ more ]
Ipswich Entrepreneur
I would be careful what you ask for. IBC are looking at more areas to make parking permit zones. Not only does this mean you have to pay to park, it can cause all sorts of problems with courier deliveries and builders avoiding such areas; not to ... [ more ]

Dog poo

Gemma S
in California
DO you think separate exercise areas for dogs would be a good idea. I know there is one off Britannia road , "what a great idea" to know that me and my children can run around and not tread in poo. cherry lane rec ground is our nearest play park, ... [ more ]
Ipswich Entrepreneur
I quite agree, it is disgusting. It seems to be a growing problem.  I don't think dogs should be banned from parks etc. but areas where they can be let of the lead or more dog-orientated seems a good idea.

Co-op Department Store, Carr St

P P
in Gainsborough
I'm loathe to believe anything printed in the Ipswich Slur but someone who reads the rag tells me that the old Coop Department Story in Carr St is going to be turned into a school! Don't bother trying to get one of the disabled spaces at the rear ... [ more ]
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I think this has got the go ahead. The MP has said it is a good idea and the co-op is demolishing a bit at the back for a concrete playground. As it is a Trust behind the school, its unlikely the council will receive much money in way of business ... [ more ]
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Beryl S, Joanna A....  Ipswich is not a massive concrete jungle city... we are surrounded by fields, woodlands and farms. We are fortunate to have lots of big beautiful parks and recreational land within. There is an obesity crisis, we are all told ... [ more ]
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I disagree - it isn't being obsessive with grass. If we bring up the next generation where grass doesn't matter we will lose most of our parks and the countryside. Most children these days are indoors watching TV, playing computer games, on the ... [ more ]
Ipswich Entrepreneur
I like the idea of utilising public parks like Christchurch Park like you suggested and Holywells Park... in an ideal world; the reality is the police and council are struggling with discarded needles, drug dealing and of course litter. Not to mention ... [ more ]

Death cafe.

Interested
inactive
in Ipswich Town Centre
Does anyone fancy the idea of starting up a Death Cafe? It's where people can go and chat about all things death related and anything else too, but primarily death and dying. I feel that we don't talk about death and dying enough in this country, ... [ more ]
Ipswich Entrepreneur
The Death Cult Cafe you mean? The Will Shop (or whatever its called) I see quite frequently on Cornhill could be a good option for your first port of call.

New Subway fast food outlet in Meredith Road

Mass R
in Castle Hill
McColls are advertising for a manager for a new Subway fast food outlet for when they move into the Co-op on Meredith Road. There are already 5 eateries in Meredith Road, do we need another?
Ipswich Entrepreneur
Co-op Group sold 298 stores to McColls in a multi-million pound deal so it can afford to improve the other stores it has. I believe that the local co-op had a deal with Subway for x amount of store concessions in Ipswich (maybe across the region too), ... [ more ]

Rubbish

Gemma S
in California
HAs anyone else noticed the rise in fly tipping on our pavements and grass verges. THe worst area I have come across is the grass verge between spring and nelson road, all sorts of household items, clothing, litter, also the trees need cutting back ... [ more ]

Asda trolleys

Angela C
in Ipswich Town Centre
Has anyone noticed the new Asda trolley park ? just before Downside on the right
Ipswich Entrepreneur
I think the military should have target practice...  The proactive solution is to collect the trolleys, store them somewhere (I don't mean fly-tipping) like in a barn and see whether places like ASDA care when in 3 months time they have half the ... [ more ]

Thieving at Ipswich Hospital

Gruffalo in White House
Mentioning to a friend on the theft of my dying father in laws wedding ring, new slippers and various clothing items whilst he was in Ipswich Hospital and it seems so many people I've spoken with have had items stolen whilst in Ipswich Hospital. Is it ... [ more ]
Ipswich Entrepreneur
Thieving scum are going to target the most easy places and the most vulnerable people. Such people are weak-minded. They won't care about how insensitive and downright disgusting their crime is.  Just because you wouldn't ever stoop so low to steal ... [ more ]

Costa

Keith H
in Castle Hill
So they going  to build  a new Costa Cafe  a drive through one its going to be in the car park near Burger King  on Ransomes Europark.Do we realy need another one as there is one just up the road from this plus its going to make even more traffic ... [ more ]
Ipswich Entrepreneur
It can only be positive for jobs. I don't rate any of the big coffee shop chains; Caffe Nero used to the best chain many years back, this went down hill as they expanded. I find coffee shops awkward. Costa, you order, pay, then you wait 5+ minutes ... [ more ]
Ipswich Entrepreneur
Nick G, I went up to Yorkshire a few years back for barista training including latte art. A bit more significant than training at any high street coffee shop chain that offers chocolate dusting through a stencil!!  I am not talking about reheating ... [ more ]
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Nick G, I quote ... "If you want a stronger coffee, then drink Americano, you choose how much milk you add." I am not going to argue with you. No one asked about your training and you keep going on about instant coffee - which is basically second ... [ more ]

Litter Pick

WWD
in Broke Hall
My sister and I armed with a litter picker (2.99 from Elmers) and a sturdy pair of gloves, plus black bin liner, decided as we are fed up with seeing litter causing an eyesore in our neighbourhood we would do something about it. From the footpath ... [ more ]
Ipswich Entrepreneur
Your efforts WWD is much appreciated.  The problem with litterbugs is they more likely offend when the place is clean or relatively tidy; that is the more it is cleaned up, the more litter will be dropped. It is about time the council came down heavy ... [ more ]
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Rushmere Handyman, I was referring to litter hotspots. It is true that people who see evidence of other people littering are more likely to follow suit, but apart from fly-tipping, the more a litter hotspot is cleaned up the more rubbish collected.  ... [ more ]
Ipswich Entrepreneur
I see those people you are referring to. Irresponsible. In an ideal world we would all like to relax and walk the dog(s) without having to pick up dog poo but that is part of it. Some people on council estates just let their dogs out the house, they ... [ more ]
Ipswich Entrepreneur
Perhaps the way forward is for a levy on fast food restaurants - they provide some bins but their clientele in large are incapable of using them. It could then be directly used t oemploy people to clean it up.
Ipswich Entrepreneur
I cannot agree with the concept that we all need to be "good citizens" picking up litter and therefore get to the stage where we are responsible for others careless untidy behavior. Recently, the BID organisation started doing a campaign ... [ more ]
Ipswich Entrepreneur
I disagree with a levy on takeaway food (fast food, bakeries, coffee shops etc.) with a discount for returning the cup, bag, packaging etc.  Why should others pay an additional tax for the very few? Someone like me would end up paying more without ... [ more ]

Halal shops

Steve S in Greenwich
I was in a local fish and chip shop recently and noticed that there was a Halal sign on the wall , never seen before , that is the second shop in the area to state they serve  halal meat ..I like and I eat meat , and I have even worked in a uk ... [ more ]
Ipswich Entrepreneur
Steve S, which shop is it and is it owned by Muslims? ( To debunk any PC "racist" claims, it is a religion not a race... ) Not to say anyone needs to be Christian (or white British) to run a fish and chip shop - or to eat there! However, unless it ... [ more ]

A14 Multi-Pile Up RTC Sat 15th Oct 2016

Ipswich Entrepreneur in Chantry
There was a multi-car RTC on the Ipswich-bound carriageway of the A14 on Saturday night near Creeting St Peter, several cars involved and debris all over the road.  I couldn't see any news about it in any local newspaper, nothing on twitter or ... [ more ]
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Indeed Madge, that is the problem... and what is worse for the rest of us, is their actions can take us out at anytime. I don't want to speculate but an educated guess would be the first group was the initial collision, and the second group was ... [ more ]

Motorcycle Ride to Great Bentley in Essex on Wednesday Nights

Terry W
in Castle Hill
My daughter (pillion passenger) and I have just taken up motorcycling after I last had a bike back in 1979. I am still a little rusty (so is the bike a Honda CBR1000f) but gaining experience every time I ride. To get into the swing of things, we have ... [ more ]
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Terry W, seems that there are a growing number of motorcyclists in Ipswich. I don't know about historic comparisons but I would say there are more in the last 5 years than before. I think vlogs on youtube and filtering have made it popular; with ... [ more ]

Ipswich Town Centre Bikes Stolen

Nick W in Belstead
Please feel free to Share There have been a steady increase in the number of Cycles/Bikes stolen from the Ipswich Town Centre Area. Please ensure that you do not leaver your bikes in these areas or you will face the same dilema that our son is having ... [ more ]
Ipswich Entrepreneur
It is a growing problem nationally, people taking bikes... I get the impression that they are taken, used as transport to deliver drugs and dumped. I see many people carelessly riding bikes in town who just casually hop off leaving the bike falling on ... [ more ]
Ipswich Entrepreneur
Nick W, I think they just take it and leave/dump it. I think it one of the reasons why the police aren't so bothered. It is anti-social and perhaps criminal damage; but unless they intend to keep it or sell it, it isn't theft in their eyes.  Maybe we ... [ more ]

Cornhill Redevelopment

Iain C in Ipswich Town Centre
So the Cornhill redevelopment was called in to reassess but the aim remains to create a multi-functional space with a mixture of retail and cafes etc. that sit around the boundary. So despite what appears as no objections to a change of use, ... [ more ]
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They recommended refusal under DM20 to protect the Ipswich Waterfront (or to be specific the axis switch). I bet Ipswich Borough Council were annoyed at the Buttermarket Centre going leisure although on reflection they liked the idea that it could ... [ more ]
Ipswich Entrepreneur
Joanna A, you are very sweet with your thinking but the world doesn't work like that; well not around here anyway. The council would only protect its own or its officers protect what they have a vested interest in.  So you have heard of Ipswich ... [ more ]
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Iain C, the only way a coffee shop could proceed (without council planning consent) is if the shop was subdivided to include a small coffee shop unit. Off the top of my head (don't quote me, this might not be correct) any floor space larger than 150 ... [ more ]
Ipswich Entrepreneur
To be fair, Ipswich has done pretty well in comparison. Norwich is an ancient city with an established university. Ipswich is held back by borough boundaries. We have only recent got a university. In 50 years, Ipswich could well be more significant. ... [ more ]

B & M Ipswich Carr street ?

Neil in Castle Hill
It appears that B & M are planning to open in the recently closed Poundland in Carr Street. I saw this in the window today.
Ipswich Entrepreneur
I would choose B&M over Poundland, Poundworld and Tiger any day. Every town needs low end variety retailers like Wilko, QD, B&M etc.  We just don't need the big chain pound stores. On another note, will they survive with a weak pound? All ... [ more ]
Ipswich Entrepreneur
To be fair, it isn't a democracy in enterprise. Businesses will go where they think the money is. You could petition for IKEA etc. to come to Ipswich but unless they see a business case they won't.  Sad to say, looking at the area from an outsider ... [ more ]

Text Messages from HMRC

Samir P
in Westbourne
i am suddenly getting a lot of text messages from HMRC. i have already filed my tax returns and did get a refund in the post( always the case).However getting texts now daily saying i am owed some more refund and i need to use a link for the same. ... [ more ]
Ipswich Entrepreneur
I blame the Government and their cost reduction exercises.  It used to be the case where all official correspondence was sent by snail mail. So you had the envelope, the return address, the preprinted postage, the letterhead (although basic) and all ... [ more ]

Case is altered

RAP
in California
Went to Case is Altered Saturday night,new owners,been really cleaned up,great night,good prices as well. All the gloom of all pubs closing down in Ipswich,be nice to see this one used by locals,give it a go.

Filthy 'Jewel in the crown' Waterfront.

Alan P
in Ipswich Town Centre
We walk down to the Waterfront regularly to make use of the great cafes and restaurants there (and the cycle shop!) but are continuously dismayed by the extent of long term rubbish floating in the water in front of the University building. There is ... [ more ]
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No, Alan P, the waterfront was used as a vehicle to launch the university; now they are independent, you will notice major decline ... the waterfront promotion will remain going, in order for the WDC of course... but it won't be an priority ... [ more ]
Ipswich Entrepreneur
It could be that the waterfront is private land? AFAIK, the wet dock is owned by ABP. Obviously the rest of the Orwell isn't. Despite the council and the BID organisation promoting it as the town, it isn't the responsibility of IBC to clean it up, ... [ more ]
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Really, has no one else been there when it is full of students?! Big groups of anti-social young people. Not bothered what anyone says, the Uni of Suffolk is good for Ipswich (and Suffolk) but the location on the waterfront kills it being a ... [ more ]
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Linda E, the people of Ipswich have been lied to over decades and decades, enthusiasms growing, a few people getting wealthy with the town having nothing to show for it or anything to gain. Either the projects never went ahead like SnOasis (I use as ... [ more ]
Ipswich Entrepreneur
Not at all. When people leave uni (this applies at pretty much every UK uni regardless of how prestigious they are or where they come in the league tables) they rarely walk into high skilled work. I am referring to the university effect acting as a ... [ more ]

Cyclists on the Pavement

Steve W
in Castle Hill
Is it just me, or have all Ipswich's pavements been redesignated as cycle ways - but without the signs? There is an increasing number of cyclists, including children teenagers and adults, using the pavements in and around town even when there is a ... [ more ]
Ipswich Entrepreneur
On Monday, I was walking along St Matthews St towards Norwich Road (just past Tesco). The woman in front decided to move to the left and stop - but she wasn't on her phone and she wasn't near the bus stop, which struck me as strange, then before I ... [ more ]
Ipswich Entrepreneur
I almost got hit by a red light jumper on Monday morning. A coach passed me, the green man light came on a second or two later... I looked both ways, then proceeded to cross. Stopped in the middle of the road, as a car approached... (I froze rather ... [ more ]
Ipswich Entrepreneur
New law? I take it you were being sarcastic, it has long been a rule of the road (even if perhaps not law) that cyclists have to be treated like they were a car, giving adequate space when overtaking.  Any cyclists riding side by side... use your ... [ more ]

Post Office Move

Buzz R
in Castle Hill
Unbelievably (why do I bother to say that?!), the Post Office is proposing to move the Tower Ramparts unit into WH Smith. What a truly appalling idea, representing yet another example of the downgrading of the postal services along with their ... [ more ]
Ipswich Entrepreneur
I was stunned to learn that you cannot routinely buy more than a few stamps from that central post office!  I don't like the concept of multiple post offices here and there in the town centre... all under one roof would be better (i.e. more counters ... [ more ]
Ipswich Entrepreneur
I just don't like post offices... staff are very pedantic; a year back or so I had to send a letter by recorded delivery, queued, a C5 envelope well within the size limits (i.e. thickness), and although I can understand their nervousness and potential ... [ more ]
Ipswich Entrepreneur
Without sounding like I am deliberately treading on anyone's feet, the post office is going through changes, so why are all these pensioners still going to a post office when it can be paid directly into a bank account? Is it too much to expect these ... [ more ]

St. Johns Scout Hut and Asbestos Roofing

Buzz R
in Castle Hill
Hello. Does anyone know the situation regarding the asbestos roofing at the St. John's Scout/Cub hut in Britannia Road? My grandson is attending as a cub but there are signs saying "Danger" and referring to the fact that the roof is made of asbestos. ... [ more ]
Ipswich Entrepreneur
Asbestos is around everywhere (it was only fully banned in 1999), you don't see warning notices. In order for such signs it must be damaged or a potential risk.  I was paranoid with Asbestos when I moved into my town centre offices years ago - got ... [ more ]