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Henley Gate Development Approved

Carol C
in Sproughton
Very disappointed from the Ipswich Star article to see this has now been given the go-ahead as SCC have dropped their objections on the infrastructure issues, but there is no mention in the Ipswich Star article as to how these are to be resolved.  ... [ more ]
Susan H
Seriously amazed that anyone is surprised by this, of course it will go ahead. Also seriously amazed anyone thinks councils would plan to spend millions of pounds and battle thousands of people, to build new roads, to cope with traffic we do not yet ... [ more ]
Susan H
No, electric cars will not necessarily help congestion, although driverless cars will, because the idea of them is that instead of using their own cars for local journeys, people would simply order a car to turn up at their door, go to their ... [ more ]

Privacy and NextDoor

John T in Castle Hill
Do others have concerns about the move from Streetlife to Nextdoor. It would seem that to use the new system I have to loose some privacy. Whilst I might be happy to exchange views and opinions in a pub with someone I had previously never met. I would ... [ more ]
Susan H
I don't seem to be able to join Nextdoor! I tried to register today as I was invited to, but it wants me to draw a map of my area. I duly did so, avoiding the areas already marked as 'other areas' to be told there are only 31 households in that area ... [ more ]
Susan H
Reading at least one post above, it seems they may have a point - if one person cannot simply use the site to harangue everyone who is registered about their hobby horse, it might well lead to more meaningful exchanges between neighbours, about small ... [ more ]

Planning Application For Industrial Site between Mockbeggars Hall & Travel Inn, Claydon

Margaret W
in Great Blakenham
Hi, I don't know if people are aware that planning application has been submitted to build an Industrial site on farmland along Paper Mill Lane, Claydon, between the Travel Inn and The Grade 2 Listed Mockbeggars Hall. The application s for 18 units, ... [ more ]
Susan H
Not K I think it is slightly ironic of you to assert that 'we have been brainwashed into thinking the only purpose for land is to make money' when in fact the people seeking to make money out of their land are the landowners, often farmers, who see a ... [ more ]
Susan H
Kim, you must be about the same age as me - I am in complete agreement on the retirement age front. That letter I received about 6 years ago, doubling the length of time I was supposed to go on working before receiving a pension, still rankles. They ... [ more ]
Susan H
I'd have said men being paid more since.... forever.... But far be if from me to disrupt your sense of being hard done by.
Susan H
It's not a specific job - it's more deeply entrenched in the way our society works than that. https://www.theguardian.com/money/2016/aug/23/gender-pay-gap-average-18-per-cent-less-uk-women 
Susan H
My point about getting pensions later than anticipated was that whether you approved or not, the fact is, women received their pensions at 60. Women grew up with this expectation. Women saw their friends reach 60 and sail off merrily into the sunset ... [ more ]
Susan H
Yes, we should all be able to debate these things without resorting to having a go at one another, we all need to take a deep breath sometimes, go away and come back to read what we're writing before posting! (I include myself) I have no answer as ... [ more ]

Henley WI Winter Warmer

Susan H
in Castle Hill
Henley WI are once again holding one of their popular 'Winter Warmer' events, in Henley Community Centre, on Thursday February 23rd. Doors open at noon. Lunch costs just £5 and consists of homemade soup (with bread) and a home made pudding with ... [ more ]

Northern Bypass Routes

Susan H
in Castle Hill
Well, I've just been looking at the proposed Northern Bypass Routes announced today and despite the fact they say they've used a 'broad brush' to avoid blighting any properties, I think it is pretty obvious it's not possible to take another road off ... [ more ]
Susan H
It's almost as if they think we can't work out the likely consequences.  What it also does not tell you is how it alters the entire landscape of Ipswich - from my experience of living in Cardiff when it was bypassed by the extension of the M4, I know ... [ more ]
Susan H
No ring roads or bypasses will get rid of the bottlenecks caused by people trying to get off the main roads into the town centre, you will simply move them from place to place. But by the time you have loads more housing, all the existing bottlenecks ... [ more ]
Susan H
I put two children through school (in the nineties and early noughties) and they walked! In East London with lots of traffic. They survived. I saw parents who didn't work and who lived closer to the school than I did (in one case, literally 200 yards, ... [ more ]
Susan H
I am always rather amused by the 'Debate' on this site about an NBP which is in fact a campaign by a few vocal people, who happen to find the large amount of traffic using Valley Road inconvenient and just want roads built, which they hope will take ... [ more ]

Barham Housing (or the politics of persuasion)

Not K in Henley
I cannot be alone in thinking that I am being manipulated, and I have two options; one to just ignore the situation and blame the system or I can have an uphill battle and try to do something about it. We have a housing development process that ... [ more ]
Susan H
I  attended a conference about the new planning laws a few years back, as I was on a PC at the time - they were discussing the new legally binding community planning laws, whereby a community can identify where they want development and what they want ... [ more ]
Susan H
Of course they should listen John, but we all have to remember that when it comes to planning, they are obliged to find land for development from somewhere, in order to get their funding - so when developers come forward with proposals, it can be ... [ more ]
Susan H
Exactly the argument put forward by Dan Poulter when I went to that conference. And yet the response of many people to the Ipswich proposal for a massive new development on green fields is to demand more roads through the countryside to distribute ... [ more ]
Susan H
That is the best policy Nadine, you can't just object in general terms to any development, the government changed the law so that councils basically HAVE TO agree to housing being built. You can only raise objections based on legitimate planning ... [ more ]
Susan H
This is very interesting John. When there was a proposal recently to develop a small plot on Claydon Church Lane, it was rejected mainly on the planning basis that it was not sustainable (no way of getting to and from it other than by car) or safe ... [ more ]
Susan H
It's a bit chilling to think that developers are prowling around scoping out plots to develop and it is all too clear that the councils simply do not have an overall plan. If you look at much of Essex, along the A13 corridor in particular, you will ... [ more ]
Susan H
What is the real situation re Snoasis? I've always been given to understand that even though permission had been granted, there were so many conditions attached and so many other factors surrounding how it was to be funded, that I've always been given ... [ more ]

Anglia Retail Park

David R
inactive
in Westbourne
Good news you would think that The Range and a possible newcomer to the town Go outdoors have apparently applied to take residence at the Anglia retail park ex B&Q etc.. this would be a massive boost for the area, but already David Ellesmere is ... [ more ]
Susan H
There was something on the news this morning about distribution centres being needed particularly in town centres, due to the rise in online shopping. So why don't they use Suffolk Retail Park as the apparently needed town centre distribution centre ... [ more ]
Susan H
The trouble with the old co-op department store site is that it's down the tatty end of the shopping area, past the pound shops and second hand shops. I can't see that ever being reoccupied unless the entire surrounding area changes. And the obvious ... [ more ]
Susan H
There you go then - they say we need more distribution hubs all over the country and apparently we can only blame ourselves for all our internet shopping! I think it is probably a very good place for it and it will after all provide some jobs.
Susan H
I agree, Coes is in an excellent spot, it's a unique shop in a unique location. And close to the brewing shop and a good music shop. (Not to mention WI HQ, what a good excuse to have a nosey in Coes when I have to drop something off there for my WI)

Park and Ride and Goodwill to all

Susan H
in Castle Hill
Just received an email, as I had previously contacted the County Council about Park and Ride, informing me that Park and Ride services have been secured for Ipswich. And at certain times it will even be cheaper than it is currently. This is such good ... [ more ]
Susan H
Well yes, and that was my local one too. But at least they're not closing it down altogether, which they were talking about at one stage.

DAB signal

Susan H
in Castle Hill
Has anyone else noticed that the DAB signal in this area is dreadful today? I was woken by squawking noises from our Dab radio in the house and thought it had gone wrong but I've just gone out in the car and the signal is appalling, fading in and out ... [ more ]
Susan H
Actually I have just discovered an excellent website that tells you what is happening with radio and TV signals....  and there is a problem with the Mendlesham transmitter today. So thank goodness it looks as if our clock radio has not gone wrong, ... [ more ]
Susan H
Channels were dropped from DAB in some areas when they changed over to a different thing, DAB+, which was something to do with the channels they broadcast on, and bandwidth, I vaguely understand how it works -the more channels you put through it the ... [ more ]

Rubbish dumping

Stella C in Claydon
Ok Scum-bag This is to the person that drove part the way down the no-through-rd off Claydon Church Lane in your car today at 13.42 to dump the contents of your plant pots in the ditch. You were seen, we have your details. You have until Monday 9am ... [ more ]
Susan H
Stella, I hope you did report this and I hope the authorities will act on it - someone dumped a fridge in that same ditch earlier this year. Has anyone noticed recently the piles of leaves being dumped in lanes in the area? The small back lane that ... [ more ]
Susan H
I agree Nadine, that shows a complete lack of joined up thinking and I wouldn't have thought to check before setting out, I'd have  imagined the council tips were open every week day. I'll take note in future of whether it's a Thursday morning when we ... [ more ]

Dog training

Susan H
in Castle Hill
Is there anyone else out there who would be interested in forming a doggy Heelwork to Music club for Ipswich?  I have found a practice space but so far I am all alone, like the Dad in Strictly Ballroom who dances on the roof...

Farmers, bridleways and horses

Stella C in Claydon
Can we much wonder why farmers are anti-horse?? While walking the bridle paths from the Claydon Church Lane area yesterday, it noticed in 4 places where horse riders have gone out onto the planted fields, bearing in mind most of the bridle paths have ... [ more ]

Street Lights

Stuart P in Claydon
So the parish council have decided to leave street lights on all night as we no longer have "plastic plod" in Claydon. http://claydonandbarham.onesuffolk.net/news/street-lights/ How often did he patrol during the hours of darkness anyway? Another ... [ more ]
Susan H
I think you have only to see how groups of young people in urban areas congregate in well lit areas such as outside shops, to see that the provision of light is a magnet for people and areas of darkness are less attractive - a policeman once told me ... [ more ]

Bad Drivers

Bob F
in Common, The
Just like to say Orwell Bridge closure is no excuse for bad driving.This morning I had an appointment at the doctors surgery, on hearing the bridge was shut decided to walk into town.On trying to cross Valley road crossing, on the way in, motorist ... [ more ]
Susan H
Well I came across a rubbish lorry being driven one handed by a driver using a mobile the other day (he managed to back up, one handed) and I entirely sympathise re using a single track road and having to stand in the bushes in order not to be run ... [ more ]

Suffolk Recycling Centres annual customer satisfaction survey

Suffolk County Council
in Suffolk County
Suffolk Recycling Centres annual customer satisfaction survey is taking place from 24 October to 20 November 2016. We would love to hear about your experience of using the Household Waste Recycling Centres in Suffolk. Your anonymous feedback will ... [ more ]
Susan H
I'd be quite pleased if anyone with building rubble would come and put it (neatly) in the huge holes at the side of Thurleston Lane (the council tell me there are no official passing spaces so they don't maintain the unofficial ones, without which ... [ more ]

Ipswich Northern fringe 1100 houses

Not K in Henley
Just in case you are not aware an outline planning application has now been submitted for 1100 houses to the north of the Railway line and east of the Henley road. I understand that all the traffic from this development will use the Henley Road This ... [ more ]
Susan H
This is just a formal application for the development that has been planned and consulted upon for some time, not something new. Given the level of protest against the Martlesham development and the outcome there, I imagine a lot of local people felt ... [ more ]
Susan H
Ah, but Watchfull, that is not so much a debate, as a campaign for a NBP, and I'm against it. Even if Henley Road ends up like Chevalier Street (which I think it will), I think that is kind of self limiting. The traffic gets so awful that people think ... [ more ]
Susan H
Interesting. Ipswich council have stated that they want a 'garden suburb', but developers would obviously make more money by going for more houses and less open space. It's all just a numbers game to them.
Susan H
I entirely agree with all of you, who have pointed out that jobs ought to come first. If there are no jobs, how and why would people buy these houses? Many may end up being sold to people who work further afield, perhaps even in London. How can it be ... [ more ]
Susan H
I think reading between the lines of a lot of things councillors have said that what we are far more likely to get than a 'Northern Bypass' is a Northern distributor road, which will effectively be the present unofficial 'Northern bypass (rat run) ... [ more ]
Susan H
I looked at the documents in question and could not find anything relating to traffic lights/no right turn at Henley Rd/Valley Rd, nor could I find anything relating to the legendary Northern Bypass, of which there was supposed to be a suggested ... [ more ]
Susan H
So, out of interest, which sites would you consider 'viable'? Given that we apparently must have thousands of new houses and the people and traffic must go somewhere.
Susan H
One day it will be like Hamstead Heath. Completely surrounded by the city. But with fewer strange men running around in the bushes, I hope.
Susan H
Well, I welcome the sensible observation that there may be more affordable and less impactful alternatives to a full Northern Bypass. And I applaud Dan Poulter for seeking to protect Suffolk from over development and loss of green fields, which has ... [ more ]
Susan H
Incidentally, please note the sinister part of the article which mentions further developments in Suffolk Coastal.... as soon as you build a road, you facilitate the destruction of even more countryside.
Susan H
Seriously? You think it is worth destroying the countryside so that we can all spend an extra 15 minutes in bed in the morning rather than allow a bit more time for our car journeys? I think that says everything about why human beings have destroyed ... [ more ]

Dangerous Driving

Susan H
in Castle Hill
I am not sure who to report this to - I have emailed the address under contact for Ipswich Waste. On Wednesday Nov 9th at about 9.20 am I was driving from Whitton Church Lane to Old Norwich Road through the narrow bit with brick walls. A waste lorry ... [ more ]

Sloe Berries

Emalkuda in Ipswich Town Centre
Morning all, does anyone know if there are any slow berries ready for picking yet please? Got some lovely ones last year by recommendation from someone on here last year in Great Blakenham.
Susan H
Terrible year for sloes, what there was has largely withered and dropped off the bushes owing to the dry late summer/autumn.

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 ]
Susan H
Our local post office is always full of ebay traders when  go in there, they have piles of parcels. The last time we went into the TR one it was to get foreign currency for a holiday, as the PO did very favourable rates and we could combine picking it ... [ more ]

Dying Towns

Buzz R
in Castle Hill
People on Streetlife often denigrate Ipswich or areas of Ipswich for being run-down, with boarded-up shops, and so on. I am currently reading 'Thunderbolt Kid', a Bill Bryson account of his childhood in Iowa, and came across this passage: "...most ... [ more ]
Susan H
I think it is a 'chicken and egg' situation. Do people not go to town because the shops are closing, or do the shops close because not enough people go to town? When I came to this area I figured out there were two main attitudes to Ipswich among ... [ more ]
Susan H
Hear hear! We could have gone anywhere due to the way we work, but we chose Ipswich for it's relaxed, friendly atmosphere - and compared to where we lived before, quietness. Sunday still feels different, there may be traffic, but not at 2am. The ... [ more ]
Susan H
OK Louis K, you can stay at home shopping online and watching films on your tiny iPhone, while the rest of us go to town and have a good time! LOL
Susan H
Well I think P&R could run using the normal buses just diverting to the car parking area and a simple bus stop would do for shelter while waiting, with a coin operated loo. But I do think it is depressing how we have gone from one or two people ... [ more ]
Susan H
I think that if you were born in a place that's all the more reason to rejoice in what you love about it. And sharing that with other people is a great feeling. In Wales it's called 'Hwyl', a sense of shared joy.
Susan H
That's the sort of thing I'd have popped up to B&Q for - if they hadn't closed it down. Oh dear! I can usually find what I need in town, but  if not I just go home and buy anything I wasn't able to get, online. I still enjoy my day out prodding ... [ more ]
Susan H
Sorry, I've lived in London for years and parking in Ipswich is NOTHING like it!!! But Alan H you perfectly illustrate my point, made yesterday - people either think Ipswich is too big, too busy, too whatever (crime ridden? Try East Ham or parts of ... [ more ]
Susan H
Hear hear, to all you positive people, I'm so cheered up to find so many positive comments about Ipswich. I don't mind paying for parking to use P&R, if it's a flat fee and I can spend as long as I like in town. I'm sure I'm not the only one ... [ more ]
Susan H
Crikey, if we have driverless delivery vans, they will just follow sat nav, which means we will never get a delivery where we live!
Susan H
Well, the answer is that we will simply all have to get off our bottoms, go out, meet people and socialise - in town! Life is what you make of it, ultimately.
Susan H
Khuli, I think it is all wrong that people have to sit at home and not talk to people. I work from home and I know how isolating it can be. I was a stay at home Mum and I often felt isolated then too, until the children were old enough to be fun and ... [ more ]
Susan H
Loving the term 'economically inactive people'.... ALL towns have economically inactive people. Some are just better at hiding the fact.

Filthy Joint Entrance To Little Waitrose and IBC Customer Services Department.

Robert R
in White House
I went to the Little Waitrose shop in the Ipswich Town Hall complex today (Saturday 1st. October 2016) and was disappointed to find that after many weeks there is still a large accumulation of pigeon droppings across the joint entrance shared by ... [ more ]
Susan H
Just a birding note here - Ipswich Entrepreneur, pigeons and seagulls are not migrants and they don't head south, in fact seagulls are more likely to move into town in winter. It may also surprise you to know that some UK species of gull are reducing ... [ more ]

Recycleable rubbish dumped in my grey bin

Peter S
inactive
in Westerfield
Thanks to the moron who dumped his days rubbish in my grey bin in Henley Road last night! Newspapers, plastic bottles all on top with a very good chance that the grey bin men would refuse it! Just for good measure, a leaking plastic water bottle, ... [ more ]
Susan H
What an odd thing for someone to do. I suppose it was at least in a bin and not just thrown down on the verge. We sometimes do a litter sweep along our lane, collecting up all the stuff people throw out of their cars and we have once or twice put the ... [ more ]

Earthworks in field off Tubenham Rd?

Ian P
in Castle Hill
What is the purpose of earthworks on Tudenham rd Is this in preparation of building new homes and businesses?

Tooks old Bakery site

Watchfull
in Castle Hill
Came past there this morning digger on site grubbing the concrete slabs-- is this just a site clearance or have they started getting ready to build? anyone know whats going on-- any planning permission been applied for?-- very interesting--
Susan H
So, are the developers still insistent that they also need to develop the football club fields as well, will the football club move? I'm thought originally the council wanted 'mixed use' for the site, to provide some jobs as well.
Susan H
I like seeing everyone enjoying themselves on the fields. I understand the plan is for the football club to move further down the road, behind Whitton Sports Centre somewhere?
Susan H
Wouldn't it be great if there was a covenant or something, that means it can't be sold off? It must be in the historical records somewhere. If the intention was for the land to be used by the people of Whitton, surely the council can't just decide to ... [ more ]
Susan H
Did a bit of Googling. It's actually King George V playing field. "The main area of King George V playing fields prior to its conversion was an agricultural field. This field pre 1882 was split into two fields Little and Great Lumpkins. These fields ... [ more ]
Susan H
We just seem to see everything closing down this side of town. But I agree, I'd like to see council housing, I think there is a desperate need for it.

That HUM

Interested
inactive
in Ipswich Town Centre
Just heard most of a fascinating programme with Steve Punt about the 'World Hum', that awful hum that some people hear, sometimes, but often at night. There are many theories about it ,ranging from the sound of fish calling to each other to high ... [ more ]
Susan H
Surely no one can currently hear anything over the roar of the Combine Harvesters? (I rather like the Harvest period actually, except for the inevitable flattened rat that always seems to appear on our morning walk, that the dogs spend the next month ... [ more ]