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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 ]
Mass R
Yes that is the wrong application number Not K, it's 14/ something so has been hanging around for a while. Not sure when the website gets updated but not immediately. The report is still on the Star website. A remark was made at the planning ... [ more ]

Continuation NBP part 3

Watchfull
in Castle Hill
Streetlife closed our debate down --Northern Bypass for Ipswich which had around about 650 hits plus -- our second heading -- Continuation NBP is about to be shut down also with about 370 hits -- we are now awaiting the out come of talks this spring ... [ more ]
Mass R
Hi watchful just checking in on the new conversation. Hope you enjoyed the festivities and feel suitably refreshed to tackle the New Year!
Mass R
As long as Paul Geater writes objectively and not with his personal views. But as they say, any publicity is good publicity. Today the national press is reporting the Canadian research which shows that if you live near a busy road, their risk of ... [ more ]
Mass R
Lots on national news about the multiple health effects of air pollution. We already have in Ipswich 4, and another to be declared, Air Quality Management Areas. How well are these being managed? Surely residents health has to be put before mass ... [ more ]
Mass R
I think there are enough supporters Watchfull. Every time there is a report in the Star of another hold up on the bridge there are many comments in favour of a NBP. With all the extra housing planned SCC won't be able to stick their heads in the sand ... [ more ]
Mass R
My response was as joke Watchfull. I would have been very surprised but delighted if Paul Geater had given the NBP an airing from the communities point of view. Unfortunately he is not a community minded person, more a dinosaur.
Mass R
As Joe S mentioned 3 comments up, the Northern Fringe outline application IP/14/00638 is very relevant to this thread and comments should be made on the IBC website by next week, 24 January. If you haven't already had your say about infrastructure, ... [ more ]
Mass R
Dan Poulter is advocating more Ipswich businesses support their workers with some sort of transport concessions to alleviate the rush hour gridlock in Ipswich and using SCC as an example, which of course is funded by tax payers. He doesn't provide ... [ more ]
Mass R
Well tomorrow is the last day for comments on the Mersea Homes planning application which, if approved, will be the start of the Northern Fringe development.  It is not immediately clear to me when the planning committee will decide this application ... [ more ]
Mass R
Ipswich Ltd - I await with interest the Freedom of Interest result you have applied for on the Wellington Centre.  News on air quality in London in the Telegraph today.  I realise London is not comparable to Ipswich but still a major concern when it ... [ more ]
Mass R
Just digesting IBC's report on the Crest planning application for the Northern Fringe which comes before the planning committee on the 8 February. If you have a spare hour or two you can read it on the website on the committee's listing.
Mass R
I'm really surprised, no shocked, that a children's centre is sited in the centre of an AQMA and no risk assessment is deemed necessary. Although SCC quote the historic use of the building much has changed and I find it amazing it wasn't a ... [ more ]
Mass R
About diesel vehicles which we were recommended to buy to cut pollution:  http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-38814297
Mass R
So according to Mr Geater the Crest Northern Fringe planning permission looks set to be approved by IBC councillors on Wednesday as SCC has withdrawn its objections.
Mass R
As regulars on this post know, my concern is the extra pollution caused by the volume of traffic this and other developments will undoubtedly cause on declared AQMAs and I have seen nothing to allay my fears.  At the end of the day it is IBC who have ... [ more ]
Mass R
Sure it is IBC councillors who decide, otherwise why have a planning committee.  They are our elected representatives not the planning officer or SCC officers.  It's called democracy!   We vote them in, they get selected to be on the planning ... [ more ]
Mass R
The North West IBC councillors on the planning committee are David Goldsmith and Robin Vickery, both Conservative and representing the residents of Castle Hill ward.
Mass R
Thanks Anthony P.  My view is that this application is being pushed forward because air pollution will impact on determining planning applications in the not too distant future.  This is not fair to the residents on Valley /Colchester/Norwich Rds, ... [ more ]
Mass R
Thanks for the message Watchful. I support Orwell Ahead and look forward to seeing them active in the elections in May. I don't use facebook myself but find the OA page very interesting.

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 ]

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 ]
Mass R
But if you are a farmer you already receive much government financial backing with subsidies and tax concessions which I assume were put in place to assist them to grow food for the nation and preserve the natural environment.

Police Safer Neighbourhood Team Advice Surgery

Trevor still missing

Melanie W in Castle Hill
It's 6 weeks to the day that our beautiful tabby cat, Trevor, went missing. We miss him no end and search for him twice daily. Local people have been very kind and helpful and there have been a few potential sightings, but none of these has managed ... [ more ]
Mass R
If it's any consolation we took in a stray which we found had been missing for 6 months.  We put an add in the Evening Star (as it was then) and the owner's friend saw it and we were able to reunite them.  His home was only a half a mile away!

Parking Wars - Dales Road

Simon
in Ipswich Town Centre
It is apparent having spoken to a lady living close to the garage/shops in Dales Road the issues of parking are still unresolved........ The garage Park excess stock and cars for repair in the road and in the car spaces adjacent to the shops. These ... [ more ]
Mass R
Terry M. No different to other roads in Ipswich. I don't agree with the situation and perhaps pressure needs to be put on Suffolk County Council to adopt some by-laws to deal with these issues. SCC elections are in May so good time to make your views ... [ more ]
Mass R
I just noticed that a Castle Hill councillor has posted about the new parking regulations being approved. It would be interesting to know exactly what those new regulations are.
Mass R
Thanks for that info Ian. Did that consultation notice come to IBC NW Area Committee do you know?
Mass R
Having had a quick look at the Area Committee minutes all I can see is Cllr Lockington mentioning that the consultation had finished in July and in September Cllr Goldsmth saying that things had improved since the lines were in place. So does this ... [ more ]
Mass R
Yes I can see the corrected minute now. Thank you Cllr Goldsmith. As you say let's hope the lines provide some relief for residents and that the co-op lorry actually uses the unloading bay.

Ipswich Museum now open on Sundays

Mass R
in Castle Hill
Great news if you are looking for somewhere for your family to go on Sundays, Ipswich museum is now open between the hours of 11am and 5pm. Could never understand why this valuable free resource was closed on Sundays. Particularly useful venue in ... [ more ]
Mass R
Yes still closed on Monday but I'm more than happy with the Sunday opening. Hopefully it will persuade parents to go take their kids to have fun in the museum instead of dragging them around B&Q or similar. We recently took our grandchildren to ... [ more ]
Mass R
Totally agree about the A boards. IBC are not the best at marketing what's on offer. A bit of adventurous advertising wouldn't go amiss.
Mass R
When you see the fantastic success of the annual heritage buildings open days, not only drawing in local residents but visitors from far and wide, museums have a big part to play in tourism and the local economy. We all seek out these attractions ... [ more ]
Mass R
IBC are hailing the success of opening the museum on a Sunday with a large number of visitors since the revised opening on 8 January. Ideal place to take the kids on a winter's Sunday.

Unitary Authority for Greater Ipswich?

Ipswich Ltd
in Pinewood
Not much confidence in Suffolk County Council and Ipswich Borough Council combo. Suffolk Coastal District Council and Waveney District Council has shared a CEO since 2008 and the council has claimed to have saved £16m since 2010 by doing this. The ... [ more ]
Mass R
Mark Ling does have a website about this but you should be able to contact him by email through the Broomhill Pool link which is info@savebroomhillpool.org
Mass R
Well we can't wait to see it Mark. It's time residents had their eyes opened to this bizarre political set up.

And its still not done!

Stella C in Claydon
I am curious to know if anyone else has had a problem with getting something done by the council in the local area, I asked for bushes to be cut down from in the middle of a bridle path/footpath back in June 2016, I have been passed from pillar to ... [ more ]
Mass R
Have you spoken to your councillor, they should be able to help. Another option is to use www.fixmystreet.com which is an internet reporting site for such problems.

Broomhill park

Steffan J
in Castle Hill
Hello Whilst walking my dog through broomhill park this morning one of my lady friends called me over and I went to what she wanted then she pointed down the path almost near valley road steps is someone has pitched a tent up and was told off an ... [ more ]
Mass R
You should report it to the council Steffan, although I would have thought the park rangers would have noticed. I know that previously there have been tents pitched on the other side of Valley road in amongst the trees.
Mass R
Yes I am sure ISCRE would want to know but as it's IBC land and they have contacts in the relevant organisations they would be my first point of contact. Not everyone carries the address of the homeless unit or a flask of tea when walking their dog. ... [ more ]

Here We Go Again....

Brian B
in Gainsborough
Barely two weeks into the New Year and already traffic chaos in and around Ipswich due to road works. Handford Road, Woodbridge Road, St Helen's Street, Wherstead Road all single lane or temporary traffic lights. In the case of St Helen's Street, the ... [ more ]
Mass R
Everyone I speak to who commutes from Ipswich to London are sick and tired of the appalling service. What difference does it make if the trains are revamped if they don't turn up.

Wasps nest

Mass R
Wasps die in the winter and old nests are not reused. The advice we had last winter is you can either leave it in situ or safely remove yourself which is what we did.
Mass R
They don't hibernate. We knocked ours off with a broom handle into a bucket as were a bit nervous about doing it. After a few days we took it along to our local village school for them to use in a nature lesson as they are actually quite beautiful ... [ more ]
Mass R
There is really no need to go to the expense of hiring anyone if you are physically able to do it yourself. If it was an active nest it's a different story but wasps die off in late autumn.

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 ]
Mass R
Yes Watchful I did see the report and found particularly upsetting the baby in the buggy being exposed because he was so low down. It would be criminal if the applications were passed for the NF without the impact on air quality being the main ... [ more ]
Mass R
Certainly not Watchfull! When I think about how long this debate has been going on it's as if the powers think the longer they sit on the fence it will somehow disappear.
Mass R
Hope everyone has put a comment on the IBC website under the planning application for the northern fringe which is under reference number 16/00608. It's quite easy to do. More houses, more traffic, more air pollution.
Mass R
Well that's 2 of us Watchfull !  Think how many more people you could bring on board.  Jean F is right the campaign needs to broaden and you could be the man to do it!
Mass R
Unfortunately wasn't able to catch the interview this morning Watchfull. Hope it went well. Understand there was a lot of comment on radio Suffolk on the subject. I managed to hear a cyclist speaking who said he had never really thought about air ... [ more ]
Mass R
Thanks Watchfull, I'll listen in a bit later. Yes Ipswich Intrepreneur everyone knows how lifestyle impacts on your health but did workers who breathed in asbestos fibres in the last century know the possible impact on their future health - no they ... [ more ]
Mass R
Well done Watchful, I've listened to the recording - you did really well. It's not easy to get your point across in a short time but I think listeners appreciate hearing from the man in the street who is standing up for the local community.
Mass R
I had to laugh at a recent report from Paul Geater on road improvements where he stated 'we shouldn't expect too much'.  We don't expect too much Paul just our fair share of funds from government and SCC, whether it be for education, police or ... [ more ]
Mass R
I've signed it. Do others think this sudden resurgence of interest by politicians is something to do with Suffolk County Council elections in May?  What I can't understand is why Dan Poulter pays scant regard to the sufferings of his constituents in ... [ more ]
Mass R
Should Watchfull be nominated for a Streetlife award or even a MBE for terrier like services to the gridlocked NW Ipswich community?!
Mass R
I don't trust the Star's petition. The Change.org petition gives full exposure https://www.change.org/p/ben-gummer-northern-bypass-for-ipswich/sponsors/new so that is the one I have signed. Too much vested interest goes on in this town for my liking!
Mass R
Being the cynic that I am, plus the County Council elections coming up next year, I'll reserve my judgement about the Star. 
Mass R
Yes I agree with both of your comments.  I might also start buying the Star again if I consider it a truly community based newspaper, reporting the news showing how residents are feeling and not bowing to the powers that be.  One thing I am looking ... [ more ]
Mass R
Please protect us from another social enterprise especially ones who use words like 'monitised'.  As far as I am aware, Streetlife is about residents having a topical conversation about what is going in their area.  Occasionally we get a politician ... [ more ]
Mass R
Well, as far as I can see social enterprises are mainly financed from the public purse to do their good works.  That in itself is not a bad thing as long as the cause is something communities need.  As you will know there are also CIC's (community ... [ more ]
Mass R
That's the only way David R.  Petitions add to that but it is up to individual residents to make their views known through the planning system and of course the ballot box which will be in May for SCC. Yesterday Norwich Road saw HGV's virtually bumper ... [ more ]
Mass R
There is a report in the Telegraph today about air pollution http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2016/12/01/speed-bumps-could-removed-cut-traffic-pollution-save-live... and the effect on residents health stating that air pollution pays a contributing ... [ more ]
Mass R
These people are all elected David!  And we have the recent examples of withdrawing from the EU and the US presidential election to remind them of the power of the electorate but mind you as with most things Suffolk is not exactly a forward thinking ... [ more ]
Mass R
Thanks Martin C but I will refrain from commenting in detail as I think it's the most patronising comment I have read on this subject, especially the heading 'lets go through it again'.  If he hasn't got anything new to say, he might as well shut up. 
Mass R
Whether or not we get a NBP, air pollution within Ipswich has always been my primary concern regarding overdevelopment without the supporting infrastructure.  It seems that the health organisation NICE (National Institute for Health & Care ... [ more ]
Mass R
There was 2 separate accidents on the Orwell bridge at rush hour at 5 ish this evening involving a total of 7 vehicles and the report I heard on radio Suffolk said the bridge was closed.
Mass R
Back to my favourite aspect of this subject which is air pollution and the consequences for residents in Ipswich, especially those who already reside in an AQMA, if the massive house building project goes ahead on the Northern fringe. I see that the ... [ more ]
Mass R
Yes I agree LA's have a legal requirement but the latest NICE involvement reflects increased concerns relating to public health. They will only overlook the pollution issues if they are not challenged. 're the Mersea Homes planning application, for ... [ more ]
Mass R
Having had 2 family members die prematurely from cancer caused solely by exposure to asbestos (the Coroner's words) I know full well how these 'hidden' pollutants are often ignored by the powers that be. The dangers of exposure to asbestos were well ... [ more ]
Mass R
Well said Ipswich Ltd. I know Suffolk is noted for being a somewhat backward county but it amazes me in this day and age that our 'leaders' pay no regard to the wellbeing of Ipswich residents and are not able to acknowledge the bigger picture as far ... [ more ]
Mass R
Perhaps the good people of Ipswich will surprise you Jeremy! After all the referendum result surprised many 'experts' who continue to treat voters with disdain. I agree that farmland is important so why are we building houses all over it which in ... [ 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 ]
Mass R
More and more of this seems to be happening recently and not just around Ipswich.  There was a report in the paper today about the massive increase in fly tipping, costing the council tax payer a fortune.  The report suggests that 'a man with a van' ... [ more ]

Whitehouse Needs You

Glen C
in Westbourne
WHITEHOUSE NEEDS YOU Do you live in the North West of Ipswich ? Have you had an idea which you think might help your community, your neighbourhood but don't know how to make it a reality? Are you working for a local group but want to know more ... [ more ]
Mass R
There is already a fantastic community choir which is based in the Whitehouse Baptist church at the top of Ulster Avenue.

Save a tree

Val S
in Sproughton
I want to save a tree.   I have watched this tree grow and mature over the years and now I fear it may be cut down.   Can anyone tell me how to go about getting it protected please?
Mass R
I don't know why everyone is making comments putting off Val S from trying to save the tree she loves.  You just make a call to the planning dept at Ipswich Borough Council and they will be pleased to advise you. We had a situation in our area where a ... [ more ]
Mass R
And meant to say as far as I know you don't have to have a reason it's down to the council to judge whether it is worth protecting.

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 ]
Mass R
Whatever the rights or wrongs of population explosion, do we really want to kill off existing residents who happen to live alongside what will become gridlocked streets in Ipswich?  Air pollution is the second biggest cause of premature death in the ... [ more ]
Mass R
Well Watchful, Joe Public did count with the referendum result, much to the annoyance of some of our politicians, both local and national.  I think we have SCC elections coming up next year so if they are not listening about the transport issues we ... [ more ]
Mass R
The planning application on the Suffolk Coastal site (see John T's link) definitely mentions a no right turn from Henley Road into Valley Road from the Northern Fringe site, which is presumably to try to mitigate any extra traffic going down the hill ... [ more ]
Mass R
Susan, Dan Poulter also has a large number of constituents living within the Ipswich borough in NW Ipswich whose concerns should be taken seriously.  If Government dictates the need for more housing, new roads will have to follow and as you say more ... [ more ]
Mass R
If all you can see in this protest is spending an extra 15 minutes in bed and allowing a bit more time for car journeys, you are seriously mistaken.
Mass R
I think it has been deferred after the SCC objection until there is more information on transport and drainage issues.

I am contemplating buying a Patmore water softener.

Theresa H
in Maidenhall
Have any of you purchased one? If so, do you like the softener? What are the pros and cons that you have experienced? Theresa.
Mass R
A family member had a water softener which periodically used to pump out a lot of water into the drain and I can remember thinking what a waste of water!  Other than that I don't have any experience of water softeners.  I always use a small amount of ... [ more ]

PROJECTS

Friends of NW Ipswich Open Spaces
in Friends of NW Ipswich Open Spaces
We are about to embark on our first project, funded by Tesco Bags of Help. Bags of Help offers Community Groups and Projects a share of the revenue from Tesco's single-use carrier bags. The Grants available are for £8,000, £10,000 and £12,000. ... [ more ]

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?

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 ]
Mass R
Hospitals ask patients not to bring valuable items into hospital with them.  Their job is to treat patients for medical conditions.