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Ipswich Buttermarket precinct

Recommendations in Warren Heath

Sheilah S
I  understand  there  is  going  to  be  some  sort of  regeneration  project  in  the  Buttermarket  precinct  in  town.  Does  anyone  know  what  has  happened  to  the lovely  little  card  shop  that  used  to  be  there?  It  was  a  lovely  ... [ more ]
Spotty Dog
I agree that the council collects our money and then does what they think fit with it and so many of their schemes don't help us. They don't consult us the bill payers but then some would argue that's what we elect the councillors to do. Those ... [ more ]

Bins

Local Conversations in Rose Hill

Glen P
Does any one else have the problem when arriving home to find there bin has been left in the middle of there drive? I have even been in my car with the engine running waiting to go when they left my neighbour bin behind my car. Is it they don't think ... [ more ]

Lonely Traveller

Recommendations in Martlesham Heath

ks
Hi, I want to explore options of traveling alone, primarily around Europe this summer, I am in mid 30's and have not done much of traveling alone or backpacking but am open to try them. I will prefer to meet new people, does anyone have any ... [ more ]
Spotty Dog
If you want to backpack and travel alone but meet similar minded people on your travels then buy ( or borrow) a guide book which covers the countries you wish to travel in (Lonely planet have many titles covering all of Europe). Most travellers using ... [ more ]

Mobile phone

Local Conversations in Stoke

Moanalot
I require a mobile fone, for emergency preferable with it,s own number, to use for texts only must be reasonable to purchase. Condition not a problem as long as it works ok.
Spotty Dog
Carphone Warehouse have a phone for free provided you buy a £20 top up. They also have other models from 99p. Check out their website, they also have shops in town. If a Streetlifer offers you a phone you'll more than likely still have to buy a SIM card ... [ more ]

Nation Express Bus to Heathrow

Recommendations in Martlesham Heath

ks
Hi All, I am planning to take a National express bus to Heathrow T4, has anyone got the experience of their coach service. any inputs much appreciated.
Spotty Dog
Recommended, I have used the service several times in both directions. If you book far enough ahead there are tickets available for £15 one way but check the restrictions if you think you may need to change the times/dates. Bus goes via Colchester, ... [ more ]
Spotty Dog
They do also pick up (and drop off) at Ipswich rail station after leaving Cardinal Park but if you are booking on line and you put your start point as Ipswich station you may find the cheaper promotional fares are not available from there. No explanation ... [ more ]
Spotty Dog
Checking the web site for departures from Ipswich it says they leave at 12.00 and 14.00.( not the times you quote). They are usually on time, or there abouts,in my experience but of course it will depend on traffic or if there has been an accident en ... [ more ]

energy bills

Recommendations in Priory Heath

Sheila O
his may be a repeat but what i posted earlyer is not up here .i wish to change my daughters electric /gas supplier her and her housemate are getting messed around by them and im not happy.i have power of attorney for my daughter  what i want to know is ... [ more ]
Spotty Dog
If you have power of attorney you can act on that persons behalf so if the existing account is in her name you can do it. Provided she is not currently tied into a contract the best approach is try to find out how much energy they used in the last 12 ... [ more ]

What would you do?

Local Conversations in California

Peter M
The house across the from mine was sold in the summer and a new family bought it and moved in.  I have seen little of them since they arrived, but assume they have a teenage son (around age 17). On Monday night I got home around 8pm to find maybe 5 ... [ more ]
Spotty Dog
If it is a public road maintained by taxpayers contributions in front of your house and parking there causes no obstruction to your access then anybody and everybody with a legally taxed vehicle has a right to park there. What makes you think that you ... [ more ]
Spotty Dog
Not just residents but anyone can park anywhere in your street as they do in every other street in town. Have you never parked in a street in town in front someone else's house while you visit or shop? What do you do when you have visitors coming in two ... [ more ]

computers and tablets

Local Conversations in Priory Heath

Sheila O
hi all the great people who understand computers ,i am on the bt network and my grand daughter is on vigin media ,while she is at my house would she be able to pick up her emais on her tablet? i have sent her two emails while she has been here but  ... [ more ]
Spotty Dog
When you send emails they should arrive more or less instantly. If you say " when she got home she had my emails" then I suspect that she hasn't managed to connect to your WiFi network only getting them once she arrived within range of her home WiFi. ... [ more ]

Evening Star Comments.

Local Conversations in Broke Hall

Pip
Yesterday I made a comment on the Evening Star website about how racist some of the comments can be. I also reported some comments for being racist.  My comments was rejected.  Far too often racist comments are allowed on the comments following Evening ... [ more ]

Lancashire

Local Conversations in Westbourne

Spotty Dog
The Ipswich Town FC coach and their loyal away supporters will be off to Blackpool on November 1st

Misconnection of washing machine

Local Conversations in Greenwich

Veronica B
I think in my heart of hearts I know what I should do. My new neighbours have plumbed their washing machine in the garage with the waste discharging into a storm water drain. In this area built 1968 we have separate drains for foul water, sent to be ... [ more ]
Spotty Dog
Report him,  Washing machine foul water should be directed into the normal enclosed sewerage system not an open water storm duct.

Orwell Bridge

Local Conversations in Greenwich

Tina D
We all love the Orwell Bridge, but how much longer do we want it to be known as "Suicide Bridge"" In outside areas it is! Please sign this petition to stop these deaths and change this view!   http://epetitions.direct.gov.uk/petitions/67519
Spotty Dog
Come on .. since when has it ever been known as suicide bridge? Sadly if a person is in the mind to commit suicide they will do it one way or another whether the bridge is there or not. You only have to count the number of people who have gone in front ... [ more ]
Spotty Dog
@Tina D, the problem with signing is that it's clear from the majority of comments on here that we don't believe that nets or fences will decrease the numbers of people attempting suicide in the region so we don't want to be seen to be supporting such a ... [ more ]
Spotty Dog
@S H. You accuse others of being "uneducated and out of touch" the truth is that it is you who simply won't understand that putting nets or fences on the bridge will only reduce attempts at suicide from the bridge, not the numbers overall. The number of ... [ more ]
Spotty Dog
@S H. Throwing insults and flaming people with different views to yourself only  makes your opinions seem less relevant and doesn't help your argument. You keep telling us to do "homework". You quote a source from Bristol, have you read it? It states the ... [ more ]
Spotty Dog
The report doesn't say he attempted to jump but just threatened to jump so we should assume that he went there to get some attention not to actually jump as he had plenty of chance to do so if that had been his intention.
Spotty Dog
Remember the subject of this thread is to ask people to support the installation of nets or fences using public money. @S H, We all have "done our homework" and we have come to the conclusion that safety nets and other forms of fencing have just driven ... [ more ]

Number 19 bus service extension axed

Local Conversations in Westbourne

Natalie S
The 19 bus will no longer serve parts of the Whitton and Castle Hill estates - will the affect you? http://www.ipswichstar.co.uk/news/ipswich_anger_as_number_19_bus_service_is_cut_back_meaning_it_will...
Spotty Dog
Once again we must understand that IBC is an independent business and they sure wouldn't remove services if they were profitable or breaking even so we must believe that the service is under utilised. Also by admission the passengers are mainly those ... [ more ]
Spotty Dog
@Roz B. AFAIK The First bus Felixstowe services 76 and 77 pass the Transport museum and Ipswich buses 4 goes down Felixstowe road but would mean walking a few hundred yards.

Transport

Local Conversations in Stoke Park

Spotty Dog
Plenty of one way train fares from Liverpool Street to Ipswich for £9 if you are not bothered what time during the day you travel. You will probably be better booking a couple of weeks in advance but try any way on the Greater Anglia web site ... [ more ]

Withdrawal of Ipswich Buses No 2 Bus Service

Local Conversations in Castle Hill

Neil
I sent the following to Ipswich Buses a few weeks ago and received a very unhelpful reply. I would be interested to find out what fellow people on streetlife think. To Ipswich Buses, I would like to complain about the withdrawal of part of the No 2 ... [ more ]
Spotty Dog
What we must understand is that Ipswich buses is run as a business and nobody continues in business if they make a loss. It is the old case of use it or lose it. As Mr  Robson points out there is a way to continue the service if the council subsidises ... [ more ]
Spotty Dog
With the "bus wars" being run for the past couple of years between Ipswich Buses and First, how about approaching First to run a service on the No. 2 route when Ipswich buses withdraw. I think though, you will have to present a stronger case to them that ... [ more ]

Gull nuisance in Ipswich Town Centre

Local Conversations in Ipswich Town Centre

Martin C
It can't just be me who's noticed it can it ? The level of noise from gulls in Ipswich town centre seems to have increased considerably this summer From my office just south of the town centre its now an almost constant cacophony of squawking from the ... [ more ]
Spotty Dog
I would rather have the gulls than some of the littering people I see around town who leave mess that the rain wont wash off ......... now where's that blunderbuss?

Fundraising begins..... Campsite open in 2 Days!

Clubs & Groups in Ipswich Town Centre

JUL 24
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Bildeston Meadows at the Sportsfield, Consent Lane, Bildeston IP7 7SB
Nicola J
A new popup campsite has been set up during the summer holidays to help raise funds for our local sportsfield pavillion!  Opening 24/7 to 5/9 we can offer rural, peaceful camping at affordable prices for families.  At £10 per pitch we hope to fill our ... [ more ]

Sky Box/Engineer

Local Conversations in Stoke

Peter M
The storm on Friday night appears to have knocked out my Sky TV box, with it now being unresponsive and no lights on.  Sky quoted me 60 pounds for someone to come out and look in a week's time.  The engineer will (hopefully) repair or replace at no ... [ more ]
Spotty Dog
Have you checked the fuse in the mains plug? and if that's OK have a look around inside the box to see if there is anything like a fuse that could be blown, If not .... There seems to be a load of them on eBay far cheaper than £60. I don't know if any ... [ more ]

Keeping my cats safe.

Local Conversations in Rushmere St Andrew

Anne C
Has anyone been able to stop their cat from getting out of their garden by putting something on the fence and if so, do you have any recommendations.
Spotty Dog
Anne C, how I wish all cat owners thought like you, As I have the only garden in the neighbourhood with loose soil I am looking for a way to keep them OUT. Any recommendations please!!! It's amazing that it's against the law to let your dog foul outside ... [ more ]
Spotty Dog
Maybe Debbie but lots of us also like to have the birds in our garden and it's no coincidence that the more cats in the neighbourhood the fewer birds we have. If we as humans were to be shooting or killing birds in such numbers we'd be taken to court but ... [ more ]
Spotty Dog
@Teresa P, I only wished you lived in my road then I'd call you round with your latex gloves as you enjoy it so much. Cleaning up after ones own animals is OK but when you have to clean up for the whole neighbourhood of cats it gets very tedious I can ... [ more ]
Spotty Dog
Whatever pet we have whether it's a dog, goat, chickens, guinea pig, parrot or goldfish we have a social responsibility to keep that pet on our property and suitably cared for. With the above examples I think you'll agree that most people do. Why is it ... [ more ]
Spotty Dog
I do not hate cats per se but I do hate the exalted position they hold in some families and the way their behaviour is accepted and promoted by society. If I had a pet python in my garden and it laid in wait for it's fortnightly meal until the neighbours ... [ more ]
Spotty Dog
@Debbie C, you are not listening are you? I am not complaining about the number of cats in my area, only the number that come into my garden. The cat owners in my area are not elderly and if the owners love and want them I do not object  but they should ... [ more ]

Roadworks Ipswich Hosp/Rushmere/Woodbridge rd shops

Local Conversations in Rushmere St Andrew

Anne C
Does anyone know when the roadworks at the large roundabout at the hospital/woodbridge rd shops is due to be completed please?

B&M

Local Conversations in Gainsborough

Linda C
I am really peeved that the council want to single out and restrict what the B > M store sells on europark, if they push through that this store is only to sell what they say it is registered to then WHY is not the same for the store over the other ... [ more ]
Spotty Dog
The B & M store in the old PC World building (near Currys) falls under the jurisdiction of Babergh district council (not Ipswich B.C.) so clearly they have different rules. I.B.C. need to explain that if the conditions at Europark are that only ... [ more ]

Fish n Chips

Local Conversations in Stoke

Peter M
In the Peking Express thread someone mentioned they only eat fish n chips as a takeaway option.  So what are people's recommendations/opinions on the local options?  Personally my current favourite is Millers on London Road.
Spotty Dog
@Tim L, that "award" is 6 months ago and it's all a matter of opinion and whether you believe in the authenticity of such "awards". I'll repeat what I said at the time. All the hype about a "Top National Award" is in my opinion simply another means to ... [ more ]

Eye test

Recommendations in Broke Hall

Lynne M
I am due for an eye test I normally go to the co-op but I would like to change opticians can anyone recommend a good one please.
Spotty Dog
I recently had an eye test and bought Spectacles from Specsavers in Ipswich and thought the eye test was more comprehensive than I'd ever had before and the glasses I bought (from their £85 range buy one get one free) were very good quality. The staff ... [ more ]
Spotty Dog
@ Pip. As and ex employee of a multitude of opticians you should know that if you take your current pair of glasses into the new optician they can deduce what your previous prescription was by checking out and analysing your lenses (provided they were ... [ more ]

Bus lane on Bishop's Hill

Local Conversations in Broke Hall

James M
What is the point of it? Cars who want to turn left about a mile ahead use it (illegally, but the police don't care) The buses don't use it!  They always try to squeeze into the normal lane before the junction, because even they think it's stupid to have ... [ more ]
Spotty Dog
@Stu, Yes the council will tell you that there is nowhere near the congestion that  there used to be since they removed the roundabout and closed Back Hamlet. What they won't tell you is that they simply moved the congestion to the Grove Lane/Spring ... [ more ]
Spotty Dog
To add some fact to this discussion I have seen the the police follow and stop a car for driving in the bus lane in Star Lane. I have no idea whether they arrested him, I doubt it somehow but he may well have been fined. OK it's not Bishops Hill but ... [ more ]

washing machine

Give, Lend & Borrow in Westbourne

Brainy D
Hi I was wondering if anyone can help. I am after a free washing machine- I don't want it to work. It is to train dogs to retrieve the washing for the charity Headways Brainy Dog scheme. However I have no idea where to get one- any clues? Thank you
Spotty Dog
Try Bonds Domestics, 7 Heath Road, Ipswich Tel 718007. They buy and sell second hand washing machines and they have to dump many that are not worth repairing. If you are prepared to collect it then I'm sure they'll have a choice for you.