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Water Main Replacement

Richard G in Boot Street
I need someone to replace the main water pipe from the water meter to my house. Any reccomendations ? Thank You
Spotty Dog
The water supply pipes from the meter to your property are your responsibility  unless the supply is shared in which case it is joint responsibility between the users. This is explained here ... [ more ]

Beach Hut, Old Felixstowe

Teresa C in Greenwich
I'm a bit confused!  I have been thinking of buying a little beach hut in Felixstowe as I'm (semi) retired -  beginning to realise it's not that straight-forward - i.e. am I right in being told that 'council tax' and other annual fees would apply?  Any ... [ more ]
Spotty Dog
The council charges as of 01/04/2015. are dependent on location and are listed here. Remember to add VAT @ 20% to all figures including surcharge. ... [ more ]

The Old Bell Inn

Graham C in Gainsborough
Anyone know what is happening with this historic old building? It's been empty for years, but now clearly work is going on there - but for what?

Parking on Grass Verges

Albchiv in Racecourse
My wife tells me she saw a person writing down the registration of vehicles parked on the grass verge in Renfrew Road. Does anyone know if he is a council official, a road tax official or a concerned local resident collecting facts to present a case to ... [ more ]
Spotty Dog
If there are parking restrictions on the road in the form of yellow lines and a qualifying post detailing the restrictions then those restrictions apply to the grass verge as well. I don't know if Renfrew Road has such restrictions. If you do then a ... [ more ]

laptop repair.

Karen C in Broke Hall
My laptop of 18mths wont turn on. reluctant to scrap and buy another , can you recommend a repairer , . I know there will be a cost involved but dont want to be ripped off. Many thanks. xx
Spotty Dog
Have a look at this thread from a few days ago:-

PC repairer

Stephanie F in Brightwell
Can anyone recommend a good pc repairer please. I have a lenovo laptop which won't charge properly. The battery indicator shows the laptop charging for 5 cycles of movement on the battery indicator then stops. If I unplug the lead then plug it in ... [ more ]
Spotty Dog
See this thread from a few days ago:

Where do you stand on longer Sunday trading hours?

Ipswich Star in Westbourne
Do you support a proposal to extend Sunday trading in Ipswich? Would you use the shops more?

73 votes on 2 answers so far...

See all and vote
Spotty Dog
" It is strange that in this day of 24-hour living, you cannot pop into Tesco after 4pm on a Sunday."  Isn't it astonishing that our local Ipswich Star made this comment above when every single Tesco express in Ipswich is open after 4pm on a Sunday ... [ more ]

Nursery closed today

Ipswich Star in Westbourne
Fire ripped through Little learners nursery in #Ipswich last night
Spotty Dog
If like so many of us you are tired of being bombarded with links to Ipswich star articles which we have previously read on the Star site then you can hit the downward arrow at the top right of the original post and select to block this tedious ... [ more ]
Spotty Dog
@Diane P. You may notice that to ensure that she continues to bombard us with unwanted links she has changed her name to "Ipswich Star" so it is possible we will now have to block the new name (I'm not sure). She has now also moved to Ipswich Town centre ... [ more ]

computer help needed

Gwyneth R in Rushmere St Andrew
Somebody suggested a computer service that was inexpensive and efficient....but I cannot find it, now that I need it......can anyone help please?
Spotty Dog
Can't recommend anybody specific but if you type " computer repair" into the search box at the top of page it will reveal previous threads on the subject that you were looking for.

Tributes to Bryan Knights

Ipswich Star in Westbourne
Tributes have been paid to former radio commentator and teacher, Bryan Knights.

Tree felling

Ipswich Star in Westbourne
I have been contacted about this on here and also via a telephone call, so thought I would post the link to help those who were concerned about the tree felling near Foxhall Stadium. ... [ more ]
Spotty Dog
From the Streetlife FAQ's it says the following:- "Archant are a minority investor in Streetlife, through their Digital Ventures arm. In addition, we have a commercial agreement where they promote and advertise Streetlife to their readers, and include ... [ more ]

On Road parking

John S in California
I have just aid out hundreds of pounds to have a dropped curb installed to access  a new hard standing on my property and to enable any visitors to park  I have only 1 car ..unfortunately my neighbours have 4 cars and 5 cars respectively and are none to ... [ more ]
Spotty Dog
It's sounds as though your neighbours are being hostile and lack consideration, in that case you can call the Ipswich Council Parking Enforcement office and ask for a parking enforcement officer to attend. They will issue a fixed penalty notice ( ... [ more ]
Spotty Dog
@Richard G your knowledge doesn't match my experience and what actually happens. Did you read the link offered? Yes the local neighbourhood police can also issue a ticket but they are a lot harder to get out of their office.
Spotty Dog
@Richard G It may come as a surprise to you but your knowledge and 'what you believe ' does not agree with the facts and what Parking enforcement officers can actually do. I can assure you I wouldn't suggest something unless I was absolutely sure it to ... [ more ]


Brian A in California
Having been the victim of a scam I wanted to warn my neighbours of how it is done. An offer is made to trial a product for free, only paying for postage. The postage has to be paid by credit or debit card, the test product is duly delivered(or not) but ... [ more ]
Spotty Dog
A lot of this type of scam will have had terms in the small print that you would have agreed to when you requested the trial sample. Those terms usually say that you agree to be supplied on a monthly/fortnightly/ weekly basis and that you agree to pay ... [ more ]

Aldi Meredith Road Car Park Overstay Charges

Robert R in White House
I've just received a demand for £70 for staying 25 minutes too long at Aldi in Meredith Road whilst shopping in the store. In case you don't know (and I didn't) the car park is run by Parking Eye and they photograph the numberplate of every vehicle as it ... [ more ]
Spotty Dog
Aldis introduced parking restrictions in their car parks as a result of people using their parks ( particularly at Rosehill) as a " park and ride" to town together with local residents and workers parking all day blocking space for their own customers. ... [ more ]
Spotty Dog
@Natalie S, Are you saying that the Ipswich Star want to run a story about a man who parked his car on a private car park, ignored the signs detailing time limits, exceeded the time stated because he spent nearly 2 hours in one small shop and is now ... [ more ]
Spotty Dog
I'm dismayed that the majority of people on this thread are suggesting ways to circumvent and avoid paying the parking charge applied when a person overstays the time limit that is clearly posted in the car park. Doesn't anybody take responsibility for ... [ more ]
Spotty Dog
I see the Ipswich Star decided that this story was a scoop that they couldn't ignore ( finding real news must be too much work for lazy hacks) however presumably to drum up more sympathy they say that he only overstayed 20 minutes ( not 25 as the OP ... [ more ]
Spotty Dog
Oh they do @ Elaine D they even sent him photos of himself driving in and out of the park. I took Jill's comment to be somewhat tongue in cheek anyway.

Energy suppliers

Jackie T in Kesgrave
Looking to change our energy suppliers after a year of chaos with one of the "big 6". Anyone with any recommendations ?
Spotty Dog
For the cheapest deal check uswitch here There are also customer satisfaction reviews rating the various companies on that site.

Shepherd and dog

Tricia W in Broke Hall
I've just had Carvery there this evening and will never return, oh my word. The service was slow, the carver was in able to communicate, the food was not hot, the beer was flat and my wine defiantly lacked flavour. We had to find some one to pay the ... [ more ]
Spotty Dog
The Shepherd and Dog is owned and managed by Mitchell and Butler ( who previously used to be Brewers but now just manage pubs and restaurants) and are based in Birmingham. If you want to complain I think it'll be pointless talking to the staff at the S ... [ more ]
Spotty Dog
Isn't it ironic that Terri C recommends the two places above as they are also owned and managed by M & B. It shows that the problems at the S & D must be down to the staff employed. M & B own and manage Vintage Inns ( which is the Duke of ... [ more ]
Spotty Dog
The Carter & Miller theme of steak houses ( also run by M & B) are different class to the cheap help yourself carvery at the Shepherd & Dog. It's an a la carte menu and considerably more expensive so consequently there will be a different ... [ more ]
Spotty Dog
The Carter & Miller theme is more a restaurant that serves alcohol from a discrete wine bar rather than a pub that sells food so it'll be interesting to see how the S & D is revamped. May even lose the name S & D.
Spotty Dog
@Richard G why are you so obtuse? It's clear from the contributers to this thread that there is something radically wrong with the place. Rather than enquiring of other contributers how many times they have visited the place why not tell us how many ... [ more ]
Spotty Dog
@ Richard G you resort to insulting name calling and call the rest of us on this thread unintelligent? You now say you have never been there so it's clear that your contribution to this thread is to get yourself heard. You claim only 3 people are ... [ more ]

Parking Space

Lphilly in Rushmere Street
Is there any kind soul on here that would have space for my Zafira 3 days a week on their driveway very close to the hospital. I have just lost my parking space and am desperate to find somewhere else. I dont wish to line the pockets of the hospital and ... [ more ]
Spotty Dog
Even the residents and the visitors to those residents living close to the hospital cannot find parking near their houses because of hospital staff being too tight to pay the subsidised parking. Just pay the fiver a week to park, it's not lining the ... [ more ]
Spotty Dog
@ Interested, Not "mean" but honest and since when has working been a privilege? The majority of working people either have to pay to park their car or pay the bus fare if they don't walk or cycle why should hospital staff be any different? I'm amazed ... [ more ]
Spotty Dog
Off topic but addressing those who think parking should be free at the hospital. As stated earlier it's always been the case that workers have to make their own way, at their expense, to their place of work. If the worker owns a car, with its inherent ... [ more ]
Spotty Dog
To clarify and to add to @ Richard G's argument. The parking charges for staff if they have the charges deducted monthly from their salary is £28/ month which works out at less than £1.30/ day for full time workers. It's only £1.70 if paid on a day to ... [ more ]
Spotty Dog
I can assure anyone trying to park in nearby streets to the hospital that they are "full" by 7.15 am and remain so often until 6.00 pm. As that has resulted in annoying local residents I have checked staff car parks and they are never full so early in ... [ more ]

Who's responsibility

Spotty Dog
Usually the fence belongs to the property on the side of the posts and cant rails so I'm guessing as it looks from the picture that 4 properties have the use of the parking area behind the fence then the responsibility belongs to the four properties ... [ more ]
Spotty Dog
Ah, so you are taking the picture from your house, you don't live in one of the houses in the picture, then yes I would think the responsibility is with the four houses pictured.

Pub near 7 Hills

Janet F in Warren Heath
As posts here have put me off The Shepherd and Dog, where would you suggest would be a good place for tea/coffee or drinks after a cremation at 7 hills?
Spotty Dog
You are right to want to avoid the Shepherd and Dog. Presumably you want somewhere nearby, these are not recommendations but suggestions of places within easy reach that you may want to check out. Holiday Inn, Havens, Ransomes Europark The Swallow, ... [ more ]
Spotty Dog
Personally, I wouldn't give the Shepherd and Dog any chance to spoil my day because they are so expert at doing that. The fact that there are cars in the car park doesn't mean that any of those inside are having a wonderful experience. They are unlikely ... [ more ]

Photo ID.

SMM in Ipswich Town Centre
I am after a some information please. I'm going to have to get some form off photo ID (Can't open a new bank account, take out a new phone contract, can't get a new dentist etc.) with out doing so regardless of the fact I've lived with 10 miles of my ... [ more ]
Spotty Dog
I agree you're in a Catch 22 situation. Generally only passports or driving licences are accepted as photo ID, bus passes are not accepted by banks etc. The simplest would be to renew your driving licence although you cannot even do that on line if you ... [ more ]
Spotty Dog
According to the web site you can still renew your driving licence if you have lost your previous one, you just have to tick the relevant box on the D798 form and apply through the post direct with the DVLA. As you have found out apart from passport ... [ more ]
Spotty Dog
According to the bank's web sites the citizen card is not listed as an acceptable proof of ID. It be OK though to prove you are old enough to buy a pint!! See Lloyds bank here NatWest bank ... [ more ]

Taxi Service to London Heathrow!

Samuel A in California
The last time I was on this site, I read an ad about a taxi driver offering his services to anyone travelling out through any of the airports around: Heathrow, Gatwick etc. I'm scheduled to travel on the 1st of November this year via Heathrow and would ... [ more ]
Spotty Dog
If you type "taxi service airport" into the 'search streetlife' box at the top of this page it will reveal previous threads with discussions/ recommendations and may answer your question.
Spotty Dog
Purple parking at Heath Row for 2 weeks is from £74.95 ( all options are way below £250) and no worries about getting others to deliver you to the airport so must be a consideration if there is 4 of you.  ... [ more ]

Coop foxhall road

DAF in Ipswich Town Centre
The co-op on Foxhall rd ,(Camden rd) has closed down,anybody know what's going to be there instead?
Spotty Dog
@Teresa M, when I enquired at the Camden Road Co-op as to why they didn't sell "fresh" bread when other branches (Foxhall Road, Cauldwell Hall Road) were selling it I was told they didn't sell at that branch because there was an independent bakery ... [ more ]
Spotty Dog
They didn't sell Fresh bakery in Camden Road branch for the reasons stated above (so I was told) but they did in the Foxhall Road branch (near the top of Grove Lane). Maybe you are calling Camden road branch Foxhall Road.

advice please

Angela W in Greenwich
My neighbour is  elderly and is looked after by home help who come several times a day.  One of them spends the majority of her time in her car smoking and texting.  This may be legitimate however I am concerned that my neighbour could be being ... [ more ]
Spotty Dog
If the caring has been long term then the carers will be employed by a private company of which there are many in the area. As it's unlikely the name of the company is on the car you would need to find out which company the carer works for. You could do ... [ more ]
Spotty Dog
AFAIK social service ( now called Customer First) only take on caring responsibility for around the first six weeks, if still required after that the responsibility is passed on to private companies which they can recommend or you can seek out yourself. ... [ more ]

Seeking return lift from Ipswich to Lowestoft/Oulton Broad, Friday

Spotty Dog
It's £17.50 day return from Derby Road to Lowestoft (33% off if you have a senior rail card) if you fail to get a lift. Leave 09.41 or 10.41 for a 2 hour journey.

Free parking

Spotty Dog
Assuming you have a "blue badge" then read the following especially from page 14 ' where can I park?' If you don't have a "blue ... [ more ]