Seeking your information
Jack Chapman's letter on the opposite page explains
why we are enclosing questionnaires with this Newsletter. Those of you
who joined years ago may have filled in an application form and indicated
whether you wished to help, but that information could well be out of date
now. People's situations can change so much with children growing up, or
changes of occupation or retirement. Hence the need for up-to-date
information. We appreciate that some members join the Society to support
what we do without wishing to become more actively involved, but we do urge
you all to return the completed Membership Profiles for the reasons which
Re-thinking the Local Plan
Arguments still rage over whether a dock relief
road should use an East Bank or West Bank route. When the revised Local Plan
was presented to the Council, the problem was "solved" by rejecting both
routes and advocating only a new bridge across the dock and the changed
traffic priorities on Star Lane and College Street/Key Street as already set
out. Councillors promptly referred it back to the Borough's Officers. That
these matters are extremely controversial was well illustrated by the
Council's summary of comments on that aspect of the Local Plan. We received
a copy of the summary which ran to 43 pages of A4 text on just this one
The Society will be holding a debate-type meeting, to hear the arguments. See
page 11 for details.
Inspection by the Queen
The Queen's Jubilee procession through her realm
must have been tiring and sometimes tedious for her. However such visits
serve several purposes, one of which is mundane but important - cleaning up.
Her Silver Jubilee visit to Ipswich helped to promote and complete the Fore
Street renovation. There was no comparable specific scheme this time, but
the Queen's official opening of the Waterfront symbolically heralds a bigger
and more important rejuvenation of Ipswich.
And perhaps this visit wasn't so tedious after all. Standing in Westgate
Street. I thought the Queen and Duke looked to be smiling genuinely. I
realised afterwards that they had just passed the Ann Summers shop, in the
window of which was an exhortation to smile. The Newsletter is a "family
publication" as they say, so I can't be more specific here, but adults can
apply to me for further enlightenment!
Not many Meldrews in this Society?
Opinion pollsters have detected a large
body of the middle-aged electorate who have been dubbed "Victor Meldrews"
because of their whinging and pessimism. Anything less than perfect becomes
symbolic of national decline, and they grumble and sue. In consequence
perhaps. the polls show that Britons trust one another less than people do
in most other European countries. But Ipswich Society members aren't like
that, are they? After all, the polls show that those who belong to
clubs and societies tend to trust their fellow citizens more than do people
who don't belong to anything. Now you know why you joined The Ipswich
Please let me have all material for the January Newsletter by 20 November.
The more the merrier.
NEIL SALMON, 16 Warrington Road, Ipswich, IPI 3QU
WANTED - A NEW MINUTES SECRETARY
Shirley Sadler has done an excellentjob as
our Minutes Secretary for the past three years but now she wants to hand
over to someone else. Please contact the Chairman or Secretary if you are
interested in helping in this way. Whether or not the Minutes Secretary
becomes an actual member of the Executive Committee can be left to the