Two more paving schemes have been completed. The more frequented one is Fore
Street where the new surface enhances this splendid old street which houses
the largest number of Listed buildings in the town (2 Grade I, 5 Grade II*,
77 Grade II). The other is Sir Alf Ramsay Way (formerly Portman Walk). The
football club was responsible for financing the paving as part of the
planning permission for the North Stand, but the work was stopped while the
club was in administration. Again, the paving enhances the building - the
shiny new stand with its sturdy lower verticals - although the overhang
should not be a precedent for other planning permissions! Yes, these paving
schemes are an improvement, but without a supply of relatively cheap
attractive natural stone in Britain, our schemes tend to be less beautiful
than the best ones in Italy and Spain.
Redundant small brown bins
New legislation from the Department of the Environment, Food and Rural
Affairs has banned the inclusion of kitchen waste in compost recycling
schemes. This must be frustrating to officials in Ipswich and elsewhere and
probably makes the schemes less viable with only garden waste accepted. Does
anyone know what the reasons are for the Government's new restrictions?
Kitchen waste used to be (still is?) an important part of similar schemes in
Germany where many of the recycling methods originated and where our bins
If you can't beat them, buy them
A new twist has been given to the peculiarities of railway privatisation.
The Greater Anglia franchise will be operated by only one company,
eliminating the present competition (for which there are pros and cons)
between our two local operators, Anglia Railways and First Great Eastern.
After failing at the first bidding stage, Great Eastern's parent company,
First Group, has now cleared the way for a takeover of Anglia
Railways'parent company. (National Express and Arriva Trains are the other
competitors still in the bidding process.) Boardroom manoeuvres may benefit
shareholders in the short term but will they be good for passengers in the
Hospital no more
Christchurch Park Hospital, later Suffolk Nuffield Hospital, is up for sale.
Potential developers must be prepared to excel themselves in sensitive
conversions because Fonnereau Road is arguably the most spectacular
residential road in the town.
Cover, issue 153