Next stage of the Plan
The Local Development Framework occupied a lot of the April Newsletter.
Some 2000 responses to IBC are being evaluated and a report will go to
the IBC Executive before the next consultation. It is said that by
2021, 90% of the required 15,400 new homes in Ipswich will have been
built on brownfield land. Worth remembering!
This seems to be the likely new name for the Civic Centre site. It makes
geographical and historical sense, thank goodness. Contrast more new
names of big developments like Voyage in Ranelagh Road, Vista in
Woodbridge Road and Modus in Duke Street. Confusing and hard to
Another good name
The Reg Driver Centre in Christchurch Park was officially opened on 6
May. This new visitor centre near the Bolton Lane entrance will be a
welcome addition to the splendidly restored park. Reg was the first
chairman of the Friends of Christchurch Park. As well as being a key
figure in the British Legion and a former Borough Councillor, he was a
long standing member of our Society.
Not all members agree with the Society's Executive that the new sixth
form centre should not be built out of town with all the extra car
journeys that will encourage. But IBC's sale of land to the County
Council will certainly bring in some valuable capital receipts. We look
forward to seeing how IBC will allocate money to 'improve facilities
within the town'.
Great changes for Great Blakenham
SnOasis is moving closer to getting Government approval. It's hard to
tell what effect it will have on Ipswich itself. More jobs, more
visitors, more money, more cars. If only we could maximise the best and
minimize the worst!
Ipswich Transport Museum Golden Jubilee
Congratulations to all the enthusiasts who have created this uniquely
valuable Ipswich attraction begun in 1958 and located at Cobham Road
former trolley bus depot since 1989. Everything in the Museum was either
built or operated in the Ipswich area. It is open Sundays 11.00-16.00
until late November and on weekdays 21 July-29 August 13.00-16.00.
Magistrates to move?
A new court house may be built next to the Crown Court in Russell Road
with the main public entrance from West End Road. If so, the present
site in Elm Street opposite the police station could become part of the
second phase of redevelopment of the Civic Centre.
Where is Suffolk?
We were pleased to hear and see the great achievement of Erdem
Misirlioglu, winner of the piano section of the BBC young Musician of
the Year competition in May. Not so pleased to hear that his school,
Northgate, is in Essex according to the BBC. To add further insult, a
few days later something in Suffolk (not sure what) was described as
being in Sussex. Surely the name of the ancient county is to remain
despite possible reorganisation!