If you thought I was unduly cheerful in my last Editorial, I'm afraid
I'm going to do it again! There are many good things happening in
Ipswich, some of which I probably don't even know about. The more
obvious ones are referred to later in this Newsletter - the opening of
the new University Campus Suffolk building on the Waterfront, the likely
redevelopment of the Civic Centre site, the refurbishment of the Corn
Exchange and the former museum in Museum Street, the Co-op's purchase of
Wherstead Park and, not least, the proposals for four big wind turbines
which could make a useful contribution to providing sustainable energy.
I hope you'll read about all these matters in the following pages - in
which you will also find some issues the society is not happy about!
Yes, the economic slowdown has affected some development schemes -
inevitably perhaps but badly timed, especially when the Waterfront was
looking so promising. It sounds as if the St Peter's Port development
will be started soon, but the three derelict dockside buildings near
Stoke Bridge may continue to blight the appearance of the Waterfront on
the western side as seen by thousands who pass by every day. In an ideal
world the owners would be made to clear the sites and create green
spaces until proper building takes place. However, I must remind myself
to be realistic - which is not the same as being pessimistic!
The biggest topical (and controversial) issue is the Government's
consideration of changing local authority boundaries in Suffolk and
Norfolk to create unitary authorities. The decision would affect our
whole area for decades to come and needs to be looked at from all
angles. The Society's carefully considered response is outlined in this
Newsletter on page 6.
The year 2010 will see the Society's 50th anniversary. We hope to hold a
number of celebratory events which are already being discussed by your
committee. There should be much to look forward to in 2010.