I wrote the previous Editorial in early September. Since then the
Trans-Atlantic Bubble has burst, creating global economic mayhem.
Consequently some of the matters which our Society is interested in are
bound to be affected. I'm not an expert by any means but here are some
comments which you might like to think about.
Since job losses are so evidently happening, the creation of new jobs
must be a major aim. That presumably made it obvious for the Government
to give final approval for SnOasis. They couldn't refuse the injection
of so much private capital into any local economy. So whether or not you
like the scheme - and it will have an impact on Ipswich itself - the
decision must have been inevitable. Conversely perhaps, might the
financial squeeze on local authorities mean that Central Government will
have cold feet about the short-term financial consequences of
reorganising local government in Suffolk, so that we'll stay as we are?
We shall not find out till April at the earliest, a delay of several
weeks on the intended timing.
On the retailing front, even my sober-sided daily newspaper produced a
front page headline "Bloodbath on the High Street". That was
specifically about the demise of Woolworths - which incidentally makes
the future of the Mint Quarter even more obscure. But the threat to
other major shops and the economic viability of town centres was spelt
out. Towns will be fighting towns for customers to an even greater
Now in a world where many people have the transport to be able to choose
where they spend their money, it is surely right for the Evening Star to
produce Go Ipswich, a special supplement pointing out the wide range of
attractions in Ipswich. And it is surely right for Ipswich Central, the
town's association of traders, to appeal to shoppers to buy here in
Ipswich. If something markedly superior can be bought elsewhere, then
nobody could fairly say, don't go. But other things being equal,
supporting the economy of one's home town is not so very different from
joining The Ipswich Society to support the well-being of the town.
I hope you'll find much of interest in our Newsletter, such as our
Awards (more controversial than usual?), our Chairman on discussions
about traffic, and the planning for a very special year, 2010.