You may remember that we advised you of a date in early September to put
in your diaries for an important meeting about transport around the
Waterfront and how it should be managed. In the event that meeting did
not take place and was re-scheduled. It did take place on 18 November.
It was a meeting at the Novotel funded by Suffolk County Council, the
body responsible for roads, but sponsored and supported by The Ipswich
Society and the Ipswich Waterfront Partnership. The purpose of the
meeting, which ran from 9.30 am till 1 pm, was to explain the proposals
made in the Buchanan Report, jointly commissioned by SCC and IBC and to
examine any other views and proposals as to how traffic could/should be
managed around the Waterfront.
John Norman, who has a particular interest in how students will get to
Suffolk New College and the University, gave a clear opening talk which
set out the problems. A representative of Buchanan took us through their
report and explored the reasons for their conclusions. The meeting then
broke up into small groups to discuss specific issues. Much attention
was directed to the needs of various road users, including cyclists and
pedestrians, as well as "a comfortable urban environment" and how
various schemes might impact on the quality of life, as well as economic
development and regeneration.
It was a very useful meeting and a wide range of backgrounds and views
was represented. At the time of writing, the official note of the views
from the various groups is not available, but in the main I believe the
view was that Buchanan was on the right lines. Watch this space.
Our editor, in the last Newsletter, drew your attention to our
forthcoming 50th birthday in 2010. Your committee is pursuing various
ideas about how this might be celebrated, as you will see in Tony
Marsden's article in this issue. We are very hopeful of publishing a
History of The Ipswich Society, the preparation of which has been going
on for over two years. If you have any thoughts on ways to mark the
occasion, please contact any member of the committee.
The new UCS building on the Waterfront is now open and in use. As part
of the University's commitment to close relations with the local
community, it has announced a series of free public lectures organised
by its History Department. The first of these was a very interesting
talk about the archaeology of the recent Waterfront 'digs' as described
later in this Newsletter. The whole programme and, on principle, any
other public lectures at the University deserve to be supported.
Since our last Newsletter we have learned that SnOasis has received
Government approval. Although not within the Borough, it will have an
immense impact on our town, which is why we responded fully to the
initial planning applications. Opponents are hoping the credit crunch
will prevent the development but it doesn't seem so at the moment, with
the developer promising an almost immediate start on the project.
By the time you read this, Christmas will have come and gone - I hope it
was an enjoyable time, although perhaps a more frugal one than of late.