Crane's 44 acre derelict site in Nacton Road is perhaps the most
depressing sight in Ipswich. The proposed Crane Park trading estate
would re-develop it and provide valuable jobs.
'Bacon Curve' - thank goodness the Government has endorsed
the new twin-track 'Ipswich Chord' allowing freight trains from
Felixstowe to head direct to Peterborough and the north, so
avoiding the mainline to London. But it will be 4 years before it
Ipswich Buses - we welcome IBC's decision n6t to sell a stake in
the company to Go Ahead. It's true that very few local authorities
own bus companies, but ours is too good to lose.
Retail Head - the Business Improvement District (BID) has
worked with mc to create a new post - someone to attract inward
investment to fill vacant shops and widen the range of retail offer.
All the more necessary in the near future as spending money gets
Northern Fringe - the Government's rejection of Mersea Homes'
proposal for 1000+ new houses between Westerfield Road and
Henley Road was expected because a masterplan is needed for
the whole area. With increased local decision making it's hard to
anticipate what will happen eventually but it's surely inescapable
that Ipswich needs more houses.
Squirrell honoured - the Society's Blue Plaque commemorating
artist Leonard Squirrell at 82 Spring Road was dedicated on 6
October. The artist's daughter, Annette Kenny, spoke eloquently
about her pleasure in seeing this completed.
Hospital's name - Heath Road hospital is now officially 'Ipswich
Hospital NHS Trust - a teaching hospital affiliated to Cambridge,
UEA and UCS'. This recognises the hospital's important role in
helping to teach medical students from the three universities.
The press in town - media group Archant producing the Evening
Star and the EADT in Lower Brook Street is to re-develop its site
but itself stay on site. The decision in 1966 to stay in the town was
good for the town then, and so is this decision now.
Markets on the Waterfront have taken place on certain Sundays,
which helps to attract visitors and remind them that the Waterfront
is indeed an important part of central Ipswich.
Tower Ramparts Shopping Centre is pleased that the
Littlewoods's premises, empty for 4 years, have been taken over by
the clothing store, Madhouse. Whether or not it's the store for you,
it's a boost for the town centre and especially for this well situated
St Michael's Church (large Victorian church in Upper Orwell
Street, redundant since 1997) and church hall have been bought
by JIMAS, a UK-based Muslim charity. Both buildings will become
a community centre. Re-use, costing the charity perhaps £lm, is
Irish banks were major financiers of both The Mill (Cranfield's)
and Regatta Quay (Paul's) as well as the sugar beet factory site
and SnOasis. No wonder it's in the UK's interest to see Irish banks
The new footbridge at the railway station was installed in mid-
November with the lifts to follow. It will open in the spring. Not
before time - as mentioned in the last Newsletter!