Bury Road Park & Ride to be buried?
The County Council's Scrutiny Committee has confirmed that the
Bury Road P&R is to close. The various extra car parks in the town,
mostly on development sites, are said to provide a disincentive to
use P&R (as described in the October Newsletter). But these are
mostly temporary and, once lost, P&R will also have been lost.
Moreover, visitors to the town from elsewhere who are also familiar
with P&R in other towns appreciate the quality of the Ipswich
services, and these are some of the people the town needs to
attract in larger numbers. Coming off the A14, they won't want to
find their way to temporary car parks along unfamiliar streets!
So, we hope Ipswich Buses can find ways to make some modified
use of the Bury Road site, which belongs to mc. There does seem
to be a wish by mc to make good the loss which the County is so
blasť about. It's ironical, to use a polite word, that the £25m to be
invested in improving transport in Ipswich is meant to encourage
people to use public transport rather more (see page 9). Does the
right hand know what the left hand is doing? Wouldn't a unitary
local authority have prevented this anomaly?
Tesco and CABE
The Commission for Architecture and the Built Environment (CABE)
has acclaimed the development by Tesco of their Tesco Extra plus
129 flats and other facilities in Commercial Road. "The design team
present a compelling case for a Tesco-led mixed use scheme on
this under-used site on the southern edge of the town centre." The
Ipswich Society would draw attention to that word "edge". Surely
this giant Tesco is not in the town centre at all but it is close enough
to harm retailing in the town centre. Yes, the site on the river near
the station does need re-development and if the architecture looks
good, as it should do, that's fine. But questions remain about the
traffic it will generate and what it will do to the real town centre.
Cover, issue 182