I was very interested in the October article about the Park Road
reservoir and to learn what its future may be. It is very sad to
see No.3 all boarded up, as this was my home for several years
from the 60s to the early 70s. When I was thirteen my father,
Arnold (Jack) Stiff was promoted to the Ipswich Corporation Water
Works to the position of Chief Maintenance Engineer and Pumping
Superintendent. The house in Park Road "went with the job". The
reservoir area was my back garden! Beside the house were the two
tennis courts rented by NALGO, so it was quite a busy place even in
winter and lots of friendly people to talk to.
My father's area of work was expanded beyond the boundaries of
Ipswich and he was on 24 hour call, so could be in the depths of
the countryside in midwinter, at night. He sometimes had to go to
the top of the water tower. No Health and Safety in those days!
Eventually Anglian Water was in charge and my father took early
retirement, going to the Civic College as an engineering technician.
So ended my time at Park Road. It is good to know that at least
part of the site will remain.
Sonja Nestor, nee Stiff
Cover, issue 186