The Council's Solar Panels
IBC is proposing to install solar panels on several publicly owned
buildings. These should save costs on the Council's energy bills. One
obvious intended location is the south facing roof of Crown Pools
where flocks of pigeons currently enjoy the warmth of the sun.
Useful coach service
A 24 hour service from Ipswich OCM bus station to Stansted and
Heathrow has re-started. Run by National Express and Galloways
with six new coaches it also calls at Colchester bus station.
A colourful sight
A variable colour lighting scheme has been set up to illuminate the
buildings at the west end of the Waterfront, from The Mill tower to
the old Paul's silo. In the evening this brings a welcome attraction
to the unfortunately dead end (apart from the Dance House) of the
Waterfront. Funded by the Arts Council it will run for two years.
Kocewek, the Ipswich based firm which makes demolition machines,
has produced a 67m tall monster for a job in Glasgow. Their
machines also demolished the 'indestructible' concrete silos on
the Waterfront. Although very much smaller (70 employees) than
Ransomes and Rapier used to be when they built giant cranes, it's
good to know that a big machine can still be produced in Ipswich.
At least 48 languages are reported to be in use in Suffolk - foreign
languages not varieties of Suffolk speech! This is according to
police records on the various translators needed. This extraordinary
number is headed by Poles, followed by Lithuanians and Russians.
Most of these languages are probably to be heard in Ipswich streets
Come and park here
Parking charges at Crown car park are scheduled to be reduced
from January for a six month trial period. At £2.50 for two hours
this is intended to attract more shoppers and other visitors.