Wolsey's Gate has suffered from graffiti and rubbish dumped behind it. The
brickwork has been worn by traffic pollution but it is basically sound. Dr
Blatchly points out that if IBC could buy a small strip of land behind it,
the gate could become part of St Peter's churchyard.
A 'Clean Team' run by Ipswich Central complements the usual street cleaning
done by me. They concentrate on a problem area in the town centre - a time
for cleaning, weeding and painting. This is
an important contribution to the town's appearance, especially for visitors.
Edith Cook, the first British woman to pilot a plane solo, is commemorated by
our Blue Plaque on her birthplace at 90 Fore Street. A group has been formed
to promote a statue to create more recognition for this pioneer of the air.
They aim to raise £50,000.
Assis Carreiro, Artistic Director of Dance East, is joining the Royal Ballet
of Flanders. Without her drive and influence it's doubtful whether the
DanceHouse on the Waterfront would have happened. You may recall she gave
the Society a fine lecture in 2008.
Associated British Ports and IBC have signed an agreement to clear litter
from the water along the Waterfront. The popularity of the area has this
downside of debris in the dock. It is to be hoped that a thorough cleaning
every two weeks will be sufficiently frequent.
Chantry Park's plant nursery is being used by Suffolk New College for their
urban and park horticulture course, due to start this term. A good use of
The 'Rail Chord' (the 'Bacon Curve' after the Harris bacon factory which was
nearby) is getting closer to reality. Preliminary testing work has begun on
a new 1 km track. Felixstowe freight heading for the Midlands won't need to
come via Ipswich and the London mainline. The Transport Minister has
approved it and work will start this year and finish in 2014.
Five wicker 'sculptures' have created an unusual Floral Trail in town this
summer. They were a shoe, a wristwatch, a crown, a boat and a cup and
saucer. It ought to be taken for granted that they'd remain largely
undamaged and (fingers crossed!) that's still true in early September, so
they must have been widely appreciated. Originality each year helps to make
the town centre a more attractive place to visit for shopping or leisure.