Who runs the Town Centre?
Ipswich Borough Council, Ipswich Central or Suffolk County Council?
In a letter jointly signed by Mark Bee and Judy Terry in the East Anglian
Daily Times on Saturday, 17 November. I read that Suffolk County Council
wish to be included in the extensive list of organisations running the
town centre. (In addition. Suffolk County Council are taking over the
running of the town's road network from April.)
However, whilst Christmas is still firmly in our minds. we should question
who was responsible for the Cornhill tree, the Christmas lights and, on
the other hand, the four-day Christmas market (that promised 150 stalls
and delivered half this number)?
We could also ask what happened to the Ipswich Town Centre Master Plan,
suggesting that we turn the 'Golden Mile' from an east-west well established
route to a north-south (Tower Ramparts to Lower Brook Street) shopping
experience - when the Evening Star offices are rebuilt as shops! My research
for articles elsewhere uncovered the demise and demolition of Tollemache's
Upper Brook Street brewery in 1961, the site of which became Tacket Street
car park. If it has taken 50 years (and waiting) for this town centre site
to be developed for retail, what hope is there for sites in Turret Lane?
There was talk of a 'Vision for Ipswich' group, including input from the
University; and the Chamber of Commerce has always had the interest of the
town at heart. What is clear is that with many organisations pulling in
different directions, particularly when the politics of town and county
come into play. Ipswich town centre is likely to suffer from lack of