Ipswich Port (AB Ports)
The Port of Ipswich continues to make a significant contribution to the
local economy, perhaps in excess of £100 million worth of trade is
generated. Some 1,800 jobs rely on the continuing success of the Port.
From Cliff Quay, exports of grain topped half a million tonnes last year and
to the importation of cement (140,000 tonnes) and aggregate (300,000 tonnes)
can be added the regular shiploads of fertilizer and timber. There is a
monthly sailing to Cyprus and three per month to the Caribbean with
occasional loads of general cargo, a total of some 3 million tonnes handled
Car Sales 2014
The prediction for car sales in the UK in 2014 is 2.4 million. The last
time this many cars were sold was in 2007 (the last year of healthy sales
before the recession).
Major Museum development
Our High Street Museum contains several nationally important collections in
a fine Victorian building. On site there are other buildings - the former
Art School, the High Street Gallery and nearby the Wolsey Studio in St
Georges Street. When all these are fully linked and with a striking new
entrance in High Street, Ipswich will have a great 'new' cultural attraction
for local people and visitors. The application to the Heritage Lottery Fund
for the first phase of funding has been favourably received so far. As
usual, extensive local support needs to be shown. The Ipswich Star did a
good front page job (28 May) headed "Exhibit Love for Museum". It seems
likely that most Ipswich Society members would be keen to see the project
succeed. So keep an eye open for when and how you could show your support.
As individuals we could be useful, adding influence to the Society's
The Victorians who created the Wet Dock couldn't have anticipated that it
would eventually cease to be a working dock but remain a uniquely valuable
feature of our town. But the growing attraction of the new Waterfront is
still seen by some local people as "miles away". Our Society has always
supported IBC, Ipswich Central and others who want to encourage any improved
linkage between the town centre and the Waterfront. So we approve of the
paving of Queen Street and St Nicholas Street which could make walking to
the Waterfront more enticing. Similarly the shuttle bus service from Falcon
Street (Vodka Revolution) to Dance East on the Waterfront should help. It
runs on Saturdays (10 am-6pm) and Sundays when there is a special event on
the Waterfront. Although limited at present, it's a good start.
The restoration project for the park is under way. During the year the
stable block and orangery will be converted into a visitor centre and
exhibition space and a new toilet block built near the children's play area.
The £3.5m project is part-funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund. The
parks of Ipswich constitute one of the town's greatest assets and it is
fitting that they should be well maintained.