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Cornhill redevelopment in Ipswich starts today

PUBLISHED: 08:51 29 January 2018 | UPDATED: 14:29 29 January 2018

Work to rebuild Ipswich’s Cornhill has started this morning.

The borough and its partners have promised that the new-look square will bring the “Wow Factor” to the town centre.

The town’s market will be opening in its new location from tomorrow – with stalls starting from the top of Princes Street and a new Food Court in Queen Street.

Local contractor Brooks & Wood is turning the Ipswich Vision Group’s Cornhill project into reality by transforming the town’s main square.

Four iconic arches, a water feature, seating and exciting new paving will turn the Cornhill into a visitor attraction in its own right, according to developers.

The project is being co-ordinated by the borough on behalf of the Ipswich Vision Group and is being funded by the borough, New Anglia Local Enterprise Partnership, Suffolk County Council and Ipswich Central.

Ipswich Vision chairman Terry Hunt said: “The Cornhill is the biggest and most prominent public open space in Ipswich town centre. As such, it sets the tone for the rest of the town.

“So it is absolutely vital that the Cornhill has a real ‘wow factor’ for shoppers, visitors, and residents alike. This important project will give Ipswich a town square to be proud of and I am confident this work will act as a catalyst for other improvements in the town centre experience.”

Borough leader David Ellesmere said: “This is a major investment by the Ipswich Vision partners in Ipswich town centre and is going to give us a Cornhill we can all be proud of. The start of work marks a real boost for the town and is a very visible sign that Ipswich is on the up.”

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Forecasters are predicting a cold start to the beginning of March as temperatures struggle to rise above freezing.

A Suffolk girl who braved the North Sea for the hospice that cared for her great-grandmother has been named Ipswich Town FC’s “Community Champion”.

An Ipswich care provider which helps support people with complex needs in their homes has been given an ‘inadequate’ rating by a health watchdog after a catalogue of issues were found.

A much-loved free music event is returning to a Suffolk resort this summer after a two-year absence – and organisers hope it will raise a big sum for charity.

Traffic heading in and out of Ipswich along Wherstead Road has been plunged into chaos as Anglian Water engineers moved in to replace the cover of an underground tap.

Pin Mill is a popular destination for sailors, walkers, artists, photographers and those visiting the centuries old Butt and Oyster public house.

Top development projects in Suffolk and Essex are set to go head-to-head at an annual regional awards ceremony, which will be held in Bury St Edmunds.

Police have launched a search for a 13-year-old girl from Bradford who went missing while visiting family in peterborough.

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