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Ipswich: Society proposes other uses for Cornhill cash

PUBLISHED: 09:00 18 January 2014

PCSO's  deterring drivers from going down Dog Head St.

PCSO's deterring drivers from going down Dog Head St.


One of the leading voices against proposals for a £3.5million revamp of the Cornhill in the heart of the town has been the Ipswich Society.

In their latest newsletter, Society chairman John Norman has suggested 10 alternative schemes that could improve the town centre without costing such a lot of money.

Among his proposals are repairing or replacing all the broken paving stones and bricks in the town centre.

Mr Norman said: “When utilities have dug up the paving, there is often a temporary repair of tarmac which is left for ages and looks unsightly. If this is replaced by paving it often doesn’t match the colour.

“They should have to remove the paving, keep it safe and then replace it, if then want to dig up the town centre.”

He said regulations keeping cars off several town centre streets should be more rigorously enforced – ironically only hours after the publication of his list police staff started stopping cars using Dogs Head Street.

All vehicles should be banned from town centre roads during the day except for emergency vehicles – in the 21st century there was no need for an exemption for security vans delivering money to banks.

Other suggestions include diverting buses away from Museum Street, Queen Street and Upper Brook Street and finding a new use for some of the most prominent buildings.

Mr Norman suggests that the Great White Horse on the junction of Tavern Street and Northgate Street should be converted into flats.

The ground floor has been converted into shops and a cafe 
but the hotel bedrooms have 
been unused for many years.

He suggests that cycling should be banned during the day time on busy roads in the town centre – and that the ban should be enforced.

And he also says that there should be some necessary maintenance to the Cornhill to return it to the condition it was in when pedestrianised in 1986.

This should include new electricity supplies for market stalls, which should be re-aligned to avoid causing an obstruction to Westgate Street.

An appeal by developers to build 300 homes in Bell Lane, Kesgrave, has been dismissed by the Planning Inspectorate after it branded the controversial scheme as unsustainable.

A remarkable Colchester 10-year-girl was recognised for her bravery at a prestigious national awards ceremony on Monday night, supported by Prince Harry.

Hundreds got the chance to meet Cardinal Wolsey in the flesh at Christchurch Park in Ipswich at the weekend.

The Duchess of Cambridge put her morning sickness behind her when Paddington Bear asked her for a dance - and she revealed she was fleet of foot.

Lifesaving skills were taught to pupils at the Royal Hospital School in Holbrook today as part of Restart a Heart Day.

Motorists in Ipswich are being warned to expect delays on one of the town centre’s key roads from next week – with work planned for four weeks.

Send in your photos of the red sun spotted in the sky over parts of Suffolk today, caused by Storm Ophelia.

Don’t get caught out, take a look at the major roadworks that will be taking place across the East of England this week.

The East Suffolk Partnership’s fifth annual forum at the Trinity Park Conference Centre on November 10 is fully booked to consider the theme “Unlocking the potential of growth in east Suffolk”.

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