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Ipswich: Clarice House in talks over buying extra land to create further car parking and a country park

09:00 17 June 2014

Clarice House at Bramford.

Clarice House at Bramford.

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One of the best-known leisure clubs in the Ipswich area is in talks to buy a controversial piece of land that was considered as a potential travellers’ site earlier this year.

Clarice House, which is on the boundary of Bramford and Ipswich, has begun talks with the borough council about buying the land at River Hill which is next to its site – but just inside the borough although it is outside the A14.

There was fury in the village earlier this year when the proposals for the travellers’ site were published – and Clarice House managing director Stuart King warned such a move could kill his business.

At an open meeting in Bramford, Mr King warned that the existence of a travellers’ site beside the health and leisure club could put off his members and make it uneconomic to continue.

The proposals were abandoned in April in a move backed by Mr King.

Now he is hoping to buy the site and create extra car parking for Clarice House, which has 1,600 members and employs 49 members of staff, and to create a new country park open to everyone.

He has written to councillors and officials saying: “We need more car parking. We aim to buy the land to the east of our site and use a small proportion for this.

“The rest we would landscape for use by all as a country park. We think this would be a sensitive and community-focussed means of growing our business within a sustainable context.”

Ipswich council leader David Ellesmere said the borough had received the offer and had been in touch with Clarice House – but it was still very early stages of any discussions.

He said: “While we are aware of their offer, it will have to be looked at very carefully and we will have to look at other potential uses for that site to get the best possible value for council tax payers.

“However we do understand their interest in the site and we will see what happens over the next few months.”

6 comments

  • By the way that was in English and it is a pleasant area to live and I should know been in it since 1989.

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    C Smith

    Wednesday, June 18, 2014

  • Perhaps Soulboy would like to offer up his area for a travellers site no?, we already have one in our area, do you?

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    C Smith

    Wednesday, June 18, 2014

  • @soulboy, looks like you are struggling with the English language yourself. There is no point damning successful Ipswich businesses for wanting to expand, keep customers happy and spend real money investing in the Ipswich community. The chances are that a local firm will get the car park job, another will landscape the open access areas, and the Council will collect some cash to roll into another project. The land at the moment is dormant. There are no losers in the planning application.

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    ordinarysuffolk

    Wednesday, June 18, 2014

  • Wise up you lot!. Clarice House, o nly want to purchase the land to stop IBC putting a travellers site on it.. Typical N.I.M.B.Y behaviour. I'll wager if they (Clarice House) get to purchase the land, no new car park will ever materialise. What makes Bramford Rd so special?. Cause the last time I wad over there, English was defiantly not the first language spoken!. Horrible part of Ipswich.

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    soulboy

    Tuesday, June 17, 2014

  • Half my message gone somewhere? I believe I had said that since most of our green spaces have been etc etc

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    C Smith

    Tuesday, June 17, 2014

  • I think ences concreted over and to landscape our green spaces concreted over and to landscape such a large area would be wonderful. Anyway when have the council EVER given thought to value for money for the taxpayer? spendeavor house? the now ruined old court buildings? nice someone actually wants to do something as well as just taking.

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    C Smith

    Tuesday, June 17, 2014

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