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Ipswich: Market traders concerned over lack of space for their stalls in new look Cornhill

10:58 17 January 2014

Ipswich Market.

Ipswich Market.

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The proposed £3.5million revamp of the Cornhill in the heart of Ipswich has been given a decisive thumbs-down by those who work and shop at the town’s market.

The proposed scheme was welcomed by politicians from all sides, business leaders, and university chiefs when it was unveiled earlier this week.

It would involve the creation of a flat area between the Town Hall, old Post Office, and Princes Street/Westgate Street shops.

Architects Hall McKnight said this area would be flexible, and some of their sketches showed provision for the market.

However fish stall owner Mike Young, who has been trading in Ipswich for many years, said there would not be enough space for the market and traders would not want to move to the other side of the Cornhill where there are not so many customers.

He said: “This town is really struggling and the market needs support. We cannot have our space reduced and be shunted off to one side. If you don’t trade from the front of the main route for shoppers then you won’t make enough to survive.

“Pushing the market to one side is no good. If that was to happen, you’d have to have the big stalls which need supplies of power in the Cornhill and smaller stalls could be put up along the side of Tavern Street.

“But we have been promised by the council that we can stay here in the town centre, and we expect them to respect that promise.”

Shoppers were vociferous in their opposition to changes to the Cornhill: “We don’t want them wasting millions on mucking this up – leave the market alone. Everyone loves it!” said one enthusiastic customer at Mr Young’s stall.

Meanwhile contributors to our online poll were split down the middle on whether the heart of Ipswich should be redeveloped at all.

Of those who took part in the poll, 49% said it should be left as it is. A total of 27% backed the proposed new design while 24% said they would like to see a different new design for the heart of the town.

Ipswich MP Ben Gummer, who was part of the panel that unanimously supported the proposed changes to the Cornhill, remains enthusiastic about the proposal.

He said: “Ipswich is a town that needs to attract new investment in its town centre. We have seen how new investment can boost town and city centres in Bury St Edmunds, Cambridge, and Norwich.

“Once there has been investment like this in the heart of the town it will be a signal to retailers that this is a town moving in the right direction and it will attract much more investment over the next few years. This is an absolutely vital project for Ipswich.”

He said the unanimous decision of the committee showed that the proposed scheme had widespread support.

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15 comments

  • Mr Young has what he wants the market will remain on the cornhill. If it needs to expand in other directions it will have to. Theres only a finite amount of space available even on the current site. Am improved town square will attract more businesses and more shops which will be better for everyone

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    Scott Brock

    Friday, January 17, 2014

  • Yes, the market is an eyesore. I also agree that it will spoil the view of any development like it did at Christmas. Why can't the market be placed in Lloyds avenue or back where it once was in the Corn exchange. A permanent covered market would be an asset to the Town instead of an eyesore we have now.

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    m01

    Saturday, January 18, 2014

  • What a ridiculous waste of money. OUR MONEY. I think 3.5 million would be better spent on dropping rates for shop owners to encourage new shops into the town. We want people to invest in our town. More shops would promote more interest. People are not going to visit Ipswich to sit on a revamped Cornhill. It's not rocket science!!!

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    Keith Jamieson

    Friday, January 17, 2014

  • 3.5 million to create a bit of elaborate decking with a hideous sculpure. The 'Groundforce' team would be turning in their grave! This is not going to attract investment into the town. The authorities have already put pay to that with their multi-million pound project of gridlocking the road system and lack of foresight in the retail arena. We live in a period of severe austerity measures, it's time our elected parties saught the views of the tax payer and put their cash to a more fulfilling use (i.e my kids played on the same park equipment that I did 30 years ago).

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    Kevla

    Friday, January 17, 2014

  • An unanimous decision by the committee(who are supposed to represent our views) not the people of Ipswich. Why are the council using such a prestigeous Architect from Belfast why not a local Architect which must be cheaper and better for local business, have they got the taxpayers interests at heart or do they like to name drop. They have already wasted millions on traffic schemes that do not work(traffic flows better with roundabouts not lights go to Holland and study the traffic there) knocked down and rebuilt 2 bus stations exactly the same but forgot the toilets and do not get me started on the Christmas Tree(real one not glass monstrosity)pretty soon this town is going to become a model for other councils of how not to do it.

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    royg

    Friday, January 17, 2014

  • Mr Young has what he wants the market will remain on the cornhill. If it needs to expand in other directions it will have to. Theres only a finite amount of space available even on the current site. Am improved town square will attract more businesses and more shops which will be better for everyone

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    Scott Brock

    Friday, January 17, 2014

  • Mr Young - if you do not think your customers will walk from one side of the Cornhill to the other then perhaps you do not sell what they want.

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    Star Watch

    Friday, January 17, 2014

  • Why fix something that isn't broken. If the Council have £3.5m to waste, why not spend some of it repairing the roads or reinstating a weekly bin collection, how about leaving our street lighting on overnight. How about recruiting more Speech Therapist's for Education.. There are a number of sensible projects that this amount of money could be used for, yet the unaccountable decide to squander it on a pointless and needless white elephant project.

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    oilburner1978

    Saturday, January 18, 2014

  • The artists impression looks quite nice . Unfortunately for four days a week and during the time people will be frequesnting the town the market stalls will obscure all the nice newly refurbished area . What is the point ? Move the market and this will look nice and it will be attractive to visitors , move the market to Lloyds avenue , its only there for Taxis who could be located elsewhere like the old cattle market , Crown Street layby etc. The Wood being used is a stupid idea and will vehicles still be able to go across the cornhill as they do now delivering etc , what about emergency service access etc ?

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    Poppys Dad

    Friday, January 17, 2014

  • The only way we are going to attract some decent shops to our town is if the council lowers the high rents instead of wasting it on redesigning the cornhill which is fine how it is. The problem with the town centre is we do not have descent shops to choose from.

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    marlyn

    Friday, January 17, 2014

  • The ugly and dirty market is one of the main reasons I now avoid the town centre as much as humanly possible. It needs to be moved away from the Cornhill.

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    Esco Fiasco

    Friday, January 17, 2014

  • The architects visual does show a much smaller area for covered stalls and indeed the edge of the platform will mean customers are teetering on the edge of steps. It is a shame that those that feel this project is worthwhile and visionary are those that will visit it rarely and simply view it from afar whilst slapping themselves on the back and congratulating themselves on a job well done. There was a consultation over this project what a shame they didn't listen to the people that actually work and use the Cornhill on a daily basis. I am sure the only result will be a nice big invoice for tax payers to foot for work preparing consultations and appointing architects for a project that will never see the light of day. Funding should have been in situ long before this project was taken any further.

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    dale craven

    Friday, January 17, 2014

  • No problem. Just get rid of the market.

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    PC Plod

    Friday, January 17, 2014

  • waspie's wife commenting. Steps are fine for young students to park and text. Not for the elderly infirm and not for mums with pushchairs and shopping bags,slippery conditions worse, nor disabled. a magnet for street drinkers. Why don't they use the often empty units in the Buttermarket for a covered market.Far more inviting. I don't like the congested area of the market at all. In these straightened times this area could be made nice on the cheap. I agree about the Christmas tree. It should be a REAL ONE. If we are going to have a feature make it of someone prominent to the town. Wolsey, or even Giles with a few tables and plenty of greenery. Dig up some of the cobbles and plant some nice trees. I agree about the traffic lights. My husband says the flow in London is better. Reduce shop rates like you do for the charity shops, so we can have a proper fresh fish shop like we used to.

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    waspie

    Friday, January 17, 2014

  • this is not a war against market traders ,posh shops cost money , that is why hard working people spend at markets and pound shops.we do not have to copy other towns.

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    TERENCE MANNING

    Saturday, January 18, 2014

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