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Poll: What do you love about Ipswich? Town named third happiest place to live in Britain

13:42 06 August 2015

Ipswich manager Mick McCarthy is clearly happy in the town

Ipswich manager Mick McCarthy is clearly happy in the town

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A thriving waterfront, picturesque parks, a mix of culture and sport – is it these things which have seen Ipswich named as one of the happiest places to live in Britain?

A survey published today has the town ranked third amongst historic cities York and Chester and just below the spa town of Harrogate, which claimed the top spot for the third year running.

The report was published by Rightmove and asked people how they felt about where they lived.

It based its findings on things like decor, amenities, value, pride and neighbourliness. There were 130 places included in the rankings

Ipswich mayor Glen Chisholm said it was a combination of all these things which meant the town was a great place to live.

“It’s the people which make the town great,” he said. “There are great people working in the background doing great community work, helping others and being quite selfless.”

Areas where the town scored highly included contentment and community (both 9th) and value and neighbourliness (both 6th).

Mr Chisholm also said the survey result was a great accolade for the town to get.

“We have got a great history and in my role as mayor I have started to see so much more of that.

“I was fortunate enough to host an exhibition at Christchurch Mansion of Constable work and we had people from all over the country coming here and they couldn’t believe we had this jewel of a park on our doorsteps.”

Rightmove also found that Dundee residents are happiest with how their home is decorated, while Blackpool residents are the most likely say they have plenty of space.

The seaside town of Torquay came top for people saying they are never stuck for recreational activities, compared with Paisley in Scotland which came bottom in this category.

House hunters on the lookout for friendly neighbours might want to search for a home in Llandrindod Wells - as the residents say that is where the most polite people live.

Norwich was ranked 37th, while Colchester, Cambridge and Peterborough came 62nd, 34th and 93rd respectively.

51 comments

  • The people who selected as the third best, need to get out a lot more.

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    saxon

    Sunday, August 9, 2015

  • What a wonderful accolade for Ipswich! Well deserved and now it's official! Perhaps the professional cynics and moaners will now move to somewhere else and leave us to enjoy the great things about Ipswich.

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    Suffolk1

    Sunday, August 9, 2015

  • Suffolk is beautiful......The town centre of Ipswich is neglected.

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    chantry

    Sunday, August 9, 2015

  • Utter rubbish from a newspaper struggling to print what is really going on. All those years training to be a honest journalist wasted on rubbish like this. Most residents of Ipswich are not happy how this town is being managed......so print that fact !!!

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    chantry

    Sunday, August 9, 2015

  • As a privately owned newspaper one can expect some editorial control over comments made on this site, but there doesn't seem to be any consistency or obvious reason why so many submissions are rejected with the label "other". The Archant Group (owners of the Ipswich Star etc) have had a monopoly on the local news reporting for decades. In the new era of social media and alternative forms of broadcasting and publishing how much longer can the Group hang on in there?

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    Steve Blake

    Saturday, August 8, 2015

  • Can the Administrator or someone tell me why a solidus (forward slash) is never printed when I use it in my previous comment, viz; between the words "EADT and Star", also "response and elaboration". Thanks

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    Rodenbacher Ex-pat

    Saturday, August 8, 2015

  • My first comment was rejected, the second approved. Having reviewed all the comments (44 to-date) I now challenge the EADTStar to run a "negative" poll alongside the original one. I would also like their responseelaboration to the "other" which is apparently a frequent reason given when refusing readers' input. Come on Administrator, how about practising "Freedom of the Press" and extend it to everyone wishing to state his or her views.

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    Rodenbacher Ex-pat

    Saturday, August 8, 2015

  • I love the thriving town center with its wide range of quality shops, the cheap parking, the car friendly roads design.................oh wait a minute, sorry I was thought this was about somewhere else.........anywhere else even

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    john

    Friday, August 7, 2015

  • To Juliet Groves and others: "We enable people to post comments with the aim of encouraging open debate." Yep - on topics they select, and as long as the comments happen to comply with their own viewpoint rather than what we all know to be mass public attitude on the "sensitive subjects" to the point there IS no free speech on here other than the bland allowed.

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    Sarky Sage

    Friday, August 7, 2015

  • I have just had one censored. I didn't say anything rude or untrue but obviously it goes against what the paper wants to hear - what are they afraid of,

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    colin

    Friday, August 7, 2015

  • Ok just had email to say that my comment had not been accepted. What is this paper afraid off - THE TRUTH, All I said was that I considered that the waterfront was not as good as they keep making out. Alright if you look at it from the front, but even then there were loads of hoarding boards etc. I also stated that someone should take a look around the back, filith everywhere dirt, paper, old bottles etc. etc. also hoarding boards that are falling down after being there for years, ot mentioning the old buildings that are propped up, and have been for over 10years. SO PLEASE IPSWICH STAR PLEASE TELL ME WHAT IS WRONG WITH THESE COMMENTS, TELL ME THE UNTRUTH. YOU CAN'T.

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    colin

    Friday, August 7, 2015

  • no I haven't!!

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    JULIET GROVES

    Friday, August 7, 2015

  • Why does the Star censor comments that don't follow their own opinion? Why was I not given a reason just 'other' Harmless inoffensive comment!

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    JULIET GROVES

    Friday, August 7, 2015

  • Originally from London, then Sydney, and then Shropshire, I moved here 4 years ago, and love it. Location wise it is brilliant. So close to the countryside, a 20 minute drive to the sea, and London only just over an hour away.. I love London dearly but cannot afford to live there, but have theatres, cinemas, restaurants, cafes, beautiful parks, and great pubs all close by. Yes the shopping centre needs attention. I would prefer to clothes and shoe shop in the town instead of jumping on a train to Stratford or Cambridge, but hopefully that will come. Like others I would say to all those regular whingers - go somewhere else, and when you do you may find that Ipswich is not so bad after all.

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    Mrs Mac

    Friday, August 7, 2015

  • Ipswich IS a good place to live, BUT, it could be better. If you stay outside of the town centre, it's easy to get around, It has wonderful history and parks which should be a huge draw except for the fact that you can only get to them by bus or foot. It has a sizeable town centre, BUT again, a bit of a let down on the shopping offer. Ipswich is ok, but certainly it could be better.

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    Sentinel Red

    Friday, August 7, 2015

  • I have visited Ipswich from Sweden about 15 times (for football reasons). My favorite spots are the waterfront and Christchurch park, but the town centre is also nice. The waterfront still has even more potential, with some ugly buildings.

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    Conny Bengtsson

    Friday, August 7, 2015

  • @Deeber. They are unable to take any criticism, they show that time and again. The Star dismisses people as whingers as well. I don't live in Ipswich anymore, when you move out and start using other towns more regularly it's easier to see what's wrong with the town. Clement and his like are short-sighted and just repeat the same old mistakes over and over again. We must be due another story about the Wine Rack being completed, or the chance of the Odeon being redeveloped. Same old spiel.

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    Esco Fiasco

    Friday, August 7, 2015

  • Dull , boring and repetitive. ..that's what Ipswich central Mr Clements is calling online critics of the town in his own online article in the star....how shameful that the elite do not like constructive criticism and I thought he was paid to promote the town, not spend time attacking online critics..How weak and insecure this man is, if he cannot take a few negative comments....Please give us someone who can handle the pressure and get this town back on its feet.

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    deeber

    Friday, August 7, 2015

  • A highly paid football manager happy?! I bet! Till the next transfer takes him elsewhere and the same would apply. Who writes this rubbish... a work experience student from the Inbetweeners? More to the point, is there an editor any more who allows such dross through to print? It's no wonder less people buy papers. I haven't bought the Star for at least 30 years and can't see that changing. At a rural Sun level.

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    Sarky Sage

    Friday, August 7, 2015

  • A survey by an estate agents...I'm sure if you look hard enough you can come up with a survey which indicates anything you wish. Whether it will be unbiased or accurate is another matter.

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    Sarky Sage

    Friday, August 7, 2015

  • "Waterfront?" You must be referring to the docks which used to be a wonderful place for a walk years back but now it is rubbish. Too much of it is gated off and the Island Site is totally out of bounds. Albion Wharf side is blocked to traffic as is New Cut East and that has caused major traffic congestion on the barmy one way system.

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    Peter Turtill

    Friday, August 7, 2015

  • I had enough of being scowled at by asian chauvinists and treated like a foreigner in my own town by people who had been here less time than my sunflowers and moved to Sudbury. Now I can drive through town and it doesn't take me 45 minutes, I can park for free, I moved my business out of ipswich too and the rates are cheaper and I get much better service from the council. And to top it all, now I really am happy to have got away from ipswich.

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    Suffolk Boy

    Thursday, August 6, 2015

  • I think they must have confused Ipswich, Suffolk - which is a blighted dump, with Ipswich, Queensland - a bonzer place!

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    Tractorboy

    Thursday, August 6, 2015

  • Ipswich is not an easy place to get to, not an easy place to get around and fact is there really isn't all that much happening. A lot of younger people are bored something silly and there just isn't the cultural heritage or buzz that is taken for granted in places like Cambridge and London. There's not much in the way of real entertainment, little on at the theatre, headline comedians and bands usually don't bother coming here, the nightlife is often very rough, I could go on. That said Ipswich has physically cleaned up a lot in recent years and the waterfront regeneration has had a placebo effect.

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    Captain Z

    Thursday, August 6, 2015

  • Must be a very selective group of people answering the poll. Ipswich isn't bad; it is just no longer much good. Colchester, Norwich and Bury St Edmunds are much more inviting, have more interesting cultural and historical gems to visit, more independent shops and far fewer scowling gangs of recent arrivals hanging about the centre.

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    Steve Blake

    Thursday, August 6, 2015

  • Ipswich is the only county town in this region NOT to have it's own airport. Now I wonder how that happened, has everyone forgotten already?

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    Lynne Souster

    Thursday, August 6, 2015

  • Deeber, I, too, had a pretty innocuous comment rejected (reason "other"" - a pity the Administrator cannot be more explicit) My input was to the effect that if Ipswich was in third place then this would deter my consideration to return to live in England. Has the Rightmove team FIFA connections with Blatter. My heart remains after leaving 40 years ago but????? . Hopefully the Administrator will approve this or better still print the original input:

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    Rodenbacher Ex-pat

    Thursday, August 6, 2015

  • Ipswich is known nationwide as "traffic light town" The whole plan for years & years is to grind Ipswich into gridlock, and "they" have pretty much succeeded. I lived in town for 20 years, now live on the outskirts and go into town about twice a year when I can find no alternative. The Suffolk countryside is lovely though.

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    Lynne Souster

    Thursday, August 6, 2015

  • PF329 YOU QUESTION WHAT CULTURE IPSWICH HAS, WELL TAKE A WALK DOWN NORWICH ROAD THERES PLENTY OF CULTURE DOWN THERE. AND FOR THOSE SINGING THE PRAISES OF THE WATERFRONT, SORRY BUT YOU MUST BE SOMEWHERE DIFFERENT TO ME, B ECAUSE ALL I COULD SEE WAS A COUPLE OF PUBS, A PIZZA HOUSE , A COUPLE OF SHOPS DOWN A SIDE STREET , AND A CAFE, OH AND LOTS OF BOATS FOR THE PRIVILEGED FEW. AND YES , IF I HAD THE MONEY I WOULD MOVE, NOT TO NORWICH, NOT TO COLCHESTER, BUT TO BURY ST EDMUNDS , WHICH HAS A FEELING OF CALM AND PEACE, AND I NEVER TIRE OF WALKING ROUND THE BEAUTIFULL ABBEY GARDENS.

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    2plus2equals5

    Thursday, August 6, 2015

  • I moved here 6 years ago and absolutely love living in Ipswich - there's fantastic restaurants, a beautiful waterfront and loads to do if you have the inclination to look for it. Maybe those negative commenters should go and liveshopvisit elsewhere if they are so unhappy?

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    HappySuffolkResident

    Thursday, August 6, 2015

  • Tis a shame that some people who appear to live here; and slagging the town off. Maybe they should consider moving if they are not happy? Life is too short to live somewhere that makes you unhappy. There are certainly areas where you could live that are less expensive eg parts of Lincolnshire where property prices are very low. True there are a LOT of roadworks going on in Ipswich at the moment; but "no pain no gain"....they are hopefully going to be in the long term betterment of our town; which is set to grow and grow. The parks are fabulous although of course they could do with a few tweaks like disabled access through the woods on Landseer Park; a reconstructed path, and perhaps a tap so thirsty dogs and children could have some water. Holywells Park is fabulous (apart from the total lack of parking of course!!!). Christchurch Park and Chantry Park are lovely too; Bourne park a bit bland but good for sport and kiddies play area. The Waterfront; yes still a work in progress - should be the pride of everyone in Ipswich and the surrounding area. The football club attracts a lot of supporters (though not me personally). The town centre COULD thrive again IF free car parking was available and the Crown Pools are superb. Good rail, bus and road links to just about everywhere one could wish to go. And as for the neighbours - MINE are FANTASTIC.

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    Christabelle-Anne

    Thursday, August 6, 2015

  • This is very simple, Mark Ling is spot on the town of Ipswich is a wonderful place to live and for those who criticise, moan and generally do not like living here then go elsewhere. This is something positive and actually what life is about.

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    Joseph Marshall

    Thursday, August 6, 2015

  • Take it you do not like the truth not printing my original comments

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    carrotblue

    Thursday, August 6, 2015

  • Not sure why my earlier comment was removed ...I only said the survey was conducted at the Ipswich central free bar and a couple of other minor points...guess the star doesn't allow "freedom of speech" against Ipswich central or the waterfront...still happy days..

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    deeber

    Thursday, August 6, 2015

  • Did the poll sample consist of former solitary confinement inmates? It has been said that, if the world requires an enema, then Ipswich would be where the tube goes in. Can't disagree.

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    Rita WAG

    Thursday, August 6, 2015

  • Ipswich is the centre and catalyst for East Anglia's biggest city economy. £8bn per annum is generated by Ipswich + BT + Port of Felixstowe, 85,000 jobs. A proper town, fantastic history & heritage, many superb events, a great location as the gateway to the charming east Suffolk coastline. Of course people are happy, this is a great place to live.

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    Mark Ling

    Thursday, August 6, 2015

  • Oh that made my day!!!..please who is being asked these survey questions?....Your own survey is very biased too...As well as a box to tick for "all the above"...what about a box to tick for "none of the above"...."Ipswich mayor Glen Chisholm said it was a combination of all these things which meant the town was a great place to live."...That is if you do need to get to one side of town to the other and you never have to go over the Orwell Bridge!!...wake up and smell the coffee people!

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    Confused.com

    Thursday, August 6, 2015

  • Despite the moaning minnies on this article (and every other article it seems where they can't wait to moan about the town) I moved to Ipswich last year and I love it here. I think the waterfront is fantastic with great bars and restaurants (my family also enjoy coming to visit it). Christchurch park is beautiful and superior to Castle Park. Yes there are some empty shops in the town centre but there are also some great quirky little shops and good places to eat. So I'm glad Ipswich has got this recognition despite the regular commenters here who like any old excuse to whinge and moan. Take pride in your town and try to enjoy yourself a bit. You only get one life.

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    you're_scaring_me_now

    Thursday, August 6, 2015

  • Pride and neighbourliness? Amenities? And Norwich 37th?What tripe! This town used to be a nice place thirty years ago.Not now and never had friendly neighbours!Whenever I go to Norwich,it's like another world,so vibrant.

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    Mary Mary

    Thursday, August 6, 2015

  • Again this so called newspaper did not want to print my comments,why I bother I done know ,

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    pandy

    Thursday, August 6, 2015

  • I go on a few news sites and leave comments, but there is no delay before they get posted, odd that

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    richard

    Thursday, August 6, 2015

  • The best thing about Ipswich for me is the location. It is within easy access to the coast, surrounded by countryside, London is within a reasonable distance, several airports are close enough to be convenient, but far enough away not to be inconvenient. Location is Ipswich's biggest plus for me.

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    england1770

    Thursday, August 6, 2015

  • A thriving waterfront? Please define "thriving". Picturesque parks? Yes. Culture? What culture, apart from Christchurch Mansion? And I've no interest in sport.

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    pf329

    Thursday, August 6, 2015

  • This is Rightmove, who had Stockport as the happiest place in the North West. Anyone who has been there knows how laughable it is.

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    Esco Fiasco

    Thursday, August 6, 2015

  • I love Mr Ipswich!

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    Mike Derruki

    Thursday, August 6, 2015

  • Is this pole for real?

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    Boyce

    Thursday, August 6, 2015

  • Come on you lot, the area surrounding Ipswich is not too bad. It's just the town centre that is rubbish.

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    R2 D2

    Thursday, August 6, 2015

  • What!!! Is it April 1st??? Oh good grief,they must be running out of towns to list!!!!!

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    blowesyboy

    Thursday, August 6, 2015

  • this made me laugh who did they ask geater and gummer

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    peter lee

    Thursday, August 6, 2015

  • yeah and nine out of ten people can't tell margarine from butter, if you carefully select the right ten people that is.

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    Gobby

    Thursday, August 6, 2015

  • Quite honestly if the picture of Ipswich coming third is associated with football it just shows how unreliable these surveys are. The waterfront and parks are mentioned which appeal to far more yet do not get a look in. It is hard to believe that a town that has more construction works, roadworks and traffic lights than just about anywhere in the country comes so high up a poll.

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    ej

    Thursday, August 6, 2015

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