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Vehicles could be banned from Waterfront

PUBLISHED: 12:29 10 August 2010

MOTORISTS’ access to the Waterfront area of Ipswich is under threat with proposals suggesting that the area could become restricted for road users.

Under proposals to update the definitive map for the town, three new restricted byways could be planned for the Waterfront development, meaning unauthorised vehicles would not be permitted to drive through the area. Private vehicles used for the area’s businesses are not expected to be included in the ban.

If approved, the plans would see restrictions in place from Foundry Lane along the Waterfront to Ship Launch Road via Wherry Lane.

Two further restrictions would be in place from Foundry Lane over the swing bridge to Ship Launch Road and from the junction of Dock Street to the end of Bath Street. Andrew Woodin, countryside access leader for Suffolk County Council, said: “Rights of ways come in various forms and sizes, from footpaths to byways. After viewing the evidence for the Waterfront area of Ipswich, we have proposed five public rights of way.

“Two of these are public footpaths – showing a right of way to pedestrians – and the other three are called restricted byways which gives rights to walkers, cyclists, horses and carriages. It does not include public motorised vehicles.”

If confirmed as restricted byways, there will no access for the public in vehicles, but private vehicular rights will be unaffected.

This would mean that businesses should not be affected.

Mr Woodin said: “Some of the routes around the docks are currently motorised, but we believe that from the evidence obtained, a couple of the roads around the docks are actually restricted byways.

“The decision is being taken to a public inquiry and we don’t know where that will lead us.

“If it concludes that the five orders are correct, then we have to marry that up with what we have on the ground.”

He added that some surrounding landowners had objected to the orders, whereas others stated not enough rights of way had been established.

The public inquiry will be held at Ip-City Centre, in Bath Street, on Tuesday, December 7, from 10am.

At the inquiry, which is expected to last four days, considerations and objections to the orders will be heard before a planning inspectorate and a decision on the plans will be made.


  • The Ipswich Dock Acts guarantee these routes but at present this law is being ignored. There shouldn't be any gates or barriers across these routes but we all know the gates and barrierslocking posts exist.

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    Peter Turtill

    Tuesday, August 10, 2010

  • I am sorry a careless motorist caused A. Palmer to have a nasty fall. However this area is not a road but a combination of wharves and quays open to all forms of transport including vehicles. This is guaranteed by the Ipswich Dock Act which can be read at the suffolk Records Office. It is a right the public have always enjoyed until quite recently and a trip across the swing bridge and along New Cut East is much better than trying to get along Duke Street.

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    Peter Turtill

    Wednesday, August 11, 2010

  • It would be nice to be able to enjoy a stroll along here without some idiot cruising along with the stereo up!

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    richie w

    Tuesday, August 10, 2010

  • The waterfront is part of the official councils cycle route. I had started to cycle to work and use this, but had a pretty bad fall from my bike (even through I was wearing a helmet) because a car was trying to find a parking space and hadnt even noticed I was behind them and pulled out the same time I tried to overtake them ! Surely this should be a car free zone for safer cycling and some where people can enjoy a walk !

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    A Palmer

    Wednesday, August 11, 2010

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