Business chiefs in Ipswich have called on the county council to “make every effort” for the Upper Orwell Crossings project to go ahead – but campaign groups have said homeowners are breathing a sigh of relief.
Householders living near the proposed route of the Ipswich Upper Orwell Crossings are being reassured their homes are safe after council chiefs sent out 3,000 letters warning them they were seeking compulsory purchase powers to acquire the land needed.
Phanuel Mutumburi at the Ipswich and Suffolk Council for Racial Equality is well-placed to describe the experience of black. Asian, and minority ethnic people who want to set up businesses in the county. Ross Bentley met him to find out more about his work and an exciting project to revamp Norwich Road in Ipswich.
An Ipswich GP surgery serving around 3,000 people will close at the end of the year, health bosses have confirmed – leading to fresh fears that patients at nearby surgeries will struggle to get an appointment.
For centuries, the Ipswich Dock has played a vital role in the town’s economic success.
The docks sit on a bend in the River Orwell and have been in operation since at least the 8th century, in fact, when the wet dock area was constructed in 1842 it was the biggest enclosed dock in the UK.
The vision of the Victorian town fathers has produced a facility that is still important for commerce and now as an attraction for local people and tourists.
In 1997 the port was sold by Ipswich Ports Ltd to Associated British Ports and soon after new facilities were built, bringing about the first wave of the Waterfront regeneration.
The next wave came in 2000, when a £1.9m agribulk storage facility opened, new automated lock gates were installed and the 180-berth Ipswich Haven Marina opened – bringing the yachting fraternity to Ipswich.
The Old Custom House was refurbished and restored and new buildings began springing up along the quaysides and beyond, including The Salthouse Hotel – Ipswich’s only 4-star hotel, University Campus Suffolk, which opened in 2008, and controversial development The Mill, which is East Anglia’s tallest building.
The Jerwood DanceHouse brings an artistic touch to the Waterfront while Isaacs, The Waterfront Bistro, Aurora, The Last Anchor and Coffee Link all offer food, drink and entertainment.
There are regular events celebrating the past, present and future including the summer Maritime Festival.