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Where will Ipswich town centre be at the end of the year?

11:00 04 January 2016

Artist's impression of the future Buttermarket Shopping Centre in Ipswich.

Artist's impression of the future Buttermarket Shopping Centre in Ipswich.

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Many people working to improve Ipswich town centre are convinced that 2016 will be the year when things really start to happen to transform it.

But what changes can we expect to see over the next 12 months? How different will things be by the time the Christmas tree goes back on to the Cornhill again?

Some projects are already under way:

The reconstruction of the Buttermarket Centre, turning it into a leisure-based hub anchored by a 12-screen Empire Multiplex should be complete.

Queen Street and the town end of Princes Street should have been fully paved – and Queen Street should be ready for its new role as the home of the town’s market.

On the retail scene there should have been major improvements over the year. Sailmakers will have had a year to make its new identity a feature of the town centre and will almost certainly have seen new retailers move into more of its units.

New stores will be moving in. Jack Wills may not have completed the deal to take over Croydon’s store in Tavern Street but it is already advertising for staff and it would be a major surprise if it does not open in the town by the middle of the year.

Other major stores are also understood to be looking to move into Ipswich town centre and announcements are expected early in the year.

The transformation of the area in front of the New Wolsey into Theatre Square should make an attractive new meeting place for visitors.

The railway station should be transformed by the late summer, both inside and out. The forecourt will be made more attractive with better access for pedestrians – while internally the ticket hall will be opened up to make it more welcoming to passengers.

Princes Street is seeing major development with the refurbishment and redevelopment of Fison House and the purchase by the borough council of the former Hollywood nightclub building.

Both are expected to be occupied by the end of the year – and another notable building in the street to have a new lease of life will be Portman House, the former CSV Media Clubhouse and office block for Churchmans’ tobacco, which will become the new home of Archant – publisher of the EADT and Ipswich Star.

Early in the new year it should become clear what is to happen to several other projects, some of which could start in 2016.

The town’s Crown car park was closed and demolished in 2009 and for the last five years has operated as a surface car park.

The borough has to decide whether to install a second floor, doubling its capacity from about 230 to 450 at a cost of £3m or spending £12m to build a new 900-space multi-storey with four levels.

The first option would take about four months to complete and would be open in time for next Christmas – but work on a full multi-storey would take longer and would be unlikely to start until early 2017, finishing in time for the following Christmas.

Also early in the new year the future of the Cornhill should become clearer.

Work to transform the heart of the town centre is unlikely to start in 2016, but the Ipswich Vision team are hoping that a decision on the future of this site will become clearer, possibly through finance channelled through the New Anglia Local Enterprise Partnership.

Also in the early part of the year there should be an announcement about whether full funding has been secured for the Wet Dock crossing.

This would be expensive, but it would open up the Wet Dock Island site for development and would also ease traffic pressures around the Star Lane road network which cause major problems for the town centre.

46 comments

  • So will anything happen about:- the trees growing out of the old county hall, the discarded Odeon cinema the boarded up Peters Ice cream factory the old Barne's drapery store that's been boarded up for years, the Co-ops Carr street premises that going to ruin, the old Burton Son & Saunders offices that have had scaffolding round them for decades, the Wine rack, Pauls old buiding, etc etc. I could go on and on, it;s going to be a long time before Ipswich can be regarded as an attractive town.

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    Mike Bugg

    Sunday, January 10, 2016

  • By the way, chain restaurants don't charge the same everywhere. I've checked on Loch Fyne's website and they have at least three pricing points for their menus - Ipswich seems to be in the lowest band (same as Chelmsford). Admittedly the difference isn't vast but it could add up to about £10 on a full meal for two.

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    Baptist Trainfan

    Saturday, January 9, 2016

  • Allders' closure had nothing to do with the financial crisis. The whole chain -went belly-up in 2005, not just the Ipswich store - though I agree that the store wasn't easy to let afterwards and was taken on by the ill-fated T J Hughes.

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    Baptist Trainfan

    Saturday, January 9, 2016

  • The problem is that there are some people out there with vision who want to bring the town centre to where it should be but they are fighting against a mentality of a set in their ways "glass half empty "population. The towns problems are well documented.Poor traffic system,expensive car parks,anti social behaviour,no police in the town on foot. All of these things make a visit uninspiring ,so is it any wonder people go to Bury. The sad truth is that many Ipswich people like pound shops,charity shops,primark and wilko and you will never change that as it is a working class area. That is why the board meeting took all of 10 mins when Alders had to choose which store to close when the banking crisis took hold.That is why cafe Rouge pulled out and loch Fyne are trying to get out.Restaurant chains have to charge the same prices all round the country so high end ones do not work in Ipswich..where is All bar one,pitcher and piano ? There are some beautiful buildings in the town square,that could light up with a nice fountain with lots of cafes around the edge but the most important thing is cheap fruit and veg from the market. I know what has to be done as do a lot of people but you will have to drag a lot of the town into the 21st century kicking and screaming.

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    desdog

    Saturday, January 9, 2016

  • No IpswichBristol, getting money spent on the town instead of other places isn't necessarily a good thing. Before I could reply you have a newer comment regarding Travel Ipswich. This was the final nail in the coffin for the town centre... they did exactly that, got our hands on a pot of money wasn't too bothered what it was spent on... now it is a nightmare getting into town. This leaves public transport which is poor and cycling (limits the capacity of what you can carry). When (if) the university issues its own degrees it will offer potential for the town centre and despite the current set up being a joke, I do feel the effort put on the university is indeed partially a reason for the commercial interest in the Buttermarket redevelopment. I still wholeheartedly believe that IBC should have acquired the Jewsons site by CPO long before they considered the Sugar Beet factory outside their borough, and long before the old nightclub building.

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    Ipswich Entrepreneur

    Friday, January 8, 2016

  • Chris D- I honestly don't think there are many towns of similar sizes that have the transport connections and links to prosperous areas, at the relatively low-cost of Ipswich. I don't think the average outsiders view of Ipswich is as pessimistic as many of its own residents. It would be great if the A12A14 were upgraded but I can't see it happening for a generation or 2, parts of the A12 probably will be. Let's keep our fingers crossed that the new franchisee of the railway has a decent vision for the network- although Network Rail are as much to blame as the Operators. London in 60? Shouldn't be such a dream, should be a commonplace, regular service rather than a single journey to claim headlines

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    IpswichBristol

    Thursday, January 7, 2016

  • Absolutely agree- it's a shame £21m was spent on the Travel Ipswich Project- I just hope that once it is all completed that some of the intended benefits come to fruition or heads should roll (as they should already for the management of the project). With regards to the Unitary status- I could not agree more. Ipswich is and will always be screwed over by SCC. Being the biggest urban area in the county, SCC interests will never focus in on Ipswich the way it deserves. I personally would argue that a Greater Ipswich authority should stretch from Felixstowe Woodbridge in the east to Bramford Needham Market in the west. This is the sphere of direct influence that planning has on the town of Ipswich. It will only ever happen if enough people become interested enough to start taking firm collective action and enough people campaign for it. The Sugar Beet is a good example, although in this instance I think IBC took a brave decision to go ahead and buy it. It would have been a prime area for Martlesham-style retail which would have only have been an un-neccessary blow to the town centre when things are starting to happen. With any luck, IBC will actually make some money on the deal which perhaps they can re-invest in the TC...!

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    IpswichBristol

    Thursday, January 7, 2016

  • Picking up one phrase in answers to my comments; "its potential is huge!" Well I guess you could pretty well say that of many similar sized towns and people have been saying that of Ipswich for years. It's not happened and you don't have to scratch your head looking for an answer as to why similar smaller towns fair better. Ipswich has an image problem and no matter how many overpaid experts tell us it could be so much better, you are going to have to be in it for the long haul. All those business opportunities apparently on our doorstep are served by better transport links for a start, in the name of M grade motorways. We have the A12A14 which most regard as not fit for purpose and having Felixstowe Port so near further causes major traffic snarl ups. if I can just pick up on one other point I think deeber made about building some high-tower to house police and fire-brigade. Just how is that going to impact on an already highly congested town?

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    Chris D

    Thursday, January 7, 2016

  • Yes ipswich Bristol there are a few whingers .. and your second point is spot on... Downham market in the middle of nowhere is about to be transformed to the tune of £170 million with 4,500 high tech jobs and Norwich reasearch park gets £26million from the government. .If we cannot tap into those sort of jobs ,investment and industry then Ipswich will remain stagnant..Chris d a unitary greater Ipswich would see us expand and capture these sort of vital jobs and investment, how mad is it that Ipswich people are having to invest in derelict land outside it's boundaries, giving another council any future council tax receipts.

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    deeber

    Thursday, January 7, 2016

  • Trouble is Deeber, there are people on here who just never agree with anything! In regards to the Wet Dock crossing- if, and I know it is a big if, it does happen and its entirely funded by public money- I don't see what the problem is- this money would just be spent elsewhere in the country so we should fight hard for it. Of course it would be nice to have the private sector pay towards it, but this shouldn't stop it happening. Chris D- the positioning of Ipswich has far from poor links to the rest of the business world. It is 10 miles from the UK's biggest container port, 45 minutes from Stansted which has plans to double its passenger numbers over the next 15 years within its single runway limits, a little over an hour from the main UK science hub of Cambridge and the biggest financial centre in the world in London. In 2hrs you are in the Midlands or can be on mainland Eurpoean links by train of ferry. Add that to Adastral Park which also is a concentration of high-tech industry and the low-costs associated with Ipswich- its potential is huge!

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    IpswichBristol

    Thursday, January 7, 2016

  • There are some upwardly mobile and high earners in the graphic above which is about as near as Ipswich will ever get to having them. It's a low-wage economy in a small town that can't really expand, has poor links to the rest of the business world, and is pretty much isolated geographically. it needs to concentrate on being a great small town first before it has any further ambitions and I am afraid that is decades away.

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    Chris D

    Thursday, January 7, 2016

  • keith hawes ha no, they couldn't pay me enough.

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    Ipswichite

    Thursday, January 7, 2016

  • JOBS..JOBS..JOBS..!..what Ipswich needs to thrive is high wage earners actually working in the town centre..We have moved so many decent wage earners out of the centre itself thats why its struggling...I was in martlesham the other day with my son and noticed how many police were there shopping( no offence committed), but that area is thriving as it has B.T, and suffolk police hq on its doorstep and workers eat and shop during their lunch breaks.. We could recreate the same in the town centre by simply building a new tower block at the royal mail site in commercial road and combine suffolk police and fire hq in one. Close the martlesham hq and sell it off for housing and close the other town police stations saving three sites into one. The key to this is not only would it be prestigious for Ipswich itself to have the police hq there but it would bring in hundreds of well paid workers back into the town centre..This would have a massive knock on affect as more services would pop up and boost the towns retail sector... we need more workers not shirkers in the town centre and it will soon thrive..Gummer is now calling the sugar beet site an enterprise zone but thats jobs on the outskirts of the town and the future tax revenue going to babergh council not Ipswich..clueless leaders letting the outskirts of the town thrive whilst the town centre itself is struggling.

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    deeber

    Thursday, January 7, 2016

  • Ipswich Bristol, I totally agree with you, all these people who constantly praise BSE, when was the last time you actually went there, its a decent enough place and does have some lovely restaurants etc but it also now has more than its fair share of pound shops and boarded up units (including I may add) almost an entire undercover shopping centre, which I can remember always being busy until a couple of years ago. Town centres as we know them are shrinking, so it makes perfect sense to adapt the buttermarket to a combined retailentertainment area, places with decent food outlets seem to be the one area today that is growing so this can only be a positive move. Regarding Ipswich's ramshackle market, obviously ibc are struggling to find somewhere to put it, queens street is definitely not the answer, my solution, knock down that hideous monstrosity of the old Woolworths building, level it off, plant a few trees around the edges and a perfect site for the market, a car park yards away, not to far from either bus station, (before the elderly moan, you used to walk that far to use woolies cafe!) and it might help lift up Carr street a bit

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    bill carson's grave.....hey blondie!!!

    Wednesday, January 6, 2016

  • Keith, the reason other towns have done it, and not Ipswich, is down to demographics. A link from the Charles Street car park won't make almond bit of difference. Top quality department stores aren't interested in locating in central Ipswich as things are. There have been a number of suitable stores in the town centre and there was no interest. When Gap closed Primark expanded into the vacant unit. Sadly that typifies the type of retail that is attracted to Ipswich tc and changing the planners won't change it.

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    Greatleapforward

    Wednesday, January 6, 2016

  • As proven with the Park & Ride debacle, you cannot have a joined up retail, transport or economic policy for Ipswich with two tier local government. Ipswich entered Suffolk County Council in a three way stake holding in 1974 yet we don’t have one directly elected representative on SCC's cabinet. The SCC portfolio holder for transport is based near Colchester, the Economic Development the portfolio holder is Mildenhall based. For a large part of the last 40 years Ipswich has had large spells without a single key portfolio holder who actually lives in Ipswich. We also have Suffolk Coastal (based in Woodbridge, managed in Lowestoft) creaming off Ipswich's retail draw by deliberately promoting rival retail on the edge of our town, using Ipswich leverage and draw but never to reinvest here. Only a unitary greater Ipswich can make give direction and accountability for Suffolk's greatest town.

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    Mark Ling

    Wednesday, January 6, 2016

  • I had certainly hoped for a "proper" John Lewis in Ipswich town centre ... but I fear the demographics told against that idea, also the act that there was no suitable site large enough and with space to build a dedicated car park alongside. Things might have been better, methinks, if they'd come along a couple of years later and proposed a comprehensive development of the Co-op site which had closed by then. But hindsight is a wonderful thing!

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    Baptist Trainfan

    Wednesday, January 6, 2016

  • You have made my point for me, originally both shopping malls in Norwich were NOT covered in Area's, but forward thinking planners decided 10+ years ago they need exactly that to attract visitors and shoppers, and How right they were, this stopped the likes of John Lewis, house of Frazer plus many more going to the outskirts of the City. If only we had the quality forward thinking people who make the decisions at IBC, then we would not be complaining today about our Town Centre. We have the perfect set up to develop a quality shopping mall, Use the current town bus station and link it into town main street via where sailmakers is, this could be constructed under cover with a car Parking facility at Crown Street, then i bet any of the stores would of taken up the Space. If little Bury could do it, why couldn't Ipswich?.....It because a lack of vision and expertise at IBC....Sorry excuses just don't do it for me!!.....Other towns and cities have done it, why not Ipswich????

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    keith hawes

    Wednesday, January 6, 2016

  • In response to Keith Hawes I would point out that both Ipswich and Norwich have two covered shopping centres. The fact that those in Ipswich have large numbers of vacant units or anchor tenants like Poundland and Iceland is not the fault of the planners. The retailers recognise that Ipswich is a blue collar town when it comes to shopping. The planners fully support The Mint Quarter (remember that?): the reason it hasn't got off the ground is because no developer can pre-let units to decent tenants at rents that make the development viable. Whilst the planners make a convenient scapegoat, and looking at some of the 1960s development there have clearly been errors made in the past, the fact that central Ipswich is struggling to attract the calibre of shop and shoppers we would like to see is not their fault.

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    Greatleapforward

    Wednesday, January 6, 2016

  • As Jim Royale would say, "Transformation, my a****!". With so much of the town centre left to decay it would take much more than a few piecemeal developments to bring Ipswich back from the dead. There's no coherent strategy from either SCC or IBC. The best we can hope for is a unified council and then perhaps Ipswich might have a chance. But not in my lifetime I fear.

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    Driven Roundabend

    Wednesday, January 6, 2016

  • The crux of any business is Customers. The information available to businesses about Ipswich is not favourable , that is reflected by the present Town Centre. The type of customers coming to the town will need to change , thats not likely until better paid employment arrives.

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    Poppys Dad

    Wednesday, January 6, 2016

  • I don't think Ipswich is affluent enough to support so many restaurants in the Buttermarket, but I applaud something new being tried, shopping isn't working so maybe leisure will. And while I welcome the choice as a consumer re Empire (even if they seldom have the free previews, disappointed Vue didn't work out!) i'm unsure if there are audiences to support two cinemas. Kids films tend to sell out over half term and Tues Weds busy now for Meerkat Movies are the only times Cineworld is busy.

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    K Mcc

    Tuesday, January 5, 2016

  • I am sorry "greatleapforward" but i strongly disagree. If the planners together with the support of ruling councillors put a plan together which offered the largehighly respected retailers a vision of the future, then with professional people at the head selling and managing the project would sell the town as a place to invest in. Suffolk people don't want to be driving to Norwich , Cambridge, Bury etc when we have it all here in the Town. You make all the excuses you like, we just don't have the quality people running ipswich to provide that vision, yet nationally they are available!!!....Who thought Norwich would out do Ipswich, I didn't and yet I lived in Norwich several years ago, but it took a decision. a few years ago and i guess financial risk at the time to develop 2 great shopping areas , and look at the result today!!...So lets stop make excuses, I love Ipswich as a place to live, but sadly it lacks vision on what the public need of a Principle County Town in 2016 and not 25 yrs ago!!

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    keith hawes

    Tuesday, January 5, 2016

  • Ipswich Bristol. ..If people disagree they are called whingers and moaners... again and again ,so repetitive and so boring !!... I have no problem with the wet dock crossing if the private owners chip in 50 - 50 .. BUT no we are paying for it and Gummer is using the excuse to create a science park... Why can't that park be built elsewhere NOW ?. We need jobs sooner rather than later and what happens when the bill for the build doubles or trebles ..He won't get more funds from the government it will be the locals who will pay for it ..just like the travel Ipswich scheme the government money has long run out, it's two years late and now we are paying for the mess ups..still it's worth it in your book no doubt... There is access to that island now so why is not being developed at the present ??... I would rather see £100 million spent on a new hospital or the Northern bypass not a part time bridge with all profits going to a private company.

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    deeber

    Tuesday, January 5, 2016

  • I am constantly surprised at the amount of blame attributed to the planners for the state of the shopping in central Ipswich. Yes, the town centre is a poor relation to Norwich, Cambridge etc when it comes to retail but this is because a number of national retailers don't think they can justify opening in Ipswich because the demographics do not match their requirements. This is not the fault of IBC. John Lewis could have opened in Ipswich town centre but chose not to, presumably because The Havens is a better location with road links to Woodbridge, Felixstowe and Colchester. Sadly central Ipswich is overpopulated with the kind of shoppers who won't, or can' afford to, shop at John Lewis. The idea that free parking will solve the problem is nonsense, if you are spending a couple of hundred pounds shopping than a ten pound parking charge is irrelevant. The revamped Sailamkers is a big improvement, let's hope better times are round the corner.

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    Greatleapforward

    Tuesday, January 5, 2016

  • I walked through the Refurbished Sailmakers today....Impressive, modern but sadly too small, why oh why, didn't the planners resite the Tower Ramparts bus station and develop that land into a shopping mall, could of linked in the Crown Street car parking,would also link into the Tavern Street, now that would of given Norwich a run for there money and almost certainly would of attracted the large stores. Sadly with our Council and the planners we employ , another chance has gone missing with people with a lack of vision

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    keith hawes

    Tuesday, January 5, 2016

  • Ipswich is getting a lot more investment than many similar-sized towns are getting. Is it perfect? Of course not. Comparing Ipswich to Norwich is slightly unfair. Norwich serves a large portion of Norfolk without too much competition (Gt. Yarmouth Thetford King's Lynn), Ipswich (as a much smaller centre) has Colchester 20minutes, Bury St Eds 30mins, Norwich 45mins, Westfield 50mins.... I do have to laugh at the constant up-talking of Bury compared to Ipswich- these people who appear to know Bury so well always fail to mention there are just as many charity shops betting shops mobile phone shops and even hairdressers! Absolutely spot on it does have a much better offer at the top end- but perhaps try comparing the income levels in St Eds catchment compared with IBC- you might start to realise some of the reasons for this. IBC are too weak to do anything significant with the TC- but at least they are trying to rectify their poor effort in the past. Developments such as the Buttermarket- believe it or not- will have a positive impact on the TC in general- and I stand to be corrected on this point, and maybe we should welcome private investment of over £10m into the town, along with the £3m refurb of Sailmakers??? You never know- the refurbed Sailmakers might actually tempt a few more shops in?? Time will tell on this point- but with tenants such as River Island, TopmanShop, Pandora and iStore- it potentially is an attractive location- and I just hope that IBC take the plunge with a decent replacement to the multi-story as I am sure this will help Sailmakers- who I'm sure will be pressuring IBC on this. People will sadly always find something negative with whatever news comes out about the town. We want better shops, better transport, better paid jobs- and then complain to high heaven when a science-park style development is proposed for the Island? So what if it takes some public money to kick-start it, whilst also offering some relief to the roads? Not the northern bypass- but why not just appreciate the things that have a serious chance of happening and get behind them? If the money for the Wet Dock crossing is found- great! It would have only been spent somewhere else in the country so why not have it???? I get fed up with the amount of negativity on here- try supporting the town once in a while!!!

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    IpswichBristol

    Tuesday, January 5, 2016

  • Far too many subjects here to comment on ...generally Ipswich has suffered from very poor vanity leaders, now we have a vanity reporter who fails to listen and engage in what Ipswich people really think .

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    deeber

    Tuesday, January 5, 2016

  • @Ipswichite. Your reply sounds like you could be a IBC employee, in the private sector if you make the mistakes our planners, councillors have over the development of our once lovely town, you would be given your P45 and told to walk. Ipswich is supposed to be the main county town of Suffolk, sadly Bury has taken over that mantle. Ipswich has had every opportunity to develop into a major retail centre, Look at the land between Tacket Street and where Woolworth was, Its a large area gone to waste, yet would make a great area to develop (like chapel field in norwich)....Making excuses is not good enough, just get rid of the inept planner and employ those with vision for the coming century , otherwise the town will die!!!!!!

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    keith hawes

    Tuesday, January 5, 2016

  • A really positive article met with the usual negative dross in the comments. Ease up and give it a chance to happen. Planning mistakes and a lack of past investment can be rectified. It's ridiculous comparing Ipswich to Norwich, Norwich city centre has a much larger market square with two large shopping centres yards away, where as Ipswich is hemmed-in and narrow.

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    Ipswichite

    Tuesday, January 5, 2016

  • just like the football team, the town is run down, with no ambition. Why would anyone want to shop in ipswich is beyond me. Norwich road is like baghdad. i'll stick to chapplefields and castle mall.

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    john smyth

    Tuesday, January 5, 2016

  • still going to be in the town centre

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    andrew hutchison

    Tuesday, January 5, 2016

  • If you MUST all go to Norwich to shop instead of our fine Ipswich high street, at least make sure you are donning your best Ipswich Town FC shirt,hat,jacket or bag! If you do not have any such item pop into their grotty supporters shop pass wind and leave.

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    Chopper Hammond

    Monday, January 4, 2016

  • @amsterdam81......I really don't think the problem is our MP, the problem goes back much further than Mr Gummer being in power. The problem clearly falls with our town planners and the pathetic councillors who just nod their heads. We just don't seem to have a long term plan for the town centre. We should of decided years ago what type of town we really want, do we want a fragmented retail sector moving out to the outskirts ( like we have now), leaving the town centre with little major retail but plenty of betting shops, Charity shops, etc etc. ...Thats why the likes of Bury, Norwich etc must be laughing at 2nd Class Ipswich

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    keith hawes

    Monday, January 4, 2016

  • My New Years resolution is to be more positive and to stop whining so I hope that all the 'could' and 'should' turn into 'have'. By the way, I've never kept any resolutions for longer than a few days!

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    another day in the mad house

    Monday, January 4, 2016

  • The only real agenda is to flood Ipswich with more housing estates. Mid Suffolk, Suffolk Coastal and Babergh will fulfil their housing quotas and build them around Ipswich. The town centre will remain half a town centre as no investment will take place around Upper Orwell St through to Upper Brook St. Queen Street was never designed to be an area for an outdoor market. St Peters St is not the gateway to the Waterfront. Princess St will have to change its name to Office Corridor Way. Connect the town centre up to the rest of the town centre.

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    chantry

    Monday, January 4, 2016

  • Reply to Happy.....Yes !!!....Nothing about Upper Orwell Street,the ugly car parks and block paving Upper Brook Street. Wolsey Theatre will have a plaza, what else do you want ?? Nothing about a bigger, suitable area for an outdoor market >> (like the often empty Cattle Market Bus Station) Lets be realistic . Queen Street is not a suitable area for an outdoor market and it was never meant to be. Back to the small market town mentality that makes sure Ipswich does not become too lively. The Queen Street market is just a ploy to guide more people down that way so they can claim St Peters Street being the gateway to the French Riviera Waterfront. That's why IBC have a little market stall frenzy at the bottom of St Peters St occasionally. The rest of the town centre can go without . Expect more of the same. Expect the same response on this forum. Ipswich will have the traffic mayhem of a city but still be treated as a cosy little market town with a cosy little street market. The agenda is to flood this town with more housing estates. Ipswich can expect Suffolk Coastal, Babergh and Mid Suffolk to fulfil their Government housing quotas and build their new housing estates on the Ipswich outskirts. Meanwhile IBC etc. push on with the North to South axis gateway to the Waterfront. Happy New Year folks.

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    chantry

    Monday, January 4, 2016

  • I really do hope Ipswich gets its act together because its my home town and I would love to think its a town we can be proud of. The trouble is it goes back to inept planners who still can't make up there mind, do they want it to be a retail town with the well known stores coming into the town centre, or the bits and pieces we currently have with some shops at ranleigh Road, others at exRansomes Site and the likes of John Lewis etc at Ex cranes site. It really was terrible planning. I doubt they will be able to resolve it now. Because people for instance want free or low cost car parking.

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    keith hawes

    Monday, January 4, 2016

  • Where will Ipswich town centre be at the end of the year? .....due to the movement of the Eurasian plate it will be around 3 centimetres further away from New York.

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    Citizen

    Monday, January 4, 2016

  • Still promoting the Gummer vanity project spending public money to provide access to a private development project. The last vanity project was to build the railway "chord" which is getting little use. The combined capital budgets for these two projects would have gone a long way towards funding the northern bypass, which our MPs still can't explain why they are against it other than "Gummer doesn't want it".

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    amsterdam81

    Monday, January 4, 2016

  • The bit about Sailmakers is interesting in that a previous article has been downgraded from hot to luke warm. Previously, 'several top retailers are queuing up to take on units' and now, 'will almost certainly have seen new retailers move into more of its units'. So what happened to those retailers that several months ago were queuing up? Did they take a look and didn't like what they saw or were they a figment of someone's imagination?

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    how'd the town do

    Monday, January 4, 2016

  • In Ipswich presumably....

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    Captain Slog

    Monday, January 4, 2016

  • I can read the words should and could but there is nothing actually confirmed with regard to new stores. A massive 12 screen cinema and most probably even more fast food outlets will fill the town centre but good quality shopping? I don't think so. I still prefer to travel further afield which is a great pity.

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    Doubtful

    Monday, January 4, 2016

  • I do hope this all comes to fruition. I try to shop in Ipswich but it is so poor now that I am forced to go to Norwich. I had a spend up in the sales....all in shops Ipswich doesn't have. House of Frazer, Zara, Superdry, French Connection. I'd rather not have to travel 40 miles to buy decent quality and brands!

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    Sentinel Red

    Monday, January 4, 2016

  • What about the 'worst street in Ipswich' upper Orwell street? That whole area is shocking and needs serious development. The entrance to the car parks need to be sorted out as well. Last time I damaged my wheels at the entrance because of the pot holes. They are so bad it looks like mines have gone off.

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    Happy

    Monday, January 4, 2016

  • Another what where when who maybe possibly type article by the Geater , that name will get in the Oxford Dictionary as a description of a newspaper article that says nothing and gives no information , forever known as a "Geater Article"

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    Poppys Dad

    Monday, January 4, 2016

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