Clean up your act call to developers

DEVELOPERS of huge waterfront buildings in Ipswich have today been told to pull their weight when it comes to cleaning up the dockside.As our pictures show, despite ongoing work at Regatta Quay and Cranfield Mill, water at the docks appears to be clean and unpolluted.

DEVELOPERS of huge waterfront buildings in Ipswich have today been told to pull their weight when it comes to cleaning up the dockside.

As our pictures show, despite ongoing work at Regatta Quay and Cranfield Mill, water at the docks appears to be clean and unpolluted.

However it is claimed developers of the new buildings are doing little to clean up their mess with the hard work being left to a long-standing dockside business.

Alan Swann, managing director at Neptune Marina, which was set up in 1982, said his staff do a lot of work to keep the dockside tidy. He is now calling on developers to do their bit as well.


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Mr Swann said: “We clean up here every week, fishing out site notice boards and various other things.

“We still get a lot of fast food rubbish that is blown into the water or shopping bags but the profile of what you pull out is changing.”

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Mr Swann said two of his employees will routinely spend up to three hours a week fishing rubbish out of the water and will regularly fill a large 6ft by 8ft floating skip.

They work alongside Associated British Ports (ABP) to carry the work out.

He added that he would be keen for a group to be set up to share the responsibility of keeping the dock tidy.

He said: “In a way is shouldn't fall to one group. Maybe in the future all those who earn a living from the waterfront can consider how best to preserve the quality of the environment.

“We are not quite there yet because Regatta Quay and Cranfield Mills are still being built and the college site is not yet finished.”

Regatta Quay developers, City Living Developments, and Wharfside Regeneration Ltd, developers of Cranfield Mill, were unavailable for comment.

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