Sunshine and Showers

Sunshine and Showers

max temp: 9°C

min temp: 4°C

Search

Will former Ipswich pub site ever be redeveloped into community centre?

PUBLISHED: 17:21 29 August 2018 | UPDATED: 17:22 29 August 2018

The former Rose and Crown pub site at the junction of Bramford and Norwich Roads. Picture: PAUL GEATER

The former Rose and Crown pub site at the junction of Bramford and Norwich Roads. Picture: PAUL GEATER

Archant

Nearly a year after rebuilding work was halted on the former Rose and Crown pub on the junction of Norwich Road and Bramford Road, there is little immediate hope of the eyesore being cleared.

Contractors dismantled the former Rose and Crown pub earlier this year. Picture: GREGG BROWNContractors dismantled the former Rose and Crown pub earlier this year. Picture: GREGG BROWN

The building was being converted into a centre for the Kurdish community when work stopped suddenly last November when council officials realised it was no longer safe.

So many walls in the building had been removed that it was in imminent danger of collapse – and the top of Bramford Road had to be closed for more than two months because of the fear that a wall could come down on the carriageway.

The builders whose work had led to the near collapse left the site – and the borough had to bring in contractors to make what was left of the building safe.

Bramford Road reopened at the end of January, but there has no further construction work at the site since it was made safe.

Ipswich Council’s building control officers have been in touch with the owners of the building – but there has been little progress and they are not aware of any plans to resume work on the site.

It is understood that the borough is still pursuing the site’s owners to cover the cost of making the building safe. Borough officials are also waiting to see if Suffolk County Council will pursue a separate compensation claim against the building owners to cover the cost of the two-month closure of Bramford Road which caused considerable disruption in Ipswich over the Christmas period.

Ultimately they could consider seeking a Compulsory Purchase Order on the property – but there are still further steps they have to make before they can consider that option.

Council officials do not believe that anyone connected with the proposed development of the Rose and Crown is involved in the planning application to turn the former Mulberry Tree pub into a community centre.

Meanwhile residents in the Norwich Road/Bramford Road area – and the councillors – are frustrated that the site is still abandoned and boarded up almost a year on.

Westgate ward councillor Carole Jones said: “We are working towards trying to find a solution that will see that important site in the town brought back into use, but it is taking rather a long time.”

Comments have been disabled on this article.

A 16-year-old suffered life-threatening injuries after being stabbed in the car park of a McDonald’s restaurant in Ipswich during a violent fight in front of shocked members of the public, it has been alleged.

Christmas has arrived in the Ipswich high street with festive displays in many windows - we find out what is selling fast and how sales are comparing to last year.

It is a swanky diner which brings a touch of American culture to the streets of Ipswich.

An ex-Ipswich Town player who worked with asbestos before becoming a professional footballer died of industrial disease, an inquest heard.

An Ipswich man who drove with no headlights after drinking eight cans of lager at a barbecue has been handed a suspended jail sentence.

Have you started writing your Christmas cards and packing up parcels yet, or haven’t you even started to think about it yet? Either way, you won’t want to miss the last posting dates.

Fears have been raised that targeting drug dealing hotspots in Ipswich might simply be moving the problem onto different streets and neighbourhoods.

Black Friday bargains are already appearing in shops and online - but how can you avoid falling for scams and bogus offers

Author and screenwriter Anthony Horowitz visited Woodbridge to give a talk at Seckford Hall about his life and works. We caught up with him to talk about his home in Orford, his love for Suffolk and how he plans to spend eternity in the county.

Ipswich Citizens Advice revealed the shocking case of the mother, who had depression and anxiety after giving birth, in a bid to call for new laws to crack down on debt collectors who flout the rules.

Most read

Show Job Lists

Topic pages

Newsletter Sign Up

Ipswich Star daily newsletter
Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Our Privacy Policy

MyDate24 MyPhotos24