Hundreds have their say in Star survey on two years of Ipswich Vision

Architects' impression of the new look for Ipswich Cornhill. Picture: IBC

Architects' impression of the new look for Ipswich Cornhill. Picture: IBC - Credit: Archant

More than 650 readers have so far had their say in our online survey about the first two years of the Ipswich Vision – and have expressed differing views about its success so far.

Most feel there have been some improvements to the town centre, but feel that things are taking longer than proposed and have not yet started to truly transform the heart of Ipswich.

And a significant proportion of those who have taken part in the survey so far think the improvements that have happened would have occurred anyway – they were not the result of the Ipswich Vision.

One significant finding is that most people do not think a significant number of new residents want to move into the town centre – more than 70% feel there should be no more homes created in central Ipswich until those that are currently empty or in half-finished buildings are fully occupied.

However more than half those who responded do feel that things in the town centre are improving – and most believe that a new northern bypass would benefit the heart of Ipswich.

Comments are still being left by readers on our Facebook page. Deanette Easton said: “Lower parking fees, more disabled parking spaces.

“Traffic lights or some system to stop the traffic building up from Woodbridge Road into Argyle Street as this area gets very congested. Keep the Market in the Town Centre.

“Why can’t we have dancing fountains like they have outside Hull City Hall, where children put on their swimming gear and enjoy themselves for free. Make the town centre more child friendly. Better choice of more upmarket stores.”

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More big names are expected to come to Ipswich over the next few months – Pret A Manger is the latest big chain to advertise for staff in the town.

And work has now started on the new multi-storey car park at Crown Street – that is due to be completed early next year with some spaces available during the Christmas shopping season.

Work on the Cornhill is due to get under way early next year, the borough council has recently started looking for a contractor to carry out the work after it was given formal planning permission by councillors earlier in the summer.