Ipswich: Debate on Portman Road ownership splits readers

Portman Road

Portman Road - Credit: Mike Page

The debate about whether the borough should sell the freehold of Portman Road to finance the purchase of derelict land around the Waterfront has split contributors to the Star website.

Hundreds of people have taken part in the online poll on our website – www.ipswichstar.co.uk – with 52% saying that the borough should retain ownership of the freehold of the ground and 48% saying it should sell the freehold to the club to finance the compulsory purchase of strategic land around the Waterfront.

The suggestion arose after Ipswich MP Ben Gummer suggested that the council should sell some of its landholdings across the town to finance the compulsory purchase of land between Stoke Bridge and The Mill – the vital entrance to the Waterfront.

While not saying he wanted the council to sell the freehold of Portman Road, Mr Gummer did point out that the club has made several attempts to buy it over recent years.

Comments on the website were also split evenly between those who wanted the council to retain its ownership of the freehold of the club to ensure it always stays near the town centre and those who wanted to see it sold to finance further land purchases.

n Should the borough consider selling the freehold of Portman Road to the football club? Write to Your Letters, Ipswich Star, 30 Lower Brook Street, Ipswich, IP4 1AN or email starletters@archant.co.uk

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