Could Ipswich become a green oasis with cash from Town Deal Fund?
PUBLISHED: 07:30 28 October 2020 | UPDATED: 08:39 28 October 2020
Now they are working with borough officials to draw up costings for the scheme and develop the proposals.
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One of their key ideas is to create a “Green Wall” on one side of the former Paul’s Maltings silo at the Stoke Bridge entrance to the Waterfront – as well as planting trees and other plants on routes linking that area to the town centre.
Richard Bloomfield is one of the driving forces behind the Oasis Project and said: “It is great that the proposal made it on to the list – but we now have to fill in formal applications and draw up the cost of the proposals.”
He drew up the proposals with Faye Harburt – and they joined former council leader Liz Harsant and borough council chief executive Russell Williams in an online meeting to discuss how to take proposal forward.
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Mr Bloomfield said: “It is still early days and there are many aspects to the proposal – but if we could get a green wall on one side of the silo it would be an amazing entrance to the Waterfront.”
Another proposal to make a late entry into the list is the idea of an indoor market in the town centre – but existing stallholders had not heard anything about the proposal until the list was published at the start of the week.
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No site has been identified although there have been suggestions that the space in the Corn Exchange that is soon due to become vacant when the Little Waitrose closes could become a good place to start because it would only need a few stalls to feel quite full.
Existing stallholders said they would need to find out more about the proposals before saying what they thought of them – but some already know about operating in areas where there are both indoor and outdoor elements of markets.
That was a proposal that was included in the Town Deal list after being suggested by members of the public – it was not in the original proposals.
The board now has until December 11 to formally apply to the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government for up to £25m of government funding which is aimed at improving the town for a more prosperous future.
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