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Ipswich Wet Dock scheme gets showing

PUBLISHED: 10:00 28 December 2001 | UPDATED: 15:22 03 March 2010

RESIDENTS in the Wherstead Road area of Ipswich have the chance today to visit an exhibition detailing a controversial scheme for the development of the area around the Wet Dock.

RESIDENTS in the Wherstead Road area of Ipswich have the chance today to visit an exhibition detailing a controversial scheme for the development of the area around the Wet Dock.

Next month the deadline is reached for objections to Ipswich Borough Council plans, which propose the building of a road through the West Bank Terminal.

To highlight the proposals, the Wherstead Road Residents Association is holding the second of a two-day exhibition at 59 Austin Street today.

Bob Blascock of the association said: "What we are doing is getting as many people as possible to come down and show them exactly what the plans are for the area which will be affected by the West Bank link.

"We are no longer alone in thinking that this road is a bad idea. We know that Associated British Ports doesn't want it and we know the Chamber of Commerce doesn't want it.

"I am sure people realise that it would be detrimental to the area and we've had quite a good response so far. People are filling in the council's response forms, which they can write what they like on. We will make sure the council gets them.

"It saves people the time of having to go up to the council – we are here to offer people a service and a chance to object."

The exhibition features plans and maps of the proposals and also details suggestions for alternative ideas.

There is also a selection of cuttings from the Evening Star detailing the history of the road proposal.

Residents have until January 18 at 5pm to make representations about the Local Plan – then there will be a debate on the proposals and a public inquiry.

Mr Blascock, added: "We will be here on another evening in January and we are probably planning something for January 18."

The Wherstead Road Residents Association is the largest residents association in Ipswich with an estimated 400 members. It was founded in 1970.

n The exhibition runs until 8pm tonight . If you would like more information, please call Bob Blascock on 01473 689589.


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