The numbers show off Ipswich’s busy year
- Credit: Archant
As the year draws to an end, Ipswich council has produced figures showing just how busy it has been over the last 12 months.
Sold nearly 300,000 tickets for shows at the Regent and Corn Exchange
During 2015 its staff will have emptied more than four million bins – brown, black and blue – on their journeys around town.
Staff in the emergency control centre will have helped keep the town safe by monitoring more than 200 CCTV cameras
More than half a million swimming tickets have been sold at Crown Pools
More than 30,000 visitors have been to the Constable exhibition at the Mansion
It has dealt with 1,257 planning applications (up 6% on the previous year). Including Sailmakers and the Buttermarket.
- 1 Look inside stunning £950k home close to Christchurch Park in Ipswich
- 2 Lorry overturned on roundabout closes A14 near Felixstowe
- 3 A14 reopens after 'serious' crash involving three lorries
- 4 Road closed while fire crews tackle Martlesham blaze
- 5 Motorist angry over £100 'fine' at Ipswich car park
- 6 A12 partially reopens after crash near Copdock Interchange
- 7 Retired Felixstowe nurse fears eviction after struggle to find social housing
- 8 Take a look inside 15th Century farmhouse near Ipswich up for sale
- 9 Stowmarket man with foot fetish sexually assaulted woman
- 10 Ladies night event in Kesgrave with strippers sold-out in five days
On average 93% of the applications were approved, either by officers or by the planning committee.
There have been around 200,000 customers to the Tourist Information Centre in St Stephen’s Church. It has also awarded £1m in community and arts grants
On the housing front, the borough has 8,000 council homes – and has seen the number rise by more than 100 over the last year, largely because of the new development in Bader Close.
It has made 122,000 visits to sheltered scheme residents.
Council staff have cut 1,100 acres of grass in parks, open spaces and on verges. Among those who appreciated that were the 40,000 people who went to Ipswich Music Day in Christchurch Park in July.
And it has helped 46 organisations through our Area Committees with funding totalling £130,000 and generating another £500,000 in match funding.
Council leader David Ellesmere said: “We deliver a wide range of quality services to the people of Ipswich. We are a key regional centre in the east of England and the council’s culture and sport facilities bring tens of thousands of visitors to Ipswich every year.
“We will continue to build homes and create new jobs, provide events and fitness opportunities, help the homeless and make Ipswich a safer place to live in and work in.”