PUBLISHED: 07:30 24 January 2019 Paul Geater Bury Road park and ride closed in 2011. Picture: GREGG BROWN Serious talks are under way in Ipswich about re-opening the Bury Road park and ride centre which was closed by Suffolk County Council as a cost-cutting measure in 2011. The site is owned by Ipswich council and part of it is currently in use as a car dealership – but the borough has always seen the reintroduction of the park and ride centre as a long-term aspiration.Ipswich Buses – owned by the borough – recently extended its Number Eight service from Asda to the Anglia Retail Park which is next to the former park and ride site.However the route to the town centre through the Whitehouse estate and along Bramford Road would probably be too long to attract park and ride customers.Ipswich Council leader David Ellesmere said his officers were looking at the possibility of reopening park and ride – but they would need to involve the … [Read more...] about Could Bury Road park and ride reopen to help ease Ipswich traffic?
PUBLISHED: 19:30 23 January 2019 | UPDATED: 20:00 23 January 2019 Judy Rimmer Former County Hall, Ipswich. Picture: LUCY TAYLOR From County Hall to the Odeon, a number of the most iconic buildings in Ipswich have been standing empty. What is in the pipeline for these town landmarks? The disused County Hall, Ipswich. Picture: LUCY TAYLORCounty Hall: Will former council HQ be turned into flats? The Ipswich Vision Partnerhip has been looking for new uses for prominent buildings, including County Hall. In December, new plans were put forward to turn the County Hall building into 12 one, two and three-bedroom flats, with an accommodation block behind it including 28 flats and two maisonettes. The plans have been open to public consultation and are shortly due to go before Ipswich Borough Council’s planning committee. The imposing Grade II listed building in St Helen’s Street has stood empty and derelict for many years, since Suffolk County Council … [Read more...] about What’s in the pipeline for these 12 iconic empty Ipswich buildings?
PUBLISHED: 18:11 23 January 2019 | UPDATED: 18:19 23 January 2019 Jessica Hill The former Great White Horse hotel, from Carr Street. Picture: JOHN NORMAN Archant The retail sector is undergoing a seismic shift that is changing the look and feel of our town centres at a rapid rate. It feels as though each day brings a new onslaught of bad news. Buttermarket Street Picture: GOOGLE MAPSToday, we heard that Santander will be closing branches in Stowmarket, Newmarket and Colchester, Patisserie Valerie is closing a cafe in Chelmsford, and Cotswold Outdoor is undertaking a raft of store closures too. But it’s not all bleak, as some stores have posted rosier profits and look set to stay in Ipswich.In some cases, retail chains have moved out and vape shops, beauty bars and independent stores have taken their place. But, as in most towns and cities, landlords seem to be finding it increasingly difficult to fill the empty voids.We take a look at each shopping … [Read more...] about Find out which big retail stores are closing, under threat and safe to stay in Ipswich
PUBLISHED: 15:00 23 January 2019 | UPDATED: 16:11 23 January 2019 Jake Foxford The two engines parked in Buttermarket in Ipswich town centre. Picture: JAKE FOXFORD Archant Two fire engines were called to Ipswich town centre after reports of a burning smell led them to find a man with a serious facial injury. The burning smell was coming from an electrical cabinet in the British Heart Foundation charity shop in Buttermarket Picture: JAKE FOXFORDCrews from the Princes Street and Ipswich East stations were called about noon to attend the scene in Buttermarket, close to the corner with Upper Brook Street, in the pedestrianised centre of the town.When they got to the British Heart Foundation charity shop, a firefighter reported finding a blown fuse in an electrical intake cupboard that had caused the smell.When they arrived at the scene firefighters also found a member of the public had fallen and injured their jaw.The shop was closed while the injured man … [Read more...] about Fire engines called to Buttermarket in Ipswich
PUBLISHED: 13:44 23 January 2019 | UPDATED: 14:16 23 January 2019 JANE HUNT Tavis Spencer-Aitkens Picture: SUPPLIED BY FAMILY Archant A 23-year-old man accused of murdering Ipswich teenager Tavis Spencer-Aitkens has claimed his life had been put in danger by evidence he had given in court. During his third day in the witness box at Ipswich Crown Court Aristote Yenge said that after implicating a man called “M” in Tavis’s murder yesterday (Tuesday) he had been called names including “snitch” when he returned to prison.He said he was no longer confident of identifying anyone while giving evidence.“My life is in danger,” he told the court.Yenge told the court that on the day Tavis was stabbed to death he had been given a lift in a van to Iris Close to deliver drugs and had left his hooded jumper in the vehicle.He claimed that a man called “M”, who had also been in the van, had put his jumper on before … [Read more...] about My life is in danger, drug dealer tells Ipswich murder trial