Very strong support for the northern bypass clear from my transport survey returns, unsurprisingly. I was busy working my way through the responses to my transport survey on Sunday. The survey had a question about the northern bypass. I’ve now completed some number crunching in relation to the returns from Rushmere ward. Overall, 84% support the northern bypass. Residents were asked to rate their support for the northern bypass on a scale of 0-10 (10=strong support, 0=strong opposition). On the whole, the average numerical score for those who responded was 8.8. It will be interesting to find out what the average scores are from the other wards that have been surveyed. I appreciate that this will hardly come as a surprise to many however the strength of support is particularly significant. Campaigning for the northern bypass was already my number one transport priority, these survey returns tell me that this should absolutely remain the case.
Earlier this month, I visited the Port of Ipswich for the first time to be taken on a tour of the site and to meet with the leadership team from Associated British Ports (ABP). I’m prepared to say that I think I underestimated both the size of the operation and its massive importance to the region’s economy.
The Port of Ipswich covers over 280 acres of land in total, but it’s the 21-acre island site at the heart of it that has been the subject of the majority of discussion over the past few years.
The island site presents a huge opportunity for the Town and its very important that its fully utilised. Developed in the right way and it could take the Waterfront and the Town to the next level.
From the meetings I had, its clear that ABP are very serious about bringing the site forward for development. I very much hope that the County Council will bring forward the two smaller bridges to connect with the island. Clearly certainty over this would be the catalyst to accelerate activity.
Ideally in future, the island could be a real centre point of activity. My preference would be for something that creates a real buzz! Perhaps an arena?
Fascinating tour of ABP Port of Ipswich this afternoon with Paul Ager and Andy Constable. Easy to forget its huge importance with the Port of Felixstowe on its door step but it employs over 1,000 people and is the number one grain exporter in the country. Long discussion about the future of the island site and the huge potential it holds for Ipswich.
I have always maintained that the South West of Ipswich is the most under-rated part of our town. I’ve lived in Stoke Park area for 40 years and have loved it.
We have the most beautiful views in the South West with some looking across to the Orwell Bridge as well as areas such as Spring Wood and beautiful parks like Chantry and Bourne. Trees and other green areas are abundant and much appreciated by those who use them. We have easy access to A12 and A14 which can quickly take us on our way to London or Felixstowe.
Our residents in Stoke Park are diverse and from all ages, backgrounds and culture. It is a pleasure to walk round my ward on a regular basis chatting to you and finding out what, if anything, is causing you a problem.
The best way to find out what you’d like to see is for us to knock on your doors, which we do regularly all year round. Most people are very happy where they are and do not need our help but sometimes it’s just about knowing that we are there and that we represent you at the council on policy and making a difference to the whole town.
Sometimes help is needed and can be anything from assisting with benefits to representing interests on one of our committees, such as planning. If in doubt, just ask!
The most common queries tend to be highway and tree issues and that is why I arranged for an officer in this department to speak to residents at one of our SW Area Committees. This proved to be very useful and resolved many of the issues that had been ongoing, although not all.
If there are any issues that you would like brought up at our Area committees then please do let us know.
Speaking of which, we still have some community money in the pot so if anyone has any great ideas for improving their area or for projects that would improve lives, then please do contact us.
Councillor Bob Hall and myself have been surveying Fountains Road to establish who would like to see a Twenty’s Plenty to combat speeding. We started a petition which nearly all residents were happy to sign. We will be presenting this to the council and will be requesting consideration for this measure.
We did the same survey 4 years ago but the appetite then was not evident as many thought that this would involve humps. That is not what we are asking for in this petition, just some Twenty Plenty signs to show that the winding nature of Fountains Road should be travelled through safely and slowly.
The main role of a councillor is to be the bridge between the residents of the council. To ensure that your voice is heard and that we represent those voices at full council and committees.
Having now been a councillor for over 12 years, I know every road, pathway and bump and try to keep an eye out for anything I can help with but we do rely on intelligence to combat issues promptly, so please do not hesitate to contact us by e-mail, telephone, letter or social media.
I was delighted to move into my new flat just off the Waterfront a couple of months ago. Never before have I lived by the water, so it makes a pleasant change. However, I see it as my job to campaign for things that will make Ipswich an even better place to live.
One of these priorities is transport. For me, the overriding infrastructure priority needs to be a northern bypass! When it comes to campaigning for this I plan to leave no stone left unturned. So far I’ve met with officials from the Department for Transport on two occasions and the County Council leader, to make clear my strong support. Interestingly, I also had a long chat with the Secretary of State for International Trade about it as well. Stressing to him the importance of a northern bypass from the perspective of our country’s largest and busiest sea container port: the Port of Felixstowe.
This issue needs to be covered from multiple angles and I will not shy away from being robust in calling for significant financial investment from the Government. Ipswich needs and deserves better transport infrastructure and less traffic. Rest assured, I’m on the case!
candidate for Ipswich
Works to improve St Peter’s Wharf in Ipswich are due to start in the new year. The work,
which is being delivered by Suffolk County Council (SCC) in partnership with Ipswich
Borough Council (IBC), will provide a better experience for pedestrians and cyclists travelling through the wharf and will further improve the Waterfront area.
The aim of the scheme is to enhance the area by introducing footways and a clearly defined
carriageway. A seating area will be created along with the installation of trees and bicycle
parking. The addition of trees and seating area will provide an area for people to relax and take in the Waterfront surroundings and with the footway on the southern side raised to
allow views across the New Cut.
The works, which will begin on the 7 January 2019, will take place along the wharf between
Stoke Bridge, Bridge Street and Foundry Lane, opposite Dance East. The scheme has been designed to cater for the high number of pedestrians and cyclists that use the area as well as accommodating large vehicles accessing the Port. Funding for the scheme, which will cost in the region of £750,000, was secured via a bid to the Coastal Community Fund by Ipswich Vision.
Paul West. Suffolk County Council cabinet member for Ipswich, communities and waste
said; “I am delighted that this work is taking place, a lot of development has taken place on
the waterfront over the past few years and St Peter’s Wharf has become a much-used route
for road users. These vital improvements will mean that visitors to the waterfront whether
it be pedestrians, cyclist or motorists have the opportunity to enjoy the St Peter’s Wharf area.”
Terry Hunt, chairman of the Ipswich Vision board said; “This is an incredibly important
gateway to our wonderful waterfront and these enhancements will enable this prominent
part of our town to give a much-improved impression to residents and visitors. This
scheme is another crucial example of the exciting regeneration of our county town.”
It is predicted that the scheme will take up to six months to complete due to improvements
that will need to be made to underground infrastructure. The work which will be delivered
six days a week (Monday – Saturday between 7am – 5pm) must also be completed in stages
to ensure full access is maintained for all road users throughout the work.
For the duration of the scheme, there will be an out-bound lane closure in place and
traffic exiting the dock will be required to exit via Foundry Lane. Temporary traffic signals
will also be operational at times throughout the scheme. The signals will be manually
controlled, including peak times from 7am to 7pm each working day. This is to alleviate
delays and traffic queues.
Cllr Lee Reynolds and I this week welcomed the introduction of the 20 MPH zone on Anglesea Road after years of campaigning. The scheme was a pledge I made during my election campaign in 2017 and after many months of meetings and designs, we have seen it installed…finally!
After years of deadlock I am pleased it has been delivered. Both Cllr Lockington and myself have paid for this out of our Highways Improvement budget and it is good that we have been able to work together.
Parts of the area are hazardous and see regular accidents and I am confident that the 20 MPH zone will reduce this and make it safer for pedestrians.
This is the largest of any 20 MPH zone in the town and shows the ambition Suffolk County Council has to promote speed awareness when there is clear evidence of accidents in the area.
On a recent visit to Peterborough, I travelled from their railway station to the (pedestrianised) Cathedral Square without crossing a single road at ground level. The path took me under two narrow bridges (above left) to Cowgate (right)
with a turning option to the Nene Valley Railway heritage line. At Cowgate, with the Cathedral visibly ahead, there was the usual range of restaurants and a parish church, whilst the Square included shops and banks in either direction. I returned through the Queensgate Centre (left), which included an indoor footbridge over the main road, back to the station.
How could any new features in Ipswich simulate this situation in Peterborough, or indeed Chelmsford? What results could thus be achieved? Whilst we cannot practically move our station or Sailmakers, there is a Local Plan review and a Public Spaces Consultation starting on 16th January, details of which can be found at www.ipswich.gov.uk/currentconsultations.
The overwhelming transport infrastructure priority for Ipswich is a northern relief road. Over the past month it’s been made clear to me whoever I’ve spoken to just how important this is for the Town. The reality is that this infrastructure should have been delivered 20/30 years ago but it hasn’t and the people of Ipswich have paid the price for this through increasing levels of traffic.
As long as I’ve been alive the whole of East Anglia hasn’t received the level of investment it needs to upgrade its transport infrastructure. This is definitely the case in Ipswich. Whatever the colour of the Government of the day, the adequate level of investment in transport infrastructure hasn’t been forthcoming. Challenging this is a key priority for me.
I have already met with the Leader of Suffolk County Council, Councillor Matthew Hicks to impress upon him the importance of the road for Ipswich and have a number of further meetings arranged over the next few weeks with other key stakeholders. Securing the investment for this road won’t be easy but my view is that we need to be ambitious in demanding Ipswich’s fair share when it comes to infrastructure investment.
I welcome the fact that in this year’s budget statement the Government have made £30 billion available for road upgrades across the country. East Anglia must get its fair share of this investment and a northern relief road for Ipswich must be near the top of the list of regional priorities.
I pledge to the people of Ipswich that over the coming years, as the Conservative Prospective Parliamentary candidate I will fight tooth and nail to get action on this issue! I strongly believe that I have the skills, drive and knowledge to make an impact.
Over the coming months I will provide regular updates regarding where I’m at regarding the campaign following the meetings I currently have in my diary.
After the long awaited 20mph zone was given approval on 11 June, Cllr Lee Reynolds and I have been told that the final designs are currently being worked on before being implemented. We expect to see the scheme in operation early next year, after all the bureaucracy has been negotiated.
It’s a bit frustrating that the process has to be gone through, but at least we know it has been signed off and is going to happen – albeit after a few years of waiting!
Since the scheme was given the go ahead in June, Lee and I have received many calls from residents expressing approval at the news.