IMPROVEMENTS TO BE MADE TO ST PETER’S WHARF ON IPSWICH WATERFRONT

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.

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Thankyou for doing your bit in 2019

It’s at this time of year we make our resolutions to be happier, healthier and do something good for the environment. Myself and Suffolk County Council’s Waste Team wish to say a big thank you to each and every one of you for thinking about our environment. To help you keep your resolution to protect the planet, we’ve come up with some easy to follow tips and information.
Did you know that one of the best ways to reduce the amount of rubbish we have, is to try and avoid it in the first place? The first thing we can all consider is whether something needs the packaging it is often presented or if there is an alternative with less packaging.

FOR DOING YOUR BIT IN 2019
You can re-use single use plastics, like plastic cutlery, straws, cups and bottled drinks.
Try buying fruit and veg loose when doing the weekly food shop.
Use washable lunchboxes, water bottles and coffee cups instead of disposable
options.
Christmas and New Year festivities generate more cards, wrapping paper, plastic and
glass bottles waiting to be recycled. So at this time of year it’s particularly important
to make full use of your recycling bin and local Recycling Centres. Your closest ones are
Ipswich Recycling Centre on Portman Walk and Foxhall Recycling Centre.

Still unsure about what can and can’t be recycled?
Check out http://www.suffolkrecycling.org.uk for a wealth of information and an A – Z guide on
what rubbish needs to go where. Thank you for caring about your environment.

PAUL WEST
Suffolk County Council
Cabinet Member for Ipswich, Communities and Waste.

The Hold will transform people’s ability to engage with Suffolk’s history.

Work has started on the £20m project to transform Suffolk’s Record Office service. The Hold project is a partnership between Suffolk County Council and the University and will see a new flagship heritage facility located close to the Ipswich Waterfront. Cllr Paul West, Cabinet Member at Suffolk County Council with responsibility for Heritage said      “the transformed Record Office Service will be more than just a new building. Plans to actively engage a greater number of Suffolk residents in the county’s rich past will be at the heart of the new service”.
The service will be audience focussed and reach out to all parts of Suffolk through activity and digital programmes. Young people and those people living with dementia will be two groups that the service will aim to engage with.
The new building which will be open to the public in 2020 will hold 86% of the county’s vulnerable archive material. The current Ipswich Record Office in Gatacre Road will close and move its service to the new building. The new service will maintain a record office service in a building in both Bury St Edmunds and Lowestoft.

Above is SRO’s oldest exhibit: Henry I’s charter to the monks of Eye Priory.

Recycling Centre

Ipswich could soon have a new Recycling Centre. The County Council recently set aside £1m to fund the purchase of a replacement site for the one in Portmans Walk. The current site is very busy, has no room to expand and has to close for up to one fifth of its opening time whilst containers are removed and compacted. A new site has not yet been identified but the council is looking on the west side of Ipswich for any opportunities.