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  • Suffolk EU Alliance
    Article: Feb 3, 2018

    The Suffolk EU Alliance have organised a 'Let's Stay Together' March at the University of Suffolk, Ipswich on Saturday 24th March starting at Noon.

    Bring your energy & concern for remaining in the EU.

    Great speakers, cool food, flags & fun music ... show that you care about being European.

    The Suffolk EU Alliance is working with the Liberal Democrats and the Green Party. https://www.suffolkeualliance.co.uk

  • Ladbrokes, Ipswich
    Article: Jan 25, 2018

    Shares in William Hill and Ladbrooks Coral plunged on Monday as Government proposals to limit the stakes on Fixed Odd Betting Terminals (FOBTs) in betting shops were published. Bookmakers have opened a number of shops around Ipswich in recent years after the previous Labour Government in 2001 permitted FOBTs in the UK. FOBTs have been widely condemned for increasing gambling addiction, taking huge sums of money out of poorer areas and even encouraging money laundering. Ipswich residents have often complained of the number of betting shops that have clustered in the town centre but Borough planners have no powers to limit them. If the policy review limits profits on FOBTs the number of betting shops is likely to be radically reduced. Ipswich Lib Dem Councillors, Inga Lockington and Oliver Holmes say "While we would not like to see more vacant shops in the town, betting shops are not the answer to turning Ipswich into a thriving retail centre."

  • Article: Jan 24, 2018

    In response to this article in the Guardian Councillor Inga Lockington said "The Home Office is out of touch with reality, setting the income bar so high. The pay levels of Public Servants set by the Government are not high enough to allow staff offered jobs to come to the UK and work. The Government knows it takes around ten years to train up doctors. Many young doctors trained in the UK are going abroad to work, tempted by good job offers, where the workload is not so high. What about Nurses and other staff will they be paid enough?"

  • Bee on dahlia (Martin Brown)
    Article: Jan 23, 2018

    Urban Buzz, the national charity campaigning for more bees and other insects in towns and cities, are urging Ipswich residents to tell them of underused or derelict spaces that can be used for growing nectar -rich wild flowers to encourage greater numbers . Recent plantings have been carried out at various Ipswich sites including the Dales, Sidegate Lane School and Maidenhall Allotments. David Dowding of Urban Buzz told Central Area councillors "We have worked with ActivLives to clear away rank grass and plant flower strips which have greatly increased bio-diversity." If anyone knows of possible areas, please contact Lib Dem councillors inga.lockington@ipswich.gov.uk or oliver.holmes@ipswich.gov.uk

    As Oliver says "I planted more flowering plants in my garden last year and they really attracted huge numbers of bees and butterflies. With more monoculture on farms, perhaps urban areas can provide a better habitat than the countryside today."

    More details on https://www.buglife.org.uk/urban-buzz-ipswich

  • Article: Jan 22, 2018
    By Oliver Holmes

    Suffolk County Council have confirmed to Liberal Democrat councillors that ground investigations for the new bridges have just started involving 28 boreholes, trial pits and core penetration tests along the proposed routes. The work will last 12 weeks and there will then be a consultation period leading to a planning application. They have confirmed that no housing will need to be demolished although some business premises on either side of the river will need to be purchased. The exact routes are not being disclosed due to commercial considerations and the possibility of blighting the affected premises.

  • Oliver Holmes
    Article: Jan 17, 2018

    Councillor Oliver Holmes said "As a keen cyclist myself, I fully support this new initiative from Urbo. It is also good to see Ipswich BC and Suffolk CC working together on a transport policy for a change. If we are to reduce congestion and air pollution in the town centre, we must encourage far more cycling and pedestrian schemes together with improvements to public transport."

  • Sharps Disposal
    Article: Jan 12, 2018

    It has to be acknowledged that Ipswich, in common with many urban centres, has a problem with Class A drug addiction. The recent University of Suffolk research into drugs and gangs estimated that there were approximately 750 people in the Town who were addicted to heroin. Inevitably, this amount of usage leads to serious problems for many residents concerning the supply of these drugs but another detrimental effect is the discarding of drugs paraphernalia in many parts of the town. Many addicts inject the drug and then often casually discard the needles creating a serious public health issue. Although Ipswich Borough Council provides sharps bins in high usage areas, many public spaces are littered with potentially harmful needles. Cllr. Oliver Holmes comments: "At recent public meetings, councillors have been told by a number of churchs and schools of used needles being found on or near their premises. St Mary le Tower reported that they had started to find discarded bubble packs for knives as well." It is vital that not only properly trained and equipped teams deal safely with this litter but it also recorded so that the Council and other stakeholders can map the areas affected in order to coordinate their response. As Oliver says: "Sadly, my ward of St Margaret's has the most recorded sharps finds in the town. If residents, community groups or businesses find needles on their premises, they need to contact the Cleaner Ipswich Hotline on 01473 433000. All sharps finds are discussed at Neighbourhood Partnership Groups which meet monthly. The information can help the Police and the Council plan operations to stop or curb this usage to the benefit of residents."

  • EV charge sign (Thanks go to Wouter.robers for the EV charge sation sign)
    Article: Jan 2, 2018
    By Chris Wrathall

    What is Ipswich Borough Council doing to reduce toxic vehicle emissions?

    The Council has stated in its 2017 Air Quality Status report that "The annual health cost to society of the impacts of particulate matter alone in the UK is estimated to be around £16 billion". The town has four Air Quality Management Areas, where there have been high levels of Nitrous Oxide, or NO2.

  • Broomhill Pool
    Article: Dec 20, 2017

    Fusion Leisure have just announced that they have secured a National Lottery grant of £3.4 million for the redevelopment of Broomhill Pool. Cllr. Inga Lockington was part of the Ipswich Borough Council administration which agreed, some years ago, to contribute £1 million towards the funding of the works. She comments "I am delighted that work can now start in 2018 and that by 2020 local people will once again be able to use the Pool and the new leisure facilities. I know some residents are concerned about the possible parking problems and other impacts and I, together with my colleague Cllr. Oliver Holmes, will be working with them to find the best way forward."

  • Town Hall at Christmas
    Article: Dec 8, 2017

    The regeneration project for the Cornhill will take a big step forward next Tuesday 12 th December when the Executive of Ipswich Borough Council are likely to give final approval to the scheme and appoint the main contractor. Work should start in the New Year but, in order to get it finished by the end of October, the total cost seems certain to rise. Clearly, after many missed deadlines on major projects in the past (Queen Street comes to mind) , no one wants the works to overrun and ruin Ch ristmas shopping for 2018. While the Labour Executive may raise the budget, some elements of the scheme may be cut with the "four arches" looking particularly vulnerable.

    Cllr. Oliver Holmes says:" It is vital to Ipswich retailers and shoppers that the works finish by the end of October and I want to make sure the contract with the builders contains suitable penalties if they finish late. I am also concerned that the market traders have still not been told what will happen to them either during the work or when it is finally finished. The market is a great asset to the Town."

    If anyone has concerns about the proposals, Cllrs. Oliver Holmes and Inga Lockington may be contacted via the "Contact Us" button at the top of this website.