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  • Julia as Mrs Pretty 1915 (Photo by Mike Hill)
    Article: Feb 9, 2018
    By Julia Barrett

    This year, as we celebrate the centenary of the first women to secure the right to vote, we look back at some of the women who played an enormous part in achieving that, for the women of Ipswich. During the years leading up to 1918, Ipswich had two Members of Parliament and for some time both of them were Liberals. Daniel Ford Goddard of the gas works had been Liberal MP for twenty-three years, during which time he had shared the responsibility with both Felix Thornley Cobbold and Sylvester Horne. Other notable philanthropists also held seats for the Liberal party on the town council, including William F and Robert S Paul of Paul's Malt and Robert's son in law William T Pretty of the Pretty & Sons corset factory and Footman, Pretty & Co department store. The corset factory is now sadly buried beneath Marks and Spencer's car park but Footman & Pretty's is now better known as Debenhams. The Pauls, Cobbolds and Goddards are well known within Ipswich's history and the legacy of their work is evident all over town.

  • Article: Feb 8, 2018
    By Edward Packard in https://edpackard.wordpress.com

    Work has finally begun on the Cornhill regeneration, a project which has divided the town: some people think it will provide a much-needed cosmetic and financial boost to the town centre, while others have criticised the design and suggested that the money (£3.6 million) would have been better spent elsewhere.

  • HungryForDemocracy
    Article: Feb 7, 2018

    Ipswich Liberal Democrat members Colin Boyd and Conrad Robert-Smith Packwood both went to Westminster for the Hungry For Democracy event. Colin gives his report here:-

    "Today was a tough day. Going without food was difficult, but standing in the freezing cold for hours was even worse! Conrad was an absolute trooper. All the other activists were able to walk around to keep warm, and he was sadly confined to his wheelchair, but he didn't complain once. He remained enthusiastic to the cause, holding his placard high for all those who crossed our paths to see (and that was a lot of people)!

    Labour, Green Party, UKIP, Lib Dem's, Women's Equality Party, SNP, and Plaid all shared a platform to fight for a parliament that truly represents the people. The only party notably missing was the Tories, and I dare say it shows their utter contempt for the people they serve.

    What we did today was a tiny sacrifice compared to what the poor Suffragette's did a century ago, and this really hit home. Their struggles in making the world a better place for all of us is even more admirable now; suffering most of us will thankfully never truly understand.

    Today we raised awareness for our cause, but sadly we still have a very long way to go to have a true democracy, and a society where nobody feels oppressed. May the fight go on..."

  • Cllr Inga Lockington
    Article: Feb 6, 2018

    A consultation is being held with residents regarding the planned merger of Ipswich and Colchester hospitals.

    Sessions will run 10am-2pm as follows:

    13 Feb Ipswich Corn Exchange

    15 Feb Clacton Library

    19 Feb Colchester Library

    22 Feb Felixstowe Library

    Long serving Ipswich Councillor Inga Lockington (pictured) is concerned that there has not been a lot of open public engagement up until now and it is important that anyone with an interest in our Local NHS have a say. Mergers of Hospitals are happening in different parts of the Country but we need to understand what that will mean for us. Inga has expressed concerns about the short notice for the Public events and that several are in the half term when some families might be away.
  • 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."