There are a lot of positive developments in Ipswich at the moment.
The council has just taken ownership of the dilapidated old Burtons building on the waterfront. This had reverted to the Crown Estate after the previous owner went bust. Now that the ownership has been regularised it will be possible to get on with sorting out what should be the gateway to the waterfront.
Work has started on renovating the old Fisons building on Princes Street and Birketts have submitted a planning application for their new headquarters on the Riley’s building. Both of these are as a result of deals brokered by the council.
Planning permission has just been granted to turn the Buttermarket into a cinema, gym, new shops bars and restaurants. This will transform the early evening economy in the town centre.
Suffolk County Council have at last agreed to put money towards improving the Cornhill.
We must keep up the momentum. There’s still a lot to do before we get the town centre we all want.
Tomorrow sees a crunch meeting to decide how we’re going to take forward Ipswich Central’s vision for the town centre.
There’s been a lot of positive noises about the Vision but we need to move from talk to action.
We need a prioritised list of projects everyone can sign up to and a commitment to fund them.
Ipswich Borough Council is up for doing this and I hope our partners are too.