PUBLISHED: 08:03 06 July 2018 Andrew Hirst An artist's impression showing the cobbles Picture: IPSWICH VISION Archant Complaints about the new cobbles of Ipswich’s £3.6million Cornhill development have prompted promises of a smoother surface. New paving on the Ipswich Cornhill is said to be far less smooth than had been indicated Picture: ARCHANT The Cornhill cobbles have faced criticism since their unveiling, particularly from disabled people. Work started earlier this year with ambitions to fuel the “renaissance” of Ipswich. However, the designs have divided opinion, while some called the project a waste of money. Neil Garrod, who contacted this newspaper last month to complain about the surface, which he described as “abysmal”, has stepped up calls for Ipswich Borough Council to take action. The mobility scooter rider sent council leader David Ellesmere two pictures of Cornhill – one showing an artist’s impression of the new … [Read more...] about Cornhill’s cobbles said to bear ‘no comparison’ to artist’s impression
PUBLISHED: 14:32 19 June 2018 | UPDATED: 14:32 19 June 2018 Andrew Hirst New paving on the Ipswich Cornhill Picture: ARCHANT The new cobbled surface of Ipswich’s £3.6million Cornhill development has been slammed as “abysmal” for people with mobility issues. New paving on the Ipswich Cornhill Picture: ARCHANT Ipswich resident Neil Garrod contacted this newspaper to complain about the “terrible” surface after visiting the newly opened top section of the development last week. Work on the new-look Cornhill started earlier this year after Ipswich Borough Council gave it the green light in December. Once completed, it is hoped to play a vital role in the “renaissance” of Suffolk’s county town. However, the designs have attracted criticism, while others have called the project a waste of money. New paving on the Ipswich Cornhill Picture: ARCHANT Mr Garrod said the designs appeared “awful” for disabled people as … [Read more...] about Ipswich Cornhill’s new cobbles criticised as ‘terrible’ for people with disabilities
PUBLISHED: 17:28 22 May 2018 | UPDATED: 17:41 22 May 2018 Paul Geater Ipswich market traders were angered by roadworks on their site at the weekend Picture: PAUL GEATER Archant Ipswich market traders have been given an apology by the borough council after Saturday’s trading was disturbed by rescheduled construction work linked to the Cornhill redevelopment. Traders had been promised that there would be no work on the top of Princes Street during market days – but on Saturday noisy construction work next to the stalls put off customers and provoked anger. One trader said: “We’re already struggling here, and the borough assured us there would be no work in this area on market days – but now this has happened. People just aren’t stopping to shop here. It shows what the council thinks of us!” A council spokesman said they were trying to avoid work on market days, and added: “We apologise to the market traders for the unscheduled … [Read more...] about Cornhill roadworks send customers away from Ipswich market traders
PUBLISHED: 14:51 24 April 2018 | UPDATED: 15:37 24 April 2018 Paul Geater The tank for the water feature arrives on the Cornhill. Picture: PAUL GEATER Archant Work to redevelop Ipswich Cornhill has taken a significant step forward with the delivery of a new underground tank for the water feature at the heart of the revamped town centre. Work on the Cornhill is well under way. Picture: PAUL GEATER The 16,000-litre tank will be fitted in a trench being dug in front of the Town Hall – and will feed water to an 18-spout fountain that is expected to be the centrepiece of the Cornhill. This will have variable speeds – and will also be able to be switched off when the Cornhill is needed for a major event. The water will be filtered and clean constantly while the fountains are working. Contractors Brooks and Wood are on schedule with the work – and the first new-look paving is starting to emerge in front of Debenhams. But it was the arrival of the tank on Tuesday … [Read more...] about Ipswich Cornhill work on schedule as water tank swung into position
PUBLISHED: 12:00 23 April 2018 | UPDATED: 12:47 23 April 2018 Paul Geater Ipswich market has moved to Princes Street as work begins on Cornhill. Picture: GREGG BROWN Market traders in Ipswich have been given rent-free pitches until the end of May as their sales continue to be affected by the rebuilding work on the town’s Cornhill. David Ellesmere. Picture: IPSWICH COUNCIL But bosses at Ipswich Council say there is little more they can do to stimulate trade until the first phase of the Cornhill reconstruction is completed during the summer. Market traders are worried that business is significantly down this year because potential customers rush past the stalls at the top of Princes Street without stopping to browse or circulate and buy goods. One trader said: “We had warned that things could be difficult but actually it’s turned out to be worse than anyone thought – takings are down and I don’t know how many of us will survive until the end of the … [Read more...] about Is it weather or Cornhill work that is behind the woes of Ipswich market?