PUBLISHED: 19:05 08 March 2019 Will Jefford The British 4-man bob team including Lenny Paul (centre) from Ipswich. Picture: DAVID VINCENT A bobsleigher from Ipswich, who represented Great Britain at four Winter Olympic Games, has backed the latest plans to build an indoor snow park at Great Blakenham, saying it could give future Olympic-hopefuls a chance to develop their talents. Corporal Lenny Paul from Ipswich, left, was also an athlete with the British athletics team. Picture: DAVID VINCENTThe controversial SnOasis development has been on and off the agenda for nearly 20 years but a report prepared ahead of Mid Suffolk District Council’s planning committee later this month notes that funding is now in place for the huge £300m project.MORE: SnOasis ‘could be complete by 2023’The most recent plans have received criticism from local politicians, most notably, local MP Dan Poulter, who said that the development was “dead an … [Read more...] about Could SnOasis help winter Olympic hopefuls?
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PUBLISHED: 19:00 06 March 2019 Will Jefford An artist impression of SnOasis. The proposed village centre. Picture: ONSLOW SUFFOLK/SNOASIS Archant A Suffolk MP has reassured concerned residents that plans to build a massive snow park in the Suffolk countryside are still unlikely to go ahead – despite a complete planning application being recommended for approval. Dr Dan Poulter thinks the plans for a huge snow centre in Great Blakenham are still 'unlikely' Picture: PAUL GEATERDr Dan Poulter, who represents Central Suffolk and North Ipswich, has spoken of his surprise at the plans continuing after he believed they were “dead and buried”.The controversial SnOasis development, planned for a 350-acre site in Great Blakenham, has been on and off the agenda for nearly 20 years.Yet a report prepared ahead of Mid Suffolk District Council’s planning committee later this month suggests funding is now in place for the huge £300m project.Dr … [Read more...] about SnOasis plan still ‘unlikely to go ahead’, MP claims
Gallery PUBLISHED: 13:31 29 August 2017 | UPDATED: 08:13 30 August 2017 Matt Stott New-look artist impression of SnOasis. Picture: ONSLOW SUFFOLK/SNOASIS Archant The developer behind the controversial SnOasis development has insisted his dream of opening the £400m winter sports resort in Great Blakenham is not a “fantasy”, as new photographs of the proposed SnOasis are released. New-look artist impression of SnOasis. The proposed speed skating. Picture: ONSLOW SUFFOLK/SNOASISFinal details for the application are still being lodged to Mid Suffolk District Council (MSDC) planning officers, who have requested further information, a MSDC spokesman has confirmed.The controversial SnOasis scheme has been dogged by setbacks and delays since Onslow Suffolk first acquired the former quarry site in 2001, with the aim of creating a £300m complex with an indoor ski slope, ice rink, hotels as well as shops and apartments.Developer Godfrey … [Read more...] about ‘SnOasis is not a fantasy’ – Final details being lodged for £400m snow sports centre as new photos revealed
PUBLISHED: 07:00 19 October 2018 Reece Hanson How Snoasis could have looked. Artists impression of what it looks like for Hayley Mace Archant It was a plan to transform Suffolk into the winter sports capital of Britain. Godfrey Spanner at the site of the planned Snoasis development in 2007. Pic Lucy Taylor EADT 7/8/07 ES 8/5/08 (gets the go-ahead)But more than a decade after the controversial Snoasis proposals were first mooted, they remain on ice.The concept was designed for the 350-acre site of a former cement works in Great Blakenham, near Ipswich, with plans including the world’s largest indoor ski-slope as the centrepiece, as well as an ice rink and dry run bobsleigh ride, along with hundreds of ski lodges and apartments.DLA Architecture, the Yorkshire firm behind Manchester’s MEN Arena, drew up the plans for the site, which also included a range of sport and leisure options, including a cinema and bowling complex, 18-hole golf course … [Read more...] about Snoasis dream which could yet see Suffolk become winter sports capital of UK
Nostalgia PUBLISHED: 14:16 04 September 2018 | UPDATED: 14:16 04 September 2018 Sam Dawes and Megan Aldous Sir Cliff Richard performing for the children at Thomas Wolsey School Picture: RICHARD SNASDELL In September 1984 there was a marathon, the grand opening of the Ipswich Ski Centre, a visit from Sir Cliff Richard and more. Can you see anyone you know in the pictures? Massive number of runners participating in the Ipswich Marathon Picture: OWEN HINESIn September 1984 hundreds of runners filled the streets of Ipswich to run the Ipswich Marathon. The course took the runners all over the town including along the waterfront. Runners making their way down the waterfront Picture: OWEN HINESThis wasn’t the only sporting event to take place that month, the town also saw the opening of the Ipswich Ski Centre. The official opening of Ipswich Ski Slope Picture: IVAN SMITHThe grand opening saw crowds of people putting on a pair of skies and … [Read more...] about A look back at Ipswich in September 1984 featuring Sir Cliff Richard