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Poll: Debate starts online after Cornhill proposals revealed

15:00 15 January 2014

An architects impression of the proposed new look for Ipswich Cornhill

An architects impression of the proposed new look for Ipswich Cornhill

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Within hours of the proposed design for the Cornhill being published there was a heated debate building up online.

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Comments on our website were largely negative – “MMM” said: “If we have that amount of money to spend on the town centre lets spend it on fixing all the many broken things, mend the paths, fill in the holes, and improve the the place overall. The Cornhill is fine now, it’s an open space with flexibility to do many things.”

“Johnny” said: “Disappointing choice – why do we want to level the Cornhill out and what happens to the access down Lion Street and Princes Street either side of this new flat Cornhill? And the tower will detract from the existing attractive buildings around the Cornhill.”

And “Marty” said: “What another waste of Tax Payers money! Why are they spending money on something that does not need to happen?”

However “Mr Tall” put the opposite view: “It’s about time the Cornhill is improved what a wonderful idea. For all you miserable lot who say it’s a waste of money, it’s not as it will only cost a very small amount. It will attract new business and jobs. Ipswich needs some improvements so it’s about time.”

Sheila Broom took to Facebook to say: “Money would be better spent on sorting more shops and better road system.” Her comment was one of many attacking plans to improve the Cornhill.

However Dean Leeks said: “GOOD! It’s about time the Cornhill was revamped. Haters gonna hate. Well down Ipswich!”

And there were more positive comments on Twitter. Stephen Britt said: “Anything would be an improvement, only concerns so far are width of pavement in front of Lloyds Bank and steps in front of Council (Town Hall).”

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16 comments

  • Change please - Town centres have to offer more that the rather faded looking Cornhill, A town centre should be a place to meet and have a buzz. The town square of the county town of Suffolk needs some love and frankly the plans submitted may be a tad too forward thinking for some, good!

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    Gina Frost

    Thursday, January 16, 2014

  • Some nice steps for the immigrants to sit on whilst they scowl at the English.

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    Lee Davies

    Wednesday, January 15, 2014

  • Parents with pushchairs, wheelchair users and people with mobility problems aren't going to enjoy negotiating those steps.

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    BigGeoff

    Wednesday, January 15, 2014

  • not sure what difference it makes, every month Ipswichians leave for a better future, and immigrants arrive for a better future. The questions to all you lot is... when you going to move for a better life? and, where to? answers on a postcard please

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    Ipswich Entrepreneur

    Wednesday, January 15, 2014

  • It is more shops we need not some designers monstrosity. Nothing else is going to save this town unless we attract some descent retailers.

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    marlyn

    Friday, January 17, 2014

  • The steps will be a no go for disabled and who the heck wants to sit on concrete steps, especially in winter apart from the binge drinkers.Yes a nice cafe style area, some nice flowers and foliage, but people want decent shops and cheap parking and please move the market out of the main walk through, it's a muddle. Yes zero tolerance and to see more proper bobbies walking round as we used to.

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    waspie

    Thursday, January 16, 2014

  • It is more shops we need not some designers monstrosity. Nothing else is going to save this town unless we attract some descent retailers.

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    marlyn

    Friday, January 17, 2014

  • Two thoughts come to mind. Firstly it looks a the the seating area will be in the cold dark shaded part of the Cornhill. This means there will be few who will want to sit there apart from really hot summer days. Secondly, the tower had better be well and truly vandal-proof as Ipswich is particularly badly affected by vandalism. I also hope that the out of hours HGV shop delivery vehicles will still be able to get through?

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    John Alborough

    Wednesday, January 15, 2014

  • Agree with John A and the sun but am sure this is not too difficult to change. Absolutely fantastic but will it come on budget. What the real public of Ipswich and surrounding area is to clean up the street drinking, the beggars and you have just over two years to deal with it. Zero tolerance is the answer, spend all this money only to have the darker side spoil it all. We only live once and it would be nice to actually enjoy our County town.

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    Joseph Marshall

    Wednesday, January 15, 2014

  • I have opted for "Something else" on your poll - there was an alternative design offered which basically repaved the Cornhill (red bricks looking a bit tired and downtrodden now) with hidden fountains that could be switched on and off as appropriate. Keep the sloping towards the Town Hall and the Town Hall steps - provides a natural amphitheatre in the town centre and at no cost!

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    Johnny

    Thursday, January 16, 2014

  • waspie's wife.... the problem lies with Ipswich Central. The allaboutipswich website and this cornhill project isn't anything to do with the residents or tourists... its all about attracting students for the waterfront university. This is the target. The semi-uni is the only major step Ipswich has had in recent history and that means everything has to revolve around that. If they can make it appear as if its not just (half) the waterfront area that looks inviting for potential students... this is the sad reality. A uni town or city, helps the economy significantly (and they say students are skint!) but they are keeping all their eggs (read: taxpayers money) in one basket.

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    Ipswich Entrepreneur

    Friday, January 17, 2014

  • It is more shops we need not some designers monstrosity. Nothing else is going to save this town unless we attract some descent retailers.

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    marlyn

    Friday, January 17, 2014

  • waspie's wife. Oh and mums with pushchairs trying to get up and down those steps with shopping. The elderly with walking problems. Had to be a man who designed this...They look like young college girls sitting on those steps, which is where the design belongs...for the young.

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    waspie

    Thursday, January 16, 2014

  • I have voted for something else but only because the idea of spending so much money only to put the messy market in the middle is just stupid. Move the market to the Carr Street Upper Brook Street area (coop building or car park area) and then redevelop the Town Square in a way that we all have something to feel proud of.

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    Just Me

    Wednesday, January 15, 2014

  • This proposal beggars belief. The Cornhill grew organically over several centuries and is potentially a lovely open space just as it was before the market was imposed on it. A pavement café would be nice. If the police moved on the dubious characters who hang about there...that would improve things.

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    Meltonian

    Thursday, January 16, 2014

  • Looks like a right mess to me. Is this idea what we really need? There must be a more sensible solution somewhere. I agree with 'Just Me' about moving the market.

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    EmTee

    Wednesday, January 15, 2014

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