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NEWS - Ipswich Waterfront NEWS - Latest and Current news from Ipswich Waterfront / Quayside / Docks      

Check out the Ipswich Waterfront "events" page for details of - Ipswich Waterfront Markets, Vintage Markets, Fayres, Ipswich Maritime Festivals, Tall Ships, events, entertainment which make visiting Ipswich Docks and Quayside at Ipswich Waterfront the thing to do!

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News from Ipswich Waterfront / Docks / Quayside
Sunday 9th September 2012 Tour of Britain to start from Ipswich Waterfront @ 10am

Sky Ride open to all across Ipswich Waterfront / Ipswich Town Centre

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OrwellQuayIpswichWaterfront UCS are considering how to develop their land on Orwell Quay and have asked Ipswich Waterfront Action as a community group to approach residents to ask for their thoughts on this.

Consideration is being given to using this as an outside Sports Area.
However, they want to know the thoughts of the residents on this.

We have drawn up a short questionnaire and are asking residents to let us know what they think.
We will then put these thoughts together and make a collective response which will be displayed on our website.

Please go to questionnaire by 10th March 2012
SuffolkFACommunityFootballLeague Suffolk FA are launching a NEW

Community Football League

Starting February 2012 @ Goals Soccer Centre (by Ipswich Waterfront on Grimwade Street)

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Photography courtesy of East Anglian Daily Times

WORK is set to get under way next month on renovating a “run-down” part of the Ipswich Waterfront
A road will be installed between Patteson Road and Neptune Quay and the gate at the latter – seen by some marking the end of Ipswich Waterfront proper – will be removed.

It is part of a project financed from a pot of money that developers pay into when they are granted planning permission.

The area between the road and the water will also be improved. Ipswich Borough Council (IBC) officers met with around 40 Waterfront residents last week to discuss landscaping options. The authority will consult with businesses on the Waterfront before deciding how to proceed.

Jay Harvey, co-ordinator of Ipswich Waterfront Action, said: “The area is in quite a run-down state and any way to improve that part of the Waterfront would be brilliant.

“It will encourage people to go round the area more – people see that gate and think that’s the end of the Waterfront. There are business units there so once the area is improved hopefully more businesses will set up there.”

Liz Harsant, who represents the Holywells ward on IBC, said: “I think it’s going to change the whole aspect.

“The residents have already said they are the last concern and that everywhere else looks smart and their area looks grim.

“I think it’s fantastic and I’m really proud I was part of it.”

Mr Harvey added although work on the road is expected to get under way mid-February it is unclear at this stage whether it will be open to motorised traffic.

Suffolk County Council is currently consulting on whether to fully pedestrianise the entire length of the Waterfront.

Extract from East Anglian Daily Times

Ipswich Waterfront Traffic Management

Full details are detailed below, but this is YOUR opportunity
to take part in the Suffolk County Council consultation.

Option 1 = Allowing relatively unrestricted private more vehicle use
Option 2 = Preventing private motor vehicle use on the Northern Quays (although business will be able to have deliveries at certain times

To vote visit  http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/waterfrontROW

Full details of the options can be downloaded HERE and further information is below

The Ipswich Waterfront is a vital and thriving part of Ipswich, enjoyed by visitors, residents and businesses, and contribute to the economic and social life of the town. Conflict arises between different types of user of the roads around the waterfront, for example in connection with the loading and unloading of ships in the working part of the dock, and between vehicles, pedestrians and cyclists on the northern quays. Until recently, there has been some uncertainty about the status of the roads around the waterfront, but this situation changed during 2011. Following a public inquiry in December 2010, , the Secretary of State confirmed a Restricted Byway between Foundry Lane and Shiplaunch Road, and a Byway Open to All Traffic between Dock Street and Bath Street on New Cut West, with a smaller section to the south of Bath Street as Restricted Byway. Public byways are open for all types of user, including motor vehicles, but public motor vehicles are not allowed to use restricted byways, except for those exercising a private motor vehicle right.

Now that the status of the roads has been confirmed, and the county council is looking at transport connections in the town as part of the Ipswich major scheme, this gives a good opportunity to have another look at how traffic is managed around the waterfront, and to seek the views of residents, businesses and the public.

The county council can regulate who is allowed access to the public highways around the waterfront, including motor vehicles exercising a private right by means of something called traffic regulation orders, and there are already some in force around the waterfront. Some users would like the current and relatively unrestricted access, with its mix of motorised and non-motorised vehicles to continue, whilst others would like to see the area pedestrianised, at least around the shops, bars and restaurants along the northern quays.

The adjacent maps show two alternative options, one showing less restricted vehicular access, and the other showing more restricted access around the waterfront. In both options, public motor vehicles will continue to be able to use Byway 38,  but the current traffic regulation order will need to be revised to allow cyclists to travel in both directions and to access the route from Bath Street. At the moment, the area known as St. Peter’s Dock between Bridge Street and the junction of Restricted Byway 36 and Foundry Road has no legal status as a highway, even though it is in regular public use. The county council is currently considering the best way to make part of this area a public highway.




Interactive light, video and sound installation by Creatmosphere


Interactive light, video and sound installation by Creatmosphere


Light Waves set to illuminate Ipswich

Ipswich Waterfront is set to come alive on the 30th September 2011 as Creatmosphere’s new interactive lighting project Light Waves switches on. The project, a combination of light, sound and new digital technologies, has been funded by the Arts Council England and sponsored by Smartest Energy.


Renowned for creating light art that puts the space and the public at the heart of the work, Creatmosphere’s Light Waves aims to situate the Jerwood DanceHouse at the centre of a new, vibrant and creative district by lighting-up the familiar space that spans from Stoke Bridge to The Mill. Emanating from the DanceHouse and moving through four buildings, Light Waves shines a new light on the area, by drawing on the latest digital technologies to offer the public a chance to choreograph their own lighting show.


As Creatmosphere Creative Director Laurent Louyer states: ‘As well as influencing the colour of the wave of light pulses, the public will also be able to affect the nature of a projected animation and it’s accompanying soundscape by interacting with the light. The longer the public interact with it, the more they evolve the experience!’


Councillor Bryony Rudkin, leisure portfolio holder for Ipswich Borough Council said:

‘We are excited to be working with Creatmosphere on Light Waves and are grateful to Arts Council England for funding this project. We hope Light Waves will not only enhance visitors experiences of the Waterfront but benefit local businesses while adding to the town’s rapidly developing cultural scene.’


“Better light, less power” is a motif that runs throughout Creatmosphere’s projects so it was important to us that the lighting scheme was energy efficient and as a result uses low-energy LEDs throughout.


Project Sponsor Jo Butlin, Vice President at SmartestEnergy which purchases and supplies electricity from independent generators such as communities, farmers and businesses, said:


“As a fast-growing energy company which is expanding its presence in Ipswich, we are delighted to be supporting Light Waves. The project is a great example of how an innovative approach to energy can create a dramatic visual impact without a significant carbon footprint.”


“It also ties in with our work to support the move to a low carbon economy in the UK through our growing portfolio of renewable energy projects.”

Light Waves is set to run for two years and will be visible to the public every night from dusk until midnight.

Maritime Ipswich Waterfront Festival

55,000 !!!!!!!

Ipswich is a fantastic Maritime Town......... our biggest problem is we don't shout about it enough!  It was great to see people wearing stickers saying "I love Ipswich".

This weekend we did shout and the Maritime Ipswich event attracted over 55,000 visitors for a fantastic weekend of activities for the whole family - and being a FREE festival made it even better!!  This event showed that Ipswich is a great place to come to!

This event was organised by Ipswich Borough Council (big thanks to the events team!) in association with Ipswich Central, Ipswich Waterfront Action, Ipswich Maritime Trust, ABP and OLD Gaffers.

So, what did you think of it?  

Please email me information about what you enjoyed about the event together with any comments for the future.

Ipswich Waterfront Action will collate the comments and will not identify you in the results. Please include your postcode with your comments.

Many thanks for your support in attending this event ......

and we look forward to hearing from you.

New book featuring history of the
Ipswich Port

A new book charting the history of Ipswich port is available now at the

Ipswich Borough Council’s Tourist Information Centre.

"The Port of Ipswich - Its Shipping and Trades", by Richard W Smith and Jill Freestone, has been a 12-year labour of love for the two authors, who both grew up within sight, sound and smell of the docks and river.

Both Richard and Jill have vivid childhood memories of the paddle steamers, sailing barges, mills, and cranes that typified the working port and have compiled these, along with their research, into the magnificent 382-page book telling the story of 150 years of the working port, incidents on the Orwell in war and peace, and bringing to life characters and ferrymen (and their dogs). The book is beautifully illustrated by photographs brought together by the authors.

"The Port of Ipswich - Its Shipping and Trades" is available from the Tourist Information Centre, St Stephen's Church. It is a limited edition hardback of 250 and is priced at £30.

NEWSFLASH - Signed copies can be bought at the Maritime Ipswich Festival

Maritime Ipswich Waterfront Festival An exciting programme is being put together for the

Maritime Ipswich Waterfront Weekend


Saturday 20th and Sunday 21st August 2011

A definite event to be at!!   More details
Ipswich Waterfront Spheres
Music of the Spheres - The Ipswich Waterfront Soiree

FRIDAY 24TH JUNE from 4pm - to late!

Imagine.......2 giant spheres - the largest the size of a four-storey building - floating on the water at Ipswich Marina.

Inside one, suspended in the centre six metres above the water, an aerial dancer weaves up and down on a silk trapeze. The second Sphere weaves a ballet on the water with a flute player suspended inside. Searchlights and smoke effects complete the scene to create a unique theatrical event.

A Waterfront Soiree Market  -  50th Pin Mill Barge Match

Carnival Arts Parade  -  Street Entertainment throughout evening

Ipswich Arts Festival Launch  -  Music of the Spheres

[Road closures to be in place between 3pm-11pm]

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New Tourist Displays for Ipswich Waterfront

A new information display is being officially opened on the Waterfront, enabling visitors to find out more about what’s on and where in Ipswich.

The panels are a collaboration between two students at University Campus Suffolk (UCS) and the design unit at Ipswich Borough Council. They include a brief history of Ipswich and its Waterfront and show people how far they are away from a variety of attractions in the town.

The two second-year BA (Hons) Tourism & Event Management students involved are Hannah Peckham and Leanne Kightly. They said: "This project is a vital part of our course and has also been an enjoyable experience for us both. It has helped us put the theory we have learnt into practice, gaining experience in how the tourism industry works. We hope these displays will encourage you to explore Ipswich and discover all that the town has to offer."

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[Taken from the Ipswich Borough Council Website]

Summer Schools @ Dance East

Between 1st-12th August, DanceEast will be offering a whole host of summer classes for children between the ages of 5-15 to participate in, with everything from arts and crafts to hip hop skills being covered.

More details 295230

The famous and award winning Ipswich "Ip-art" Festival is running this year between
24th June - 10th July 2011.

The event will launch with "Music of the Spheres" with Waterfront Entertainment and a Market
from 4pm on Friday 24th June and going on to late.

There is a great line-up of events taking place on the Ipswich Waterfront/Quayside with something suitable for everyone!

Listing of Ipswich Waterfront Events                 Full Listing
Saturday 18th June @ 7.30pm

Holy Trinity Church Ipswich Waterfront

Suffolk Concert Band

Suffolk Concert Band are preparing for a "Celebration of British Music" concert to include .......Fantasia on British Sea Songs (by Henry Wood), Music from Stage Shows and much, much more!

Holy Trinity Church near Ipswich Waterfront is hosting this event and has amazing acoustics. The event is free and no tickets are needed.

Cheese and Wine is available in the interval

More information

Something Yummy Cake & Sandwich Shop
20 Pownall Road

Tel: 215688

Cup Cake Eating Competition & More - Bank Holiday Monday 2nd May 2011 - Ipswich Waterfront

How quick can you eat 10 cupcakes?
Face Painting - Cake decorating Competition

All of this is taking place at "Something Yummy" on Pownall Road at the Ipswich Waterfront this Bank Holiday Monday between 11am-5pm as a charity event to raise money for The Alzheimer's Society.

Just come along for a great time!


Raising the Flag of St George

Holy Trinity Church have decided to celebrate St George's Day by reinstating their flag pole on the Church Tower and flying a huge St George's Flag.

Apart from flying the flag over the Ipswich Waterfront, the flag will also be a reminder that Holy Trinity Church is the nearest "open" church to the Ipswich Waterfront and invites anyone to come along at any time. The church is open for visitors and private prayer during the week and if you haven't been inside it's well worth it!
Dance East Academy Open Day - Saturday 7th May

Dance East Academy is recruiting enthusiastic, motivated young people 10-16 years who have an interest in perusing dance as a career. Training is provided for young people at the Ipswich Waterfront base for have exceptional potential and talent.

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Ipswich Waterfront Rotary Club Event

Ipswich Orwell Rotary Club, which meets at the Bistro on the Quay on Ipswich Waterfront, is holding a "hospitality evening" in the UCS Boardroom on Thursday 14th April @ 6pm. The idea is to introduce local business people to Rotary.

More details and to book a place contact Marc Ruse



Ipswich Waterfront Student Village Project Presentation

Many members of the public attended the Public Exhibition / Consultation about the proposed building development in Fore Street and had their opportunity to comment, disagree and make suggestions.

The proposed development is on derelict land between Fore Street and Key Street, would boast around 400 student flats, music venue, medical centre and crèche. Project sponsors say that the facilities would be open to members of the public as well as students.

Generally this seemed to be a very positive event and it was great to see the amount of Community Space included both the the proposed "Custom House Square" and in the middle of the development. A new public inviting route would be established helping join up the town and the waterfront.

Download presentation
(right click - "save as" - on to your computer)


Public Inquiry on the
Right of Way

around and on
Ipswich Waterfront
Docks - Quayside


Restricted By-Ways on Ipswich Waterfront / Docks / Quayside

Following the Public Inquiry in December 2010 the long awaited report from
The Planning Inspectorate has now been published.

This detailed report gives details of the decisions but does require several modifications.
However, what these modifications actually are is unknown at the moment.....but watch this space for more information!

Download The Order Decisions and Report
(right click - "save as" - on to your computer)


Steamboat Folk Weekend

Ipswich Riverside Folk Weekend - The Steamboat Folk Weekend

Ipswich Riverside Folk Weekend (now called The Steamboat Folk Weekend) is now in its 8th Year and takes place on Saturday 11th June and Sunday the 12th June in and around the Steamboat Tavern in New Cut West on Ipswich Waterfront.

Both days will start with Morris dancing on the Ipswich Quayside with sides from Suffolk and Essex. On Saturday the dancing will be followed by a variety of live musical performances during the afternoon – all for free, hopefully in the pub garden – weather permitting. Food will be available all day. In the evening there will be a £3 charge to see two lively local bands – again we have yet to confirm which ones but they are guaranteed to be lively and local!

On Sunday we have always tried to book a well known act and this year we are very pleased to be able to present Vin Garbutt. Vin is a Nationally known and loved Folk Singer from Teeside who is not to be missed. Tickets for the afternoon will be available in advance from the Steamboat Tavern priced £10 to include full supporting programme starting at about 2pm and ending with 11/2 hours of Vin Garbutt. Food will be available throughout.

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Latest Roadwork Updates for Ipswich


UCS Exit Auction 2011
Art Auction @ UCS

BA Fine Art Degree Students are hosting a special Ipswich Waterfront
Art Auction on 30th March to raise money towards a degree Show EXIT

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Special Musical Concert on Ipswich Waterfront

"Show Time" promises to be a great night of music from shows and musicals
and is being held at St Peter's Ipswich by the Ipswich Waterfront on
Saturday 26th March by the Ipswich Hospital Band and St Peters Band

More details


47 Key Street Ipswich Waterfront Regeneration
(location in on Key Street
opposite the Old Customs House)

Map from Google Maps

Public Exhibition for NEW Ipswich Waterfront Regeneration Project

A Public Exhibition illustrating and explaining the proposal for a new project will shortly take place on
Wednesday 16th March between 8am-2pm at the Tudor Barn on the proposed development site
(land between Key Street and Fore Street - including 47 Key Street).

Proposal for a
mixed-use regeneration project incorporating Student Accommodation for UCS,
Venue, Medical Centre, Crèche, Shops and Offices

Please attend this exhibition and let us know your views.

Further details


Duke Street Ipswich Roadworks
Latest Information on the Duke Street Roadworks Ipswich Waterfront

Duke Street / Fore Hamlet Junction – Footway works are ongoing and work on the steps in front of Countrylife Stoves has commenced. Two-way traffic will be maintained throughout these works.

Fore Hamlet / Pownall Road Junction - Footway widening in Pownall Road will be completed in February / March 2011.

Bishops Hill – The installation of the bus lane going down Bishops Hill is underway. Works involve widening the carriageway, resurfacing and associated works to the traffic islands is due for completion in March 2011.

Duke Street / Pownall Road Junction - Improvements to the pedestrian crossing facilities are planned to be constructed February / March 2011.

Duke Street - Resurfacing between the Pownall Road junction and the Myrtle Road roundabout is due in March 2011.

Work on the Duke Street / Fore Hamlet Junction – Footway works are ongoing and work on the steps in front of Country Life Stoves has commenced. Two-way traffic will be maintained throughout these works.

Fore Hamlet / Pownall Road Junction - Footway widening in Pownall Road will be completed in February / March 2011.

Bishops Hill – The installation of the bus lane going down Bishops Hill is underway. Works involve widening the carriageway, resurfacing and associated works to the traffic islands is due for completion in March 2011.

Duke Street / Pownall Road Junction - Improvements to the pedestrian crossing facilities are planned to be constructed February / March 2011.

Duke Street - Resurfacing between the Pownall Road junction and the Myrtle Road roundabout is due in March 2011.

Work on the new Public Realm area, at the bottom of Back Hamlet, will commence in March 2011., at the bottom of Back Hamlet, will commence in March 2011.

Download Completed Plan


Ipswich Roadworks Ipswich Waterfront Suffolk Latest Roadwork Updates for Ipswich


James Cook Tall Ship
Tall Ship "The James Cook" to visit Ipswich Docks Waterfront Quayside

41 Club (The Association of Ex-Round Tabler's Clubs) is coming to Ipswich for its annual conference. As well as the usual facilities, including a charity gold day and a fancy dress ball, 41 Club has teamed up with its chosen charity for the year, Ocean Youth Trust, to sail the Tall shop The James Cook into the Ipswich Waterfront to kick off the event.

The Tall Ship will be in Ipswich Docks for 3 days from 14th April 2011


Hope Church Ipswich Waterfront
Parenting Course to Run On Ipswich Waterfront Church

Hope Church are to run a "Parenting Course" led by Jo Gell on 5 Tuesday's in March 2011.
Everyone is welcome to attend - Mums, Dads, Cares, Grandparents, Child-minders...

More Information


Dance East
Treasures and Trinkets Fayre

Another great Ipswich Waterfront Market is going to be held on Sunday 20th March.
The "Treasures and Trinkets" Fayre will take place between 10.30am-4pm.

If you would like to be a stall holder then download more information


Associated Britsh Ports
Fencing to make Dock Safer

ABP today have started installing metal posts along the Orwell Quay part of the Ipswich Docks Waterfront in preparation for chains to be shortly fitted making it harder for people to accidentally fall in to the Water at the Ipswich Docks / Waterfront / Quayside


Ipswich Roadworks Ipswich Waterfront Suffolk Latest Roadwork Updates for Ipswich


UCS Community Engagement Review

The UCS have now published their report on how they engage with the Ipswich Waterfront Community.


Please email your comments and thoughts about this


Photo courtesy of BBC showing the ship being towed in to Ipswich Docks in 2010

HMS Quorn Visiting Ipswich Waterfront Docks

HMS Quorn is coming to Ipswich on Thursday 3rd and remaining until Monday 7th February
and will be moored up on Orwell Quay

On Saturday 5th the ship will be open for visitors between 9.30am-4pm

If you haven't been to visit HMS Quorn then it is well worth a visit!

On Sunday 6th there will be a parade through the town starting at 12 Noon on the Cornhill where HMS Quorn will be given the Freedom of the Borough - not to be missed!

Ipswich Maritime Festival come to the Ipswich Quayside / Docks / Waterfront

Celebrating all things nautical, this exciting free festival brings together Ipswich's maritime past, present and future.

Join us on the Quayside, Docks and Waterfront at Ipswich  and for a celebration or maritime traditions, with open-air performances and entertainment set against a backdrop of traditional, classic and working vessels.

From 10am to 6pm on Saturday 20th and Sunday 21st August 2011, visitors can enjoy a range of activities right along Ipswich Waterfront, from Stoke Bridge to Orwell Quay. Discover visiting vessels, period and modern re-enactments, dance performances, displays and stalls, live traditional music, food and drink festival, fireworks and much more.

Are you interested in being involved?

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Job Opportunities


There are still some job opportunities to work for the Census during April and May. Some are part time and others full time

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Ipswich Waterfront / Docks

moves forward

Thanks to a grant from the Ipswich Local Strategic Partnership, it looks like the proposed CCTV for the Ipswich Waterfront will finally get the go ahead. The infra-structure for this was installed some time ago and money sought and put-a-side towards the CCTV System.

Plans are to install 8 cameras in 7 locations which will be in operation 24/7 and monitored in the existing town centre CCTV control room at Ipswich Borough Council.

Proposed locations for the camera are
Neptune Marina (2)
Ashton Graham
Regatta Quay (Pizza Express area and City Living area)
Jerwood Dance House
Stoke Bridge

More information as available


"Trimilia - Dunkirk - Little Ship" now based at Ipswich Docks / Waterfront


It has been great to welcome the "Trimilia" Little Ship to its new home on the Ipswich Waterfront / Docks at Haven Marina.

Once the RNLI Prudential, this great and historic ship was part of the many rescuing the 3000 soldiers from the war-ravaged beaches of Dunkirk.

David & Moira Jay have now permanently moved the ship to Ipswich Haven Marina and David run a New Business here at Ipswich Waterfront.  Baronjay


Speed Dating at the Waterfront (Quayside)?

Quayside Bar Restaurant

Destiny Speed Dating are holding three speed dating events in February at the Quayside Bar and Restaurant on the Ipswich Waterfront.

7th (for the under 35's)
8th (for the 30-45's)
9th (for the over 45's)

The events are being run by Nicki Yucel wife of Max Moussa (owner of Quayside)

There is a charge of £12.95 with some of the proceeds going to the
East Anglia's Children's Hospices Treehouse Appeal)

More information from  


Invitation to Exhibit at

New Year New You!
Beauty, Health and Lifestyle Fayre

Dance East are going to hold a

New Year New You!  -  Beauty, Health and Lifestyle Fayre

Sunday 30th January   10.30am-4pm

and Invite you to have a stand at this event

Download Details and Application Form


HMS Quorn to be given Freedom of the Borough of Ipswich?

Photo courtesy of BBC showing the ship being towed in to Ipswich Docks in 2010

Ipswich Borough Councillors are later in January going to be discussing and voting on the proposal to grant HMS Quorn - successor to HMS Grafton - the Freedom of the Borough of Ipswich.

Councillor Robin Vickery said "Ipswich has got a very good and very long maritime history and this will maintain that and add to it.

HMS Quorn will be returning to Ipswich in the first week of February and if this honour is granted it gives the HMS Quorn Seamen the privilege to march through the town with fixed bayonets, drums beating and colours flying.

If you haven't been to visit HMS Quorn then it is well worth a visit!



Ipswich Waterfront Maritime Festival

Plans are now taking shape now for the Ipswich Maritime Festival to take place on the
Ipswich Docks / Quayside / Waterfront on
Saturday 20th and Sunday 21st August.

More details will be announced shortly

Maritime Festival Page

Link to be informed on updated


Public Inquiry on the
Right of Way

around and on
Ipswich Waterfront
Docks - Quayside

The Public Inquiry is now finished after over-running the original time slot.

All who wanted to were able to have their say with the Inspector being very accommodating in hearing both evidence and comments.

The results of the decisions on the five rights of way around Ipswich Docks / Ipswich Waterfront Quayside will be announced in February / March and a full copy of these will be downloadable from this website.

Make sure that you have signed up to receive our email mailing list so you can be informed as soon as we know the decision


Micro Brewery for
Ipswich Waterfront


Micro-Brewery at Isaacs

Plans have been submitted for Isaacs (based on the Ipswich Quayside / Waterfront) for a micro-brewery to be built on the site of the former Old Lloyds Bank building on Fore Street (back of Isaacs).

The several hundred thousand pound transformation will convert this derelict building into a
Micro-Brewery, Bar and Roof Terrace


Public Inquiry

IP-City Centre, 1 Bath Street, Ipswich

The summing up of the evidence is due to be completed on Tuesday 21st December - 9.30am start

Details of the orders and opening statements below

Ipswich Roadworks


Download details of the Roadworks Etc in both the
Ipswich Waterfront and other areas of Ipswich


Brownies Need Members

The 18th Ipswich Brownies which meet in Holy Trinity Hall are looking for new members.

A programme of Crafts, Games, Trips to the Zoo and Swimming is available to girls aged 7-10 years.

More Details

Santa's On The Run!


As special run took place on Sunday 12th December along the Ipswich Waterfront to raise funds for EACH.

Organisers of the Ipswich race hope to eventually raise about £15,000 after nearly 500 runners took part in a Santa Run around the town’s Waterfront.


More details from the Evening Star website


Public Inquiry
[Update Wednesday 08-12-10]

More information has been made available to the public today including details of the orders, dock acts and old photographs showing the area as was....


Statement of Reason
Anglo Norden
Associated British Ports
Ipswich Maritime Trust
Leonard Woolf
Neptune Marina

Information courtesy of Suffolk Rights of Way Ltd

Public Inquiry

[Update Tuesday 07-12-10]

The Inquiry began today with around 40 people attending.
The QC representing Suffolk County Council has made his opening statement as have Associated British Ports, Anglo Norden, Ipswich Maritime Trust, Ipswich Society, John Trevelyan on behalf of Peter Turtill and several individuals.

Witnesses are now being called

Download copies of information distributed to members of the public today at the Inquiry.

Opening Statements

Suffolk County Council

John Trevelyan on behalf of Peter Turtill

Ipswich & Waterfront
Road Works

Latest Ipswich Road Works Information Can Be Downloaded HERE  12/12/10

Public Inquiry
[Update 03-12-10]

Suffolk County Council
(County Borough of Ipswich Definitive Map and Statement)

The inquiry is regarding 3 Restricted Byways and
2 Public Footpaths

The 3 of the Restricted Byway Modification Orders and Statements of Reasons
can be downloaded here

Restricted Byway 36
Restricted Byway 37
Restricted Byway 38

[UPDATE 25-11-10]


Restricted Byways 36, 37 & 38
Public Footpaths 39 & 40

Local Public Inquiry
IP-City Centre, 1 Bath Street, Ipswich

7 – 10 December
15 December
 21 December 2010

Barry Grimshaw (Inspector) had advised that he has drawn up a rough timetable/running order due to the anticipated length of the inquiry, the fact that not all parties have an interest in all five Orders to be considered and the representations I have received regarding difficulties being experienced by some parties in being represented throughout the whole inquiry.

He advises that he has considered dealing with the five Orders sequentially so as to enable those parties with no interests in some of the Orders to minimise their need to attend. However, there are features common to all the Orders and inevitably much evidence would be repetitious if this approach were adopted. He has decided to therefore deal with all five Orders simultaneously as far as is possible. He intends to adhere as far as possible to the accepted order of procedure for inquiries such as this, although he will endeavour to accommodate specific reasonable requests of parties to vary this.

The preliminary timetable is intended to assist parties but should be treated very much as a draft and is highly likely to need to be adjusted as the inquiry progresses

In general terms, the inquiry will be open from 10:00 to 17:00 each day (except Friday 10 December when it will adjourn at 15:00) with roughly 1 hour (13:00 – 14:00) for lunch. Mr Grimshaw will however be prepared to consider requests for earlier starts/later finishes if it seems necessary.

Download PRELIMINARY Timetable

Any further information received will be added to this website and those on our mailing list informed. If you aren't on this yet, please go to  Ipswich Waterfront Email List

Public Consultation / Inquiry on
Rights of Way at
Ipswich Docks / Waterfront

Tuesday 7th - Friday 10th
Wednesday 15th
Tuesday 21st


Public Inquiry

Following an investigation into a package of rights of way claims around the Docks area submitted by Suffolk Rights of way Ltd, a detailed report was presented to the Rights of Way Committee in March 2009. The Committee resolved to make 5 orders which were made on 14 July 2009 and several objections subsequently received.

Following submission of the orders and objections to the Planning Inspectorate a 6 day public inquiry has been arranged, commencing on Tuesday 7 December and running until Friday 10 December, reconvening on Wed 15 December and again on Tues 21 December if necessary.

Suffolk County Council (SCC) will be supporting the 5 orders it has made (3 restricted byways and two double cul-de-sac footpaths). There are seven formal objectors, including Associated British Ports, Neptune Marina, Anglo Nordern and Suffolk Rights of Way Ltd (the original claimants).

The Inquiry will be held at the Conference Room, IP City Centre, Bath Street, Ipswich and SCC's external advocate is Gordon Nardell QC.

The Inspector conducting the Inquiry is Barney Grimshaw. The purpose of the Inquiry is to enable Mr Grimshaw to hear and consider all of the evidence for and against the published orders. He will subsequently issue a decision letter advising whether he has confirmed them as made, confirm them with modifications or declined to confirm them. It is important to note that the legislation does not allow for any other evidence, such as desirability or environmental grounds, to be considered at the Inquiry, which will deal exclusively with the documentary and user evidence in support and against the routes being added to the Ipswich Definitive Map as public rights of way.

Anyone who wishes to give evidence at the PI will have to comply with some fairly rigid timescales. Anyone who has made an objection or representation or who wishes to give evidence must submit a Statement of Case to the Planning Inspectorate by 1 October. The Inspectorate will circulate that. Those wishing to give evidence must then ensure that their proofs of evidence are with the Inspectorate by 9 November. The purpose of this timescale (which is in accordance with the relevant Statutory Instrument) is to ensure that there are no surprises, that everyone knows what is being asserted, and that things run as efficiently as possible. An individual member of the public who is called to give evidence (eg evidence of use) does not have to notify the Inspectorate; it is for the person calling the witness to do that. It is up to the Inspector to decide whether to allow people who turn up on the day and wish to give evidence to be able do so, where they have not given due notice.

The contact details are: The Planning Inspectorate, Room 4/05, Kite Wing, Temple Quay House, 2 The Square, Temple Quay, Bristol, BS1 6PN; tel 0117 372 6353 (Jean McEntee); email jean.mcentee@pins.gsi.gov.uk. Their reference is FPS/V3500/7/303. It would probably be a good idea for any prospective participant to contact the Inspectorate informally as soon as possible and to clarify whether he wants to give evidence on proposed RBs 36, 37 or 38, or proposed FPs 39 or 40.

Ipswich Waterfront

Maritime Festival


Ipswich Waterfront  Ipswich Quay Ipswich Docks

In a partnership between

Ipswich Borough Council
Ipswich Maritime Trust
Ipswich Waterfront Action

Plans are being put together for an
Ipswich Waterfront
Maritime Festival

to be held on
Saturday 20th / Sunday 21st August 2011

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If you would be interested in getting involved please email


Ipswich of Ice
Bavarian Christmas Food Market
Children's Ride
Giant Ice Slide

20th November - 31st January

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Tall Ships 4 The Night

24 Tall Ships are planning to come to the
Waterfront on Thursday 21st October 2010

Could be worth a stroll along the Waterfront...

Sorry cancelled due to bad weather

Santa's on the run
for charity event launch

Hundreds of Santa's are set to run the streets of Ipswich to boost the East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices (EACH) Treehouse appeal.

Organisers are urging people to put on their running shoes to help bring festive cheer to life-threatened children and their families across the region.

The Ipswich Santa Run, at 11am on
Sunday, December 12,
starts  and finishes at DanceEast on the Waterfront.

The route is about 3km and is pushchair and wheelchair friendly. For more information call 01223 205180.

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Couples confirm their love at the

Wedding Rededication

Many couples renewed their vows at Holy Trinity Church in Ipswich On Sunday 10th October. The Holy Trinity Church, based in Ipswich’s Waterfront development, saw loving couples walk down the aisle as they hosted a Wedding Rededication Service.

Jay Harvey, church warden of the Holy Trinity, said: “The service was very traditional and extremely romantic.”

“We had a mixture of newly weds and one couple that had been married for 63 years.

“It was the perfect way for couples to share their love for one another.”

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Community Grant Scheme

Community Grants

UCS have now established a Community Grant Scheme that allows groups and individuals to bid for small pots of money to support local events or activities that benefit members of the community.


Grants can be applied for of between £50 and £250. Closing date for applications is 03/12/10.

More information


To apply

Application Form


The Launch Of The NEW

Waterfront Book Club

On 5th Octobe

The Waterfront Book Club at danceeats!

Invites you to its launch on
Tuesday 5 October at 6.30pm
danceeats! café, Jerwood DanceHouse,
Foundry Lane, Ipswich, IP4 1DJ

The purpose of this first meeting is to invite you to come and learn how to enhance your enjoyment of reading books by sharing your views with others in a relaxed environment.

Over a glass of wine, we warmly invite you to discover the benefits of joining our book club; you will be introduced to books you had not expected to read, have your preconceptions challenged, discuss topical issues all whilst enjoying the ambience of our buzzy café (where nibbles, snacks or lunch and light supper will be available) and meeting some new people – in one of Ipswich’s most iconic buildings.

More Details

This event was so successful there are now 2 clubs starting - check out the Events Page for more details

Residents angry over
junction work

[Duke Street / Back Hamlet / Fore Hamlet / Fore Street / Neptune Square]

IPSWICH: Residents’ anger over changes to a town centre junction threatened to boil over at a heated meeting with county council staff.

About 70 people turned out to the meeting last night in the University Campus Suffolk building on the Waterfront to discuss the work currently underway at the Duke Street junction with Fore Hamlet.

County council cabinet member Guy McGregor and engineer David Watson were there to explain the changes to the road.

Many residents felt that the county had “jumped the gun” by going ahead with the work before all the orders changing the traffic flows along Duke Street and Back Hamlet had been agreed.

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Vehicles to be banned from Waterfront?

Vehicles could be banned from Waterfront
[extract from Evening Star 10/08/10]

Opportunities to pedestrianise the Waterfront area of Ipswich are under consideration. Under proposals to update the definitive map for the town, three new restricted byways could be planned for the Waterfront development, meaning unauthorised vehicles would not be permitted to drive through the area. Private vehicles used for the area’s businesses are not expected to be included in the ban.

If approved, the plans would see restrictions in place from Foundry Lane along the Waterfront to Ship Launch Road via Wherry Lane. Two further restrictions would be in place from Foundry Lane over the swing bridge to Ship Launch Road and from the junction of Dock Street to the end of Bath Street. Andrew Woodin, countryside access leader for Suffolk County Council, said: “Rights of ways come in various forms and sizes, from footpaths to byways. After viewing the evidence for the Waterfront area of Ipswich, we have proposed five public rights of way.

“Two of these are public footpaths – showing a right of way to pedestrians – and the other three are called restricted byways which gives rights to walkers, cyclists, horses and carriages. It does not include public motorised vehicles.”

If confirmed as restricted byways, there will no access for the public in vehicles, but private vehicular rights will be unaffected. This will create an opportunity for a car free pedestrianised area with more activity taking place.

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Waterfront Road
Works Update

Work has now started on the
Removal of the Duke Street Roundabout

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New Hotel for Ipswich Waterfront
New Hotel For Ipswich Waterfront
[extract from Evening Star 07/08/10]

IPSWICH: A new 87-room hotel could be built near the town’s Waterfront after Travelodge submitted a new application.

It wants to build the hotel in Duke Street, next to the Loch Fyne restaurant on the site of the former Kenning’s car hire centre. The application has been received by the borough’s planning department and is expected to be discussed by councillors early in the autumn.

If it is given the go-ahead work on the project is likely to start early next year. A spokesman for Travelodge said: “After looking for a new site in Ipswich for over five years, we are extremely pleased to have identified this prominent site.

“Travelodge is committed to investing in Ipswich and subject to planning the contemporary hotel will have a Bar Café and parking facilities with the view to be on site in early 2011.

“The hotel will have fantastic views of the harbour due to its prominent location on Duke Street and will offer rooms from £19 as well as creating jobs in the town.

“We want to give travellers every reason to visit Ipswich and stay longer – we see increasing the availability of low cost accommodation in the area as central to achieving this objective.”

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Business Forum

Ipswich Waterfront
Business Forum

The next meeting of the Waterfront Ipswich
Business Forum will be on
Friday 22nd October @ 11am

please email for more details

New Waterfront Signage

For a quick peek at what the new signage will look like
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Ip-Central Grants to Ipswich Waterfront
to the Waterfront Business who received grants at the Ipswich Central Forum meeting on 9th June 2010. These grants were awarded to help brighten up either the outside of the shop or area where it is located.

So congratulations to
Bistro on the Quay   -   Cakes & Catwalk   -   Isaacs
Offords News   -   Viking Mariners   -   Quayside


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