Ipswich Labour led Council Approves 1st Outline Application for Ipswich Garden Suburb

Ipswich Conservatives regret that serious concerns were not given further thought before the planning application was approved at the planning committee on Wednesday 8 February. We accept that there is a need for additional housing in Ipswich, however this application for Ipswich Garden Suburb (IGS) has in our opinion been prematurely rushed through.

Those concerns are:

a) Traffic is a major issue as there is already much congestion in the area. With 1100 dwellings the Henley Gate development alone will ultimately add at least 1500 cars to those already using Henley Road as cars will only be able to access the development from Henley Road. There will be a severe impact on the traffic using Henley Road and particularly the Henley Road/Valley Road junction. This is acknowledged by the Highway Authority. Further air pollution will be inevitable and will impact adversely on air quality for local residents.

b) Following extensive work between Ben Gummer MP and Suffolk County Council, the latter recently published some new possible route options for a northern relief road– often also referred to as a ‘Northern Bypass’. Insufficient attention was paid at the planning meeting for the urgent need for this northern route to alleviate the traffic problems. The application could have been delayed until the position on the by-pass had been clarified.

c) The increased traffic and inevitable congestion on Henley Road will lead to rat-running through the roads on The Crofts and the Whitton estate. Consideration needs to be given as to how this problem could be mitigated in the interests of local residents. The £100,000 proposed in the Section 106 Agreement to deal with this problem is completely inadequate.

d) The planning application for Henley Gate is being considered before the Borough Council has formally approved the Infrastructure Development Plan for the IGS. It would be far more sensible to agree an overall Infrastructure Plan – and how it is going to be financed with all the developers involved in the IGS first. This piecemeal approach to infrastructure development will not be to the benefit of the residents of the development in the long term and risks long delays whilst details are being worked out.

e) We feel that there has been inadequacy in consultation with local people about the whole development which will cover many acres of greenfield space and add a significant extension to Ipswich.

In conclusion, we feel it would have made sense to delay the planning meeting a short time so that the details relating to traffic, infrastructure etc could have been worked out in a more comprehensive way.

Inept nationally, economically illiterate locally

Labour has shown why they can’t be trusted with taxpayers’ money. Recently, Labour claimed that the County ‘stashes away £220 million of your money’ and stated they would spend it. This is actually tens of millions more than current reserves. Furthermore, over 50% of County Council cash reserves are pre-allocated to finance much needed investment projects across Suffolk. Important projects such as the Upper Orwell Crossing and other important infrastructure project that will help shape Ipswich and Suffolk for many years.

For over 13 years we had a Labour government that saw economic growth between 1997 and 2008, yet they still doubled the national debt and saddled our country with the largest budget deficit of any advanced economy. Worse still, they only posted ONE budget surplus in 13 years and they still claim they did nothing wrong!

Labour have shown they have no clue how to manage finances both nationally or locally. Their track record on this matter is shocking. For 13 years we had a Labour government that was clearly economically illiterate. We don’t need their paint by numbers skills at Suffolk County Council. – Chris Chambers

Labour are dangerous while left in charge of your money, their plans would bankrupt Suffolk County Council in 5 weeks. Their spending plans are unaffordable; using all reserves would leave no money to invest in schools, roads or social care.

Get the Facts

BBC and ‘A day in the life of the ambulance service’

Today saw the BBC spend the day with Ambulance services across the country. This was clearly another politically motivated piece from the BBC. The BBC have absolutely no idea how to stay neutral. You would think they would have learnt their lessons from the GE2015 campaign where they could hardly hide their true allegiances.
Why don’t they concentrate on trying to report factual news or aim to make outstanding and sought after content. With increasing competition from Netflix and Amazon, some would say the BBC needs to up it game to justify their licence fee.

I find it crazy that in this day and age we even have a state funded broadcaster. We are no longer in the 1940s and needing to spread British propaganda across a vast empire.

Some people would say ‘A day in the life of the ambulance service’ is news. If that is the case, why was Ed Balls getting chucked off Strictly given headline news status by the BBC on Monday? You can hardly compare the two stories. Of all the events going on in the world, why was Ed Balls and Strictly Come Dancing given headline news status? I can hazard a guess, because it’s typical BBC deciding on what they want the news to be!

Maybe they could do a special piece on how the BBC tried to cover up the Savile abuse? Or how they almost ruined Cliff Richard’s life and career without any evidence? Or Lord McAlpine scandal? Or BBC staff gagging orders? Or the millions of pounds of tax payers money wasted on severance packages for executives?

Clearly there are problems within the NHS – but whatever problems there may be, they cannot be solved by blindly pumping billions of pounds of tax payers money into an organisation that is the fifth largest (by number of staff) in the world.

The Labour party and the BBC will shout and scream about problems within the NHS. What they don’t tell you is what they would do? They say they would increase funding, but that they fail to tell you how they would pay for it. A strong NHS is only possible with a strong economy and that cannot happen under Labour and it is the BBC that fail to highlight this FACT.