Detailed plans released for £25m town investment

Ipswich's Cornhill
Plans for the projects include improving the town centre and its biodiversity [Ipswich Borough Council]

Detailed plans have been released for a £25m series of projects to "revitalise and reinvigorate" a town.

The Ipswich Town Deal will see government funding used for 10 schemes aimed at improving the town centre along with boosting biodiversity.

Progress on the schemes is due to be discussed at an Ipswich Borough Council meeting on Tuesday.

David Ralph, chairman of the Ipswich Vision and Town Deal board, said there were "exciting developments still to come".

'Gather momentum'

Neil MacDonald, Labour leader of Ipswich Borough Council, said: "We are committed to the delivery of our Towns Fund projects, which are set to make a real difference to the people to visit and call Ipswich home.

"I’m delighted to see so many of these significant schemes gather momentum, as we make progress along with our many partners to revitalise and reinvigorate the town."

The Botanist in Ipswich
Money has already been used to convert a former Post Office into the Botanist bar and restaurant [Ipswich Borough Council]

The detailed plans revealed include:

  • Improving biodiversity by creating a trail of green areas from Lloyds Avenue through the town centre to the waterfront

  • Providing seating, spill out areas for businesses and a green space in Lloyds Avenue

  • Refurbishing an existing out-of-use bridge across the River Orwell to create a circular route for pedestrians and cyclists

  • Digital plans to showcase the town's heritage, including augmented reality walking trails

  • The launch of an All about Ipswich website, with information about attractions

Part of the funding has already gone towards numerous projects, including transforming the old Post Office on Cornhill into The Botanist and improvements to 28 shopping parades in the town.

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