In recent months, Ipswich Central and All About Ipswich have been working hard with Town Deal partners to finalise a bold application to kick-start the revival of the town centre. Yesterday, the government gave its approval to those plans which include the creation of a digital town centre, regeneration of buildings around St Peter’s Port, opening of the old Post Office building as a bar/restaurant, a new pedestrian and cycle bridge across the waterfront, the creation of a maritime training academy, improvements to public spaces such as Arras Square and a new green trail.
Terry Baxter, Chair of Ipswich Central, commented:
“This announcement is a huge boost for our town centre at a time when it is needed most. I am delighted that, alongside our Town Deal partners, Ipswich Central has played a major role in developing this ambitious programme and now getting approval for the investment needed from the government. The projects – including the innovative Digital Ipswich Project devised by Ipswich Central in response to feedback from businesses – will not only positively transform Ipswich but will also help the bounce back after the devastating effects of the pandemic. We are grateful for the support of our partners and now look forward to working with them to deliver the projects.”