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Storm update from Ipswich Council

Parks and cemeteries in Ipswich will remain closed into tomorrow; Tuesday 29th October; while full safety assessments are carried out.

The Borough Council has been dealing with numerous fallen trees and branches, together with assessing other trees which may have been weakened and left in a dangerous condition following this morning’s storm.

The uncertainty has led to the transfer of Christchurch Mansion’s holiday activities to the Museum in High Street for the rest of the week. “Ruff Times”, a Tudor-themed family fun session, costs £2 a session, while “Global Gallivant” gives youngsters a chance to discover more about the objects in the Museum. Sessions: £3.

Parks staff were kept busy clearing trees from public areas. A partially felled tree outside Crown Pools caused some disruption but the pools remained open throughout. Other trees came down at Gainsborough Sports Centre but services were unaffected.

Services at the Crematorium went ahead, with people attending them being guided by Council staff.

Bin collections took place throughout the town but were delayed in some areas by traffic congestion. Two roads were affected in particular, Ranelagh Road and the top end of Nacton Road. The advice to residents is: if your bin wasn’t emptied today please leave it out for collection tomorrow. Any rubbish on the highway that has been strewn from bins by the high winds can be reported to the Cleaner Ipswich Hotline 01473 433000, cleaner.ipswich@ipswich.gov.uk.

Emergency Services Centre and Contact Centre staff at the Borough were busy throughout the day dealing with an extra large number of calls, most of which were weather-related. Staff dealt with around 1,100 calls in the first 3.5 hours.

The Council’s Building Control team was today advising on the safety of some unsafe structures in the town.

A Borough Council spokesman said today: “The storm has passed but many challenges remain. We operated a bin collection service today and all our other services were operating, with the exception of Shopmobility and those related to our parks and cemeteries. Expert staff will be on hand in our parks and at our cemeteries over the next few days to check the health of any trees weakened in the storm. We will continue to monitor the situation but any decision to reopen them will be made in the light of public safety concerns. We will provide further updates at regular intervals.”

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