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Car park expansion will boost local shops

A derelict piece of land in Ipswich’s Norwich Road is to become a new car park to boost local shops and other businesses.

The unused and overgrown site next to the existing South Street car park was bought by the Borough Council last year and will now help to provide a total of 60 spaces – 17 more than currently.

Motorists will still access the car park via South Street but pedestrians will have a new access point on Norwich Road itself. At the same time, repair work will be done to the ends of two exposed properties at each end of the extension and trees planted to make the site more attractive.  

Council Leader David Ellesmere said, “Businesses have told us there is a need for more parking in this area and we bought this site after no work was done either to develop it or make it more attractive. We have opted for a high quality design to give a lift to this part of Norwich Road. While much of Ipswich’s retail development focus has been on the town centre, we want to include other key parts of the town in our plans to improve the town and support local businesses.”

William Coe, Managing Director of Coes store, which is close to the new car park, is also supportive. He said, “We were delighted that when we approached the Council to consider purchasing the site it was already on their radar. We are confident that an enlarged more visible parking site will help make the area more appealing to both customers and businesses looking to invest in the area. A local group of businesses are liaising with both the Borough Council and Suffolk County Council as part of the Ipswich Vision project to improve the area, which is a key route into the town.  Hopefully, this initial investment by Ipswich Borough Council can be the catalyst to further improvements.”

Work will start in March and is set for completion in the early summer.

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