News From Wherstead

Food Hall Aqua Park Plans Scrapped

Thursday, February 13, 08.00

Plan to build a new aqua park next to Suffolk Food Hall have been scrapped. 

A number of concerns over damage to the ecology were raised by various bodies and the applicants decided to withdraw their planning application to Babergh District Council.

Essex operators Curve applied to create a fresh water lake to house an inflatable obstacle course, erect ancillary one-storey buildings and form a car park for up to 54 vehicles on the 4,816 square metre site.

It was anticipated eight new jobs would be created for the site, attract more tourists to Suffolk and provide entertainment for locals too.

But Babergh’s ecological team, Suffolk Coast and Heaths Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, Stour and Orwell Forum, Wherstead Parish Council, and residents, expressed concerns over the damage that would be caused to the area.

A number of people, mainly from Essex, but also Suffolk Food Hall owner Oliver Paul, registered their support for the application but they were outnumbered by objectors.

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Drivers Blasted After Coastguard Rescue Stranded Motorists

Monday, February 10, 14.30

Stranded motorist have been branded idiotic after ignoring warnings and getting stuck in a high tide on the Strand. 

A fire crew, police and the Coastguard had to be despatched to rescue a number of people who had become trapped in their cars after attempting to drive through the salt water, which had risen higher than usual due to the adverse weather conditions.

One elderly woman driving through in the early stages of the flooding called the emergency services after she was caught out when a lorry driving at full speed caused a big wave and forced her to stall. She left her car only to be stuck on a bank. Other people were also escorted from their trapped vehicles to safety, including two pensioners (pictured right), and a woman with toddler, from three cars in total.

But some stranded motorists gleaned little sympathy from witnesses, and those on social media, after ignoring widespread warnings about the exceptional high tide, and those who thought they could drive through once the Strand was clearly flooded.

Andrew Dublin, from Chelmondiston, said: "We knew the tide was going to be high and decided against going through and went to the Freston Boot instead of going into Ipswich.

"We could see people trying to drive through and thought how idiotic they were. Firstly for ignoring the warnings which were well publicised, and then for attempting to go through when the water was so high.

 "It's not the first time and probably won't be the last but it is unfair on the fire service to have to be called out for this sort of thing, when all people need to do is use common sense."

Some vehicles did manage to get through, including the 97 bus, but not without the inside becoming very wet as this picture from passenger Juliette Dunn shows.

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Strand Accident Adds To Bridge Closure Chaos

Tuesday, January 21, 11.45

A two car collision on the Strand caused hour-long delays on the Shotley peninsula, adding to the complete traffic chaos following a two HGV lorry crash on the Orwell Bridge. 

Queues formed up Freston Hill, going beyond the Holbrook turn off, while police prevented traffic going on to the Strand by blocking the road at the Bourne Bridge roundabout. 

The traffic misery continued once drivers were guided past the accident, which occurred at around 7.30am this morning on the Strand close to the junction with Redlands Lane, although no serious injuries were reported.

Meanwhile, the Orwell Bridge was intermittently closed both ways after two lorries collided, with one jack-knifing into the central reservation of the A14 near Nacton, causing damage to the barrier and a diesel spillage, forcing the westbound road to be closed for almost four hours. There were also lengthy delays eastbound.

Most routes into Ipswich were affected with delays also reported on the  A137 with queues going back to the Tattingstone turn off and the A12 at Copdock.

Picture shows one of cars involved in the collision, taking by a commuter passenger.

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New Aqua Park Planned For Food Hall Field

Monday, December 16, 17.00

A new purpose built aqua park is being proposed for a field next to Suffolk Food Hall, on the Shotley peninsula. 

Essex operators Curve have put in an application to create a fresh water lake to house the inflatable obstacle course, erect ancillary one-storey buildings and form a car park for up to 54 vehicles on the 4,816 square metre site.

It is anticipated eight new jobs will be created for the site, which will work closely with Suffolk Food Hall (pictured below) in providing refreshments at the park, aim to attract more tourists to Suffolk and provide entertainment for locals too.

Curve is a family owned business, owned by Jake and Clare Moore. who operate a water park in St Oysth, Essex (pictured above) and have been in the leisure industry for more than 11 years.

 In a statement supporting the application an agent for Curve said: “In terms of tourism we want to increase the opportunities for residents in Suffolk, Norfolk and Essex to have fun in the water and increase the amount of people doing exercise in the area. Our target market is very broad however we want to appeal to families for a safe and fun day out from across many counties.

"We will be working closely with Shotley peninsula tours, as well as contacting Visit Suffolk to promote ourselves and stop residents in Suffolk traveling out of the area for day activities. This will hopefully increase the local economy, as well as inevitably reducing pollution.

"We have noticed at our site in Essex we appeal to a lot of holiday parks in the area, this is something that we still want to achieve as we know that a lot of people come to Suffolk for their holidays, mainly due to the lovely coast-line we provide. So attracting these holiday makers and potentially making them want to revisit will be key, this will consequently help other businesses in the area.”

An application has been submitted to Babergh District Council for permission to build the aqua park at Pepper Lane, Wherstead and comments can be made on the council's planning web page quoting DC/19/05630. 

*An aqua park at nearby Alton Water twice failed after blue green algae affected the site housing the inflatable course (pictured right) and Aqua Parks Suffolk Ltd went into administration leaving many customers high and dry after losing money.

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Brexiteers Plan Orwell Bridge Disruption

Friday, March 22, 1400

A go-slow over the Orwell Bridge is expected to cause huge delays, Suffolk police has warned. 

Brexiteers angered over the delay in leaving the EU are orchestrating a series of blockages on main routes and roads leading to ports as part of a nation-wide protest.

Lorries are expected to drive slowly from the Copdock roundabout and over the Orwell bridge to Felixstowe as part of a coordinated disruption.

Suffolk police are working with Highways England and have contacted a number of councils asking for intelligence regarding a build up of vehicles near major junctions.

A number of posts on Twitter have urged Brexiteers, sympathetic lorry drivers and other protesters, to join in the action at one of the busiest times of the week.

Thousands of commuters travelling near the Shotley peninsula are likely to be affected with  large number of social media posts being sent to warn loved ones of the likely delays.

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Permission Granted For 75 Homes On Klondyke Field

Thursday, December 13, 09.00

Planning permission has been granted for 75 new houses to be built in Wherstead, against the wishes of scores of villagers. 

Babergh planning committee voted 9-4 in favour of accepting the recommendation to approve the scheme at Klondyke Field alongside Bourne Hill (pictured).

Objectors argued the development on land, below the Suffolk Ski Centre and close to Puddleducks Nursery, would virtually double the size of the village, add even more traffic problems to Wherstead Road by the Strand.

Councillors David Busby and Clive Arthey spoke out against the application pointing out Wherstead was in Babergh, not part of the Ipswich fringe and should not be treated as countryside and not part of the urban sprawl.

Among other reasons for objection, with 85 people writing against the application, one neutral and none in support, were a lack of amenities, lack of school places, pressures on local surgery, sustainability and viability.

The contentious scheme will provide 26 affordable homes made up of one and two bedroom apartments, three two bed bungalows, and two and three terraced homes.

The 49 open market houses will consist of seven three bed detached homes and a mix of bungalows, semi-detached and one and two bed apartments.

Outline planning permission was granted after members decided the application also created short term construction jobs, delivered new public open spaces and play facilities, improved Bourne Terrace (although many objectors live there) improve pedestrian and cycling accessibility and would secure woodland for public access.

Suffolk Highways raised no objections to the development, which will be accessed at Bourne Hill, close to Bourne Terrace.

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Service Station Proposed For Wherstead Junction

Thursday, October 18, 07.00

A public meeting is to be held after proposals for a service station at the junction of the A14/A137 were put forward. 

Developers want to build a large service area with a petrol station, with retail outlets at the top of Bourne Hill, Wherstead.

Pigeon Investment management, as part of the EG Group, have posted a leaflet outlining their initial plans.

The group claims the development would create 99 jobs and improve the interchange at one of the main routes into Ipswich, and on to the Shotley peninsula.

Wherstead parish council have organised a village meeting to discuss the EG Group's proposals.

The meeting will be held in The Room, The Street,Wherstead, on Thursday, October 25, at 7:30pm.

All are welcome, with members of Wherstead's  Parish Council in attendance. 

No formal planning application has yet been made to Babergh District Council, although the developers are understood to have held an initial conversation with planning officers.

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Reason For Wherstead Road Delay Revealed

Peninsula News reader Chris Bergdahl has captured the moment a 166-ton transformer caused delays on the Wherstead Road heading in and out of Ipswich.

The large grey transformer was being transported from the docks to Bramford  power station.

Two lorries were used to move the goliath, but due to weight restrictions on Bourne Bridge, had to uncoupled so they could move across separately.

The road was closed by police in both directions to allow room for the manoeuvre

Once they moved across the bridge the two tractor trailers were coupled so they could complete the journey.

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Close Calls As High Tide Hits Strand

Wednesday, August 12, 16.00

It wasn't just vehicles on the Strand that looked to be cutting it close as the tide hit a high point today. 

While cars and bikes were forced to drive on the 'wrong' side of the road to avoid the flooding, a Dutch Tall Ship had to make a nifty move to slip under the Orwell bridge, as our pictures below show.

Exceptionally high waters along the east coast leading to a danger of flooding were predicted, due to spring tides, with a strong force four westerly wind also forecast.

The exceptionally high waters did not materialise, although the flood tide forced the former freighter to make sure her highest mast, including flag, did not collide with the bridge.

The three-masted schooner Oosterschelde cruised into Ipswich for a 24-hour stop off after sailing up from the English channel, on her way to Vilsjen, in the Netherlands.

Originally built 100 years ago the Oosterschelde

The B1456 along the Srand, and the back roads through Freston will be closed Sunday morning to allow almost 3,500 runners access as part of the Great East Run, although the recently-re-opened pub, the Boot, will be open as usual,

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