Suspend and review the £3.6 million changes to the Ipswich Cornhill

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Ipswich Borough Council (IBC) have unilaterally committed to spending £3.6M on broadly unpopular and controversial changes to the Ipswich Cornhill area.

The character and utility of this historic public square will be irreversibly changed, by a poorly conceived project destined to become a multi-million pound white elephant.

A simple re-paving of the Cornhill with the planting of new trees and maybe some benches are all that is required, and would assuredly cost much less. How can the IBC justify such a sum of scarce funding in this current era of austerity?

In Ipswich we are blessed with an abundance of beautiful and well preserved historic buildings. These buildings were here long before us, and will be here long after us. It is with this in mind that we must consider building for all time, rather than the whims of a single trend or short sighted utility. 

The bizarre green granite columns are both aesthetically and culturally featureless, possessing no significance to our town, its' people, or its' history. The proposed plans are currently a disappointing waste of both funding and opportunity.

Should the plans go ahead, the Cornhill shall no longer be a conventional public square. The town will no longer able to host significant events; moments like Bobby Robson's FA Cup victory celebration in 1978, the Royal Anglian Regiment’s return home from Afghanistan where 16 soldiers lost their lives, our annual Christmas tree, and our weekly market, will all no longer be possible on the Cornhill. 

By signing this petition you will help lobby the IBC, Suffolk County Council, and our local MPs Daniel Poulter and Sandy Martin, to halt the current plans and go forward with a revised vision, that has the consent and best interests of the people of Ipswich and the surrounding area.

Whether you are born and raised in Ipswich, have moved from elsewhere, or simply care about architecture, please sign this petition to have your voice heard. Please help guide the future of our historic town in the direction that you want, that is to suspend and review the £3.6 million changes to the Ipswich Cornhill.

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