Road Markings on the Thrasher roundabout

Following the Residents Association's discussions with Suffolk County Council's Highways Dept., we are pleased to see they have now renewed the ‘keep clear’ road markings on the Thrasher round-a-bout.  
We hope this will make entering and exiting Ravenswood a little easier.

RRA meeting with Suffolk CC - Minutes of meeting 23rd August 2016

Ravenswood Residents Association Meeting with Suffolk County Council

Held on Tuesday 23rd August 2016 at 3:30pm



RRA Chairperson:                      Susan Andrews

RRA Action Group Member:      Bryan Patterson

Suffolk County Council (SCC):   Sam Harvey: Highways Dept.

Councillor Bill Quinton

Councillor Bill Knowles

The meeting was arranged by Ravenswood Residents Association (RRA) Chair, Susan Andrews to discuss several issues that had been brought to the attention of the RRA during and prior to the RRA’s Annual General Meeting which took place on 20th July 2016.

Point to note – this type of meeting with SCC Highways, is virtually unheard of now as the Highways Dept., has ceased to meet with Residents Associations, Parish Councils and the like.  We are therefore very grateful to Councillors Quinton & Knowles for encouraging Sam Harvey’s participation in meeting with us.

Parking on verges along Ravenswood Avenue

A significant number of residents have complained about the parking of cars on the grass verges particularly along Ravenswood Avenue.  This has caused the aesthetics of the roadside to become compromised with deep ‘ruts’ filling with water when it rains.  The parking has also compromised residents line of sight as they come out of their drives with some narrowly avoiding a collision.

SCC plan to install signs on posts along the verges in key areas along Ravenswood Avenue.  These signs will indicate:  NO PARKING ON VERGES.  This will be ‘patrolled’ by officials from Ipswich Borough Council and fines will be imposed on offenders. This will also include traffic parked on the verges outside the school.

People parking on the verges displaying the new signs will firstly be given a warning notice however, if a 2nd offence is noted then a fine will be imposed.

This is hoped to encourage residents to park in their own driveway and more sensible parking on the road which will create natural ‘chicanes’ and this should intern, have the effect of slowing down oncoming traffic. (Speeding is also an issue – see below).

SCC will not be providing any additional parking areas near the school to facilitate pick-up/drop off times, despite the RRAs request.

Speeding along Ravenswood Avenue and Downham Boulevard

The speed survey carried out recently showed that people were driving above the speed limit of 20 miles per hour along Ravenswood Avenue and Downham Boulevard. (The average speed of 85% of vehicles in SCC’s report was around 25 to 28 miles per hour with a few exceeding this).

It is hoped that by encouraging sensible parking along these roads (see point above under Parking on verges) should have the additional effect of reducing the speed of oncoming vehicles.

In addition, we have requested 2 more 20 mile per hour signs painted on the road of Ravenswood Avenue – 1 near the school and the other as you come out of the conifer chicane heading towards the Bus Gate.

For Downham Boulevard SCC intend to install additional traffic calming measures such as road humps.  Sam Harvey will be writing to all residents of Downham Boulevard as part of the consultation process prior to anything being done.

Bus Gate

The Bus Gate is for use by buses and emergency vehicles only however, this is regularly being abused with the danger of smaller vehicles becoming impaled on the granite stones and completely blocking the road. 

Improved signage will eventually be installed to deter traffic other than buses from using the bus gate.  Sam Harvey indicated that a 24 hour a day survey (traffic count) will be undertaken as soon as the schools are back in operation. The technology used can differentiate between a car, bus, cyclist, etc., so the report should be fairly comprehensive and will allow SCC to decide whether further measures are needed to deter unauthorised vehicles.

Thrasher Roundabout yellow hash ‘keep clear’ boxes upon exit and entrance to Ravenswood

The yellow ‘keep clear’ boxes at the exit and entrance to Nacton Road and Ravenswood will be re-painted in the correct position and made more distinct to drivers along Nacton Road.  This will hopefully aid exit and egress from Ravenswood.

At present we don’t have a date for this to be done.

Pedestrian traffic lights near to The Harvester Restaurant

We’ve asked SCC to look at the timing of pedestrian traffic lights as a few residents at the AGM were concerned the waiting time was too long, causing a traffic build up especially at peak times.  Sam Harvey confirmed she will ask for the timers to be checked.




Annual General Meeting held on 20th July 2016

Thank you to everyone who attended our Annual General Meeting on 20th July at Ravenswood Community Centre.  We were able to help with a number of issues and take others forward to our Action Group.

We were also pleased to welcome 3 new members to our Committee.

A huge thank you to Ben West who gave a very engaging and interesting insight into the work of the East Anglian Air Ambulance from a patient’s perspective.  
This essential service is not funded by Government but entirely by charity donations.  
With costs of £10M per year to keep the helicopters in the air they rely heavily on our donations.  
If you would like more information or to make a donation please visit

UVW update - June 2016

A good day for everyone, a victory for common sense has prevailed !

In case you have not heard - the Secretary of State (SofS) has ruled on the open issue of the UVW site at Ravenswood, and effectively the SofS has ruled against IBC's planning decision, and this vindicates the RRA's view that the UVW development should have followed the Mixed Tenure design found elsewhere on Ravenswood.

The SofS ruled that building 94 affordable/council units would have conflicted with Government policy, which aims to achieve housing developments in which affordable units are truly integrated with market housing. It would also have conflicted with the aim to create inclusive and mixed communities.

It is to be hoped that IBC will now come up with a new workable plan that follows the Government's National Planning Policy Framework guidelines for Mixed Tenure developments, although it is noted that IBC have a 6 week period when they could lodge an appeal to the High Court against the SofS's decision. Hopefully IBC will think carefully and not go down that route, which could only result in spending more rate payers money on top of the cost of the Call-In and the barrister who attended that meeting, and probably return us to the position that we are in today.

If the opportunity should arise Ravenswood Residents Association would be happy to engage in discussions with IBC representatives, in the hope that it would help to lead to a satisfactory mixed tenure solution for the UVW site.

If you would like to comment on this or any other affecting Ravenswood, please contact us either directly by email or via our Facebook page.

UVW update - April 2016

We are now well past the 18 Jan 2016 date when the the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government - Greg Clark -  was expected to deliver a response to the Call-in to the Planning Decision by Ipswich Borough Council's original plan to build 94 council houses on the plot of land between the primary school and Fenbight circle in Ravenswood. Even though IBC watered down slightly their plan to include 24 shared-ownership properties, the RRA felt that this did not meet the ethos behind the Mixed Tenure design of the Ravenswood Estate. IBC had also breached both National Guidelines, and their own guidelines by putting forward this proposal.

Whilst the RRA waits patiently for a result we understand that IBC have been chasing the Sec. of State's office but have been told that a decision is unlikely before June/July. The delay is presumed to be caused by both the EU Referendum and the Local Election campaigns. 

In the opinion of the RRA, if we could have reached an early compromise with IBC and they had adhered to the 'Mixed Tenure Mandate' as used for the rest of Ravenswod, we feel the construction of the development could have been well underway by now instead of waiting for a decision from the Secretary of State.


Subscribe to News