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Downham Boulevard SUDS (Sustainable Urban Drainage System)

All around Ravenswood there are green areas that act as SUDS.
Rainwater/surface water is collected here rather than going into Anglian Water’s drains. 
Every household on Ravenswood should receive an annual rebate of £25 from Anglian Water because of this unique eco-system. 
If you’re not receiving this please contact Anglian Water.  SUDS areas are maintained by the Council to support local wildlife.

Unfortunately, some people abuse these areas and they become unsightly, as is the case on the SUDS area separating Downham Boulevard from the school which is being eroded by cyclists riding down the centre.  Together with the Council we’re looking at ways to ‘design-out’ this problem and ensure that cyclists use the intended cycle paths. 

Erosion of the Tump

Steps are being proposed to formalise access to the ‘steep side’ of the Tump to prevent further erosion.

South East Area Committee

This is where we can learn about what’s going on in our area. It is a meeting of local councillors at which we can ask questions.
The local police and council officers often attend to present issues and take questions.
It can be really interesting – but it’s up to us to show interest and open up dialogue with our elected representatives.
The committee is a key part of the Council’s Statement of Community Involvement – remember it takes two to involve !

Details of the next meeting can be found on the IBC site here;-
https://democracy.ipswich.gov.uk/ieListMeetings.aspx?CId=123&Year=0

Site Allocations

The Council has been undertaking a consultation exercise across Ipswich to allow the public to respond to proposed land use in various parts of the town. This will inform the writing of the Ipswich Local Plan which will set out the strategy for the future development of Ipswich to 2031. These are not planning applications but rather an indication of the type of application that could be considered by them in the future.

The areas relating to Ravenswood are:

  1. Land between the “Tump” and Blue Bird Lodge – to be designated for leisure or community facilities with the proposal to build a sports park comprising a cycle track.
  2. Land between the new care home and the four restaurants – to be designated for employment ( B1 – offices, R & D , light industrial appropriate for a residential area)
  3. Land between 2. above and the A14 – to be designated for employment ( B1 as above, B2 manufacturing, B8 wholesale distribution)

In response to this consultation the Residents Association the wrote

“Road access and egress to and from Ravenswood is a growing problem. We will want to be satisfied that this development has new and adequate road access and that the opportunity is taken to relieve pressure on the single access point that currently exists.

As the Residents Association we wish to be kept informed of progress of the site development proposal in general and any specific plans in particular."

Maintenance of land at site UVW

Necessary ground work has been carried out, works have included walls/earth mounds to prevent travellers accessing the area.
This is in preparation of the new build homes being built by Ipswich Borough Council which are currently subject to the Call In.

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