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Issues and Options for the Ipswich Local Plan Review

Question 96:

Representation ID: 24936

Received: 30/10/2017

Respondent: River Action Group

Agent: Mr James Baker

Representation Summary:

Whilst the river corridor does not form part of the green rim as such, it is the best and most continuous 'spoke' from the middle of the town to the green rim. As well as being a vital wildlife corridor, the river paths and associated open spaces provide much needed opportunities for people in a part of the town with limited access to open space, especially other natural or semi-natural spaces.
The River Action Group would like the plan to reflect this importance and propose better management and more opportunities for formal and informal recreation along the river, by protecting existing undeveloped land and seeking to deliver items identified in the Ipswich River Management Plan, 'A River For All' (approved in draft form by IBC Executive in December 2012 and currently being updated by the RAG). Key future aspirations of the RAG are also contained in its 'Manifesto' for 2016-2021, published last year (copied below as Appendix 1).

Comment

Issues and Options for the Ipswich Local Plan Review

Question 97:

Representation ID: 25496

Received: 30/10/2017

Respondent: River Action Group

Agent: Mr James Baker

Representation Summary:

The Group would like to see the Plan identify and protect areas of undeveloped land alongside the river for wildlife (and public access) benefit. Proper maintenance and monitoring of the habitats and corridor is essential to ensure the wildlife network functions are delivered, and additional resources are required for this.
A strong link along the corridor into Babergh district is vital - the river corridor as a route for people and a vital part of the wildlife network, doesn't stop at the Borough boundary. Closely linked policies in the neighbouring Local Plans would ensure sensible continuity of purpose.

Comment

Issues and Options for the Ipswich Local Plan Review

Question 99:

Representation ID: 25497

Received: 30/10/2017

Respondent: River Action Group

Agent: Mr James Baker

Representation Summary:

The river and its associated paths and open spaces offer a safer, traffic-free route for local people along with the chance to improve health and wellbeing from immersion in high quality green space. The river path is well used for running, but new surfaces, paths and links would increase use. The installation of a 'trim trail' would also increase use of the corridor as well as providing for health and fitness improvements.
The river itself is currently underused as a sporting resource. The new Plan should recognise this opportunity and seek to identify suitable locations for providing access to the water. A launch facility could be linked to a riverside centre with canoe club facilities. Sites are now limited and our preferred option is the land bordering the river and Alderman Canal north.

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