The Ipswich Vision Board
From its inception, the Ipswich Vision Board’s role has been to influence and challenge the regeneration of Ipswich: to create a better and more dynamic place to live, work, visit, study and invest in. It is a unique collection of people and organisations crossing political and institutional differences, to speak with one voice for the greater good and realise the potential that Ipswich has.
The current Chair of the Board is Terry Hunt, who featured in March’s issue of Waterfront Life. His knowledge, passion and experience of the Town has proved a valuable resource to the project from the start.
Professor Helen Langton, Vice Chancellor of the University of Suffolk, follows on from Richard Lister who recently retired. The University plays a pivotal role in the development of the Waterfront and the educational input for the town and wider afield.
Catherine Johnson represents the Suffolk Chamber of Commerce. The Chamber is an important link to the business community, both within the Borough boundary but also to the greater Ipswich Area. The Chamber are leading on many of the transport issues and initiatives that are supported by the Vision.
Terry Baxter joins the Board from Ipswich Central - the town’s Business Improvement District - representing over 620 business rate payers in the town. The BID has been pivotal in attracting investment into the town centre and is well placed to help advise and drive initiatives to safeguard and promote the town centre; especially in these challenging times for the High Street.
Councillor David Ellesmere represents Ipswich Borough Council. IBC - along with Suffolk County Council - is very often the vehicle to deliver many of the Vision priorities. The main projects currently underway include Crown Street Car Park and the Cornhill redevelopment.
Suffolk County Council is represented by Councillor Paul West. Paul has Cabinet responsibility for Ipswich and works closely with IBC on many projects. Current Vision priority projects include the Upper Orwell Crossings and the Hold.
The New Anglia Local Enterprise Partnership is represented by Doug Field, the current Chair of the New Anglia LEP Board. The LEP supports the regeneration of Ipswich and has financially supported many of the projects. It has identified the town and greater Ipswich as a priority place within its Economic Strategy and will continue to support the growth and regeneration of town.
Sandy Martin as the current MP now sits on the Board. He provides a valuable link both to Westminster and the constituents of the town.
The Board provides a collaborative framework for discussion and action and includes both local government and the private sector.
For more information visit www.ipswichvision.co.uk