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Busy start for new-look market

Published30th January 2018

Today marked a new phase in the busy life of Ipswich Market.

Stallholders started trading in their smart new gazebos down Princes Street and Queen Street.

They have moved into a line of stalls from the side of the Town Hallas work has begun on the transformation of the Cornhill.

And as our pictures show, Ipswich people certainly know where to find their favourite bargains.

Ipswich Borough Council is preparing a Love Your Local Market campaign for Valentine’s Day and then throughout the spring and summer. The Council wants everyone to get behind the market and ensure it’s a success. “We want to get local people to be really positive about what is a fantastic part of the town centre offer.”

Meanwhile, local contractor Brooks & Wood is turning the Ipswich Vision Group’s Cornhill project into reality by transforming the town’s main square.

Four iconic arches, a water feature with 20 jets, seating and exciting new paving will turn the Cornhill into a visitor attraction in its own right and help to boost local businesses.

Seating and new dazzling granite will make the Cornhill a place to be proud of and five colourful ornamental maples (Acer Platanoides Emerald Queen) will bring year-round interest to the space. Three trees will be at the Westgate Street end of the Cornhill; the others will be planted between the old Post Office and the bank next door.

The project is being co-ordinated by the Borough Council on behalf of the Ipswich Vision Group and is being funded by the Borough Council, New Anglia Local Enterprise Partnership, Suffolk County Council and Ipswich Central.