Spotting a kitchen cooker with a microwave oven perched on top beside the road recently, I was reminded of the apparent (to me) upsurge of this phenomenon in the town. Questions: are there really, as someone told me, ‘a group of Romanian blokes' touring the town in a truck picking up bits of furniture and appliances left on the pavement, from which they get an income? If this urban myth is true, who left the detritus there and how did they hear about this recycling service? Who is it that produces an almost endless stream of old mattresses around our streets? Why, when we have recycling centres in West End Road and out-of-town on Foxhall Road, do lazy people chuck their old stuff on the pavements - or are they professional, law-breaking fly-tippers? How fortunate are we to have a Borough Council street cleaning service to remove dumped objects? Can this service survive increasing cuts to local authority funding by central government?
This issue of the Newsletter is the biggest distribution we do to members: Newsletter (with an extra four pages), AGM booklet including the Chair's round up of the last year's activities, Outings inserts and some final reminders of subscription renewal. April's AGM will be our chance to welcome our speaker, Mike Taylor, to his new role as Senior Conservation Officer for Ipswich Borough Council. Also, no apologies for our continuing coverage of the challenges to local archaeology.