I can do no better than quote from Mr Paul Geater in the Ipswich Star, 12 April 2016:
“The influential Ipswich Society has come out firmly against plans to redevelop the Cornhill in a £3.2 million scheme… Its executive committee took the decision after speaking to many of its supporters - and it now has contacted its 1,350 members to tell them of its opposition to the proposals.
“Ipswich Society chairman John Norman said: ‘We are not against change, and support the notion of an upgrade to the current surfaces, but we are very concerned about the proposed proliferation of steps, the reduction of open space for assemblies and the spending of £3.2m (which we feel is potentially excessive for what is required). The Ipswich Society will campaign for a much more reasonable and user-friendly refurbishment. We will also be pleased to review alternative suggestions which could include, for example, the ‘roofing over' of the lower part of Lloyds Avenue, an enhanced series of steps and ramps for access to the Town Hall and former Post Office.'
“He said that any changes to the Cornhill should ensure that it remains a “usable” space for major events in the town centre and should be accessible to everyone. The project to redevelop the town centre is being undertaken by the Ipswich Vision partnership, with the Borough Council taking the leading role.
“Council leader David Ellesmere said he was heartened by the fact that the Ipswich Society recognised that the Cornhill needed to be updated and hoped to work with them to ensure they could welcome the changes. He said: ‘The changes are still very much a matter for discussion and we hope to work with the Ipswich Society on them.' ”