Two hundred years after passenger-carrying railways were introduced the railways are again booming, particularly for longer journeys. The number of people using the railways has doubled in twenty years; in the Eastern Region the number of passengers increased from 79 million (1995/96) to 188.5 million (2017/18). Greater Anglia alone conveyed 1.1 million people every week, all contributing to the costs of the new trains, a totally new fleet of 1,000 items of rolling stock by the end of 2020.
Population of the World
Every day the world population grows by 200,000 people. All of them need feeding. Every minute there are an additional 150 mouths to feed. Every year an additional 75 million people require food, water, electricity and a mobile phone; unfortunately a substantial number won’t have access to a toilet.
Heritage Open Days
By the time you read this, one of The Ipswich Society’s major annual events, Heritage Open Days in Ipswich, will have been held a couple of weeks previously. No doubt as successful as ever and enjoyed by residents and visitors alike, we will carry a full review of this year’s Ipswich HODs in our October issue.
More on Houses of Multiple Occupation (HMOs)
Following the article in the July Newsletter Ipswich Borough Council’s Planning & Development Committee has published a paper on HMOs. There is some progress on closing down/regulating HMOs using Health & Safety Executive and Building Regulations legislation: Ipswich leads the way.