Thanks for this very interesting email. Many, many years ago (approx 30!) I was secretary of the then Ipswich Cycle Campaign and one of the items we pursued at that time was cycle routes through the parks which lead to the opening up of the routes through a) the central avenue of Bourne Park and b) the route through Gypswyk Park from Ancaster Road to the London Road. It would be good in Gypeswyk Park to have the path leading up to Lupin Road/Wallers Grove widened & improved, especially the entrance/exit onto Lupin Grove which is especially tight to negotiate.
I've used the tracks and avenue through Chantry Park informally for many years and have not encountered any objections and these could be signed.
I too use the underpass to Sproughton fairly regularly and yes,
both the bollards and the tiny strip of tarmac adjacent to the
steps are difficult to negotiate! Children and indeed
inexperienced adults could easily come to grief there.
Regarding a link from the London Road down to Hadleigh
Road/Church Lane there is a plannning application currently with
Babergh District Council for another housing development by
Taylor Wimpey to be known as Wolsey Grange 2 on the Ipswich side
(north side) of the A1071 which would include a cycle/pedestrian
path between the London Road and Hadleigh road, possibly along the
line of the current footpath. I don't know how, when or if this
development will proceed. This is the link to to the documents
which are on Babergh District Council website of which there are
One route within the radius that I think could be of benefit is to create a cycle path from the southern end of Cottingham Road (or Sprites Lane near Belstead House) through Belstead Meadows, Quilter Drive Open Space and and Ellenbrook Meadow to Ellenbrook Road which would link well with the pedestrian cycle route along 'Brookview' to Stoke Park Drive and Bourne Park. This could potentially open up a safer cycling route for pupils living in Pinewood Parish to travel to Gusford Primary School.
I'm also happy to look further in the radius marked for further ideas.
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