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Lockdown Puts a Focus on Suffolk

From Robert Ulph on May 28, 2020

The time of lockdown, for many of us, has certainly meant a reappraisal of our lives. Some things we thought were important may now not seem to be and other aspects of life have possibly taken on a whole new meaning. It has been a time of reflection for a lot of people.

Many of us locally have appreciated the access we have to beautiful countryside or making use of the wonderful parks and open spaces we have in our towns. This has meant that exercise in, and enjoyment of the outdoors has been possible. As lockdown restrictions have eased, driving short distances to be at the Suffolk coast or other local areas has also been a bonus and the fabulous recent weather has only helped us enjoy this all even more.

It seems too that this love of our county is reaching further afield as suggestions are that those looking for a change of lifestyle, especially from city life, are looking to places like Suffolk more and more as a desirable permanent move.

As we know the rail link into London Liverpool Street and Stratford from Ipswich is an attractive proposition to the commuter. Couple this with the even bigger shift that has taken place over the recent weeks, in an increased acceptance of working from home and the benefits this has to lifestyle and Suffolk as a commuter belt has great attraction.

As mentioned, the countryside is a big draw, as are the ‘chocolate box’ villages and thriving market towns, but so too are the commercial aspects. Felixstowe, for example, continues to be a major factor in Suffolk’s commercial success as one of the biggest and busiest ports in the world and contributing hugely to the local economy. The same with the booming technology sector we have and many companies have enjoyed a boost in the current time with an increased number of people working remotely or communicating in totally different ways.

Ipswich Waterfront will continue to be a real asset to the town and we look forward to when the restaurants and hotels will be packed again every night. The University will continue to go from strength to strength and we are fortunate to have a wide range of leisure, arts and other entertainment locally too, so once back up and running, the area has something to offer everybody.

Suffolk is a great place to bring up a family and many people return here for this quality of life, so it is interesting to see how the dynamic of family living could change after lockdown. We have all missed spending time with our nearest and dearest, so parents and grandparents moving to be closer to their families and settling in Suffolk in their later years has appeal too, with the pace of life and quality of living they are looking for.

As always please do not hesitate to contact me as I am happy to help.