Venue: Reg Driver Visitor Centre, Christchurch Park, Ipswich, IP4 2BX
Contact: Linda Slowgrove 01473 432511
Apologies for Absence
Apologies for absence were received from Councillor Leeder and County Councillor Adams.
To consider the Minutes of the meeting held on 30 January 2014.
Re: Minute 65.14: Councillor Lockington reported the last sentence
should have read: “There was also support for reinstating the
left turn into St Margaret’s Green, providing pedestrian
access into Christchurch Park”.
that, subject to the correction above, the Minutes of the meeting held on 30 January 2014 be signed as a true record.
To Confirm or Vary the Order of Business
that the Order of Business be confirmed as printed on the Agenda.
Declarations of Interest
There were no declarations of interest.
To Confirm the Venues of Future Meetings
Thursday 17 July 2014, 7pm – Alexandra ward
Wednesday 1 October 2014, 7pm – Westgate ward
Tuesday 18 November 2014, 6.30pm – St Margaret’s ward
that the future meetings and venues be confirmed as follows:
· Thursday 17 July 2014, 7pm – Ipswich Library - Lecture Hall (enter from Old Foundry Road entrance)
· Wednesday 1 October 2014, 7pm – Westgate Ward
· Tuesday 18 November 2014, 6.30pm – Reg Driver Visitor Centre, Christchurch Park
Responses to Public Questions Received and Open Discussion on Local Issues
(a) Police Priorities
The Chair confirmed that no questions had been received in advance
of the meeting.
The Chair introduced Sergeant Jo Garrard of the Central Safer
Neighbourhood Team (SNT), who provided the following
Councillor Cook: I recently saw some abandoned goods in the
Alexandra ward area that were likely to be stolen goods, but when I
called 101 it took 3 long attempts before I got through to report
this issue to an officer.
Local resident: How do letters regarding incidents get distributed
to local residents? There was an incident recently on Tuddenham Road, but not all neighbours received a
letter requesting information about the incident.
Local resident: There are often cyclists on the pavement near
Suffolk New College and cycling the wrong way down St Helens
Street, which makes it difficult for my daughter trying to get to
nursery with her buggy. Can enforcement action be taken against the
Events in Ipswich in 2014
Mr Young (Assistant Operations Manager – Events &
Festivals) reported that the Council’s Events Team had put on
over 100 events last year, which had attracted approximately
187,000 visitors to Ipswich. A brief
video was shown highlighting events that took place during
Mr Young reported that the programme of events for 2014 would
include the Ip-art festival, Maritime
festival and Sky Ride Ipswich. Additionally, the Sport Relief Mile
would be taking place on 23 March 2014, mostly in the pedestrian
areas of the town centre, but there would be some street closures
from 8am to 12 noon.
The Ip-art festival would run from 20
June to 13 July 2014, and Christchurch Park would be hosting the
Ipswich Music Day on 6 July, Global Rhythms on 12 July and Ipswich
Mela on 13 July. Mr Young confirmed that these events would adhere
to the noise regulations detailed on the licence for the
The week-long Celebrate Ipswich festival, commencing on 14 August
2014, would include the Maritime festival on the Waterfront from
17-19 August, with visiting boats and the beer festival. The
Ipswich Sky Ride weekend would be taking place on 30/31 August
2014. Additionally, a Food and Drink festival would be taking place
on 16-18 May on the Waterfront and would feature a celebrity
Councillor Lockington asked whether the beer festival would be
going ahead this summer as previously.
Mr Young reported that Ipswich & Suffolk CAMRA had run the beer
festival for the past 3 years, but would not be doing so this year,
as the beer festival would be organised by the Council this year in
conjunction will local brewery providers.
Councillor Cann commented that the change of date of this
year’s beer festival had been a problem for CAMRA, as the
hire of equipment had been on the back of another event, and this
had contributed to financial problems. Councillor Rudkin reported
that the dates of Maritime festival had been drawn up in
consultation with many partners, local businesses and Ipswich
Central, who wanted the event to span two weekends, but
unfortunately these dates didn’t fit with CAMRA. However,
CAMRA and its members would continue to be invited to participate
in the festival.
Councillor Jones reported that a Sunday market would be held on the
Cornhill on every first Sunday of the month starting from Sunday 6
Mr Young reported that the Women’s Cycle Tour would be
passing through Ipswich on 9 May 2014 as part of the Felixstowe to
Clacton stage of the tour.
Mr Young reported that events would be publicised on the website,
via emails, posters, in the Angle, at Council venues and via media
partners. Where people have signed up to the Ipswich Direct service
they would receive mailshots in accordance with their expressed
78.10. Councillor Cann asked whether there would ... view the full minutes text for item 78.
Changes to Bin Collections from 1 April 2014
Mrs Reeve (Waste Operations Manager) reported that all residents
should have received a letter outlining the changes to their bin
collections from 1 April 2014. Bin
collections would be changing from the current 8 collection rounds
across Mondays to Fridays to 4 collection zones across Tuesdays to
Fridays, which would not only provide savings to the Council, but
would also simplify collections in respect of bank holiday
The new collection zones would be as follows: North West on
Tuesday, North East on Wednesday, South East on Thursday and South
West on Friday, and all residents would receive a letter informing
them of their new collection day and details of which bins would
collected on which dates for the next 3 months. Collection rounds would start from 6am in the morning.
Details of the new collection regime have also been
publicised via the website, at Council venues, in the Angle and on
posters. ‘Frequently asked
questions’ sheets were also available at the meeting, and a
street specific calendar could be found on the Council website via
the following link: https://app.ipswich.gov.uk/new-bin-collection
or a hard copy may be requested by calling the Waste &
Recycling Team on 433090.
For those streets where there would be a gap of more
than 2 weeks before the next black bin collection, up to 3
additional black bags of rubbish may be put out in addition to the
black bin for the first black bin collection in April.
79.5. Councillor Lockington: A petition has been raised by residents of Withipoll Street voicing concerns about the earlier start time of collections in this narrow residential street. Mrs Reeve reported that most residents would see little change in their collection times, and if necessary, changes would be made to the order of collection rounds once the new regime has bedded in. Certain routes would be avoided at rush hour as currently, e.g. roads where there are schools.
Mr Mole (Head of Community and Cultural Services) reported that
each Area Committee was required to set out its priorities to
address local issues as linked to the Council’s Corporate
Plan objectives. The Chair added that all ward Councillors had
worked together to produce this updated Action Plan.
80.2. It was agreed that the second priority under Priority Two (Improve Resident Representation) should read “… Key areas for focus will be Wellington Court, Mountbatten Court and Rendlesham Court”.
that, subject to the above amendment, the updated Central Area Action Plan, as attached at Appendix 1 to the report, be adopted.
Reason: Developing priorities to provide the basis of an action plan will enable the Area Committee to clearly communicate its vision and priorities for the area and will help demonstrate how its budget is being allocated to deliver the priorities set for the area.
The Chair reported that SCC had recently adopted the policy
criteria for eligibility and prioritisation of 20mph speed limit
proposals, and one of the members of the Roads and Transport Policy
Development Panel, County Councillor Gage, was in
County Councillor Gaylard reported that
many residents had raised concerns about the inappropriate speed of
some traffic and rat-running, which had resulted in accidents and
damage to parked vehicles. However,
many incidents did not get reported to the Police and therefore did
not appear in police accident data.
County Councillor Gage reported that this policy had been
introduced as there was currently no rationale across Suffolk to
prioritise where 20mph speed limits should be located, e.g.
advisory 20mph limits had been implemented outside some schools,
but not all schools.
Two sets of threshold criteria had been drawn up for potential
County Councillor Gage reported that speed data and police accident
data could be requested by County Councillors. As only 2 of the 3
criteria needed to be met, a proposal would not necessarily have to
depend on an injury being recorded before a 20mph speed limit could
be considered. Requests for 20mph speed limits would be forwarded
to the Panel, together with evidence of community and local County
Councillor support, for consideration.
Whilst there was no SCC budget specifically set aside for
implementing 20 mph speed limits, requests that meet the criteria
could be entirely funded from other sources, e.g. SCC locality
funding, Area Committee funding; otherwise, the potential scheme
would be prioritised against other schemes pending other funding
sources becoming available.
Councillor Lockington requested that police accident data for
Central Ipswich be made available and presented on maps at a future
meeting to help identify potential areas for 20mph speed limit
81.8. Councillor Cann asked whether it would be better to zone entire areas as 20mph zones, which would be easier to enforce. County Councillor Gage reported that any zone would need to consist of purely residential roads and there would need to be evidence to demonstrate community support for all the roads, e.g signatures of support.
that the report be noted.
Reason: To inform Central Area Committee Councillors of the recently adopted SCC policy on 20mph Speed Limits.
The Chair reported that this funding request would support the
provision of holiday activities in 2014 for young people to help
divert them from anti-social behaviour.
82.2. Councillor Lockington requested that details of actual venues be supplied, rather than ‘Sports Hall’ and ‘Community Park’.
that the Central Area Committee agrees to fund £5,000 from the Central Area Committee budget for the provision of Easter, Summer and October holiday activities in 2014.
Reason: To provide healthy and positive sporting activities for 10-19 year olds in community settings aiming to divert them from anti-social or criminal behaviour
83.1. Councillor Jones reported that the ‘Once Upon a Time’ exhibition was a wonderful event that displayed illustrations from many children’s books, and was of particular relevance to young children. This funding request would provide the cost of transport and provide a storyteller to allow two classes from Clifford Road Primary School to attend this exhibition.
that the Central Area Committee approves funding of £225 from the Central Area Committee budget to enable young children from Clifford Road Primary School to participate in an education trip to the Ipswich Art School and partake in the current exhibition.
Reason: To offer children from Clifford Road Primary School who may not have the chance to attend the museums and/or Ipswich Art School the opportunity to improve learning and awareness of children’s literature
Chairman's Update on Actions from Previous Meetings
The Chair reported the following updates on funded
· Upper Orwell Street – demolition works were due to commence on 31 March 2014, with soft landscaping works to follow in late spring. Councillor Cook added that he and Councillor Leeder had met with local business on Upper Orwell Street and would be pushing to ensure that these works were completed as soon as possible.
· Seafarers Memorial – the unveiling and dedication ceremony would be taking place on 12 April 2014.
Outdoor Table Tennis Tables – the foundations for these
tables were being laid in Christchurch Park today and the official
opening event would take place on 5 April 2014, led by the Friends
of Christchurch Park.
The Chair reported that a request had been received from residents
on Tuddenham Road for planting on the
grass verges on the highway. This request had been forwarded to
Suffolk County Council as the Highway Authority. Further
clarification was required on the future maintenance if residents
wished to plant and maintain shrubs on the highways.
Community Intelligence - Verbal Update from Ward Councillors and County Councillors
Councillor Cook reported that he had been tackling some planning
issues, relating to an unused building being brought back into use
and the overdevelopment of a site. Councillor Cook had also raised
an issue to the Chief Constable and the Police and Crime
Commissioner where the Police had not taken a statement in relation
to a particular offence.
Councillor Gibbs had reported instances of vagrants and beggars in
the town centre, which the Police were investigating. Councillor Gibbs encouraged the public to report
cases of people asking them for money to the Police, as this
behaviour has an impact on the residents and businesses in the
Councillor Lockington reported that she had passed on information
to the Police where there had been strange movements in the streets
with cars pulling up behind houses, which may have been involved
85.4. Councillor Crane reported that extra enforcement was required on Jefferies Road as the double yellow lines were being abused.
The Chair reported that at the start of the meeting, the Central
Area Committee had an unallocated budget of £50,613 available
to support its priorities. Following the financial commitments of
£5,225 arising from the approved funding requests, the
Central Area Committee now had a budget of £45,388
that the financial statement of the Central Area Committee be noted.