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Election of Chair
Councillor Gibbs was elected Chair for the 2014/15 Municipal Year.
Councillor Gibbs welcomed Councillor Jane Riley and Councillor Colin Kreidewolf as new ward Councillors on the Committee, and thanked former Councillor Mary Blake (also a former Mayor) and former Councillor Harvey Crane for their contribution to the Central Area Committee.
Apologies for Absence
Apologies for absence were received from Councillor Cann, SCC Councillor Adams and SCC Councillor Rudkin.
To consider the Minutes of the meeting held on 20 March 2014.
Re: Minute 78.5: Councillor Jones reported that this should read
as”… Ipswich & Suffolk CAMRA had run the beer
festival for the past 3 years, but could not do so this year, so
the beer festival would be organised by the Council this year in
conjunction with local brewery providers.”
that, subject to the amendment above, the Minutes of the meeting held on 20 March 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
Councillor Jones, having previously been a member of Mid-Suffolk Home Start for 10 years, declared an interest in Agenda Item 11 (report CAC/14/04).
Councillor French, being a director of Home
Start Suffolk Coastal, declared an interest in Agenda Item 11
(report CAC/14/04) and elected to abstain from voting on this
Councillor Gibbs, whose partner was on the employment register of Realise Futures, declared a Disclosable Pecuniary Interest in Agenda Item 9 (report CAC/14/02) and left the room during the consideration of this item.
To Confirm the Venues of Future Meetings
Wednesday 1 October 2014, 7pm – Bramford Road Methodist Church, IP1 4AY
Tuesday 18 November 2014, 6.30pm – Reg Driver Visitor Centre, IP4 2BX
Wednesday 14 January 2015, 6.30pm – Alexandra ward
Wednesday 11 March 2015, 6.30pm – Westgate ward
that the future meetings and venues be confirmed as follows:
· Wednesday 1 October 2014, 7pm – Bramford Road Methodist Church, IP1 4AY
· Tuesday 18 November 2014, 6.30pm – Reg Driver Visitor Centre, IP4 2BX
· Wednesday 14 January 2015, 6.30pm – Alexandra ward
· Wednesday 11 March 2015, 6.30pm – Westgate ward
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 PC Jennifer Scott-Lee and PCSO Justin Berry of
the Central Safer Neighbourhood Team (SNT), who provided the
Councillor Cook: I have previously
reported drug dealing issues in the Rope Walk area – is this
still a problem area? There has also been some suspicious behaviour
in Alexandra Park.
Councillor Leeder: Have the street drinkers been displaced
elsewhere, is this being tracked?
Councillor Lockington: There have been
anti-social behaviour problems on Foundation Street in the house
next to the ICENI building.
Councillor Jones: There has still been some serious anti-social
behaviour issues in the Jubilee Play Area, with drug dealing,
fly-tipping and damage.
Mr Mole (Head of Community and Cultural Services) reported that
£1,200 was requested by Inside Out to run their ‘Arts
and Well-Being Project’ for one year for adults living with
mental health issues.
Elene Marsden, Trustee of Inside Out,
reported that 1 in 4 people suffer from mental health issues in
their lives, and that this project had been running for the last 10
Councillor Lockington raised concern about the long term revenue
funding of this project. Ms Marsden
reported that the project was not entirely reliant upon Area
Committee funding as other funding had been acquired.
Councillor Riley asked about service provision beyond July 2015. Ms
Marsden reported that whilst there was no guarantee of funding,
Inside Out would apply to other funding sources to keep this
that the Central Area Committee approves funding of £1,200 from the Central Area Committee budget to part-fund the Inside Out ‘Arts and Well-Being Project’ until July 2015.
Reason: Inside Out contributes to building community relationships, well-being and social integration through the delivery of this project.
In the absence of the Chair, Councillor Leeder was elected as
temporary Chair for the duration of this item.
Mr Mole reported that £2,020 was requested by Realise Futures
to deliver an accredited course for members of BME groups and lone
Imani Sorhaindo of Realise Futures
reported that a disproportionate number of BME women and lone
parents were not able to access the appropriate training required
for childcare provision. Whilst funding
had been acquired to deliver other necessary training for childcare
provision, this funding request would provide resources to deliver
an accredited Paediatric First Aid course for 16 learners. The
outreach work would target the Gainsborough and Town areas for
Councillor Lockington asked where the training course would be
delivered. Ms Sorhaindo reported that the course would be run
from the Murrayside Community Learning
Centre in Gainsborough, and added that a hardship fund was in place
to support travel and childcare costs for the
Councillor Kreidewolf asked how members of the community were
contacted. Ms Sorhaindo reported that
ISCRE funding was available for outreach work, and flyers to
promote the childcare training Open Day on 4 September had been
given to third sector organisations to pass on, plus CSV Media had
offered a free promotional radio slot. Additionally, Jobcentre Plus
provided Lone Parent Advice, and their Relationship Manager could
signpost lone parents into childcare provision.
Local Resident: Would language be a barrier for some ethnic
9.7. It was requested that Realise Futures be invited to a future meeting to provide feedback on the outcomes from this project.
that the Central Area Committee approves funding of £2,020 from the Central Area Committee budget to assist with the outreach and delivery costs of an accredited course to prepare community members from BME groups and lone parents for work in the childcare sector.
Reason: There is a need to raise the representation in childcare provision in order to increase the number of positive role models for children from those communities using childcare provision.
Mr Mole reported that £540 was requested by Christ Church to
run activities as part of a ‘Holiday at Home’ week for
elderly and potentially isolated members of the
10.2. Councillor French asked how many people would be engaged in these activities. Councillor Cook reported that he had helped Christ Church with the completion of the application form and it was expected that 20-30 people would be involved, not only from the church congregation, but also from local sheltered housing schemes.
that the Central Area Committee approves funding of £540 from the Central Area Committee budget to fund activities for the ‘Holiday at Home’ week run by Christ Church on Tacket Street.
Reason: To help increase activity and reach of an established community group and improve community engagement amongst potentially isolated elderly residents living in Central Ipswich.
Mr Mole reported that £3,000 was requested by Home-Start
Suffolk Coastal to deliver their family home visiting service for
Central Ipswich, providing regular check-in services and support,
individually tailored to the needs of each family.
Natalie Highland (Home-Start volunteer) reported that the service
originally started in South East Ipswich and volunteers were
trained on a one-to-one basis to help families in their
homes. Family referrals to this service
could come from other agencies, e.g. Health Visitors, Home Help,
Mental Health, or from self-referrals, and the service was provided
on an open-ended basis as necessary. Ms
Highland and Joan Bostock (Home-Start
Trustee) illustrated the benefits of the service through a couple
of examples of situations where support had been given.
Councillor Lockington questioned the ongoing revenue requirement
for this project. Ms Bostock reported that funding had been obtained
from other Area Committees, fundraising and other funding sources,
with SCC providing funding for 3 years as part of a
consortium. Applications would be made
to any available funding streams in the future to support this
It was requested that Home-Start Suffolk Coastal be invited to a
future meeting to provide feedback on the outcomes from this
that the Central Area Committee approves funding of £3,000 from the Central Area Committee budget to part-fund the delivery of the Home-Start family home visiting service for Central Ipswich.
Reason: Home-Start works with families to help integrate and engage with the local community, to enable families to increase their social links, and gain sustainable support networks to become less reliant on external organisations in the future and increase community cohesion.
Mr Mole reported that £8,500 was requested by the Ipswich
Community Church to part-fund the installation of a new kitchen in
their church building on Clarkson Street in order to continue to
deliver existing activities and be able to host the Ipswich Winter
Night Shelter in 2014/15.
Rod Stone (Ipswich Community Church) gave a brief history of the
development of the church building since 2012, the activities run
by the church for the local community and the increasing
limitations of the existing kitchen facility, which did not meet
current standards. Ipswich Community Church has already made
improvements to the roof and installed disabled toilets and these
works had been funded by church members. The proposed improvements
to the kitchen would enable the Church to take up the opportunity
of hosting the winter night shelter, offering hot evening meals and
breakfasts to the community.
Councillor Riley asked how the Church would fund the balance of the
installation costs. Mr Stone reported that this would be covered by
a bank loan.
In response to Councillor Lockington, Mr Stone confirmed that
Ipswich Community Church owned the building. Councillor Lockington
commented that the Church could apply to her for SCC locality
funding, and added that she had previously funded youth activities
at the Church.
Councillor Cook reported that it might be possible for the Council
to procure some of the fittings and thus reduce the VAT
costs. Mr Stone agreed to explore this
option with Officers.
Councillor Jones reported that when Ipswich Community Church took
on this Victorian building it was in a poor state and in need of
renovation. The building was now on the Local List and was in a
part of town where it would be of benefit to a diverse
12.7. It was requested that Ipswich Community Church be invited to a future meeting to provide feedback on the outcomes from this project.
that the Central Area Committee approves funding of £8,500 from the Central Area Committee budget towards the installation of a new kitchen in the Ipswich Community Church building on Clarkson Street.
Reason: In order to continue and develop activities offered to all section of the Westgate community, Ipswich Community Church needs to urgently install catering facilities that meet current health, safety and hygiene requirements.
Mr Mole reported that £5,000 was requested to fund a
Community Panel pilot scheme in Alexandra ward, which would attract
£15,000 of SCC locality funding from County Councillor
part of this pilot, an event would be held for community groups to
pitch bids for funding to deliver community projects in line with
the Central Area Committee Action Plan.
Councillor Cook reported that this pilot would not only attract
additional funding from Suffolk County Council, but it would be an
opportunity to engage with the local community.
Councillor Leeder thanked Councillor Gaylard for making locality funding available for
this scheme, which would be an opportunity to take decision-making
closer to the people. Councillor Gaylard added that she was looking forward to
working with local residents on this project.
13.4. It was requested that an update on this pilot scheme be brought to a future meeting.
that the Central Area Committee approves funding of £5,000 from the Central Area Committee budget to part-fund a joint pilot project between the IBC Alexandra Ward Councillors and the SCC Councillor for a participatory budgeting pilot in Alexandra ward (AB, AC and AD polling districts).
Reason: To enable residents from polling districts AB, AC, AD in Alexandra Ward, and groups that provide services to these residents, to apply for grants to meet needs that have already been identified by the Central Area Committee through its annual Action Plan
Chairman's Update on Actions from Previous Meetings
Re: Planting on grass verges: Mr Mole
reported that the responsibility for highway verges lay with
Suffolk County Council (SCC) as the Highways Authority, and that
any planting on the highways would need to be approved by the SCC
Highways department, as only approved SCC contractors would be
allowed to work on the highway. Under
the Service Level Agreement, Ipswich Borough Council are contracted
by SCC to carry out limited maintenance of verges, i.e. grass
cutting, but there was no budget for planting on verges.
Councillor Lockington reported that she had raised this issue with
SCC officers and commented that members of the community should be
allowed to make improvement to verges, e.g. cut grass or small
scale planting, if they wished. Councillor French added that this
was an important issue for local residents, and verges were often
made beautiful by the simple planting of bulbs.
Councillor French proposed that a letter be sent on behalf of the
Area Committee to SCC requesting that residents should be allowed
to beautify their communities.
Local resident: Who is responsible for the maintenance of
Councillor Lockington reported that planting would be done on the
Westerfield Road roundabout – it
had been delayed as some of the plants had died off before the
summer, but it was likely to be perennial plants, as annual
planting would take a lot of effort to maintain each year.
14.6. Upper Orwell Street: The Chair reported that the properties had now been demolished and planting was due to commence in October. The landscaping proposal was available for viewing at the meeting.
Community Intelligence - Verbal Update from Ward Councillors
Councillor Cook reported that Area Committee funding was available
to clean up areas that were either privately owned or where the
ownership was in doubt, and advised members of the public to
contact their ward Councillor to highlight any such
Councillor Kreidewolf reported that to date he had been out in the
Westgate community and meeting with resident
Councillor Gibbs congratulated all the partner agencies and local
businesses for their involvement in the improvement work in the St
Matthews Street area.
Councillor French reported that she had spoken with the Police
about planning road diversions for low-lying areas that were at
risk of flooding during torrential downpours, e.g. Tuddenham Road.
Councillor Jones reported that she had attended the judging of the
London Road in Bloom competition last week, which was one of
Ipswich in Bloom’s Community Projects that encourages local
residents to get involved in improving their community.
County Councillor Gaylard reported that
the lighting on St Helens Street would be replaced this financial
year as there were often lights not working along this
15.7. Councillor Lockington reported that an Order had been drawn up for consultation with local residents for the unmade up part of the Avenue to be made up as a footpath in the first instance (with a view to becoming a cycle path later). This path would allow access to Christchurch Park and would be wide enough for mobility scooters/wheelchairs, with bollards close to the park preventing access by cars, and residents would have right of way. So far, the response from residents had been positive, and if there were no objections, this Order would go ahead.
The Chair asked the Committee to consider the draft ‘Making a
Difference’ budget funding protocol and criteria and the
proposed annual budget of £900 per ward for
2014/15. Councillor Leeder reported
that this budget would enable ward
Councillors to process small funding requests in between Area
The Chair reported that at the start of the meeting, the Central
Area Committee had an unallocated budget of £72,388 available
to support its priorities. Following the financial commitments of
£22,960 arising from the approved funding requests, the
Central Area Committee now had a budget of £49,428
that the financial statement of the Central Area
Committee in Appendix 1 of the report be noted;
that the Making a Difference (MAD) budget funding
protocol and criteria as set out in Appendix 2 of the report be
approved, with the proposed budget of £900 per
(iii) that the Community Dashboard for Central Ipswich in Appendix 3 of the report be noted.