Venue: Bramford Road Methodist Church, Bramford Road, IP1 4AY
Contact: Linda Slowgrove 01473 432511
Apologies for Absence
Apologies for absence were received from Councillor Cann, Councillor Cook, County Councillor Adams and County Councillor Rudkin.
To consider the Minutes of the meeting held on 17 July 2014.
that the Minutes of the meeting held on 17 July 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
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:
· 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 the new Inspector for the Central Safer
Neighbourhood Team (SNT), Inspector Chris Hinitt, who provided the following update on
Councillor Lockington: The Police and
Crime Commissioner had written to Councillors to advise that the
speed enforcement procedure had been reviewed and highlighted the
importance of members of the public reporting any speeding concerns
directly to their local SNT.
Councillor Leeder: Cycle theft has been an issue in the town centre
for the last 18 months – have the Police stopped running
their initiatives, e.g. discounted cycle locks?
Councillor Jones: There is a lack of
feedback to communities on the resolution of crime, e.g. outcome of
Local resident: There needs to be more publicity of the
non-emergency number for the Police, 101, as many people still
aren’t aware of this number.
Local resident: Could there be more patrols in the Wellington Court
area as there are issues with dim street lighting, which has led to
fly-tipping, plus there was an untaxed van on the street opposite
Local resident: There is no exiting
from Chevallier Street onto
Bramford Lane, but the signs opposite
are misleading and have resulted in a few near misses.
22.9. Local resident: Drug issues are starting to overspill from Jubilee Park – there is a ... view the full minutes text for item 22.
Presentation: Breakfast Advice Project Update
The Chair invited Demelza Penberth, Locality Manager for the Ipswich Locality
Homelessness Partnership (ILHP), to provide an update on the
Breakfast Advice Service that had previously been part-funded by
the Central Area Committee.
The Breakfast Advice Service was run by Ipswich Housing Action
Group (IHAG) from the Chapman Centre (the former Community Resource
Centre) on Black Horse Lane on a daily basis from 8am to 10am for
homeless people or those in temporary/emergency accommodation. This
service bridged the gap before the Chapman Centre opened at 10am,
and provided a breakfast as well as offering advice.
From mid-October 2013 until mid-August 2014, 320 individuals
accessed this service with a total of 4,452 visits, with an average
of 15 visitors per day. Of those who
were either rough sleeping or in emergency accommodation, 146 had
moved into some form of accommodation. 13 people had completed a
feedback form on the service, of which 9 reported that the advice
offered had helped, and 4 were not sure.
During the last month, resources were spread differently, with 3
advisors being available for 90 minutes instead of 2 advisors for 2
hours and this had worked well. It was
hoped that this service would recommence in November 2014 for a
further 6 months. The breakfasts were
prepared by volunteers whilst advisors were on hand to offer
support and guidance.
Councillor Jones: This was an excellent
project, with 146 out of 320 people who attended finding some form
Presentation by Fusion Lifestyle: Consultation on a Proposed Funding Application for Broomhill Pool
The Chair introduced Tim Mills and Steve Walker from Fusion
Lifestyle and Philip Bentley (architect) who presented proposals
for a funding application to the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) for
the restoration of Broomhill
The outdoor pool would be at the core of the proposals, along with
restoration of the grandstand and sun terraces, a reinstated clock
tower, children’s pool and refreshment kiosk. New facilities
would be included in order to create an all-year business, with a
health and fitness centre, gym, dedicated changing facilities,
café and an exhibition to celebrate the pool’s
The estimated costs to deliver the restoration works was
approximately £4million; the Council has committed
£1million towards the capital works, Fusion Lifestyle would
also provide £1million, and a bid would be made to the HLF
for the remaining £2million in late 2014/early
2015. Fusion Lifestyle would provide
the designs, project management and delivery of the restoration
works and would be responsible for the ongoing operation and
In order to submit an application to the HLF, there would need to
be evidence of local support of the proposals, therefore Fusion
Lifestyle were undertaking an initial
consultation in support of the bid. This consultation was being
publicised via the Central and North West Area Committees, Ipswich
Direct emails and on the Council’s website under the news and
consultations sections, with links to a questionnaire. There would
be an exhibition on the Cornhill on Saturday 4 October 2014 (10am
to 4pm) and also at the Council’s sports centres and pools,
with the facility to provide feedback at these events.
Councillor Jones: Would ticket prices be affordable for local
Councillor Kreidewolf: What would be the opening hours outside of
the core summer period and would the pool be heated?
Local resident: I have not yet received
anything from Ipswich Direct and there was no contact information
in the Evening Star article.
Local resident: Where will the new buildings be located, bearing in
mind the springs and variations in gradient on the site?
Mr Mole reported that £1,300 was requested by the
Christchurch House Hostel for the provision of diversionary
activities, in the form of 5-a-side football at the YMCA, for young
people with homelessness issues. Orwell Housing Association have
provided match funding of £1,260.
Councillor Lockington commented that it would have been helpful if
the applicant could have attended to provide further information,
e.g. how many of the young people at the hostel would be taking
part in the activities?
Councillor French commented that these activities could have been
held outdoors in the top end of Christchurch Park in the summer
months rather than indoors at the YMCA.
that the Central Area Committee approves funding of £1,300 from the Central Area Committee budget to part-fund the provision of meaningful activities for Christchurch House hostel.
Reason: Engaging residents of the Christchurch House hostel in football activities will help to provide positive motivation and reduce anti-social behaviour.
Mr Mole reported that £1,260 was requested for the
installation of alley gates in Surrey Road to deter anti-social
behaviour, fly-tipping and drug use in this area. Councillor Kreidewolf had collected signatures of
agreement to this proposal from all of the neighbouring
Councillor Lockington asked who would be responsible for ongoing
maintenance of the gates, especially if they became damaged.
that the Central Area Committee approves funding of £1,260 from the Central Area Committee budget to supply and fit alley gates on Surrey Road.
Reason: To reduce the impact of anti-social behaviour that is currently being experienced by local residents.
Mr Farrer, Customer Services Operations Manager, reported that
£5,050 was requested for the footpath improvement works to
The Albany tree belt. This request had
been put forward by Councillor Lockington on behalf of local
residents as this was a heavily used area, especially by
schoolchildren on the way to Northgate High School, and this path
becomes unusable in the winter due to the slippery clay
Mr Mole reported that hard wearing materials were proposed under
option 1 and added that the ongoing maintenance would be met from
the Parks and Open Spaces budget.
that the Central Area Committee approves £5,050 (Option 1) for longer term footpath improvement works.
Chairman's Update on Actions from Previous Meetings
- Area Committee Survey – Central results
Re: Planting on grass verges: The Chair reported that he had
written to County Councillor Newman in relation to the request for
members of the community to be allowed to beautify the grass verges
in their vicinity. The Chair had
received a response from County Councillor Newman as
Re: Upper Orwell Street: The Chair reported that the rubble and
debris from the demolition works had now been cleared. NCP were meeting with SCC Highways regarding the
boundary works, but it was hoped that Ipswich Borough Council would
be able to undertake its works at the same time, with a view to the
planting commencing before the end of October 2014.
28.3. Area Committee Survey: The Chair reported that a survey had been undertaken to collect the views on Area Committees and how they could be developed to best meet the needs of the local community. The survey ran from May 2014 to June 2014, with 736 responses received across the whole of Ipswich, and of this, 157 were from the Central Ipswich area. Further short surveys would be held in the coming months to gain residents’ views on local issues, and this would be done using Ipswich Direct (http://app.ipswich.gov.uk/ipswich-direct/), Area Committee Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/areacommittees ... view the full minutes text for item 28.
Community Intelligence - Verbal Update from Ward Councillors
Community Panel Pilot: County Councillor Gaylard reported that
leaflets had been circulated to Alexandra ward residents for bids
to address the priorities within their area. 10 groups had expressed an interest and, of this,
5 had submitted applications for funding. These applications would be considered by at a
community event on Saturday 15 November 2014 at 2pm at the Zoar
Baptist Church, where residents would be asked to vote on the
County Councillor Gaylard reported that SCC were undertaking a
consultation on the proposed closure of 2 Children’s Centres
in Ipswich, the Meredith Children’s Centre and the Quayside
Children’s Centre, and added that a petition had been raised
in response to the proposed closure of the Quayside
Councillor French reported that there had been concerns about
flooding on Hervey Street and options were being considered with
Councillor Lockington to address this issue. Councillor French reported that the Police and
Crime Commissioner, Tim Passmore, was holding a public meeting on
Monday 13 October 2014 at 6.30pm at St Johns Church on Cauldwell
Hall Road to listen to the concerns of the local
Councillor Kreidewolf reported that there had been more anti-social
behaviour in Jubilee Park and Riverside Road. There had also been noise nuisance issues at The
Arboretum public house, which had been considered at a recent
Licensing Hearing and resolved to the satisfaction of neighbouring
residents. The Chair added that there
had since been a noticeable chance in noise levels at the public
house and that this issue had galvanised the local
Councillor Lockington reported that SCC Trading Standards and
Public Health were promoting the ‘Stoptober’ campaign,
in particular, addressing the sale of tobacco products to underage
children – any such instances could either be reported to SCC
Trading Standards (email@example.com)
or to your ward Councillor.
Councillor Lockington reported that the first consultation in
support of the unmade road - The Avenue – becoming an adopted
footpath had received one objection, which had since been
withdrawn. SCC would next be
advertising the proposed legal adoption of this footpath, which
would take a further 6 weeks.
Councillor Jones commented that the proposed closure of the
Meredith and Quayside Children’s Centres would have
considerable implications for Westgate residents as it was proposed
that users of the Meredith Children’s Centre should attend
the Wellington Children’s Centre, which was very small, with
limited play area and no parking, and encouraged members of the
public to sign the petition against these closures.
29.8. Councillor Riley reported that the Ipswich Soup Kitchen had moved from Tower Street and was looking for an alternative location.
30.1. The Chair reported that at the start of the meeting, the Central Area Committee had an unallocated budget of £49,332 available to support its priorities. Following the financial commitments of £7,610 arising from the approved funding requests, the Central Area Committee now had a budget of £41,722 available.
that the financial statement of the Central Area Committee be noted.
Reason: To provide an audit trail of funding that has been spent from the Central Area Committee budget