Venue: Reg Driver Visitor Centre, Christchurch Park, IP4 2BX
Contact: Linda Slowgrove 01473 432511
Apologies for Absence
Apologies for absence were received from Councillor Cann, Councillor Leeder, County Councillor Gaylard and County Councillor Rudkin.
To consider the Minutes of the meeting held on 1 October 2014.
Re: Minute 22.8: Councillor Jones reported that this should read:
“There is no exiting from Chevallier Street onto Little Bramford Lane …”.
Re: Minute 25.3: Councillor French
reported the purpose of holding the activities in Christchurch Park
would be to help to integrate young people from Christchurch House
hostel with the local community.
that, subject to the amendments above, the Minutes of the meeting held on 1 October 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
Wednesday 14 January 2015, 6.30pm – Alexandra ward
Wednesday 11 March 2015, 6.30pm – Westgate ward
that the meetings and venues be confirmed as follows:
· Wednesday 14 January 2015, 6.30pm – St Helen’s Primary School, Woodbridge Road, IP4 2LT
· Wednesday 11 March 2015, 6.30pm – Bramford Road Methodist Church, Bramford Road, IP1 4AY
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 Inspector Chris Hinitt from the Central Safer Neighbourhood Team
(SNT), who provided the following update on priorities:
Councillor Lockington reported that she had noticed an increase in
young cyclists with no lights or reflective clothing in the dark
evenings, and asked whether any safety information could be
publicised via Radio Suffolk or social media. Inspector Hinitt
commented that there hadn’t been many cycle-related incidents
reported, but he would pass this request onto the Community Safety
County Councillor Adams requested that a Police representative
attend a street event for Corder
Road/Hervey Street, as it would be useful to incorporate cycle
marking to help prevent cycle theft from local
residents. Inspector Hinitt requested that details of the community
event be sent to him.
Councillor Jones requested that the Police support residents’
requests for street lights to be left on overnight, especially
following a recent incident involving armed Police. Inspector Hinitt
reported that requests were considered, and if agreed, street
lights would be put back on overnight for 2 weeks and then reviewed
on a 2-weekly basis to see if still necessary. Inspector
Hinitt added that street lights were
still being left on until 3am in the Jubilee Park area.
Councillor Riley commented that there had been an increase in
street beggars over the last 3 weeks.
Inspector Hinitt reported that the
anti-social behaviour laws had recently been changed and the
regulations from the new Act needed to be interpreted, e.g.
dispersal zones could be used to disperse street beggars from a
particular area, but this would require proof, so it was important
for the public to report any incidents of aggressive begging. The
new Act also supports the use of Orders and positive obligations to
address anti-social behaviour.
36.7. Local resident: Signs for road works are being left unlit on pavements, which are difficult ... view the full minutes text for item 36.
Events in Ipswich 2014 Update
Mr Young (Assistant Operations Manager – Events &
Festivals) reported that approximately 350,000 people attended
events in Ipswich during 2014, including the Food and Drink
Festival, Ip-Art, Maritime Festival
with the Beer Festival, Sky Ride weekend, Ipswich Half-Marathon,
Fireworks in Christchurch Park, Christmas Lights Switch-on,
Christmas Market and HMS Quorn
homecoming. A brief video was shown highlighting some of the events
that took place during 2014.
Councillor Lockington reported that some adults were dancing near
the stage at Ipswich Music Day with lit cigarettes and young
children nearby were being burnt by the cigarettes, and asked
whether anything could be done to prevent this. Mr Young reported that no smoking ban applied at
open air events; however, the Council did not actively promote
smoking at these events.
Councillor Riley commented that putting a children’s area on
the front lawn of the Mansion on Ipswich Music Day had been a good
idea and had provided opportunity for community stalls. Mr Young reported that providing free activities
for children had worked well and would be repeated next
37.4. Councillor French commended the Officers on the parking and traffic arrangements for the big events held in 2014, including pedestrian routes into the park. Mr Young reported that over 25,000 people attended both of the two concerts in Chantry Park that were held on consecutive days at the end of June. These concerts were a great visitor attraction for Ipswich, with many people from outside the area choosing to stay in Ipswich overnight.
Funding Update: Table Tennis in Christchurch Park
Mr Mole (Head of Community and Cultural Services) reported that the
Central Area Committee had previously funded a project initiated by
the Friends of Christchurch Park to install outdoor table tennis
tables in the park. Nicola Johnson of
the Friends had been unable to attend the meeting, but provided the
The Chair thanked the Friends of Christchurch Park for all their
work in getting the table tennis tables installed in the park and
for providing this update.
At the request of the Chair, Councillor Cook provided an update on
the Holiday at Home project that was run at Christ Church in
Tacket Street during the
Mr Mole reported that £5,000 had been requested to fund
healthy sporting activities for Easter, Summer and October Half-Term holidays in 2015, with
27 hours of activities proposed for the Central Ipswich
Mr Mole provided the following update on the 2014 activities
previously funded by the Central Area Committee:
· 36% increase in attendance of Jumpers for Goalposts activities across the whole of Ipswich
· Slight reduction in attendance of Jumpers for Goalposts in Central Ipswich (this could have been as a result of Handford Road Primary School not being available and these activities being switched to Christchurch Park)
· 220% increase in attendance of Alexandra Park activities
· 29% increase in attendance of Basketball Roadshow
· Slight reduction in attendance of Activity Days, but good contact was made with a family at risk
· Increase in female participation across Ipswich: Jumpers for Goalposts from 6 to 71, Basketball Roadshow from 40 to 103
· Gender ratio: Jumpers for Goalposts 3 males:1 female, Basketball roughly 1:1
· Police Crime statistics were being collated for the periods of the activities to see if there was a corresponding reduction in anti-social behaviour
Councillor French asked whether the activities would be spread
across the 3 wards, as some areas had been previously
overlooked. Mr Mole reported that the
2015 activities would be split across the 3 parks – Alexandra
Park, Jubilee Park and Christchurch Park.
that the Central Area Committee approve Option 3 and fund £5,000 from the Central Area Committee budget for young people’s sporting activities in the 2015 Easter, Summer and October school holidays.
Mr Mole reported that £6,500 had been requested for the
refurbishment of facilities at 84 Fore Street, the new premises of
Survivors in Transition (SiT).
Ms Fiona Ellis, Operational Director, reported that SiT, a registered charity that provides support and
advice to adult survivors of childhood sexual abuse, had recently
moved premises having outgrown their previous premises on
SiT have a 3-year lease on 84 Fore
Street, with the possibility of a further 3-year extension, and
have a 10-year plan to remain in this building. The kitchen of this
500-year old building was no longer fit for purpose and the
flooring of the 3 counselling rooms and bathrooms also needed to be
replaced. Ms Ellis gave a brief presentation on the services
provided by SiT.
Councillor Kreidewolf commented that SiT provided services for all of Suffolk and asked
whether funding had been obtained from other sources. Ms Ellis reported that £28k of funding had
been obtained last year; this year, £16k had been obtained
from Suffolk Foundation and other trusts, and her post (the only
paid position within SiT) had been
funded by the Suffolk PCC.
Councillor French asked whether funding had been requested from
other Area Committees and from other funding sources outside of
Ipswich. Ms Ellis reported that
approximately 60% of users were based in Ipswich and funding had
been requested from other Area Committees towards an outreach
programme and targeted sessions; funding would also be sought from
elsewhere within Suffolk.
County Councillor Adams suggested that SiT consider approaching SCC Adult Social Care for
funding, especially if the services provided fulfil a statutory
function. Ms Ellis reported that the
main focus had originally been on service delivery, but she would
now be looking more closely at fundraising with the Chair of
Trustees, Kate Hughes.
It was requested that SiT be invited to
a future meeting to provide feedback on the outcomes from this
that the Central Area Committee contribute funding of £6,500 from the Central Area Committee budget to refit the kitchen and provide carpeting and suitable flooring to 3 counselling rooms and bathrooms.
Reason: To improve the environment in which services are offered to adult survivors of childhood sexual abuse based in Ipswich.
Chairman's Update on Actions from Previous Meetings
Community Panel Pilot Project:
Councillor Cook reported that County Councillor Gaylard had provided locality budget funding
(£15,000) that was matched funded with Central Area Committee
funding (£5,000) to provide a £20,000 pot of funding
for community projects in the Alexandra ward. Two communications
were sent out to local residents – firstly to invite bids for
projects to be funded, and secondly, to invite residents along to
the presentation of the bids where they would be able to vote on
how the money should be spent.
· Musica – Community Music Projects – bid for £19,000 – this bid was withdrawn to allow the other 3 bids to be considered
· Musica – 20-week community project for people with no musical background to play and record music as a group – bid for £9,000 approx.
· PHOEBE Zimbabwe Women’s Project for young women to improve their self-esteem and confidence – bid for £2,000 approx.
Waterfront Community Centre to increase capacity – bid for
The latter three bids were approved, and there was approximately £6,500 of funding remaining. It was suggested that this funding be rolled forward to allow another round of bids, perhaps with a longer timescale to allow community groups/organisations more time to prepare bids, and this was agreed.
Upper Orwell Street: The Chair reported that the landscaping works
had begun and low maintenance planting was being installed by the
Council’s Parks and Open Spaces team.
Surrey Road Alley Gates: The Chair reported that the responsibility
for any ongoing maintenance of the alley gates would rest with the
Christchurch House Hostel Activities: The Chair reported that an
update had been received from Sally Connick of Orwell Housing in relation to the number
of participants: “Usually 60-70% of the participants were
current residents, with the remaining being former residents that
had moved on but were being supported by Orwell Housing’s
41.5. The Chair highlighted that information about the Greenways Countryside Project and the River Action Group was available at the meeting – further information was also available at https://www.ipswich.gov.uk/content/river-action-group.
Community Intelligence - Verbal Update from Ward Councillors
County Councillor Adams reported that plans were ongoing for
traffic calming and pavement improvements to the Belvedere
Road/Tuddenham Road junction, which had
been funded by Councillor Adams and Councillor Lockington, together
with some SCC highways funding. Speed
cameras had been used on Tuddenham
Road, but the speed of the vehicles was not considered to be
dangerous. The flooding issue on Hervey Road was still being
investigated along with water pressure issues in the area. SCC have
suspended admissions to 2 Care UK homes in Suffolk to enable
service improvements to be made.
Councillor Kreidewolf reported that there had been ongoing
anti-social behaviour issues in the Victoria Street/Ainslie Road
area and residents were being consulted about potentially
installing alley gates between these two streets to close off the
area where the issues were taking place. Fly-tipping in the Westgate area had been removed
on request using Central Area Committee funding, and the issue with
an overhanging tree in Clarkson Street had also been
Councillor Cook reported that he had raised an issue in Alexandra
Park to the Parks and Open Spaces team, and requested the removal
of fly-tipping in the St Helens Street area, which had been done. A
local resident had highlighted some subsidence on the pavement in
Grove Lane, which was a trip hazard, and this had been inspected by
SCC and was now being addressed.
The Chair reported that he had visited the Ipswich Community Church
on Clarkson Street to see the recently refurbished kitchen that had
been part-funded by the Central Area Committee. The improvements
would allow this venue to be used as a host for the Winter Night
Councillor Lockington reported that she had inspected the
Hayhill area in light of flooding
issues and had reported to SCC that sand was going into the
drains. There has been a lot of
fly-tipping in the Westgate area and littering of drink cans on
school grounds in Gatacre
Councillor French reported that there had been a rat issue on
Valley Road, and flooding issues on Belvedere Road outside the
cemetery gates. Councillor French added
that had been pedestrian safety issues at the top end of
Christchurch Park onto Westerfield
Road/Park Road, in light of increased traffic from the current SCC
diversions, and suggested that a pedestrian crossing be considered
on Park Road.
Councillor Jones reported that there were drug-dealing issues
affecting the Jubilee Park and Gipping
areas, which was believed to be attributed to gangs from London
operating in the area, resulting in anti-social behaviour and
42.8. Councillor Riley reported that she had been involved in the Community Pilot Panel event on 15 November and highlighted that it was local residents and not the Ward Councillors who voted on the bids. Councillor Riley added that the presentations given were very good and Musica had offered to provide drumsticks to the Waterfront Community Centre.
The Chair reported that at the start of the meeting, the Central
Area Committee had an unallocated budget of £41,722 available
to support its priorities. Following the financial commitments of
£11,500 arising from the approved funding requests, the
Central Area Committee now had a budget of £30,222
Councillor Jones highlighted that the budget previously allocated
to address fly-tipping was almost expended and suggested that a
report be brought to the next meeting to allocate further funding
to address this issue.
that the financial statement of the Central Area
Committee in Appendix 1 to the report be noted;
Reason: To provide an audit trail of funding that has been spent from the Central Area Committee budget
that the Community Dashboard for Central Ipswich in
Appendix 2 to the report be noted.
Reason: To provide an indicative measure of how services and priorities are being delivered in Central Ipswich