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 Leeder, County Councillor Gaylard and County Councillor Rudkin.
To consider the Minutes of the meeting held on 14 January 2015.
that the Minutes of the meeting held on 14 January 2015 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 11 June 2015, 7pm – Reg Driver Visitor Centre, Christchurch Park, IP4 2BX
Thursday 30 July 2015, 7pm – Alexandra ward
Thursday 24 September 2015, 7pm – Westgate ward
Thursday 19 November 2015, 6.30pm – Reg Driver Visitor Centre, Christchurch Park, IP4 2BX
Thursday 28 January 2016, 6.30pm – Alexandra ward
Thursday 24 March 2016, 6.30pm – Westgate ward
The Chairman reported that the meeting scheduled for 30 July 2015 would be taking place at Ipswich Library on Northgate Street (entry would be via the Old Foundry Road entrance).
that the meetings and venues be confirmed as follows:
· Thursday 11 June 2015, 7pm – Reg Driver Visitor Centre, Christchurch Park, IP4 2BX
· Thursday 30 July 2015, 7pm – Ipswich Library, Northgate Street, IP1 3DE
· Thursday 24 September 2015, 7pm – Westgate ward
· Thursday 19 November 2015, 6.30pm – Reg Driver Visitor Centre, Christchurch Park, IP4 2BX
· Thursday 28 January 2016, 6.30pm – Alexandra ward
· Thursday 24 March 2016, 6.30pm – Westgate ward
Responses to Public Questions Received and Open Discussion on Local Issues
(a) Police Priorities
The Chair introduced PC Gavin Bevan of the Central Safer
Neighbourhood Team (SNT), who provided the following update on
Local resident: Anglesea Road is a
long, straight road that many vehicles speed along. Are there any
plans to address this issue?
Local resident: What is the process for
putting roads forward for assessment?
Councillor Jones: Speeding has long been a concern to residents on
Anglesea Road especially as there was a
fatality a few years ago near Orford Road. Residents could petition Suffolk County Council to
request traffic-calming measures on this road, but this would
require evidence of speeding and recorded incidents from the
Councillor Lockington: Community Speed Watch was looking for
volunteers to come forward and get involved in this scheme; the
speed gun equipment was already available and volunteers would be
given training. There was an another accident on Anglesea Road near Warrington Road; I have looked
at this junction to see if the layout could be improved, but one
accident might not be enough to trigger improvements in this
Councillor Cook: Two of my colleagues had their bicycles stolen
after the recent Council meeting in the Corn Exchange, despite the
bicycles being locked, and another stolen bicycle was dumped
The Chair confirmed that no questions had been received in advance
of the meeting and invited questions from the floor.
61.8. Local resident: I attended the previous meeting, where I made a request for an audit of radiation emissions from the Tuddenham Road phone mast, and would like to know how close a school needs to be ... view the full minutes text for item 61.
Mr Farrer (Customer Services Operations Manager) reported that
£1,000 had been requested to support the activities of the St
Margaret’s Toddler Group.
Ms Cox reported that the Toddler Group had been in existence for
over 10 years and provided support to local mothers whilst helping
to prepare young children for the transition onto school. The Group
were aiming to revamp their facilities, e.g. toys, furniture, baby
and toddler play areas. The Group had increased its charge from
£1 to £1.50 per family, but this had affected
attendance as some families were on low incomes, and it was
necessary to have a minimum of 15 families in attendance in order
to cover hire costs of the Garrett Memorial Hall at the Church
Centre. The Group was not affiliated to the Church and did not
receive any other forms of funding.
Councillor French asked about the catchment area for this Group and
how the Group was advertised. Ms Cox
reported that the Group was setting up a new register, but did have
families attend from the town centre as well as from the St
Margaret’s area. Ms Cox added that the Group did not
advertise formally, but through Facebook and social media, plus a
flyer in the window of the Hall.
Councillor Riley added that another opportunity for publicity could
be via local Brownie and Rainbow Groups.
Councillor Lockington reported that SCC locality funding could be
sought for one-off expenditure, e.g. equipment, but not for ongoing
that the Central Area Committee approves
funding of £1,000 from the Central Area Committee budget to
support the activities of the St Margaret’s Toddler
Reason: To create an opportunity for babies, toddlers and pre-school children to build early social development skills as an aid to making the transition onto school, and provide support to those with young children.
Mr Mole reported that £180 had been requested for the
renovation of a World War II bench that had been uncovered in
Broomhill Park. Mr Mole added that the Parks and Open Spaces Team
were supportive of all the work being done in the park by the
Westbourne Library Friends.
Mr Jones reported that the Friends had been working with Suffolk
Community Payback since October 2014 and had cleared more than 5
tons of rubbish from the park. During
these works, a World War II bench and a Victorian pond had been
discovered on the estate, and the Friends were working with Parks
and Open Spaces and Councillor Lockington to restore these
Councillor French asked whether the movement of the spring in the
park was causing problems in front of the Broomhill Lido. Mr Mole
reported that this issue was caused by a blocked drain and this was
being addressed by Anglian Water.
that the Central Area Committee approves funding of £180 from the Central Area Committee budget for the renovation of a Second World War bench in Broomhill Park.
Reason: To enable the local community to bring a neglected park bench back into use as an asset of Broomhill Park and encourage greater use of the park.
Mr Farrer reported that £2,500 had been requested to install
2 temporary CCTV cameras within the Westgate ward and referred to
the anti-social behaviour issues and challenges faced by the
Police. Mr Farrer added that an
application for the deployment of CCTV cameras had been made in
accordance with the relevant legislation, and the use of these
cameras would be reviewed after 6 months to determine whether
further cameras would be beneficial.
Councillor Jones added that the CCTV cameras would be able to
provide evidence to enable the Police to identify and charge those
perpetrators responsible for the criminal behaviour in parts of
In response to Councillor French, Mr Farrer confirmed that the
purpose of this funding was for the installation/removal and
operational costs of two mobile CCTV cameras on a trial basis, the
cameras would remain the property of Community
Councillor Lockington commented that it might be worth considering
purchasing a mobile CCTV camera that could be deployed at any
trouble spot within Central Ipswich in the future.
that the Central Area Committee approves funding of £2,500 from the Central Area Committee budget for temporary CCTV cameras in Westgate ward on a trial basis.
Reason: To trial CCTV cameras situated in key areas to help tackle and deter anti-social behaviour and examine, if successful, whether there is a need for further cameras to be added at a later date.
Mr Mole reported that the Central Area Action Plan had been updated
to reflect the progress made against its priorities during the
year. Mr Mole added that details of the Easter holiday activities
for young people would be circulated shortly and advertised on the
Councillor Jones requested that this information be emailed out to
schools for onward publicity in school newsletters. Councillor Cook
questioned whether A5 flyers would be better.
The Chairman acknowledged the efforts of ward Councillors and
Officers in progressing the Upper Orwell
Street improvements despite a number of hurdles. Mr Mole added that the Council’s Landscapes
Team were overseeing the project planting.
Councillor French commented that the prevention of fly-tipping was
difficult to address in terms of prevention, especially in those
areas where the population was transient in nature, and highlighted
the need for greater education, in particular for new
Councillor Kreidewolf reported that the Council had increased the
budget for Environmental Health to enable this section to enforce
their procedures. Mr Mole added that the Council was working with
the Suffolk Fly-Tipping Action Group as part of a countywide
initiative involving waste collection, licensing and waste
enforcement resources to address issues such as unlicensed waste
Councillor Jones reported that another approach to tackling
fly-tipping resulting from changes in tenancy was to work with
landlords to encourage them to enact tenants’
responsibilities and check that premises were cleared before any
new tenants move in.
that the updated Central Area Action Plan, attached at Appendix 1 to the report, be noted.
Chairman's Update on Actions from Previous Meetings
New Wolsey Theatre ‘When I Grow Up’ Project: The
Chairman reported that following the cancellation of this event by
Springfield Junior School, the only other school within the Central
Ipswich area electing to receive this production was St
Margaret’s Primary School, and Councillor Lockington had
already provided SCC locality funding for this purpose. The Chairman proposed that the £132 of
funding be returned to the Central Area Committee budget and this
Broomhill Pool Update: Mr Mole reported
that following the presentation at a previous Area Committee, a
range of public consultation events were held by Fusion Lifestyle
to gauge public support for the restoration/re-opening of Broomhill
Pool and associated facilities. 3,300
consultation responses were received, a quarter of which were from
residents within the immediate postcode vicinity. 95% of respondents were in favour of the scheme
and 92% of respondents would seek to use the restored
facilities. Issued raised included car
parking, accessibility, traffic control and affordability, and
these issues would be considered in the development stage and would
also need to be addressed as part of any planning application, e.g.
would need to demonstrate a sustainable travel plan. The aim was to submit a Stage 1 application to the
Heritage Lottery Fund in late Spring/early Summer 2015, and this would include facility
designs, capital costings and broad proposals.
66.3. The Albany Footpath Improvements: Mr Mole reported that these works were now complete; some additional material had been put down to address a boggy area near the path after this had been reported and an inspection undertaken by the Area Supervisor.
Community Intelligence - Verbal Update from Ward Councillors
Councillor Cook reported that he had been chasing Suffolk County
Council for an update in respect of the new street lighting on St
Helens Street, which had still not been connected up, but no update
had been received as yet.
Councillor Jones reported that there had been approximately 1,000
responses to the public consultation on the Local Plan: Core
Strategic Review and Site Allocations. Councillor Jones reported
that the Meredith Children’s Centre would be closing, with
services merging with those at the Wellington Children’s
Centre on Chevallier Street.
Councillor Kreidewolf reported that a consultation event for the
Ipswich Arts & Museum project (I-AM) had been held for
residents in the neighbouring High Street and St Georges Street
area. Many were supportive of the plans for the Ipswich Museum
complex, but concerns were raised about access for additional
visitors and lighting in the immediate area. The Chairman added that an interactive video was
available on the Council’s website (https://www.ipswich.gov.uk/iamproject)
and on the Council’s Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/iamipswich)
that allowed the viewer to take a virtual tour around the venues;
there was also a facility for the public to provide their feedback
on the proposals.
Councillor Lockington commented that there had been issues with car
crime and burglaries in some parts of St Margaret’s
ward. Councillor Lockington reported
that she had contacted the Head of Development & Public
Protection about the need for better cleaning of the Crown Street
Car Park, especially as this was one of the first impressions for
visitors coming to Ipswich. Councillor
Lockington also reported that there had been some drug-related
issues in the area near Blanche Street.
67.5. Councillor French commended the input provided on the Local Plan consultation by local groups, Save our Country Spaces (SOCS) and Northern Fringe Protection Group (NFPG), who had outlined their concerns and made it easier for people to understand the issues, and in doing so, encouraged more people to reply to the consultation.
The Chair reported that at the start of the meeting, the Central
Area Committee had an unallocated budget of £26,890 available
to support its priorities.
Councillor Cook highlighted that Christ Church had returned
£309 of the original £540 ‘Holiday at Home’
funding as this was not required after all, and proposed that this
be returned to the Central Area Committee budget and this was
Following the financial commitments of £3,680 arising from
the approved funding requests and the return of £441 to the
budget from the New Wolsey Theatre project and the Holiday at Home
project, the Central Area Committee now had a budget of
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 residue of funding of £309 previously
allocated to the Christ Church ‘Holiday at Home’
project (report reference CAC/14/03) be returned to the Central
Area Committee budget;
Reason: Alternative transport had been provided resulting in a reduction of costs to deliver this project
Community Dashboard for Central Ipswich in Appendix 2 to the report
Reason: To provide an indicative measure of how services and priorities are being delivered in Central Ipswich