Agenda and minutes

Central Area Committee - Thursday 30th July 2015 7.00 pm

Venue: Ipswich Library – Lecture Hall (via Old Foundry Road entrance) IP1 3DE

Contact: Linda Slowgrove  01473 432511

Items
No. Item

15.

Apologies for Absence

Minutes:

Apologies for absence were received from Councillor Leeder, Councillor Reynolds, Councillor Cann, County Councillor Adams, County Councillor Gaylard and County Councillor Rudkin.

16.

Unconfirmed Minutes of Previous Meeting pdf icon PDF 103 KB

To consider the Minutes of the meeting held on 11 June 2015.

Minutes:

16.1.     Councillor Cook reported that minute 13.3 should read as: “… and added that a driver had had his licence suspended for refusing to carry a guide dog in his taxi”.

Resolved:

 

that, subject to the correction above, the Minutes of the meeting held on 11 June 2015 be signed as a true record.

17.

To Confirm or Vary the Order of Business

Minutes:

Resolved:

 

that the Order of Business be confirmed as printed on the Agenda.

18.

Declarations of Interest

Minutes:

There were no declarations of interest.

19.

To Confirm the Venues of Future Meetings

·           Thursday 24 September 2015, 7pm – Bramford Road Methodist Church, Bramford Road, IP1 4AY

·           Thursday 19 November 2015, 7pm – Reg Driver Visitor Centre, Christchurch Park, IP4 2BX

·           Thursday 28 January 2016, 7pm – Alexandra ward

·           Thursday 24 March 2016, 7pm – Westgate ward

Minutes:

As agreed at the previous meeting, all meetings of the Central Area Committee would commence at 7pm.

 

Resolved:

 

that the meetings and venues be confirmed as follows:

 

·                     Thursday 24 September 2015, 7pm – Bramford Road Methodist Church, Bramford Road, IP1 4AY

·                     Thursday 19 November 2015, 7pm – Reg Driver Visitor Centre, Christchurch Park, IP4 2BX

·                     Thursday 28 January 2016, 7pm – Alexandra ward

·                     Thursday 24 March 2016, 7pm – Westgate ward

20.

Presentation: The MyGo Service

Minutes:

20.1.     Angela Edwards, Regional Operations Manager of Tomorrow’s People, gave a presentation on the services provided by MyGo, with the following key points:

·           The MyGo Service was delivered as a joint collaboration and was funded through the Greater Ipswich Youth Guarantee

·           MyGo offered a dedicated youth employment centre for young people aged 16-24 in the Greater Ipswich area, replacing the use of Job Centre Plus for this age group

·           Aims: to reduce youth unemployment in Greater Ipswich by 50% in next 2 years, to engage with 13,000 young people and achieve sustainable job outcomes

·           The MyGo Centre on Princes Street provided a range of facilities and support to enable young people to find a sustainable job and was run on a drop-in basis

·           The MyGo Centre was open until 6pm in the evening during the week and on Saturday mornings

·           MyGo resources:
Hosts (welcome young people and explain what facilities were available, e.g. job vacancies, coaching, training, specialist services);
10 Coaches from EOS Works Ltd and Department of Works and Pensions (DWP);
Outreach Team (taking MyGo into communities via pop-up centres, venues within communities, outreach work on the streets/parks, at public events);
Employer Engagement Team (bring in vacancies, bring in employers to showcase jobs available);
Youth Board (meets monthly, provides feedback on how service works, how to better engage with people);
Specialist services (e.g. for people with drug/alcohol issues, mental health issues – signposting onto relevant partners)

·           Timetable of activities – training/support for CVs, application forms, interviews, apprenticeships, careers advice, visits from potential employers

·           Future developments: MyGo virtual service (currently being trialled via tablets - allows Skype sessions with coaches, looking at live vacancies remotely); expansion of services into Babergh, Mid-Suffolk, Suffolk Coastal and MyGo satellites in rural and urban areas

 

Contact information for MyGo: email: info@its-mygo.co.uk; website: www.its-mygo.co.uk; twitter: www.twitter.com/Its_MyGo.
 

20.2.     Councillor Riley commented that youth unemployment had gone down in Ipswich.  Ms Edwards reported that it had been necessary to re-profile the service delivery in light of less young people coming to MyGo via the DWP route (if claiming benefits, young people were now required to sign up with MyGo, not Job Centre Plus). Therefore it would be necessary to increase the outreach work element in order to engage with the young people who were not signing on.

20.3.     Councillor Jones asked if there was any measure of how long young people remained in a particular job.  Ms Edwards reported that support for young people extended beyond getting the job, with in-work support being provided on a needs basis for the first 6 months of employment in order to sustain employment and prevent dropping out.

20.4.     Councillor Kreidewolf asked how successful MyGo was in comparison to Job Centre Plus previously.  Ms Edwards reported that MyGo had based its model on the MINT project in Norfolk.  Ms Edwards added that the statistics from the DWP indicated that young people were getting off of benefits quicker in Suffolk.

20.5.     Councillor Cook commented that the new  ...  view the full minutes text for item 20.

21.

Responses to Public Questions Received and Open Discussion on Local Issues

(a)          Police Priorities

Minutes:

Policing Priorities

 

21.1.     The Chair introduced Sergeant Louisa Masterson and PC Shane Hughes of the Central Safer Neighbourhood Team (SNT), who provided the following update on priorities:

Anti-social behaviour in the Town Centre: The operation to tackle street drinking was ongoing and there had recently been a drop in the number of incidents, but there had been an increase in drug-related anti-social behaviour, which was more difficult to address.  With regards to street begging, a behaviour order was being pursued through the courts for one individual, which if implemented could help to free up resource.

Bicycle theft: There had been another recent spate of bicycle thefts.  It was important to encourage owners to get their bicycle marked and registered to enable recovered bicycles to be returned to their owners.  Also, suitably robust locks should be used to secure bicycles, especially for expensive models.

Anti-social behaviour in Jubilee Park area: This has been an ongoing high priority for the Central SNT, with issues arising from the transient and diverse nature of the population in this area.  The SNT were not just providing a presence in the area, but were also working closely with other agencies to find solutions.

21.2.     Councillor Riley reported that there had been issues with people cycling through the town centre at speed and weaving through crowds of people.
PC Hughes reported that PCs/PCSOs could issue a ticket if a cyclist was causing a hazard, but it was very difficult to catch the cyclists.  PC Hughes wasn’t sure whether the Town Rangers had the police accreditation to issue tickets for this type of offence - they may be able to request Police authorisation to do so.

21.3.     Councillor Lockington reported that she had seen a bicycle with a child’s seat locked up to a lamppost for several days, which looked like it had been abandoned, and asked whether she should report this.
PC Hughes reported that as the bicycle had been locked, it was unlikely to have been stolen.

21.4.     Local resident: Can the Police/PCSOs/Town Rangers do anything about people cycling on pavements and causing issues for visually impaired people or people with buggies etc.
PC Hughes reported that if the cyclists were causing a dangerous situation, then PCs/PCSOs could issue tickets providing they could catch the cyclists.

21.5.     Local resident: Do the Police run bicycle marking sessions?  This could be advertised on the Cycle Ipswich website.
PC Hughes reported that a bicycle marking event was recently held at AXA for their employees, and similar events had been run at the train station. The Police would look to publicise these events on cycle websites to encourage people to get their bicycles marked and registered.  Additionally, the Crime Reduction Team would be attending local cycle related events, such as the Sky Ride.

21.6.     Local resident:  In the national press, there have been stories of the Police not attending burglaries – was that happening in Suffolk?
PC Hughes reported that if the burglary was still taking place then the  ...  view the full minutes text for item 21.

22.

CAC/15/05 Funding Request: St Helen's Playgroup pdf icon PDF 58 KB

Additional documents:

Minutes:

22.1.     Mr Murton, Community Engagement Officer, reported that £1,000 had been requested by the St Helen’s Playgroup to part fund the provision of an outdoor play area.

22.2.     Mr Skeet, speaking on behalf of the St Helen’s Playgroup, reported that the playgroup had been established for 25 years and was run by a committee of parents. The playgroup provided affordable child care for a diverse group of young children, many of whom live in flats with no access to an outdoor area.  The playgroup had outgrown the original space that was gifted to them by St Helen’s Church, and the church had now provided the playgroup with a bigger space in a disused area of the churchyard.  The playgroup had already secured locality funding from County Councillor Gaylard, who had also supported the playgroup in its application to the Suffolk Empowering Communities Fund.  Young people from Catch 22 had already helped with clearing the land.  The playgroup provided pre-school care for young children in preparation for their transition onto St Helen’s Primary School.

22.3.     In response to Councillor Riley, Mr Skeet confirmed that the land had been gifted to the playgroup as a registered charity, and that the playgroup was considering seeking Charitable Trust status to support its future longevity.  Mr Skeet also confirmed that all the appropriate licences and permissions were in place for the use of the land, and added that the playgroup was Ofsted registered.

22.4.     Councillor Jones asked whether all of the funding would be in place if the Area Committee were to grant the requested amount.  Mr Skeet confirmed this and added that the space would also be available for use by the church on Sundays and by reception class children in the afternoons.

Resolved:

that the Central Area Committee approves funding of £1,000 from the Central Area Committee budget towards the provision of an outdoor play area for the St Helen’s Playgroup.

 

Reason: To enhance activities for young people, particularly those of mixed ethnic backgrounds, promoting community cohesion and affordable and monitored outdoor play.  This project has been community-led, including St Helen’s Church, and promotes a strong sense of inter-generational links.

23.

Chairman's Update on Actions from Previous Meetings

Minutes:

23.1.     The Chairman reported that the additional lighting in Christchurch Park leading up to the Bolton Lane entrance was now complete and ready for use in the winter months.

23.2.     The Chairman reported that he had written to Suffolk County Council on behalf of the Central Area Committee requesting that funding be found to provide a workable solution to the road safety issues on Anglesea Road, but had not received a response as yet.

23.3.     In relation to Mr Bates’ comments regarding benches on Upper Orwell Street, Councillor Cook reported that there was no intention to install benches on that site, and that when Mr Bates had spoken to Councillor Rudkin, it could have been in reference to providing benches on Woodhouse Square.  In reference to Mr Bates’ comments on the incomplete pavement at Upper Orwell Street, Mr Mole (Head of Culture and Environment Services) reported that the surfacing by the landscaping was only to facilitate access for maintenance of the landscaping and was not intended as a formal pathway.

24.

Community Intelligence - Verbal Update from Ward Councillors

Minutes:

24.1.     Councillor Riley reported on behalf of County Councillor Gaylard that the screen that was removed from outside the bus station was currently in store and would be reinstated.

24.2.     Councillor Lockington highlighted that the Police were still seeking volunteers from the public to get involved with the Community Speedwatch initiative.

24.3.     Councillor Jones reported that she had written to the Police and Crime Commissioner about the lack of continuity in the Inspector role to the Central SNT following the recent redeployment of Inspector Hinitt to detective work in Felixstowe and of Inspector Cooper to Babergh previously. Councillor Jones commented that she had recently taken part in the judging of the London Road Ipswich in Bloom competition.

24.4.     Councillor Kreidewolf reported that the two alley gates would be installed on Surrey Road and Sirdar Road in the next week and added that the Council’s Private Sector Housing and Community Engagement Teams were looking at how the Council interacts with private landlords in the Westgate area to address issues, such as fly-tipping. Councillor Kreidewolf reported that Suffolk County Council Highways were preparing a report to the County Council’s Cabinet for the consideration a 20mph zone on Anglesea Road to help address road safety concerns.

24.5.     Councillor Gibbs reported that the Rugby World Cup Tour of the Webb Ellis Trophy would be coming to Ipswich on 11 August 2015 at 2pm in Cromwell Square, the site of the statue of rugby legend Prince Obolensky.

24.6.     Councillor Cook invited a local resident to highlight upcoming events at the Ipswich County Library:
On 7 November 2015, there will be a gig held in the library with two bands, ‘Police Dog Hogan’ and ‘Honey and the Bear’, with doors open at 7.30pm, and on 5 September 2015, there will be the certificate ceremony for the children’s Summer Reading Challenge between 2pm and 4pm.  More details about these events can be found on the library’s website: http://suffolklibraries.co.uk/branches/ipswich-county-library.

25.

CAC/15/06 Area Committee Budget Update pdf icon PDF 57 KB

Additional documents:

Minutes:

25.1.     Mr Murton reported that at the start of the meeting, the Central Area Committee had an unallocated budget of £46,440 available to support its priorities.  Following the financial commitment of £1,000 arising from the approved funding request, the Central Area Committee now had a budget of £45,440 available.

25.2.     Councillor Jones requested that outstanding financial commitments from previous years be investigated by Accounting Services to ascertain whether these funding commitments were still needed.

Resolved:

that the financial statement of the Central Area Committee in Appendix 1 to the report be noted.