Agenda and minutes

Central Area Committee - Thursday 19th November 2015 7.00 pm

Venue: Reg Driver Visitor Centre, Christchurch Park, IP4 2BX (Use Bolton Lane Entrance)

Contact: Linda Slowgrove  01473 432511

Items
No. Item

38.

Apologies for Absence

Minutes:

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

39.

Unconfirmed Minutes of Previous Meeting pdf icon PDF 104 KB

To consider the Minutes of the meeting held on 24 September 2015.

Minutes:

Resolved:

 

that the Minutes of the meeting held on 24 September 2015 be signed as a true record.

40.

To Confirm or Vary the Order of Business

Minutes:

Resolved:

 

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

41.

Declarations of Interest

Minutes:

Councillor Jones, being a resident of Bolton Lane, declared an interest in the speeding issues in St Margaret’s ward.

42.

To Confirm the Venues of Future Meetings

·           Thursday 28 January 2016, 7pm – Museum Street Methodist Church, Black Horse Lane, IP1 2EF

·           Thursday 24 March 2016, 7pm – Westgate ward

Minutes:

Resolved:

 

that the meetings and venues be confirmed as follows:

 

·                     Thursday 28 January 2016, 7pm – Museum Street Methodist Church, Black Horse Lane, IP1 2EF

·                     Thursday 24 March 2016, 7pm – Westgate ward

43.

Responses to Public Questions Received and Open Discussion on Local Issues

(a)          Police Priorities

Minutes:

Policing Priorities

 

43.1.     The Chairman introduced Inspector Neil McKay of the Central Safer Neighbourhood Team (SNT) who provided the following update on priorities:

Drug-related issues in town centre: This relates to drug use and paraphernalia in the town centre.

Anti-social behaviour in Jubilee Park area: This was an ongoing priority that has seen some positive results, with an eviction from a property in Victoria Street, and problems have lessened; work was continuing with partner agencies.

Town centre anti-social behaviour:  This relates to rough sleeping and street drinkers.  This was also being addressed via a partnership approach and there has been a marked decrease in incidents in comparison to last year.

Cycle theft: This remained an ongoing priority across all of Ipswich; information had been sent out to Neighbourhood Watch coordinators advising cyclists to secure their bicycles with good quality locks.

43.2.     Local resident: Was begging a nuisance in the town centre?
This was a national problem, not just in Ipswich. However, a Criminal Behaviour Order (CBO) has recently been served by the Court on a person in Ipswich for persistent begging and anti-social behaviour in the town centre. This was a complex issue; where possible, partner agencies offer support, in particular through the Ipswich Locality Homelessness Partnership (ILHP), but if people do not want to engage with the support offered, then enforcement action has to be considered.

43.3.     Local resident: Was there any update on the incidents in Broomhill Park?
Nobody was identified from these incidents, but these incidents had not recurred; a good photo e-fit had been circulated and was also displayed in the reception of the custody suite.

43.4.     Local resident:  People think that it is acceptable to cycle on footpaths in Ipswich, often at high speeds. I work in Lloyds Pharmacy, where people leaving the shop step straight onto the pavement, and I have often had to pull people back from being run into by cyclists riding at full speed on the pavement outside the shop.
It would be difficult to always have officers there to patrol this issue, especially as resource has to be committed to urgent response matters.  This issue would be fed back to the PCSOs to see if there were similar problems in other parts of the town.  This was primarily an education issue about cycle safety.

43.5.     Councillor Cook: Cars frequently park in Arras Square (the area off of the Buttermarket by the BHS store), which should only be used for loading/unloading, as SCC have not yet put up signs to prevent this.  As there are no yellow lines, the Council’s parking enforcement officers cannot issue tickets.  Could the Police take enforcement action in terms of illegal traffic movements as road signs were being disregarded?
Police resources were primarily deployed to target the priorities, but if officers were passing through from other incidents, they could look into this issue.

43.6.     Local resident: There has also been dangerous cycling on pavements along St Helen’s Street and by Suffolk New College, with cyclists  ...  view the full minutes text for item 43.

44.

Presentation: Citizens Advice

Minutes:

44.1.     The Chairman introduced Nicky Willshire from Citizens Advice Ipswich, who gave a presentation on the services provided, with the following key points:

·           Provide professional, quality assured, free, independent, confidential and impartial advice to address legal, finance, housing, consumer and other issues

·           In addition to face-to-face contact, information was also available via web-chat, the internet and social media

·           In the first 6 months of 2015/16, over 9,000 issues were raised, the majority related to debt, benefits and financial services/capability; this equated to over 4,000 compound issues, of which roughly 2,400 were raised in person, 1,650 by phone and 60 via email

·           During this time, over £75,000 of income gain was achieved, £469,000 of debt was written off and £50,000 of debt was rescheduled

·           Citizens Advice Ipswich has 3 Debt Relief Officers who can assist in writing off debts by implementing debt relief orders

·           Team of over 50 volunteers donate 900 hours of support per month, equating to over £223,000 manpower per year

·           National survey of 3,000 clients indicated that 66% of problems were partly or completely solved within 3 months of contacting Citizens Advice, and of the remaining 34%, some people did not take up available options and others recognised that the problem could not be resolved; 86% of all clients registered a positive impact from contacting Citizens Advice

·           Based at 19 Tower Street in the town centre for 41 years; have recently started an outreach service at the Hawthorn Drive GP surgery, 83% of the people attending this service had not accessed the Tower Street service

·           Appointments offered at UCS to help students manage their debt/finances, especially mature students

·           Working with the Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) to enable GPs to refer patients needing support with non-medical issues to Citizens Advice

·           Advice also available via Twitter, Facebook, press releases, Ipswich Community Radio (Wednesday morning breakfast slot) and BBC Radio Suffolk

·           Citizens Advice was not funded by Central Government and each bureau was an individual registered charity in its own right; Citizens Advice Ipswich was funded by the Council, SCC, Babergh District Council and grants from other Trusts

·           Income was also generated through the delivery of the money advice service

·           New phone number introduced (0300 330 1151) that was part of the Citizens Advice Suffolk Advice Line

44.2.     Local resident: Have you noticed any difference following the change in regulations relating to payday loans?
There has been little impact to those people already in debt as payday loans were still readily available.  The Rope Trust in Ipswich were very supportive to people in debt.

44.3.     Councillor Kreidewolf: I have attended the Hawthorn Drive surgery service. Were any other outreach locations being considered?
Yes; services need to be delivered close to communities, as not everyone can easily leave their families at home in order to visit Citizens Advice.  We had over 6,500 visitors last year and have already seen over 4,000 visitors in the first 6 months this year.  One option being considered was to have appointments at Children Centres.

44.4.     Local  ...  view the full minutes text for item 44.

45.

Chairman's Update on Actions from Previous Meetings

Minutes:

45.1.     The Chairman reported that he had received the following response from SCC in relation to the road safety issues on Anglesea Road:

“The one-way option along Orford Road is not going ahead. A new scheme at the Anglesea Road junction has additional signs and lines which will highlight the hazard. 

The local signing scheme for the junction has been ordered and we are waiting for a programmed date from our contractors as this requires electrical connections.

The County Councillors have asked for a 20mph scheme for the area to be investigated, and speed surveys have been ordered and accident data is being assessed for the area.”

46.

Community Intelligence - Verbal Update from Ward Councillors

Minutes:

46.1.     County Councillor Gaylard reported that the Suffolk Fire and Rescue Service was currently consulting on its Integrated Risk Management Plan 2015-18, including a range of proposals for changing the way fire and rescue services were structured across Suffolk.  Details could be found on the SCC website at: https://www.suffolk.gov.uk/council-and-democracy/consultations-petitions-and-elections/consultations/fire-service-redesign/. 
County Councillor Gaylard commented that following the closure of the Quayside Childrens Centre, some outreach activities were being offered at the Co-op Education Centre, with the Healthy Child Clinic every 3rd Monday of the month, and at Holy Trinity Church on Back Hamlet.

46.2.     Councillor Lockington reported that a planning application for a care home on St Margaret’s Green had been turned down on appeal as this was an inappropriate location for this type of development.  Councillor Lockington reported that the footpath on Valley Road before Westwood Avenue had been covered in water and added that a ditch had been dug as a temporary measure to clear the water away.  Councillor Lockington reported that the works to the entrance of St Margaret’s School had not gone ahead in November as SCC Highways had not raised the work order in time, and these works would now be scheduled for the February half-term instead and would involve the closure of part of Bolton Lane.  Councillor Lockington reported that two significant trees had been removed from Chelsworth Avenue as they were causing subsidence to the house on the corner, and added that she had provided some locality funding for two smaller replacement trees. Councillor Lockington reported that Broomhill Library had held a consultation on its opening times, and proposals to open on Monday mornings would be taken forward to the Broomhill Library Committee for consideration.

46.3.     Councillor Leeder reported that residents had raised the issue of taxis illegally using the road between Turret Lane and the Old Cattle Market and added that enforcement options were being considered, as there was only one bollard there to prevent access.

46.4.     Councillor Jones reported that work was ongoing with the Police, Council Officers and SCC to help support young people in the Jubilee Park area, who were being targeted by drug gangs.

46.5.     Councillor Cook reported that it was the Christmas lights switch-on in the town centre this evening and the beginning of Thursday late night shopping on the run up to Christmas.  Councillor Cook reported that the Women’s Institute had submitted a petition to SCC for toilets to be provided at the Old Cattle Market bus station, which was jointly owned by SCC and First Bus, and added that the Borough Council had a budget available for maintenance if new toilets were provided.  Councillor Cook reported that he had been negotiating for residents for a grit bin to be installed on Jefferies Road and commented that if other local residents wished to support a grit bin in their location, they should contact their ward Councillor.

46.6.     Councillor Kreidewolf reported that weekly meetings were taking place to address the drug and anti-social behaviour issues in  ...  view the full minutes text for item 46.

47.

CAC/15/10 Area Committee Budget Update pdf icon PDF 58 KB

Additional documents:

Minutes:

47.1.     Mr Murton (Community Engagement Officer) reported that at the start of the meeting, the Central Area Committee had an unallocated budget of £42,494 available to support its priorities.

47.2.     The Committee were asked to consider the outstanding financial commitments detailed in Appendix 2 to the report and it was agreed that these commitments be returned to the Central Area Committee unallocated budget.

47.3.     Following the return of the outstanding budget commitments totalling £780 to the unallocated Central Area Committee budget, the Central Area Committee now had a budget of £43,274 available.

Resolved:

 

(i)           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

(ii)          that the following outstanding budget commitments be returned to the unallocated Central Area Committee budget:

·           CAC/12/13: Installation of lighting to Christchurch Park car park at Bolton Lane: £280

·           CAC/12/16: Ipswich Community Playbus (Bramford Road): £500


Reason: To release any Central Area Committee budget funding where there is no further expenditure anticipated