Agenda and minutes

Central Area Committee - Wednesday 1st June 2016 7.00 pm

Venue: Reg Driver Visitor Centre, Christchurch Park, IP4 2BX

Contact: Linda Slowgrove  01473 432511

No. Item


Election of Chair




that Councillor Gibbs be elected Chairman of the Central Area Committee for the 2016/17 municipal year.


Councillor Gibbs welcomed newly elected Councillors to the Committee and thanked former Councillor Andrew Cann for his contribution to the Committee in previous years.


Apologies for Absence


Apologies for absence were received from County Councillor Gaylard and County Councillor Rudkin.


Unconfirmed Minutes of Previous Meeting pdf icon PDF 118 KB

To consider the Minutes of the meeting held on 24 March 2016.




that the Minutes of the meeting held on 24 March 2016 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 13 July 2016, 7pm – Museum Street Methodist Church, Black Horse Lane, IP1 2EF

·         Wednesday 14 September 2016, 7pm – Westgate ward

·         Wednesday 9 November 2016, 7pm – St Margaret’s ward

·         Wednesday 11 January 2017, 7pm – Alexandra ward

·         Wednesday 8 March 2017, 7pm – Westgate ward




that the meetings and venues be confirmed as follows:


·         Wednesday 13 July 2016, 7pm – Museum Street Methodist Church, Black Horse Lane, IP1 2EF
(Note: please use the entrance  on Black Horse Lane)

·         Wednesday 14 September 2016, 7pm – Westgate ward

·         Wednesday 9 November 2016, 7pm – St Margaret’s ward

·         Wednesday 11 January 2017, 7pm – Alexandra ward

·         Wednesday 8 March 2017, 7pm – Westgate ward


Responses to Public Questions Received and Open Discussion on Local Issues

(a)          Petition: Anti-social behaviour on Little Bramford Lane

(b)          Police Priorities


7.1.        The Chairman reported that no questions had been submitted in writing in advance of the meeting.

Petition: Anti-social behaviour on Little Bramford Lane

7.2.        The Chairman reported that a petition of 115 signatures had been received in April 2016 as follows:

“We the undersigned residents are concerned about Little Bramford Lane because of the following:

1. Anti-social behaviour, namely drug dealing, drug taking, drinking, urinating, spitting, littering and fly-tipping occur daily;
2. A constant flow of traffic ignores road signage by approaching town illegally; this causes daily confrontation and congestion in the narrow lane.

We ask for:

1. Current sign to be replaced by a “No Entry – Cycles Only” sign at the entrance to our lane from Chevallier Street.  Inspector Neil McKay, Central Ipswich Safer Neighbourhood Team, is assisting with this.
2. Surveillance CCTV cameras to be installed in Little Bramford Lane to deter this illegal behaviour.
3. The needle bin to be re-sited away from Little Bramford Lane to a more open public space, as its current location attracts this anti-social behaviour into a residential area used by young families.”

7.3.        The Chairman invited the lead petitioner to make his presentation to the Committee.

7.4.        Lead petitioner: I congratulate the Police for their efforts in the face of adversity and cuts, but we need more Police.  Over the last 12 months, I have reported: serious assault, threat to kill, arson, drug dealing/taking, littering, spitting, fly-tipping, road being blocked, issues with signage and a near-miss road accident involving a 9-year old child.  The needle bin on Little Bramford Lane encourages drug dealers to congregate in this area.  The poor road signage encourages dangerous driving down this street.

I have reported these issues to the Council, and had a response from Mr Blofield, who mentioned that weekly meetings were held with the Police to discuss anti-social behaviour issues, but nothing could be done.  In the latest attack in April, I was stoned by drug dealers and ended up in hospital, but my elected Councillor did not know about these issues.  I have also contacted my MP.

Suffolk County Council (SCC) responded that it would be too expensive to put clear signage at the end of the road to indicate that it is illegal to enter Little Bramford Lane from Chevallier Street.  The current sign needs changing as it does not stopping traffic from entering. SCC Councillor Finch, who doesn’t even live in the area, reported that nothing can be done and that the change was not necessary.  Residents in this area are suffering from appalling anti-social behaviour on a daily basis. I have been told that a CCTV camera would be too expensive, and yet £21million has been spent on a road junction.  There has been a lot of local resident support for this petition, many of whom are also suffering from these issues. Please support our requests for action.

7.5.        The Chair introduced Mr Young, Assistant Operations Manager for Community Protection, Councillor MacDonald, Portfolio Holder for  ...  view the full minutes text for item 7.


Presentation: Ipswich Summertime Events


8.1.        Mr Whiting, Operations Manager for Commercial Development, gave a presentation on the Ipswich Summertime Events, with the following key points:

·           Events taking place in Christchurch Park included:
- Sunday 1 May: Vintage Car Run
- Sunday 29 May: EACH Colour Dash Run
- Saturday 11 June: Queen’s 90th birthday concert, with Suffolk

  Philharmonic Orchestra and firework display – 5,000 free tickets
- Sunday 19 June: Teddy Bears’ Picnic
- Wednesday 29 June: Pantaloons Open Air Theatre – Canterbury Tales
- Sunday 3 July: Ipswich Music Day - 25th Anniversary
- Saturday 9 July: Global Rhythms
- Sunday 10 July: Indian Summer Mela
- Sunday 17/24/31 July/7 August – Brass on the Grass
- Sunday 18 September: Larking Gowen Half-Marathon
- Saturday 5 November: Scouts Fireworks Display
- Sunday 13 November: Remembrance Sunday Service

·           Other Town Centre events included:
- Saturday 2 July: Open Air Cinema at Ipswich Town Football Club
- Sunday 26 June/20 November: St Peters Street Market
- Date to be confirmed: Christmas Lights switch on
- Friday 9 - Sunday 11 November: Ipswich Christmas Market
- Saturday 6 - Sunday 7 August: Waterfront Celebration
- Saturday 13 August: Crafted Classique Sportive
- Sunday 14 August: Sky Ride – including Holywells Park and the


·           In 2015, over 150,000 visitors attended events in Ipswich, most of which were free events

·           Other key events for 2016 include Ipswich Wheels 2016 in Chantry Park and Ice Rink in Christchurch Park in the winter

·           Key events planned for 2017 included:
- Men’s Tour of Britain (cycling)
- Cycling Grand Prix
- Ipswich Wheels 2017
- Ipswich Maritime Festival 2017
- Great East Run – new event for Ipswich

8.2.        Local resident: Will the roadworks in Queen Street affect the Sky Ride?
This has been taken into consideration and the route will go via Elm Street instead.


CAC/16/01 Funding Request: Venue Hire and Publicity pdf icon PDF 55 KB

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9.1.        Mr Murton, Community Engagement Officer, reported that £500 was requested from the Central Area Committee budget to supplement the £200 base budget for venue hire and advertising in support of the Central Area Committee, and added that any unspent funding would be returned to the main unallocated Central Area Committee budget at the end of the municipal year.



that £500 be allocated from the Central Area Committee budget for costs associated with advertising and venue hire for the Central Area Committee for 2016/17, as detailed in Appendix 1 of the report.

Reason: To facilitate the good running of the Area Committee, meeting the goal to devolve power closer to the people


Chairman's Update on Actions from Previous Meetings


10.1.     Re: Funding request for Vehicle Activation Signs: Councillor Lockington reported there was an issue as it may not be possible for vehicle activated signs to be put on SCC lampposts.  Councillor Lockington would be meeting with SCC Officers to further progress this request.


Community Intelligence - Verbal Update from Ward Councillors


11.1.     Councillor Cook reported that he had mostly been dealing with casework from local residents raised during the local elections campaign.

11.2.     Councillor Jones reported that fly-tipping was an ongoing issue in the Jubilee Park area, and added that residents were pleased with the recent arrests relating to the anti-social behaviour issues in the area.

11.3.     County Councillor Adams reported that she had been dealing with illegal parking issues in Surrey Road and Sirdar Road.  County Councillor Adams reported that drug dealing was now becoming an issue in the St Margaret’s ward area, with frequent fights in public, which she had reported to the SNT.  County Councillor Adams added that she and Councillor Lockington had been progressing issues about paths and verges with SCC Highways Officers.

11.4.     Councillor Reynolds reported that he had been dealing with the issue of learner HGV drivers abusing the kerbs and pavements of residential roads in the St Margaret’s area.

11.5.     Councillor Leeder reported that some of the exhibits of the PhotoEast project, which was part-funded by the Area Committees, were now on display on the Waterfront.

11.6.     Councillor Lockington reported that signs for the new Neighbourhood Watch Scheme in Benezet Street were now in place.  Councillor Lockington also reported drug-related issues taking place in the St Margaret’s area and suggested that relevant voluntary sector groups be invited to attend a future meeting to outline what is being done to address drug issues in Ipswich.

11.7.     Councillor Kreidewolf reported that he had requested that the Parking Enforcement Team take a more active role in tackling the inconsiderate parking on Norwich Road and added that ISCRE were engaging with the businesses on Norwich Road.


CAC/16/02 Area Committee Budget Update pdf icon PDF 58 KB

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12.1.     Mrs Robinson, Operations Manager for Community Engagement and Democratic Services, reported that at the start of the meeting, the Central Area Committee had an unallocated budget of £62,467.90 available to support its priorities.

12.2.     Following the financial commitment of £500 arising from the approved funding requests, the Central Area Committee now had a budget of £61,967.90 available.




(i)           that the financial statement of the Central Area Committee in Appendix 1 of the report be noted;

(ii)          that the allocation of £2,700 to the Making a Difference (MAD) budget for 2016/17 be noted.



(a)          To provide an audit trail of funding that has been spent from the Central Area Committee budget;

(b)          To allow the Central Area Committee to devolve 10% of its annual budget to support small scale community initiatives.