Venue: Reg Driver Visitor Centre, Christchurch Park, IP4 2BX
Contact: Linda Slowgrove 01473 432511
Note: Use Bolton Lane entrance and access the Reg Driver Visitor Centre from the rear of the building
Apologies for Absence
Apologies for absence were received from Councillor Cook, Councillor Riley and County Councillor Rudkin.
To consider the Minutes of the meeting held on 14 September 2016.
that the Minutes of the meeting held on 14 September 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
Councillor Lockington, having allocated SCC locality funding towards the Christchurch Park Sundial Restoration project, declared an interest in Item 9 (report CAC/16/11).
To Confirm the Venues of Future Meetings
· Wednesday 11 January 2017, 7pm – Museum Street Methodist Church, Black Horse Lane, IP1 2EF – enter via Black Horse Lane
· Wednesday 8 March 2017, 7pm – Bramford Road Methodist Church Hall, Bramford Road, IP1 4AY
that the meetings and venues be confirmed as follows:
· Wednesday 11 January 2017, 7pm – Museum Street Methodist Church, Black Horse Lane, IP1 2EF (enter via Black Horse Lane)
· Wednesday 8 March 2017, 7pm – Bramford Road Methodist Church Hall, Bramford Road, IP1 4AY (entrance at the back of the church)
Responses to Public Questions Received and Open Discussion on Local Issues
(a) Police Priorities
The Chairman introduced Inspector Donohue of the Ipswich Central
Safer Neighbourhood Team (SNT), who provided the following update
Local resident: What is meant by TIC?
Councillor Leeder: When were the CPNs issued on the
Councillor Lockington: How do you monitor where individuals go when
they have been banned from a particular area?
Presentation: Suffolk County Council Budget Proposals
County Councillor Noble, Leader of Suffolk County Council, and Mr
Dobson, Director of Resource Management, gave a presentation on
Suffolk County Council’s budget proposals for 2017/18 with
the following key points:
· Priorities: support the most vulnerable in the community, raise educational attainment and skills, support economic growth, develop Suffolk’s infrastructure and maintain roads and empower local communities
· Savings: Over £200million have been saved over the last 6 years, despite a 0% Council tax increase, and similar levels of savings were required to be delivered up to 2020
· Current budget spend was £492million, including the statutory adult care services (£208million) and children services (£81.2million)
· Revenue Support Grant from the Government, currently £68.2milllion, would be reduced to £16million by 2019/20
· Proposed savings by area:
- Supporting Lives Connecting Communities (SLCC) – £6million
- Making Every Intervention Count (MEIC) - £1.4million
- Travel - £1.3million
- Highways Contract - £2.1million
- Public Protection Organisation Design - £1.2million
- Waste - £1million
- Support Services - £3.5million
- Other Savings - £14.9million
· Budget timetable:
- Autumn Statement from Government – 23 November 2016
- Scrutiny of SCC Budget – 30 November 2016
- Provisional Grant Settlement from Government – December 2016
- Consideration of Budget by SCC Cabinet – 24 January 2017
Consideration of Budget by SCC Council – 9 February
Councillor Leeder: The proposed savings from SLCC depend on
contract savings, but can contractors bear further savings? Could
the costs of setting up interventions be borne from Health
Councillor Jones: With regard to the
Ipswich Garden Suburb development, it is important that there is
early and sustained collaboration between Ipswich Borough Council
and SCC Highways when the major planning applications come
forward. Similarly, there needs to be
early collaboration about signage for the new Crown Street car
park. There have been many months of little progress in the request
for a 20mph zone for Anglesea Road
area. As Suffolk aspires to be the Greenest County, the retention
of the Park and Ride service is important to help ease congestion
in the town centre.
46.4. Local resident: One idea for the provision of care for the elderly could be to provide appropriate training and proper monitoring to enable a family member to provide the care within the home, with a fee for the nominated carer. This would help to alleviate the pressure on hospital beds where elderly people were ... view the full minutes text for item 46.
Presentation: Suffolk Trading Standards
Ms Crisp and Mr Farthing of Suffolk Trading Standards (STS) gave a
presentation with the following key points:
· STS were part of the SCC Public Health and Protection Directorate
· Their role was to protect consumers and traders in Suffolk by:
- Enforcing government legislation
- Offering advice to consumers
- Providing advice and inspections for businesses
- Investigating offences and prosecuting offenders
· Areas of work include:
- Age restricted sales, illegal tobacco
- Weights and measures – pubs, petrol stations
- Fair trading – doorstep trading, scams, no cold calling zones
- Consumer product safety
- Food standards – labelling and composition
- Intellectual property, counterfeit goods
· Scammers often worked from lists sold on from consumer surveys, targeting particular demographic groups
· Mail scams were dealt with by National Trading Standards Scams Team; other forms of scams included telephone scams, online scams and doorstep scams
· Scam mail and associated products have been removed from victims and call blocking devices have been installed for the most vulnerable
· The Consumer Champion Network helps to educate and empower residents about their consumer rights and alert them of scams and rogue traders (for more information see: www.suffolk.gov.uk/jointhefight)
· For more information, contact Suffolk Trading Standards on Ipswich 264859, Twitter: @SuffolkTS, Facebook: www.facebook.com/SuffolkTradingStandards or to register a consumer complaint, contact the Citizens Advice Consumer Helpline: 03454 040506
Councillor Holmes: Is STS putting any pressure on Royal Mail to
stop bulk posted scams?
County Councillor Adams: My mother
lives in a no cold calling zone (NCCZ), which aims to protect
residents by preventing traders calling at their homes, but this is
only set up in some parts of Suffolk.
Ms Firbank, Community Engagement Officer, reported that £500
had been requested as a donation towards the restoration of the
sundial in Christchurch Park.
Mr Bell of the Friends of Christchurch Park highlighted the various
activities arranged by the Friends and their contribution towards
the outdoor table tennis facility and commemorative tree planting
in the park. A colleague from the
Ipswich Museum had highlighted that the armillary sundial was in
need of repair and the Friends decided to dedicate its restoration
to Dr John Blatchly, who passed away
last year. Mr Bell detailed the funding that had already been
obtained towards this project and it was hoped that the restored
sundial would be installed in the Butterfly Garden by the end of
the year. Additionally, there would be
a booklet produced to educate people about its use and history and
the contribution made by Dr Blatchly.
that the Central Area Committee approve funding of a £500 contribution from the Central Area Committee budget to the Friends of Christchurch Park towards the restoration of the armillary sphere sundial in Christchurch Park.
Reason: To support the Friends of Christchurch Park to restore the armillary sphere in Christchurch Park to preserve local heritage, celebrate local history and at the same time commemorate a valued community member
Mr Fairclough, Head of Culture and Environment Services, reported
that £2,900 had been requested for the installation of 2
litter bins on Museum Street beside the bus stops, where there was
often an accumulation of litter. As
there was insufficient space to install floor-mounted bins, the
bins would need to be pole-mounted.
Unfortunately, existing poles could not be used as they supported
the bus timetable and display screens, so new poles would be
required for the installation.
County Councillor Gaylard: Where will
the new poles be located?
Councillor Holmes: Why was funding not requested from the Town
that the Central Area Committee approves funding of £2,900 for the purchase and installation, beside the stops on Museum Street, of 2 litter bins from its Area Committee budget at a maximum cost of £2,900.
Reason: To support a reduction in litter in Museum Street, improving the appearance of the area and complying with the Council’s legal duty under Section 89 of the Environmental Protection Act 1990
Chairman's Update on Actions from Previous Meetings
Little Bramford Lane
The Chairman reported that there had been no increase in the
reporting of anti-social behaviour in the Little Bramford Lane area that would warrant an
application for a CCTV camera in this location.
The Chairman reported that costs for the works to re-design the
Beaufort Street area, which would include the relocation of the
needle bin from Little Bramford Lane,
had been confirmed and that the works would be funded in total from
the Council’s Community Safety budget.
Litter issue on Clarkson Street:
The Chairman reported that Turning Point would be attending the
January meeting to give an update on their work to address drug and
substance misuse issues.
· 24 people, originating from 13 different countries, participated in this community print making project, which was held in the Ipswich Furniture Project shop on St Matthews Street
· The project was launched during National Refugee Week and the age range of participants was 18 - 80
· A questionnaire was done to ascertain the benefits of the project – all participants learnt more about Ipswich and what it meant to be part of Ipswich, as well as interacting with people of differing nationalities
· The resulting exhibition was displayed in the County Library and then at Suffolk One
· 140 people were involved across the project and it received 60,000 hits on social media
Oyster Community Press have submitted an application to the
National Campaign for the Arts ‘Hearts for the Arts’
awards in respect of the Area Committee and SCC contribution to
Community Intelligence - Verbal Update from Ward Councillors
Councillor Leeder reported that he had held Street Surgeries in
Woodville Road, Darwin Road, St Johns Road and on the Waterfront,
which had highlighted issues of potholes and parking. Additionally, there was a litter issue on the
triangular piece of land on the corner of Stoke Bridge and Grafton
Councillor Reynolds reported that there had been an issue with rats
by the flats on Park Road.
Councillor Lockington reported that she had passed on intelligence
in relation to drug related activities in St Margaret’s
51.4. County Councillor Gaylard reported that restaurants and cafés could now sign up to Suffolk’s Healthier Food award – ‘Eat Out, Eat Well’ – further details could be found at: http://www.healthysuffolk.org.uk/projects/EatOutEatWell/.
Mr Fairclough reported that at the start of the meeting the Central
Area Committee had an unallocated budget of £41,999.78
available to support its priorities.
Following the financial commitment of £3,400 arising from
approved funding requests, the Central Area Committee now had a
budget of £38,599.78 available.
The Chairman reported that partner agencies had advised that due to
the reduction in ASB levels, the deployment of a CCTV camera at
Black Horse Lane was no longer a priority; however, there had been
an increase in ASB at St Clements Church and partners were now
considering the installation of a camera at this location. The
Chairman proposed that the £400 of funding previously
allocated for the installation of a CCTV camera at Black Horse Lane
be utilised for the deployment of a CCTV camera at St Clements
Church and this was agreed.
that the financial statement of the Central Area
Committee in Appendix 1 to the report be noted;
(ii) that the £400 of funding previously allocated for the deployment of a CCTV camera at Black Horse Lane be reallocated for the deployment of a CCTV camera at St Clements Church, subject to the usual CCTV deployment application process.
Reason: To provide an audit trail of funding that has been spent from the Central Area Committee budget