Venue: Ipswich Community Church, Clarkson Street, IP1 2JP
Contact: Linda Slowgrove 01473 432511
Note: Please note: The Ipswich Local Plan Review consultation material will be available to view from 6.15pm and officers will be present to answers questions.
Apologies for Absence
Apologies for absence were received from Councillor Cook, Councillor Leeder and County Councillor Abbott.
To consider the Minutes of the meeting held on 19 July 2017.
Minute 7.1: The Chair reported the reference to ‘Ipswich
Umbrella Trust’ should be replaced with ‘Chapman
that, subject to the correction above, the Minutes of the meeting held on 19 July 2017 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 8 November 2017, 7pm – St Margaret’s ward
· Wednesday 17 January 2018, 7pm – Alexandra ward
· Wednesday 7 March 2018, 7pm – Westgate ward
The Chair reported that there had been availability issues with
venues in the St Margaret’s ward for the November meeting and
proposed that the November meeting be held in Alexandra ward and
the January meeting be held in the St Margaret’s ward, and
this was agreed.
that the meetings and venues be confirmed as follows:
· Wednesday 8 November 2017, 7pm – Alexandra ward
· Wednesday 17 January 2018, 7pm – St Margaret’s ward
· Wednesday 7 March 2018, 7pm – Westgate ward
Presentation: Upper Orwell Crossings Update
The Chair introduced Ms Suzanne Buck, Project Manager for the Upper
Orwell Crossings, who gave a presentation with the following key
· Informal consultation was undertaken last year on the proposal for the 3 Upper Orwell Crossings in order to raise awareness of this project and its objectives and to hear local concerns.
· Over the last year, surveys have been undertaken relating to environment, habitats, air quality, noise, river bed and transport modelling.
· Options for the location of the bridges and their alignment were still being considered.
· Foster and Partners won the tender competition to be the Architectural Team for the project.
Next stages include:
· boat surveys (to assess the dimensions of vessels and determine bridge clearance levels);
· concept design development and transport modelling;
· ongoing land discussions and ground investigations – a compound has been established on the east of the site;
· focus group consultations and a further 6-week public consultation on a similar basis to the 2016 consultation;
· submission for Development Consent Order (DCO) in 2018 (decision would take approximately 18 months) – decision would be made by the Secretary of State;
if approved, start construction in 2020,
which would take 2-3 years.
Further information on the Upper Orwell Crossings Project could be
found at: www.suffolk.gov.uk/UpperOrwellCrossings, with contact
details as follows:
Councillor Kreidewolf: Can the County Council manage a project of
Local resident: The main bridge will be an open-sided structure
– will this need to be closed in high winds like the Orwell
Councillor Reynolds: One of the objectives of the main bridge is to
alleviate town centre traffic. Has the
traffic modelling been done, and if so, what is the scale of the
reduction in travel time expected?
Local resident: The press reported that the new MP was not
enthusiastic about the crossings and had suggested that the funding
be diverted to providing a Northern Bypass – is this funding
Responses to Public Questions Received and Open Discussion on Local Issues
(a) Police Priorities
The Chair reported that a question had been submitted in writing in
advance of the meeting.
Question 1: Mrs Chambers
National Planning Practice Guidance (PPG) details that there is a range of ways of tackling alleged breaches of planning control, and that local planning authorities should act in a proportionate way.
The PPG also provides that Local planning authorities have discretion to take enforcement action, when they regard it as expedient to do so having regard to the development plan and any other material considerations.
In deciding whether enforcement action is taken, the PPG advises that local planning authorities should, where relevant, have regard to the potential impact on the health, housing needs and welfare of those affected by the proposed action, and those who are affected by a breach of planning control.
In general terms, there is a need to reach a measured and appropriate balance between protecting amenity and other interests of acknowledged importance and enabling acceptable development to take place.
It should be noted that the planning enforcement process is not a means of pursuing neighbours, family or commercial disputes. As such, the Council always acts in the public interest when dealing with planning enforcement matters and ensures that complainants are kept informed of progress at all stages.
The Chair introduced Inspector Weaver of the Ipswich Central Safer
Neighbourhood Team (SNT) who provided the following update on
Anti-social behaviour in the
town centre (street drinking/rough sleeping): 2 PCSOs were
promoting the ‘Help our Homeless’ campaign which aimed
to educate people to not give money directly to people with
addiction issues, but to donate via a charity box
instead. The number of homeless on the
streets had decreased from 27 to 16, but there was still work to be
done to address this issue.
Consultation: Ipswich Local Plan Review - Issues and Options
Mr Hobbs, Planning Policy Team Leader, gave a brief presentation
with the following key points:
· Current Local Plan (up to 2031) was recently adopted, but the Planning Inspectorate requested that the Local Plan be reviewed as an aligned Plan with neighbouring authorities.
· The resulting Local Plan was scheduled to be adopted in 2019/20 for the period up to 2036.
· The Plan would need to make allocation for 11,240 homes and 19,040 new jobs over this period.
· Public consultation for the Issues and Options stage of this Plan would run up to 30 October 2017 and details could be found on the Council’s website under the ‘Current consultations’ section, plus information was available at the meeting to take away.
Ms Firbank, Community Engagement Officer, reported that £175
was requested by the Ipswich African and Caribbean Cultural
Development Association (IACCDA) as a contribution towards venue
hire and performers’ costs for a celebration event for Black
Mr McSheen, IACCDA chairman, reported
that the event would be celebrating the cultural diversity within
Ipswich and was open to anyone to attend, and would feature good
food and drink, local performers and inspirational speeches from
successful Caribbean businesspeople.
Councillor Lockington: Is the venue hire costs just for one
Local resident: Where and when will this event take place and has
this been shared with the wider community?
that the Central Area Committee approve funding of £175 from the Central Area Committee budget for the Ipswich African and Caribbean Cultural Development Association as a contribution towards the costs of a celebration day as part of the Black History Month.
Reason: This event will promote the value of inclusivity and support the cultural life of the town
Ms Firbank reported that £2,641.98 was requested by the
Friends of Ipswich County Library to purchase equipment to enable a
Fun Palace to be held at the
Ms Osborne, representing the Friends of Ipswich County Library,
reported that the proposed Fun Palace provided an opportunity for
communities of all ages to get involved in a range of activities,
such as arts and crafts, science, leisure and learning
opportunities through various workshops, and would be free to
attend. The Fun Palace movement was
growing, with 292 events last year and rising. Every year, a report
was produced on the impact of these events on local communities,
with people learning new skills to enable them with job
opportunities or to take up new hobbies.
Councillor Jones: Can the equipment be re-used?
Councillor Jones: Where will the event
Councillor Lockington: Can the
equipment be loaned out to other libraries?
that the Central Area Committee approve funding of £2,641.98 from the Central Area Committee budget to enable the Friends of Ipswich County Library to purchase new equipment and host a Fun Palace at Ipswich County Library in autumn 2017.
Reason: To allow the Friends of Ipswich County Library to develop new and existing activities and events and enhance the experience for all visitors to the Library. Funding to support the Fun Palace event will inspire new opportunities for learning, creativity and participation.
Chairman's Update on Actions from Previous Meetings
Little Bramford Lane petition: The
Chair reported that there were 2 outstanding items that were still
being pursued before a response would be sent to the
27.2. Ginnel Foto Fest update: Mr Chen reported that 150 people had attended the 2 day festival over the May bank holiday and he brought displays from the photographic competitions along to the meeting. By holding the festival in the local community on Clarkson Street, it had a positive impact on the community and various minority groups were represented. Mr Chen requested assistance from the Council and the local press to help promote this festival and other events run by small organisations in the future.
Community Intelligence - Verbal Update from Ward Councillors
Councillor Lockington reported that the law had changed recently
relating to ‘No entry’ signage and added that it would
be possible to have a ‘No entry’ sign with
‘Cycles excepted’, and Councillor Lockington had
requested costs to replace the signs at the end of Little
Councillor Kreidewolf reported that the Friends of Jubilee Park had
set up a reggae singing choir that met every Tuesday in the
28.3. County Councillor Gaylard commented that she would speak to the residents about the issues raised in the Rope Walk area, but stressed that it was important to keep reporting incidents in that area to the Police.
Mr Fairclough, Head of Culture and Environment, reported that at
the start of the meeting the Central Area Committee had an
unallocated budget of £40,213.75 available to spend on its
The Committee was asked to consider the budget surplus of
£425 arising from the installation of two litter bins on
Museum Street and agreed that this outstanding commitment be
returned to the Central Area Committee unallocated
Following the financial commitment of £2,816.98 arising from
the approved funding requests and the return of £425 of
outstanding budget commitment to the unallocated budget, the
Central Area Committee now had a budget of £37,821.77
29.4. Mr Fairclough reported that the following item had been authorised from the Making a Difference budget since the last meeting:
· Westgate ward: £200 contribution towards setting up the Mountbatten Court Residents Association
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 following outstanding budget commitments be
returned to the unallocated Central Area Committee
· CAC/16/12: Museum Street Litter Bins: £425
Reason: To release any Central Area Committee budget funding where there is no further expenditure anticipated