Venue: Ipswich Library - Lecture Hall, Old Foundry Road, IP1 3DE
Contact: Linda Slowgrove 01473 432511
Apologies for Absence
Apologies for absence were received from
Councillor Gibbs and County Councillor Gaylard.
To consider the Minutes of the meeting held on 13 September 2017.
that the Minutes of the meeting held on 13 September 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
Councillor Lockington, being a non-Executive Director of Ipswich Buses, declared an interest in Agenda Item 8 (report CAC/17/10).
Councillor Kreidewolf, being the Chair of Governors at Sprites Primary School, declared an interest in Agenda Item 9 (report CAC/17/11).
To Confirm the Venues of Future Meetings
· Tuesday 19 December 2017, 7pm – Ipswich Community Church, Clarkson Street, IP1 2JP
· Wednesday 17 January 2018, 7pm – St Margaret’s ward
· Wednesday 7 March 2018, 7pm – Westgate ward
An additional meeting was proposed for Tuesday
19 December 2017 at 7pm in the Ipswich Community Church on Clarkson
Street, which would be a dedicated meeting for the public to raise
their concerns about crime in Central Ipswich, and this was
that the meetings and venues be confirmed as follows:
· Tuesday 19 December 2017, 7pm – Ipswich Community Church, Clarkson Street, IP1 2JP
· Wednesday 17 January 2018, 7pm – Reg Driver Visitor Centre, Christchurch Park, IP4 2BX
· Wednesday 7 March 2018, 7pm – Bramford Road Methodist Church, Bramford Road, IP1 4AY
Responses to Public Questions Received and Open Discussion on Local Issues
(a) Police Priorities
The Chair introduced Inspector Weaver from the Central Ipswich
Safer Neighbourhood Team (SNT), who provided the following update
on policing priorities:
Gang and Drug Related Crime:
An additional Central Area Committee meeting would be held in
December for the public to raise their concerns. The Police were working with parents from the
Jubilee Park and Nacton Road
areas. The Urban Street Gang Unit had
been established, led by Inspector Weaver, and a Gang Manager post
was being advertised as part of the multi-agency response to gang
related issues in Ipswich. As part of
preventative measures partners would be seeking to identify and
engage with vulnerable children through Pupil Referral Units (PRUs)
and the YMCA. A recent case resulted in
a young man being given a suspended 2-year sentence and he was
grateful as it had given him an opportunity to turn his life
Prostitution: This issue was
potentially on the increase; intelligence was being gathered and PC
Canning was leading on a multi-agency approach with key partners in
order to provide a way forward to those young women who were in
need of help.
YMCA/Jubilee Park area: A lot
of calls have been raised from this area in relation to missing
people and susceptible young people, especially as some young
people were being referred to the YMCA by Social Care
Councillor Leeder: Has the outreach work and charity boxes in
businesses on the Waterfront had a positive effect on rough
sleeping on the Waterfront?
Councillor Lockington: I noticed 2
people begging in the town centre on Saturday; are there more
people begging when there is a football game on?
35.4. Councillor Kreidewolf commented that the winter ... view the full minutes text for item 35.
Project Update: Bangladeshi Support Centre
The Chair introduced Ms Shayra Begum,
Manager at the Bangladeshi Support Centre, to provide an update on
the Health and Well-being Project that was part funded by the
Central Area Committee.
Ms Begum provided the following update:
· 4 events were delivered at the Manor Ballroom/Tower Street in addition to those delivered in the Nacton Road area
· The number of attendees ranged from 40 to 100, with people from various diverse backgrounds being represented.
· Activities included Boccia, Curling, chair-based exercises, bingo, crafts and music.
· Talks were given by Healthwatch Suffolk, Clinical Commissioning Group, Citizens Advice Bureau, Disabled Advice Bureau, Police, Suffolk Records Office, IBC’s Recycling Service, IBC’s Parks Service and the University of Suffolk.
· Additionally, ward Councillors provided one-to-one discussions about local issues.
· Engagement work was also undertaken with the new Gambian community.
36.3. The Chair congratulated Ms Begum on the impressive amount of work undertaken by the Bangladeshi Support Centre for this project.
Ms Firbank, Community Engagement Officer, reported that
£1,250 was requested as a contribution towards running costs
of the Ipswich Community Playbus.
Mr Watson, Playbus Worker, reported
that 8 free play sessions per week were provided across Ipswich
during school term time, with the Central Ipswich stop being
delivered on Bramford Road behind the
Rosary Conservative Club. The
Playbus provided pre-school play for up
to 5 year olds, with a variety of themes, e.g. sand pit, toys,
crafts, seating for accompanying adults downstairs and carpeted
soft play, toys and lots of books upstairs.
Mr Watson added that the Bramford Road
stop had recently changed its time slot to Monday afternoon, as the
Rosary Club had set up a dementia club and there wasn’t
enough space in the car park to accommodate the Playbus at the same time, and people were adjusting
to this change of time.
Councillor Riley: What is the maximum number of children and adults
allowed at any time and what was the average number of users?
Councillor Kreidewolf: Suffolk County Council (SCC) have withdrawn
£30,000 of core funding and the Council has provided
£5,000 cash grant plus £15,000 in kind for bus
maintenance; how viable is the Playbus
in the future, i.e. how will the SCC funding be replaced?
Councillor Lockington: Does Ipswich Buses maintain the Playbus?
Councillor Jones: The Playbus often
works with children from deprived families; how are the
The Chair commented that it would be helpful for an update to come
back to a future meeting highlighting how audiences were targeted
and to provide a demonstration of the need for the
that the Central
Area Committee approve funding of £1,250 from the Central
Area Committee for the Ipswich Community Playbus as a contribution towards the running costs
of 8 weekly play session stops across Ipswich.
Reason: The Ipswich Community Playbus is a long established and valued ‘Early Years’ provision for families across Ipswich and beyond
Ms Firbank reported that £4,615 was requested as a
contribution towards the Let’s Talk Reading
Mr John Helleur and Ms Clair
Pyper from the Let’s Talk Reading
Project gave a presentation with the following key
· 1 in 6 adults in England were unable to read well enough to succeed in modern life; in the most disadvantaged areas, this could be as high as 1 in 3 people.
· The project seeked to engage with schools with poor literacy performance, to work with parents to encourage them to read with their children from an early age, signpost those parents who were struggling to read to adult tutoring and raise awareness of literacy issues.
· The project would run for 10 years.
· In its first year, the project obtained £7,500 funding for participating schools for literacy improvements, distributed 500 book bags for 2-year olds and 200 ‘teach a friend to read’ manuals, and engaged with a variety of agency partners.
· These initiatives had resulted in KS2 SAT Reading Test improvements.
· This year the project would focus on early years via the Suffolk Babies antenatal/postnatal classes and through the provision of reading volunteers in schools and nurseries via Beanstalk and Volunteer Matters.
· Book bags would also be distributed for the next year of 2-year olds.
Other initiatives would include engagement with hard to reach
parents with literacy problems, schools focus via the Reading
Pledge, volunteers being trained through the Read Easy charity and
consideration of the impact of health issues on reading, such as
dyslexia and Irlen’s
Councillor Leeder: The results for the first year were good.
However, there are fewer schools involved in the project for
Central Ipswich should the Central Area Committee decide to provide
Councillor Cook: How will book bags be distributed bearing in mind
that some parts of the Central Ipswich population was transient in
Councillor Cook: What were the selection criteria for primary
schools, why wasn’t Clifford Road or Rosehill Primary Schools
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Ms Firbank reported that £2,000 was requested by the
Caribbean and African Community Health Support Forum (CACHSF) to
enable the Men’s Health and Well-Being Group to continue and
to initiate a Dance Group for young people.
Mr Clem Turner, Chair of the CACHSF, provided an overview of the
work of the CACHSF with the following key points:
· Surveys were undertaken with the local African and Caribbean community to identify the health issues that most affected people.
· The top concerns were diabetes, prostrate cancer and mental health.
· A 6-week course on diabetes was run, which included an exercise element, but it was not well attended by men.
· A separate men’s group was then established that provided a focus on men’s health issues, in particular prostrate cancer awareness and mental health concerns. This group has currently been suspended due to lack of funding.
CACHSF want to reinstate this men’s group, which has proved
to be a lifesaver in some cases, and some fundraising activities
have taken place towards this.
Councillor Lockington: Prostrate cancer
could potentially affect any man; does there need to be a specific
group for Caribbean men?
that the Central Area Committee approve funding of £2,000 from the Central Area Committee for the Caribbean and African Community Health Support Forum for the continuation of the Men’s Health and Well-Being Group and to initiate a Dance Group for young people.
Reason: These projects would provide activities that were beneficial for health and well-being and would also strengthen social integration and communication between community members and service providers.
Ms Firbank reported that the slideshow shown prior to the start of
the meeting illustrated some of the outcomes from the Fun Palace
event that took place at Ipswich County Library in October, which
was funded by the Area Committee, and the resources provided would
be used for future community events at the Library.
40.2. Ms Firbank reported that the Black History Month Celebration Event, that was also part funded by the Area Committee, had taken place on 21 October 2017 and was very successful.
that the updated Central Area Action Plan attached at Appendix 1 be noted.
Reason: Priorities provide the basis of an action plan that will enable the Area Committee to clearly communicate its vision and priorities for the area and will help demonstrate how its budget is being allocated to deliver the priorities set for the Area.
Chairman's Update on Actions from Previous Meetings
The Chair reported that the outstanding issues from the Little
Bramford Lane petition were being
pursued and a letter would be sent to the lead
41.2. In respect of the littering issue reported at Barrack Corner/Clarkson Street, the Chair provided the following update from the Operations Manager for Waste: The area in question was a popular spot for people to congregate as there was a low wall there and this resulted in littering; as such, the Town Centre crew would check the area daily and cleanse as required.
Community Intelligence - Verbal Update from Ward Councillors
County Councillor Chambers reported that street lighting around the
Jubilee Park area would continue to be kept on at night past the
Councillor Lockington reported that the ‘No entry’
signs at the end of Little Bramford
Lane were scheduled to be changed at the end of the next week at
the same time as new street lighting was to be installed on
Councillor Leeder reported that the Council had tidied up and
secured a vacant property on Grimwade
Street and advised that people could contact their local
Councillors if there was fly-tipping that needed to be
Councillor Kreidewolf clarified that Superintendent Cutler had
requested that the street lighting remain on at night in the
Jubilee Park area as the result of a resident-led
42.5. Councillor Cook reported that drug-related issues remained prevalent in the east of the town centre, especially around Rope Walk, and the legal closure of premises had taken place. Councillor Cook added that a recent Licensing Sub-Committee had considered the application for a corner shop to be licensed till 5am, but in light of representations received, the licence was restricted to up to 11pm only.
Mr Fairclough, Head of Culture and Environment, reported that at
the start of the meeting the Central Area Committee had an
unallocated budget of £37,821.77 available to spend on its
43.2. Following the financial commitment of £7,865 arising from the approved funding requests, the Central Area Committee now had a budget of £29,956.77 available.
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