Agenda and minutes

Central Area Committee - Tuesday 19th December 2017 7.00 pm

Venue: Ipswich Community Church, Clarkson Street, IP1 2JP

Contact: Linda Slowgrove  01473 432511

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Apologies for Absence


Apologies for absence were received from Councillor Lockington.


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that the Minutes of the meeting held on 8 November 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 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




that the meetings and venues be confirmed as follows:


·                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)          Crime concerns in Central Ipswich


49.1.    The Chair reported that this additional Central Area Committee meeting had been arranged to consider the concerns that residents had raised with regards to crime within the Central area of Ipswich at the meeting held on the 8 November 2017.


49.2.    County Councillor Paul West, Cabinet Member for Ipswich, reported that since that meeting a lot of work had been undertaken by Suffolk County Council, Ipswich Borough Council and the Police and a joint agency approach was being taken to tackle the concerns within the community.


49.3.    Councillor Alasdair Ross, Portfolio Holder for Public Protection & Customer Services, commented that there had been some communication issues around what work had been undertaken; however, this would be addressed going forward to ensure that information was communicated to residents. The Police had undertaken a large number of arrests and drug raids; however, it had been recognised that further intervention would be required. Communication from residents and local businesses would continue to be of great importance.


49.4.    Ms Sara Blake, Head of Communities & Partnerships at Suffolk County Council, gave a presentation about the research commissioned in response to the recent increase in gang and drug related violence amongst vulnerable young people in Ipswich. The research had identified a number of issues that included local criminal families being supplied with drugs by London gangs and the recruitment of vulnerable children.


49.5.    The research report had highlighted that there needed to be clear leadership and accountability with all agencies working together, and community engagement and ongoing evaluation would be key. The aims were to stop the gang violence, the sexual exploitation of vulnerable children, to reduce the illegal distribution and the demand for drugs. An action plan had been produced to consider how early intervention and enforcement could best be employed.


49.6.    Ms Blake confirmed that a Gangs Co-ordinator had been appointed to assist the multi-agency response to the problems and the Urban Street Gang initiative would continue to be operated. Ipswich Borough Council had also funded an additional advisor to support the Ipswich Community Safety Partnership in developing a joint plan to tackle issues within Ipswich and extra funding had been secured from the Home Office.


49.7.    Councillor Jones suggested that meetings take place with the owners of the Masons Arms and Sanctuary Housing and key partners regarding the issues taking place on their premises as a result of the poor state of these buildings. Superintendent Kerry Cutler agreed that meetings could be organised with both owners and the Design Out Crime Officer would be requested to attend to provide advice on improvements to make these buildings more secure and so deter crime.


49.8.    Superintendent Cutler reported that afternoon Police surgeries could be held with the Jubilee Park Residents Association to discuss their concerns. Superintendent Cutler acknowledged that youth engagement would be key to tackle substance abuse in this location in order to reduce the demand for drugs.


49.9.    Superintendent Cutler added that Operation Woven was established in March 2017 to tackle gang related  ...  view the full minutes text for item 49.