Venue: St Margaret's Primary School, Bolton Lane, IP4 2BT
Contact: Linda Slowgrove 01473 432511
Apologies for Absence
Apologies for absence were received from County Councillor Gaylard.
The Chair reported that Councillor Adam Leeder had resigned from the Council, having represented Alexandra ward since May 2012, and thanked him for his contribution to the Committee over the years.
To consider the Minutes of the meeting held on 31 July 2019.
that the Minutes of the meeting held on 31 July 2019 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 Cook, being a Director of the East of England Co-operative Society who owned the building where Emmaus Suffolk were based, declared a non-pecuniary interest in Agenda Item 8 (report CAC/19/10).
To Confirm the Venues of Future Meetings
· Wednesday 20 November 2019, 7pm – Westgate ward
· Wednesday 15 January 2020, 7pm – Christ Church - Langston Hall, Tacket Street, IP4 1AU
· Wednesday 11 March 2020, 7pm – St Margaret’s ward
that the meetings and venues be confirmed as follows:
· Wednesday 20 November 2019, 7pm – Ipswich Community Church, Clarkson Street, IP1 2JP
· Wednesday 15 January 2020, 7pm – Christ Church – Langston Hall, Tacket Street, IP4 1AU
· Wednesday 11 March 2020, 7pm – St Margaret’s ward
Responses to Public Questions Received and Open Discussion on Local Issues
(a) Police Priorities
The Chair introduced Inspector Richard Burton of the Ipswich
Central Safer Neighbourhood Team (SNT), who provided the following
Arras Square: Drug activity was being
investigated at a ‘cuckoo’ address as part of Operation
Maple Park: A clear strategy was being developed to tackle ASB
Operation Sceptre: A week of action was being planned to tackle
knife crime, with the Police Community Engagement Officer PC
Woodmansee being based in the town centre at 10am each day and the
Police Enforcement Team targeting locations, addresses and
individuals the following week.
Councillor I Lockington asked if the Police were aware of people
breaking into cars in the Central Ipswich area. Inspector Burton
confirmed that there had been thefts from vehicles taking place
across the South Suffolk area and media messages had been sent out
to stress the importance of locking vehicles and not leaving
possessions on display.
Councillor Jones reported that there had been complaints of ASB and
drug use on Cecil Road and Geneva Road.
Councillor Jones also highlighted that vehicles were using the
restricted access areas in the town centre, for example, turning
into Dogs Head Street from Lower Brook Street. Inspector Burton commented that there had been
issues at night time by the Vodka Revolution bar. Councillor Jones confirmed that this illegal
access had been occurring during the day.
Councillor Kreidewolf requested that the Police Traffic Unit carry
out further enforcement in relation to speeding vehicles on
Anglesea Road. Despite the
implementation of a 20mph zone and improved road signage, vehicles
were still speeding on this road; a raised road table would be a
better solution, but SCC did not have funding available for
Local resident: During the rush hour, a lot of traffic turns left
out of Berner Street and along Warrington Road to avoid using
Henley Road, with many vehicles doing 40-50mph along Warrington
Road in late afternoon; the 20mph signs were useless unless the
speed limit was enforced. The issue had
been made worse by one of the signs being knocked through
90° and no longer visible to oncoming
Councillor T Lockington commented that there had been drug dealing
activity at the top end of Broomhill Road near to Broomhill
34.10.County Councillor Chambers reported that he had met with Suffolk Highways and Councillor I Lockington and had offered to provide funding to ... view the full minutes text for item 34.
Mr Turnbull, Community Engagement Officer, reported that
£1,345.32 was requested by the Caribbean and African
Community Health Support Forum (CACHSF) to enable the delivery of a
Football and Wellbeing Programme.
Mr Clem Turner, Chairman of CACHSF, reported that this programme
would enable a group of young people, of differing backgrounds and
cultures, to continue to participate in football activities whilst
also receiving regular educational sessions relating to health and
well-being. The group were already
linked with the Suffolk FA ‘Just Play’ initiative and
during the summer had used Christchurch Park as a free venue to
play, but a new venue was required during the winter
Mr Turner reported that 67 young people [over 16s] were already
registered and the group had been affiliated as a club with Suffolk
FA and would play in a league next year. Mr Turner added that
whilst this project wouldn’t solve all problems, it would
provide young people with somewhere to go/something to
Councillor Holmes commented that the PCC also had funding available
for diversionary activities for young people and added that there
might be some synergy with that programme.
Councillor Kreidewolf asked what day of week this group trained as
there was another group from Westgate and Gipping wards who played
on Alderman Road Recreation Ground on Fridays with kit donated by
Councillor I Lockington commented that it was not easy to engage
with young people.
that the Central Area Committee approve funding of £1,345.32 from the Central Area Committee budget to the Caribbean and African Community Health Support Forum towards the delivery of a Football and Wellbeing Programme.
Reason: The football and wellbeing programme will provide young people from all communities in Ipswich with an opportunity to access structured physical activity and education in health and wellbeing.
Mr Turnbull reported that £3,225.81 was requested by Emmaus
Suffolk to subsidise costs for travel, lunch and food parcels for
volunteers who travel to the Emmaus site in the Dales area of
Ms Claire Staddon, Executive Lead for Emmaus Suffolk, reported that
the ‘@ The Dales’ community hub provided volunteering
opportunities for vulnerable people who were homeless and out of
work to help them to progress towards getting back into
Emmaus Suffolk had already added value to the community through the
provision of a Community Café, Workshop for renovating
furniture, Accessible Wildlife Garden and Shower and Launderette
facilities for the homeless.
The ‘@ The Dales’ community hub provided a range of
activities for the volunteers to participate in, including making a
cold snack/food parcel to take away.
Due to its location, the bus fare to ‘@ The Dales’ was
refunded to volunteers when they attended.
Councillor Riley asked how long volunteers continued to attend the
36.6. Councillor T Lockington questioned how this project would be funded going forward and whether this model of funding individuals was setting a precedent.
that the Central Area Committee approve funding of £3,225.81 from the Central Area Committee budget to Emmaus Suffolk for the costs of volunteer travel and food.
Reasons: To reduce barriers to inclusion and employment for people affected by long-term unemployment and support vulnerable adults with facilities that boost an increase in confidence, skills and self-worth.
Mr Turnbull reported that £4,158.25 was requested by
Let’s Talk Reading to enable the further development of its
literacy programme in Central Ipswich.
Mr John Helleur, Chair of Let’s
Talk Reading, highlighted the aims of the Literacy Programme, which
was in the third year of a ten-year programme and had built a
sustainable base with partners and volunteers. To date, Let’s
Talk Reading had worked with 15 schools, 30 nurseries/pre-school
groups, attended ante-natal and post-natal classes, issued book
bags to 2-year olds and 375 adult literacy manuals and now had 34
volunteers actively working.
The 2019/20 programme would seek to continue with the issue of
books and book bags for Early Years, deliver post-natal classes
through Suffolk Babies and provide materials to establish a
‘Read Easy Ipswich’ hub to deliver one-to-one coaching
for adults. If funded in full, the
programme would seek to improve literacy of 680 children, 125
adults and 20 staff in Central Ipswich.
Councillor Kreidewolf highlighted that children learn most in the
first 3 years of their lives and that education was failing in
Suffolk, and commented that the closure of children’s centres
would only exacerbate this problem.
Councillor Jones asked how often the Let’s Talk Reading team
attended the nurseries located in Central Ipswich listed in the
appendix and whether this was just for Story Time or if parents
were also taught to read to their children.
Councillor Jones asked whether it was possible to determine whether
the parents who got involved with Story Time sessions were already
reading to their children.
Councillor Cook asked whether Let’s Talking Reading had
approached SCC for funding and if there was any indication that
this could be supported.
Councillor I Lockington commented that if there was a shortage of
books in households, parents should be referred to
Councillor I Lockington commented that at the North West Area
Committee it had been suggested that Waterstones be approached for
sponsorship of the book bags and added that some parents were not
37.10.Councillor Riley highlighted the problem of pre-school staff not being well trained and the wide scope of Let’s Talk Reading’s Literacy Programme, and suggested ... view the full minutes text for item 37.
Chair's Update on Actions from Previous Meetings
Retention Period of CCTV Footage: The Chair reported that the
following responses had been provided:
Silent Street – reinstatement of highway after
works: County Councillor West reported
that some remedial works had been undertaken recently. Councillor
Cook commented that some areas had been rectified, but there were
still further works required [2 cracked slabs, 1 missing, temporary
tarmac, movable cobbles].
38.3. St Helen’s Street Corridor improvements: County Councillor West reported that a meeting had been arranged on 12 September 2019 for local residents to meet with the highway engineers to discuss the proposals.
Community Intelligence - Verbal Update from Ward Councillors
39.1. Councillor I Lockington commented that at the last meeting she had requested traffic flow information for Tuddenham Road from the Ipswich Northern Route Project Officers, and after waiting a while for a response, was informed that this information would not be provided by the consultants. County Councillor West offered to raise this matter with the Project Officers.
Mr Fairclough, Head of Culture and Environment, reported that at
the start of the meeting the Central Area Committee had an
unallocated budget of £14,764.05 available to spend on its
40.2. Following the financial commitment of £8,071.13 arising from the approved funding requests, the unallocated Central Area Committee budget was now £6,692.92.
that the financial statement in Appendix 1 of the report be noted.
Reason: To provide clear and transparent details of the amount of funds available to the Area Committee to deliver the priorities in its Action Plan.