Venue: Reg Driver Visitor Centre, Christchurch Park IP4 2BX
Contact: Linda Slowgrove 01473 432511
Apologies for Absence
Apologies for absence were received from Councillor Blake and Councillor Cann.
To consider the Minutes of the Meeting held on 24 January 2013.
that the Minutes of the Meeting held on 24 January 2013 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
Tuesday 21 May 2013, 7pm – UCS Waterfront Building, Neptune Quay, IP4 1QY
Thursday 25 July 2013, 7pm – Westgate
Tuesday 1 October 2013, 7pm – St Margaret’s
Tuesday 19 November 2013, 7pm – Alexandra
Thursday 30 January 2014, 7pm – Westgate
Thursday 20 March 2014, 7pm – St Margaret’s
The Chair reported that the next three meetings
would be held at the following venues:
Responses to Public Questions Received and Open Discussion on Local Issues
(a) Police Priorities
Councillor Gibbs introduced PC Tony Fisher of the
Central Safer Neighbourhood Team (SNT), who reported that the three
policing priorities for Central Ipswich were still as
Councillor Lockington reported that a new licensing
regime for scrap metal dealers would soon be introduced as the
Scrap Metal Dealers Act 2012-13 would shortly be coming into
Councillor Leeder reported that people were able to
get into the abandoned building on Stoke Bridge. PC Fisher confirmed that there had been evidence
of drug use on this premises, and that the building was being
patrolled, although access into the building was limited.
Councillor Lockington reported that she had
forwarded an email to the Central SNT regarding anti-social
behaviour from youths on Norfolk and Suffolk Road. PC Fisher commented that as the weather improves,
there would be more youngsters in the area and streets would be
targeted where anti-social behaviour has been reported. Councillor Lockington asked whether there had been
an increase in burglaries in the area.
PC Fisher reported that there was often an increase in crime when
the clocks go forward, and that intelligence-led policing would be
employed to make arrests as necessary, with the assistance of the
Crime Reduction Team and CID.
Councillor Gibbs reported that no written questions
had been received in advance of the meeting, and invited questions
from the floor and also from the live Twitter feed that was being
operated at the meeting.
Local resident: Speaking as a member of the River
Action Group, has any thought been given on how to effect building
improvements for the skate park area, in particular toilet
provision, arising from the Tesco planning application on Grafton
61.7. Local resident (Chair of St Margaret’s Neighbourhood Watch Group): There have been a number of burglaries over the last few weeks that the local Neighbourhood Watch Coordinator was unaware of and was therefore unable to pass on appropriate crime reduction information. ... view the full minutes text for item 61.
Events in Ipswich in 2013
James Young (Assistant Operations Manager for Events and Festivals)
circulated a draft poster of the events for 2013, which would be
finalised in the next few weeks, and then publicised in the Angle,
on the Council’s website, on park noticeboards and in the
Press. In addition to these events, the
Council would be holding its annual Ip-Art festival, now in its
12th year, from 21 June – 7 July 2013, with 60
events all over Ipswich, and this festival would have its own
identity and branding.
Mr Young reported that he was the Designated Premises Supervisor
(DPS) for Christchurch Park, and as such, was criminally
responsible as the licence holder. The
application for the licence for Christchurch Park was subject to 28
days’ consultation with all of the blue light organisations
(Police, Ambulance, Fire and Rescue). The park has a licensed
capacity of 19,999 people, and the largest event last year was the
Ipswich Music Day on 7 July. 8-week
notices are also required for special events and local residents
Noise complaints were raised last year, in particular to events
being held in particular parts of the park, and officers have met
with residents to discuss their concerns, and have reviewed where
events are held within the park. The
Council is keen to deliver events that are of benefit to the
residents, not a hindrance. If there are any concerns relating to
an event whilst it is taking place, then residents can contact the
Council through its emergency out of hours number: Ipswich
Local resident: No matter what the prescribed permitted noise
levels are, the fireworks seem to be getting louder each year, even
though it is only for a short period of time.
Twitter feed: Is the event list available on the website?
Councillor Gibbs: Will there be a separate identity for the Pulse
Local resident: There is no mention of the opera on the proposed
events list for 2013, was this due to the lack of publicity last
year when only a small number of people attended? People living nearby were not aware of the event,
and it was a brilliant event.
Councillor Gibbs reported that the Ipswich Community Playbus provided facilitated play for over 300
families across the town, and £500 of funding was requested
to support the location in Central Ipswich (Bramford Road).
Councillor Lockington reported that it would be helpful if the play
bus could visit other locations; unfortunately, it cannot get to
the Jubilee Play Area, the nearest location to that would be on
that £500 of funding from the Central Area Committee budget be provided for the Ipswich Community Playbus.
Val Peacock (Community Development Officer) reported the following
updates to the delivery plan of the Area Action Plan:
· An expression of interest was submitted for an Archive Bus Tour to deliver a mobile cinema experience, and this has been successful, but will be delivered from the Cornhill, with the help of the Ipswich Film Theatre. 22 residents have been invited from Cumberland Towers and funding may be requested to provide a minibus to get them there. Anyone will be able to visit the Archive Bus when it is on the Cornhill.
· The mobile skip was trialled in Westgate to address fly-tipping and litter, and was very successful, with residents getting involved. This initiative will be taken to St Margaret’s next, to help tackle fly-tipping in the alleyways of Cemetery Road, Finchley Road, Hayhill Road, Norfolk Road and Suffolk Road.
· Encourage the development of Resident Groups – this doesn’t need to be on a formal basis, it could be a just a small group of people meeting to arrange a particular event or address a local issue with the help of ward Councillors.
that the Updated Area Action Plan be noted.
Chairman's Update on Actions from Previous Meetings
Councillor Gibbs reported that the cycle path signage on
Christchurch Park was being progressed in stages. The initial stage
would provide signage to indicate where people were not allowed to
cycle and would be met from the Parks Maintenance budget and
installed shortly. The next stage of
signage to indicate where people can cycle would require clearance
from the Senior Conservation Officer as to how this can be
achieved, e.g. wording on pavements, and where it could be placed.
There were objections to white signage directly on the path, so
posts may be considered instead. Once the approach has been agreed,
a funding report would be brought to the Central Area Committee for
Local resident: There are already a lot of multi-sign posts in the
park and only 2 small signs in the middle of the park to say where
you cannot cycle, which cannot be easily seen from a distance.
Perhaps a different colour on the path could be
Councillor Gibbs reported that the locations put forward for grit
bins did not meet the Highways criteria for grit bins, i.e. no bins
will be provided on any priority one or priority two gritting
routes, and grit bins will only be provided only on sites with
difficult conditions, e.g. steep hill, sharp bends.
Councillor Crane was disappointed that these requests had been
turned down as residents were willing to get involved in gritting
their roads. Councillor Lockington
added that a similar request for Manor Road had also been turned
down. A local resident reported that
Colchester Road opposite the cemetery was so icy it had been used
as a skating rink by children.
Councillor Lockington reported that some Suffolk County Councillors
had sponsored grit bins from their locality budgets. Councillor Crane asked why the Area Committee
could not just buy the bins if residents were willing to grit their
Local resident: What are the legal implications of a resident
putting grit on their road insufficiently and an accident ensues,
would they be liable? Councillor Jones
reported that this was an urban myth.
Councillor French added that grit bins provided a good opportunity
for a community cohesion project.
65.7. Councillor Gibbs provided the following progress on funded projects:
· The lights were now installed and working in the car park of Christchurch Park.
· The glass recycling unit on the Tower Ramparts bus station would be installed once the renovation works by Suffolk County Council were complete.
· The painting works for Alexandra Park toilets were scheduled for April.
· The bench outside the Sunrise Café has been removed as of today.
· The planter outside Westgate Social Club has been removed and the other planter was scheduled to be removed by the end of March.
Community Intelligence - Verbal Update from Ward Councillors
Councillor Leeder reported that the people who were sleeping rough
in the woods bordering onto Suffolk College had now moved onto
other accommodation. The leaf mulch
that was causing slippery conditions on Back Hamlet has now been
removed – if residents notice similar problems, then they can
raise it with their ward Councillors.
Councillor Leeder reported that there was a Food, Fashion and
Flowers market held on Fore Street last weekend and encouraged
residents to support these local markets in the future.
Councillor Crane reported that there had been issues with dog
litter on St Helens Street, Grimwade
Street, College Street and Christchurch Street and he would pass
this information onto the Cleaner Ipswich Hotline (Ipswich 433000),
who usually clear up reported litter within 24 hours.
Councillor French reported that the number of adverts displayed on
the St Margaret’s Green car wash would reduce when
enforcement action is taken. Councillor
French reported that parking on pavements during school runs could only be addressed by the Police if
it the footpath is obstructed (i.e. not enough space to get a
pushchair through), whereas parking on yellow lines would be a
matter for the Council’s parking enforcement
Councillor Jones reported that planning permission had been granted
for the Emperor Public House on Norwich Road for an extension and
parking facilities to support a Tesco store, despite opposition
from Ward Councillors. Supporters of
this pub had submitted a request to the Council for the building to
be listed as a Community Asset. If an
asset is listed and is then put up for sale, then a 6-week
moratorium period can be triggered for a community group to decide
whether they wish to be considered as a potential bidder for the
community asset, and a further six month moratorium period can then
be triggered to develop a proposal and raise funds to bid to buy
the community asset. Val Peacock added
that government grant funding was available to assist with
feasibility studies. For more information about the Community Right
to Bid process, see:
Councillor Lockington asked whether the Christmas lights on Fore
Street would remain up all year or be taken down.
Councillor Gibbs reported that at the start of the
meeting, the Central Area Committee had an unallocated budget of
£33,320 available to support its priorities. Following the financial commitment of £500
arising from the approved funding request, the Central Area
Committee now had a budget of £32,820 available.
Councillor Gibbs confirmed that any unallocated
funding would be carried over to the next financial year, when a
further £45,000 would be added for 2013/14.
that the updated financial statement of the Central Area Committee be noted.
Reason: To provide an audit trail of funding that has been spent from the Central Area Committee budget