Agenda and minutes

Central Area Committee - Thursday 30th January 2014 6.30 pm

Venue: Ipswich Red Cross Centre Hall, 15 Chevallier Street, IP1 2PF

Contact: Linda Slowgrove  01473 432511

Items
No. Item

59.

Apologies for Absence

Minutes:

Apologies for absence were received from Councillor Crane, Councillor Cook, Councillor Cann and SCC Councillor Rudkin. 


The Chair reported that, as agreed by Full Council on 29 January 2014, Suffolk County Councillors had been formally co-opted onto Area Committees, but did not have any voting rights.

60.

Unconfirmed Minutes of Previous Meeting pdf icon PDF 73 KB

To consider the Minutes of the meeting held on 19 November 2013.

Minutes:

Resolved:

 

that the Minutes of the meeting held on 19 November 2013 be signed as a true record.

61.

To Confirm or Vary the Order of Business

Minutes:

Resolved:

 

that the Order of Business be confirmed as printed on the Agenda.

62.

Declarations of Interest

Minutes:

Councillor Lockington, having provided SCC locality funding towards this project, declared a personal interest in Item 8 (report CAC/13/18).

63.

To Confirm the Dates and Venues of Future Meetings

Thursday 20 March 2014, 6.30pm – Reg Driver Visitor Centre, Christchurch Park, IP4 2BX

Thursday 17 July 2014, 7pm – Alexandra ward

Wednesday 1 October 2014, 7pm – Westgate ward

Tuesday 18 November 2014, 6.30pm – St Margaret’s ward

Minutes:

Resolved:

 

that the future meetings and venues be confirmed as follows:

 

·                     Thursday 20 March 2014, 6.30pm – Reg Driver Visitor Centre, Christchurch Park, IP4 2BX

·                     Thursday 17 July 2014, 7pm – Alexandra ward

·                     Wednesday 1 October 2014, 7pm – Westgate ward

·                     Tuesday 18 November 2014, 6.30pm – St Margaret’s ward

64.

Open Discussion on Local Issues and Responses to Public Questions Received

(a)          Police Priorities Update

(b)          Police and Crime Commissioner – presentation by Tim Passmore

Minutes:

Policing Priorities

 

64.1.     The Chair introduced Acting Sergeant Joe Askham of the Central Safer Neighbourhood Team (SNT), who provided the following updates:

St Matthews Street: The multi-agency approach was continuing to address the drug and alcohol related issues in this area.  The off-licence that had been selling super-strength alcohol and had been operating in breach of its licence was currently still trading, but the Police were working with the Council to revoke the licence for this premise.  The number of calls from the public in relation to this area had gone down by 41% over the last 2 years.

Cromwell Square: This priority was introduced in December in response to drug dealing and anti-social behaviour in the car park relating to a particular resident who was in breach of his tenancy.  The Police have been working with the landlord and reassuring other residents in this street.

Crime statistics: Anti-social behaviour was down 23% over the last 3 years, burglary from dwelling was down 29% and burglary from other premises was down 33%.  Violent crime over the Christmas period was down 21%; however, vehicle crime had increased by 8%, so the Police were keen to remind people not to leave items on display in cars, especially mobile phones and iPads. Shoplifting had gone down 18% over the last 3 years, with the Police working closely with the town centre Street Rangers. The current crime detection rate had risen to 43%, with more crimes being solved.

64.2.     County Councillor Adams: What are the Police doing to address the drug dealing issues and poor street lighting in Samuel Court?
APS Askham reported that every incident reported was logged and forwarded to the intelligence clerks, even if it was not possible to send an officer at the time, so it was important that the public report all incidents to the Police, whether by calling 101, at the Police station, or via the website/Facebook or Twitter. All intelligence was collated to provide a full picture to help the Police address issues and set priorities.  With regard to street lighting, the Police could arrange for street lights to be switched back on if incidents occur in the area.

64.3.     Councillor Jones asked whether the Jubilee Play Area was no longer a policing priority.
APS Askham confirmed that this was no longer a priority as no issues had been raised since November, and there had been no anti-social behaviour reported during the winter months.

Police and Crime Commissioner

 

64.4.     The Chair introduced Tim Passmore, the Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) for Suffolk, who was elected to this post on 15 November 2012. Mr Passmore reported that following the abolition of the Suffolk Police Authority, it was the role of the PCC to ensure that policing in Suffolk was efficient and effective, and to hold the Chief Constable to account.

64.5.     Suffolk Constabulary has an annual budget of £125million, employing over 2,000 staff, including Officers, PCSOs and Special Constables, and has a property estate of  ...  view the full minutes text for item 64.

65.

Consultations

(a)          Core Strategy and Site Allocations, including Northern Fringe Supplementary Planning Document

(b)          Suffolk County Council Budget 2014/15

Minutes:

Core Strategy and Site Allocations, including Northern Fringe Supplementary Planning Document (SPD)

 

65.1.     Mr Hobbs (Planning Policy Team Leader) reported that the public consultation on three planning documents (Core Strategy and Policies Development Plan Document (DPD) Focused Review, Site Allocations and Policies DPD, Ipswich Garden Suburb Supplementary Planning Document (SPD)) had commenced on 13 January 2014 and would run until 10 March 2014. 

65.2.     The draft focussed review of the Core Strategy proposed to extend the plan period to 2031, with 677 new dwellings required every year to meet need and up to 12,500 jobs to be created by 2031.

65.3.     The following sites have been identified for proposed development in the IP-One area: 15-19 St Margaret’s Green, Former Odeon Cinema – St Margaret’s Street, Mint Quarter east of Cox Lane, Crown Car Park – Charles Street, Silo – College Street, St Peters Port - Key Street/Star Lane/Burtons, Land between Old Cattle Market & Star Lane, Smart Street/Foundation Street (bus depot), Commercial Buildings & Jewish Burial Ground – Star Lane, Waterworks Street, Peter’s Ice Cream, Land at UCS, Civic Centre Area/Civic Drive, West of Bridge Street – North of River Orwell (skatepark).

65.4.     Mr Miller (Town Planning Operations Manager) gave a brief overview of the proposed Ipswich Garden Suburb development.

65.5.     Comment forms to provide feedback on the three planning documents were available for completion on the Council’s website or in paper form at local libraries.  Any queries should be directed to the Planning Policy Team on Ipswich 432019 or via email: planningandregeneration@ipswich.gov.uk.

65.6.     The remaining questions received in advance of the meeting were taken.

65.7.     Question 2: Mrs Hall

Given the scarcity of employment in Central Ipswich and North Ipswich, just about every household in the new “North Ipswich Garden suburb” will have no option other than to use their cars to get to work. Extra buses are not the answer, as they only go into town where more shops are closing than opening. Westerfield station has no parking whatsoever, and only trains going to and from Felixstowe stop there. There is no “link” to the first “economy” train to London each day. This “Garden suburb” is nowhere near  the A12, A140 or A14, and the resulting traffic jams and pollution in an already- congested area (including Bolton Lane and Chevallier St) are going to be horrendous.

How do plans for this area of Ipswich propose to ensure that congestion and air pollution do not get substantially worse with the arrival of so many car-owning new households, especially because it is difficult to believe that traffic lights to “hold back” the traffic waiting to join the queues at critical times can do anything but make an already bad situation worse?”

As Mrs Hall was not present, the following response would be sent in writing:

Ipswich Central Business Area is the main employment area in the locality and the Ipswich Garden Suburb is located close nearby. It is therefore in a sustainable location suitable for alternative  ...  view the full minutes text for item 65.

66.

CAC/13/18 Funding Request - Outdoor Table Tennis Tables pdf icon PDF 23 KB

Additional documents:

Minutes:

66.1.     Mr Mole (Head of Community & Cultural Services) reported that this funding bid from the Friends of Christchurch Park for 2 outdoor table tennis tables was supported by the Council’s Parks & Open Spaces officers.  The tables would be located near to the kiosk, from which people would be able to rent bats and balls for a small fee.

Resolved:

 

that the Central Area Committee approve funding of £2,000 from the Central Area Committee budget towards the purchase and installation of 2 outdoor table tennis tables in Christchurch Park, as detailed in Appendix 1 of the report.

 

Reason: This funding request meets the priorities of the Central Area Committee delivery plan, i.e. to address fly tipping and littering and look at the use of green spaces, and to develop community relationships and increase community pride/ownership

67.

CAC/13/19 Funding Request - Community Payback Team Project Funding pdf icon PDF 23 KB

Additional documents:

Minutes:

67.1.     Mr Mole reported that this funding would be used to procure hand tools for small gardening and tidy up jobs undertaken by the Community Payback Team.

Resolved:

 

that the Central Area Committee approve funding of £240 from the Central Area Committee budget for hand tools for the Community Payback Project Team, as detailed in Appendix 1 of the report.

 

Reason: This funding request meets the priorities of the Central Area Committee delivery plan, i.e. to address fly tipping and littering and look at the use of green spaces, and to develop community relationships and increase community pride/ownership

68.

Chairman's Update on Actions from Previous Meetings

Minutes:

68.1.     The Chair reported that a letter had been sent to Mr Green in relation to his concerns about the Tuddenham Road communications mast.

68.2.     The Chair reported that a diagram illustrating the various organisations within the Health Care system was available at the meeting – this could also be found on the NHS website at:
http://www.nhs.uk/NHSEngland/thenhs/about/Documents/nhs-system-overview.pdf

68.3.     The Chair reported the following updates on funded projects:

·                Glass Recycling Unit: This unit has now been installed on the Tower Ramparts bus station near to the Haart Estate Agents.

·                Upper Orwell Street improvements: The legal agreement with NCP was signed on 8 January 2014, which requires the demolition work to be carried out within 2 months. The subsequent landscaping was scheduled for late Spring 2014.

69.

Community Intelligence - Verbal Update from Ward Councillors

Minutes:

69.1.     Councillor Lockington reported that she had visited the Hayhill development to monitor whether all the proposed amenities, e.g. paths, were being delivered.  She had been contacted by a resident as 6 bags of rubbish had been dumped on Christchurch Street – members of the public can report fly-tipping and other litter problems to the Cleaner Ipswich Hotline on 433000.

69.2.     Councillor French reported that speeding on Tuddenham Road was still an issue for pedestrians and that she was working with Councillor Lockington, County Councillor Adams and the two Councils to try to address this problem.

69.3.     Councillor Blake reported that despite her Deputy Mayor duties, casework was still a priority, and she had recently helped to refer a vulnerable young woman with financial difficulties to appropriate agencies to get the necessary support.

69.4.     Councillor Jones reported that a pedestrian crossing was being planned from Westwood Court to Norwich Court to complete the pedestrian link across the Norwich Road/Chevallier Street junction. Councillor Jones reported that there would be an informal drop-in surgery prior to the next Area Committee meeting for the public to raise issues directly with their ward Councillors.

69.5.     Councillor Leeder reported that he and Councillor Cook had met with street traders on Upper Orwell Street to discuss easier access from the car park to the shops.

70.

Suffolk County Councillors - Feedback from their Communities

Minutes:

70.1.     Councillor Inga Lockington (St Margaret’s & Westgate) reported that St Margaret’s Primary School had recently obtained planning permission, with an additional class to be added per year.  The Green Travel Plan was being reviewed by the School Governors and was required to be signed off by 1 September 2014.  Work was due to start soon on Barrack Corner to improve crossing facilities and cycle routes as part of the Travel Ipswich programme.  The proposals for traffic lights on the Norwich Road/Chevallier Street double roundabouts had been abandoned, but there would still be improvements made to the pedestrian crossings, with a refuge being provided outside Westwood Court.

70.2.     Councillor Sarah Adams (St Margaret’s & Westgate) reported that speed cameras had been used to monitor traffic on Tuddenham Road during the half-term and more cars were observed speeding than on school days. A child had recently been hit by a vehicle near the junction with Belvedere Road, which had emphasised the need for a safe crossing on this road.  The Family Nurse Partnership programme has been set up to offer support to young mothers, with regular home visits to the family unit for the first two years of the child.

70.3.     Councillor Mandy Gaylard (St Helen’s, covering Alexandra & Holywells) reported she had recently reported an issue relating to the resurfacing of Argyle Street to the highway engineers and instances of street lights not being switched on.  The consultation for the Travel Ipswich proposed improvements to Norwich Road/Chevallier Street junction, Felixstowe Road/Nacton Road junction and Woodbridge Road/Argyle Street junction would run until 10 February 2014 – details were available on www.travelipswich.co.uk, or in the Tower Ramparts Shopping Centre and local libraries.  Councillor Gaylard had received two requests for pram ramps within the Alexandra ward at locations where people were having problems getting across the road.

71.

CAC/13/20 Area Committee Budget Update pdf icon PDF 21 KB

Additional documents:

Minutes:

71.1.     Councillor Gibbs reported that at the start of the meeting, the Central Area Committee had an unallocated budget of £52,853 available to support its priorities. Following the financial commitments of £2,240 arising from the approved funding requests, the Central Area Committee now had a budget of £50,613 available.

 

Resolved:

 

that the 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