Venue: Virtual Meeting
Contact: Linda Slowgrove 01473 432511
Apologies for Absence
Apologies for absence were received from County Councillor Gaylard.
To consider the Minutes of the meeting held on 11 March 2020.
Councillor Inga Lockington highlighted
that the cost per day for a session leader quoted in paragraph 63.7
should be £180, not £280.
that, subject to the above amendment, the Minutes of the meeting held on 11 March 2020 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.
Residents Question and Answer Session
Residents are encouraged to ask questions for Area Committee meetings. Questions will be read out by the Chair of the Committee and answered by an appropriate officer or Councillor and residents will be able to watch on the live stream available via the Council’s website.
To ask a question residents simply need to email firstname.lastname@example.org including their name and address, a contact telephone number, their question, and which Area Committee they wish the question to be asked at. All questions must be received by 10am two working days before the day of the meeting, for this meeting the deadline is 10am on Monday 8 June.
All questions must either be:
- relevant to the area committee they are to be asked at, or;
- relevant to Ipswich as a whole and be asked by a resident of the area covered by the committee it is to be asked at.
Please note that questions or representations must not contain:
- references to identifiable individuals (whether by name or other information) unless the consent of that individual has been obtained and included with the notification;
- potentially defamatory or provocative or abusive comments;
- discriminatory remarks.
If for any reason a question is not able to be asked at a meeting of the committee, the Council will within 14 days of the meeting date reply to the resident asking the question explaining why and if possible providing a written answer.
The Chair confirmed that no questions had been received from the public for this meeting.
Updates from Ipswich Borough Council and Other Public Sector Organisations
Inspector McParland commented that despite the challenging times,
people in Ipswich had listened to the Government advice about
staying at home and social distancing.
The Police had been following the guidance from the National Police
Chiefs Council, taking the approach of ‘Engage, Explain,
Encourage, and as a last resort, Enforce’.
Inspector McParland reported that overall crime had fallen during
the Coronavirus pandemic, which had allowed Officers to be more
proactive and respond to intelligence received in relation to drug
dealing in Cemetery Road, Charles Street and St Georges Street,
resulting in 4 drug warrants being executed. Another positive had
been new Neighbourhood Watch schemes emerging during the lockdown
However, there has been a 31% increase in anti-social behaviour
across the whole of the Southern region, with 175 fixed penalty
notices being issued. Language had been
an issue with some minority communities during the lockdown, but a
colleague from Norfolk Police had been able to assist with
multi-lingual videos and provide translation of documents to take
into the community. Work had also been
done in partnership with recruitment agencies to ensure that the
safety messages regarding Coronavirus were passed down to service
With some shops due to re-open in the town centre on 15 June, the
Police had been working with IBC, SCC and Ipswich Vision to ensure
public safety and were also considering licensing changes that
could come into effect potentially from 22 June.
Inspector McParland commented that the Black Lives Matter march on
6 June, when many people had turned out to support this movement,
passed without incident with people observing social distancing,
and congratulated the people of Ipswich on their tolerance overall
during the pandemic.
Councillor Inga Lockington commented that the Police still had to
be out on patrol during the pandemic and asked whether many
Officers had contracted the virus.
Councillor Holmes asked whether there had been any progress in
respect of the anti-social behaviour at the top of Fonnereau
Councillor Jones asked for an update on the Maple Park and South
Street car park areas.
Mr Fairclough, Head of Culture and Environment, reported that at
the start of the meeting the total available budget was
£22,179.00. Mr Fairclough added
that the Committee was requested to allow Officers to vary the
funding guidelines to allow Area Committee funds to be made
available to help deal with the Coronavirus pandemic, but all
spending would continue to be approved by the Area
Councillor Jones asked whether any funding would be allocated to
Councillor Holmes asked whether a 10% allocation for the Making a
Difference budget was different to previous years and whether
Councillors would still be involved in the allocation of this
Councillor Inga Lockington asked what would happen to the funding
for the Jumpers for Goalposts for Easter 2020 as these activities
did not go ahead.
Councillor Inga Lockington asked whether more activities could be
delivered in the Summer if possible as it had not been possible to
deliver activities at Easter.
Councillor Kreidewolf questioned why the Central Area Committee
budget was required to provide £300 of funding for the
organisation relating to the meetings as this was a function of the
Councillor Holmes questioned whether the setting of objectives for
the Area Committee Area Action Plan had been postponed due to the
Coronavirus pandemic or whether this would be considered later in
Councillor Jones commented that the allocation of funding for venue
hire and publicity was only a small amount of the Area Committee
budget and covered the cost of holding meetings in the community,
rather than at the Council, and the advertising of those meetings
to the public.
Councillor Cook commented that this report was requesting that Area
Committee funding be targeted on helping Ipswich to recover from
the effects of the Coronavirus on its communities, which would
override the need to set priorities.
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