Venue: Ransomes Sports Pavilion, Sidegate Avenue, Ipswich IP4 4JJ
Contact: Linda Slowgrove 01473 432511
Apologies for Absence
Apologies for absence were received from County Councillor Adams.
29.1. Re: Minute 22.3: County Councillor Gage highlighted that the Children’s Centre she reported as being at risk of closure was Wooden House, not Chatterbox.
that, subject to the amendment above, the Minutes of the meeting held on 25 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
There were no declarations of interest.
Police Priorities in North East Ipswich
Sergeant Tim Gregory of the Ipswich East Safer Neighbourhood Team
(SNT) provided the following update on policing
Police resource levels would be increasing from 7 October 2019,
with Student Officers joining the SNTs for up to 10 months before
moving to Response Policing.
Tackling drug-dealing activities around Trafalgar Close continued
to be a priority and was being addressed through additional patrols
and covert gathering of intelligence.
There had been a number of car key fob
fraud cases over the summer, where someone asked to borrow
£200 as their key fob was not working, with 10 cases across
Ipswich, of which 2 were in North East Ipswich; the offender, who
was also wanted for similar offences in other counties, was now
detained in prison.
Local resident: There was a spate of cars being broken into at the
beginning of the month, with 20-30 cases in Ipswich; previously the
Police used to do a leaflet drop in affected areas, but this had
not happened in our street despite an incident taking place
Local resident: People need to make
vehicle theft a harder target by hiding any possessions from view
and locking their vehicles. Were any of
the vehicle thefts caused by the proximity of a key fob?
32.7. Local resident: The Police were called out as parked vehicles connected with drug dealing activities in Trafalgar Close were blocking the road/driveways in St Mary’s Road and the matter was resolved.
Chair's Update on Action Points from the Previous Meetings (Verbal)
Councillor Darwin reported that there were no actions arising from
the previous meeting.
33.2. Councillor Darwin commented that Ipswich had been busy over the summer months with the Ed Sheeran concerts, the Elmer Parade and free i-Card activities for young people.
Ward Councillors Feedback from their Communities
St John’s ward:
Councillor Darwin reported that speeding vehicles was still an
issue on Camden Road and this issue had been referred to County
Councillor Adams. Councillor Darwin
also highlighted that there had been a number of doorbells stolen
in Cowper Street, which had been reported to the Police.
Councillor Darwin had also been dealing with the safety issue of
Transit vans causing obstruction by parking on verges, weeds on
pavements, and campaigning against the proposed closures of
Councillor Darwin reported that the ‘Think before you
park’ initiative had been launched this week, in conjunction
with the Fire Service, with leaflets being placed on vehicle
windscreens in Orwell Road, Stanley Avenue and Pearce Road, to
advise drivers to park considerately so that Emergency Services
vehicles could access these narrow streets.
Councillor MacDonald commented that whilst it was possible to apply
to SCC for a dropped kerb at a cost of £300, there was no
guarantee that this request would be granted, as it would need to
meet a set of criteria in line with the latest policy; this could
result in an inconsistent approach with the potential for a
resident having a dropped kerb, whilst a neighbouring resident
might have their request turned down.
Councillor MacDonald added that he had been dealing with the issue
of overgrown hedges.
Councillor Carnall commented that he
had reported issues relating to weeds in gutters and the poor
condition of grass verges, and commended the prompt action taken by
Councillor Carnall reported that he had
been dealing with a number of queries relating to planning
applications, including an application for 4 flats behind a shop on
Woodbridge Road East that had not been well received by residents
and had since been withdrawn by the agent.
Councillor Carnall commented on the
cost of the plinths on the Cornhill that had been removed and would
not be replaced. Councillor Ross
highlighted that the plinths had not been paid for and therefore
bore no cost to the Council.
Councillor Carnall commented that the
Ed Sheeran concerts had been good for the town and added that he
had requested information on the financial outcome for the Council;
this information could not be released at this time, but there
would be a report to Executive once the outcomes of the concerts
Councillor Phillips reported that there had been some dubious
tradesmen knocking on doors and advised residents to refuse their
offers of work. Councillor Phillips
added that he had also been dealing with issues of overgrown hedges
34.10.Councillor Pope reported that he had also been dealing with a larger number of planning application queries than usual. Councillor Pope reported that on the footpath behind Temple Road, the developers had cut back shrubs leaving the roots exposed and had also left the fence in a dangerous state. Councillor Pope commented that whilst it would be beneficial for the footpaths to ... view the full minutes text for item 34.
Suffolk County Councillors Feedback from their Divisions
County Councillor West reported that an extension of the grass
verge scheme on Chilton Road, which prevented vehicles from parking
on it, was being considered in other areas; this would require
County Councillor West reported that an ongoing request for a
dropped kerb had been referred to County Councillor Mary Evans,
Cabinet Member, to consider a more generous response to dropped
kerb requests where reasonable; Officers were declining this
request in order to preserve the on-street parking
County Councillor West added that he had also been dealing with the
issue of overgrown trees and various casework matters.
County Councillor Gage reported that the waiting restrictions sign
on Rushmere Road at the junction with Victory Road had recently
changed to 8am – 6pm, Mondays to Saturdays, resulting in
residents no longer being able to park outside their homes on a
Saturday, which had resulted in a resident receiving a parking
County Councillor Gage reported that there had been a road traffic
accident on the junction of Belvedere Road and Whitby Road,
resulting in a vehicle ending up in a garden and an ambulance
attending the scene. There had been a
long-running campaign regarding road safety on Belvedere Road,
which was used as a rat-run with vehicles speeding and driving on
pavements. Although Suffolk Highways
had advised that no action would be taken and no funding was
available, County Councillor Gage has asked Officers to look at
this issue again in light of ongoing safety concerns.
35.6. County Councillor Gage reported that this was the last week of the public consultation for the proposed 20mph zone on Woodbridge Road outside of St Helen’s Primary School.
Responses to Public Questions Received and Open Discussion on Local Issues
Councillor Darwin confirmed that no questions had been received
prior to the meeting and highlighted that if a question was
received by 10am on the Tuesday 2 days before a North East Area
Committee meeting, then a response would be provided by an
Local resident: Do redundant road signs that are painted on the
road get removed, e.g. bus stops that were no longer in use? Who
should redundant signs be reported to?
Local resident: A speed ramp would be helpful on Woodbridge Road as
traffic often accelerated down the slope towards St Helen’s
Mr Lanning, Community Engagement Officer, reported that
£471.08 was requested by the Caribbean and African Community
Health Support Forum (CACHSF) towards 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 the group of players were already
registered and had been affiliated as a club with Suffolk FA and
would play in a league next year. Mr
Turner added that attendance of the health and well-being sessions
was part of the agreement for the young people to continue playing
for the team. Mr Turner commented that whilst there was no
guarantee that this project would solve all problems, it would
provide young people with somewhere to go/something to
Councillor Phillips commented that engaging young people in this
project could provide them with some sense of social
responsibility. Councillor Phillips
noted that 59 young people had attended the sessions and asked how
the amount requested from the North East Area Committee had been
Councillor Ross commented that this project could also be
considered for the Roma population as football was a common
language, regardless of background.
Councillor Ross supported the requirement for the young people to
attend the health and well-being sessions as part of the
Councillor Pope asked where the team would play their home
Councillor Pope commented that there was a pitch at Murrayfield
Recreation Ground. Councillor Ross
added that pitches were also available at Gainsborough Sports
Centre and Whitton Sports Centre.
that the North East Area Committee approve funding of £471.08 from the North East 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 would provide young people from all communities within Ipswich with an opportunity to access structured physical activity and education in health and wellbeing.
Mr Lanning reported that £645.16 was requested by Emmaus
Suffolk towards 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. The split of the funding requested per Area
Committee was in line with the postcode areas of the
Councillor Pope asked what was the average period of time that
volunteers continued to attend the community hub.
Councillor Phillips commented that it was unusual to fund a request
based outside of the North East Ipswich area. Councillor Phillips noted that Emmaus Suffolk had
unrestricted reserves below the ‘significant reserves’
threshold and asked whether this project would be sustainable going
forward or if it would require further funding.
that the North East Area Committee approve funding of £645.16 from the North East Area Committee budget to Emmaus Suffolk for the costs of volunteers’ travel and food.
Reason: 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 Fulcher, Head of Development, reported that at the last meeting
£5,569.70 had been allocated for the Black History Month
Celebration Event and the Let’s Talk Reading Literacy
Programme, leaving an unallocated budget of £13,276.75
available for the North East Area Committee to spend on the
priorities of its Action Plan.
39.2. Following the financial commitment of £1,116.24 arising from the approved funding requests, the unallocated North East Area Committee budget was now £12,160.51.
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.
Dates of Future Meetings
Dates of Future Meetings for 2019/20 at 7.30pm - a presentation will be held prior to each meeting at 7.00pm:
All meetings to be held at Ransomes Sports Pavilion, Sidegate Avenue IP4 4JJ:
· Thursday 28 November 2019
· Thursday 23 January 2020
· Thursday 19 March 2020
that the remaining meetings for 2019/20 be held at Ransomes Sports Pavilion, Sidegate Avenue, IP4 4JJ as per the following dates:
· Thursday 28 November 2019
· Thursday 23 January 2020
· Thursday 19 March 2020