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Apologies for Absence
There were no apologies for absence.
To consider the Minutes of the meeting held on 18 June 2020.
that the Minutes of the meeting held on 18 June 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 email@example.com 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 Tuesday 28 July 2020.
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.
12.1. Councillor Darwin confirmed that no questions had been received in advance of the meeting and highlighted that if a question was received by 10am on the Tuesday 2 days before a future North East Area Committee meeting, then a response would be provided by an appropriate Officer.
Updates from Ipswich Borough Council and Other Public Sector Organisations
The Chair invited Inspector Soraya Francis of the Ipswich East
Safer Neighbourhood Team (SNT) to provide an update on policing
Inspector Francis reported the summer policing plan was now in
action providing additional resource to target anti-social
behaviour in hotspot areas, such as Gibson Lodge and the Nacton
area. A week of action took place from 6 July with high-visibility
patrols; 18 licensed premises were visited, resulting in 2 being
There had been issues with motorbikes in the Brightwell Lakes area
near BT, primarily at the weekends, with many coming from outside
of Suffolk; following work by the Link Officer with the landowner,
most of these riders were no longer turning up and there were now
just a few issues with local people using quad bikes.
During June there had been 78 reports of minor assault at Woodland
Hospital by patients to staff and other patients, which were logged
with the Police; investigation of these cases was taking up a lot
of resource in light of the vulnerability of the
patients. The Police had also been
dealing with a number of incidents involving domestic violence and
Police Officers had been working with the manager of the Martlesham
Heath Tesco to tackle anti-social behaviour that was causing
difficulties for staff who were on site at times when the store was
not open. Issues with a cuckoo address
on Woodbridge Road had been addressed with the tenants being moved
Councillor Phillips commented that there had been anti-social
behaviour issues in the past on Rushmere Heath and asked whether
there had been any issues recently.
Inspector Francis reported that this location was included in the
summer policing plan.
Inspector Francis reported that the Speed Indicator Device funded
by the Area Committee had been located; this device would require a
dedicated PCSO to set up/take down as it could not be left out
The Chair invited County Councillor Paul West as the SCC Cabinet
Member for Ipswich to provide an update on behalf of Suffolk County
County Councillor West reported that he had circulated an email to
the Committee providing an update on Care Homes in the North East
Ipswich, with data from the Care Quality Commission regarding
COVID-19 related deaths. The number of
suspected/confirmed COVID-19 cases in Suffolk Care Homes had fallen
week-on-week since the start of May and as at 23 July, 11 out of
186 Care Homes had at least one case, with a total of 21 cases
across these 11 Care Homes.
13.10. All Care Homes were now testing residents at least every 28 days and staff every 7 days, or sooner if symptoms were displayed. The Government had provided £9million to Suffolk to assist with infection control. Part of the funding had been used to train staff in Care Homes on Infection Control and Prevention and this training was being rolled out to other agencies. Tablet devices had been provided to Care ... view the full minutes text for item 13.
Mr Wilesmith, Operations Manager for Sport and Leisure, introduced
the report that requested funding of £852.75 for the revised
Jumpers for Goalposts Programme for 2020/21. This Programme had a proven track record at
engaging young people in positive activities.
As a result of COVID-19 restrictions, a reduced programme would be
run in the summer, with 3 sessions taking place in North East
Ipswich, which would be park activities delivered by Catch 22
Positive Futures. To ensure that Government guidelines were
observed, there would be reduced occupancy levels per session and
activities would be booked online, with a reserve number of spaces
available for those who just turn up on the day.
Councillor Phillips asked how many people were allowed per session
and what the take up of bookings had been so far.
Councillor Phillips asked what would happen if too many people
turned up to one session.
that the North East Area Committee approve funding of £852.75 from the North East Area Committee budget to deliver the programme of activities in North East Ipswich during the summer holiday and Autumn half-term in 2020 and Spring half-term in 2021.
Reason: The Jumpers for Goalposts Programme has increased participation numbers over the last 5 years and this programme will allow young people across the town to participate in physical activity over the summer and half-term holidays.
Mrs Jarlett reported that at the last meeting, the Committee agreed
that the September meeting of the Area Committee would be used to
consider COVID-19 specific funding requests aimed at alleviating
the impact of the pandemic on communities in North East
Ipswich. This report set out the
application forms and guidelines in support of this
Councillor Pope commented that it was important to loosen the
levels of bureaucracy for these one-off applications, but asked
whether this would be setting a precedent when it came to
considering other applications in the future.
Councillor Phillips commented that the sample application form
showed a closing date on 3 August for applications and asked
whether this was the correct date, and if so, would applicants have
enough time to submit requests.
that the application form annexed as Appendix 1 to the report and the proposed process for the Committee to deal with funding requests related to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic at the meeting on 24 September 2020 be approved.
Reason: To utilise the Committee’s budget to award grants to support projects targeted at dealing with the impacts arising from the pandemic in the community.
Mrs Jarlett reported that following the end of year budgetary
movements and setting up of the Making a Difference budget and
Venue Hire/Publicity budget for this year, the North East Area
Committee started the meeting with an unallocated budget of
that the Committee note the financial statement in Appendix 1 of the report.
Reason: To provide clear and transparent details of the amount of funds available to the North East Area Committee to support priorities in North East Ipswich