Agenda and draft minutes

South West Area Committee - Thursday 17th September 2020 6.30 pm

Venue: Virtual Meeting

Contact: Jess Dool  01473 432513

Media

Items
No. Item

16.

Apologies for Absence

Minutes:

Apologies for Absence were received from Councillor Allen, Councillor Hall and County Councillor Paul West.

17.

Minutes of the Previous Meeting held on 23 July 2020 pdf icon PDF 214 KB

Minutes:

Resolved:

 

that the Minutes of the Previous Meeting held on 23 July 2020 be signed as a true record.

18.

To Confirm or Vary the Order of Business

Minutes:

18.1.    It was confirmed that Item 10 – SWAC/20/06 COVID-19 Funding Request: Teapot Project had been withdrawn and would no longer be considered.

 

Resolved:

 

that the Order of Business, with the above withdrawment, be as printed on the agenda.

19.

Declarations of Interest

Minutes:

Councillor Grant declared a pecuniary interest in Item 9 SWAC/20/05 COVID-19 Funding Request: Ipswich and District Citizens Advice Bureau, as she was an employee of this organisation.

20.

Responses to Public Questions Recieved

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 areacommitteequestions@ipswich.gov.uk 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 15 September.

 

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.

Minutes:

20.1.    A question had been submitted to the Police by a resident prior to the meeting:

 

1.    What are you doing about continued street prostitution in Ipswich? Particularly on and around Barrack Corner.

2.    What are you doing to enforce the law regarding unlawful gatherings? Particularly on Barrack Corner.

3.    What are you doing about these men seriously littering the pavements on Barrack corner?

4.    What are you doing about the habit these men have of urinating in      the street on Barrack Corner (wall by Telephone Exchange).

 

20.2.    Inspector McParland provided the following responses:

 

1.    We have an ongoing operation in place in respect of prostitution which is a multi-agency approach. We seek to target the males as opposed to the women.

 

We have continued proactive patrols seeking to engage the women into working with health, housing, substance misuse etc – however we cannot force people to seek treatment.

We have issued CPNs to women who persistently cause a nuisance by loitering in the area. We are aware that the work we are doing has dispersed the women to the area of Handford Cut, so we are working with SW SNT to continue to address the issues.

 

2.    Currently legislation allows for groups of up to 30 meet outsides, so there are currently no illegal gatherings.

We have spent a considerable amount of time engaging with the employment agencies who pick up from Barrack Corner to ensure that the social distancing message is reinforced with those waiting t be taken to work.

 

3.    Unless we physically catch someone littering, we cannot enforce. This would be a matter for IBC cleansing in respect of clearing up.

 

4.    Again, unless we catch someone urinating, we cannot enforce, and then if they have gone somewhere where no person sees them, we would struggle with applicable offences. Again, this would be for IBC cleansing re clearing up.

 

The Iris group (multi agency and across both SCC & IBC) has invested a lot of time and resource into education for new and existing diverse communities in respect of society expectations and laws etc and there is a lot of work undertaken, so it is not as if there isn’t work around community cohesion.

 

20.3.    The Chair advised that the Council was currently reviewing its Polling Districts and further information could be found at https://www.ipswich.gov.uk/content/polling-districts-review-2018-20 

 

 

 

 

 

21.

Policing Update

Minutes:

21.1.    Inspector Graefe, Suffolk Constabulary, provided an update regarding the current priorities for the West Ipswich and confirmed that following lockdown, policing demand had returned to pre-covid levels.

 

21.2.    The first priority continued to be around tackling cuckooing which was experienced across both North and South West Ipswich. Currently 8 addresses within South West had or were being cuckooed at this time and ongoing work continued with partner agencies to support those involved. 49 visits had been conducted in the previous month to those addresses in order to disrupt activity.

 

21.3.    Operation Shear remained the second priority which tackled ASB and crime and worked to proactively deter and prevent offences in specific areas. The third priority was a joint piece of work with Ipswich Central to target criminality associated with drugs in the area and working to disrupt this.

 

21.4.    The team continued to work proactively and following the implementation of the new “rule of six”, work would be undertaken to engage, explain, encourage and if necessary, enforce legislation when needed.

 

22.

Suffolk County Council Update

Minutes:

22.1.    County Councillor Abbott provided an update on the bridge ward Resident Parking Scheme and advised that there had been a delay following the need to consider whether mandatory disabled parking bays were required. It was anticipated that the scheme would be completed by end of January 2021.

 

23.

SWAC/20/04 Area Committee Financial Update pdf icon PDF 244 KB

Additional documents:

Minutes:

Resolved:

 

a)    that the financial statement in Appendix 1 be noted;

b)   that the Jumpers for Goalposts Underspend of £1,018.25 be returned to the South West Area Committee budget;

c)    that £4,000 funding be reserved for potential requests later in the 2020-21 financial year.

 

Reason: to provide clear and transparent details of the amounts of funds available to the Area Committee.

24.

SWAC/20/05 COVID-19 Funding Request: Ipswich and District Citizens Advice Bureau pdf icon PDF 147 KB

Additional documents:

Minutes:

24.1.    Councillor Elizabeth Hughes chaired this item in Councillor Grants absence.

 

24.2.    Nicky Wilshire, Representative of Ipswich and District Citizens Advice Bureau, presented the funding request to the Committee which sought £15,000 funding to increase the capacity of specialist debt advice available to Ipswich residents. Following the pandemic, debt amongst residents had been at its highest and it was anticipated that as repayment holidays and furlough came to an end, there would be an increased demand in services. It was confirmed that any funding provided by the Committee would be ringfenced for debt advice.

 

24.3.    Following discussion, County Councillor Abbott agreed to fund £3,000 from his SCC Locality Budget towards the funding request.

 

Resolved: that £12,000 funding be allocated from the South West Area Committee to Citizens Advice Ipswich to increase the capacity of specialist debt advice available to Ipswich residents.

 

Reason: to support the greater number of people facing hardship through furlough and loss of employment due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

 

25.

SWAC/20/07 COVID-19 Funding Request: Kinetic Science pdf icon PDF 424 KB

Additional documents:

Minutes:

25.1.    Debbie Ball, Representative for Kinetic Science, presented a funding request to the Committee which sought £2,499.00 funding towards holding a two day “Bodily Functions – Healthy Bodies” workshop in Bourne Park during the October school holidays which would be a ticketed event in line with the government guidance on social distancing. Kinetic Science was a charity which worked to encourage young people’s participation in STEM subjects.

 

Resolved: that £2,499.00 funding be allocated from the South West Area Committee to Kinetic Science to hold an educational “Bodily Functions – Healthy Bodies’ 2 day workshop in Bourne Park during the October school holidays.

 

Reason: to encourage participation in Science Technology Engineering Mathematics (STEM) subjects and bring the community together through family events.

 

26.

SWAC/20/09 COVID-19 Funding Request: Creative Computing Club pdf icon PDF 145 KB

Additional documents:

Minutes:

26.1.    Matthew Applegate, Representative for Creative Computing Club, presented the funding request to the Committee which sought £4,800 funding towards the delivery of 6 months of online courses and funding for dedicated staff to deliver those sessions to young people. Following the pandemic, all learning had continued online and 300 of the 500 children signed up had been able to participate. However, there had been a number of children unable to access technology in their own homes and funding was requested to enable 20 students from the local area to be provided the opportunity to join the normal club activities for free.

 

Resolved: that £4,800 funding be allocated from the South West Area Committee to Creative Computing Club to deliver 6 months of online courses and pay for dedicated staff to deliver those sessions to young people.

 

Reason:to enable young people the opportunity to join free online courses and engage in technology-based activities.

27.

SWAC/20/08 COVID-19 Funding Request: 4YP pdf icon PDF 240 KB

Additional documents:

Minutes:

 

27.1.    Georgia Memory and Tibbs Pinter, Representatives for 4YP, presented the funding request to the Committee which sought £7,567.92 funding towards supporting 1:1 session/group work in South West Ipswich which would support young people and mental well-being. 4YP had chosen to work within the South West due to strong community connections and the diversity of the community. During the pandemic there had been increased anxiety and low mood within young people and it was suggested that work be undertaken with those vulnerable young people to provide a youth club/1:1 session’s to help support mental well-being.

 

27.1.    Both Councillor Gardiner and Councillor Armitage agreed to provide £1,000 each from their SCC Locality Budget towards the funding request.

 

Resolved: that £5,567.92 funding be allocated from the South West Area Committee to 4YP toward supporting 1:1 session/group work in south west Ipswich which will support young people and mental well-being.

 

Reason: to support young people and their mental well-being.

 

28.

SWAC/20/10 COVID-19 Funding Request: Ipswich Community Support pdf icon PDF 292 KB

Additional documents:

Minutes:

28.1.    Charlotte Bale and Natalie Haze, Representatives for Ipswich Community Support, presented the funding request to the Committee which sought £2,467.91 funding towards running costs for the mutual aid scheme offered across Ipswich. During the pandemic, the community within Ipswich had come together to ensure that the most vulnerable people were supported. This included 942 food shops, prescription ‘drop offs’ and ‘check ins’ with those people who were most vulnerable and experiencing loneliness due to shielding. With the funding from the Committee it was hoped that this work could continue throughout the upcoming second wave.

 

Resolved: that £2,467.91 funding be allocated from the South West Area Committee towards running costs for the mutual aid scheme offered across Ipswich.

 

Reason: to help Ipswich Community Support support the community beyond COVID-19.

 

29.

SWAC/20/11 COVID-19 Funding Request: Ipswich Dementia Action Alliance pdf icon PDF 147 KB

Additional documents:

Minutes:

29.1.    Roger Fern, Chair of Ipswich Dementia Action Alliance, presented the funding request to the Committee which sought £2,000 funding towards core costs for which income had been lost due to Covid-19 restrictions. The IDAA aimed to make Ipswich a Dementia Friendly town and in partnership with health & social care agencies, provided support for people living with dementia and their families and companions.

 

Resolved: that £2,000 funding be allocated from the South West Area Committee to The Ipswich Dementia Action Alliance towards core costs, for which income had been lost due to Covid-19 restrictions.

 

Reason: to continue to cover the cost of the co-ordinator role which is critical to sustaining the project.

 

30.

SWAC/20/12 COVID-19 Funding Request: ActivLives pdf icon PDF 146 KB

Additional documents:

Minutes:

30.1.    Susannah Robirosa, Representative of ActivLives, presented the funding request to the Committee which sought £602.78 funding towards the purchase of a portable garage and cordless tools to provide more space so the Men in Sheds Group could continue to meet. The project was held adjacent to Maidenhall allotments and was aimed towards men who were socially isolated and suffering from long term health conditions and enabled them the opportunity to meet with others. Due to the pandemic and the social distancing guidelines, to increase the space available, a portable garage would enable the project to continue following the new legislation. 

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Resolved: that £602.78 funding be allocated from the South West Area Committee to ActivLives to purchase a portable garage and cordless tools to provide it with more space so it’s Men in Sheds group can still meet.

 

Reason: to keep people connected with their communities and reduce social isolation and loneliness.

 

31.

SWAC/20/13 COVID-19 Funding Request: CACHSF pdf icon PDF 283 KB

Additional documents:

Minutes:

31.1.    Clem Turner, Representative of CACHSF, presented the funding request to the Committee which sought £535.00 funding towards the Caribbean and African Community Health Support Forum to provide healthy hot meals to vulnerable and isolated members of the community. The project enabled a hot meal to be provided twice a week for elderly members of the community and had been running since October 2018 and during the course of the pandemic it had become clear how important the service was.

 

Resolved: that £535.00 funding be allocated from the South West Area Committee to The Caribbean and African Community Health Support Forum to provide healthy hot meals to vulnerable and isolated members of the community.

 

Reason: to support the demand for and importance of the service which has grown since the pandemic and the restrictions on movement and social contact.