Venue: Ipswich Academy, Braziers Wood Road, IP3 0SP
Contact: Linda Slowgrove 01473 432511
Apologies for Absence
Apologies for absence were received from Councillor Hopgood, Councillor Maguire and County Councillor Gaylard.
34.1. Councillor Debman proposed that Minute 31.3 be amended to read as “Councillor Debman requested that all the South East Councillors should get together ….” and this was agreed.
that, subject to the amendment above, the Minutes of the meeting held on 6 September 2017 be signed as a true record.
To Confirm or Vary the Order of Business
35.1. The Chairman proposed that the Order of Business be amended so that Agenda Item 10 (Presentation from SCC Highways) be taken after Agenda Item 5 (Venues for Future Meetings) and this was agreed.
that, subject to Agenda Item 10 being considered after Agenda Item 5, the Order of Business be confirmed as printed on the Agenda.
Declarations of Interest
Councillor Harsant, being the Chair of the Ipswich Community Playbus, declared an interest in Agenda Item 11 and left the room during the consideration of this item.
To Confirm the Venues of Future Meetings
· Wednesday 10 January 2018, 7pm – Holywells ward
· Wednesday 14 March 2018, 7pm – Priory Heath ward
that future dates and venues be confirmed as follows:
· Wednesday 10 January 2018, 7pm – Alan Road Methodist Church, Alan Road, IP3 8EZ
· Wednesday 14 March 2018, 7pm – Priory Heath ward
Presentation: SCC Highways - Road Improvement Schemes
The Chair introduced Ms Proctor, Senior Engineer, and Mr Ashton,
Transport Policy Development Manager, from Suffolk Highways who
gave a presentation on proposed road improvement schemes in South
East Ipswich with the following key points:
Countywide transport model had been built to consider the future
growth of traffic and how it would move around South East Ipswich;
this model would then be used to model the impact of the proposed
The road improvement schemes were jointly funded, with
£3.5million from the New Anglian LEP and £1.5million
from Suffolk County Council (SCC), and schemes were due to be
delivered in South East Ipswich as part of the first tranche of
Landseer Road/Clapgate Lane: 6-week
scheme already underway with street lighting upgrade, replacement
of traffic signals that would be triggered by presence of traffic
and renewal of footway to Cotman Road.
Maryon Road/Nacton Road (by the Golden Hind PH): Street
lighting to be upgraded, traffic signals to be updated, carriageway
to be widened to two lanes that would merge again just past the
Golden Hind PH. 8-week scheme to
commence in January 2018.
Bixley Road/Foxhall Road: Street lighting to be upgraded, bus
stop and pedestrian crossing to be moved in order to create two
lanes on the approach to the Heath Road roundabout to increase
capacity. Works to commence in January 2018.
St Augustine’s roundabout: Carriageway to be widened on the
approach to St Augustine’s roundabout from the Warren Heath
roundabout. Street lighting and traffic
signals to be upgraded and a new pedestrian crossing to be added.
Works to take place in March – August 2018.
Nacton Road/Landseer Road/Rands Way roundabout: Public consultation for this
scheme was about to commence, with 4,000 letters to be issued to
local residents giving details of the consultation events. The
proposed scheme would remove the roundabout, close off Rands Way and install traffic signals. This design
was in response to high level of maintenance to the kerbs on this
roundabout and a number of minor accidents involving cyclists and
pedestrians. The consultation would run
from 6 November to 4 December 2017.
Further details could be found on the website: www.suffolk.gov.uk/ipswichimprovements.
Local resident: Has a risk assessment been done for the closure of
Rands Way as many ambulances go past
Rands Way and closing if off would
result in a longer response time for ambulances.
Local resident: I have lived by this junction for 59 years and have
seen cars end up in gardens, motorcycle accidents and three
different types of roundabout over that time. Traffic lights would be a good idea, but do not
close off Rands Way as this provides an
alternative route onto Kings Way/Felixstowe Road if traffic gets
38.4. Local resident: There are often buses parked outside the Tesco on Nacton Road and sometimes a bus parked on the other side of the ... view the full minutes text for item 38.
Chairman's Update on Actions From Previous Meetings
The Chair reported that a handout of the responses received to
previous actions was available at the meeting. The following points
were raised in relation to the actions:
Minute 8.5: Learner HGVs on Cliff Lane: This was permitted in line
with the existing Traffic Regulation Order (TRO). Councillor Debman requested that a collective
request be submitted by the South East Area Committee for the
removal of this TRO as it was not appropriate for learner HGVs to
be using Cliff Lane.
Minute 24.3: Transport Surveys for Holywells Park: Local resident
asked why a response had not yet been provided.
Minute 24.4: Kerbs on Leslie Road: Local resident reported that the
kerbs had been damaged again by HGVs.
County Councillor Quinton reported that Suffolk Highways were aware
of this problem and would look at the issue again.
· Minute 32.4: Friends of Murray Park funding bid: The Friends have applied to the Tesco Bags of Help scheme and were looking to submit a joint funding application for outdoor keep fit equipment for the north end of the park to help deter anti-social behaviour in that location.
Responses to Public Questions and Open Discussion on Local Issues
Local resident: Has there been any
progress on the request for some wheelbarrows and repairs to the
entrance to the Back Hamlet allotments?
Local resident: I moved to Gladstone Road over 40 years ago, where
most properties were owner occupied.
Recently, houses on this street had been purchased and rented out
and have been used inappropriately (multiple occupancy, drug uses,
prostitution). A food store has opened
up on the corner as an off-licence and people have been using the
area as a beer garden, with people drinking outside and leaving
broken glass on the pavement. Children
were often playing on the street at all hours and there has been
damage to cars parked on the road.
Surely the shopkeeper has a duty to keep the pavement outside the
shop clean? There has also been drug
dealing taking place. I have reported
this to the Police.
Local resident: On Foxhall Road, there
is a row of shops, but single yellow lines outside that prevent
parking, which results in people parking on Gladstone Road instead
and leaves no space for residents on this street to park. How can a
property have permission to be used as a shop when there is no
parking provision? Could permit parking
be considered for Gladstone Road?
Local resident: Has there been any
progress on the Upper Orwell Crossings scheme? There has been concern about the increase in
traffic along Cliff Lane; there are already “parent
rage” incidents occurring outside the school, with arguments
over parking when dropping their children off.
Local resident: Who gives premises permission to sell
The Chair introduced Sergeant Phil Barrett of the Ipswich East
Safer Neighbourhood Team (SNT), who provided the following update
on policing priorities:
anti-social behaviour: there has been a serious level of
anti-social behaviour towards staff and users of the library,
including an arson attempt. The Police
have been working with the families of the children causing the
problem and were putting banning orders in place.
Rough sleeping/begging on the
Waterfront: A multi-agency response has been taken in conjunction
with the Ipswich Central SNT and local businesses; people with
chaotic lifestyles were being signposted to the relevant support
The Speed Indicator Device
(SID) was currently awaiting repair, but would return to the
Local resident: Trading Standards visited the Mini Market as
counterfeit cigarettes were being sold. The premises lost its
licence, then changed management, re-applied for a licence and was
issued with a licence again.
Councillor Harsant: A request had been made for alley gates on
Devonshire Road. There was a house on
Back Hamlet that was being used as a drugs house again. The Council’s Cleansing Team had been asked
to tidy up the area outside the shops on Gladstone Road/Devonshire
41.4. Councillor Cook: There has been a lot ... view the full minutes text for item 41.
Ipswich Academy Update
Ms Helen Winn, Principal of Ipswich Academy, reported that the
tragic loss of former Principal, Amanda Phillips CBE, in June had
been a blow to the school and local community, but the school was
continuing to build on the solid foundation laid and its reputation
was still improving. Ms Winn added that its pupils were proud to be
part of the Academy.
Ms Winn reported that the latest “Progress 8” data
showed that the school was now performing above the national
average and was the 4th best in Ipswich (having
previously been the worst). The focus
remained on improving the quality of teaching and literacy and
numeracy skills, and extra-curricular activities were also being
offered to enrich the teaching experience for pupils, e.g. 500
children were giving the opportunity to learn CPR on practice dolls
Ms Winn commented that the Academy were aware of the issues around
drug gangs and were working closely with the Police and already had
initiatives in place. The Academy regularly talked with pupils
about appropriate conduct both in school and in the local
Councillor Debman: The Academy should be congratulated on the
progress it has made over the last year, having previously been
seen as a school that parents didn’t want their children to
attend. I would like to meet with the Academy next year to discuss
gang crime issues.
Councillor Cook: How has the Academy dealt with the impact of cuts
in funding from Central Government?
42.6. The Chair commented that the Priory Heath ward Councillors were impressed by the changes made over the last year and the spirit of both the pupils and staff at the Academy.
Mr Lanning, Community Engagement Officer, reported that the Ipswich
Community Playbus provided facilities
for early years learning and offered 8 free play session stops per
week during school terms, with one stop in South East Ipswich on
Ravenswood. The Playbus was applying
for a total of £10,000 across the five Area Committees, split
in accordance with the number of stops offered in each
Councillor Connelly: The Playbus often
has parents arriving by car as there are no stops in Gainsborough
– why doesn’t the Playbus
Councillor Debman: Does the
Playbus have disability access? If more
funds were available, could more stops be offered, e.g. in
Gainsborough or Holywells?
Councillor Knowles: The Playbus has
lost its principal funding partner, SCC, who no longer considered
it a priority for them, and has used nearly half of its funding
over the last 2 years. The future of
Children’s Centres was also in jeopardy; there is concern
about how the Playbus can fund itself
in future years.
Councillor Knowles: The level of expenses has not changed, but the
income has dropped from roughly £84,000 in 2011/12 to
£31,000 in 2015/16, how is this being addressed?
Councillor Cook: Does the service need to be provided on a bus
– could it be provided at a fixed community venue
43.7. Local resident: The Playbus is unique and children like that the activities are provided on a bus. Perhaps Lottery funding could help or use the back of the bus for advertising to help raise income. The bus provides a different environment to a ... view the full minutes text for item 43.
Mr John Helleur and Ms Clair
Pyper from the Let’s Talk Reading
Project gave a presentation with the following key
· The South East Area Committee previously provided £5,000 to this project to help improve low literacy levels at age 11 at Ipswich Academy. The project would be run for 10 years.
· The project seeked to engage with those schools with poor literacy performance, to work with parents to encourage them to read with their children from an early age, signpost those parents who were struggling to read to adult tutoring and raise awareness of literacy issues.
· 1 in 6 adults in England were unable to read well enough to succeed in modern life; in the most disadvantaged areas, this could be as high as 1 in 3 people.
· In its first year, the project obtained £7,500 funding for participating schools for literacy improvements, distributed 500 book bags for 2-year olds and 200 ‘teach a friend to read’ manuals, and engaged with a variety of agency partners.
· These initiatives had resulted in KS2 SAT Reading Test improvements.
· This year the project would focus on early years via the Suffolk Babies antenatal/postnatal classes and through the provision of reading volunteers in schools and nurseries via Beanstalk and Volunteer Matters.
· Book bags would also be distributed for the next year of 2-year olds.
Other initiatives would include engagement with hard to reach
parents with literacy problems, schools focus via the Reading
Pledge, volunteers being trained through the Read Easy charity and
consideration of the impact of health issues on reading, such as
dyslexia and Irlen’s
Councillor Cook: The results are impressive, so consideration
should be given to awarding this project £5,000 as
Councillor Connelly: This project has an immense scope and would be
plugging gaps in other organisations’ funding, but it would
be solving literacy problems. There
appears to be £5,000 of administration costs for each area;
is there sufficient resource to deliver the project?
Councillor Connelly: Suffolk Babies are
based in Kesgrave – why is this
service not being delivered in Ipswich?
Councillor Debman: This is a 10-year project – will funding
applications be made to the Area Committees in future years?
Councillor Debman: How will the project
‘involve local businesses’?
Community Intelligence - Verbal Update from Ward Councillors
Councillor Connelly reported that Gainsborough Community Library
had held a Fun Palace event in October 2017 with funding from the
Gainsborough Community People’s Forum.
Councillor Barber reported that girls and boys from the
Gainsborough Library had visited the Mayor’s Parlour and she
would be welcoming the Ravenswood Residents Association to the
County Councillor Clements reported that she was working with
Suffolk Highways to address issues raised in relation to Benacre
Road, Maryon Road, Reynolds Road, Cliff Lane and Dereham
45.4. Councillor Debman reported that recommendations had been made at the Council’s Strategic Overview & Scrutiny Committee with regards to mitigating the effects of Orwell Bridge closures. This piece of work had originally been raised by residents in South East Ipswich and had been taken forward by former Councillor Keith Rawlingson.
46.1. Mr Blofield, Head of Housing and Community Services, reported that following the approval of funding bids totalling £6,250, the South East Area Committee now had £27,139.73 available to spend on the priorities in its Action Plan.
that the financial statement in Appendix 1 to 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