Agenda and minutes

Council - Wednesday 23rd November 2016 6.00 pm

Venue: Council Chamber, Town Hall

Contact: Jan Robinson  01473 432510

No. Item


Apologies for Absence.


Apologies for absence were received from Councillor Elavalakan, Councillor Gardiner, Councillor Hopgood, Councillor Hyde-Chambers, Councillor Leeder and Councillor Powell.


To Confirm the Minutes from the Previous Council Meeting. pdf icon PDF 109 KB




that the Minutes of the meeting held on the 22nd September 2016 be approved as a true record.


To Confirm or Vary the Order of Business on the Agenda.




that the Order of Business be confirmed as printed on the Agenda.


To Receive any Declarations of Interest by Councillors.


In accordance with delegated authority, the Monitoring Officer granted dispensations to all Councillors in respect of Agenda Item 9 – The Norfolk and Suffolk Devolution Proposal.


Mayor's Communications.


The Mayor and Ellie had enjoyed a tremendous variety of engagements since the last Council meeting. Below is a brief selection:-


There can be few Ipswich families that have not had reason to be grateful for the work of St Elizabeth Hospice. Since the last meeting the Mayor had written to congratulate and thank the indefatigable Norman Lloyd for the splendid ‘Pigs gone wild’. Norman is currently running a new fund raiser for the Hospice, ‘woolly pully’, launched at the switch-on of the Christmas lights.

This was another great evening, enjoyed by many families, including the Mayors own. He sent Congratulations, again, to Mark Whiting and his team for the splendid organisation of the event.


The Mayor has since visited the Hospice for their version of ‘Strictly’. The staff took part enthusiastically and being a judge was not as daunting as the Mayor first feared! 


The Regent celebrated 25 years as part of IBC with an excellent concert by the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. It also hosted the final of ‘Ipswich has got Talent’ and a production of ‘Spamalot’.


Special church services have been held at Bury St Edmunds Cathedral and Chantry Methodist (both for harvest thanksgiving), Stoke Green Baptist and two of the local Pentecostal churches. St Edmund’s Day and Trafalgar Day have also been marked.


Remembrance weekend was commemorated in many very memorable ways. On Armistice Day, older children from four local primary schools attended the world war cemeteries. In conversation with them it was clear they understood why they were there and why we were wearing a poppy. They went away with the invitation to use the internet to find the life story of the person whose head stone they had stood beside and with the thought ‘we must remember them’. Dignitaries from Arras, accompanied by two award-winning English-speaking students, visited the parlour and laid wreaths at the Cenotaph on the Sunday morning. The service was as dignified and well-organised as ever and seems to be attended by more people each year. A naval captain from the South Korean embassy was amongst the guests for lunch with the Korean veterans afterwards. The Suffolk Philharmonic Orchestra presented an excellent programme in the afternoon under the title ‘A Tribute to the Fallen’.


The Mayor was honoured and privileged to meet two war heroes. Both had recently been awarded the Legion of Honour by the French government. Cyril Nixon was a tanker driver supplying fuel for Sherman tanks on day 1 of the D-Day landings. He came into the parlour for a party with his family. The Mayor visited Stanley Chambers as he celebrated his 100th birthday at home. He had been a Master Pilot, flying Spitfires amongst others. They each had some amazing stories to tell with remarkably clear memories of them.


Visits to and from schools continue, with many more in the diary. The Mayor will give an update on numbers out of 54 next time! Since last time he has  ...  view the full minutes text for item 44.


Councillors to answer questions asked in accordance with Rules of Procedure 9.



Question put to:


Question from:

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Councillor Meudec

Councillor Phillips

Area Action Plans



Councillor Meudec

Councillor Phillips

Area Committee Funding



Councillor Meudec

Councillor Reynolds

Area Committee Questions



Councillor Ellesmere

Councillor Carnall

Crown Street Car Park



Councillor Rudkin

Councillor Vickery

Culture & Leisure Working Group



C/16/11 To Consider a Report from Councillor M Cook on Treasury Management Performance 2016/17. pdf icon PDF 119 KB




that the Treasury Management Operations for the period 1 April 2016 to 30 September 2016 be noted.


C/16/12 To Consider a Report from Councillor E Harsant on the Strategic Overview & Scrutiny Annual Report 2015/16 and Future Work Programme. pdf icon PDF 100 KB

Additional documents:




(i)           that the Strategic Overview & Scrutiny Committee Annual Report 2015-2016, attached at Appendix 1 to the report, be noted.

(ii)          that the Strategic Overview & Scrutiny Committee’s Work Programme for 2016/17, attached at Appendix 2 to the report, be noted.


C/16/13 To Consider a Report from Councillor D Ellesmere on the Norfolk & Suffolk Devolution Proposal. pdf icon PDF 231 KB

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48.1    On the proposal of Councillor Ellesmere and seconded by Councillor Cenci, revised recommendations to the report were tabled, PUT to the meeting and AGREED unanimously.




(i)           As a result of the decision by King’s Lynn and West Norfolk Borough Council not to consent to being included in a draft Order to be laid before parliament to create a Mayoral Combined Authority for Norfolk and Suffolk to implement the Norfolk and Suffolk Devolution Deal, the Government has confirmed that the Norfolk and Suffolk Deal is “off the table”.


(ii)          In light of this, the Council agrees:


(a)    To reiterate the commitment given at its 29th June 2016 meeting, to Devolution as a means for delivering accelerated growth in the local and national economy and helping local people and places fulfil their potential:


(b)   To note that the Leader and Chief Executive will:


(i)        seek an urgent meeting with the Secretary of State to discuss the Government’s intentions around devolution;


(ii)       work with Government and local partners on an alternative devolution deal;


(iii)     that further reports are presented to the Authority, as appropriate, as the Devolution process progresses.


To Consider nominations/changes of Councillors to serve on Committees, Panels, Working Groups and Outside Bodies.




(i)           that Councillor Chisholm replace Councillor Hopgood on the Ipswich Arts Association.


Council Questions - 23 November 2016 pdf icon PDF 70 KB