Agenda and minutes

Council - Wednesday 25th January 2017 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 Clarke, Councillor Goonan, Councillor Maguire and Councillor Pope.


To Confirm the Minutes from the Previous Council Meeting. pdf icon PDF 72 KB




that the Minutes of the meeting held on the 23rd November 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 7 – Council Housing Rents for 2017/18 and Agenda Item 8 – Council Tax Base 2017/18.


Mayor's Communications.


During the first three weeks of 2017 the Mayor and his consort had attended some great events. Not least the unveiling of the sundial in memory of Dr John Blatchly, the winter concert by Trianon (in support of Mayor’s Charities), visit to Archant’s new offices, Ipswich Arras Association’s annual dinner, the Polish community’s 25th international fund raiser (similar to Children in Need) in Ipswich for the first time and a visit to the splendid new pavilion (it’s actually a good deal more than this!) on Ransomes Sports Ground.  


In December, in addition to family visits, the Mayor and Ellie had much enjoyed sharing in other people’s festive activities. Some of them have been reported in the Ipswich Star.  Splendid pantomimes, complete with 3D at the Regent, three performers telling the story of Treasure Island at Red Rose Theatre and the annual rock’n’roll panto at New Wolsey Theatre. The Town is really extremely fortunate to have so much talent on show in Ipswich.


It was a privilege to share with cub scouts from across Ipswich in their 100th anniversary at Hallow Tree. There was a bonfire, of course, with suitable songs followed by cakes. In between, the cubs buried a time capsule to be opened in 25 years’ time. The Mayor hoped that some of those present will bring their own children/cub scouts to its opening! 


Congratulations to the Cards for Good Causes volunteers who were very busy in the Tourist Information Centre right up to the week before Christmas. The Christmas events to which the Mayor was invited began early in December. The Borough’s Bereavement Service organised a particularly poignant service in the West Chapel for those who had lost loved ones during the year. There was a large number and variety of carol concerts and services. Some were more informal and rumbustious, like the five primary schools at the Corn Exchange and the County YMCA. Others were thought provoking and moving like the carols sung and signed by the choir for deaf people and the service organised by the Alzheimer’s Society in the cathedral. Some were more formal, like the services of nine lessons and carols by Ipswich School and on Christmas Eve at the civic church, St Mary-le-Tower. All of them were excellent and the Mayor was really pleased to be present at these and many others, including the nativity plays performed by the younger pupils at several schools. Meals and parties also featured. Hosts were unfailingly generous. It would look ungrateful not to eat and drink what has been provided! The result is that the Mayor has joined the Waterfront Profiles Gym in an effort to lose weight and get fitter!


The Mayor has been very pleased to welcome visitors into the Mayor’s Parlour. Mr (formerly Sgt in the Tank Regiment) Reg Snowling, a World War II hero who had been presented with the Legion of Honour by the French Government. The Mayor had a super time with him and his family.  ...  view the full minutes text for item 55.


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



Question put to:


Question from:

Question Title



Councillor Rudkin

Councillor Vickery

Income from Adverts



Councillor Ellesmere

Councillor Vickery

Consultation with User Groups



Councillor M Cook

Councillor Fisher

Living Wage



Councillor Ellesmere

Councillor Cenci

Crown Street Car Park



Councillor Rudkin

Councillor Phillips

Review of Sports and Leisure



Councillor Jones

Councillor Phillips

Queens Head Premises



Councillor Rudkin

Mr Algar

Sports Centre Crèche Services



Councillor Rudkin

Mr Algar

Ipswich Angle



Councillor Ellesmere

Councillor Holmes

Cornhill Proposals


Councillor Ellesmere

Councillor Lockington

Families in Need (FIND)



C/16/14 To Consider a Report from Councillor N MacDonald on the Council Housing Rents for 2017/18. pdf icon PDF 131 KB

Additional documents:




(i)           that rents be reduced by 1% in line with the proposals outlined in the Welfare Reform and Work Act 2016 to enable written notice of a rent decrease to be given to tenants by the 5th of March 2017;


(ii)          that a weekly payment frequency for rent and associated charges with effect from the financial year 2017/18 be approved;


(iii)         that the increase of 2.0% to service charges for 2017/18 for sheltered schemes as set out at appendices 1 and 2 of the report be approved.


(iv)        that the increase of 2.0% in for 2017/18 for housing garage and hard standing rents be approved.


C/16/15 To Consider a Report from Councillor M Cook on the Council Tax Base 2017/18. pdf icon PDF 92 KB




that in accordance with this report and the Local Authority (Calculation of Council Tax Base) (England) Regulations 2012, the amount calculated by Ipswich Borough Council as its Council Tax Base for the financial year 2017/18 will be 37,859.


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


There were no changes to placings.


Council Questions - 25 January 2017 pdf icon PDF 101 KB