77.1. The following question had been received from a resident:-
“Have there been cutbacks or is litter picking reduced in the winter?”
77.2. There have been no reduction in Street Cleansing in this area – we have to prioritise high footfall areas paying particular attention to grass and other hazards on the footpaths and where possible we will then move onto litter in more hard to reach areas. The embankments can be dangerous to work on but we are always looking for suitable solutions to tackle litter issues in such areas Our new mechanical sweepers – which we are now starting to take delivery of, will help raise standard of footpath and road cleanliness in the area. Officers are happy to meet with residents to discuss.
77.3. The following question had been recieved from a resident:-
“Please inform me the latest date when the sporting former pub in Princes Street and the neighbouring former Mann Egerton garage is to be demolished and also the building in Burrell Road opposite the junction within Stoke Street. Please also inform me what action is to be taken on the potholes in Stoke Park Drive between ASDA and Prince of Wales Drive, as some of them are dangerous. Please also advise me on how I can report some potholes in the Pinewood Section of Belmont Road and a loose drain cover at the Sycamore Close Bus Stop, as I do not have access to the internet.”
77.4. The Drum and Monkey pub is planned for demolition this Spring and is subject to appointing a demolition contractor – hopefully in the next couple of months. This would not include the garages next door as suggested in the letter, only the pub. There was no recent planning history which identified the demolition of buildings at No’s 14-22 Stoke Street, which included the former Defiance Pub, opposite the junction with Burrell Road. A historic application for Conservation Area Consent had been approved for the demolition of a single-storey side addition to the Defiance Pub, but this had not been undertaken and the consent had now lapsed. Given the site was within the Stoke Conservation Area, planning permission would be required for any demolition of the buildings and normal public consultation would be undertaken.
77.5. The maintenance of the Highway was the responsibility of Suffolk County Council. The Committee was unable to provide information on individual actions of the SCC Highways Department. Mark Stevens, Director of Transport Highways at Suffolk County Council, provided a full presentation to the South West Area Committee on road maintenance within South West Ipswich on the 16th November and a full copy of the minutes of that discussion would be provided to the questioner.
77.6. The recommended ways to report highways issues were through the www.suffolk.gov.uk website or the call centre 0345 606 6171. If these were not satisfactory to the questioner, it was recommended to write to:
Suffolk County Council
8 Russell Road
Ipswich IP2 2BX
77.7. The resident asked for further information regarding the Pinewood section of Belmont Road and it was reported that this would be covered by Suffolk County Councillor Chris Hudson who could be contacted.
77.8. Councillor Hall confirmed that if a resident discovered a pothole within the South West Ipswich they could report this to him and he would follow this up with Suffolk County Council on their behalf.