Stoke Park Ward
8.1. Councillor Cenci reported that there had been a number of concerns reported by residents which included the reduction to the number 16 bus service, fly tipping, litter and speeding. A presentation on Ipswich Borough Council’s Tree Policy had been requested and this would be provided at the next South West Area Committee.
8.2. The Chair reported that there had been some complaints with regards to litter outside the McColl’s shop near Stoke Park Asda. The owner had been contacted and it was hoped that this would continue to improve.
8.3. Councillor P Smart confirmed that the play equipment at Bourne Park had been renewed and this included new inclusive play equipment for children with mobility issues and improvements to the paddling pool. With regards to the number 16 Bus Service, there were a number of legal difficulties which meant that there would not be the opportunity for IBC to increase the frequency of the service.
8.4. Councillor Rudkin confirmed that a recycling project had been undertaken in Old Stoke to improve recycling and new bottle banks had been installed in Tyler Street which had improved collection rates. The Bourne Park play area was a positive improvement to the area and would be a fantastic resource for people to use in the Summer.
8.5. Councillor Allen reported that The Smock Pub on Maidenhall Approach ran a “Meet up Mondays” scheme for people to attend which aimed to tackle loneliness and isolation in communities. There had also been some complaints received regarding parking near the train station in residential roads.
8.6. Councillor Fern reported that several bus shelters had been replaced and confirmed that although graffiti had been reported in some places, this had been cleared quickly. Potholes continued to be reported especially within the Belstead Road area. It was suggested that following the funding request received at the previous South West Area Committee meeting for a Kit Car at St Matthews School, that the Committee could consider purchasing a number of kit cars in the future to be allocated to all South West Ipswich Schools.
8.7. Councillor C Smart confirmed that he would contact the police with regards to what diversionary activities would be undertaken at Chantry Library. There had also been a number of complaints made regarding large good vehicles using Radcliff Drive.
8.8. Councillor Gardiner reported that there had been a number of concerns raised with regards to Campion Road and reports of speeding/issues with cars parked there. This continued to be considered by both the police and traffic enforcement officers. With regards to the issues of potholes on Belstead Road, it was anticipated that the section of Belstead Road to Stoke Park Drive would have surface dressing undertaken in July which would also address the potholes there.
8.9. Councillor Ellesmere advised that there had been a number of reports regarding littering and fly tipping between the London Road and Handford Road area. Some wheelie bins had been removed and a clear up had been undertaken which provided a short term improvement however, options for long term improvements would be considered. The Alderman Road annual fun park would soon be closed and it was anticipated that an alternative venue for the event may be considered for 2019.
8.10. Councillor Hughes reported that speeding in London Road continued to be considered alongside the Police and advised that concerns raised around the conditions of private HMO’s had been discussed with the Enforcement and Planning teams at Ipswich Borough Council. The possibility of extending community projects to Civic Drive residents would also be considered further.