Councillor Cook reported that he had been looking at environmental
issues relating to Alexandra Park with Councillor Leeder, as there
had been problems with drug-related debris around the play area,
which would be addressed by replacing the bark chips with rubber
matting. Debris was also an issue near
to the toilets in the park, which were currently closed, and people
would be consulted as to whether the toilets should remain
closed. Councillor Cook added that he
had also reported fly-tipping issues around Shaftsbury Square and
Clifford Road School, which had been satisfactorily resolved by the
Councillor Reynolds asked whether any funding bids had been
received that had not been forwarded onto the Area Committee. Mr
Fairclough, Head of Culture and Environment Services, commented
that he did not have that information to hand.
Councillor Kreidewolf reported that he had been dealing with a
variety of casework across Westgate relating to housing,
anti-social behaviour and licensing matters. Councillor Kreidewolf added that he had been
promoting the ‘Meet up Mondays’ coffee morning events
held in the Greyhound public house, which helped to address social
isolation, and also highlighted that the Jubilee Friends Group were
holding a coffee and chat session tomorrow at 2pm. Councillor Kreidewolf highlighted the success of
the Ipswich Reggae Choir, formed by the Jubilee Friends, who had
performed at Global Rhythms and the Windrush Celebrations; this group met for
rehearsals every Tuesday evening.
Councillor Lockington reported that there had been a spate of cars
being hit by other cars around Christchurch Park, and questioned
whether this was as a result of speeding.
Councillor Leeder reported that there had been an increase in
Police and Park Patrols around Alexandra Park; some of the trees
had been cut back to increase the visibility of these patrols in
order to help reduce littering and anti-social behaviour.
[**Note: This minute was subsequently amended at the meeting held on 7 November 2018].
Councillor Jones commented on the importance of the physical
environment, highlighting the issues relating to the former Rose
and Crown public house and the Mason Arms, and the need to bring
these buildings back into use or at least keep the areas secure and
tidy. Councillor Jones added that there
were plans to improve the Jubilee Park play area and consultations
would be held to identify what to include to help transform that
Councillor Gibbs highlighted the activities that had been provided
by the Council over the summer, including Indian Mela, Global Rhythms, Ipswich Music Day, Maritime
Festival and I-card activities for young people, all of which were
free to access.
Local resident: How many young people signed up for the I-card
activities? The outcomes from this
initiative should be shared with the public, and it was good to see
families taking part together in the activities.
Councillor Kreidewolf reported that 12,000 people had signed up; data from the activities was currently being analysed.
Local resident (Christ Church): Is there a list of the ‘Meet
up Mondays’ coffee morning events? Christ Church and St Mary-le-Tower Church were
planning to hold drop-in coffee mornings and this information would
be helpful to avoid clashes.
Action: Ms Firbank to supply information about the Meet up Monday events to Christ Church.
25.10.Councillor Riley congratulated Ms Firbank on her involvement with the launch activities of the ‘Take the Lead’ campaign on behalf of the Suffolk Guide Dog Forum, which helped to raise awareness of attacks made on guide dogs and the impact this had on their owners.