(a) Police Priorities
The Chair introduced Inspector Richard Burton of the Ipswich
Central Safer Neighbourhood Team (SNT), who provided the following
Arras Square: Drug activity was being
investigated at a ‘cuckoo’ address as part of Operation
Maple Park: A clear strategy was being developed to tackle ASB
Operation Sceptre: A week of action was being planned to tackle
knife crime, with the Police Community Engagement Officer PC
Woodmansee being based in the town centre at 10am each day and the
Police Enforcement Team targeting locations, addresses and
individuals the following week.
Councillor I Lockington asked if the Police were aware of people
breaking into cars in the Central Ipswich area. Inspector Burton
confirmed that there had been thefts from vehicles taking place
across the South Suffolk area and media messages had been sent out
to stress the importance of locking vehicles and not leaving
possessions on display.
Councillor Jones reported that there had been complaints of ASB and
drug use on Cecil Road and Geneva Road.
Councillor Jones also highlighted that vehicles were using the
restricted access areas in the town centre, for example, turning
into Dogs Head Street from Lower Brook Street. Inspector Burton commented that there had been
issues at night time by the Vodka Revolution bar. Councillor Jones confirmed that this illegal
access had been occurring during the day.
[Note: This minute was subsequently amended at the meeting held on 15 January 2020.]
Councillor Kreidewolf requested that the Police Traffic Unit carry
out further enforcement in relation to speeding vehicles on
Anglesea Road. Despite the
implementation of a 20mph zone and improved road signage, vehicles
were still speeding on this road; a raised road table would be a
better solution, but SCC did not have funding available for
Inspector Burton reported that the Police had been working with Suffolk Highways to make the signage more visible and Special Constables had recently carried out a day of speeding enforcement on Berner Street and Anglesea Road where 30 people were stopped and given advice. Inspector Burton added he would make a request to the Traffic Unit to give this issue further attention.
Local resident: During the rush hour, a lot of traffic turns left
out of Berner Street and along Warrington Road to avoid using
Henley Road, with many vehicles doing 40-50mph along Warrington
Road in late afternoon; the 20mph signs were useless unless the
speed limit was enforced. The issue had
been made worse by one of the signs being knocked through
90° and no longer visible to oncoming
Inspector Burton commented that he would visit the area and raise the issues with Suffolk Highways.
Councillor T Lockington commented that there had been drug dealing
activity at the top end of Broomhill Road near to Broomhill
Inspector Burton wasn’t aware of issues in this area and added that he would pass this intelligence on.
Chambers reported that he had met with Suffolk Highways and
Councillor I Lockington and had offered to provide funding to
enable ‘20’ signs to be painted on the road for the
Anglesea Road 20mph zone. County Councillor Chambers had also requested that
speed survey cables be used on Anglesea
Road and Warrington Road to get a true indication of speeds in this
resident: Speeding was also an issue on
Woodbridge Road, in particular, near to St Helens Primary School,
but there were no markings on the road to slow traffic down.
Councillor Cook commented that County Councillor Gaylard had been dealing with issue and a formal consultation was currently taking place for the Traffic Regulation Order to introduce a 20mph zone outside the school.
34.12.The Chair highlighted that the Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) Tim Passmore and Chief Constable Steve Jupp were holding a public meeting about policing in Ipswich on Thursday 31 October 2019 at 7pm at Ipswich Community Church on Clarkson Street.