Agenda item

Responses to Public Questions Received and Open Discussion on Local Issues

(a)          Police Priorities


Policing Priorities


61.1.     The Chair introduced PC Gavin Bevan of the Central Safer Neighbourhood Team (SNT), who provided the following update on priorities:

Tackling anti-social behaviour in the town centre: This priority was being addressed through an ongoing operation led by PC Shane Hughes and Sergeant Neil McKay to tackle begging and street drinking issues in partnership with the Chapman Centre and other agencies.

Bicycle theft in Ipswich: Councillor Lockington has provided SCC locality funding in support of this priority, and the Police have been stopping cyclists for riding at night without lights and cycling on pavements. A group of youths had recently been caught stealing bicycles.

Tackling anti-social behaviour in Jubilee Park: Sergeant John Murray has been leading on this priority and the installation of CCTV cameras was being considered in conjunction with the Council.

61.2.     Local resident: Anglesea Road is a long, straight road that many vehicles speed along. Are there any plans to address this issue?
Unfortunately, the current road works on key routes in the neighbouring area, with diversions and temporary crossings, were exacerbating this problem, and Police resources were limited, but Anglesea Road would be put forward for assessment.

61.3.     Local resident:  What is the process for putting roads forward for assessment?
Speeding concerns could be raised with local ward Councillors.  Community Speed Watch was another way for members of the public to get involved in addressing speeding concerns.  Henley Road and Tuddenham Road were being monitored on a regular basis.

61.4.     Councillor Jones: Speeding has long been a concern to residents on Anglesea Road especially as there was a fatality a few years ago near Orford Road.  Residents could petition Suffolk County Council to request traffic-calming measures on this road, but this would require evidence of speeding and recorded incidents from the Police.

61.5.     Councillor Lockington: Community Speed Watch was looking for volunteers to come forward and get involved in this scheme; the speed gun equipment was already available and volunteers would be given training. There was an another accident on Anglesea Road near Warrington Road; I have looked at this junction to see if the layout could be improved, but one accident might not be enough to trigger improvements in this location.
Action: Councillor Lockington to raise speeding concerns on Anglesea Road with Suffolk County Council.

61.6.     Councillor Cook: Two of my colleagues had their bicycles stolen after the recent Council meeting in the Corn Exchange, despite the bicycles being locked, and another stolen bicycle was dumped nearby.
The Police would continue to address this issue as it was important that people should not be discouraged from making cycling their main mode of transport.

61.7.     The Chair confirmed that no questions had been received in advance of the meeting and invited questions from the floor.

61.8.     Local resident: I attended the previous meeting, where I made a request for an audit of radiation emissions from the Tuddenham Road phone mast, and would like to know how close a school needs to be to a phone mast for this audit to be done for free.
The Chairman reported that a response had been sent to the resident when this issue was raised at the Area Committee at an earlier meeting.  The resident reported that he had not received that response.
Action: The response from the Chairman re: phone mast radiation to be re-sent to the local resident and also emailed to ward Councillors.