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Central Area Committee updates

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Councillor Julian Gibbs

With Councillor Julian Gibbs, Chair

Councillor Julian Gibbs is the chair of the Central Area Committee for the 2018/19 municipal year.

Contact details:

Telephone  01473 252205

Central Area Update

The most recent Central Area Committee meeting took place on Wednesday 9 January 2019, and was attended by 10 members of the public.

Keep up to date with the latest news and updates from Area Committees on the Twitter page (@areacommittees). Alternatively, you can view minutes from the last meeting here

Policing Update 

The Ipswich Central Safer Neighbourhood Team updated the Committee on policing priorities for the area:

  • Operation Silverton continues to challenge street prostitution in the Central Area, with regular patrols and partner agency support
  • Disruption of the drugs trade has continued through search warrants, patrols and stop-and-search leading to a number of arrests.

Inspector Richard Burton has been appointed to manage the Ipswich Central Safer Neighbourhood Team.

To read further information about policing and crime in your area, download the Safer Neighbourhood Team newsletter from the website.

You can report antisocial behaviour and nuisance in your neighbourhood online. Follow the link to our website where you can report a problem, find advice and access the Community Trigger.

Funding Requests 

Ipswich Jazz Festival 2019

The Ipswich Jazz Festival takes place each year at St Peter’s by the Waterfront Church in central Ipswich. Area Committee funding of £581.25 will allow for two shows within the programme to be absolutely free to attend and also to allow for 75 concession tickets to be given out for £1 per person for lower income families to make the music shows more accessible.

Out Loud Music Mural at South Street

Out Loud Music is a not for profit community interest company who engage and inspire young people in the Ipswich area. Funding of £4,515 was awarded to create a mural and sign lighting for the interior and exterior of South Street Studios and the Smokehouse. The venue offers a variety of multimedia courses, live music and recording sessions to young people with different backgrounds and needs and the mural will be designed and delivered by young local artists. This will brighten and improve both the facility and local area with publicly accessible art, as well as improve the experience for the young people accessing the centre.

Spending Proposals

School visits to Christchurch Mansion pilot activities

The Ipswich Museum Service was awarded £4,528.59 to develop and pilot three new school sessions, blending core subjects with the arts.  The pilot sessions will be trialled by up to 180 primary school children from schools in the Central Area. The three sessions are

  • Maths at the Mansion  - Focussing on applying numerical skills to problems relating to architecture, decoration and historical lives.
  • Discover in a Day - Looks at a range of art forms and John Constable in particular. Pupils will discuss paintings, sketches, sculptures, textiles and wood carvings to make links with art in their own lives.
  • Why’s that in a museum?  - A combined local history and science study, examining objects linked to the families who lived in the Mansion

Next Meeting

The next meeting in Central is to be held on Wednesday 5 June, 7pm – Ipswich Community Church, Clarkson Street, IP1 2JP

About the Central Area Committee

Further information, including access to the Central Area Committee papers, can be found on the Committee details page.

Contact Details

Central Area Committee,
Ipswich Borough Council,
Grafton House,
15 - 17 Russell Road,

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01473 432224