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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 2017/18 municipal year.

Contact details:

Telephone  01473 252205

Central Area Update

The most recent Central Area Committee meeting took place on Wednesday 7th March 2018, and was attended by 5 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 Inspector updated the Committee on local policing matters.

  • With concerns of antisocial drug related behaviour linked to a flat in St Matthews Street, we have managed to successfully apply for a Closure Order from the Court in late December thanks to the residents statements they provided.
  • With the Spate of burglaries across Ipswich currently, we have been working with the CID and Response teams to patrol Central Ipswich and identify suspects.
  • In conjunction with IBC, the team are finalising the installation of permanent CCTV in Jubilee Park.
  • The team are continuing to work closely with retailers and Ipswich Central to make the town a safer place to work and shop.

To read further information about 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.

Upper Orwell Crossings Project Update

The project team gave an update on the Orwell Crossing showing the works on the river bed have been completed ahead of schedule and the samples taken are now being tested. The works on land are on schedule with investigations into positioning going on, to cause as little disruption as possible in the surrounding areas. The team gave a detailed talk on where the main road bridge will cross the river and join the road network. For more information please see Upper Orwell crossings.

Funding Requests 

Ipswich Borough Council Summer Holiday Activities Programme

The Ipswich Borough Council Summer Holiday Activities Programme aim to offer free sport to young people, encouraging them to be more active and breaking down barriers such as travel and cost. This is being offered across all areas of Ipswich encouraging the wider community to get active. They have been granted £3081.20 to continue their good work.

Future Female Society- ‘More than a Mum’ project

The Future Female Society are putting lots of time into supporting young women and encouraging them to have aspirations, helping them to gain and improve their communication skills and their confidence to then be work ready and increase their employability. They run practical and engaging sessions to inspire and facilitate learning. They have been granted £3,300 to help them continue with this.

Ginnel Foto Fest 2018

The Ginnel Foto Community are hosting a photography festival which will provide the public with access to works of local, regional and international photographers. The festival encourages people from all backgrounds to get involved regardless of qualifications, age or background. The Ginnel Foto Fest will be a visible presence in the street sending out positive messages to all the community. They have been granted £1,500 to help towards this. 

Next Meeting

The next meeting in Central is to be held on Wednesday 30th May, 7pm at Co-op Education Centre – Pioneer Hall, 11 Fore Street, IP4 1JW.

About the Central Area Committee

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

Area Committee Dashboards are produced quarterly to provide local information in a visual format for the residents of each Area Committee area. View the most recent dashboard for the Central area. If there is anything of particular interest that you wish to see on future dashboards, please email your suggestions to communities@ipswich.gov.uk.

Contact Details

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

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01473 432224