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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 17th January 2018, and was attended by 11 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.

  • The team is currently responding to concerns of antisocial behaviour in the grounds of Suffolk New College, the University and St Edmund House.
  • The team continues to promote and support the Help Our Homeless initiative in Ipswich. Find out more about the campaign on the website.
  • Operation Silverton is tackling street prostitution in the Central Area.

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 most recent phase of work toward the crossing, which involves Ground Investigations on the riverbed and shore.  The work will involve different tests, including drilling for core samples, to establish the local geology.  This is important to determining the design and alignment of the bridge.  The Ground Investigations will create noise, for which limiting measures are in place and local residents have been notified.

Urban Buzz Presentation 

Urban Buzz is a Project run by national charity Bugs Life to set up 100 new pollinator habitats across the Ipswich area.  The habitats will be havens for bees, bugs and wildlife to help the wider ecosystem and natural diversity in Ipswich. The project officer David Dowding came to talk about the progress so far and appeal for locations and volunteers.  Video explaining Urban Buzz

Funding Requests 

ActivLives ActivHubs Programme 2018-19

ActivLives is a community led charity that supports people in Ipswich to increase their physical and social activity in order to improve their health and well-being. Its ActivHubs provide seated and standing exercise for adults aged over 45 and participants benefit from social contact, improved health and reduced risk of falls.

ActivLives was granted £5,575 or the cost of providing ActivHubs sessions in the Central area, as part of a town-wide programme. Funding is conditional on an ActivHub being established in the Westgate Ward.

Lofty Heights van purchase

Lofty Heights CIC aims to improve the living conditions of vulnerable people by providing a range of decluttering and furniture moving services inside and outside the home.  The organisation also improves the life chances of young people not in education, employment or training by creating training and real employment opportunities.

Lofty Heights was awarded a £945 contribution toward the cost of a new van that will increase the capacity and improve the efficiency of their work in Ipswich.

Help Our Homeless Campaign

The ‘Help Our Homeless’ campaign aims to reduce begging in Ipswich, reducing dependency (of people who beg), and educate people on the impact of begging on individuals and the public as a whole. There is a range of support available for homeless people in Ipswich via hostels, day centres, specialist agencies and the Housing Options team at the Council. This support includes active help to find people long term sustainable solutions to get off the streets. £1,864.22 was awarded to Ipswich Housing Action Group for the costs of the campaign.

Next Meeting

The next meeting in Central is to be held on Wednesday 7th March 2018, 7pm at Bramford Road Methodist Church, Bramford Road, Ipswich IP1 4AY.

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