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Councillor Colin Wright

With Councillor Colin Wright, Chair

Councillor Colin Wright is the chair of the North West Area Committee for the 2017/18 municipal year.

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Telephone 07958655527

North West Area Update

The most recent North West Area Committee meeting took place on Thursday 22nd March 2018, and was attended by 16 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 West Safer Neighbourhood Team updated the Committee on local policing news:

  • Continued enforcement on Anti-Social Behaviour and drug activity in the Stoke Quay with increased patrols of the area and intelligence feedback to identify those involved.
  • With the clocks due to change in spring time, it is a priority to keep the open parks and spaces safe, friendly and useable for all. Problem areas will be incorporated into patrol plans in order to identify any issues an offenders as early as possible.
  • Motor vehicle thefts have seen a fall in numbers after an offender was arrested and sentenced to 18months imprisonment for all their crimes.
  • February saw a week of action towards knife crime with searches being carried out of open spaces in Ipswich. The knife amnesty bin was also emptied at the start of the campaign with 495 weapons being removed.

To read further information about crime in your area, download the Safer Neighbourhood Team newsletter from the website. You can meet the team, report community issues and seek crime reduction advice at the upcoming surgery event:

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 £4,350.44 to continue their good work.

BSEVC Family Carers Group

The BSEVC are a charity and company that have been providing services in Suffolk for over 35 years. The Ipswich Family Carers Coffee Corner Drop-in group was started in 2017 offering drop-in groups for people who are caring for a family member. These sessions allow for peer-support, learning opportunities and offer information out that those caring for loved ones may not have had the opportunity, nor the time, to find and look at themselves. With barriers to returning to work, accessing services and participating in community events, these sessions can often create a much needed respite for those who need it. They have been granted £1,761.75 to continue these sessions.

White House Skate Park ‘Jump Off’ improvements

The White House Skate Park was completed back in 2015 and has since become a very popular youth amenity. The mound on one side that was originally created as a sound barrier, is deteriorating after being used as seating and as a point to ‘jump off’ from. With debris falling from it and being blown across the actual skating area, it is posing a danger to skaters. To improve the Skate park, £3,227.92 has been agreed.

Next Meeting

The next meeting in the North West is to be held on Thursday 7th June, 7pm at St Raphael Club, St Raphael Court, Highfield Road IP1 6DA.

About the North West Area Committee

Further information, including access to the North West 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 North West 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

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

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01473 432226