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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 2016/17 municipal year.

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Telephone 07958655527

North West Area Update

The most recent North West Area Committee meeting took place on 12 January 2017, and was attended by 26 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.

Antisocial behaviour in Whitehouse and Whitton has declined; a male has been remanded in prison awaiting court appearance on a variety of offences. Two other youths are on bail. Police are continuing patrols.

An additional 3 PCSO’s and 2 Police Officers have joined the Ipswich West Team and a change to the working hours of the Officers means that there will now be greater Police presence in the evenings.

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:

  • Suffolk SafeKey Event – 10th February 2017 10am-1pm at Wickes Hadleigh Road

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.

Equipped Play Strategy Plan Presentation

Each of the Area Committee meetings was attended by members of Ipswich Borough Council’s Parks Team in January. Officers shared updates with the councillors and public on proposed plans to improve local play parks across Ipswich.

The Council’s revised Equipped Play Strategy was adopted in October 2014 pending the production of an Action Plan to identify areas for improvement. The strategy set criteria for assessing areas based on; quantity, quality, accessibility, community involvement and socio-economic demographics.

The Action Plan sets the few priority sites that need attention, among the 95 children’s areas and 35 teenage spaces.

It is proposed the Action Plan will comprise two phases of improvements in each Area Committee area. These phases will be funded from a combination of sources including the approved Capital funding program, relevant section 106 funding for play improvements and external fundraising.

Find your nearest play area using the map on the website here.

Healthwatch Suffolk Presentation

Representatives from Healthwatch Suffolk joined the Area Committee meeting to talk about their role in improving health and social care services in Suffolk.

They listen to local people’s experiences and put forward these views to relevant stakeholders in order to make services better. They also provide information and signposting to help people navigate the health and social care system and understand what to do when things go wrong.

You can search all of the health and social care services providers on the website here – read other’s reviews and share your own.

Funding requests granted

Citizens Advice Drop in Service

Citizens Advice requested funding to provide a weekly drop in service at the Meredith Road Health Clinic. The drop in would be more accessible to the community, about which there was concern due to the level of debt identified and the use of loan sharks in Whitton and Whitehouse wards. The committee agreed to allocate £5,000.00, conditional on match-funding or review, to provide the drop in advice service for residents of North West Ipswich.

Disabled Advice Bureau drop in service

The Disabled Advice Bureau presented requested funding to provide an outreach service to people with disabilities and carers in the North West area of Ipswich.  The Disabled Advice Bureau dealt with the 4,857 cases during 2015/16, of which a third of clients were from the North West of Ipswich.  The weekly outreach service would be available for residents who could not access the town centre office. The committee agreed to allocate £5,000.00, conditional on match-funding or review, to provide the outreach service for people with disabilities in North West Ipswich.

Home Start – South Suffolk & District Additional Capacity

Home Start supports families in Ipswich experiencing challenging circumstances by providing volunteer visits, advice and referrals. Home Start had experienced a shortfall in core funding and an increased demand within the North West area. Home Start had secured core funding for 2017/18 but was faced with a support need that was not fully funded up until the 2016/17 year end. The committee agreed to allocate £2,370.01 in order to maintain continuity of support to families in North West Ipswich

Area Action Plan update

The North West Area Committee approved the updated Area Action Plan for 2016/17.

The Committee will work to alleviate deprivation within the wards of Castle Hill, Whitehouse and Whitton and will prioritise to alleviate deprivation in the domain of 'Health and Disability', 'Education', 'Skills and Training' and 'Income'.

The Committee also decided to prioritise actions in line with the following Council aims and objectives:

Underlying Principle 1: A Fairer Ipswich
Everything we do will be based on the principles of fairness and participation. We will work to eliminate discrimination, promote equality of opportunity, and foster good relations amongst all the people of Ipswich.

Theme 1: A Stronger Ipswich Economy
We will work with business to encourage new investment, innovation, learning and sustainable growth and employment.

Theme 2: A Safer and Healthier Ipswich
We will work to reduce crime, the fear of crime, substance misuse and anti-social behaviour. We will work to improve the health and well-being of people in Ipswich.

Take a look at the full action plan.

Date of next meeting

View future meeting dates for the North West Area Committee. All welcome.

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 432223