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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 25th January 2018, and was attended by 27 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:

  • Vehicle crime in the North West area is a current concern and the team will be conducting additional enforcement action and investigation
  • Drug activity, anti-social behaviour and criminal damage at Shenstone Drive is the subject of an investigation.

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 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

Emmaus Suffolk Shower & Laundry Room

Emmaus Suffolk is a charity dedicated to the alleviation and relief of poverty and hardship. Emmaus at the Dales offers rehabilitation through meaningful activity for homeless, socially isolated, and long-term unemployed people, along with education, training and work opportunities.  £7,031.90 was awarded to transform a disused kitchen and bathroom into a shower and laundry room for the benefit of volunteers and external people in need.

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 £4,899 for the cost of providing ActivHubs sessions in the North West area, as part of a town-wide programme.

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.

Next Meeting

The next meeting in the North West is to be held on Thursday 22nd March 2018, 7pm at Whitton Church Hall, Whitton Church Lane, Ipswich IP1 6LT.

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