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Councillor Stephen Connelly

With Councillor Stephen Connelly, Chair

Councillor Stephen Connelly is the chair of the South East Area Committee for the 2019/20 municipal year.

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Telephone: 07866968933

South East Area update

The most recent South East Area Committee meeting took place on Wednesday 4 September 2019 and was attended by 13 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 East Safer Neighbourhood Team updated the Committee on policing priorities for the area:

  • Patrols and action to tackle drug activity in parks, in particular Holywells Park remain a priority.
  • Significant progress had been made to reduce antisocial behaviour at two locations; Gainsborough Library and the residential area near the waterfront.  Following patrols, arrests and deterrent measures the level of reports had dropped.
  • The SNT reported a recent arrest of an individual for doorstep fraud offences.  The individual was already wanted in other Counties and has been remanded.

To read further information about policing and 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.

Funding Requests

Ravenswood Community Fund

The South East Area Committee adopted the management of the Ravenswood Community Fund. The Fund was established during the development of the Ravenswood and a balance of £59,797.95 remains. The aims of the fund are to support the Community, Educational Needs, Special Needs, Environment and Wildlife of Ravenswood residents and the area.

Ravenswood Wildlife Area Improvements

The Committee allocated £26,400 from the Ravenswood Community Fund to the Greenways Project (Parks and Cemeteries) to enable the resurfacing of the main path from Ravenswood to the Orwell Country Park and the construction of steps allowing access up the ‘Tump’. The measures are intended to improve access and enjoyment of the Wildlife area for residents and help protect the surrounding habitat.

Caribbean and African Community Health Support Forum Football & Wellbeing programme

£740.15 funding was granted to CACHSF toward the cost of 32 weeks of football sessions and 10 weeks of wellbeing sessions covering topics on mental & physical health, drugs & alcohol abuse and nutrition. The sessions will be held in the town centre for young people from across Ipswich. The current intake is aged between 16 & 26 and is made up of 14 different nationalities.

Emmaus Suffolk Volunteer Support

£725.81 was granted to Emmaus Suffolk to subsidise costs for travel, lunch and food parcels for volunteers at the Dales community hub. Emmaus Suffolk offers meaningful activity and learning for homeless, socially isolated, and long-term unemployed people. Through the Emmaus @ the Dales hub it offers people the chance to volunteer and in doing so to build their skills, confidence and social support network.

In order to reduce the barriers for vulnerable volunteers the organisation subsidises travel, lunch and a once a month food parcel. The Committee agreed to fund part of this cost for volunteers from the South East Area.

Next Meeting

Please note this committee meeting date is different to previously published. The November meeting was cancelled under pre-election rules.

About the South East Area Committee

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

Contact Details

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

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01473 432226