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South East Area Committee updates

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 With Councillor Bill Knowles, Chair

 Councillor Bill Knowles is the chair of the South East Area Committee for the 2017/18 municipal year.

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South East Area update

The most recent South East Area Committee meeting took place on Wednesday 10th January 2018, and was attended by 42 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:

  • Working with partners and residents to tackle anti-social behaviour and street drinking at Gladstone Road & Devonshire Road
  • Working in partnership with the Library and the Youth Offending service to tackle anti-social behaviour of young people around the Gainsborough Community Library

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 £4,678.50 for the cost of providing ActivHubs sessions in the South East 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.

Holywells Bowls Club Green Improvements

The Holywells Bowls Club is an outdoor bowling green next door to Holywells Park on Cliff Lane. The club was awarded £1,290 for improvements to fencing surrounding the bowls green, the grass slope adjoining the play area and the ditches that edge the green. The improvements are intended to preserve the green, make the area safer to use, and aid the bowls play. 

Back Hamlet Allotments

The committee allocated £731.83 to provide tarmac repairs at the entrance of the Back Hamlet allotments. The works are intended to improve the access and enjoyment of this Council owned amenity in Holywells ward.

Trim Trail at Murray Park

£3,781.91 was awarded to the Friends of Murray Park toward the cost of exercise equipment forming a ‘Trim Trail’.  The increased provision is intended to increase activity at the park and provide a free-to-access amenity for local resident to improve their health. This is a part-funded project, with additional funding having been applied for separately.

Devonshire Road Alley Gates

Residents in Devonshire Road submitted a 30-signature petition to the Council about anti-social and criminal behaviour that they have experienced in the alleyways around these properties. The committee awarded £2,000 toward the cost of installing four alley-gates to restrict access to the alleyway. The other funding will be provided by County Councillor Mandy Gaylard’s locality fund and the Council’s Housing service. 

Next Meeting

The next meeting in the South East is to be held on Wednesday 14th March 2018, 7pm at Nansen Road Baptist Church Hall, Ipswich IP3 9HN.

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.

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 South East 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

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

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01473 432226