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South West Area Committee updates

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Tracy Grant

With Councillor Tracy Grant, Chair

Councillor Tracy Grant is the chair of the South West Area Committee for the 2018/19 municipal year.

Contact details:

Telephone:   07973680640

Local Ward Councillors regularly do walkabouts with residents in the South West Area to get a better of understanding of local need and problems. If there are any streets you would like to suggest for future walkabouts please get in touch with your ward councillor or email communities@ipswich.gov.uk.

South West Area Update

The most recent South West Area Committee meeting took place on Thursday 12th July 2018, and it was attended by 35 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 policing priorities for the area:

  • The main update was about planned changes to the local policing structure, which are in response to a funding deficit.  More Police Officers will be brought into the Neighbourhood Partnership Teams. This should mean more frontline Officers patrolling over extended hours, but the number of PCSO’s will be significantly reduced. The changes are due to be implemented by the end of October 2018.
  • Operation Parkland is in motion, with hotspots for summer related ASB being targeted.

To read further information about policing changes, see the ‘A Local Police Service for Suffolk’s Future’ booklet, and for 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

Suffolk Early Minds

Suffolk Mind is a charity offering services and programmes aimed at encouraging good mental health. They have identified a crisis in children and young people’s mental health in the UK. The funding of £2,550 granted from each area committee will go towards running their “EARLY Minds” project at a primary school in South West Ipswich. The project aids children to better understand their emotional needs, improve their wellbeing and learn calming techniques.

Citizens Advice Drop in Service at Hawthorn Drive

Citizens Advice Ipswich is a local charity and part of the Citizens Advice national network. One day a week, for 50 weeks of the year, Citizens advice run an additional drop in service at the General Practice Surgery on Hawthorn Drive. They provide advice on a range of issues including debt, tax, benefits, employment, housing and also relationship change. The agreed funding of £4,550 will cover the running costs of this additional drop in service for one year. 

St Francis Church Gutter Repairs

St Francis Church Hall is used to provide a breakfast club for new mums and infants/toddlers, a lunch club for pensioners, a craft club, exercise groups, dance groups, public meetings and much more by many different community groups. The funding of £7,000 will go towards significant repairs that are required to the guttering, which will in turn prevent the fabric of the building from deteriorating.

Next Meeting

The next meeting in the South West is to be held on Thursday 6 September 2018, 6.30pm - St Peter’s Church Hall, Stoke Park Drive, IP2 9JL

About the South West Area Committee

Further information, including access to the South 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 South 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

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

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01473 433291