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Councillor Jeannette Macartney

With Councillor Jeannette Macartney, Chair

Councillor Jeannette Macartney is the chair of the South West Area Committee for the 2017/18 municipal year.

Contact details:

Telephone  01473 684443

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 18th January 2018, and it 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 West Safer Neighbourhood Team updated the Committee on policing priorities for the area:

  • Continued enforcement on Anti-Social Behaviour and drug activity in the Alderman Park & Hanford Road area

The team continue to work with the Council and the Co-op Anti-Social Behaviour team to tackle anti-social behaviour at the Hawthorn Drive shopping precinct.

PCSO Craig Gibbs has joined the team and he will become the point of contact for Anti-Social Behaviour.

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 Corssings 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 £1,356 for the cost of providing ActivHubs sessions in the South 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 £1,260 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 South West is to be held on Thursday 8th March 2018, 6.30pm at Chantry Methodist Church, Kingfisher Avenue, Ipswich IP2 0QN.

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