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  • Sharps Disposal
    Article: Jan 12, 2018

    It has to be acknowledged that Ipswich, in common with many urban centres, has a problem with Class A drug addiction. The recent University of Suffolk research into drugs and gangs estimated that there were approximately 750 people in the Town who were addicted to heroin. Inevitably, this amount of usage leads to serious problems for many residents concerning the supply of these drugs but another detrimental effect is the discarding of drugs paraphernalia in many parts of the town. Many addicts inject the drug and then often casually discard the needles creating a serious public health issue. Although Ipswich Borough Council provides sharps bins in high usage areas, many public spaces are littered with potentially harmful needles. Cllr. Oliver Holmes comments: "At recent public meetings, councillors have been told by a number of churchs and schools of used needles being found on or near their premises. St Mary le Tower reported that they had started to find discarded bubble packs for knives as well." It is vital that not only properly trained and equipped teams deal safely with this litter but it also recorded so that the Council and other stakeholders can map the areas affected in order to coordinate their response. As Oliver says: "Sadly, my ward of St Margaret's has the most recorded sharps finds in the town. If residents, community groups or businesses find needles on their premises, they need to contact the Cleaner Ipswich Hotline on 01473 433000. All sharps finds are discussed at Neighbourhood Partnership Groups which meet monthly. The information can help the Police and the Council plan operations to stop or curb this usage to the benefit of residents."

  • EV charge sign (Thanks go to Wouter.robers for the EV charge sation sign)
    Article: Jan 2, 2018
    By Chris Wrathall

    What is Ipswich Borough Council doing to reduce toxic vehicle emissions?

    The Council has stated in its 2017 Air Quality Status report that "The annual health cost to society of the impacts of particulate matter alone in the UK is estimated to be around £16 billion". The town has four Air Quality Management Areas, where there have been high levels of Nitrous Oxide, or NO2.

  • Broomhill Pool
    Article: Dec 20, 2017

    Fusion Leisure have just announced that they have secured a National Lottery grant of £3.4 million for the redevelopment of Broomhill Pool. Cllr. Inga Lockington was part of the Ipswich Borough Council administration which agreed, some years ago, to contribute £1 million towards the funding of the works. She comments "I am delighted that work can now start in 2018 and that by 2020 local people will once again be able to use the Pool and the new leisure facilities. I know some residents are concerned about the possible parking problems and other impacts and I, together with my colleague Cllr. Oliver Holmes, will be working with them to find the best way forward."

  • Town Hall at Christmas
    Article: Dec 8, 2017

    The regeneration project for the Cornhill will take a big step forward next Tuesday 12 th December when the Executive of Ipswich Borough Council are likely to give final approval to the scheme and appoint the main contractor. Work should start in the New Year but, in order to get it finished by the end of October, the total cost seems certain to rise. Clearly, after many missed deadlines on major projects in the past (Queen Street comes to mind) , no one wants the works to overrun and ruin Ch ristmas shopping for 2018. While the Labour Executive may raise the budget, some elements of the scheme may be cut with the "four arches" looking particularly vulnerable.

    Cllr. Oliver Holmes says:" It is vital to Ipswich retailers and shoppers that the works finish by the end of October and I want to make sure the contract with the builders contains suitable penalties if they finish late. I am also concerned that the market traders have still not been told what will happen to them either during the work or when it is finally finished. The market is a great asset to the Town."

    If anyone has concerns about the proposals, Cllrs. Oliver Holmes and Inga Lockington may be contacted via the "Contact Us" button at the top of this website.

  • David Oyewobi (Photo by Oliver Holmes)
    Article: Dec 7, 2017
    By Oliver Holmes

    How can the community help in the fightback against drugs gangs?

    Well, Councillors Inga Lockington and Oliver Holmes have recently met an inspiring Ipswich resident who used to be involved with London gangs and has now turned his life around. David Oyewobi runs Community Interest Company OJB Ventures which aims to steer vulnerable young people into music projects instead of joining street gangs. He says: "I had to learn the hard way that it is really difficult to break out of gang membership once you are in. I use this experience to connect with kids and young people in a way they can relate to. You have to work really hard with every young person, but the fulfilment I get when they make a breakthrough is incredible."

  • Adrian head and shoulders
    Article: Dec 1, 2017
    By Adrian Hyyrylainen-Trett

    Each year the 1st December, World AIDS Day arouses a series of different emotions for me from relief, to tears, to pride and to survival that I've surmounted another six months.

    You may wonder why, in 2017 this means so much to me and engulfs me in such a fashion. Well, I was diagnosed on the 3rdJune 2004, which is ironically the halfway point of every year between December 1st. It is my HIV positive anniversary which many people, who have been diagnosed, have etched on their psyche for ever.

  • Cllr Inga Lockington
    Article: Nov 28, 2017

    The Social Mobility Commission has today published its index showing the prospects in England of someone from a disadvantaged background and the chances they have of obtaining a decent standard of living. Ipswich ranks 261st out of 324 local authority areas and is rated, like many parts of East Anglia, as a coldspot. Being a post-industrial town is undoubtedly a major reason for this problem but County Cllr. Inga Lockington also feels that the decline in educational attainment under Tory controlled Suffolk County Council is also a major factor and says: " Since the Tories took back control of the County Council, 12 years ago, they focused on reorganising rather than supporting our schools and the previously strong performance of Suffolk education declined compared with other Education Authorities.

  • Oliver Holmes
    Article: Nov 24, 2017
    By Councillor Oliver Holmes

    At the recent council meeting in Ipswich, councillors put aside their political differences and voted unanimously to give priority to the ongoing fight against drug dealing which blights many parts of Ipswich. The recent University of Suffolk Report on Gangs highlighted the escalation of violence in recent months with stabbings and gunfire between rival gangs from the Jubilee Park area and Nacton Road. Increasing numbers of drug runners from London, known as County Lines, seem to be the main problem as dealers fight to control the supply of heroin and crack cocaine. A new multi-agency task force has been established and Suffolk Police, Suffolk County Council and Ipswich Borough Council have all committed additional resources. As Superintendent Cutler told the meeting, in her experience, the majority of crime in the town stems from the trade in drugs. But at a prior presentation to the Council, a warning was given that community engagement was essential to the success of the task force. All Ipswich residents need to be united in their determination to rid the town of these gangs.

  • Broomhill Pool
    Article: Nov 15, 2017

    Fusion Leisure have been granted planning permission for the renovation of the Broomhill Swimming Pool following a meeting of the Ipswich BC planning committee today. The art deco lido was a much loved leisure feature in the town but closed to the public over 15 years ago.

    Cllrs. Inga Lockington and Oliver Holmes have been monitoring progress on the plans for some time. As a Borough and County Councillor , Inga has for many years supported the Broomhill Pool Trust who have worked tirelessly to bring back outdoor swimming to Ipswich.

  • AGM group 2017
    Article: Nov 11, 2017

    At last nights Annual General Meeting of Ipswich Liberal Democrats a new and expanded Executive Committe was elected. Trevor Powell was elected as chairman and former chairman Cathy French moved over to take on the role of treasurer. Colin Boyd remains as membership secretary.

    After the formal business of the AGM a number of members spoke passionately on their chosen policy topic. This was followed by a fun and original political game created by Colin.