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  • Barrowdale Avenue street sign with abandoned roadworks items
    Article: Oct 26, 2020
    By Councillor Inga Lockington
    Councillor Inga Lockington writes:-
    Over the years I have reported this kind of LITTER several times on the "Report it Tool" on the County Council's Web-Site. This is Street Litter left behind when a Utility Company or our County Highways Teams have worked in our streets.
    They think they have finished the job, packs up and go but clearly can't be bothered to always take all the Boards/bollards/sandbags away with them. Someone brought the Items along so why do they not count them out and back in again. At the end of the day they all cost money and boards left behind on pavements can cause injury.
  • Oliver Holmes
    Article: Oct 24, 2020
    By Councillor Oliver Holmes

    The Borough Council has received details as to how the Planning Inspectorate will deal with the public enquiry into the Ipswich Local Plan. This, under current legisla�on, describes the local planning framework for the Borough, until 2036 .

    Councillor Oliver Holmes, on behalf of Ipswich Liberal Democrats, submitted a number of suggested amendments concerning the residential development to the north of Humber Doucy Lane, parking policy for the town centre and the failure to take account of changes in natonal policy on climate change. Full details of the enquiry will be given when they are published.

    This whole process may be meaningless if the Government's Planning White Paper is enacted. Under a suggested zonal system, new housing would be agreed in principle using a natonal algorithm.

    Oliver comments: "Removing Local Democracy from planning and planning control will not mean more housing - the real problem is non-comple�on of new homes already approved through our current planning system."

    Consultation on the White Paper finishes at the end of October. If you are concerned, want to learn more or want your voice to be heard, we found the following helpful:-

    www.cpre.org.uk www.youtube.com/watch?v=b6g6EORy4Rs

    Grounds maintenance and new Housing developments.

    It used to be the case that Developers would provide local authorities with a fixed sum, for 10 years, to maintain the shared areas of new estates, including their green and leisure spaces, before transferring to normal Council maintenance funded through Council Tax.

    This is no longer the case and Developers can choose to make their own private arrangements including annual charges for grounds maintenance.

    The Vista (Hayhill Development) was set up in this way. Residents have told us of some things not being done because the Estate management company believes them to be the Borough Council's responsibility.

    We have contacted the Borough Council about this and are working with residents to see if there are ways we can help improve maintenance of shared areas.

  • Coins
    Article: Oct 24, 2020
    By Paul Daley

    As a local party, we are planning so that in future years, we can gain more seats in Ipswich and through this, to make a difference in Ipswich, but to do so, we do need to increase our income and to fund the extra expenditure this will require. We have recently added a fundraising officer to the executive to help plan this and over coming months, there will be a number of opportunities to help make a difference.

  • Article: Sep 23, 2020
    By Tim Lockington

    The Covid-19 crisis has massively transformed our human world, but it will pass. The climate emergency, linked to rapid release of carbon, buried, as fossil fuels, for millennia, will affect much more than human health, social and economic activity. The whole structure and security of life on our planet is at risk.

  • Oliver Holmes
    Article: Aug 7, 2020
    By Oliver Holmes
    Big developers, major donors to the Tory party, have welcomed proposals to scrap the existing planning system in proposals which are being sold to the public as the solution to more housing for the young homeless. The new market oriented system closely follows the details provided in a paper by Policy Exchange, a right-wing think tank secretly funded by corporate and private lobbying groups - and almost certainly including the big developers. A de-regulated zonal system will remove residents' rights to object and is yet another assault on local democracy.
    All the largest environmental and heritage groups are outraged and have pointed out that there is no evidence whatsoever to show these changes will improve housing supply. The Local Government Association points out that there are existing planning permissions for more than one million homes which have not even been started. The Minister introducing these changes, Robert Jenrick, owns a number of high-end properties that he has developed himself and is mired in what is known as the Westferry Scandal where, in granting a controversial application, he agreed he had acted unlawfully.
    Cllr. Oliver Holmes, who sits on the Ipswich BC Planning Committee, is very concerned at the loss of local democratic involvement and comments: "The real reason we have such an appalling record on building homes is the speculative building system controlled by the big developers and these proposals will only increase their power and control. No wonder they are delighted."
  • key
    Article: Aug 5, 2020

    Robert Jenrick announced a "permission in principle" will be given to developments on land designated "for renewal" to speed-up building.

    However, he did not specify the criteria for designating land under these proposals.. Areas of outstanding natural beauty and the green belt will be protected.

  • Elmer's Travel Trunk
    Article: Aug 2, 2020
    By Tim Lockington

    Question:

    If the promotion of Ipswich Tourism by Ipswich Borough Council is to continue as an essential activity of the Council, what specialist staff, outlets and budget are required to deliver and support our offer to Tourists and enable the promotion of Ipswich's attractions through Tourism services provided by other administrations in the Region, recognising that they should expect reciprocal support?

  • Article: Aug 1, 2020
    By Tim Lockington

    We quote below the speech by Councillor Tim Lockington at Wednesdays council meeting seconding Councillor Glen Chisholm's motion to amend the Localism Act to enable "suspension and barring from public office for major breaches of the councillors' code of conduct". This motion was a response to the racist postings made by Robin Vickery prior to his resignation from the Council and the Conservative Party.

  • fapv (Thanks to Eva Blue for sharing their work on Unsplash.)
    Article: Jul 31, 2020
    The cross party Public Accounts committee has issued a short but damning report of the Governments handling of the social care sector in the early stages of the pandemic. You can read the full report here https://publications.parliament.uk/pa/cm5801/cmselect/cmpubacc/405/405.pdf
    It said the decision to discharge around 25,000 patients from NHS hospitals into care homes - without first testing them - was "an appalling error" in the initial weeks of the outbreak. Ministers were accused of a "slow, inconsistent and at times negligent" approach to social care during the coronavirus pandemic that has exposed years of delayed reforms to the sector.

    On personal protective equipment for social care staff, the committee chair Meg Hillier said that failure to provide kit for workers and volunteers who risked their lives through the first peak of Covid-19 was "a sad, low moment in our national response".

    "Our care homes were effectively thrown to the wolves, and the virus has ravaged some of them," she added.

    The committee said the pandemic had highlighted the "tragic impact" of successive governments delaying widespread reform of the sector and treating social care as the NHS's "poor relation". "Years of inattention, funding cuts and delayed reforms have been compounded by the government's slow, inconsistent and, at times, negligent approach to giving the sector the support it needed during the pandemic.

    The report said that "shockingly" the government's policy of not testing all patients for Covid-19 before discharging them into care homes continued until 15 April, when the government announced everyone would be tested prior to being discharged and regardless of symptoms.

    Going forward, the committee urged the government to prepare for a potential second wave, and said no one would have expected ministers to get every decision right during the initial months of the pandemic. "Rather than seeking to give the impression that it has done so, the government urgently needs to reflect, acknowledge its mistakes, and learn from them as well as from what has worked," the report added.

    Commenting on the report which condemns the "slow, inconsistent and at times negligent approach" to the social care sector during the Covid-19 pandemic, Liberal Democrat MP and member of the committee Sarah Olney said:

    The coronavirus has left people worried about their future and mourning loved ones. While we have relied on frontline staff to protect us, the Government's PPE shortages seriously let NHS and care workers down.

    People deserve better. Ministers must read and act on this report before it is too late to prepare for a second wave. That means rapidly upscaling the strategy to test, trace and isolate every case of coronavirus to keep people safe and prevent new surges.

    To improve public confidence, the Prime Minister must set out a timetable for the independent inquiry into the Government's actions. With that, we can ensure the same mistakes never happen again.