Went to a Ipswich Vision/Town Board meeting. Keeping the pressure on to ensure all 10 projects are delivered to accelerated timescales. Progress has been far too slow over the past few years. Hoping for a lot more information to be made public soon. Including about the Paul’s silo building and what the plan is there.
Chance that work will finally commence on upgrading a number of local shopping parades over the next few weeks.
Pressed case for funding package to Broomhill Lido to be pushed over the line. And for a new strategy for the River Gipping.
There is a massive challenge with regards to our Town centre and we all need to work together to turn the situation around.
Went to Number 10 to talk to the Prime Minister’s officials about Ipswich Town centre.
There is so much I can say but these are some of the points I made.
The police need to be given a clear steer that they should adopt a zero tolerance approach to anti social behaviour in the Town. Men hanging around in large groups and behaving in an anti social way should be engaged with and moved on. This hasn’t been happening enough.
Other local authorities in the eastern region should be blocked from sending their homeless people to Ipswich Town centre. They have an obligation to tackle their own homelessness issues, not send people to us. This is placing an additional burden on our Town centre.
The Government plan to introduce new laws to increase the punishment for shop lifting.
These need to be accelerated. Shop lifted has become debilitating for many Town centre businesses. There needs to be far more of a deterrent.
Meaningful business rate reform.
With regard to Ipswich Town Deal. Labour led Ipswich Borough Council have been one of the worst performing councils in the region. Government needs to keep pressure on them along with myself to ensure timescales are more ambitious for delivering each of the 11 projects.
I welcome the Government money from the shared prosperity fund and safer streets fund which is increasing the number of police officers in the Town centre. We need further support though. The central policing grants needs to be changed to ensure Suffolk police get fair funding. This would see an even greater police presence in the Town centre.
The building safety crisis is clearly a national one. However, I think it’s legitimate to ask why Ipswich has been so badly affected. Hard to think of a place in the country with such a high concentration of buildings that have been impacted.
Certainly seems to be a number of buildings were approved by Ipswich Borough Council that should never have been approved. Buildings that fell short of the building safety regulations at the time.
The situation at The Mill is complex and I will continue to take steps to try and help the over 200 people who have been stuck in a cruel limbo for far too long.
Will continue to meet weekly until all issues resolved. So many answers still to secure.
Coming up to one year since the Novotel was taken over by Serco for use by those who have illegally entered our country. It was totally unacceptable then and it remains totally unacceptable now. I again raised the matter in the Chamber. Expressing both my anger and the anger of my constituents.