20MPH Zone Delivered ✅

Cllr Lee Reynolds and I this week welcomed the introduction of the 20MPH zone on Angelsea Road after years of campaigning. The scheme was a pledge I made during my election campaign in 2017 and after many months of meetings and designs, we have seen it installed…finally!
After years of deadlock I am pleased it has been delivered. Both Cllr Lockington and myself have paid for this out of our Highways Improvement budget and it is good that we have been able to work together.

Parts of the area are hazardous and see regular accidents and I am confident that the 20MPH zone will reduce this and make it safer for pedestrians.

This is the largest of any 20MPH zone in the town and shows the ambition Suffolk County Council has to promote speed awareness when there is clear evidence of accidents in the area.

20mph Zone latest


After the long awaited 20mph zone was given approval on 11 June, Cllr Lee Reynolds and I have been told that the final designs are currently being worked on before being implemented. We expect to see the scheme in operation early next year, after all the bureaucracy has been negotiated.

It’s a bit frustrating that the process has to be gone through, but at least we know it has been signed off and is going to happen – albeit after a few years of waiting!
Since the scheme was given the go ahead in June, Lee and I have received many calls from residents expressing approval at the news.

Anglesea Road 20MPH Zone

I am pleased to confirm to residents of Anglesea Road and the surrounding roads, the proposed 20 MPH Zone has been signed off by the Suffolk Highways department.
During my election campaign it became clear that this scheme had the passionate support of residents. I am pleased that it has now been given the green light and I am sure local residents will welcome the news.
I would like to thank Cllr Lockington and other councillors from all parties who have all worked hard on the issue since it was initially discussed.

Following concerns raised by residents in the Anglesea Road area, the proposed 20 mph speed limit would apply to the roads as seen in this plan.

A celebration of Percy

It was an absolute pleasure to help such a wonderful organisation called Lofty Heights last year. My wife had seen a fundraising appeal on Facebook and recommended I meet with them to see if I could help them with fundraising for a new van. During my initial meeting with Olive, the founder of Lofty Heights, it soon became obvious that this was a great organisation and one I was more than happy to support.

They were in desperate need for a new van in order to continue to help people in our communities. Lofty Heights provides more than a cleaning service to vulnerable people in the community, they provide employment, support, skills and aspiration to young people who want to learn but have struggled for various reasons. Congratulations to everyone at Lofty Heights, I am so pleased I was able to help and was able attend your celebration to welcome ‘Percy’ the van to Lofty Heights.

Donation to Friends of Christchurch Park

Yesterday (12th April, 2018) I was pleased to present the Friends of Christchurch Park group with a cheque for £2,000 from my locality budget towards their Water Fountain Project.

The Friends’ project to install a fountain in the middle of the park’s large pond to help restore the pond to it’s former glory, help keep the pond clear of algae and to make it easier for staff to clear the pond of any litter.

We are very lucky to have the number of parks and open spaces that we currently have and Christchurch Park is a wonderful place to visit and spend time with family and friends.

The Friends Group is comprised of dedicated individuals who work so hard to make it a great place to come and visit but also an area where the environment and wildlife can thrive.

Jubilee Park Roadshow

Today I attended the Jubilee Park Roadshow, an event that I was able to help fund from my locality budget. This was an event aimed at bringing the community out to enjoy food, music and fun workshops.

The Roadshow was organised by Ipswich Community Media and featured 22 organisations, including charities and voluntary groups offering advice and information.

Hundreds of visitors enjoyed graffiti workshops, skipping, beat-boxing, sports, the Freedom Sound System and more.

 

My locality grant to the Phoenix Project

The most enjoyable aspect of my role of County Councillor is my ability to make grants from my locality budget and therefore help some amazing charities, non-profits and groups in Ipswich and Suffolk.
Today I was able to help Phoenix Project, a charity setup in Fonnereau Road, Ipswich to help people suffering from mental illnesses.
The Phoenix Project tackles social isolation by providing a friendly, welcoming and safe space to meet others with similar experiences.
Upon my first visit, a few weeks ago, I came away humbled at the level of kindness and dedication shown by John and Donna who do an amazing job running this charity.
It was therefore my pleasure to grant them £1000 that can go towards the running costs of the project. It is charities like Phoenix Project that do so much work within communities and as a councillor, I am always happy do my bit in supporting them.

Broomhill Swimming Pool Update

In a boost for Ipswich, Fusion Leisure have had their planning permission granted for the renovation of the Broomhill Swimming Pool following the planning committee meeting at Ipswich borough Council earlier in the week. After being closed for 15 years, it now appears the pool will be open to the public, by 2020.
As a local resident and County Councillor, I have long supported the idea of Broomhill Swimming Pool re-opening and am thrilled it appears to be getting closer after clearing the latest planning process.
During my campaign for County Councillor and since being elected, local residents have been extremely supportive of Broomhill re-opening. However, parking has been raised as a key concern. Due to this, I am now working with my County Council colleague and cabinet member for Ipswich, Cllr Paul West to find solutions that can best protect local residents and provide Broomhill Swimming Pool adequate parking facilities.
Fusion Leisure are now moving ahead with the final phase for lottery funding. If all goes to plan, building work will commence next year, ready to open their doors in 2020. Users of Broomhill will be able to make use of a heated pool and new gym and health club facilities.