Today Suffolk County Council voted overwhelmingly to bid to get city status for Ipswich. Today’s motion received cross-party support as city status would see increased investment and jobs in Ipswich.
A changed waterfront attracting thousands of visitors each year, a refurbished Tower Ramparts and Buttermarket shopping centres that has seen new retailers, restaurant’s and leisure providers come to the centre of Ipswich and a soon to be rebuilt Corn Exchange that will provide a great face lift for our town centre.
With the country’s largest container port just down the road, investment in our rail network that will see state-of-the-art trains on the Ipswich to London line connecting our town to the wider world. All of this, I believe means we should not hesitate in bidding and that we stand every chance of getting it!
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.
I am pleased to announce that new measures have been put in place in the Jubilee Park area of Westgate, Ipswich. All roads between London Road and Bramford Road (East of Yarmouth Road) will see street lighting on permanently throughout the night for the foreseeable future.
These measures have been secured after Cllr Lee Reynolds and I (pictured above) met with County Council Leader Colin Noble and Cllr Paul West, cabinet member for Ipswich to discuss methods that can help to combat gang violence and criminal behaviour. We know people feel less safe when street lights are switched off and the the temporary period currently in place which has seen lights on throughout the night, expires early next year.
Getting lights switched on throughout the night in high crime areas was an issue I campaigned for and it is a pledge that I am happy to have fulfilled to the residents of the Jubilee Park area. I wanted to put people’s minds at rest and to take action early so we can concentrate on other steps to help combat the criminal behaviour that is currently plaguing the area. – Chris Chambers
It was fantastic to present Lofty Heights with a cheque for £1000 that can go towards purchasing a new van. Lofty Heights provides such a valuable service to the people of Suffolk by supporting individuals, carers and professionals with preparing people for hospital discharge as well as supporting those with dementia. This is a crucial service that I am extremely proud to support.
Lofty Heights receive many calls from people needing their specialist services. Usually for reasons of ill physical or mental health they need Lofty Heights to declutter, deep clean and make their homes safe. Many are unable to pay for their services and there are times that Loft Heights cannot find funding to help them. So we are aspiring to raise funds to meet this need.
These are Suffolk families or individuals living in great distress and danger for reasons including:
the risk of being made homeless as they are unable to comply with basic tenancy conditions
having accidents due to the hazardous condition of their home
the amount of clutter could prevent emergency services from reaching them
their health and well being is adversely affected
issues with their neighbours and family or carers
regular care, cleaning or support may refuse to attend due to the current condition
stress and social exclusion suffered by the whole family (the most common being that children are simply unable to invite friends to play)
This specialist work can take up to 7 days and costs £350 per day for the Lofty Heights team of trained professionals to work with individuals and families to give people their lives, dignity and independence back.
You could help to transform the lives of families and individuals, giving them a fresh start.
If you can help in any way please donate and support the crucial work of Lofty Heights.
Yesterday I was one of four Councillors that took part in a Q&A with young people from Fresh Aspirations. The Q&A session provided an insight into the concerns facing young people in Suffolk. The questions ranged from highways budget, public health and the promotion of different cultures and equality at Suffolk County Council. The event was part of the Enterprise Explorer Day being held at Endeavour House.
The Upper Orwell Crossings will do two things: Firstly, it will relieve traffic around the Star Lane gyratory by creating an alternative route across the Orwell. Secondly, it will unlock the Island site for development creating new high value jobs for Ipswich.
The upper orwell crossings project is ready to go with money already allocated by the government, plans drawn up and millions already spent on it. Revising/potentially derailing it is a waste of money.
If you don’t want to see millions of tax payers money wasted, keep Ipswich moving and create high value jobs and investment, sign the petition here.
I am pleased to have been appointed Suffolk County Council representative to the Northgate Foundation.
The Northgate Foundation is a charity which provides financial assistance for educational purposes to young people under the age of 25 who either live or have attended school in Ipswich or Westerfield and have a family household income below £25,000.
Today I was pleased to sit down with Deborah Cadman – Suffolk County Council CEO to discuss a range of issues facing our county.
As CEO of Suffolk County Council, Deborah is responsible for implementing and shaping the strategic direction of the County Council and its many departments and services.
During our meeting we discussed social care and how care costs are putting extensive strains on local government budgets and how early prevention methods can help individuals and organisations such as Suffolk County Council.
We also spoke about education and the need for young people to leave school ‘work ready’ and discussed different ways this can be achieved.