Ipswich Borough Council

A third of the seats in Ipswich were up for election this year. Find out more about these elections.

Election 2018 Results

LAB HOLD
Party Elected in 2018 Total councillors Change

PartyLabour

Elected in 2018 12 Total councillors 34 Change+1

PartyConservative

Elected in 2018 3 Total councillors 12 Change-1

PartyLiberal Democrat

Elected in 2018 1 Total councillors 2 ChangeNo results
Councillors change compared with 2014

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Street fountain being tested in county town

Workers have been testing a new fountain in Ipswich's main square, as planners aim to bring more of a "wow factor" to the town.

Fountains being testing on the Cornhill, Ipswich
BBC

The £3.6m revamp of the Cornhill also involves new paving, a raised area, sculptures and more street furniture.

The project is due to be completed before the end of the year.

Artist's impression of the Cornhill, Ipswich
Ipswich Borough Council
Work got under way to revamp the Cornhill earlier in 2018

Doubt damaged pool will reopen before start of holidays

A leisure pool in Ipswich that closed last month after debris began falling from the roof may not re-open until after the start of the summer school holidays.

Crown Pools said work was under way to try to get the work finished by Monday, but could not guarantee that.

Crown Pools
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Ipswich Borough Council sports manager John Stebbings said repairing the damage had to proved to be a difficult job.

Contractors had to drain the pool to get specialist equipment in to position and this could not happen overnight.

"To drain the pool, get the equipment in to place to find out the problem, fix it and refill the pool all takes time," he said.

Surgery to close after failure to recruit GPs to cover appointments

Jason Noble

Suffolk Local Democracy Reporter

An Ipswich GPs' surgery serving 4,000 people is to close at the end of the year because it can't recruit enough doctors to cover all the appointments.

The Landseer Road surgery, run by the Chesterfield Drive practice five miles away on the other side of town, is operating with a reduced capacity and will shut in December.

Landseer Road surgery
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The GPs are due to comment in detail on the closure later, but a statement on its website said services were being gradually reduced and patients not wishing to move to the Chesterfield Drive surgery should register with another practice before the end of the year.

Liz Harsant, borough councillor for the area, said she was "shocked" after learning of the closure from a Suffolk County Council health scrutiny committee report and said more should be done to keep the practice open as it would put pressure on other surgeries in the area.

Andy Yacoub, Healthwatch Suffolk chief executive, said: "We understand that some patients registered at Landseer Road are already using Chesterfield Drive Surgery and information had been provided about alternatives."

Free summer activity cards extended around Ipswich

Jason Noble

Suffolk Local Democracy Reporter

Some 550 children living on the outskirts of Ipswich will get free iCards this summer, enabling them to join a scheme to prevent youngsters falling in with drugs gangs.

Crown Pools, Ipswich
Ipswich Borough Council

Ipswich Borough Council had alreadyannounced it would provide free cardsto a potential 20,000 children in the IP1-IP4 postcode areas, which allows them to access free activities and sports, such as free swimming at council-run sports centres (Crown Pools pictured).

It follows thedeath of Tavis Spencer-Aitkenslast month.

Now, councillors representing Kesgrave, which is on the outskirts of Ipswich but in the Suffolk Coastal District Council area, have used their community budgets to fund the extra 550 cards for children living in their wards.

£1m for derelict area on Ipswich waterfront

Some £1m has been earmarked from business rates to transform one of the remaining derelict areas on Ipswich waterfront.

Ipswich waterfront from Stoke Bridge
BBC

Ipswich Borough Council has given a progress report on the buildings which form an "entrance" to the Stoke Bridge end connecting the waterfront to the town centre via Cardinal Park and St Peter's Street.

The council already owns the car park, the former Burton & Beestons buildings and is trying to complete a deal to buy the silo.

David Ellesmere, Labour leader of the council, said: "It's allocated for housing at the moment, but we need to see what else we can have there at the site."

The Ipswich Central business group praised the decision to allocate £1m for investment.

Public orders could extend to 'gangs' loitering and dog fouling

Jason Noble

Suffolk Local Democracy Reporter

A public order which currently tackles street-drinking in Ipswich could be extended to target "gangs" loitering, drug-use in public and dog fouling.

The borough council is carrying out a consultation later this summer.

Oliver Holmes, councillor for St Margaret's ward, said it "totally disproportionate" to extend the scope of the orders to the whole town.

"It is criminalising behaviours that are not in themselves a crime,” he added.

David Ellesmere, Labour leader of Ipswich Borough Council, said powers had been "controversial" elsewhere, but "I think we are striking a balance with what we are putting forward".

Police on the beat in Ipswich
Suffolk Police