Borough Councillor, Bridge Ward

Phil Smart - Borough Councillor, Bridge Ward
Contact Phil Smart
  • 67 Severn Road, Ipswich, IP3 0PU
  • 01473 728617

Phil has lived in Ipswich since 1981 and served as a councillor for Bridge Ward on Ipswich Borough Council since 1983. During this time, he has helped many residents with local issues around the ward, including the successful campaign for a residents parking scheme.

Phil also makes an important contribution to the work of the council across the whole town.
He currently serves as the portfolio holder for Environment and Transport, responsible for Refuse Collection as well as the Council’s remaining transport functions. He represents Ipswich on the Suffolk Waste Partnership, The East Suffolk Water Management Alliance, and the East West Main Line Partnership. Throughout his time on the council, Phil has taken a keen interest in transport matters and is a strong supporter of keeping Ipswich Buses in council ownership. Perhaps his most significant achievement was persuading Network Rail to build the new section of railway between Hadleigh Road and Sproughton Road which opened in 2014 which has increased the proportion of freight carried by rail from Felixstowe port.

Phil is employed part time as the Assistant Policy Manager with the Rail Freight Group, a trade association representing over 130 companies and organisation promoting greater use of our railways in order to reduce carbon emissions, relieve congestion on our roads and improve air quality.

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