Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council

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Crime and Disorder Select Committee Minutes

Date:
Thursday, 19th November, 2015
Time:
2.30pm
Place:
Ground Floor Committee Room, Town Hall, Hight Street, Stockton on Tees, TS18 1AU
 
Please note: all Minutes are subject to approval at the next Meeting

Attendance Details

Present:
Cllr David Wilburn(In the Chair), Cllr Ken Dixon, Cllr Paul Rowling, Cllr Norma Stephenson O.B.E, Cllr Lynn Hall (Vice Cllr Matthew Vickers), Cllr Mrs Sylvia Walmsley, Cllr Julia Whitehill, Cllr Barry Woodhouse
Officers:
Mike Chicken, Joanne Roberts (Economic Growth and Development Services Division), Graham Birtle, Jenna McDonald (LDS)
In Attendance:
Cllr Julia Cherrett
Apologies for absence:
Cllr Paul Baker, Cllr Matthew Vickers
Item Description Decision
Public
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27/15
EVACUATION PROCEDURE
The evacuation procedure was noted.
CD
28/15
DECLARATIONS OF INTEREST
There were no declarations of interest.
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29/15
MINUTES FOR SIGNATURE - 17 SEPTEMBER 2015
AGREED that the minutes were signed by the Chairman as a correct record.
CD
30/15
DRAFT MINUTES - 15 OCTOBER 2015
AGREED that the minutes be approved subject to minor amendments.
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31/15
SCRUTINY REVIEW OF RIVER TEES CROSSING
INFRASTRUCTURE

AGREED that:

1. A review of the Access Database be included within the recommendations

2. The information be noted
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32/15
SCRUTINY REVIEW OF SCHOOL PARKING
AGREED that the information be noted.
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33/15
MONITORING REPORTS
AGREED that the progress updates be approved.
CD
34/15
WORK PROGRAMME
AGREED that the work programme be noted.
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35/15
CHAIR'S UPDATE
The Chair provided no update.

Preamble

ItemPreamble
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29/15
The minutes of the meeting held on 17 September 2015 were signed by the Chairman as a correct record.
CD
30/15
Consideration was given to the draft minutes of the meeting held on 15 October 2015.
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31/15
The Committee gave consideration to the Draft Final Report of the Scrutiny Review of the River Tees Crossing.

Key points were highlighted as follows:

- It was identified that an Asset Management Plan was required which would be reviewed periodically once in place

- It was noted that the Access Database required a review and update and was to be included within the recommendations. Members noted that the current system used for asset management was Flare

- A previous report by the BBC stated that 7% of bridges nationally, failed to meet standards. The report was based on 50 areas as a result of a Freedom of Information Request (FOI)

- It was highlighted that the improvements made to the Teesside Park Access were likely to have a ten year life span. The long term vision for the Teesside Park Access was to provide a second access as opposed to frequently re-surfacing the current access

- In the future, reviews would be carried out on unused bridges across the borough in order to identify need for the bridge and the costs/benefits of its removal

The Committee raised the following points/questions:

- Members agreed that the Flare system used for Asset Management was beneficial to the service and also cost efficient

- The Committee was keen to understand the reasons for employing external consultants for carrying out inspections. It was noted that external consultants were often required when dealing with a bridge or structure with an access issue and therefore required specialist rope access skills

- It was asked whether Newport Bridge required an external inspection, in response it was heard that an external inspection was required for the bridge and due to lack of funds at the time of the inspection, was carried out on a lower scale

- Members asked whether SBC and Middlesbrough Borough Council shared responsibility of Newport Bridge and the Transporter Bridge. It was highlighted that SBC and Middlesbrough Borough Council were jointly responsible for Newport Bridge and Middlesbrough Borough Council were responsible for the Transporter. In practice, the Transporter was maintained by Middlesbrough and Stockton Maintained Newport Bridge. It was also noted that the maintenance and repair costs of both bridges was often balanced, as a result of this, it was suggested that the new agreement be revised to reflect this
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32/15
The Committee gave consideration to the draft scope and project plan for the Scrutiny Review of School Parking.

Members noted that the following schools would be visited with and without enforcement support in order to assess school parking issues:

- Whitehouse Primary School
- The Glebe Primary School
- Ingleby Mill Primary School

Members raised the following points/questions:

- It was agreed that the Parking on Pavements leaflet was a useful source of information and clearly highlighted parking offences

- The Committee asked whether parents of children attending the three named schools would be given the opportunity to attend meetings. It was noted that the review would be publicised and parents would be contacted in order to engage and assist with the review.

- Members agreed that it was important to use the education approach on parking laws as well as enforcing

- It was suggested that the Crime and Disorder Select Committee liaise with other forums as part of the review. In response, it was noted that School Governor Support Services had been contacted

- It was highlighted that behavioural issues towards Enforcement Officers, PCSOs and the Police around parking issues should be reviewed
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33/15
Consideration was given to the progress updates on Tobacco Control and Community Safety.
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34/15
Members gave consideration to the work programme 2015-16.

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