Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council

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Housing & Community Safety Select Committee (ceased to operate 03/06/2015) Minutes

Date:
Thursday, 21st July, 2011
Time:
2.30pm
Place:
Lecture Theatre, Stockton Central Library, Church Road, Stockton-on-Tees, TS18 1AU
 
Please note: all Minutes are subject to approval at the next Meeting

Attendance Details

Present:
Cllr Julia Cherrett(Chairman), Cllr Derrick Brown(Vice-Chairman), Cllr Michael Clark, Cllr Evaline Cunningham, Cllr Robert Gibson, Cllr Andrew Sherris, Cllr David Wilburn
Officers:
Mike Batty(DNS), Graham Birtle, Anthony Duffy, and Kirsty Wannop(LDS)
In Attendance:
None
Apologies for absence:
Cllr Mohammed Javed, Cllr Miss Tina Large,
Item Description Decision
Public
HCS
18/11
EVACUATION PROCEDURE
 
HCS
19/11
DECLARATIONS OF INTEREST
 
HCS
20/11
DRAFT MINUTES - 23RD JUNE 2011
Agreed that the minutes be approved.
HCS
21/11
DRAFT MINUTES - 30TH JUNE 2011
Agreed that the minutes be approved.
HCS
22/11
EIT REVIEW OF HOUSING BENEFITS
 
HCS
23/11
EIT REVIEW OF COMMUNITY PROTECTION AND SECURITY SERVICES
AGREED that:
Members recommend to Cabinet that the EIT review be delayed until the effects of the police changes were known.

Members recommend to Cabinet not to delete the vacant posts but, where possible, fill them to counteract any reduction in police officer staffing and to maintain or improve the crime figures in the borough.
HCS
24/11
MEMBER DEVELOPMENT
 
HCS
25/11
WORK PROGRAMME
 
HCS
26/11
CHAIR'S UPDATE
 
2.30pm/3.50pm

Preamble

ItemPreamble
HCS
18/11
The evacuation procedure was noted.
HCS
19/11
There were no interests declared.
HCS
20/11
Consideration was given to the minutes of the meeting held on 23rd June 2011.
HCS
21/11
Consideration was given to the minutes of the meeting held on 30th June 2011.
HCS
22/11
Members were provided with a report that provided further information which the Committee requested at its meeting on 30th June 2011. Members raised their concerns that the report showed an increase need for the service. The Committee were also concerned over Housing Benefit being cut and people having to pay more rent than previously and the strain this could put on the public.
HCS
23/11
Members received information regarding Community Safety and Security, from Head of Community Protection.

The main issues discussed were as follows:
- Crime levels across all 26 wards highlighting the 5 wards with the highest incidences of crime recorded.
- Crime rates over the last seven years (2003/04 - 2010/11) showed a 49% reduction in recordable crimes. This did not include anti-social behaviour (ASB).
- Additional community safety provision was provided in the 5 wards recording most incidences of crime.
- ASB type of offences mainly related to alcohol confiscations, littering, fly tipping and dog fouling.
- Vacant post within the Community Safety Services.

Members raised concerns over announced police cuts from the government and what effect this would have on crime figures for the borough. The Committee felt that making cuts within the Community Safety team at this time could also have a negative effect. Members proposed to recommend to Cabinet to delay the EIT review until the effects of the police changes were known.
HCS
24/11
The Committee was asked to contact the Scrutiny team if any training was required.
HCS
25/11
A tripartite meeting would be scheduled as soon as possible to discuss the recommendations for the EIT Reviview of Community Safety and Security Services.
HCS
26/11
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