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Stockton Home Safety Association Minutes

Date:
Tuesday, 18th December, 2018
Time:
1:30
Place:
Ground Floor Conference Room, Municipal Buildings
 
Please note: all Minutes are subject to approval at the next Meeting

Attendance Details

Present:
Cllr Evaline Cunningham (Chairman), Michelle Bendelow (Vice Chair), Cllr Helen Atkinson
Officers:
Andrea Gledhill, Dale Metcalfe, Paul Bell (EG&DS), Sarah Whaley (DCE)
In Attendance:
Darren Lane (Cleveland Fire Authority)
Apologies for absence:
Allison Lilliendahl, Cllr Bill Woodhead (MBE)
Item Description Decision
Public
SHA
22/18
EVACUATION PROCEDURE
 
SHA
23/18
DECLARATIONS OF INTEREST
 
SHA
24/18
DRAFT MINUTES FROM THE STOCKTON HOME SAFETY ASSOCIATION MEETING WHICH WAS HELD ON THE 30TH OCTOBER 2018
AGREED that the minutes be approved and signed as a correct record by the Chairman.
SHA
25/18
REPORT OF POLICE OFFICER
AGREED that the report be deferred.
SHA
26/18
REPORT OF COMMUNITY SAFETY OFFICER
AGREED that the information be noted.
SHA
27/18
REPORT OF FIRE OFFICER
AGREED that the information be noted.
SHA
28/18
REPORT OF TRADING STANDARDS
AGREED that the information be noted.
SHA
29/18
FINANCIAL UPDATE - TOTAL SPEND ON STOCKTON HOME SAFETY EVENT OCTOBER 2018
AGREED that the information be noted.
SHA
30/18
REPORT OF CHILDREN'S CENTRE OFFICER
AGREED that the report be deferred
SHA
31/18
CAMPAIGN TOPICS
 
SHA
32/18
BILLINGHAM TOWN CENTRE HOME SAFETY EVENT
AGREED that the information be noted.
SHA
33/18
ANY OTHER BUSINESS
 

Preamble

ItemPreamble
SHA
22/18
The Evacuation Procedure was noted.
SHA
23/18
There were no declarations of interest.
SHA
24/18
Consideration was given to the minutes of the Stockton Home Safety Association Committee meeting which was held on the 30th October 2018.
SHA
25/18
There was no Police Officer in attendance at the meeting and therefore no reports offered.
SHA
26/18
The Community Safety Officer provided Members with a verbal overview on recorded crime and anti-social behaviour incidents within the borough of Stockton.

The main topics discussed were as follows:

- Anti-Social Behaviour (ASB) continued to decrease and an annual decrease of 7.5% was anticipated across Cleveland Police.

- Civic Enforcement had a seen a reduction during the last quarter.

- Stockton Borough contributed 30% of all crime across Cleveland Police Force.

- Violence against an individual had seen an increase and was currently the leading category of all crime.

- There had been an increase in crime across neighbouring authorities and publicly reported crimes were up 18.9% in Stockton.

- Shoplifting had seen an increase of 22.7%.

- Discussion took place around issues relating to off road bikes being ridden around local neighbourhoods and the problems associated with that in terms of crime and anti-social behaviour. Following the previous meeting of the Stockton Home Safety Association Committee a number of Section 59 notices had been paid for in a various wards which had been arranged through Officers within the Highways, Transport and Environment Service. It was noted however that the Community Enforcement Service had no power over these types of crimes.

- A brief discussion took place around a recent review regarding parking on grass verges. Following its findings and the damage and danger that parking on grass verges caused, there had been a push to try and stop this. A process was now in place which would ultimately see fines being issued to repeat offenders to repair the damage caused, however some of the land in question was not wholly owned by Stockton Borough Council. The Vice Chairman highlighted particular parking issues on Flodden Way, Billingham. The Community Safety Officer agreed to look into the issues reported.
SHA
27/18
Fire Officer, Darren Lane was in attendance at the meeting and presented the Committee with an overview of his role within the Cleveland Fire Brigade.

The main topics discussed were as follows :

- The Fire Officer highlighted that there was a current focus on all types of fires particularly those started by children such as grass fires, wheelie bin fires, trees and skips etc. The period running up to 2nd December 2018 had seen 56 of these small fires which were categorised as deliberate and were a priority for Cleveland Fire Authority. An increase in grass fires during school summer holidays was noted and the Committee were informed of the work that the Fire Authority carried out with local schools highlighting to students the dangers these types of fires caused.

- CCTV and body worn cameras were used to try and identify those individuals starting small fires in the worst areas to enable prosecution. Some Fire Officers and Paramedics had been required to wear protective clothing due to experiencing objects being thrown at them in the worst areas.

- Cleveland Fire Authority had produced wheelie bin stickers to remind residents to bring their bins in soon after refuse collection as a quantity of those that had been left out too long in problematic areas had been set alight.

- Leaflets highlighting possible dangers over the festive period, such as overloading sockets etc. had been distributed to residents as well as the use of social media to promote safety in the home.

- The Committee heard that Fire Officers were still continuing with the Crucial Crew initiative.

- The Fire Officer had provided positive feedback to Cleveland Fire Brigade in relation to the Home Safety Event he had attended in October 2018.

- Events had been held in Hartlepool schools highlighting the serious nature of hoax calls to emergency services.

- In terms of warmer homes healthy people, there was a stay safe and warm initiative currently in place where fire crews delivered heaters, hot water bottles etc. to vulnerable families at any time of the day or night during adverse weather conditions.

- In terms of elderly residents there was a current list of vulnerable over 65's. Fire Officers were involved with local community groups holding talks in relation to keeping safe and well, loneliness, dementia and associated issues relating to this such as excessive alcohol consumption.
SHA
28/18
The Trading Standards Enforcement Officer informed the committee of a recent issue with a new trending toy which was in high demand for Christmas, known as ‘Squishy' toys which were meant to be for ages 6 plus. A quantity had been found in Middlesbrough which were hazardous and could result in choking, none had been found in Stockton.
SHA
29/18
The Trading Standards Officer informed Members that the total spend for the Stockton Home Safety Event was 220.60. More door chains and card minders had been ordered for the Billingham Event which was to be held on the 25th February 2019.
SHA
30/18
No Children's Centre Officer was in attendance at today's meeting and no reports offered.
SHA
31/18
There was nothing to report.
SHA
32/18
The Billingham Town Centre Home Safety Event was to be held on 25th February it was agreed that representatives would attend the event from Community Safety, One Call, Trading Standards, Children's Services and the Fire Service.

The Governance Officer would continue to look for a pharmacy representative to highlight the dangers of medicines being mistook for sweets and how to avoid this.

There would be an emphasis on slips and falls. The Slips and Falls Team would be asked if they had any coasters which had been used in the past.

The Trading Standards Officer would provide information to give to residents in relation to cold calling.

Fire Officer would provide paraphernalia in relation to the ‘Stay Safe and Warm Scheme' which offered access to borrow heaters and other equipment.
SHA
33/18
There was no other business.

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