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Stockton Home Safety Association Minutes

Date:
Tuesday, 15th June, 2010
Time:
1.30pm
Place:
Ground Floor Committee Room, Town Hall, High Street, Stockton-on-Tees TS18 1AU
 
Please note: all Minutes are subject to approval at the next Meeting

Attendance Details

Present:
Cllr Mrs Ann Cains (Chairman), Cllr Dick Cains, Cllr Aidan Cockerill, I McHugh (Cleveland Fire Brigade); T Redfern (RSVP); K Jarvis (Public)
Officers:
Mrs L Provett (Children's Centre Manager-CESC); J Morley (Trading Standards); Mrs T Harrison (LD)
In Attendance:
No other persons were present
Apologies for absence:
Cllr Julia Cherrett and Mrs M Weatherall (SDAG)
Item Description Decision
Public
SHS
14/10
DECLARATIONS OF INTEREST
 
SHS
15/10
MINUTES OF THE MEETING HELD ON 11TH MAY 2010.
CONCLUDED that the minutes of the meeting held on 11th May 2010 be agreed as a correct record and be forwarded to Council for consideration.
SHS
16/10
FALLS DAY
CONCLUDED that:

1. The information be noted.

2. The acting secretary will produce and present at future meeting, a leaflet designed to attract more members to the Stockton Home Safety Association.
SHS
17/10
DOORSTOPPERS
CONCLUDED that the report be noted.
SHS
18/10
NO COLD CALLING ZONES
CONCLUDED that the report be noted.
SHS
19/10
REPORT OF CHILDREN'S CENTRE OFFICER
CONCLUDED that:

1. The report be noted.

2. The Children's Centre Manager and her staff be thanked for the hard work they do.
SHS
20/10
REPORT OF FIRE OFFICER
CONCLUDED that:

1. The report be noted.

2. The Fire Officer will provide a three monthly breakdown of incidents for each ward to each Ward Councillor that requested the information to tie in with their news letters.
SHS
21/10
REPORT OF POLICE OFFICER
 
SHS
22/10
REPORT OF TRADING STANDARDS OFFICER
CONCLUDED that:

1. The report be noted.

2. The findings of Trading Standards regarding the fumes emitted from the ironing boards will be reported back to the Association.

3. Trading Standards will report back on National Rogue Traders' Day.

4. Trading Standards will provided information on all scrap metal collectors who held a waste disposal licence.
1.30 - 2.30pm

Preamble

ItemPreamble
SHS
14/10
There were no declarations of interest.
SHS
15/10
Consideration was given to the minutes of the meeting held on 11th May 2010.
SHS
16/10
Members were advised that there had been a problem with insurance for the Falls Day event; however it had been quickly resolved.

The Chair advised that four home safety related designs had been chosen to be printed onto coasters with 125 of each printed. The coasters would be handed out to the public on Falls Day. The coasters would be paid for from the Stockton Home Safety Association budget.

Members were advised that a "touch light" would be given to all who completed an evaluation form at the event.

Councillor Mrs Cains, Councillor Cockerill, Mr Redfern and Mr Russell would be attending to help at the event. All helpers were to be at the Town Hall for 9.30am.

Yvonne Cheung had done most of the organisation for the day.

The Chair advised that due to costs, the Stockton-on-Tees Borough Events Trailer Council would not be used but gazebos would be provided.

The Chair advised that she would check that access to the Town Hall would again be allowed via the side, wheelchair friendly access.

Members expressed dismay that at every Falls Day the 'Ten facts about Stockton Home Safety Association' leaflet given to the public did not result in an increase in the Stockton Home Safety Associations membership. The acting secretary advised that although the leaflet provided interesting information it could be beneficial to produce another leaflet which would be dedicated to attracting more members to the Association.
SHS
17/10
Members were advised that 2089 talks to residents had taken place.

Mr Redfern noted that it had not been easy to get statistics of doorstep crime due to the fact that the crime was not recorded individually; the figures were included in household burglaries. Members were pleased to hear that burglaries were falling overall.

Members were advised that a Strongbow Police Officer had been moved so there was no longer a dedicated officer to work with Mr Redfern.

Mr Redfern advised that people were going door to door selling doorstop sticker which could be obtained free.

Members were advised that Doorstoppers had another 12 months to run.
SHS
18/10
Members were advised that there were 26 No Cold Calling Zones within Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council with 4 pending applications. There were also 5 Doorstep Crimewatch Zones; these were zones which were not fully fledged No Cold Calling Zones but houses would be provided with door stickers to display.

Members were advised that a resident in a No Cold Calling Zone was approached by a cold caller (roofer) which resulted in a prosecution and the repayment of the cheque to the resident. The resident had reported the roofer to her Ward Councillor who in turn contacted the Police and trading Standards.

Members were advised that if someone was touting for business in a zone the resident should call Trading Standards and they would deal with the individual. However, if a job had been agreed then the resident should call the Police. The Police would advise Trading Standards and vica versa.

Members were advised that the details and numbers to contact related to No Cold Calling Zones would be published in the Stockton News.

The officer advised that the six main energy companies would observe No Cold Calling Zones. They would now post information through the letterbox and ask the resident to contact them if the wished them to return.
SHS
19/10
Members were advised that the Child Safety Week would be taking place from 21st June. All Children's Centre's would be hosting events during that week.

Officers advised that 229 assessments had been undertaken and equipment fitted in 229 homes under the ROSPA (safe at home) Scheme. Tristar was contracted to fit the equipment provided.

Members were advised that between June 2009 and May 2010, 471 assessments and home fittings had been undertaken. 76 assessments had resulted in equipment not being required.

Officers followed a three strikes and you're out policy for those people that had been assessed for equipment but were not at home following agreed appointments unless there was a child protection issue.

Lockable medicine cabinets had also been supplied and fitted to protect children whose parents required strong drugs in the home.

The officer advised that a meeting had taken place between herself and an officer from Public Health. The Public Health Officer would provide information on accidental and non-accidental admissions to hospital or visits to Accident and Emergency. The figures would be broken down into postcodes and types of accidents and Wards.

The Chair thanked the Children's Centre manager and her staff for the hard work that they did.
SHS
20/10
Members were advised that there had been a fire fatality in April which had been alcohol and smoke related.

The Fire Officer advised that the number of house fires was down.

Members requested details of incidents related to their Wards. The Fire Officer advised that he could provide information to any Ward Councillor that requested the information on a three monthly basis to tie in with the publication of their Ward newsletters. The Fire Officer advised that it would not be beneficial to provide monthly details as there would be insufficient information to make it worthwhile.
SHS
21/10
The Police Officer was not present.
SHS
22/10
The Trading Standard officer advised that the BBQ's mentioned at the previous meeting had all passed stability tests.

Discussion took place regarding the issue of food poisoning from BBQ's and that it was not a matter for Stockton Home Safety Association to discuss as it was a food safety matter.

The Trading Standards Officer advised that someone had reported being affected by fumes from their ironing board; Trading Standards were informed by the manufacturer that they had received similar complaints; however the cause had not been identified. Trading Standards were looking into the matter.

Members were advised that Trading Standards were participating in National Rogue Traders' Day, officers would report back.

Discussion took place regarding scrap metal collectors. Members requested information on all those that had a waste disposal licence.

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