Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council

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Stockton Home Safety Association Minutes

Date:
Tuesday, 14th January, 2014
Time:
1.30pm
Place:
Ground Floor Committee Room, Town Hall, High Street, Stockton, TS18 1AU
 
Please note: all Minutes are subject to approval at the next Meeting

Attendance Details

Present:
Cllr Julia Cherrett(Chair), Cllr Carol Clark, Cllr Evaline Cunningham, Cllr Bill Woodhead
Officers:
Kirsty Wannop, Jenna McDonald(LDS)
In Attendance:
Mrs Moriarty, Mrs Ann Cains(Members of the Public) Dave Sanders(Cleveland Police)
Item Description Decision
Public
SHS
41/13
DECLARATIONS OF INTEREST
 
SHS
42/13
DRAFT MINUTES - 26TH NOVEMBER 2013
AGREED that the minutes be approved
SHS
43/13
REPORT OF CHILDREN'S CENTRE OFFICER
 
SHS
44/13
REPORT OF FIRE OFFICER
 
SHS
45/13
REPORT OF POLICE OFFICER
 
SHS
46/13
REPORT OF TRADING STANDARDS OFFICER
 
SHS
47/13
FALLS AWARENESS DAY/SAFETY DAY
 

Preamble

ItemPreamble
SHS
41/13
Cllr Evaline Cunningham declared a personal non prejudicial interest as she was a Member on the Fire Authroity.

Cllr William Woodhead declared a personal non prejudicial interest as he was a Member on the Fire Authority.
SHS
42/13
Consideration was given to the draft minutes of the meeting held on 26th November 2013.
SHS
43/13
The Children's Centre Officer was not present.
SHS
44/13
The Fire Officer was not present.
SHS
45/13
A Crime Prevention Officer attended the Association meeting as a representative from Cleveland Police.

- The Association heard that due to crime being down in the borough, the crime figures in 2013 were the lowest which they had been for many years. It was higlighted that Anti-Social Behaviour(ASB)and Criminal Damange was a problem within the Stockton on Tees Borough and that ASB did not follow a pattern, therefore it was something that Cleveland Police reacted to rather than planned for.

- In relation to The Stockton Home Safety Association and other meetings attended by officers, Members were informed that Cleveland Police were reviewing the number of meetings which officers would have attended in the future. The officer in attendance informed the Committee that as of the 31st March 2014 the roles of Crime Prevention Officer's would no longer exist. Members expressed that should this have been the case and the posts had been deleted they would be missed. Members agreed that in the past when referring people from their wards to the Crime Prevention Team, the service had been very much valued and this was appreciated. Members asked whether it would be worth writing to The Superintendent to request information on updates after March 2014. The officer in attendance of the meeting informed the Committee that post deletions was due to lack of funding.
- In response to hearing that the posts would no longer stand after March 2014, Members asked who would then have dealt with Domestic Violence in the area and were informed that there would be a post put in place with trained individuals to deal with those occurances.

- It was highlighted that at the time of the Committee meeting there were two Crime Reduction Officers to cover Cleveland..

- It was heard that house burglarys in the Stockton on Tees Borough had decreased and it was thought that by March 2014 burglarys in the Borough would have been below 20 per month whereas in the past figures had been around the 100 mark.
- Shop lifting in the Borough was also thought to see a decrease in numbers due to a new system which had been put into place that enforced bans from areas which an individual was caught shop lifting in. One of the main issues was that many shop lifters who were caught shop lifting in the Stockton Borough were from different areas such as Pontefract and Sunderland, it was thought that they came into the Borough as it was somewhere where they were not known or recognised.
SHS
46/13
An Officer from Trading Standards attended the Committee meeting to give a report and updates of recent issues within the Stockton on Tees Borough.

It was highlighted that previous to the Commmittee meeting Members had watched a programme on BBC - 'Fake Britain' which was about companies selling items such as Sofa's and Memory Foam Mattresses which had labels claiming to meet BS Fire Standards but were infact shown to be incorrect as the items did not meet the flammability test. After raising this issue, Members heard from the Trading Standards Officer that only a small batch of products were likely to have been affected.

An officer from Trading Standars informed the Committee that if a supplier was based in The UK testing would have been carried out at inland ports for products coming from places such as China etc. It was heard that paper labels on tested products should have been of a certain size.

It was heard that other products such as Children's stuffed dolls had been found dangerous and did not comply with Trading Standards. It was highlighted that the standards for children's toys were the most strict.

The Committee heard that Scrap Dealers licensing applications being sent out which would have indicated who was and was not applicable.
SHS
47/13
Members requested information regarding the date of the next Falls Awareness meeting.

A Member of the public in attendance of the meeting asked if there was anything being done as part of Falls Awareness week in relation to blind people. It was heard that A Boards were considered to be hazardous.

Members heard that the impacts of on going work in the area was a problem and very dangerous not only to those in wheelchairs who have to go onto the road but also to those people with poor sight. It was highlighted that simple things such as coloured barriers and safety measures were being missed.

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