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Stockton Home Safety Association Minutes

Date:
Tuesday, 25th March, 2014
Time:
1.30pm
Place:
Ground Floor Conference Room, Muni Buildings, Church Road, Stockton, TS18 1LD
 
Please note: all Minutes are subject to approval at the next Meeting

Attendance Details

Present:
Cllr Bill Woodhead(In the Chair), Cllr Carol Clark, Cllr Evaline Cunningham
Officers:
Jenna McDonald(LDS)
In Attendance:
Ann Cains(Member of the public) Andrea Gledhill(Trading Standards) Dave Sanders(Cleveland Police) Allison Blackburn(Children's Centre Officer)
Apologies for absence:
Cllr Julia Cherrett
Item Description Decision
Public
SHS
56/13
APPOINTMENT OF CHAIR
AGREED that Councillor Woodhead was appointed as Chair for this meeting only
SHS
57/13
DECLARATIONS OF INTEREST
 
SHS
58/13
DRAFT MINUTES - 25TH FEBRUARY 2014
AGREED that the minutes be approved subject to minor amendments.
SHS
59/13
REPORT OF CHILDREN'S CENTRE OFFICER
 
SHS
60/13
REPORT OF POLICE OFFICER
 
SHS
61/13
REPORT OF FIRE OFFICER
 
SHS
62/13
REPORT OF TRADING STANDARDS OFFICER.
 
SHS
63/13
FUTURE MEETING DATES
AGREED by Members

Preamble

ItemPreamble
SHS
57/13
There were no declarations of interest.
SHS
58/13
Consideration was given to the draft minutes of the meeting held on 25th February 2014.
SHS
59/13
An Officer from The Children's Centre attended the meeting to give Members an update.

Members heard that officers from The Children's Centre had recently held an event to raise awareness of accidents which could have occurred at home and also offered guidance and equipment in order to help families with young children to avoid any accidents from happening. The Event was held in a pop up shop in The Shambles, Stockton High Street. It was highlighted that officers were surprised to have seen how few people there were in Stockton High Street during the times of the event. Members heard that safety equipment which was given out during the event included items such as:

- Plug socket covers
- Blind Cords
- Blind Pleats

The Association were informed that larger items such as bath mats were to be collected on 2nd April 2014. It was highlighted that funding was received from Public Health to provide the safety equipment. Members heard that any equipment that was left over from the event was to be handed out to the public at Child Safety Week in June 2014.

It was heard by Members that as a result of the event, 90 people received safety equipment at the event or were due to receive larger safety equipment such as Bath mats. Members were also informed that more than double the number of people that received equipment, received information and advice on how to promote safety in their home.

It was highlighted that Officers from the Children's Centre thought the event to have been a success and worthwhile.
SHS
60/13
A Crime Prevention Officer from Cleveland Police attended the meeting to give the Association an update on crime within the borough.

The Crime Prevention Officer in attendance of the meeting informed Members of crime rates within the borough. It was highlighted that Crime rates in the borough had decreased since March 2013.

The Association heard that the areas of crime in which numbers had decreased were:

- Crime rates as a whole
- violent crime
- Household burglary's

It was highlighted that although the number of burglary's had decreased in the borough, many people did not take note of the general advice provided by Cleveland Police such as making sure windows were locked in their home to prevent burglar's being able to gain easy access into their property.

Areas of crime in which numbers had increased were:

- Shoplifting
- Criminal Damage; Members heard that criminal damage was a problem as this was an area which could not have been avoided due to following no patterns of occurrence or reason.

Members were informed by the Crime Prevention Officer in attendance that the meeting held on Tuesday 25th March 2014 would have been the last meeting which he was able to attend due to a change in jobs and a move in work location as a result of this. Members were disappointed to hear that the Officer's role would not have been replaced and agreed that the attendance of the Crime Prevention Officer at meetings would have been sorely missed.

The Association was informed that the minimum service that Stockton Home Safety Association would receive from Cleveland Police would be an officer in attendance of a meeting after being given notice or to have spoken about a particular subject that the Association may have raised. It was highlighted that it would be likely to say that Neighbourhood Policing Officers would where possible attend any future Stockton Home Safety Association meetings.

Members of the Association asked whether it would have been possible for a report to be sent from Cleveland Police to Stockton Home Safety Association to refer to in meetings in replacement of an Officer from Cleveland Police being present. It was highlighted by Members that although crime rates were available to view on the internet it was much more helpful to discuss crime in a more specific manner relating to different areas of the borough.

The Association agreed that once a contact had been assigned as a port of call Members would have liked to have written a letter to express their disappointment in losing the attendance of a Crime Prevention Officer at the Stockton Home Safety Association meetings. The Officer in attendance informed Members that Cleveland Police would have asked for another officer to attend future meetings. In response, Members agreed that some other system needed to be put in place by Cleveland Police to ensure that the Association were not just left without any information or updates.

Members of the Home Safety Association thanked the Crime Prevention Officer for the time and effort which he had contributed to meetings and for the help which he had provided. Members agreed that the attendance of the Officer would be greatly missed.
SHS
61/13
There was no Fire Officer in attendance.
SHS
62/13
An Enforcement Officer from Trading Standards attended the meeting to give Members an update.

The Officer from Trading Standards informed the Association that similar novelty hats to those that were displayed at the meeting held on 25th February 2014 had been seen on display at a petrol station in Stockton on Tees. It was highlighted that the hats were a hazard of strangulation and had been removed from the petrol station and returned to the Home Authority in Manchester where the hats had been manufactured.

Members were given an update following the report from the meeting held on 25th February 2014 of the damage to an individual's skin after the use of an epilator. It was heard that the damage to the skin was caused due to an allergic reaction and was not due to a fault with the manufacturer or epilator itself.

Members heard that the posters which were circulated to Members in the meeting held on 25th February 2014 had also been circulated to GP's, Nurseries, Pharmacies, Children's Centre's and Libraries in the borough.

The Officer from Trading Standards informed Members of the Association that Blind Cord safety packs included blind cleats, a covering letter and a safety awareness letter pack were due to be handed out to 22 nursery's in the borough on Wednesday 26th March 2014.

The Stockton Home Safety Association were informed that Trading Standards had been carrying out work with two blind manufacturers in the borough in preparation for the new standard which was due to be brought into force in April 2014. Standards that were to be brought into force in April 2014 involved all blinds provided to be supplied with a safety device. It was highlighted that negative responses were received from some blind companies with regards to the pop up shop event held in The Shambles.

Members agreed that Stockton Borough Council were extremely fortunate to have one of the top Trading Standards Team who took a lot of pride in their work and responsibilities.
SHS
63/13
The Association were presented with a list of future meeting dates that were:

- 20th May 2014
- 29th July 2014
- 23rd September 2014
- 18th November 2014
- 20th January 2015
- 17th March 2015

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