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Stockton Home Safety Association Minutes

Date:
Tuesday, 28th February, 2017
Time:
1.30pm
Place:
Ground Floor Conference Room, Municipal Buildings, Church Road, Stockton-on-Tees, TS18 1LD
 
Please note: all Minutes are subject to approval at the next Meeting

Attendance Details

Present:
Cllr Helen Atkinson, Cllr Evaline Cunningham, Cllr Mohammed Javed, Cllr Bill Woodhead MBE
Officers:
Andrea Gledhill (Trading Standards), Jenna McDonald (Democratic Services)
In Attendance:
Michelle Bendelow (Member of the Public)
Apologies for absence:
Mrs Ann Cains (Member of the Public), Alison Lilliendahl (Children's Centres)
Item Description Decision
Public
SHS
1/16
EVACUATION PROCEDURE
The evacuation procedure was noted.
SHS
2/16
DECLARATIONS OF INTEREST
There were no declarations of interest.
SHS
3/16
DRAFT MINUTES - 20TH DECEMBER 2016
AGREED that the minutes be approved subject to minor attendance amendments.
SHS
4/16
REPORT FROM COMMUNITY SAFETY OFFICER
There was no Community Safety Officer in attendance of the meeting.
SHS
5/16
REPORT FROM FIRE OFFICER
There was no Fire Officer in attendance of the meeting.
SHS
6/16
REPORT FROM CHILDREN'S CENTRE OFFICER
There was no Children's Centre Officer in attendance of the meeting.
SHS
7/16
REPORT FROM TRADING STANDARDSOFFICER
AGREED that:

1. The information be noted.

2. A future discussion would take place between the Chair of the Assocation and the Cabinet Member for Access, Communities and Community Safety in order to encourage Stockton Council Members and Officers to become a friend against scams partner organisation.

3. a)Trading Standards request a price from the current supplier of the no cold calling stickers for 500 stickers and also request quotes from other suppliers where possible.

b). Further discussions take place regarding contribution from the SHSA budget to the no cold calling stickers once costs were explored further.
SHS
8/16
FUTURE OF STOCKTON HOME SAFETY ASSOCIATION
AGREED That:

1. Two separate events be held by the Association in June and October 2017.

Preamble

ItemPreamble
SHS
3/16
Consideration was given to the draft minutes of the meeting held on 20th December 2016.
SHS
7/16
Members received an update on Trading Standards. Key points were highlighted as follows:

- With regard to tumble dryers from whirlpool, it was noted that new advice had been provided advising customers not to use the affected models. It was explained that "which" had applied for a judicial review against Peterborough Trading Standards - stating that they had failed to adequately protect consumers -Peterborough had a primary authority relationship with Indesit/Whirlpool. Members noted that a full recall would have had substantial financial costs. Which were effectively questioning whether Peterborough TS could have done more to force Whirlpool to do more, recall, repair and adapt the effected products more quickly.

- With regard to Scam awareness, Members noted that a short online awareness session was available to take in order to become a friend against scams. It was highlighted that two Members of the Trading Standards Team were trained as scam champions and would be
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- Two members of the TS team are now trained as scam champions and would be able to deliver talks and training on this issue to community groups if requested. It was asked whether Members of the Stockton Home Safety Association were willing to encourage Stockton Council Members and Officers to become a friend against scams partner organisation as a future project. This would involve a commitment from the council to identify those staff who would be likely to come into contact with potential scam victims and training these staff (via the online training video which was currently available on the friends against scams website).

- In relation to No cold calling zones, it was noted that six new no cold calling zones had been introduced during the current financial year and Trading Standards had continued to respond to call outs where traders had breached no cold calling zones. Trading Standards would continue to introduce new zones which meet the relevant criteria. It was explained that Trading Standards had a supply of signs but were short of stickers and therefore asked whether the Association would be prepared to contribute to the cost which was 850 for 1000 stickers from its budget.
SHS
8/16
Discussions took place around the future of the Stockton Home Safety Association.

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