Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council

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Stockton Home Safety Association Minutes

Date:
Tuesday, 26th February, 2019
Time:
1.30pm
Place:
Jim Cooke Suite, Stockton Central Library, The Square, Stockton
 
Please note: all Minutes are subject to approval at the next Meeting

Attendance Details

Present:
Cllr Evaline Cunningham(Chairman), Michelle Bendelow(Vice-Chairman), Cllr Helen Atkinson,
Officers:
Andrea Gledhill, Sarah Whaley (DCE)
In Attendance:
Darren Lane (Cleveland Fire Authority)
Apologies for absence:
Cllr Mohammed Javed, Cllr Bill Woodhead MBE
Item Description Decision
Public
SHA
34/18
EVACUATION PROCEDURE
 
SHA
35/18
DECLARATIONS OF INTEREST
 
SHA
36/18
MINUTES FROM THE MEETING WHICH WAS HELD ON THE 18TH DECEMBER 2018
AGREED that the minutes be approved subject to the changes as detailed above.
SHA
37/18
REPORT OF CHILDRENS CENTRE OFFICER
 
SHA
38/18
REPORT OF COMMUNITY SAFETY OFFICER
 
SHA
39/18
REPORT OF FIRE OFFICER
AGREED the information be noted.
SHA
40/18
REPORT OF POLICE OFFICER
 
SHA
41/18
REPORT OF TRADING STANDARDS OFFICER
AGREED the information be noted.
SHA
42/18
ANY OTHER BUSINESS
AGREED the information be noted.

Preamble

ItemPreamble
SHA
34/18
The Evacuation Procedure was noted.
SHA
35/18
There were no declarations of interest.
SHA
36/18
Consideration was given to the minutes of the Stockton Home Safety Committee meeting which was held on the 18th December 2018 for approval and signature.

The minutes had incorrectly recorded the total spend of the Stockton Home Safety Event which was held in October 2018. The minutes stated the total spend was 994 however this was incorrect and the total spend was 220.60.
SHA
37/18
There was no Childrens Officer in attendance at the meeting and therefore no reports offered.
SHA
38/18
There was no Community Safety Officer in attendance at the meeting and therefore no reports offered.
SHA
39/18
Fire Officer, Darren Lane was in attendance at the meeting and provided the Committee with some of the work the Fire Authority were currently involved in.

The main topics discussed were as follows :

- Accidental dwelling fires had reduced and Cleveland Fire Authority had the best performance in the country. The Fire Authority continued to educate and keep people safe in the home

- Deliberate fires had seen an increase, the main ward effected being Stockton Town Centre, and an increase had also been seen in Newtown.

- Dispersal orders had seen deliberate fires disperse to other areas.

- Fly tipping had increased in the Borough and also attracted deliberate fires. Fire Officers were proactively reporting incidents of fly tipping to the Council to try to reduce these types of fires.

- Following the Stockton Home Safety Event the Fire Officer informed the Committee that many of the public that visited the event were interested in Fire Officers visiting them with advice on home safety.

- The Fire Authority tended to focus on the over 65's, vulnerable people and also the worst areas identified for accidental fires.

- Although the Fire Authority had a list of over 65's there were still many homes without smoke alarms. The Fire Authority relied on people who knew the areas, advertising campaigns and community groups.

- During residential / community group visits the Fire Authority covered many topics relating to safety in the home including fire safety, loneliness and alcohol awareness etc. With the consent of residents Fire Officers would be signpost residents to relevant services.

Councillor Helen Atkinson suggested a community group that welcome a talk from the Fire Authority. Councillor Atkinson agreed to pass the contact details on to Darren following the meeting in order for him to arrange a crew member to attend.

Brief discussion took place relating to some recent fires within the Borough where Committee Members praised the Fire Authority for their rapid and excellent response.
SHA
40/18
There was no Police Officer in attendance at the meeting and therefore no reports offered.
SHA
41/18
The Trading Standards Enforcement Officer informed the committee that call blocking devices had been fitted in some resident's homes and further funding had been approved by National Trading Standards for further supplies. Additional devices would be fit in more homes as part of Stockton's Service Plans. The devices that the Local Authority provided could be kept as long as the device was needed, whereas the devices supplied by the Police through victim support, were only loaned for six months.

The Trading Standards Officer informed the Committee that there had been a tobacco day of action held on the 12th February 2019. Four shops in central Stockton and one in Thornaby had been found to be selling illegal tobacco. Appropriate action was to be undertaken.
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42/18
The Chair of Stockton Home Safety Association, Councillor Evaline Cunningham thanked everyone for their support following the recent Billingham Home Safety Event which had been held on the 25th February 2019.

The event was very successful, there were many residents seeking help and advice. One call, had already had 5 people call them with enquiries for devices for the home following the first half of the event.

Purse bells were extremely popular as were the credit card holders.

There were also many enquiries relating to fire alarms.

62 questionnaires were completed on the day, and the winner of the 25 shopping voucher was informed on the day and collected her prize the following day.

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