|SSP 47/08 - The Seminar had been held on 10th October 2008. An action plan had been produced and lead persons had been identified for the eight pathways.|
|Members were provided with an update on the Regional Improvement and Efficiency Partnership [RIEP]- Community Safety Pilot Activity. Members were informed that information had been requested by GONE to identify areas of greatest need.|
|The following appointments were made:-|
Appointment of Chair - Geoff Lee
Appointment of Vice Chair - Superintendent Dave Brunskill
Representatives on Stockton Renaissance - Superintendent Dave Brunskill and Ian Harrington
Representative on Children's Fund Panel - Miriam Robertson
Representative on Parkfield/Mill Lane Neighbourhood Management Board -Chief Inspector Ted Allen
|Members were provided with a report that sets out the recorded crime figures, Serious Violent Crime figures and anti social behaviour disorder codes for April to September 2008 compared with April to September 2007.|
Discussion was held on fraud in relation to leaving without paying for petrol, positive work ongoing in relation to prostitution, good reporting mechanisms for residents with regard to noise nuisance.
|There were a total of 44 targets in the Community Safety Plan for 2008/11. 29 of the targets had been achieved (green), 10 were slightly below expected performance (amber). The remaining five targets were not due an update during this quarter.|
The red and amber targets were addressed in more detail.
A meeting had been held with Accident and Emergency who had recently appointed a new Team Leader. It was anticipated that improvements with the quality of data could be achieved in the future.
It was noted that Victim Support had enhanced their service regarding criminal damage victims and were providing locks. For victims of domestic violence assistance towards alarm systems, taxis to court etc. were being provided.
|Members were provided with the Youth Justice Plan Quarter 3 July - September 2008. It was stated that getting young offenders into education was one of the main successes in people not reoffending. There had been a sustained decrease in first time entrants due to the work being done to prevent first time entrants into the system.|
Discussion was held on the support offered to parents and carers. Information was provided on parenting orders and how they could be enforced.
Discussion around high numbers of custodial remands. Miriam Robertson outlined the processes the YOS has for scrutinising custodial remands and it was the view of the YOS that all were justified on the grounds of seriousness / persistence of alleged offending. The view was expressed that it was likely that this would have a future impact upon rates of custodial sentences over the next few months.
Further information was requested on custodial remands to be presented at the next meeting. Members queried whether many cases were dropped due to witnesses not attending court to give evidence.
|This project originated from the Repeat Victims of Dwelling Burglary Project that commenced in 2001 using funding from the Partnership Development Fund Burglary Reduction Initiative Funding. A full evaluation was carried out in November 2002 by Safe in Tees Valley. A further evaluation report was brought to the partnership in January 2005. |
Since the project had commenced we have assisted 661 people who were either a repeat victim of dwelling burglary and/or a victim of domestic violence and/or considered to be vulnerable following a visit by the Police Crime Prevention Officer. Of those 205 were victims of domestic violence and 219 were over the age of 65. The remainder were vulnerable for a range of other reasons such as being a single parent, mental health issues, other health issues etc.
The University of Durham had undertaken research into the project and in summary reported that the project had contributed to a reduction in dwelling burglary by reducing repeat incidents and also in increased feelings of safety and security.
Information was provided on the funding, the scheme continues to be well used, but funding continues to be an issue. For the remainder of this financial year we will need to prioritise cases as they come in and we will focus on those who have already been a victim of crime.
Next year money will be available for victims of domestic violence but we may not be able to offer the full service to vulnerable people as we have in the past unless additional funding can be found.
Member held discussion on the items that were made available as part of this project and it was stated that during the coming winter months a warm pack would be offered to recipients. These packs were being developed by the Fire Service and would contain items such as; a blanket, a flask, a wind up torch, electric blankets, hat/scarf/gloves.
|The second Face the People session was held in Billingham on the 1st September 2008. Members were provided with notes taken at the session.|
At the meeting on the 18th March 2008 the partnership agreed that we would hold these sessions yearly by joining an established meeting and that we would visit each Local Area Partnership Board area. It was proposed that the next session should be held in Thornaby around April/May 2009.
|Members were provided with a presentation on the Green infrastructure which in summary was a network of open spaces, countryside, rivers, lakes and street trees within and between our towns and villages. It included both public and private assets. |
A number of key regional strategies highlighted the multiple benefits provided by green infrastructure and the important role it can play in the economic, social and environmental regeneration of the North East and its city-regions.
The recently published Tees Valley Green Infrastructure Strategy set out the vision for the future development and management of green infrastructure within the sub-region. The Strategy identified a network of 17 strategic green infrastructure corridors stretching across the Tees valley, 9 of which cover parts of Stockton Borough.
In summary, the Stockton Borough Green Infrastructure strategy would be based in part on the network of green infrastructure corridors identified at the Tees Valley scale, but would also identify a Borough-wide green infrastructure network and recognise the environmental, social and economic value of all local green spaces. The Strategy will set priorities for the future development and management of this network of green infrastructure and greenspaces, highlighting how this will contribute towards the core objectives identified in the Borough's Sustainable Community Strategy.
Members discussed how the Partnership could provide an input into the strategy. A top priority within the MORI Poll was more activities for young people to do. Discussion was held on parks/play areas being safer, countryside wardens and problems with off road motorbikes.
|In response to the Government National Alcohol Strategy; Safe Sensible Social 2007 the PCT commissioned work from STASH to establish the drinking patterns of young people. The area chosen was Billingham and the work commenced in August 2008.|
The aims of the project were highlighted.
Initial work was done with stakeholders and hot spot areas were identified. A questionnaire was developed and sampled with a group of young people. 200 young people who self reported that they used alcohol completed surveys anonymously.
Seven young people were involved in identifying strategies that would work and the development of the toolkit and the focus group that was formed for this element of the work looked at existing resources being used by ThinkB4UDrink. The group recommended a web-based tool to include an alcohol unit calculator. They wanted to see alcohol education include culture and attitudes to drinking rather than the current health' focus and they said that they would prefer this to be delivered by someone other than a teacher.
A summary of the research was provided. The final draft of the report was attached providing full details of the outcomes of the work.
Members held discussion on the culture around teenage drinking.
|The purpose of this report was to ensure that the Board was aware of the publication of the Core Strategy Development Plan Document (DPD), and of the processes involved in this new' stage of DPD preparation. The closing date for comments was 22nd December. Members felt that the most relevant to the Safer Stockton Partnership was Policy 3 - Sustainable Living.|
|Discussion was held on accidents caused by cyclists to pedestrians. Cllr Nelson highlighted a number of accidents that had occurred where people had been injured. Dave Brunskill stated that the Police were unable to deal with incidents such as these as road traffic accidents. Tickets were given out to cyclists riding on footpaths but warnings were generally given in the first instance.|
It was requested that figures be provided on how many cyclists had been fined for riding on footpaths/pedestrian areas. It was also requested that a list of duties for PCSO's and Enforcement Officers be provided.
|Members were provided with a copy of a letter from the new Minister for Policing, Crime and Security - Vernon Coaker, MP. Mike Batty will write back highlighting issues such as cyclists on footpaths, motor vehicles being used on waste land etc. causing nuisances.|
|Members were provided with a letter from the Home Office detailing funding that was available for 2009/11. It was anticipated that approximately half of the funding would go towards the family interventions project. Also some funding would go towards operation stay safe. Further information would be brought back to the partnership in due course.|
Any Other Business
Youth Justice Plan - Validation had been received from the Youth Justice Board, they had scrutinised casefiles and feedback had been very positive with a score of 3 out of a possible 4. However, we would still be looking at capacity to improve.
|'Whatever it Takes' was a pilot scheme that would bring partners together to hard hit specific areas to prevent fire starting. A similar project had been held in Middlesbrough and it was requested that further information on this project be provided to the next meeting.|
|Members were provided with a copy of the The Policing Green Paper - From the neighbourhood to the national: policing our communities together and the partnership's response to this.|
|The threat nationally was still severe.|
|Members were provided with a list of press releases and coverage for the period from 1st August to 10th October 2008.|
|(a) Childrens Fund - Currently reviewing projects with a view to recommissioning.|
(b) no report back
(c) no report back
(d) no report back
(e) no report back