Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council

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Safer Stockton Partnership Minutes

Date:
Tuesday, 29th March, 2011
Time:
09.30 a.m.
Place:
Education Centre, Junction Road, Norton
 
Please note: all Minutes are subject to approval at the next Meeting

Attendance Details

Present:
Geoff Lee (Chairman), Cllr Jim Beall, Mike Batty, Steven Hume (Stockton on Tees Borough Council), Darren Best (Cleveland Police), Joanne Hodgkinson (Cleveland Police Authority), John Bentley (Safe in Tees Valley), Jeff Evans (Probation), Lucia Saiger (DTV Probation Trust), Sam Gibbons (Junior Neighbourhood Watch), Aylia Atherley (Catalyst), Ruth Hill (PCT), Dave Pickard (Vela Group), Ian McHugh, Paul Kirton (Cleveland Fire Brigade), Emma Champley (DAAT), Jim Willoughby (Holme House), Michael Porter, Chris Coombs(Cleveland Police Authority).
Officers:
Marilyn Davies, Nigel Laws (DNS); Fiona McKie (LD).
In Attendance:
Ben Ineson (Durham University)
Apologies for absence:
were submitted on behalf of Tina Williams, Glenis Sanderson, Jane Humphreys, Paul Green, Ted Allen, Jim Beall, Richard Poundford, Julie Nixon, Allison Agius, Tony Churchill.
Item Description Decision
Public
SSP
144/10
MINUTES OF THE PREVIOUS MEETING - 15TH FEBRUARY 2011
The minutes of the meeting held on 15th February 2011 were agreed as a correct record.
SSP
145/10
MATTERS ARISING
(A) SEX WORK RESEARCH (NO. 2 REFERS)
(B) DRUGS REHABILITATION FOR SEX WORKERS (NO. 7 REFERS)

 
SSP
146/10
MINUTES OF SAFEGUARDING ADULTS COMMITTEE 13 JANUARY 2011
The minutes of the Safeguarding Adults Committee of 13th January 2011 noted for information.
SSP
147/10
ANY OTHER BUSINESS
 
SSP
148/10
CLEVELAND POLICE AUTHORITY SAVINGS PLAN
AGREED that the update be noted and that the Chief Constable be invited to a future meeting.
SSP
149/10
RECORDED CRIME & DISORDER
AGREED that the figures be noted.
SSP
150/10
DAAT Q3 PERFORMANCE
AGREED that the report be noted.
SSP
151/10
PLANNED REPORTS 2011/12
AGREED that the Work Programme for 2011/12 be noted.
SSP
152/10
COMMUNITY SAFETY PLAN 2011-2014 - FINAL APPROVAL
AGREED that the report be noted and the draft plan be approved.
SSP
153/10
THEORY OF CHANGE TRAINING
AGREED that a further training session be requested.
SSP
154/10
PUBLICATION OF PSA
AGREED that a letter be sent to data owners and a further response be provided at the next meeting.
SSP
155/10
NEW ASB POWERS
AGREED that the response be approved, subject to any further comments submitted by mid April.
SSP
156/10
EVALUATION OF BONFIRE NIGHT / OPERATION TROJAN
AGREED that the report be noted.
SSP
157/10
STOCKTON TOWN CENTRE - PROSPECTUS
AGREED that the report and comments be noted.
SSP
158/10
RESPONSE TO JUSTICE GREEN PAPER
AGREED that the response be noted.
SSP
159/10
COUNTER TERRORISM
No further update.
SSP
160/10
COMMUNICATIONS
 
SSP
161/10
INSTITUTE FOR LOCAL GOVERNANCE
AGREED that a further update would be provided in due course.
SSP
162/10
REPORTS BACK
(A) RENAISSANCE
(B) DAAT GROUPS
- ADULTS COMMISSIONING
- YOUNG PEOPLES COMMISSIONING
- REDUCING SUPPLY GROUP
- OFFENDER MANAGEMENT GROUP
(C) AREA PARTNERSHIP BOARDS
(D) PARKFIELD/MILL LANE NEIGHBOURHOOD MANAGEMENT BOARD

None
SSP
163/10
DATE OF NEXT MEETING - TUESDAY 10 MAY 2011 AT 9.30 A.M.
 

Preamble

ItemPreamble
SSP
145/10
(a) there was no further update report.

(b) An internal piece of research was being carried out by the DAAT.
SSP
148/10
Members were updated on the delivery of Project I, which was the outsourcing of back office functions to make savings.

The CPA forecast was to decrease to 15.2 million over 4 years with 12.7 million of these cuts in the first two years. Partnership funding was also expected to reduce by 1 million. However the precept had been frozen for 2011/12.

Members were informed of the plans to build a new Police HQ, the budget for this would be cost neutral. The land at Ladgate Lane would be sold and a smaller more energy efficient HQ could be built. The costs of running the new site in comparison to the ladgate Lane site would be significantly reduced. It was also noted that the Ladgate Lane site would require significant maintenance over the next few years.

Members discussed Community Policing and had understood that a review of PCSO's was due to be taking place. It was requested that the Chief Constable be invited to attend a meeting to provide an update on this matter.
SSP
149/10
Members were provided with a report that set out the recorded crime figures (including Most Serious Violence) and anti social behaviour disorder codes for April 2010 - February 2011 compared with the same period the previous financial year.

Discussion was held on crime figures and it was reported that there had been 19 robberies over the last year. Each robbery was reviewed and there was a 100% detection rate.

There had been more reporting of prostitution.

A news release would be distributed on crime figure over the last 8 years to hopefully improve reassurance.
SSP
150/10
Members were provided with the DAAT Quarter 3 Performance Report. It was reported that a small nucleus of people repeatedly reoffend and intensive works need to be done to prevent this. The length of the sentences needs to be looked at that is given to these people.

Discussion was held on the drug recovery wing and it was anticipated that more concentrated work would be able to take place once this was established.

It was noted that the figures for those who were Drug Free when exiting treatment was encouraging.
SSP
151/10
Members were provided with the first draft schedule of planned reports for 2011/12 - in effect, a work programme for the Partnership - which had been populated with reports and other items which were already evident.

It was requested that Other Theft and Emerging Issues (to include Prostitution) be added to the list.
SSP
152/10
Members were provided with the second draft of the partnership's Community Safety Plan for 2011-2014. This would be the final draft once baselines were added in April 2011.

It was proposed that an action plan be developed for each key priority.

Members were asked to read the attached plan and send any comments to [email protected] no later than 8th April 2011. Members would be sent a copy of the plan by e mail any member who would like a hard copy of the plan should contact [email protected] 01642 527616 no later than 8th April 2011.

Members felt that it was a good piece of work that was logically written.
SSP
153/10
Members of the community safety team were recently invited to attend a training session run by Helmepark on behalf of Sunderland City Council. The training ran over two days and was free of charge, paid for from a reward grant made to Sunderland for innovation.

It had been suggested that the Safer Stockton Partnership could request a further training package for the partnership delivered to us by Helmepark free of charge to this partnership as it would be part of requirement for Sunderland to spread best practice therefore paid for via their grant allocation. This report provided a definition of the model of Theory of Change used and a summary of how it could be useful for the partnership.

Members were interested in taking part in the training.
SSP
154/10
The Community Safety Team had been asked to publish the Partnership Strategic Assessment on the Safer Stockton website. Members would be aware that previously a summary in Stockton News had been published and also put the summary on to the website.

The data within the PSA does not belong to either the council or the partnership permission must be sought from each of the data owners for the full document to go into the public domain.

This report was the first stage in the process of seeking agreement to publish the PSA. If partners were in agreement the Community Safety Analyst would write to each of the data providers to seek their agreement and provided this was given the document could be made available via our website.

Members were asked to consider the proposal and if there was consensus to publish our PSA to provide the appropriate contact within their organisation. Contact details should be passed to [email protected]
SSP
155/10
On February 7th the Government released the 31 page consultation paper ‘More effective responses to anti social behaviour' which runs until 3rd May 2011. This followed the Ministry of Justice green paper ‘Breaking the Cycle' and an announcement on January 11th about the proposed introduction of a new additional mandatory ground for possession for anti social behaviour and an extension of probationary tenancies to cover all social landlords.

In January the Housing Minister announced a review of probationary tenancies and the proposal to introduce a new mandatory possession ground which would be available to all social landlords. At the time of writing this report a date for the introduction of these new measures was not known. This measure was complemented by 300,000 of renewed funding for a new central team within the Chartered Institute of Housing to help tenants and landlords tackle anti social behaviour.

Further reform was contained in the Ministry of Justice (MoJ) green paper ‘Breaking the Cycle' which suggests changes to Penalty Notices for Disorder to make them more rehabilitative and the move to more out-of-court disposals for young people to include swift restorative sanctions as well as encouraging parents to take more responsibility.

This report covered the new proposals and provided a draft response to the questions posed in the consultation document. It was requested that any comments be provided by mid April.

SSP
156/10
Members were provided with a summary of the activity in Stockton in the run up to Mischief and Bonfire night. The summary was taken from Cleveland Fire Brigade's evaluation of Bonfire- Fireworks Strategy 2010 and supplements the report brought to SSP on December 21st which covered activity from the Police and Council. The date range for this evaluation was from 22nd October to 12th November 2010 and for the same time period during 2009, 2008, 2007, and 2006.

The report encompassed the work carried out by the Police and the Council and its findings were intended to be used to enable effective review and planning of the bonfire strategy for 2011.

It was stated that Junior Neighbourhood Watch could carry out work within Schools prior to bonfire night to raise awareness.
SSP
157/10
Members were provided with a presentation from Nigel Laws on Stockton High Street - Our Vision.

Detail was provided on all of the positive aspects that Stockton had to offer such as the Riverside, University, ARC, and the re-opening of the Globe Theatre. Officers were endeavouring to encourage private investment.

It was reported that the visual image of the high street was to be opened up to enable views if the river to be seen. Some short stay parking on the high street had also been proposed to hopefully generate more business on the high street.

Stockton library was currently undergoing a 1.9 redevelopment. The Shambles were also due to be refurbished together with investment in the Historic Quarter.

Discussion was held on CCTV and where it would be placed in the High Street. It was stated that a working group would look into this matter to make sure that planting schemes etc. were taken into consideration when placing the CCTV.

It was stated that the parking places on the high street would be available for taxis to use during the evening, as the importance of moving the night time economy on as quickly as possible was highlighted.

SSP
158/10
Members were provided with the response to 'Breaking the Cycle: Effective Punishment, Rehabilitation and Sentencing of Offenders'.
SSP
160/10
Members were provided with the list of press releases from SSP for the period of 31st January 2011- 16th March Copies of the full articles were available from the Community Safety Team.
SSP
161/10
The Institute for Local Governance which is a consortia of the five North East Universities maybe undertaking research into the work that we have done.

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