Agenda and draft minutes

Community Safety Sub Committee
Monday, 15th July, 2019 7.30 pm

Venue: Council Chamber, The White House, Hockliffe Street, Leighton Buzzard, Beds, LU7 1HD

Contact: Committee Officer, tel 01525 631920, email:  mellony.jahn@leightonlinslade-tc.gov.uk 

Items
No. Item

1.

APPOINTMENT OF CHAIR

Minutes:

It was proposed and seconded that Councillor T Morris be appointed Chair of the Committee for 2019-2020. There were no further nominations.

 

RESOLVED to appoint Councillor T Morris Chair of the Committee for the municipal year 2019-2020.

2.

APPOINTMENT OF VICE-CHAIR

Minutes:

It was proposed and seconded that Councillor F Kharawala be appointed Vice Chair of the Committee for 2019-2020. There were no further nominations.

 

RESOLVED to appoint Councillor F Kharawala Vice Chair of the Committee for the municipal year 2019-2020.      

3.

APOLOGIES FOR ABSENCE

Schedule 12 of the Local Government Act 1972 requires a record be kept of the Members present and that this record form part of the minutes of the meeting. Members who cannot attend a meeting should tender apologies to the Town Clerk.

Minutes:

Apologies for absence had been received from Councillor V Harvey and Councillor R Berry (substituted by Councillor K Cursons).

4.

DECLARATIONS OF INTEREST

(i)         Under the Localism Act 2011 (sections 26-37 and Schedule 4) and in accordance with the Council’s Code of Conduct, Members are required to declare any interests which are not currently entered in the Member’s Register of Interests or if he/she has not notified the Monitoring Officer of it.

 

(ii)        Should any Member have a Disclosable Pecuniary Interest in an item on the agenda, the Member may not participate in consideration of that item unless a Dispensation has first been requested (in writing) and granted by the Council (see Dispensation Procedure).

Minutes:

Members were asked to declare any interests, including the nature of those interests, which they had in any of the items under consideration at this meeting. 

 

No further declarations were made and no dispensations had been requested.

 

5.

QUESTIONS FROM THE PUBLIC

To receive questions and statements from members of the public in respect of any item of business included in the agenda, as provided for in Standing Order No.s 3(f) and 3(g).

Minutes:

A representative from the Friends of Leighton-Linslade in Bloom spoke of their concerns over anti-social behaviour and vandalism at Linslade Recreation Park, causing damage to the Community Garden.  The problem was usually around the bench area, with damage to plants and rubbish being left, resulting in frustration and  cost to replace the plants.  It was hoped the Town Council could offer support in collaboration with St Barnabas Church in relation to use of CCTV.  The police were aware of the anti-social behaviour problems in the area and had increased patrols but would be happy to meet with volunteers to discuss further.

6.

MINUTES OF PREVIOUS MEETING pdf icon PDF 81 KB

To receive and approve as a correct record the minutes of the Community Safety Sub-Committee meeting held on 1 April 2019 (attached).

Minutes:

The Sub-Committee received the draft minutes of the Community Safety Sub-Committee meeting held on 1 April 2019.

 

RESOLVED that the minutes of the Community Safety Sub-Committee meeting held on 1 April 2019 be approved as a correct record and signed accordingly.

7.

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To receive an update report from Bedfordshire Police in respect of Operation Dodford, crime and antisocial behaviour (attached).

Minutes:

The Sub-Committee had received a written report regarding crime and antisocial behaviour in advance of the meeting and a verbal summary was given by Sgt L Mitchell of Bedfordshire Police regarding activity undertaken in respect of Operation Dodford and incidents of note for April, May and June 2019.

 

It was noted that a rise in street robberies had occurred which were mainly teenage youths stealing pushbikes from other young people.  Work was being carried out with the youths and their families to try and stop these robberies and anti-social behaviours by visiting the parents to alert them to any problems and issuing an unofficial Unacceptable Behaviour Contract.  If the offences then continued an official Community Protection Notice would be issued to the parents.

 

The Sub-Committee thanked PS Liam Mitchell and Inspector Gurr for providing an update and their continuing hard work in the town.

 

RESOLVED to note the report.

8.

CCTV & REDEPLOYABLE CAMERAS pdf icon PDF 124 KB

To receive the CCTV monitoring reports from Central Bedfordshire Council for March, April and May 2019 (attached).

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The Sub-Committee received a report of recorded CCTV incidents in Leighton Buzzard during March 2019, April and May 2019.

 

It was noted that Central Bedfordshire Council were looking for new premises for their CCTV control room and once this had been secured newer digital CCTV equipment would be purchased.  A question was raised regarding whether Central Bedfordshire Council had been chased regularly to provide updates to the Sub-Committee on the progress of this process. 

 

The Sub-Committee were advised that the recruitment of Community Safety Officers by Central Bedfordshire Council was about to start and they would have almost identical powers as the PCSOs.

 

RESOLVED to note the report.

9.

"WATCH" SCHEMES UPDATE

To receive a verbal update in respect of the “Watch” schemes within the Parish.

Minutes:

The Sub-Committee was informed that Shop Watch needed to promote and recruit to their scheme to maintain membership levels.

 

No other updates were given.

 

RESOLVED to note the information.

10.

COMMUNITY EMERGENCY PLAN

To note the information available regarding emergency planning on the Bedfordshire Prepared website (https://www.bedfordshireprepared.org.uk/) and to receive a verbal update regarding the draft Community Emergency Plan for Leighton-Linslade.

Minutes:

The Sub-Committee were informed the Community Emergency Plan for Leighton-Linslade had progressed and an initial plan had been drafted. A small working party was now needed to add further detail to the plan, which would then be recommended to Council for endorsement.

 

RESOLVED to note the information.

11.

EXCLUSION OF THE PUBLIC

The Sub-Committee may consider it appropriate to consider the following resolution should they consider that any discussion would be prejudicial to the public interests: that, under the Public Bodies (Admissions to Meetings) Act 1960, the public be excluded on the grounds of the confidential nature of the business about to be transacted which involves the likely disclosure of exempt information. The public and press to withdraw from the meeting during consideration of detailed discussion regarding:  Operational Policing (if applicable)

Minutes:

RESOLVED that, under the Public Bodies (Admissions to Meetings) Act 1960, the public be excluded on the grounds of the confidential nature of the business about to be transacted which involves the likely disclosure of exempt information.  The public and press to withdraw from the meeting during consideration of detailed discussion regarding: Operational Policing (if applicable).

 

No matters for discussion.