Agenda and minutes

Community Safety Sub Committee - Monday, 12th April, 2021 7.30 pm

Venue: This will be a remote meeting held via Microsoft Teams in accordance with The Local Authorities and Crime Panels (Coronavirus)(Flexibility of Meetings)(England and Wales) Regulations 2020

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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.




Apologies for absence were received from Councillor R Goodchild.






(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).



Councillor Dodwell declared an interest as a member of the Bedfordshire Police and Crime Panel.


No disclosable pecuniary interests were declared and no dispensations were requested.





A member of the public spoke regarding the positioning of the new digital CCTV cameras in Linslade Recreation Ground in respect of vandalism at the Community Garden.  At present clear views of the garden were obstructed by the trees and consideration should be given to moving the pole with the camera on further into the park to solve this.  Vandalism and drug taking had occurred in this area in the past and it was hoped the new CCTV would deter these actions and assist the police with clearer images.

The Chair of the Sub-Committee confirmed this feedback would be passed on to the relevant officers at Central Bedfordshire Council.






(a)  To receive and approve as a correct record the minutes of the Community Safety Sub-Committee meeting held on 11 January 2021 (attached) in  accordance with Standing Order 12.


(b)  To receive information updates on matters arising from the previous meeting (if appropriate).



(a)         The Sub-Committee received the draft minutes of the Community Safety Sub-Committee meeting held on 11 January 2021.


RESOLVED that the minutes of the Community Safety Sub-Committee meeting held on 11 January 2021 be approved as a correct record, to be signed at a later date when safe to do so.


(b)         No updates were needed on the minutes of the previous meeting.




By invitation, Stephen Swain of Groundwork will attend the meeting to provide an update on young people’s activities being supported by Town Council funding. 



By invitation, Stephen Swain of Groundwork gave an update on young people’s activities which had been supported by Town Council funding.  The Fusion Youth Group were working to capacity under the present COVID restrictions, with up to 12 young people and 3 staff attending each session.  The group would run with two sessions per month, continuing into August 2021 so the full 12 sessions could be provided.  It was hoped to utilise both inside and outside areas of the Youth Club, offering sport activities outside which enabled an increase in attendance to 20-25 participants.  Several young people who had been causing anti-social behaviour in and around the town had been targeted by Groundwork to attend the Youth Club and it was hoped they would continue to do so.


A question was raised as to how the COVID lockdown had affected young people.  It was felt young people had felt frustrated by not being able to socialise with friends which sometimes resulted in youth workers being subject to the backlash from these emotions.  The issues suffered included isolation which caused mental health problems and food poverty. 


Members thanked Stephen Swain for his report and looked forward to further updates at future meetings.


RESOLVED to note the information.




To receive correspondence from Central Bedfordshire Council regarding the creation of a Community Safety Plan and to nominate one or two councillors to participate in this process.



The Sub-Committee received and considered correspondence received from Central Bedfordshire Council regarding the creation of a Community Safety Plan and discussed nominations for one or two councillors to participate in the process.  Three Councillors showed an interest in participating in the creation of this plan with Central Bedfordshire Council and it was agreed to put forward all three names.


RESOLVED that Councillors Harvey, Goodchild and Morris volunteered to liaise with Central Bedfordshire Council to participate in the creation of a Community Safety Plan.



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To receive the CCTV monitoring reports from Central Bedfordshire Council for December 2020 – February 2021 (attached).



Additional documents:


The Sub-Committee received reports of recorded CCTV incidents in Leighton Buzzard during December 2020, January and February 2021. These reports were publicly available and published monthly on the Central Bedfordshire Council website.


A question was asked whether the Police had seen these reports to add on their comments in the final column showing arrests made as a consequence of the information provided by the CCTV operators. 


RESOLVED to note the reports.




(a)  To receive an update report from Bedfordshire Police in respect of Operation Dodford, crime and antisocial behaviour for the period January – March 2021 (to follow).

(b)  To consider recommending to Council approval of the Operation Dodford Section 92 Grant Agreement for the year 1 April 2021 – 31 March 2022 (attached).


Additional documents:


(a)          The Sub-Committee had received a written report regarding crime and anti-social behaviour in advance of the meeting and a verbal summary was given regarding activity undertaken in respect of Operation Dodford and incidents of note from January to March 2021.  The number of anti-social behaviour reports had increased but it was confirmed any COVID related reports would be included in this category.


A question was raised regarding the increase in use of electric scooters and quad bikes where the law was not being adhered to.  Inspector Gurr confirmed that the police were aware of this problem and more dedicated patrols would be organised.


Another question was asked regarding the increase in stalking and harassment and violence without injury.  It was confirmed the increase in stalking and harassment tended to be over social media and Facebook during the pandemic and the violence without injury was the increase in domestic abuse during lockdown.  A lot of the increase in youth crimes resulted from boredom and frustration during lockdown and parents were informed of persistent anti-social behaviour to encourage them to be accountable for their children’s behaviour.


RESOLVED to note the information.


(b)          The Sub-Committee received the draft Operation Dodford agreement for the year commencing 1 April 2021 to 31 March 2022 from Bedfordshire Police.


It was confirmed the Operation Dodford budget had not been fully spent over the past years but the underspend had been used to provide other schemes in respect of community safety and antisocial behaviour, such as the purchase of child-friendly parking signs for schools and activities for young people including boxercise and activities provided by Groundwork and TACTIC. Any underspend from 2020-21 had been agreed by Policy & Finance Committee at its meeting held 29 March 2021 to be used towards the CCTV digital upgrade programme.


It was suggested the Chief Constable of Bedfordshire Police be invited to attend a meeting to discuss Operation Dodford and how the Town Council could benefit as police numbers were increasing.


RECOMMENDED to Council approval of the Operation Dodford framework agreement for the year commencing 1 April 2021.




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


Phil Deeley, Street Watch, informed members that the group had been back working on the streets for the past 4 months and patrols had extended into some of the outlying estates. The one problem encountered was a shortage of volunteers especially as some were shielding.  A Street Watch Community Day could be organised to try and recruit volunteers and the Town Council could promote the Street Watch Schemes on their website and social media.


A Facebook page had been set up to keep residents updated and provide information from the Community Team.  It was confirmed the public and market stall holders found it reassuring when patrols were in the High Street and surrounding areas. 


RESOLVED to note the information.




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)



 There was no requirement to exclude the public.