Agenda and draft minutes

Overview and Scrutiny Committee (meeting as the Crime and Disorder Committee)
Wednesday 13th March 2019 7.30 pm

Venue: Council Chamber. Maldon District Council Offices, Princes Road, Maldon

Contact: Committee Services 

Items
No. Item

958.

Chairman's notices

Minutes:

The Chairman drew attention to the list of notices published on the back of the agenda.

959.

Apologies for Absence

Minutes:

An apology for absence was received from Councillor M S Heard.

960.

Minutes of the last meeting pdf icon PDF 100 KB

To confirm the Minutes of the meeting of the Committee held on 29 November 2018 (copy enclosed).

Minutes:

RESOLVED that the Minutes of the meeting of the Committee held on 29 November 2018 be approved and confirmed.

961.

Disclosure of Interest

To disclose the existence and nature of any Disclosable Pecuniary Interests, other Pecuniary Interests or Non-Pecuniary Interests relating to items of business on the agenda having regard to paragraphs 6-8 inclusive of the Code of Conduct for Members.

 

(Members are reminded that they are also required to disclose any such interests as soon as they become aware should the need arise throughout the meeting).

 

Minutes:

There were none.

962.

Public Participation

To receive the views of members of the public on items of business to be considered by the Committee (please see below)

 

1.               A period of ten minutes will be set aside.

 

2.               An individual may speak for no more than two minutes on a specific agenda item, the time slots to be allocated on a “first come first served” basis.

 

3.               Participation may take the form of a statement, or alternatively a question to be addressed to the Chairman. There will be no discussion on questions put unless it is formally moved. In line with the current scheme applied to other Committees, the questions must:

·                  Not be defamatory, frivolous, vexatious or offensive;

·                  Not be the same or substantially the same as another question to the same meeting or anything so put in the last six months;

·                  Not involve the disclosure of confidential or exempt information.

 

4.               Anyone wishing to speak must notify the Committee Clerk between 7.00pm and 7:20 prior to the start of the meeting.

Minutes:

There was none.

963.

Presentation from Essex Fire and Rescue Service

To receive a presentation from the Essex Fire and Rescue Service.

Minutes:

The Committee received a presentation from Station Manager (SM) James Taylor, Operational and Community Risk Manager for Essex County Fire and Rescue.

 

SM Taylor provided an outline of the work of the Fire and Rescue Service which included the following.  He clarified that any reference to risk referred to all incidents that the fire service attended:

·                 Fire and Rescue Plan – This was a key document, the first of its kind produced by a Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner (PFCC) and set out the PFCC’s vision and priorities for the delivery of fire and rescue services in Essex.  A consultation with partners, Local Authorities had taken place to develop themes and identify priorities along with a public survey.

The Plan would set the foundation in developing operational plans and activities for the next five years.

 

·                 The Priorities – Eight priorities had been identified and SM Taylor took the Committee through these, providing additional information and outlining where further developments were ongoing.

 

·                 Integrated Risk Management Plan (IRMP) – This was a statutory document which all Fire and Rescue Services had to produce to demonstrate how risk within the community was responded to.  It also set out the management strategy for the Fire Service and its response to legislative responsibilities.  Members noted that the Fire and Rescue Plan was used as the framework for the IRMP.

SM Taylor outlined the IRMP requirements under the National Framework.  He advised that they were currently in the research and analysis phase of implementation and following consultation it was hoped that the Plan would be in place from 2020 for a period of three years.

 

·                 Statistical information – The presentation highlighted how the Fire Service had responded to incidents during 2017 / 18 and how these figures had changed when compared with 2009 / 10.

SM Taylor reported on the considerable work that had been undertaken and continued, specifically in this region, to increase the amount of on-call fire fighters.

Members were advised that the delivery of Community Safety Activities would be changing with 30% of the previously centralised team being placed into fire stations throughout the County to provide a more effective delivery of community safety.  These changes would also allow Station Managers, through attendance of groups and other meetings, to gain broader understanding and knowledge to become greater involved in community safety.

 

·                 Safe, Well and Secure – This was an inclusive and holistic approach to community safety and engagement where a number of different organisations would come together to deliver a range of local community and business engagement opportunities.  The concept was by working together specific areas could be targeted jointly in a collaborative approach.  SM Taylor explained how the model could be adapted to where it was being delivered which had several benefits including being an efficient and effective way of working and was working to make communities stronger and safer.

Members were informed of an event due to be held in Maldon, Burnham-on-Crouch and Tillingham at the beginning of June. 

SM  ...  view the full minutes text for item 963.

964.

Maldon District Community Partnership Update pdf icon PDF 127 KB

To consider the report of the Director of Service Delivery (copy enclosed).

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The Chairman introduced Mr Spencer Clarke, Community Safety Partnership Manager and Inspector Steve Scott-Haynes of Essex Police.  It was noted that Inspector Scott-Haynes was in charge of the Community Policing Team.

 

The Committee received the report of the Director of Service Delivery detailing progress of activities undertaken by the Maldon Community Safety Partnership (CSP) since the last meeting held on 29 November 2018.  The report also highlighted the strategic priorities which were being proposed by the partnership for 2019 / 20.

 

Mr Clarke reported that the Essex Community Rehabilitation Company would be attending the October meeting of this Committee.

 

The report provided a detailed update on the following matters:

·                 Statutory Duties – New strategic priorities were detailed following completion of the strategic assessment along with how the strategies had been determined.  The priorities would be confirmed to Essex Police and the office of the Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner (PFCC) and reflected priorities already identified in the current Police and Crime Plan and Essex Police Crime Prevention strategy.  It was noted that reducing reoffending remained a statutory function for all community safety partnerships and was embedded in the priorities.

The most recent Essex Police performance summary (to 31 January 2019) for Maldon and the Essex comparison were attached as Appendices 1 and 2 to the report. 

 

·                 Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner Update – The report set out the core funding for 2108 / 19 which had been confirmed by the Officer of the PFCC.  It was noted that the policing precept for Council Tax had been increased for 2019 / 20 and this would see a further increase in key policing staff across several areas.  A copy of a recent presentation by the PFCC was attached at Appendix 3 to the report and highlighted where these additional staff would be deployed. 

Following a successful bid to the Home Office Early Intervention Youth Fund £664,00 had been allocated to Essex over the next 18 months to address youth violence.  This would see a central Violence and Vulnerability unit being set up in the new community safety partnership at Chelmsford City Council in March 2019.

 

·                 Community Safety Partnership Hub – The report provided background information regarding the Hub, its meetings and the Council’s representatives.  It was noted that the Community Policing Team were moving to offices at Chelmsford City Council in March 2019.  Within the Hub there would be hot desking opportunities and partners such as the Fire Service, Probation and Youth Service were signing up to this, which would ensue better partnership working and improved performance with Maldon officers ‘hot desking’ within the new hub, when appropriate.

Further details regarding the work of the Hub were set out in the report, including Operation Enlightenment, continued work with the Gypsy, Traveller and Rural Engagement Team and supporting anti-bullying in schools.

 

·                 Progress on Action Plans – The report set out the education and interventions delivered by the Partnership for the current year, including Crucial Crew, Get Ready for Summer and the Gangs and  ...  view the full minutes text for item 964.