Safer and Stronger Communities Scrutiny Panel – 2 March 2010

PRESENT: Councillor Davison in the Chair.

Councillors Waltham (vice-chairman), Ali, Armitage, Clark, Ellerby and T Foster.

The panel met at Pittwood House, Scunthorpe.

239 DECLARATIONS OF PERSONAL OR PERSONAL AND PREJUDICIAL INTERESTS AND DECLARATIONS OF WHIPPING ARRANGEMENTS (IF ANY) – There were no declarations of personal or personal and prejudicial interests.

No whip was declared.

240 MINUTES – Resolved – That the minutes of the proceedings of this panel held on 2 February 2010, having been printed and circulated amongst the members, be taken as read and correctly recorded and signed by the chair.

241 PUBLIC REQUESTS TO SPEAK – There were no requests received.

242 (23) COMMUNITY RESILIENCE BOARD QUARTER 2 PERFORMANCE – RESPONSE TO PANEL MEMBER’S QUESTIONS – The Service Director Legal and Democratic referred Members to the response that had been received from the Chair of the Community Resilience Board, in connection to their previous queries.

The panel was advised that the questions had been opened to all members of the Community Resilience Board and that this was a good example of scrutiny engaging with the thematic boards of the Local Strategic Partnership.

Resolved – That the information be noted and received with thanks.

243 (24) HUMBERSIDE POLICE AUTHORITY BUDGET – The Service Director Legal and Democratic circulated a press release detailing the Humberside Police Authority precept for 2010-11. However, concerns were expressed that the precept had been set, even though specifics of the budget had not yet been determined. It was agreed that clarification would be sought from Paul Cheeseman, Humberside Police Authority Strategic Development Manager who would be attending a meeting of this panel at the end of March 2010.

Resolved – That the position be noted.

244 (25) HUMBERSIDE POLICE AUTHORITY CITIZEN’S PANEL – The Service Director Legal and Democratic circulated a press release detailing the inception of the Humberside Police Authority Citizen’s Panel. This had been introduced to ensure that Humberside Police were delivering a service that met the needs of the local communities the Police Authority launched its own Citizen’s Panel to test local opinions. It was explained that 1500 residents within North Lincolnshire had been contacted and asked to voice their opinions on issues such as drug dealing, violent crime, burglary, anti social behaviour to name but a few.

Members engaged in further discussion and questioned how the results from this survey would compare to those collated within the 2009 Place survey. It was requested that a copy of the 2009 Place Survey be made available for this panel as soon as possible.

Resolved – (a) That the Service Director Legal and Democratic ascertain when a copy of the 2009 Place Survey could be made available for members of this panel, and (b) that the position be noted.

245 (26) HUMBERSIDE POLICE – POLICING PLEDGE – The Service Director Legal and Democratic circulated details and confirmed that the Policing Pledge had been a national initiative to increase public faith in the Police service and their commitment to meet public expectations.

The Chair explained that the Policing Pledge had been in place for one year, and that it would be beneficial to the panel to know whether it was working and how the pledges were measured.

It was requested that Chief Superintendent Peter Simmonds be invited to attend a future meeting to clarify these points.

Resolved – That the position be noted.

246 REVIEW OF THE IMPLEMENTATION OF RECOMMENDATIONS CONTAINED WITHIN THE SAFER AND STRONGER COMMUNITIES SCRUTINY PANEL’S REPORT INTO ‘DOMESTIC VIOLENCE – SERVICE PROVISION AND AREAS OF VULNERABILITY’ (HOLDING THE EXECUTIVE TO ACCOUNT) – Dispersed Housing Update – The Chair explained that one of the recommendations within the original report was to provide additional accommodation for victims of Domestic Violence, to bring the total number of available places up to the level required by the national indicator.

It was explained that a special meeting had been held with partners who had previously been involved with the review. It had been agreed that the eight floating houses that had been originally promised would still be used for homelessness, which included victims of Domestic Violence.

Resolved – That the position be noted.

247 (27) LEADER OF THE COUNCIL’S FORWARD PLAN – MARCH TO JUNE 2010 – The Service Director Legal and Democratic circulated the Leader of North Lincolnshire Council’s Forward Plan for March to June 2010.

The plan contained details of all matters and issues likely to be the subject of key decisions for a period of the next four months, updated on a monthly basis. Members discussed various items on the Forward Plan.

Resolved – That the Leader of the Council’s Forward Plan for March to June 2010 be noted.

248 ADDED ITEM – There was no added item for discussion at this meeting.