Safer and Stronger Communities Scrutiny Panel – 8 December 2009

PRESENT: Councillor Davison in the Chair.

Councillors Armitage, Clark, Ellerby, T Foster, Waltham and Wilson.

Councillors Bunyan and L Foster attended the meeting in accordance with Procedure Rule 1.37 (b).

The panel met at Pittwood House, Scunthorpe.


Nature of Interest
Councillor Davison 216 Husband employed by Neighbourhood and Environmental Services
Councillor Clark 216 Relative received flood grant from North Lincolnshire Council
Councillor T Foster 216 Member of Ancholme Internal Drainage Board
Councillor R Waltham 216 Member of Scunthorpe Internal Drainage Board

No whip was declared.

220 MINUTES – Resolved – That the minutes of the proceedings of this panel held on 24 November 2009, having been printed and circulated amongst the members, be taken as read and correctly recorded and signed by the chair.

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

222 (16) LOCAL STRATEGIC PARTNERSHIP – PERFORMANCE MONITORING QUARTER 2 REPORT FOR SAFER AND STRONGER COMMUNITIES – Discussions with Councillor L Foster (Chair of the Board), Caroline Briggs (vice-chair) of the Safer Neighbourhoods Strategy Board, Stuart Minto (theme lead for Safer Communities) and Dave Hey (theme lead for Stronger Communities) – The chair welcomed the above to the meeting to discuss quarter two performance of the Local Strategic Partnership Safer and Stronger Communities theme.

David Hey and Stuart Minto explained the issues that were identified by the performance team as needing addressing, the key actions and milestones delivered by the Safer Neighbourhoods Strategy Board (SNSB) as well as the key actions and milestones to be delivered by the SNSB. In addition, they explained that certain information was still required from the ‘Place’ survey that was currently being conducted. They added that this was a measure of peoples perception and would be very much affected by day to day influences. It was therefore not easy to account for these factors and much more difficult to get an accurate representation of the area.

Stuart Minto elaborated on the indicators where the trend was showing concern, namely National Indicator (NI) 15, NI 20, NI 21 and NI 4.

Members of the panel then engaged in a question and answer session with the witnesses. Members received assurance that work was ongoing with the Neighbourhood Action Team (NAT) review action plan, and that the new appointment of the Domestic Violence Coordinator would have a positive effect on the figures recorded for NI 15.

Resolved – (a) That the information received be noted, and (b) that all the above officers be thanked for their input and attendance at the meeting.

223 HUMBERSIDE POLICE AUTHORITY AND THE SAFER AND STRONGER COMMUNITIES SCRUTINY PANEL – The Chair welcomed Paul Cheeseman, Strategic Development Manager, Communities and Partnerships at Humberside Police Authority to the meeting.

Following introductions, Paul explained his role within the Police Authority and how he would like to advance the partnership involvement with all four authorities encompassed within Humberside Police Authority. The panel welcomed Paul’s request to attend relevant future meetings. Arrangements would be finalised in accordance with the Scrutiny of the Crime and Disorder Reduction PartnershipProtocol.

The panel received a visual presentation, which explained the role and governance of the Police Authority, how it listens and responds to issues, how it scrutinises its own performance and how the future relationship between the police authority and the scrutiny panel could potentially be developed.

Members engaged in further discussions around the police authority’s key relationships, what the functions of police authorities were and received a brief outline of what the strategic priorities were.

Members learned that the Police also conduct similar surveys to the ‘Place’ survey and concluded that it would be beneficial to compare results at such times they became available.

Resolved – (a) That Paul Cheeseman be thanked for his attendance at the meeting, and (b) that the position be noted.

224 (17) LEADER OF THE COUNCIL’S FORWARD PLAN -DECEMBER 2009 TO MARCH 2010 – The Service Director Legal and Democratic circulated the Leader of North Lincolnshire Council’s Forward Plan for December 2009 to March 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 December 2009 to March 2010 be noted.

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