Agenda and minutes

Executive, Policy & Community Safety Scrutiny Panel
Thursday, 31st January, 2019 7.00 pm

Venue: Council Chamber, Council Offices, Cecil Street, Margate, Kent. View directions

Contact: Charles Hungwe 

Items
No. Item

28.

Apologies for Absence

29.

Declaration of Interests

    To receive any declarations of interest.  Members are advised to consider the advice contained within the Declaration of Interest form attached at the back of this agenda.  If a Member declares an interest, they should complete that form and hand it to the officer clerking the meeting and then take the prescribed course of action.

    Minutes:

    There were no declarations made at the meeting.

30.

Minutes of previous meeting pdf icon PDF 98 KB

31.

Cabinet Member Presentation

    The presentation topic by Cllr Savage, Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member Operational Services is on "How effective is the delivery of Operational Services to residents that are not regularly reported on."

    Minutes:

    Councillor Savage, Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Operational Services made a presentation on "How effective is the delivery of Operational Services to residents that are not regularly reported on." The presentation focused on the following areas of the Service:

     

    Crematorium and cemeteries;

    Commercial Waste;

    Environmental Education;

    Playgrounds;

    Workshops & Fleet Management;

    CCTV;

    Coastal Development;

    Parking.

     

    The presentation detailed the key functions of each of the main areas of Operational Services and highlighted the performance of the service for the period from April 2018 to date. It was reported that the crematorium service had received a gold award and the burial service a silver award for the services offered to the public. The Memorial stability programme which had started in November last year had tested over 5,000.

     

    The Commercial Trade Waste Service which had been introduced in July 2018 and had managed to cover its costs and was generating income that was expected to be about £130k at the end of the year. The service had 122 new customers signed up and over 170 tonnes had been collected since July 2018, with a four day weekly collection schedule.

     

    The Panel was advised that the Environmental Education team had participated in the national trial to Keep Britain Tidy and experimented with signage on the Margate Main Sands. The signage provided information at a glance to the public on when dogs were allowed on the beach. The service was also working with the Council’s Communications team to develop the anti-litter campaign for 2019.

     

    The Service also conducted 37 annual ROSPA inspections on the Council’s playgrounds and 1,500 weekly inspections. The repairs team had attended to 65 repairs and maintenance that were due to vandalism.

     

    Council operated more than 75 main street cameras, more than 70 car park and stairwells cameras, 30 tower block cameras and 6 re-deployable mobile and covert cameras. The Service had provided 259 evidential videos for the Courts in 2018, 391 reviews by the Police in 2018. They had located numerous vulnerable and missing youths.

     

    The civil enforcement team had issued over 20,000 PCNs between April and December last year. They received 492 abandoned vehicles cases and had removed 63 abandoned vehicles in 2018. They conducted 275 individual school safety enforcement visits last year and also introduced a new TDC Enforcement Twitter account through which the public could report enforcement matters directly to the department.

     

    Since April 2018, the Street Scene Enforcement team had issued 59 FPNs (of £400 each), 190 PDPAs, 772 Section 46 notices, 107 CPWs and 20 CPNs. They had conducted 60 commercial trade waste inspections and 3,755 street scene investigations. Dog wardens had attended to 172 reported cases of stray dogs and 173 noise complaints.

     

    Responding to the presentation the Panel members made comments and asked questions as follows:

     

    • This was a detailed and informative presentation;
    • Was any of the revenue generated by the service especially from commercial waste collection put back to street cleaning?
    • How much did the electric pavement cleaners cost? Would it be  ...  view the full minutes text for item 31.

32.

Anti-Social Behaviour Public Spaces Protection Order Update pdf icon PDF 178 KB

    Minutes:

    Eden Geddes, Community Safety Manager introduced the report. He said that the Public Spaces Protection Order (PSPO) gave discretion and flexibility to officers to exercise enforcement where the specified conduct was causing harassment, alarm and distress detrimental to the locality. Embedding this order into the daily work of enforcement officers had been slow. This was because there had been a delay in the delivery of signage material and training of council and police officers.

     

    Mr Geddes further said that enforcement using these new powers started in earnest in September 2018. It was therefore too early to review the impact of the PSPO. To date there had been no fixed penalty notices issued for breaches of this PSPO. This was due in part to the fact that Kent Police policy prohibited police officers or PCSOs from issuing fixed penalty notices (FPNs) to any person under the age of 18. In addition, the Council’s Community Safety Unit (CSU) took an incremental approach to enforcement. This meant that other options prior to issuing of an FPN for breach of PSPO were explored in the first instance.

     

    The Council had procedures in place to issue penalty notices on behalf of Police/PCSOs. However it was worth noting that the CSU had limited resources. This created a future potential risk for a significant re-deployment from core duties; therefore this aspect would require regular reviewing. Interim review of the current Order was scheduled for March and the final evaluation set for September this year.

     

    Members made further comments and asked questions as detailed below:

     

    • In order to introduce the PSPO, there ought to have been evidence of anti social behaviour in a particular area to be affected by the Order. Would not issuing any fixed notice penalties since the introduction of the PSPO hamper extending the PSPO in the future?
    • Under age drinking was becoming an issue in some licenced premises in Ramsgate;
    • What support was given to women who were victims to threats of violence in the premises (in tower blocks) they lived in? These residents were scared to come out of their homes. This problem was usually associated with drug culture in these areas and more was needed to be done about it.

     

    Eden Geddes Penny button, Head of Safer Neighbourhoods, and Trevor Kennett, gave the following responses:

     

    • The PSPO was a process of ensuring compliance to the laws and not just the issuing of fines Current evidence is  when individuals were challenged by police officers and PCSOs, they would comply. It had not been necessary to issue these penalties to date;
    • Officers requested more detail to be forwarded to them so that they could pursue such reports on premises selling alcohol to under age individuals;
    • Members were requested to advise residents to report criminal incidents to 999 in order for the Police to respond directly and these cases would also be forwarded to the Community Safety Unit to provide further support to victims in real time;
    • The cameras in tower blocks were upgraded in  ...  view the full minutes text for item 32.

33.

Review of Executive Scrutiny Panel Work Programme for 2018/19 pdf icon PDF 75 KB

34.

Forward Plan & Exempt Cabinet Report List for period 09 January 2019 - 30 June 2019 pdf icon PDF 74 KB