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Apologies for Absence
Apologies were received from Councillor Linda Potts.
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To approve the Minutes of the Executive, Policy & Community Safety Scrutiny Panel meeting held on 13 November 2018, copy attached.
Councillor Campbell proposed, Councillor Curran seconded and Members agreed the minutes as a correct record of the meeting that was held on 13 November 2018.
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."
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;
Workshops & Fleet Management;
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:
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:
Eden Geddes Penny button, Head of Safer Neighbourhoods, and Trevor Kennett, gave the following responses:
Members noted the report.