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DECLARATIONS OF INTERESTS
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Councillor Liaqat Ali declared an interest in agenda item 8: Nottingham City Council’s Public Spaces protection Order in the Vicinity of Bentinck Primary School, as he is on the Board of Governors for Bentinck Primary School. Although this is not considered to be a pecuniary interest, Councillor Liaqat Ali chose not to take part in the discussion or voting on this item, and allowed Councillor Anne Peach to Chair the meeting during this agenda item.
To confirm the minutes of the meeting held on 21 June 2017
The minutes of the meeting held on 21 June 2017 were confirmed as a correct record and signed by the Chair.
Report of the Director of Neighbourhood Services
RESOLVED to appoint the following Community Representatives for the 2017/18 municipal year:
· Addison TRA - Carol Laverick
· BELONG - John Aghoghogbe
· BELONG - Jean Didier
· Breaking Barriers Building Bridges - Maxine Cockett
· Bridlington parents Group - Chelsea Bland
· Holy Trinity & the Priory Churches Lenton - Sophie Slater-Evan
· Hyson Green Cultural Festival - Abdoulie Jah
· Lenton Drives Neighbours Resident Association - Kate Loewenthal
· Park Residents Association - Claire Brown
· Park Estates Ltd - Christina Jenson-Bates
· POW Nottingham Ltd - Ben Talbot
· Primary - Rebecca Beinart
· Radford Care Group - Beverley Pearson
· St Pauls and Pleasant Row TRA - Rosie Jarret
· St Pauls and Pleasant Row TRA - Janine Broomhall
· Student Union, University of Nottingham - Ellie Mitchell
· Take 1 Studio - Courtney Rose
· The Lenton Centre - Jenna Hubball
· The Lenton Centre - Zenn Athar
· Thomas Helways Baptist Church - Gill Isterling
ISSUES AND GOOD NEWS FROM THE COMMUNITY REPRESENTATIVES
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Verbal update from Nottinghamshire Police
Inspector Robert Wilson, from Nottinghamshire Police, presented a verbal update on policing in the Arboretum, Dunkirk and Lenton, Radford and Park area:
(a) there has been a rise in car crime, particularly theft from vehicles, with some instances of cars being left unlocked or bags being left on display;
(b) there have also been a number of motorbike thefts, and greater motorbike security has been encouraged. Arrests have been made following careful Police pursuits for failing to stop and the theft of 2 motorbikes;
(c) there has been some increase in home burglary, fluctuating from area to area. On Friday morning, a call was received at 11am from the Park area, when an intruder was seen climbing out of the window of a house, and a suspicious person was seen in a garden. An offender was later arrested, and charged with a total of 7 offences. The Scene of Crimes department take fingerprints when there has been a burglary and often get good fingerprint results;
(d) there was a serious robbery offence in the Arboretum some months ago, with a second offender evading capture. The Detective Team at Radcliffe Road tracked him down to Finland, he has since been extradited and charged in connection with that offence.
(e) Goose Fair is fast approaching. Protection and crime prevention is incredibly well organised across many organisations to ensure that Goose Fair is safe and enjoyable. It clearly impacts local people with the size and scale. This year it will run from 4 – 8 October;
(f) work has taken place with both universities with a view to the students’ imminent return. The main aims are to help prevent students from becoming victims of crime, and encouraging responsible behaviour and limiting the impact their large numbers can cause;
(g) significant work is ongoing regarding premises selling illicit tobacco;
(h) there was a minor injury from a stabbing on Gregory street. An arrest been made. Thankfully the injuries to the victim were not severe and the victim spent only a couple of hours in hospital;
(i) an incident which occurred on Holden Street thankfully resulted in only minor injuries, and there are some good positive leads;
(j) some good progress has been made in the investigation into an assault near the Arboretum. It has become clear that initial reporting on the incident was not entirely accurate, and as a result there is not considered to be any significant risk in relation to that incident.
There followed a number of questions and comments from the Committee, Community Representatives and citizens:
(k) previously there has been an increase in thefts from allotments during Goose Fair. In recent years the main crime issue has been the theft of mobile phones, although thanks to the plans put in place crime is very low during this period. In 2016 there were over 400,000 visitors to Goose Fair, and only 7 or 8 crimes, 5 of which were theft of mobile phones;
(l) a significant issue in the ... view the full minutes text for item 20.
COMMUNITY PROTECTION UPDATE
Verbal update from Nottingham City Council Community Protection
Desmond Storey and Flora Cameron, Senior Community Protection Officers for Community Protection, presented a verbal update to the Committee:
(a) the students from both Universities have mostly arrived or returned to Nottingham now. The relation between the HMO (Houses of Multiple Occupation) Team and Community Protection has changed since last year, with a plan for how the teams can work in partnership and with input from landlords, to prevent and reduce anti-social behaviour. Community Protection Orders have already been issued to 2 residents, with the HMO Team following up with the landlords to remind them of their duty of care under the HMO Licensing Scheme, which had the desired effect – the landlord has arranged a meeting with his tenants to resolve the issue. The agreement extends to all issues under the HMO License agreement, such as bins on the street, not just noise;
(b) some funding has been received from the University of Nottingham to contribute towards additional shifts on Wednesday, Friday and Saturday from 10pm to 3am, engaging with residents and students to manage noise and complaints, and hopefully stop any issues before they begin, and respond quicker to any 101 incidents if the police are not immediately available, and start a dialogue with the tenants;
(c) parking on the footpath around the Canning Circus area has been an issue, and new Traffic Regulation Orders may need to be investigated to reduce this problem. Currently Community Protection do not have enforcement powers for making people get their kerbs dropped, but work is ongoing with Traffic Management to find a solution for this;
(d) fly tipping continues to be an issue, with 198 fly tips being investigated alongside enforcement officers. The latest procedure involves adding a sticker to fly tips, which not only allows the street cleaning team to remove it safe in the knowledge it has been recorded, but also reassures local residents that it is being investigated;
(e) Nottingham Trent University has provided funding for additional shifts during the first 4 weeks of term time. Patrols will be on Wednesday, Friday and Saturday evenings until 3am, and targeted to reduce anti-social behaviour;
(f) work with the HMO Team has resulted in a resolution regarding bins left on streets at a property on Portland Road;
(g) targeted patrols in response to specific issues have reduced anti-social behaviour and drug usage around the Forest Recreation ground.
There then followed questions and comments from the Committee, Community Representatives and citizens:
(h) the Committee felt the partnership working with the HMO Team and involvement of landlords was a positive step, which will hopefully help to reduce the issues. Community Protection noted that the HMO Team are also assisting with some of the admin surrounding this partnership work, and are being direct and proactive in threatening revocation of licenses or civil enforcement action where appropriate. Good results have already been seen;
(i) even when the police attend an incident, Community Protection will attend afterwards in order to take care of ... view the full minutes text for item 21.
Report of the Director of Community Protection
Councillor Liaqat Ali declared an interest in this item, as he is on the Board of Governors for Bentinck Primary School. Although this is considered to be a non-pecuniary interest, Councillor Ali declined to take part in discussion or voting on this item, and Councillor Anne Peach chaired this item.
David Scothern, Principal Enforcement Officer at Nottingham City Council, presented a report to the Committee on a proposed Public Spaces Protection Order, highlighting the following points:
(a) there are long-standing issues of anti-social behaviour on an area of public footpath at the rear of Bentinck Primary and Nursery School, in an area not covered by CCTV cameras;
(b) it has not been possible to identify perpetrators;
(c) Public Spaces Protection Orders are an option available to Local Authorities since the implementation of the Anti-social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014;
(d) consultation on the issue took place in July, with responses received from the school, police and 1 local resident, all supporting the proposal;
(e) if granted, it will remain in place for a period of 3 years, which can then be extended if necessary;
(f) if a Public Spaces Protection Order is granted, a decision is also required from the Committee on the level of the fixed penalty notice. It is an offence to breach the Order. If the fixed penalty notice is not paid it then goes to prosecution with a maximum fine of up to £1,000.00.
The Committee noted that this is an ongoing issue, and they felt that a Public Spaces Protection Order was now the only option left.
(1) note the evidence gathered and the results of the consultation on the proposal to introduce a Public Spaces Protection Order (“PSPO”) to restrict the use of the right of way running from Caulton Street, off Alfreton Road, Nottingham to Birkin Avenue, Nottingham as indicated in the proposed PSPO attached at Appendix 1 of the report for the area shown with a solid black line on the plan in the proposed PSPO;
(2) authorise the Director of Legal and Democratic Services to make a PSPO in the form indicated in the proposed PSPO attached at Appendix 1 of the report over the land shown with a solid black line on the plan attached to the proposed PSPO to last for a period of three years from the date that it comes into force, being satisfied that the test in section 59 of the Anti-social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014 (“the 2014 Act”) is met, having considered the likely effect of making the proposed PSPO and the availability of an alternative route, and having regard to the rights of freedom of expression and freedom of assembly;
(3) authorise the Director of Community Protection to carry out the necessary publication and arrange for appropriate signage to be erected in accordance with the legislative requirements;
(4) set the Fixed Penalty amount for offences committed contrary to the PSPO at £70.00 if paid within 14 ... view the full minutes text for item 22.
Report of the Chief Planner and the Corporate Director for Development and Growth.
Peter McAnespie, Partnerships and Local Plans Manager at Nottingham City Council, presented an update on the Local Plan Part 2, highlighting the following points:
(a) the changes to the proposals in the revised publication reflect the comments received at the last consultation;
(b) the majority of the proposed changes are considered to be minor, but as some are significant it will need to go out for consultation before the report is submitted to the Secretary of State, and then to an examination hearing where an inspector will decide if the plan is sound. Sites of interest are listed within report;
(c) there are also some proposed changes to policies.
(d) it is hoped that the revised plan can be submitted by Spring 2018, at which point the Local Plan can be adopted, to sit alongside the Core Strategy.
RESOLVED to note that the Local Plan Part 2: Land and Planning Policies document (Revised Publication Version) and the accompanying Policies Map changes will be published for representation on 29 September 2017, and that the period for making representations will end on 10 November 2017.
STUDENT SUMMER CLEAR OUT PLAN
Presentation by Student Strategy Manager
Mike Cole, Student Strategy Manager for Community Protection, presented an update on the Student Summer Clear-out to the Committee, highlighting the following points:
(a) the clear-out scheme took place over recent months. Nottingham Trent University and the University of Nottingham have 60,000 students, with approximately 40,000 of them living in the City. They contribute a large amount to the City, both economically and culturally, but they also can cause waste management challenges when they go home;
(b) it is important to note that the issue is not just from students, but also from landlords, as demonstrated by the increase in waste collection costs in August, well after the students have left. With an average rental income for a student property of £18,000 per year, we can expect landlords to take responsibility and make a contribution towards clearing waste from student properties;
(c) when there is a large event with tens of thousands of attendees, the waste and mess is cleared quickly, as it is concentrated in one area and over a short time. However students leaving is often staggered, so the clear up is spread over a longer period of time, so the mess often appears worse than it is;
(d) there has been some very positive engagement and involvement, particularly with Street Scene who have done a fantastic job, and with student and Councillor volunteers;
(e) in positive news, the items collected that could be donated have gone on to raise over £100,000 for the British Heart Foundation, which is the 3rd highest amount in the country.
RESOLVED to thank Mike Cole for the presentation, and note the contents.
Report of the Chief Executive of Nottingham City Homes
Paul Howard, Tenancy and Estates Manager at Nottingham City Homes, presented an update to the Committee, highlighting the following points:
(a) fire safety work is ongoing at Woodlands, to force a “sterile corridor” policy. This has proved difficult, as bikes and other clutter return to the corridors almost immediately after being cleared. Enforcement may have to be stepped up, with confiscation of bikes and other property as a last resort;
(b) low-rise fire safety assessments are also now taking place, and will be reported to the next Committee meeting;
(c) the Nottingham City Homes tenants fun day was held recently, and has twice as many attendees as the 2016 event;
(d) there have been a number of anti-social behaviour evictions, mainly related to drug offences, counterfeit cigarettes kept in properties, and prolonged nuisance to other residents;
(e) notice has been served on some squatters in the Arboretum area;
(f) there is an emerging issue relating to the maintenance of new-build front gardens, with enforcement now being considered;
(g) repairs figures are down across all wards. This will be investigated and reported back to the Committee;
(h) there are no new environmental schemes to be agreed in the report.
There followed a number of questions and comments from the Committee, Community Representatives and citizens:
(i) often tenants cannot afford a lawnmower just to maintain a small lawned front garden, and the Committee queried whether a lawn mower could be shared between houses for maintenance of front gardens. The Care Taker scheme manager is currently investigating the feasibility of renting out equipment, but the main issues is litter and waste in gardens, rather than maintenance of lawns. The £100 tenant reward can be lost if the front garden is not maintained adequately;
(j) it is important that residents feel reassured by the measures Nottingham City Homes and Nottingham City Council are taking in the wake of the Grenfell residential tower bloke fire;
(k) the refurbishment works at Garfield Court are impressive, with feedback from the Committee that it now resembles a 5 star hotel. Similar works at Meden Gardens earlier in the year, including landscaping, have helped to build a community spirit;
(l) cycle stores near large residential blocks are being investigated, as a way to encourage tenants to travel more sustainably.
RESOLVED to thank Paul Howard for his report, note the performance information detailed in appendices 1 and 2, and note the allocation of funds for 2017/18 as detailed in appendix 3.
Director of Neighbourhood Services and Commercial Operations.
Deborah Wilson, Neighbourhood Development Officer, presented a report on the Area Capital Fund, which is used for improving the environment, neighbourhoods, and physical infrastructure. Any residents with ideas for future projects can contact their local ward councillor, who will then discuss the budget with the Neighbourhood Development Officers and other teams to see if it is an appropriate project for Area Capital spend.
(1) to approve the Area Capital Fund programme of schemes for Arboretum, Dunkirk and Lenton, Radford and Park wards as detailed below:
(2) to note the commitment of funds in Arboretum, Dunkirk and Lenton, Radford and Park wards as detailed below:
Report of the Director of Neighbourhood Services and Commercial Operations
Linda Wright, Neighbourhood Development Officer, presented the Arboretum, Dunkirk and Lenton, Radford and Park Ward Reports, highlighting the key list of current issues from each ward:
(a) in the Arboretum ward:
• Reduce street drinking and the paraphernalia left behind at the Forest Rec and local parks.
• Reduce overall crime in the ward targeting the Forest and Student Areas.
• Raise awareness of Domestic Violence and Abuse.
• Sustain youth activities at Bridlington Park and improve cohesion work.
• Promote Small Steps Big Changes.
• Increase recycling; encourage residents to remove bins from streets identified at the NAT as hotspot areas.
(b) in the Dunkirk and Lenton ward:
· Issues relating to student parties and late night congregation/return from City centre.
· Lenton new build issues which are impacting on existing residents.
· Managing waste in HMO’s including messy gardens, side waste and bin issues in hotspot areas including Lenton Boulevard, The Drives, Ednaston Road.
· Student end of term waste management issues including Christmas, Easter and Summer.
· Improving security on Leen walk for pedestrian and cyclists.
· Ongoing parking issues in the ward including Willougbhy St, Park St, Church St, Palmer Court, Abbey Bridge, Lenton Blvd, Galway and Harrowby Roads.
· Improving community cohesion among students and long term residents.
(c) in the Radford and Park ward:
· Waste issues in the ward including bins on streets, trade waste bins, fly tips, graffiti and contamination.
· Ongoing parking issues in the ward, traffic management and implementing schemes to introduce waiting restrictions, traffic calm and improve road safety.
· Improving community cohesion among students, emerging communities cohesion and long term residents.
· Improvement to parks and play areas.
· Development of Radford and Lenton Community Garden.
· Parking enforcement at Woodlands site and refurbishment of lifts and foyers. Response and communication to Residents.
· Refurbishing outside communal area on Meden Gardens.
· Deep Clean on Maun Avenue Area.
· Reducing antisocial behaviour through partnership work with Residents, Community Protection and Framework.
· Student work on end of term waste issues and planning student action to welcome new students in the Autumn.
· Co-ordination and planning of Community Events.
Further information was provided in response to questions from the Committee:
(d) the Curry in the Park event is taking place from 12 noon to 3pm on 14 October at the Radford Recreation Ground. The event is for residents to welcome new students to the area and build a relationship with them, it has proved successful in previous years;
(e) there will be a street play day on Park Road on 11 October from 3:30pm to 6pm, aimed at greater cohesion between residents and students, all are welcome to attend;
(f) there will also be a street play day on St Paul’s Avenue from 12:30pm to 3:30pm on 23 September.
RESOLVED to thank Linda for the update, and note the progress on Ward Priorities and Councillor pledges, and other supporting information including the key issues being addressed by each Neighbourhood Action Team.
Report of the Director of Neighbourhood Services
Linda Wright, Neighbourhood Development Officer, presented a report on the Ward Councillor Budgets, outlining the spending on delegated budgets since the last meeting of the Area Committee.
RESOLVED to note the actions agreed by the Director of Neighbourhood Services in respect of projects and schemes within the Arboretum, Dunkirk and Lenton, Radford and Park wards, as detailed below:
(1) Arboretum Ward Budget Allocations 2017/18:
(2) Dunkirk and Lenton Ward Budget Allocations 2017/18:
(3) Radford and Park Ward Budget Allocations 2017/18: