Venue: Ground Floor Committee Room - Loxley House, Station Street, Nottingham, NG2 3NG. View directions
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Councillor Jon Collins – Council Business
Councillor Sue Johnson – Unwell
Mark Sunderland – South Operations Neighbourhood Manager
Luke Walters – Nottingham City Homes
Declarations of Interests
To confirm the minutes of the meeting held on 22 January 2019
Page 4 of the minutes, paragraph h should read:
“There has been a reduction from 4 sergeants to 3 sergeants in the area.”
With that alteration the minutes of the meeting held on 22 January 2019 were confirmed as a true record of the meeting.
Issues and Good News Stories
Update from Community Representatives
Community Representatives gave a brief update on their organisations activities since the last meeting:
(a) Noel Martin of Prettier Wittier gave a brief update including details of a residents’ consultation around community gardens;
(b) Pete Wright of STOP TRA informed the committee that the group had received £9,500 funding towards development of the community gardens;
(c) Greg Feltham from STARA raised concerns about the news that another fast food restaurant would be opening. He was concerned about the impact of the shop on the retail offer on Sneinton Dale, and raised the possibility of Nottingham City Council using supplementary planning documents to limit the number of fast food outlets in much the same way alcohol licences are limited and a saturation zone enforced. Councillor David Mellen, Ward Councillor for Dales Ward and Portfolio Holder for Early Intervention and Early Years advised Greg that the Portfolio Holder for Housing and Planning would be looking at the case with planning colleagues;
RESOLVED to thanks the Community Representatives for their updates and to note their content.
Area Policing Update
Update frp, Inspector James Walker, Nottinghamshire Police
Inspector James Walker, Nottinghamshire Police, provided an update on year to date crime statistics detailed in the table below:
He went on to give an update on current initiatives and operations in the area:
(a) Operation Sceptre is focusing on knife related crime and includes a knife amnesty. There are searches of open areas being conducted where groups of individuals gather as these are often places where discarded weapons are left, or where weapons are hidden to be later retrieved.
(b) The operation also included visits to individuals known to be at risk of carrying knives or being involved in knife related crime, school interventions, and increased use of social media;
(c) The Police website is being revamped and extended to allow citizens to do more through it. They will eventually be able to report crime and track their crime number and apply for certain types of licenses;
(d) The Mini Police initiative continues to be received well and build relationship with primary aged children in the Sneinton area.
(e) From September St Ann’s will become a cadet base which will continue the work around improving and extending relationships between citizens and police and will work towards encouraging recruitment;
Following questions and comments from the committee the following further information was highlighted:
(f) There is a focus of resources on young people and knife crime in order to prevent new offenders. However, those over 25 are still being targeted with visits, to existing offenders and a combination of enforcement work and support;
(g) There is no specific intelligence about knives being purchased from local/independent shops being linked to knife crime. Test purchases take place regularly to ensure that under 18’s are not being sold blades.
RESOLVED to thank Inspector Walker for his update and to note its content.
Report of the Chief Executive of Nottingham City Homes
Will Morritt, City Housing Manager, updated the committee on key issues and themes around regeneration, Capital Programme and area performance. The following points were highlighted:
(a) The Victoria Centre roof garden refurbishment is almost complete. There has been a day of planting and the grand opening is due to take place on 19
March 2019 for residents;
(b) The tenants and leaseholder’s awards are coming up with the Bluebell Hill Community Rangers being shortlisted for community group of the year.
(1) Note the update and performance information in appendices 1 and 2 of the report published with the agenda;
(2) Note the remaining allocation of funds for 2018/19
St Ann’s: £15,215.99
(3) Approve the Area Capital Programme Funding requests set out below:
Lead Organisation Update - Renewal Trust
Presentation by Cherry Underwood, Chief Executive of the Renewal Trust
Emma Lucas, Renewal Trust, gave a presentation updating the Committee on activity around the Area Based Grant. She highlighted the following points:
(a) From April 2019 the Muslim Community Organisation will be transferred to the Community Centres team and will not come under the Area Based Grant programme;
(b) Job clubs and job fairs are only encouraging “good” work opportunities, meaning that zero hours’ contracts will not be encouraged unless they specifically suit the candidate. The time the fairs are being held are also being varied to allow people already in work but may be looking to change jobs to attend;
(c) Going forward in 2019/20 there will be a dedicated Group support officer who will help signpost local groups on where and how to access grant funding;
(d) In 2019/20 there is due to be a reduction in the Area Based Grant funding, however there will be uplift grants that can be applied for to help mitigate against the reduction;
(e) Targeted youth work will be carried out by Nottingham City Council staff, universal provision will remain with the Area Based Grant and play provision will move under the Area Based Grant. It is anticipated that experienced providers will be commissioned to provide play services;
Following questions and comments from the committee the following further information was given:
(f) Unemployment is down across all three wards but is falling faster in Mapperley and St Ann’s. Demographic details for the numerical breakdown of people helped into employment are not currently available, however this is something that can be looked at;
(g) The job clubs held in the Dales ward could be advertised more widely, including on various social media platforms. It would also be beneficial to link into other local organisations including those represented at this meeting, to help spread information;
RESOLVED to thank Emma Lucas to for her presentation and to note its content
Report of the Director of Community Protection
Michelle Graley, Neighbourhood Development Officer introduced the Area Capital Fund report 2018/19 providing the councillors with the latest spend proposals under the Are Capital Fund.
An additional appendix, appended to these minutes was circulated at the meeting detailing an additional scheme on The Wells Road for CCTV.
(1) Approve the new schemes prioritised by Ward Councillors since the last area committee as detailed below:
Mapperley Public Realm Schemes:
· Pendle Crescent - £1,394 for street lighting
St Ann’s Public Realm Schemes:
· The Wells Road - £8,000 for permanent installation of CCTV cameras on The Wells Road at the Junction of Ransom Road, near Cromer Road to prevent antisocial behaviour.
St Ann’s Withdrawn schemes:
· Beverley Square - £300 Due to underspend on installation of gating in support on a public spaces protection order to deter antisocial behaviour.
(2) Note the monies available for 2018/19 as detailed below:
· Dales £3,230
· Mapperley £4,595
· St Ann’s £111,310
Report of the Director of Community Protection
Greg Foister, Michelle Graley and Fi Cusick jointly presented the Ward Performance report for approval
RESOLVED to note the progress on ward priorities and other supporting information including the issues being addressed by each neighbourhood Action Team and upcoming opportunities for citizens to engage, as contained within the report
Fi Cusick, Neighbourhood Development Officer presented the Ward Councillor Budget report, advising the committee on the use of delegated authority by the Director of Community Protection for those projects funded by Ward Councillor Budgets.
RESOLVED to note the actions agreed by the Director of Community Protection in respect of projects and schemes within the wards:
· Dales ward:
· Mapperley Ward
· St Ann’s Ward