Agenda and draft minutes

Bestwood, Bulwell and Bulwell Forest Area Committee
Wednesday, 4th September, 2019 5.30 pm

Venue: Bulwell Riverside Joint Service Centre, Main Street, Bulwell, NG6 8QJ. View directions

Contact: Catherine Ziane-Pryor  Email: catherine.pryor@nottinghamcity.gov.uk

Items
No. Item

18.

Apologies for Absence

Minutes:

Reverend Andrew Fisher, Bulwell Churches Together

Robin Goodwin, Top Valley Community Association

Dale Griffin, Neighbourhood Development Officer

Nicky Jarvis, Nottingham City Homes

Daniel Pickard, Nottingham City Homes

 

19.

Declarations of Interest

Minutes:

None.

20.

Minutes pdf icon PDF 311 KB

Minutes of the meeting held on 11 June 2019, for confirmation.

Minutes:

The minutes of the meeting held on 11 June 2019 were confirmed as a correct record and signed by the Chair.

21.

Community Representatives

To note the appointment of Reg Knowles of the Bradford Street Allotment Association as an Area Committee Community Representative on the Area Committee for the municipal year 2019/20.

Minutes:

RESOLVED to note the appointment of Reg Knowles of the Bradford Street Allotment Association as an Area Committee Community Representative for the 2019/20 municipal year.

22.

AREA POLICING AND COMMUNITY PROTECTION UPDATE

Verbal update of Policing and Community Protection issues in the area.

Minutes:

Police Sergeant Nev McGeehan and Senior Community Protection Officer Darryl Paxford, provided a verbal update on policing issues within the wards, highlighting the following:

 

(a)  overall, crime has reduced by 10% and violence has reduced by 23%. There have been reductions in burglary, vehicle offences, cycle theft, shoplifting, criminal damage, arson and anti-social behaviour;

(b)  resources and patrols have been increased in the Top Valley area following a recent shooting and attempted murder case;

(c)  traveller activity has been high in the area, but travellers have been generally co-operative and cleaned up quickly;

(d)  there has been a problem with fly-tipping at Blenheim Industrial Estate and funding for 2 CCTV cameras has been found for the site;

(e)  Southglade Food Park is a hotspot for littering so a clean-up has taken place there, and around 12 Fixed Penalty Notices were issued.

 

Bestwood Councillors reported that they will be meeting with the Police and Crime Commissioner to discuss knife crime.

 

23.

VOLUNTEER POLICE CADETS

Presentation  by Romel Davis, Citizens in policing Engagement Officer

Minutes:

Romel Davis, Volunteer Police Cadet (VPC) Engagement Officer, delivered a presentation on youth engagement and intervention through the VPC, highlighting the following:

 

(a)  the VPC youth engagement programme is a national pilot and targets young people between the ages of 10-18 years who are either vulnerable, socially excluded or involved with crime. This includes young people at risk of joining gangs or becoming first time offenders, people from hard to reach or new emerging communities and people who are assessed as vulnerable by VPC or partner agencies;

(b)  partner agencies include children’s homes, charities, local authorities, schools, religious groups, the police and youth organisations;

(c)  the purpose of the programme is to deter young people from crime, build confidence, aspirations, give them a purpose and positive role models. It should also build increased trust and confidence in the police and build stronger relationships between the police, young people and the diverse communities. It may also lead to future recruitment into the police force if appropriate;

(d)  the cadet programme meets once a week in term time, and offers sport activities, learning about police roles and careers, community work, trips to police departments, crime and personal safety education, and days out;

(e)  there are currently VPC bases in Bulwell, Sherwood, Radford and St Anns, with more bases coming on board from January 2020. The Bulwell base is supported by the mother of Lyrico Steede who was stabbed in the local area;

(f)  young people can come to a cadet session and observe before deciding if they want to take part. There will also be a cadet roadshow starting on 13September which provides sessions during the holidays in other areas, including Bestwood;

(g)  the VPC organises community cohesion events providing free activities and sports for young people. These also include talent competitions, speeches and discussions around youth violence, knife crime and other issues. They also support other community events such as the Stephen Lawrence Day event in Bulwell;

(h)  the VPC also offers mentoring and one to one support for young people and can provide bespoke events depending on the numbers and needs of the young people;

(i)  currently there is only one VPC Engagement Officer and resources are stretched for the cost of venues, equipment and materials. Volunteers are also required to run the programme.

 

The following answers were provided to questions from Committee members:

 

(j)  volunteers must be over 18 and DBS checked. Social workers and universities have been approached;

(k)  the age limit was lowered to 10 but due to capacity cannot be lowered further. The mini police programme runs in some primary schools for younger children;

(l)  impact of the programme is difficult to measure, however the number of missing children has reduced and the need has been assessed through the number of referrals made;

(m)anyone can join the VPC programme but vulnerable children are particularly targeted, with spaces held back for them should they wish to join.

24.

LEAD ORGANISATION - BESTWOOD PARTNERSHIP - PERFORMANCE AND ACTIVITY UPDATE pdf icon PDF 236 KB

Presentation by Donna Denning of Bestwood Partnership.

Additional documents:

Minutes:

Donna Denning, Bestwood Partnership, provided an update to the Committee, highlighting the following:

 

(a)  40% of the Area Based Grant is awarded to Play and Youth. 15 play sessions take place per week , all but 3 of which are free with the rest costing only £1;

(b)  £10,000 will be released for the Community Initiative Fund which will be distributed by Neighbourhood Development Officers;

(c)  9 employment sessions are run each week, including sessions on Universal Credit and employment training.

25.

Bestwood, Bulwell and Bulwell Forest Area Capital Report pdf icon PDF 219 KB

Report of the Director of Community Protection

Additional documents:

  • Bestwood, Bulwell and Bulwell Forest Area Capital Report

Minutes:

Celia Knight, Neighbourhood Development Officer, introduced the report providing the Committee with the latest spend proposals under the Area Capital Fund including highways and footways, and  the latest spend proposals regarding Public Realm schemes.

 

RESOLVED to approve the following Area Capital and public realm schemes for Bestwood, Bulwell and Bulwell Forest:

 

Location

Estimate

Details

Padstow Road, road safety

£800

Installation of 20mph roundels/signs on Padstow Road

Chippenham Road/Hillington Rise, TRO

£18,000

Installation of measures to reduce congestion and improve access

Winterton Rise, parking

£43,000

Feasibility, design and installation of parking provision on Winterton Rise

St Alban’s Road, road safety

£1,500

Installation of 20mph roundels/signs on St Albans Road

Petersfield Close/Stacey Avenue,

£584

Installation of barriers to prevent vehicles driving illegally on the footpath

 

26.

NOTTINGHAM CITY HOMES UPDATES AND APPROVALS pdf icon PDF 142 KB

Reports of the Chief Executive of Nottingham City Homes.

Additional documents:

Minutes:

RESOLVED to

 

(1)  note the update and performance information;

(2)  note the financial information and approve the following schemes:

 

Address

Request

Cost

Leiston Gardens, Bestwood

Fencing scheme to 1-8 and 9-14

£47,500

Winterton Rise, Bestwood

Contribution to parking feasibility study and parking scheme

£43,000

 

Councillors expressed concern that no officers from Nottingham City Homes were able to attend the meeting and present the report.

27.

Bestwood, Bulwell and Bulwell Forest Ward reports pdf icon PDF 911 KB

Report of the Director of Community Protection

Minutes:

Suki Shergill, Neighbourhood Development Officer, introduced the report focussing on current priorities and issues facing the Bestwood, Bulwell and Bulwell Forest wards and giving details of forthcoming events and activities.

 

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 and latest CDP statistics.

28.

Bestwood, Bulwell and Bulwell forest Ward Members Budgets pdf icon PDF 136 KB

Report of the Director of Community Protection

Additional documents:

  • Bestwood, Bulwell and Bulwell forest Ward Members Budgets

Minutes:

Suki Shergill, Neighbourhood Development Officer, introduced the report advising the Area Committee of the use of delegated authority by the Director of Community Protection.

 

RESOLVED to note the actions agreed by the Director of Community Protection in respect of projects and schemes within Bestwood, Bulwell and Bulwell Forest as detailed below:

 

Bestwood Ward

 

Scheme

Date approved

Councillor(s)

Amount (total)

No schemes

N/a

N/a

N/a

Balance brought forward

Councillor funding 2019/20

Total funds 2019/20

Allocated 2019/20

Uncommitted funds after allocated schemes

£1,094.00

£10,000.00

£11,094.00

£0.00

£11,094.00

 

 

Bulwell Ward

 

Scheme

Date approved

Councillor(s)

Amount (total)

Crabtree Community Centre Xmas Lunch

11.06.2019

Lakey, Radford & Joannou

£200.00

Balance brought forward

Councillor funding 2019/20

Total funds 2019/20

Allocated 2019/20

Uncommitted funds after allocated schemes

£5,000.00

£10,000.00

£15,000.00

£200.00.00

£14,800.00

 

Bulwell Forest Ward

 

Scheme

Date approved

Councillor(s)

Amount (total)

Belonging in Bulwell

30/04/2019

Barnard, Campbell-Clark & Gardiner

£1,200.00

Balance brought forward

Councillor funding 2019/20

Total funds 2019/20

Allocated 2019/20

Uncommitted funds after allocated schemes

£3,382.00

£10,000.00

£13,382.00

£1,200.00

£12,182.00

 

29.

SUGGESTIONS FOR FUTURE AGENDA ITEMS

The opportunity for Community Group Representatives to suggest potential topics for future agenda.

Minutes:

No items were suggested at the meeting. Item suggestions can be emailed to the Neighbourhood Development Officers before the next meeting.

30.

FORTHCOMING EVENTS

The opportunity for Community Groups and City Council Colleagues to inform the Committee of forthcoming events.

Minutes:

The following forthcoming events were reported:

 

8 September

-  Fun on Bulwell Forest

-  Bulwell Forest Recreation Ground

21 September

-  Community Litter Pick

-  Sunrise Hill Nature Reserve

21 September

-  Top Valley Fun Day

-  St Philip’s Church, Top Valley

26 September

-  Mental Health Support Group

-  Bestwood Park Church

2 October

-  University of the 3rd Age

-  Bulwell Methodist Church

7 October

-  Celebrate Older People Day

-  Mellish Sports Centre

12 September

-  Jobs Fair

-  Nottingham Conference Centre

2 December

-  Bulwell Christmas Lights Switch On

-  Bulwell Town Centre

 

31.

FUTURE MEETING VENUE CONFIRMATION

Minutes:

RESOLVED to meet at Bulwell Riverside for the remainder of the 2019/20 municipal year

32.

NEXT MEETING DATE

To note that the next meeting is scheduled for 4 December 2019.

Minutes:

The next meeting will be held on 4 December 2019 at 5.30pm at Bulwell Riverside