Agenda and minutes

Cabinet Member for Community Safety - Wednesday, 31st July, 2019 4.00 pm

Venue: The Executive Meeting Room - Third Floor, The Guildhall, Portsmouth. View directions

Contact: Jane Di Dino - Tel 023 9283 4060  Email: democratic.services@portsmouthcc.gov.uk

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Items
No. Item

1.

Apologies for absence

Minutes:

There were no apologies for absence.

2.

Declarations of interest

Minutes:

No declarations of interest were made.

 

Crime Reduction Fund.

Although this was not an agenda item, Lisa Wills Strategy and Partnership Manager was invited by the Cabinet Member for Community Safety to provide a short information-only update on this matter.  He

 

This was approved in February 2019 and the council is currently awaiting quotes from companies for the running of community workshops.  These will be held in the Autumn in three areas of the city: the North; Central and South.  A total of £90,000 will be provided over the next three years.

 

In response to a question, Councillor Hunt explained that he intended to share information in this way in order to be as open and transparent as possible.

 

 

 

 

3.

Independent Sexual Violence Advocate funding pdf icon PDF 84 KB

The purpose of the report by the Head of Harm & Exploitation is to seek approval from the Cabinet Member for Community Safety to commit £10,000 from portfolio reserves to contribute to a year's extension to the jointly commissioned Hampshire and Portsmouth Independent Sexual Violence Advisor (ISVA) service.

 

RECOMMENDED that the Cabinet Member

 

1)    approves a one year extension to the ISVA Contract with Hampshire County Council and that the £10,000 cost of the 1 year extension be met from the Environment & Community Safety Portfolio Reserve.

2)    thanks Yellow Door and Aurora New Dawn for their commitment and support to victims of sexual violence.

 

Additional documents:

Minutes:

A deputation was made by Kirsty Mellor in favour of the recommendations.

 

Bruce Marr, Head of Harm & Exploitation introduced his report and in response to a question explained that the three organisations financing this have stated that the proposal is to re-tender during 2020 for 3 years with a start date of April 2021.

 

Councillor Lee Hunt noted that children who suffer abuse need support but funding for young people had reduced over successive years. 

 

Councillor Gemma New agreed with the extension.

 

Councillor Corkery commended Aurora New Dawn for the breadth of services they provided and for being a very dedicated, dynamic value-led organisation. 

 

Councillor Lee Hunt noted that increasingly services are being outsourced and that this would continue until the government changes its direction of travel.

 

DECISIONS

The Cabinet Member for Community Safety:

1.    Approved a one year extension to the ISVA Contract with Hampshire County Council and that the £10,000 cost of the 1 year extension be met from the Environment & Community Safety Portfolio Reserve.

2)   Thanked Yellow Door and Aurora New Dawn for their commitment and support to victims of sexual violence.

 

 

 

 

 

4.

Food Safety Operating Plan 2019/2020 pdf icon PDF 183 KB

The purpose of the report by the Director of Culture, Leisure & Regulatory Services is to provide clarity in respect to Portsmouth City Council's (the Council) Food Safety Operating Plan (the Plan) for 2019 / 2020 by providing:

 

·         a profile of food businesses in Portsmouth

·         the scope of the Food Safety Service and demands made on it

·         the delivery of the service in terms of food premises inspections

·         operational procedures to ensure compliance with legislative requirements and consistency of approach

·         a review of performance in 2018 / 2019 and a summary of key activities identified for 2019 / 2020.

 

 

RECOMMENDED that the Cabinet Member approves the 2019-2020 Food Safety Operating Plan.

Additional documents:

Minutes:

Richard Lee, Regulatory Services Manager introduced the report.

 

Councillor Hunt noted that this report shows that the council takes food safety seriously and the public can feel safe when they eat out.

 

DECISION
The Cabinet Member for Community Safety approved the 2019-20 Food Safety Operating Plan.

 

 

 

5.

Community Wardens pdf icon PDF 89 KB

The purpose of the report for information by the Director of Housing, Neighbourhood and Building Services is to understand the impact of the provision of additional community wardens and to update the Cabinet Member on the funding situation.

 

Additional documents:

Minutes:

Colette Hill, Assistant Director of Neighbourhoods introduced the report and in response to questions added that a report will come to the October meeting.

 

Councillor Corkery noted that feedback he had received showed that residents valued seeing wardens at community events and meetings.  However, the yearly fixed term contracts do not give staff the security they deserve.  Hopefully can build on that long term permanent positions can be introduced.

 

Councillor Hunt stated that he had brought this matter to Full Council to ensure that they understand the need to fund this service.  The Cabinet had given every indication that funding would continue.   An additional £500,000 had been invested in support work and community action network work with the wardens.

 

In response to a question from Councillor Corkery, he explained that the extended youth provision was in place and attending events.  He did not know whether the contracts had been signed as it was not in his remit.  He would pass on any questions to the relevant Cabinet Member.

 

Councillor Gemma New stated that she agreed with the points made and felt that the service should be supported.

 

The Cabinet Member for Community Safety noted the report.

 

6.

CCTV in Stamshaw Park pdf icon PDF 58 KB

The purpose of the report for information by the Community Safety Manager is to provide the Cabinet Member for Community Safety with an update of the CCTV cameras system installed at Stamshaw Adventure Playground covering parts of Stamshaw Park.

 

Minutes:

Colette Hill introduced the report on behalf of Roy Goulding, Community Safety Manager.

 

Councillor Hunt reported that residents living near Alexandra Park are pleased that the park is now almost complete CCTV coverage.  

 

Councillor Gemma New noted that CCTV was a good idea to reduce anti-social behaviour and crime.  She requested that the possibility of expanding coverage to other areas including Paulsgrove be investigated.

 

Councillor Corkery recognised the important role that CCTV plays in deterring and detecting anti-social behaviour and crime; however he noted it was important to balance human rights and privacy.  He requested that a link to the annual report be on camera use be provided.

 

Councillor Hunt noted that the technology was becoming less expensive and more effective as time passes.  He also stated that a proportionate response to anti-social incidents was key and that CCTV provision encouraged more freedom for people due to their reduced fear of crime.

 

DECISION

The Cabinet Member for Community Safety noted the report.

7.

Dates of future meetings

Dates of future meetings are to be confirmed.