Agenda and minutes

Overview and Scrutiny Commission
Thursday, 27 June 2019 7.30 pm

Venue: Council Chamber - Time Square, Market Street, Bracknell, RG12 1JD. View directions

Contact: Kirstine Berry  01344 354068

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4.

Minutes and Matters Arising pdf icon PDF 161 KB

To approve as a correct record the minutes of the meeting of the Overview and Scrutiny Commission held on 4 April 2019 and 22 May 2019.

 

To review the actions log arising from the minutes of previous meetings and to review any issues that have arisen since the last meeting of the Commission.

 

Questions relating to the People, Central and Delivery Directorates’ Quarter 4 (Jan 2019 to March 2019), Quarterly Service Reports (QSRs) were asked by Members in advance of the meeting. 

A summary of questions and responses is attached together with the Breaking Free Outcomes Report 2018-19 which forms part of the response to the question arising from 4.6.01 on page 18 of the People QSR.

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Minutes:

RESOLVED that the minutes of the meeting of the Commission held on 4 April 2019 and 22 May 2019 be approved as a correct record, and signed by the Chairman.

5.

Reports from Panel Chairs pdf icon PDF 282 KB

To note the attached reports which advise the Commission of the current status of each Panel’s work programme, from the Chairman of the:

·         Adult Social Care, Health and Housing Overview and Scrutiny Panel

·         Environment, Culture and Communities Overview and Scrutiny Panel

·         Children, Young People and Learning Overview and Scrutiny Panel

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The Commission noted the reports which advised the Commission of the current status of each Panel’s work programme, from the Chairman of the:

·         Adult Social Care, Health and Housing Overview and Scrutiny Panel

·         Environment, Culture and Communities Overview and Scrutiny Panel

·         Children, Young People and Learning Overview and Scrutiny Panel

 

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6.

Declarations of Interest and Party Whip

Members are asked to declare any disclosable pecuniary or affected interests and the nature of that interest, including the existence and nature of the party whip, in respect of any matter to be considered at this meeting.

 

Any Member with a Disclosable Pecuniary Interest in a matter should withdraw from the meeting when the matter is under consideration and should notify the Democratic Services Officer in attendance that they are withdrawing as they have such an interest. If the Disclosable Pecuniary Interest is not entered on the register of Members interests the Monitoring Officer must be notified of the interest within 28 days.

 

Any Member with an Affected Interest in a matter must disclose the interest to the meeting.  There is no requirement to withdraw from the meeting when the interest is only an affected interest, but the Monitoring Officer should be notified of the interest, if not previously notified of it, within 28 days of the meeting.

Minutes:

There were no declarations of interest and no indications that members would be participating while under the party whip.

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7.

Urgent Items of Business

Any other items which, pursuant to Section 100B(4)(b) of the Local Government Act 1972, the Chairman decides are urgent.

Minutes:

There were no items of urgent business.

8.

Public Participation

To receive submissions from members of the public which have been submitted in advance in accordance with the Council’s Public Participation Scheme for Overview and Scrutiny.

Minutes:

No submissions had been made by members of the public under the Council’s Public Participation Scheme for Overview and Scrutiny.

9.

Crime and Disorder Committee pdf icon PDF 516 KB

Meeting as the Crime and Disorder Committee, to receive presentations on, and to consider:

 

A Crime Overview, Case Studies and Themed Project Work for 2018/19 as well as Community Safety Partnership Priorities for 2019/20.

 

Local Police Area Commander Superintendent Felicity Parker and Alison O’Meara, Head of Community Safety’s (Bracknell Forest Council) presentation attached.

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Minutes:

The Chairman welcomed Timothy Wheadon, Chief Executive and Chairman of the Community Safety Partnership (CSP), Superintendent Felicity Parker, the Local Police Area Commander of Thames Valley Police and Vice-Chairman of the CSP and Alison O’Meara, Head of Community Safety to the meeting of the Commission, in its capacity as the Crime and Disorder Committee.

 

They gave a revised presentation to the Committee on a Crime Overview, Case Studies and Themed Project Work for 2018/19 as well as Community Safety Partnership Priorities for 2019/20.

 

Arising from the discussion it was noted that:

·        Bracknell Forest CSP considered to be one of the most effective CSPs in the Thames Valley as works together with the various agencies to resolve problems which was reflected in common priorities, reduced crime figures and approach to problem solving

·        an issue was identified by HMIC regarding data recording and TVP officers have started to record crimes differently e.g. categorisation changes rather than an increase in victims in the area but it was clarified that historical data had not be reviewed

·        exploration of the crime figures by category to explore the background and factors influencing any changes

·        discussion on activities being undertaken to tackle shop lifting to support retailers report crimes, tackle theft from construction vehicles and for both crimes create a hostile environment to prevent activity

·        it was requested that in future two previous years figures be provided to help track trends and to see the targets for crime reduction

·        clarified that focus was on protecting vulnerable residents e.g. burglary and domestic abuse

·        discussion on activities being undertaken to prevent domestic abuse and an acknowledgement that it would take a generation to make an impact on this

·        neighbourhood policing teams were being used as smartly as possible with a reduction in the volume of extractions and were not being diverted unless essential

·        every type of evidential opportunity was looked at in first 24 hours but acknowledgement that changes such as Bail Act did impact on choices available

·        cyber crime being tackled through prevention activities

·        it was not possible to provide prosecution success rate data but a recent strategic assessment identified that the detection rate had improved from 55 – 65%

·        every burglary was investigated in Bracknell Forest

·        opportunities had been taken with the Lexicon to train its security staff to have Community Safety Accreditation Scheme (CSAS) accreditation training and are therefore able to carry out various functions. It was noted that there had been a high turnover of security staff and the Community Safety team would follow up whether all the new staff were receiving that training.

·        Strategic assessment had identified that a third of suspects were repeat offenders

·        Although there was no increase in youth crime in the last three years there had been a trend around young teenage boys becoming involved in conflict in certain hotspots. Further investigation of the issue would be undertaken to see if it related to increased reporting.

·        Three examples were given to explain how the problem solving model worked and 58  ...  view the full minutes text for item 9.

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Executive Key and Non-Key Decisions pdf icon PDF 141 KB

To consider scheduled Executive Key and Non-Key Decisions of a corporate nature.

Minutes:

Members received and noted the scheduled Key and Non-Key Executive Decisions of a corporate nature.