MAIDSTONE BOROUGH COUNCIL
COMMUNITIES, HOUSING AND ENVIRONMENT COMMITTEE ACTING AS THE CRIME AND DISORDER COMMITTEE
Minutes of the meeting held on Tuesday 28 March 2017
Councillor Mrs Ring (Chairman), and
Councillors Barned, M Burton, Joy, D Mortimer, Perry, Mrs Robertson, Webb and Webster
Councillor Mrs Gooch
There were no apologies for absence.
There were no Substitute Members.
There were no urgent items.
It was noted that Councillor
Gooch was present as a Visiting Member for Agenda Item 11 - 2013-18 Community
Safety Partnership Plan Refresh.
There were no disclosures from Members and Officers.
There were no disclosures of lobbying.
That the items on the agenda be taken as proposed.
RESOLVED: That the minutes of the meeting held on 14 February 2017
be approved as a correct record and signed.
There were no petitions.
There were no questions from members of the public.
The Chief Executive and the Community Partnerships & Resilience Manager introduced the 2013 -18 Community Safety Partnership Plan Refresh report. It was outlined to Members that the priorities contained in the plan align with the Police Control Strategy and the Police & Crime Commissioners Strategic Plan.
In response to Members questions, it was noted that:-
The action plan in relation to domestic abuse and other violent crime was due for redrafting, and that at this time consideration could be given to action to address violent crime in wards other than the High Street.
There was still lack of clarity around how the police would provide a place a safety when they use their powers under section 136 of the Mental Health Act to detain from 1st April 2017.
There had been a change of practice in the Community Safety Unit weekly meetings to bring different agencies together so that it was easier to identify if there was a mental health component to the case. Further integration was being worked towards over the next 12 months.
There has been a significant reduction in the number of road casualties and responsibility by the relevant agencies such as KCC in relation to road safety information was unchanged and that the activities of the relevant agencies were well established and continuing.
Although a glossary had been included it was felt that the document could benefit from further re-wording for clarity.
RESOLVED: That the 2013-18 Community Safety Partnership’s Plan refresh is recommended to Council for adoption and implementation by the Safer Maidstone partnership and its priority subgroups, subject to redrafting to improve the clarity of the document.
For – 9 Against – 0 Abstain - 0
6.30 p.m. to 7.45 p.m.