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116.

Apologies for Absence pdf icon PDF 127 KB

Minutes:

No apologies for absence were received.

 

Co-optee Observers

 

Rebekah Stone and Andrew Millar Co-opted Members were in attendance as observers for items one to seven.

117.

Declarations of Interest (including whipping declarations)

Members are reminded of their personal responsibility to declare any personal and prejudicial interest in respect of matters contained in this agenda in accordance with the provisions of the Local Government and Finance Act 1992 relating to Council Tax, the Local Government Act 2000, the Council’s Constitution and the Members Code of Conduct

 

Note:

 

(a)  Members are reminded that they must identify the item number and subject matter that their interest relates to and signify the nature of the personal interest and

 

(b)  Where Members withdraw from a Meeting as a consequence of the disclosure of a prejudicial interest they must notify the Chair when they leave

Minutes:

No Declarations of Interest were made.

118.

Update from South Wales Police

Minutes:

The Chair welcomed Chief Inspector Naomi Drew, Inspector Mike Rudall and Inspector Mark Saunders South Wales Police to the Meeting.

 

Chief Inspector Drew advised the Committee of progress to date in relation to Anti Social Behaviour.

 

Inspector Rudall then gave an overview of the work undertaken in Merthyr Tydfil and the key findings over the period of the Pandemic giving details and statistics in relation to:

 

·       Environmental Matters

·       Anti Social Behaviour – Nuisance, Personal, Crime Types

·       Crime incidents

·       Safety Concerns

·       Damage

 

Inspector Rudall also gave comparative figures and the incidences of Covid related breaches and the demand across the County Borough together with the age ranges of those involved.

 

Details were also given on the procedures followed in relation to Anti Social Behaviour and an explanation given of Stages one to three.

 

Inspector Rudall also gave information in relation to Off Road Bikes and the deployment of Drones and the tools available to make things better for both residents and visitors.

 

The following questions were then raised by the Committee and were responded to in detail by South Wales Police and the Officers:

 

·       Update requested on the delivery of Crime Prevention Kits

·       Date of when South Wales Police are moving into the Bus Station and explanation of where this fits in with the strategic planning for the Town

·       (Chief Inspector Drew confirmed the date as Monday 16 August 2021)

·       The issue of Off Road Bikes – What powers do the Police have in relation to this issue – Is work undertaken with RSL’s

·       Concern regarding bikes on the ‘Greenie’ – Is there a suitable alternative location where bikes can go

·       Education and engagement with people in relation to the use of off road bikes

·       What is the process undertaken by the Police when 101 calls are received – What are the average call waiting times

 

Inspector Saunders then gave a detailed overview in relation to the type and number of calls received and the effect of Covid.

 

Inspector Saunders also gave details of the ways in which the public can contact the Police other than by telephone and gave details of the ‘Digital Desk’

 

The following questions were then raised by the Committee and were responded to in detail by South Wales Police and the Officers:

 

·       Possibility of a campaign and communications in relation to the ‘Digital Desk’

·       How long is the response time for matters reported via Twitter

·       What is the figure for calls abandoned via the 101 number

·       What is the percentage figure for call back within the four hours

·       Is there direction on the 101 number on other ways to report

·       Could callers be advised where they are in the queue

 

The Chair then thanked South Wales Police for attending the Meeting and the Presentation and update to the Committee.

119.

Work Programme 2021-2022 pdf icon PDF 621 KB

To consider the attached report

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The Chair referred the Committee to the Forward Work Programme.

 

Change of Committee Date

 

The Chair then requested that the Meeting scheduled for 2 November 2021 be moved to 16 November 2021.

 

The Committee then agreed that the date of the Meeting in November be moved to 16th November 2021.

 

The Chair then suggested that the UK Community Renewal Fund be considered at the 21 September 2021 Meeting and Chris Long advised that this could be done.

 

The Committee then agreed that the UK Community Renewal Fund be considered at the 21 September 2021 Meeting.

120.

Scrutiny Referrals, Feedback and Follow Up Actions

Minutes:

The Chair advised that there was no update on this item.

121.

Reflection and Evaluation of Meeting

To receive an update from the Chair

Minutes:

The Chair and the Committee reflected in detail on the update and Presentation that had been given by South Wales Police.

122.

Any Other Business deemed urgent by the Chair

Minutes:

The Chair advised that there was no business deemed urgent.

Exempt

Resolved that:

 

The public be excluded from the Meeting on the grounds that it involves the likely disclosure of exempt information as defined in Paragraph 14 under Part 4 of Schedule 12A Section 100 (A) (4) of the Local Government Act 1972.

123.

Update on the Hoover Strategic Regeneration Area and Glebeland Site

To consider report of the Interim Deputy Chief Executive

Minutes:

The Chair referred the Committee to the ‘Update on the Hoover Strategic Regeneration Area and Glebeland Site’ report and an update was given on the report by the Officers.

 

Questions were then raised on the report by the Committee and were responded to in detail by the Cabinet Members and the Officers.

 

Resolved that:

 

The content of the report be noted.

 

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