Agenda, decisions and draft minutes

Cabinet - Thursday, 15th April, 2021 10.30 am

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CAB120/20

Apologies pdf icon PDF 28 KB

To receive any apologies for absence.

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Minutes:

There were no apologies.

CAB121/20

Declarations of Interest pdf icon PDF 66 KB

To receive any declarations of interest by Members in items on the agenda. For any advice on declarations of interest; please contact the Monitoring Officer before the meeting.

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Minutes:

There were no disclosable pecuniary or other significant interests declared at the meeting.

CAB122/20

Notification of Visiting Members wishing to speak pdf icon PDF 28 KB

To note any members of the Council wishing to speak, of which due notice has been given in accordance with Cabinet Procedure Rule 28.4, and which item(s) they wish to speak on.

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There were no Visiting Members who had registered as wishing to speak.

CAB123/20

Minutes of the meeting dated Thursday 11 March 2021 pdf icon PDF 230 KB

To approve the minutes of a previous meeting as a correct record. The only issue relating to the minutes that can be discussed is their accuracy.

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Minutes:

Members reviewed the minutes. No amendments were proposed.

 

RESOLVED – That the minutes of the meeting dated 11 March 2021 be approved as a correct record.

CAB124/20

Questions from Members of the Council pdf icon PDF 28 KB

To receive any questions from members of the Council, of which due notice has been given in accordance with Cabinet Procedure Rule 28.3, to be submitted and answered.

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Minutes:

There were no questions from members of the Council.

 

CAB125/20

Questions from Members of the Public pdf icon PDF 28 KB

To receive any questions from members of the public, of which due notice has been given in accordance with Cabinet Procedure Rule 28.5, to be submitted and answered.

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Minutes:

There were no questions from members of the public.

CAB126/20

Consideration of the Forward Plan as at 22 March 2021 pdf icon PDF 194 KB

To note the forthcoming items set out on the Forward Plan.

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Members considered the plan. No amendments were proposed.

 

RESOLVED – That the Forward Plan as at 22 March 2021 be noted.

CAB127/20

*Community Safety Partnership 2021/22 pdf icon PDF 180 KB

To consider and decided on the recommendations as set out in the attached report.

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Decision:

RESOLVED – That Full Council be recommended that the Community Safety Partnership Plan 2021/22 be approved.

 

 

REASON FOR DECISION:. To confirm the multi-agency activity to reduce crime and disorder.

 

Minutes:

The report was first introduced by Councillor Carol Mackonochie, Portfolio Holder for Communities and Wellbeing.

 

“ This is the annual presentation of the Community Safety Strategic Assessment and Partnership Plan which sets the priorities for this financial year.  The Assessment and Plan were discussed at Community Safety Partnership Board in February where the priorities for 2021/22 were agreed.  The reports were fully discussed and debated at the Cabinet Advisory Board in March where the Road Safety priority was strengthened.  A further debate took place at Overview and Scrutiny Committee at the end of March and a presentation to Members was undertaken just last week.

 

In summary I am pleased to report that Tunbridge Wells remains the safest Borough in Kent with data for the reporting period showing a 9% reduction in overall crime, building on the 6% reduction reported last year.  Clearly, 2020 bought new challenges for us all and some of the reductions in crime we have recorded will have been influenced by the changes we have all had to make in our daily lives.  For instance, we have seen good reductions in residential burglaries, robberies and shoplifting. Conversely, reports of anti-social behaviour increased by 58% over the year.  But this was to a great extent due to residents reporting breaches of Covid-19 regulations.  And we should note that every district in Kent experienced similar ups and downs. For 2021/22, our priorities remain the same and we will retain a focus on violent incidents associated with substance and alcohol abuse, particularly in the night time economy when the town reopens fully later this year.  To provide more details on the strategic assessment and to outline some of the plans for the forthcoming year I will now hand over to our Community Safety Manager, Terry Hughes.”

 

Terry Hughes, Community Safety Manager introduced the report that sought approval for the 2021/22 Community Safety Partnership Plan which included the following:

 

-       Calendar year data had been used rather than the November to October usually used as it was thought important to capture the most recent data possible.  However, Road Safety data was for the period July to June.

-       Crime and anti-social behaviour data for the County showed that Tunbridge Wells was well placed being 1st, 2nd or 3rd in crime types typically measured.

-       The two that fell outside the top 3 were shoplifting and theft of motor vehicles, Tunbridge Wells was 4th for both this year.

-       Despite an increase in the theft of catalytic convertors, there was an overall reduction in thefts from motor vehicles.  A project to address this specific issue was initiated and the CSP provided some funding to purchase some property marking kit. CSP may look again at the possibility of some further funding later this year.

-       An increase in violent crime moved Tunbridge Wells from 2nd place to 3rd place – Tunbridge Wells had 10 more incidents last year than Tonbridge and Malling.  Tunbridge Wells were going  ...  view the full minutes text for item CAB127/20

CAB128/20

Urgent Business pdf icon PDF 28 KB

To consider any other items which the Chairman decides are urgent, for the reasons to be stated, in accordance with Section 100B(4) of the Local Government Act 1972.

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There was no urgent business.

CAB129/20

Date of Next Meeting pdf icon PDF 28 KB

To note that the date of the next scheduled meeting is Wednesday 26 May 2021 (annual meeting).

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Minutes:

The next meeting would be held on Wednesday 26 May 2021(annual meeting).