Hinckley & Bosworth Borough Council

Agenda and minutes

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Items
No. Item

168.

Apologies and substitutions

Minutes:

Apologies for absence were submitted on behalf of Councillors Bray, Sutton and Williams, with the substitution of Councillor Cope for Councillor Bray authorised in accordance with council procedure rule 10.

169.

Minutes pdf icon PDF 46 KB

To confirm the minutes of the meeting held on 10 July 2018.

Minutes:

It was moved by Councillor Camamile, seconded by Councillor Bill and

 

RESOLVED – the minutes of the meeting held on 10 July be confirmed and signed by the chairman.

170.

Declarations of interest

To receive verbally from members any disclosures which they are required to make in accordance with the Council's code of conduct or in pursuance of Section 106 of the Local Government Finance Act 1992.  This is in addition to the need for such disclosure to be also given when the relevant matter is reached on the agenda.

Minutes:

No interests were declared at this stage.

 

Councillor Crooks entered the meeting at 6.34pm.

171.

Community Safety Partnership six monthly update pdf icon PDF 390 KB

To provide a six monthly update to the Scrutiny Commission.

Additional documents:

Minutes:

Members were provided with a six monthly update on the work of the Community Safety Partnership. Inspector Emma Maxwell of Leicestershire Police and Chris Parsons of Leicestershire Fire & Rescue were also present to present their perspective. During the presentation, the following points were noted:

 

·         The increase in hate crime and domestic violence was influenced by encouraging victims to report these crimes so did not necessarily reflect an increase in the incidents

·         Theft from vehicles had decreased

·         Some crimes could be pre-empted and plans put in place, for example addressing the increase in rural crime in September

·         The decrease in antisocial behaviour was partly due to a change in the way it was recorded. The borough council had seen an increase in the number of anti social behaviour cases it was managing

·         Knife crime, which is of increasing concern particularly in the city centre, was being addressed via talks in schools to raise awareness of the penalties and consequences associated with this type of crime

·         There had been a 33% improvement on call handling since the previous year and online reporting was to be trialled

·         In addition to the continuing high performance of the fire service highlighted in the report, there were other aspects of the role not reported including supporting the ambulance service and working with vulnerable people which involved increasing volumes of work.

 

Members felt that the output of the partnership for the funding available provided great value for money.

 

A member made reference to the Pride alarm scheme which had ceased previously and said they were not aware of a current scheme. Officers explained that the scheme was for vulnerable people and that members of the public could access the scheme if they fit the criteria. They agreed to send details to members.

 

It was suggested that community policing needed to strengthen links with the community, and concern was expressed that monthly newsletters created by the local policing teams didn’t always seem to be received by the local councillors. Concern was also expressed that, on a few occasions, vehicle crime in progress had been reported using the 101 number but the call handler had claimed there was nothing they could do. Inspector Maxwell explained that the newsletters were sent to parish councils monthly and advised members to contact her if they were not being received. She also asked that parishes invite their local policing team to parish council meetings and that, whilst they would not be able to attend every meeting, if they didn’t attend for long periods, she could follow up. She also asked members to contact her directly if they experienced negativity from call handlers when using the 101 number. She explained that, whilst struggling to recruit staff in the call centre, they were looking at best practice from companies with high performing call centres to learn from and improve their service.

 

Inspector Maxwell reported on the safer roads team that was being set up and asked members to let her know of any particular problem  ...  view the full minutes text for item 171.

172.

Air quality management annual update pdf icon PDF 904 KB

To inform members of the work undertaken on local air quality management.

Minutes:

Members received an annual update on air quality in the borough, hearing that there were not exceedances of limits and no air quality management areas had been designated.

 

In relation to higher levels of pollution alongside the A511 in Markfield, it was noted that a detailed assessment had been carried out in 2015 and monitoring had been increased but the average level had remained below the limits and DEFRA had agreed that an air quality management area was not necessary.

 

RESOLVED – the report be noted.

173.

Carbon Management Plan pdf icon PDF 112 KB

To report on reductions in carbon emissions arising from HBBC operations from March 2008 to March 2018 and to report on greenhouse gas emissions from 2009 to March 2018 and set future reduction targets.

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The Scrutiny Commission received a report on reductions in carbon emissions arising from HBBC operations from March 2008 to March 2018, hearing that the target set had been achieved. It was noted that those areas with the largest emissions had been addressed (for example the leisure centre and former council offices) so reductions would be more modest in future.

 

RESOLVED – the 40.2% reduction in carbon emissions be welcomed and noted.

174.

Council Tax Care Leavers Discount pdf icon PDF 141 KB

To recommend introduction of a care leavers’ discount for council tax.

Minutes:

Consideration was given to a report which recommended using discretionary powers to offer discounted council tax to young people leaving care following a campaign by the Children’s Society. It was explained that the charge payable would be nil until the age of 25 and it was estimated that 35 young people in the borough would benefit.

 

RESOLVED – the initiative be welcomed and RECOMMENDED to Council.

175.

Unitary Proposals for Leicestershire and Plans for East Midlands Strategic Alliance pdf icon PDF 128 KB

To report on the recent announcement by Leicestershire County Council regarding its decision to develop proposals for a unitary structure of local government in Leicestershire and for the creation of an East Midlands Strategic Alliance.

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The recent announcement by Leicestershire County Council (LCC) regarding its decision to develop proposals for a unitary structure of local government in Leicestershire and an East Midlands Strategic Alliance was discussed. The Chief Executive reported that work on alternative models had previously been commissioned and that this would be brought to the next cycle of meetings. He also informed members that the district leaders had agreed to send a joint letter to LCC and committed to responding to any consultation from LCC which was anticipated for the autumn.

 

Attention was drawn to the consultation that HBBC had put into the Borough Bulletin and a member said he had asked parish councils to put it on their notice board to encourage participation.  Members were reminded that, in the 1990s, a consultation with residents showed that the majority did not feel any change to local government structure was required and it was reiterated that local services should be delivered locally. It was noted that the consultation was due to close at the end of September so a verbal update could be provided to the next Council meeting.

 

RESOLVED - the report be noted and RECOMMENDED to Council.

176.

Scrutiny Commission Work Programme 2016-18 pdf icon PDF 122 KB

Work programme attached.

Minutes:

In considering the overview & scrutiny work programme, it was noted that there would be a frontline service review of the planning service at the next meeting of Finance & Performance Scrutiny.

177.

Minutes of Finance & Performance Scrutiny pdf icon PDF 40 KB

Minutes of the meeting held on 16 July are attached for information.

Minutes:

The minutes of the last meeting of Finance & Performance Scrutiny were noted.

178.

Matters from which the public may be excluded

To consider the passing of a resolution under Section 100A(4) of the Local Government Act 1972 excluding the public from the undermentioned item of business on the grounds that it involves the likely disclosure of exempt information as defined in paragraphs 3, 5 and 10 of Schedule 12A of the 1972 Act.

Minutes:

On the motion of Councillor Lay seconded by Councillor Roberts, it was

 

RESOLVED – in accordance with section 100A(4) of the Local Government Act 1972, the public be excluded from the following item of business on the grounds that it involves the disclosure of exempt information as defined in paragraphs 3, 5 and 10 of Part I of Schedule 12A of that Act.

179.

Future LEP Geography

To report on recent government guidance on the future of Local Economic Partnerships (LEPs).

Minutes:

Members received a report on the future of Local Economic Partnerships further to recent government guidance.

 

Members supported the recommendations within the report and it was moved by Councillor Bill and seconded by Councillor Lay that an additional recommendation be made to Council in private session. This was supported by all members and it was

 

RESOLVED – the recommendations contained within the report be supported and an additional recommendation be made to Council.

 


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