Area 5 committee – June 2019

The first meeting of the Lenton and Wollaton East, Meadows and Wollaton West area committee.

Reports of crimes in The Meadows – relatively low – 8 burglaries and 16 auto crimes.
The Nottingham Post has highlighted concerns about the Robin Hood Way by Ryeland Gardens but reports and casework don’t back up the concerns.
Some dubiousness concerning previous claims about The Meadows being the safest neighbourhood in Nottingham – yes, we welcome good news, but concerns remain about residents reporting incidents sufficiently.
Cllr. Nicola Heaton asked about progress in the campaign against drug traders and there was news given about recent court cases and about possessions.
Concern about problems associated with the BY phone box on the junction of Meadows Way and Risley Drive.

Support was given to Nottingham City Homes to progress with a RINGGO schemes for the Bridgeway Shopping Centre car parks, with both the full scheme to run Mon. – Sat., 8am to 5pm; and an introductory phase to Ron Mon. – Fri., 8am to noon.

Area 8 committee – June 2018

WP_20180613_19_09_33_Pro (2) Area 8 mtg ab0220hCrime figures year on year for The Meadows are down, but we all know the challenge is to reduce drug selling, catch those selling and see those guilty of the six knifing incidents prosecuted.
Since the public meeting, on more has been arrested in possession.

The labour market and failing social security are the main causes of crime, but some of the prevention that used to be available including sports, youth club services and dedicated outreach work has been badly diminshed.

Next steps include –
– arresting those committing the crime;
– reversing the cuts (we can only wish);
– better cameras;
– starting up the working day base for the Police at London Road Fire Station;
– encouragin higher use of open spaces, play equipment and the library;
– getting the Meadows Youth Centre going again;
– improving satisfaction with playing fields;
– learning lessons from the latest visit by travellers.
Better co-ordination of the varous public services woud be helpful.

The next NCH common area to be improved will be Mayfield Court.

s106 – VEMG and arkwright Walk football goals.

Financing a new footpath around Victoria school has been agreed; also for re-surfacing Ainsworth Drive.
Environmental works also agreed.


Fight in a car park

Two sets of young men have picked a fight in the south-western car park of Bridgeway shopping centre.
Two men were injured, with knife wounds to the neck and to the hand.
[Somewhat of a contrast to posts on social media that said 2 men had been killed.]
The fight took place just before noon on 4th April, out of sight of the obvious cameras covering the shopping centre – no doubt, no coincidence.
The car park was closed for most of the afternoon.
Police have been visiting the area in the search for witnesses.

Notts Police Panel – February 2018


First a word of warning: crime figures in the above graphic may not pay attention to changes triggered by changes in classifications of crimes; but crime has gone up under the Conservative governments, whilst resources nationally have been cut by 25%.
Notts’ current view is that crime has “plateaued” although in my ward I have concerns.
With new counting methodologies, you need a new baseline, and this was announced today as the 1st April, cos it’s when the new Policing Plan kicks in, itself delayed so as to allow the new Chief Constable to work outa new way for Notts Constabulary.

Back to the finances, that were being debated in Parliament today.
No doubt business rates are going up for next year, but none of that is finding its way to Notts Police.
– Police Core settlement stays at £76,843,070.
– DCLG formula funding stays at £47,448,274.
– Legacy Council Tax Grants stays at £9,726,154.
– Current precept of £56,450,177,
means a total base of £190,467,715.
This follows a late change of mind by the Conservative Gov’t; they were set to cut the national funding by £1.7m!  Some Police forces – West Midlands, Merseyside – are getting cash cuts.

Meanwhile, pay increases by 2% and general inflation is perceived to be 2% too.
An assumption is made that the tax base will increase by £733,892, representing an 1.3% – care I think has to be taken with this being a free hit, cos you might expect more people to serve means more to do.

WP_20180207_10_55_45_Pro ab0405h CoHall Police panel PTpccThe Gov’t have offered an opportunity to raise the precept by £12 for band D properties, and an £11.97 increase on the £183.43 base is recommended; a 6.5% increase.
The extra money represents £665,724 above inflation, out of a total of £192,942,793 (0.034%), serving perhaps 10,000 people (1.3%) more. So still reductions in service to Notts by central government.
So business pays more tax but none of it goes to the Police; and residents will pay more for at best a standstill budget.
However, I take the view that we need all the staff we can get.  So I supported the recommended precept.

More staff however , in part cos of a shift to younger staff, and more responsibilities falling to ranks such as Sergeants.  42 extra Police officers, 3 less Police staff. 39 extra, although changes in other funding reduces this by 6.

WP_20180207_13_02_16_Pro ab1120h 180131 NPost p01 Police precept storyChanges in staffing is shown as –
Police officers
– Operational up 85
– Intelligence & Investigation down 20
– Operational collaborations down 18
– Corporate Services down 5
Police staff –
– staff down 11
– PCSO up 8

The Nottingham Post reports Paddy Tipping as emphasising Gov’t not funding the Police properly, raising Council tax to pay for more officers, a new knife crime manage and a new custody detention suite to replace the existing Bridewell detention building, next to the courts.
I have criticisms of the Bridewell proposal, but in truth, until a fuller set of information is made available, I took the view no to criticise in public.

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The Nottingham Post have published quite a write-up.


Police operations in The Meadows

C7MVAgFXQAAl0-1Last night, a number of searches conducted, drugs were recovered and a knife also.  There were three arrests made.
A warrant was also executed at an address within the Meadows. This resulted in 4 persons being arrested for drugs related matters.
Note, some residents have noticed higher levels of policing recently following a difficult arrest at Bridgeway Centre a week previous.
More info available on from Meadows Police on twitter.

Area 8 committee – March 2017

A meeting packed with content, with a particular long discussion over a plan to extend the quality of housing and housing services provided by private landlord through a new licensing scheme.
The police talked about further measures planned to tackle drug dealing which I’ll expand upon elsewhere.
A programme of £37,000 of investment for Queens Walk Recreation Ground was agreed, although further consultation on the most important to do was agreed.  The money comes from developers (known as section 106 money) and in this case, from phase 1 of the Hicking buildings.  And worth realising that many more people are expected to live in that part of The Meadows which is around Crocus Street.
Also announced the special showing of “I, Daniel Blake” in The Meadows.

Policing the city centre

A presentation by Chief Inspector Mark Stanley to Nottingham city centre forum shows that the number of beggars found in a recent 6 week exercise was much higher than previously understood and a good number – a third – from outside Nottingham.
The BID are to develop a diverted giving app.

Issues concerning ASB, violence, inapproriate sexual behaviour, and strutting with cars were rehearsed.
Quite a discussion on alcohol regarding a new mid-week and often student related culture has developed.

Notts Police and Crime Panel February 2017

Almost unanimous support for the increase in the precept.
Continued to explore VFM but the reality is we need uniformed officers still cos however much crime has come down, I can see the pressure on officers and the potential problems in The Meadows.
Chief Constable Craig Guildford attended the panel for the first time in his new role.
In supporting the increase, I spoke again about the dramatic action we took in Nottingham in 2004, and that the Police and the local authority are a strategic partnership to work for community safety – and that partnership was hurt by actions taken over the city police decision – a decision that the new chief constable has an opportunity to review.
Acknowledgement that the Tri-Force proposals have been slow to progress and have not yet delivered any rewards; but progress was being sought.
A surprise that £20m of investment is now planned for changes to Bridewell, whose facilities don’t match Home Office standards.  Some opportunities it seems for revenue savings, but it seems the spend is needed for its own sake.

Notts Police and Crime Panel December 2016

The first meetiwp_20161219_14_02_07_pro-ab0078h-ch-police-panelng after the appointment of the new Chief Constable who takes up the post on 1st February.
Sue Fish’s service was acknowledged.
Current issues:
– fall in satisfaction with the service – probably tied in with Police having to choose to not provide enough service, cos of the cuts (100 fewer officers);
– recruitment of BME officers;
– problems with changes in standards to the national recording system;
– national initiatives (d.g. digitalisation) requiring finance;
– grant for budget remaining constant for next year, but with inflation requiring savings of £5m.
Paddy expressed dismay at signitificant aspects of an HMIC report on Notts.
I raised concerns about how poverty, job insecurity, mental health provision and the broken up schools service were creating conditions for a repeat of the problems of the eighties.


Notts Police and Crime Panel November 2016

Main themes –
– cuts in budget and cuts in service numbers;
– keeping an eye on sickness levels;
– greater co-operation (and some) with Leicestershire and Northamptonshire;
– a check of the 101 service has triggered after lobbying by co-Councillor Nicola Heaton;
– Inspectorate’s criticisms of financial control;
– £230,000 cost of the EDL march.

Attempts to catch Paddy off guard are fruitless as he not only demonstrates knowledge of his brief at Police Commissioner, but he’s often already taken matters further at regional and national level.
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Service Numbers.
Now 1,900 after being 2,022 when Paddy took over;  retirements of 100 by end of March, means 60 new officers can be recruited, and efforts will be made to improve the balance with more Black and Minority Ethnic officers.
Slightly surprised that a figure of 1,680 as a minimum possible establishment has been calculated, since there has to be a debate about what constitutes a minimum service.
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Wider Co-operation.
The alliance proposed is not as ambitious as it was a few months back.
There seems though an opportunity for a new control centre, and as part of that idea, Paddy Tipping has asked for a check on the 101 service, which Cllr. Nicola Heaton has been expressing concerns about.
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Managing costs.
The Inspectorate report published last week criticised financial control – a point that Paddy and the Chief had acknowledged.
Chagrine that the inspectorate had not acknowledged progress made this year, where the risk now might even be underspending this year.
There has been a turnover of key staff on financial management.
Regarding the EDL march, continued disagreement as I’ve queried the resources deployed and the consequent cost (which are now published at £230,000) but I keep being challenged over how the march had to happen.  However, the event and the policing of it has been reviewed and I can only hope that the cost of deployment will be more explicitly assessed during any future requirment.