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.
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.
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.
TO BE UPDATED.
The first meeting after the appointment of the new Chief Constable who takes up the post on 1st February.
Sue Fish’s service was acknowledged.
– 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.
TO BE UPDATED.
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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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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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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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.
Earnest discussion of community safety issues. Progress reported by the Police on enforcement against speeding and on tackling general crime. A number of specific incidents and issues rehearsed.
NeMTRA are running a ‘Welcome Project’.
Visits to the pavilion this year have been sustained.