Resident Involvement Impact Report 2010/11 Title of engagement activity: Penistone Area Steering Group 26th April 2012 Brief description of activity: Regular meetings held in the community to discuss service priorities, BH performance in Estate Management issues, discussing local issues/ concerns and to agree how to spend local devolved budget Purpose/Expected outcomes: To agree local action plans to address local concerns in partnership with other service providers. Report back on outcomes from Estate Walkabouts, matters raised at previous meetings and work ordered from devolved budget What Happened? What next? . Welcome / Introductions Who attended : The meeting discussed local issues and agreed several action A round of introductions was carried 3 Housing Management points for next meeting. out by everyone present at today’s Officers meeting. 1 Neighbourhood Pride At next meeting to provide Eric Steer , Housing Management Officer feedback on action points in Bob Cartwright and Julie Griffiths 11 residents Team Leader , presented his minutes and any walkabout introduced themselves and explained housing management and 1 rep from Thurgoland outcomes how the current Lettings policy works performance report for period regarding allocations. Choice based Parish Council since last meeting Lettings were also explained. 1 BMBC South West Area Information was given regarding Partnership Officer Standard agenda Items were: Welfare Reform and the Government Welcomes and Introductions changes to the Benefit System. Apologies Minutes of previous meeting We also discussed issues with the Matters arising Right to Buy which is causing a Housing Management reduction in housing stock. Estate Walkabout updates Devolved Budget Matters Arising SNT / ASB Update AOB Planters at Churchfields have now Date of next meeting been located The next Penistone Steering Group Meeting will be held on Jane Ripley has photographs of Weds 11th July 2012 at 10:00 am. footpaths and highways on Royd at Penistone Fire Station Avenue, Millhouse Green. Concerns Resident Involvement Impact Report 2010/11 have been raised in the past that there is an issue with water running from the football field and down the footpaths to a surface water drain. The water drain is located at the corner of the children’s playground and goes past the community centre leading down onto the main Manchester Road. The water comes from a natural spring which starts on private land; however there is also an issue with a broken main drain. ACTION: Joanne Barlow to make referral to Highways Department Concern raised from local resident for a grassed area on Royd Avenue, Millhouse Green to be turned into a parking area, in order to elevate parking congestion on the street. Resident informed that Berneslai Homes would not have the budget to fund this work. Therefore, request made by local resident that council workmen do not park on the grassed area as it is creating an eye sore. Environmental Budget Eric Steer the Team Leader, asked the group the think about ideas for next financial years Environmental Budget. Resident Involvement Impact Report 2010/11 . . SNT Report and Anti Social Behaviour No update received from the SNT for today’s meeting because no one present. Eric to ask the Tasking Officer, Mark Miller if a rep from the SNT could attend future Steering Groups. Issue raised regarding problems with off road motorbikes and quad bikes at Millhouse Green. The SNT are aware of this issue. ERU David Pearsall although absent, provided the following report that Eric read out on behalf of the Environmental Regulatory Unit; It’s still pretty quiet in Penistone East and West but I have issued 2 litter fixed penalties in recent weeks. One littering from a vehicle on Sheffield Road, Oxspring, takeaway food wrappers and the other littering on High Street, Penistone, threw cigarette away even though they were stood next to a bin at the time. Resident Involvement Impact Report 2010/11 There are two fly tipping investigations currently being carried out following evidence found at Soughley Lane, Wortley and Horse Carr Lane, Silkstone. I have delivered our ‘You & Your Environment’ film to Penistone School for use in assemblies or lessons where it may be relevant. There are no current major litter issues around the school but we would like to keep it that way and work with the school to that effect. There were a couple of dog fouling complaints came in from Martins Croft/ Broadgate area of Silkstone. I have carried out additional patrols in the area and placed new warning signs at various locations. I’ve also delivered our warning postcards to a number of properties in the area. Having spoken to several dog walkers last week it does seem to have calmed down for the moment but I will continue to monitor as these things tend to flare up again. Neighbourhood Pride Grass cutting has been delayed due to bad weather conditions. Resident Involvement Impact Report 2010/11 Extra weed spraying is to be carried out as Berneslai Homes has now allocated an addition amount of monies for this work. Consequently this will result in less strimming to grassed areas. The size of grass cutting machines has now been changed to smaller ones. This is due to the budget cuts. There will be very little, to no weeding to council flower beds, except for the Berneslai Homes flower beds. The Willows – In view of concerns raised by several residents of The Willows regarding the recent press articles regarding the estate, Eric Steer confirmed that a letter will be sent to all residents assuring that there will be no changes to the Neighbourhood Pride contract, or the open plan area, without tenant / resident consultation. The three trees that were planted at The Willows last year was agreed by the Steering Group and financed from the devolved budget. Environmental Issues Garage Sites – No issues reported Fly-tipping – No issues reported Resident Involvement Impact Report 2010/11 Abandoned cars – No issues reported Graffiti – No issues reported Dog fouling - still an issue generally throughout the Borough. Litter – No issues reported. Any Other Business Sheds and structures on open plan area – Eric Steer confirmed that all requests are inspected and that where permission has been given they meet the requirements of our tenancy conditions.