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                           LISBURN BOROUGH COUNCIL

Minutes of the Meeting of the Police Liaison Committee held in the Island Civic
Centre The Island, Lisburn on Wednesday, 12th June 2002 at 7:00 pm

PRESENT:                     Councillor Wm Gardiner-Watson (Chairman)

                             Deputy Mayor
                             Councillor E J Campbell

                             Alderman I Davis

                             Councillors T D Archer, D W Archer, J Baird, S A Close, D J Craig,
                             R Crawford, J H Lockhart, J G McMichael, P Porter, J Tinsley and
                             W M Ward

IN ATTENDANCE:               Assistant Director Corporate Services
                             Committee Secretary

                             Police Service of Northern Ireland

                             Chief Superintendent R A Toner
                             Lisburn District Command Unit

                             Constable C Rodgers
                             Lisburn District Command Unit

                             Constable B Frazer
                             Traffic Branch (Urban Region)


1.    Minutes

      It was proposed by Councillor J Tinsley, seconded by Councillor W M Ward and agreed
      that the minutes of the Meeting held on 10 April, 2002, as adopted by the Council at its
      Meeting held on 23 April, 2002, be confirmed and signed.


2.    Apologies

      It was agreed to accept apologies for non-attendance at the Meeting on behalf of The
      Right Worshipful the Mayor, Councillor W J Dillon, Councillor Wm B Bell and Mr
      G Salmon, Department for Regional Development Roads Service.


3.    Report of the Assistant Director Corporate Services

      It was agreed that the report and recommendations of the Assistant Director Corporate
      Services be adopted, subject to any decisions recorded below:




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3.1      Lisburn District Commander’s Report on Crime and Statistics

Councillors D W Archer, T D Archer and J Baird arrived during discussion of this item.

Councillor D W Archer left the Meeting during discussion of this item (7.56 pm).

Following presentation of the District Commander’s Report, Chief Superintendent Toner
agreed to:

(i)      convey the Committee’s congratulations to the off duty police officer who had
         assisted in the rescue of a number of people from a burning flat;
(ii)     investigate comments regarding anti-social behaviour taking place at Sloan Street
         Presbyterian Church property;
(iii)    include in his report to the next Police Liaison Committee meeting, details of the
         locations where fixed penalty notices had been issued by traffic wardens;
(iv)     investigate comments in relation to reckless driving in the Omniplex car park and
         noted comments that consideration should be given to the provision of a CCTV
         camera in the car park;
(v)      request traffic wardens to pay particular attention to Chapel Hill in light of
         comments regarding cars parking on both sides of the road, thus creating a
         bottleneck for traffic at the corner of Chapel Hill/Market Place;
(vi)     endeavour to split the crime statistics in his report for the next Meeting of the
         Committee into five sections to represent each of the district electoral areas;
(vii)    contact a Member directly regarding the details of recent burglaries in
         Hillsborough; and,
(viii)   invite all licensees in the Lisburn area to a meeting in Lisburn Police Station to
         discuss underage drinking and the possible sale of alcohol to juveniles.

Councillor J G McMichael left at this point in the Meeting (8.08 pm).

At the request of Councillor J H Lockhart, it was agreed that item 7 of the Assistant
Director’s report be considered at this time.

3.2      Disabled Parking Facility at Irish Linen Centre, Market Square, Lisburn

The Assistant Director reported receipt of correspondence from the Acting Secretary of
Lisburn Access Group regarding unauthorised parking in the parking facility for the
disabled at the Irish Linen Centre. In referring to this issue, Councillor J H Lockhart
further stated that cars also parked on double yellow lines in the vicinity of this facility.
Chief Superintendent Toner agreed to investigate this matter.

3.3      Retention of Dunmurry and Dromara Police Stations

Members noted the contents of a copy of a letter dated 28 May, 2002 from
Superintendent J A Harris, on behalf of the Acting Chief Constable, with regard to the
retention of Dunmurry and Dromara Police Stations.




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3.4    Proposed Police Operations to Counter Anti-Social Activities in Lisburn North
       Policing Sector

Members noted the contents of a copy of a letter dated 20 May, 2002 from Inspector
L P Byrne, Sector Commander for North Lisburn, regarding proposed police operations
to counter anti-social activities in the Lisburn North policing sector. A Member
representing the Lisburn Town North district electoral area referred to criminal activity
taking place in the Whitla Road area of the town. Chief Superintendent Toner agreed to
liaise with the Member in order to arrange for residents from that area to attend a meeting
in Lisburn Police Station in attempt to resolve problems thereat.

3.5    Meeting Regarding Alcohol Misuse

Members noted the contents of a report prepared by the Assistant Director in respect of a
meeting held on 9 May, 2002 to discuss alcohol misuse in various locations within the
Lisburn area. The Assistant Director pointed out that the word “sufficient” in the last
sentence of the second paragraph should be amended to read “insufficient”. The
Assistant Director advised the Members on her attendance at this meeting.

At the request of a Member, Chief Superintendent Toner agreed to investigate comments
regarding alcohol misuse in the town centre, particularly at weekends.

3.6    Items to be Reported on by the PSNI Lisburn Sub-Division

Members noted the contents of a letter dated 6 June, 2002 from Chief Superintendent
Toner addressing those issues raised at the Meeting of the Police Liaison Committee held
on 10 April, 2002 which he had agreed to investigate.

3.7    Items to be Reported on by the PSNI Traffic Branch

               3.7.1   Provision of Zebra Crossing at the Junction of Ballynahinch
                       Street/Main Street, Hillsborough

Members noted that the police had discussed the above issue with Roads Service Senior
Management who had agreed to arrange for a full appraisal of the proposal in the near
future. Constable Frazer agreed to advise the Committee of any outcome, when available.

3.8    Disabled Parking Facility at Irish Linen Centre, Market Square, Lisburn

It was noted that this matter had been dealt with under item 3.2.

3.9    Items to be Reported on by the Department for Regional Development
       Roads Service

Members noted the contents of a letter dated 17 May, 2002 from Mr C Gallery, Network
Traffic, addressing those issues raised at the Meeting of the Police Liaison Committee
held on 10 April, 2002 which the Roads Service representative present at that Meeting
had agreed to investigate.




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       3.9    Items to be Reported on by the Department for Regional Development
              Roads Service (Contd)

       Discussion took place on the aforesaid letter relating to the provision of traffic calming
       measures which stated that a letter had been sent to the Members of that area on 29 April,
       2002. Some Members did not receive the letter and it was agreed that Roads Service be
       made aware of this.

       3.10   Joyriding at The Pitts, Dundrod

       The Assistant Director verbally advised that she had been approached by the Assistant
       Director Leisure Services (General Services) requesting that she raise the issue of
       joyriding at The Pitts, Dundrod, at the Meeting. Chief Superintendent Toner stated that
       discussions had taken place regarding this matter and that it was to be dealt with as a
       partnership initiative: the police were going to support measures to be taken by the
       Council to make The Pitts a less attractive place for joyriders to go.

       3.11   Anti-Social Behaviour – Lisburn Cemetery

       The Assistant Director verbally advised that she had received complaints from residents
       living in the vicinity of Lisburn Cemetery regarding anti-social behaviour taking place
       thereat. Chief Superintendent Toner agreed to have this matter investigated.


There being no further business, the Meeting was terminated at 8.26 pm.




                                                             Mayor/Chairman




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