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     MINUTES OF A MEETING HELD AT THE YOUNG AT HEART, 31/32 HANBURY
        ROAD, BARGOED ON MONDAY, 12TH FEBRUARY 2007 AT 6.30 P.M.

 Present:      S Lewis – Rhymney
               J Cooper – Resident
               K Jones – Bargoed Residents
               Councillor Higgs – BTC/CCBC
               Cllr Sue Hamer-Thomas – BTC Bargoed Action on Alcohol & Drugs
               Terry Pearce – Bargoed North Road Neighbourhood Watch
               Roy Lippiett – Gilfach Neighbourhood Watch
               J G Evans – Bargoed Resident
               C Trollope – Bargoed Resident
               Cllr D Price - CCBC
               Councillor D C Davies – Heolddu Cres, Bargoed
               Mrs S A Bosson – Chief Executive & Clerk, Gwent Police Authority
               Councillor H Andrews – Gwent Police Authority
               Chief Superintendent Alun Thomas – Gwent Police
               Inspector R Doidge – Gwent Police

 The meeting commenced at 6.30 p.m.

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APOLOGIES FOR ABSENCE

1.     Apologies for absence were received from Jeff Cuthbert, AM, Huw Lewis
       AM, Edward Woosnam and Diane Thomas.

MINUTES

2.     The minutes of the meeting held on the 13 th November 2006 were
       received.

MATTERS ARISING

3.     Traffic Wardens – South Street – A large number of tickets had been
       issued for both residents and commercial vehicles. Police had issued
       fixed penalty notices and anyone not paying the fine would be pursued in
       the usual manner via the Courts.

       Lennox Club and MacDonald Road – Vehicles parked outside
       premises. The residents were unhappy with the situation. The Police
       were aware of the situation.

STATEMENT FROM THE POLICE AUTHORITY

4.     A statement was read out by the Chief Executive & Clerk of the Gwent
       Police Authority regarding the future of the Community Police Liaison
       Committees. The Chief Executive & Clerk thanked the Committee for all
       their hard work over the last 20 years.


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     Chief Superintendent Thomas confirmed there were now a large number
     of opportunities for the public and community representatives to meet with
     the police. He confirmed that there are:

     Direct meetings between Officers/PCSOs
     Key Individual Networks (KINs) – people the Force meet with and deal
     with on a daily basis
     Communities First/Community Partnerships
     Street Surgeries – local Councillors and public
     Regular meetings with Local Authority representatives

     PACT – Partnership and Communities Together working with the Safer
     Caerphilly Partnership.       These will involve the public, elected
     representatives who will bring forward issues; identify three priorities to
     tackle the problems; feedback and repeat the process – clear
     identification from public about problems, agreed action, assess impact.

     All other meetings will continue to take place. Chief Superintendent
     Thomas assured that he would continue to develop methods of
     engagement.

5.   Concern was raised that the forum would be lost to the community. It had
     been a very useful forum.

     Chief Superintendent Thomas confirmed that all wards would have
     PACTs in each electoral ward. A pilot scheme would start in Bargoed. It
     could be linked into ‘can do’, which had proved very successful. The
     proposal would hopefully broaden the representation.

     The Police Authority member confirmed that the decision to phase out the
     Police Community Liaison Committees was not taken likely, but, times
     had changed and the view is that the community would be better served
     by moving towards the PACTs and other engagement methods. By
     working together all parties would be able to better tackle issues relating
     to Community Safety.

     One member felt that the public generally won’t get involved, they are
     generally reluctant to come forward with issues. Smaller community
     groups will not work.

     Chief Superintendent Thomas – there are various forums available that
     will continue. The pilots of PACT will be evaluated before they go
     forward. Representation will continue with meeting and access to local
     policing teams; public will also be able to leave messages by voice mail
     for neighbouring police teams, contact with local inspectors will also
     continue. This should result in a speedier approach.

     A representative from Neighbourhood Watch raised concern that they
     don’t have written reports on issues raised. Chief Superintendent
     Thomas confirmed that Neighbourhood Watch co-ordinator had been
     employed to develop the communication between police and the local
     Neighbourhood Watch groups.
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     The Chairman asked members to consider whether they wanted to
     continue the Committee until March 2008. This was agreed, to monitor
     development of the new engagement process.

DIVISIONAL COMMANDER’S REPORT

6.   Chief Superintendent Thomas presented an update in relation to
     Neighbourhood Policing and supervision of the teams. He had decided to
     take out a Sergeant from response policing to supervise the teams and
     this has proved very effective. A Neighbourhood Sergeant will be
     introduced into each team by 9th April. Members should see the work of
     the Neighbourhood Team becoming more focused in future.

     Performance within the County Borough is now back up to a reduction in
     crime of 0.1% this year having struggled at the beginning of the year. The
     Division is in the top quarter of most similar divisions with other most
     similar forces. The only outstanding issue is to bring the CID team back
     up to strength.

     The opening of Rhymney police station was also good news.

     Detective Inspector Ruth Price – explained that it had been a relatively
     quiet period. Both Rhymney and Bargoed areas for violent crime and
     dwelling housing burglary are well down.

     One gentleman was assaulted last May – the offender was sentenced last
     week for 12 years.

     There are some concerns about distraction burglaries. The incident in
     New Tredegar last week was perpetrated from outside the area. The
     Force were working with South Wales Police on this. Members were
     asked to make sure elderly residents were aware of these concerns,
     check before letting anyone in.

RHYMNEY SECTION

7.   Report by Temporary Inspector Rachel Hart – The Station is back in
     operation. Since the last meeting the dispersal order has come into
     effect. Previously the Section had 59 calls in one month, now down to 8
     calls in each of the last two months. A Vehicle Crime Operation is
     ongoing. Both Bargoed and Rhymney have high visibility days coming up,
     one concentrating on young people and one on dealing with older people.

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8.   Report by Inspector Doidge – reported on the new Neighbourhood
     Sergeant’s impact in the community.

     Two day operation with British Transport which concentrated on speaking
     to youths hanging around the Railway Stations.


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        Steve Williams, CADRO Bargoed – Vehicle crime issues Satellite
        Navigation’s are favourites for criminals. Posters are being issued to
        remind the public of the danger of getting Satellite Navigation equipment
        stolen.

        The Section is working with other agencies to run operations on ANPR,
        with DVLA. A two week campaign on illegal parking has been conducted,
        49 fixed penalties, (first 20 in first day and a half) were issued. Major
        problems are in the evening. Force taking positive action.

MEMBERS REPORT

9i.     Parking in Bargoed – Thanks were given to the Inspector for giving time
        to explain about the crackdown on the parking issue. The member then
        explained her concerns about reporting an incident to the police station.
        Inspector Doidge apologised for not being available to speak to the
        member. He did confirm that the clamping down on illegal parking had
        been based on a zero tolerance policy.

ii.     Cwmbran House; Rhymney – What steps are being taken by police if
        there are incidents relating to patients in the house.

        The house is not open yet. Police are doing a full operational audit,
        together with research on other establishments. The police station will
        not be open 24/7.

iii.    Parking at Lennox Club, West Street, Bargoed – Residents not able to
        park on the street due to the development at the Club. A similar situation
        arises at MacDonald Street.

        In relation to planning permission the police were not aware of the current
        position on the premises. Inspector Doidge confirmed he had been trying
        to tackle this issue and will be subject to future operations. Also West
        Street has not got residential parking so difficult to issue any tickets.

iv.     Mardy Crossing Junction , Rhymney – Two motorbikes speeding up
        from Mardy Crossing between 1.30 p.m. and 10.00 p.m. Force is paying
        attention to this incident.

v.      Jerusalem Street, Rhymney – There will be a joint operation between
        the Council and PCSOs to sort out speeding issues.

vi.     Rhymney Police Station – It was reported that the Inspector is very
        helpful. The station is now open which is an excellent improvement.

vii.    Aberbargoed – Police House was still having a lot of problems with
        youths. This was noted for consideration by the Force.

viii.   Keithley Road – Speeding cars were still an issue, again this was noted.


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iv.   Commercial Street – Restricted parking is not working, trade is dropping
      off as a result of the traffic regulations.

      It was reported that funding for new lights was in place for William Forbes
      bungalows so this would improve the position.

DATE OF NEXT MEETING

6.    The date of the next meeting will be Monday, 14th May 2007 at 6.30 p.m.

  The meeting concluded at 8.00 p.m.




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