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CRIME AND DISORDER REDUCTION PARTNERSHIP

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									                 COMMUNITY SAFETY FORUM

                        12 OCTOBER 2007

      Present:            Councillor F Prince, Chair

      Councillors:        E Atherton            W Childs
                          J W Bell (substitute) G M Hopcroft
                          J S Briggs            J B Kenny
                          D A Burnett           B Taylor
                          R A Charlesworth D K Watts

      Parish Councillors: B Deller            K Thomas


      Apologies for absence were received from Councillors J W McGrath
      and T Rutherford and Parish Councillor T Norman.


18.   MINUTES

      The minutes of the meeting held on 5 July 2007 were confirmed and
      signed.


19.   DECLARATIONS OF INTEREST

      Councillor R A Charlesworth declared a personal interest in item
      number 5, minute number 21 refers.


20.   MINUTES OF THE SOUTH NOTTINGHAMSHIRE (TRANSITIONAL)
      STRATEGIC GROUP

      The forum noted the minutes of the meeting of the South
      Nottinghamshire (Transitional) Strategic Group held on 18 September
      2007.


21.   PRESENTATIONS

      The forum received a presentation from Bob Vaughan-Newton and John
      Lennard from Nottinghamshire Police on Neighbourhood Watch and
      Ringmaster Support. Members were informed that that aims of
      Neighbourhood Watch were to improve a society’s sense of safety,
      encourage greater vigilance, foster community spirit and improve the
      environment. The presentation continued with an explanation of
      Ringmaster Support, which communicates between the community and


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      the police using email and telephone. The system sends out warnings on
      a range of items, from bogus callers to specific crime prevention advice.
      Members of the forum suggested that there had been a reduction in the
      detail of crime reports and proposed that a fuller list would be helpful.
      However, Mr Vaughan-Newton replied that the shortened list was due to
      the Data Protection Act and a desire to protect victims’ anonymity.

      Members received a further presentation from Tim Crawford, Parks and
      Environment Manager and Paul Crompton, CCTV Coordinator, which
      concerned security in parks. The presentation highlighted measures
      established to enhance safety in Broxtowe’s parks and open spaces. At
      the conclusion of the presentation, the following points were raised and
      discussed by members and officers:

            An update on the Hickings Lane skate park was requested.
             Officers replied that since its development 5 years ago the park
             had proved popular, however there had been no consultation with
             skaters when it was built. The park was being updated. Members
             were informed that the number of anti-social incidents had
             reduced since the introduction of the skate park.
            If a ranger service was provided, the Council would have no
             formal powers to allow a private security company to stop and
             question people in parks.
            The forum was informed that parks received less damage than
             previously, although drinking in parks had increased.


22.   BROXTOWE SAFER COMMUNITIES PARTNERSHIP (SCP) – SPEND
      AND ACTION PLANS 2007/08

      The forum considered the Broxtowe Safer Communities Partnership’s
      2007/08 action plan and final year targets. Members were informed
      that the performance update indicated specific areas where Broxtowe
      excelled and others that highlighted areas of deficit.


23.   COMMITTEE WORK PROGRAMME

      The forum considered items for inclusion in its future work programme.




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