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					                                                               AGENDA ITEM 6

                                                               ECD004/02
Committee     Enterprise and Community Development Select Committee
Date         21 February 2002
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COMMUNITY SAFETY FORUM – NOTE OF MEETING HELD ON 24 JANUARY
2002

CATHERINE COPSEY, COMMITTEE MANAGER TEL: 01245 430526 OR EXT:
20526 e-mail: catherine.copsey@essexcc.gov.uk

Purpose of the Item

Attached to this report is the Note of the meeting of the Community Safety Forum
held on 24 January 2002.

The Chairman of the Forum will present the report and the Select Committee is
invited to receive the Note and to adopt and recommendations.


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NOTE OF A MEETING OF THE COMMUNITY SAFETY FORUM OF THE
ENTERPRISE AND COMMNITY DEVELOPMENT SELECT COMMITTEE HELD
AT COUNTY HALL, CHELMSFORD ON 24 JANUARY 2002


Membership


* A Goldsworthy (Chairman)            * S D Nandanwar
  P Baker                             * M J Page (ex officio)
  S C Castle                            M J Tomkins
  L J Double (ex officio)               D Walsh
* K Jones                             * J A W Whitehead

* present

Councillors C F Lumber and R Howard were also present.

Officers:-

Melvin Caton                 -   Programme Manager, ReMade Essex
Daniel Grindey               -   Community Safety Co-ordinator
Matthew Hodgkinson           -   Station Officer, Great Baddow Fire Station
Peter Pearson                -   Head of Community Safety and
                                 Emergency Plans
David Tuthill                -   Waste and Capital Projects Group
                                 Manager
Catherine Copsey             -   Committee Manager, Corporate Services
Jackie Noble                 -   Committee Co-ordinator, Environmental
                                 Services
Michelle Cox                 -   Committee Administrator, Corporate
                                 Services

1.     APOLOGIES AND SUBSTITUTE NOTICES

       The Committee Manager reported apologies from P Baker.

2.     NOTE OF LAST MEETING

       The Note of the meeting held on 22 November 2001 (which had been
       submitted to the Enterprise and Community Development Select
       Committee on 20 December 2001) was confirmed as a correct record.




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3.   PRESENTATION BY WASTE AND CAPITAL PROJECTS GROUP,
     ESSEX COUNTY COUNCIL

     The Forum received a presentation by David Tuthill, Waste and Capital
     Projects Group Manager on the Council‟s role in the disposal of
     abandoned vehicles.

     The Refuse Disposal Amenity Act 1998 is the legislation which determines
     how abandoned vehicles are dealt with. District Councils were required to
     identify which vehicles might be abandoned and then it was their
     responsibility to remove the vehicle from the highway to a waste disposal
     authority (Essex County Council). An agreement was made some time
     ago, however, that District Councils would have responsibility for the
     whole function.

     This process is now becoming too costly for District Councils as the value
     of scrap metal has gone down. The County Council has therefore asked
     District Councils to seek competitive tenders and it will pay the costs of
     disposal and a fixed sum for the administration of the disposal function.

     The County Council is promoting a Public Service Agreement (PSA) called
     „Streetscene‟ which proposes that the County Council recovers the
     functions of litter clearance and the faster removal of abandoned vehicles
     on the primary route network.

     Members noted that there are varying schemes throughout the Districts for
     the removal of vehicles but some form of co-ordination is needed
     throughout the county. Peter Pearson undertook to raise this at the AEA‟s
     Community Safety meeting on 29 January. It was felt that a parallel
     campaign is needed informing the public that Councils are not responsible
     for tidying up behind the public.

     Members felt that the issue of abandoned vehicles may be an issue for the
     Council‟s Area Forums when they become established.

4.   PRESENTATION BY REMADE ESSEX

     The Forum received a presentation by Melvin Caton, on Remade Essex‟s
     view of abandoned vehicles.

     He explained that ReMade Essex was set up to develop new markets from
     recycled materials.

     He informed Members of the Government‟s End of Life Vehicles (ELV)
     Directive, due to be implemented in April 2002 as follows:-




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           Producer responsibility – by 2007 producers will have to provide a
            free car take back scheme. BMW are currently recycling 85% of
            their cars.
           Recycling Targets – making vehicles more recyclable.
           Improved Treatment Standards - authorised dismantlers and
            shredders.

     The timescale for implementation of the ELV is as follows:-
     2002 – operators to have adequate system to collect ELVs.
     2003 – heavy metal use restricted.
     2006 – first stage recycling targets (85%) to be met.
     2007 – last owners to be able to return ELV free of charge – producers to
     pay.
     2015 – second stage recycling (95%) targets to be met.

     The downside of the ELV Directive is that the cost of treatment for 2002-
     06 is not covered, the abandoned car problem is likely to increase, the
     market will be flooded with recycled material form ELVs and difficult
     material streams will emerge.

     Remade Essex will commission a study into the business opportunities in
     Essex from the implementation of the ELV Directive and will involve
     strategic partnerships, existing operators and the automative sector in the
     Thames Gateway area.

5.   THE KENT CUBIT SCHEME

     The Forum received a report by Daniel Grindey, Community Saf ety Co-
     ordinator, detailing a scheme in Kent called Operation Cubit.

     Cubit is the operational name of a partnership approach drawn together to
     provide a better way of dealing with abandoned vehicles. The concept
     has been piloted in Kent and is subject to detailed evaluation by the Home
     Office.

     A task force was formed made up of Local Authorities, Police, DVLA and a
     clamping and removal contractor, Sureway. By introducing the DVLA and
     Sureway into the partnership, they brought with them the power and ability
     to clamp and remove, immediately or within 24 hours, any motor vehicle
     that does not have a Vehicle Excise License and is on a road or public
     highway. Given that all abandoned vehicles have no License and over
     90% are abandoned on roads, the DVLA and Sureway have provided
     significant additional operational benefits.

     During the eight week pilot period, 642 vehicles were removed
     permanently from the streets and induced owners to tax their vehicles.


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     The DVLA reported that £335,000 induced licensing revenue was
     generated back to the Treasury.

     Members were informed that Kent County Council is responsible for the
     whole function of the removal and disposal of abandoned vehicles and has
     a larger budget than Essex in order to do this (approximately £2m is
     available in the budget). It was felt though that where savings are made,
     there should be a mechanism in place for them to be channelled back to
     Local Authorities and not to the Treasury. It could be argued that the
     same principles should apply to revenue from abandoned vehicle removal
     as the revenue from speed cameras, in that there should be a recovery of
     some of the cost.

     It was agreed that Ken Monkton, the co-ordinator of the Kent scheme and
     the local DVLA be invited to the next meeting of the Forum to provide
     Members with further information on the Cubit scheme.

6.   JOINT BEST VALUE REVIEW OF COMMUNITY SAFETY

     The Forum received a report (ECD/003/02 and ECD/003a/02) by Dave
     Cass, Senior Performance and Review Consultant setting out the Draft
     Position Statement for the Joint Best Value Review of Community Safety.

     The Draft Position Statement sets out how the review has addressed the
     4Cs (Challenge, Consult, Compare and Compete) within the
     Government‟s national strategy – „Tackling Drugs to Build a Better Britain‟.
     It also identifies those areas where improvements can be made. These
     have been ordered under the following classifications set out in the
     national drugs strategy:-

        Young people
        Communities
        Availability (interrupting supply)
        Treatment

     The task is to now develop these into an Improvement Plan with specific
     and measurable targets, which will be submitted to a future meeting of this
     Forum. Implementation of the Review will be made through the Action
     Plans agreed by each Crime Reduction Partnership as part of the local
     Crime Reduction Strategy.

     Members were informed that the Crucial Crew events, aimed at 11 year
     olds to make them aware of potential dangers in everyday life, were not
     being attended by all schools due to a capacity issue and felt that this
     needs looking at.




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     Dave Cass informed Members that any additional items for the Review to
     look at would be welcomed.

     The Forum also discussed issues around the development of a “drug
     culture”, anti-social behaviour orders, and youth nuisance in relation to the
     development of a countrywide approach to tackling problems. It was
     considered that these issues could be taken forward through the Crime
     and Disorder Partnership Strategy and that it might also be possible for
     the Association of Essex Authorities (AEA) to examine some of these
     issues too. The Forum considered that it was important to work in
     partnership with the media and that emphasis should also be placed on
     the role of parents.

     Members congratulated Dave Cass on the work done so far on this
     review, which they considered to be hugely encouraging.

7.   DATE OF NEXT MEETING

     It was agreed that the next meeting would be held on Thursday, 14 March
     at 10.00am




                                                                        Chairman




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