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                    RURAL FORUM

            Meeting held - 17th March 2005 at
                 Wilbarston Village Hall

Present:         Borough Councillors

                 Buccleuch Ward            Phillip Hollobone
                                             (Chair)
                 Queen Eleanor Ward        John Padwick
                 Welland Ward              Alison Wiley
                 Slade Ward                Jim Hakewill

                 Parish Representatives

                 Ashley                    Gordon Shorley
                 Braybrooke                Ruth Tiney
                 Braybrooke                Julia Barwick
                 Broughton                 Hilary Bull
                 Broughton                 Malcolm Darlow
                 Cranford                  Peter Quincey
                 Cransley and Mawsley      Richard Barnwell
                 Geddington                Keith A'Ness
                 Rushton                   Peter Hooton
                 Rushton                   Kevin Abraham
                 Rushton                   Jackie Hands
                 Stoke Albany              Lucy Bureau
                 Sutton Bassett            Bernard Rengger
                 Warkton                   Christopher Lamb
                 Weekley                   Ken Royston
                 Weston-by-Welland         Pauline Shaw
                 Wilbarston                Lawrence Dale
                 Wilbarston                P Allebone
                 Wilbarston                Nick Richards

                 Forum Representatives

                 Kettering Town Forum      Councillor Ursula Jones

                 Also Present

                 Rural Police Team          Sgt Mike Grady
                                            PCSO Peter Firth
                                            PCSO Paul Miller
                 Northants Police Authority Mike Sawford
                 Chamber of Trade           Gary Stark




                     Rural Forum No. 1
                          17.3.05
                      Kettering Borough Council

                      Deputy Chief Executive      Allen Graham
                      Head of Environmental       Godfrey Shaw
                        Care
                      Cleansing Manager           Paul Sawford
                      Committee Administrator     Anne Ireson



04.RF.42   APOLOGIES


           Apologies for absence were received from Councillor Jim
           Harker (NCC), Councillor Michael Harrison (KBC), Ken Jack
           (Rural Action Group), Carolyn Turner (ACRE), Councillors Bob
           Littler and Chris Winter (Mawsley), Patricia Hobson (Pytchley),
           Peter Mobbs (Thorpe Malsor) and Lucy Howes.



04.RF.43   GREAT CRANSLEY AND MAWSLEY PARISH COUNCILS


           It was noted that, in future, Great Cransley and Mawsley
           Parish Councils would attend alternate meetings and the
           representative present at each meeting would represent both
           parish councils.


04.RF.44   MINUTES


           RESOLVED       that the minutes of the meeting of the Forum
                          held on 6th January 2005 be approved and
                          signed by the Chair.



04.RF.45   MATTERS ARISING FROM THE MINUTES


           04.RF.37(ii) - Parish Precepts

           RESOLVED       that the precis of information referred to in the
                          above minute be re-circulated to all parish
                          councils.




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                                17.3.05
04.RF.46   DECLARATIONS OF INTEREST


           None.



04.RF.47   POLICING ISSUES


           Sgt Mike Grady introduced Peter Firth and Paul Miller (Police
           Community Support Officers covering the Rural Sector).

           Police statistics for the year to January 2005 were noted as
           follows:-

           Overall Crime (Northern Area)        1.8% decrease
           Year end figures                     4% decrease

           It was noted that the overall reduction in crime was also
           reflected in Kettering Borough.

           Kettering Borough

           Violent crime                        Increased 1190 to 1300
           Simple theft                         Increased 1619 to 1666
           Criminal damage                      Increased 1478 to 1606
           Drugs offences                       Increased 68 to 141

           Burglary overall                     Decreased 1010 to 928
           Theft of motor vehicles              Decreased 550 to 450
           Theft from motor vehicles            Decreased 843 to 680
           Robbery                              Decreased 82 to 46

           It was noted that more crime had been reported due to
           increased intelligence and police activity in Kettering Town
           Centre. All rural areas showed a significant decrease except
           in Burton Latimer.

           Police Representati ves for the Rural Area

           Insp Dick Aistrop (Sector Commander)

           Sgt Jim Campbell (Deputy Sector Commander)

           Sgt Mike Grady (mike.grady@northants.pnn. police.uk)

           PC Simon Johnson (Barton Seagrave and Burton Latimer)
           PC O'Hara (Rothwell)
           PC Dave Ambrose (Desborough)


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PCSO Peter Firth (peter.firth@northants.police.uk 01536 536982)
PCSO Paul Miller (paul.miller@northants.police.uk 01536 536978)

Sgt Kevin Byrne (Town Centre)
Sgt Diane Jones (Town Centre)

It was noted that PC Cotterell (Rural) was currently not in post
due to sickness. However, it was noted that it was hoped that
a full-time officer would be in post by the end of May 2005.

Peter Firth and Paul Miller gave a summary of the role of the
Police Community Support Officers (PCSOs) who were based
at Kettering Police Station.

It was noted that an additional Community Action Team
member would be appointed in Kettering Borough due to
additional police funding in Northamptonshire.

Question and Answer Session

Q Problems are still being experienced with parking on the
  pedestrian crossing in the High Street, Broughton. The
  danger is exacerbated by speeding and racing vehicles.
  The Police had previously promised to take action in this
  location, but the problem still exists.

A The Police will take back the comments made above.


Q There seems to be a lack of continuity and dilution of
  service. The restructure has resulted in a move away from
  the rural area having a dedicated officer. Police presence
  at parish council meetings is poor.

A The police must respond to incidents and the service is
  intelligence-led.   Broughton does not need a full-time
  officer. The PCSOs are willing, able and capable of
  dealing with many issues and problems.

During general discussion on policing issues, it was felt that
the fear of crime was still apparent, despite a reduction in
overall crime. The view was expressed that the rural
community must ensure that incidents are reported.           In
addition, publicity should be given to the decrease in crime in
rural areas in order to give reassurance to members of the
public and reduce the fear of crime.




                 Rural Forum No. 4
                      17.3.05
           RESOLVED       that:-

                      (i) a letter be sent to the Chief Constable,
                          Northamptonshire Police, from the Chair of the
                          Rural Forum expressing concern at the current
                          lack of a dedicated officer for the rural area;
                          and

                      (ii) the letter also contain the views of the Forum
                           regarding the fear of crime.



04.RF.48   PRESENTATION BY RUSHTON PARISH COUNCIL - "THE
           TRIANGLE"


           A presentation was given by Councillor Jackie Hands of
           Rushton Parish Council on the community magazine "The
           Triangle".

           It was noted that the magazine was sponsored by Kettering
           Borough Council, Rushton Parish Council and the Parochial
           Church Council.

           During the presentation the contents of the monthly 32-page
           magazine were summarised. It was noted that feedback from
           residents were that the magazine was informative and
           entertaining. The following points were also noted:-

                 Kettering Borough Council covered the printing costs
                 Advertisement charges were full page (£100), half page
                  (£50, or quarter page £25) per annum.
                 Income from the magazine covered ink cartridges,
                  envelopes and distribution costs
                 The magazine was distributed to all households in the
                  village (305 copies)
                 More residents attended Parish Council meetings as a
                  result of Parish Council Information being included in
                  the magazine

           During discussion it was noted that although some other
           Parish Councils also produced community newsletters and
           magazines, costs of printing were not covered by Kettering
           Borough Council.

           Councillor Jackie Hands was thanked for her presentation.




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                                17.3.05
           RESOLVED       that Tim Bellamy and print room staff at
                          Kettering Borough Council be thanked for
                          assistance given in the publication of "The
                          Triangle".



04.RF.49   GRASS CUTTING, STREET CLEANSING AND FLY-TIPING


           Godfrey Shaw, Head of Environmental Care and Paul
           Sawford, Cleansing Manager were introduced to the Forum.

           An appraisal of planned improvements to grass cutting, street
           cleansing and fly tipping was given. The following points were
           noted:-

                 Grounds maintenance staff had begun working their
                  summer hours earlier this year (7.30 am to 4.30 pm)
                 A preliminary spring tidy-up had begun on 14th March
                 Temporary seasonal staff had been recruited 4-6 weeks
                  earlier than in previous years
                 Herbicide had been applied earlier this year (from
                  February onwards)
                 9-10 cuts would be made during the season, compared
                  with 7-8 in previous years
                 Mowing of play areas, churchyards, cemeteries would
                  be increased this year
                 The number of bedding plants would be reduced
                 All shrub beds would be rigorously pruned and mulched
                  with deeper layers around shrubs
                 The "silo mentality" (eg uncleared litter being chopped
                  up and spread by later mowings) would be targeted and
                  action taken

           A summary of the action plan was then given as follows:-

                 Ward and parish councillors would be asked to provide
                  information on "hotspots", eg litter and dog bins
                 The A6 Town Street Orderlies would be better deployed
                  to improve the impact on the street scene
                 A precinct sweeper had been acquired on
                  demonstration for a period of one month, and would be
                  used by the Street Orderlies team
                 In order to improve perceptions and first impressions of
                  the Borough, key areas would be focused on, eg
                  gateways to towns and mobility pathways in the A6
                  towns, villages and Kettering,



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   School children would be consulted on the location of
    litter bins
   Key target areas for fly-tipping would be targeted with
    CCTV
   Prosecutions and enforcement for fly-tipping and litter
    dropping would be increased
   Education would be increased with press items and
    releases, naming and shaming landowners, etc
   A report form in respect of fly-tipping and litter
    accumulations would be more easily accessible on the
    Council's website to enable better reporting
   Co-ordination of street furniture and facilities would take
    place to ensure a corporate standard and identity
   Housing Officers would assist in enforcing the Council's
    policy on housing estates
   Internal Council departments would be co-ordinated in
    procedures and protocols to enable prompt action to be
    taken when a report is received
   Litter picking would now take place prior to grounds
    maintenance being undertaken

During discussion on the planned improvements and Action
Plan, it was felt that the impact had already been noticed in
all areas of the Borough and the actions taken were
welcomed.

DEFRA litter gradings were circulated and noted, and
parish councillors were urged to report any hotspots or
incidents of fly tipping.

In response to a question regarding the Kettering Tip, it
was noted that the County and Borough Councils were
actively investigating the Cunliffe Drive Recycling Centre at
the present time, and it was intended that a new modern
recycling centre would adequately reflect the increased
size of the Borough. This work was continuing and linked
with Phase II of the Recycling Initiative.

Members of the Forum reported various problems in
individual locations. It was agreed that the Borough
Council would take appropriate action in each case.

Further discussion followed on several issues relating to
publicity, enforcement and the countywide abandoned
vehicle scheme.

Godfrey Shaw and Paul Sawford were thanked for their
attendance.



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                  17.3.05
           RESOLVED           that a full list of planned actions be
                              circulated with the minutes.



04.RF.50   FUTURE AGENDA ITEMS


           The following items were agreed for the agenda for the
           next or a future meeting:-

                 Police Communication Centre (Julia Barton)
                 Highways Issues (Atkins, NCC cabinet member,
                  Councillor Jim Harker)
                 Formal      consultation     on    proposals for
                  Decriminalisation of Parking Enforcement


04.RF.51   DECRIMINALISATION OF PARKING ENFORCEMENT


           A report was submitted which informed members of the
           Forum on the current position in relation to the above issue.

           It was noted that the County Council Cabinet had resolved
           that decriminalisation of parking enforcement be pursued
           on a county-wide basis. It was likely that Kettering would be
           fast-tracked in respect of introduction of the scheme, which
           was planned to take place in April 2006.

           Concern was expressed regarding the level of consultation
           previously carried out and it was felt that further
           consultation should be undertaken prior to implementation
           of the scheme. It was also felt that rural proofing should
           also apply to the scheme, as it did impact on rural
           communities in that they needed to drive to and park in
           Kettering.

           It was noted that both the Rural Forum and individual
           parish councils would receive further information for
           consideration and debate, once it became available.


           RESOLVED           that individual parish councils be
                              consulted as part of the consultation
                              process.




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                             17.3.05
04.RF.51   REVIEW OF MOBILE LIBRARIES SERVICES


           A briefing note on the above Review was submitted and
           noted.


04.RF.52   ANY OTHER BUSINESS


           Council Tax

           It was noted that Council Tax was chargeable whether or
           not a road was adopted.

           Road Safety

           Members of the Forum were advised that Road Safety
           boards were available to parish councils by contacting the
           County Council Education Department.



04.RF.53   DATE OF NEXT MEETING


           The next meeting of the Forum would be held at 7.00 pm
           on Thursday, 16th June 2005 at Braybrooke Village Hall.

           It was noted that the September meeting would be held at
           Broughton Village Hall.



              (Wilbarston Parish Council were thanked for hosting
                  the meeting and for providing refreshments)


            (The meeting started at 7.00 pm and ended at 9.05 pm)



                    Signed ....................................................
                                           Chair



AI




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                              17.3.05

				
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