Venue: Harrison Road Methodist Church Hall, Harrison Road, Leicester LE4 6QN
INTRODUCTIONS AND DECLARATIONS OF INTEREST
Councillors will elect a Chair for the meeting.
The Chair will introduce those present and make any necessary announcements.
The Chair and any other Councillors who are present will make any declarations as required by the Councillors Code of Conduct.
Councillor Patel elected as Chair, welcomed everyone to the meeting and led introductions.
There were no declarations
APOLOGIES FOR ABSENCE
Councillor Willmott, Anita Miles
The Action Log of the meeting held on 25th August 2015, is attached and Members will be asked to confirm it as an accurate record.
The action log of the meeting held on 25th august 2015 was circulated and confirmed as an accurate record.
LOCAL POLICING UPDATE
A Police Officer will be at the meeting to provide an update on local policing issues in the Ward.
Sgt Simon Walters gave an update on policing issues affecting the Rushey Mead ward and a comparison of reported crime statistics over the period 1 November to 1 December 2014 and 2015 were noted:
Burglary of Dwelling: 19
Theft from Vehicle: 1
Theft of Vehicles: 11
Burglary of Dwelling: 6
Theft from Vehicle: 6
Theft of Vehicles: 2
Sgt Walters reported that the robbery had taken place on 30 November on Gleneagles Avenue and police were confident they knew who the main perpetrator was.
Sgt Walters explained that time was being invested in officers on the ground and during the past year 2 prolific burglars had been dealt with leading to the reduction in this crime.
In relation to issues raised about Rushey Fields at the last meeting the police had been in contact with Jane Ushwell and a number of patch walks had been undertaken and there were plans to improve that area by reducing foliage, cutting back shrubbery and overgrown trees, improving the lighting in the area and generally opening it up to discourage people congregating for the wrong purpose. It had also been suggested that one pavilion building was to become a nursery and another would be demolished and the “mounds” would be removed too. The bowling green and play area would be focused on for removal of foliage and new benches and bins installed.
Residents were advised that Beat Surgeries would take place as follows:
Residents asked a number of questions which included the responses:
CITY WARDEN UPDATE
The City Warden will give an update on issues in the Ward.
Mo Patel, City Warden provided information leaflets to those present and gave an update on issues in the Rushey Mead ward.
It was reported that:
WARD COMMUNITY BUDGET
Councillors are reminded that under the Council’s Code of Conduct they should declare any interest they may have in budget applications.
An update will be given on the Ward Community Budget together with details of grant applications submitted for consideration since the last meeting.
Councillors were reminded that under the council’s code of conduct they should declare any interest they may have in the budget applications.
Applications fast tracked since the last meeting:
Applications considered at the meeting:
The Chair confirmed that the community ward budget was to help organisations with funding but it was important not to create dependency and groups should aim to be looking for match funding and to become self-sufficient in future as the funds were limited and were intended to be spread across the community and to give new groups an opportunity to become established.
ANY OTHER BUSINESS
AOB 1 Feedback from previous funding recipient:
Jeetesh Chauhan thanked Cllrs for supporting the Soar Valley fun day with £450 from the community ward budget. The day was very successful and they had used 2 rooms at Soar Valley college with a range of stalls offering health themed services. 276 people had attended and there had been a variety of activities for people to take part in such as Yoga, Body Pump, face painting, mehndi, and penalty shoot-out, food and drink stalls and feedback from those attending was very good and it was hoped the day could be repeated next year.
AOB 2 A resident raised concerns about the junction between Pain Street and Melton Road where inconsiderate parking was causing problems.
Sgt Walters agreed to pass concerns on to enforcement officers.
AOB 3 A resident asked what had happened to the open gym that had been promised for Rushey Fields. Cllr Clair confirmed that funding had been put in place for this however there had been some issues with the procurement process and the suppliers had been unable to provide equipment so the procurement process had to be restarted. It was confirmed that although there was a delay there would be an open gym installed as soon as possible.
DATE OF NEXT MEETING
The next meeting to take place on Monday 7th March at 6.30pm.
There being no other business the meeting was closed at 7.54pm.