Venue: Eyres Monsell Community Centre, Hillsborough Road, Leicester
Contact: Heather Kent
ELECTION OF CHAIR
Councillors will elect a Chair for the meeting.
Councillor Palmer was elected Chair of the meeting.
APOLOGIES FOR ABSENCE
There were no apologies for absence.
DECLARATIONS OF INTEREST
The first main item on theagenda is Declarations of Interest where Councillors have to say if there is anything on the agenda they have a personal interest in. For example if a meeting was due to discuss a budget application put forward by a community group and one of the Councillors was a member of that group, they would not be able to take part in the decision on that budget application.
Councillors are asked to declare any interest they may have in the business on the agenda, and/or indicate that Section 106 of the Local Government Finance Act 1992 applies to them.
There were no declarations of interest.
MINUTES OF PREVIOUS MEETING
The minutes of the previous Eyres Monsell Community Meeting, held on 9 March 2011 have been previously circulated and Members are asked to confirm them as a correct record.
that the minutes of the previous meeting be agreed as a correct record.
MATTERS ARISING FROM THE MINUTES
Item 48. Budget
A resident queried the funding allocated at the previous meeting towards repairing potholes in the ward, as the Government had allocated funding for pothole repairs. In response the Chair explained that the funding agreed by ward councillors and the meeting had been approved by the cabinet lead. The funding that had been provided by the Government was not sufficient to meet the demand for pothole repairs within the city. The issue of potholes had been raised as a big concern by residents and it was felt a legitimate spend of the remaining Community Meeting budget. The meeting went on to discuss speed bumps as a cause of potholes and damage caused to cars. The Chair commented on the reasons for speed humps and suggested that an item on road safety could be taken at a future meeting.
COUNCILLORS' COMMUNITY REPORT
Your Ward Councillors will report on things they have been involved in within the ward and there will be an opportunity to ask questions.
Members reported on work they had been involved in within the ward as follows:
· Councillor Cleaver had met with the events committee who had recently organised ‘Picnic in the Park’.
· The Community Association had been carrying out tremendous work.
· The Community Centre had been upgraded, with important input from the Community Association and the City Mayor had visited. There was a new lunch club at the centre, with places available on Fridays and a few spaces on Mondays. In addition the Police and Housing Services had an officer there. It was suggested that the Community Association give a presentation to a future Community Meeting about their role in the Community Centre.
· Members had carried out ward walks with council officers and there had been a good commitment from the housing officers.
· Councillor Cleaver had discussed Cooper House Care Home in Council meetings to add support.
· There had been a 100 year birthday at a local church which had brought the community out together.
· Councillor Cleaver had brought to the attention of the Forum For Older People Consultation Group that the Council did not have a charter for older people. This was been created and was included in the 100 days programme.
· Councillor Cleaver was a governor at Rolleston Primary School where there was to be an event.
· Local schools were working to encourage children to do more exercise. This encouraged children to be calmer during their classes and work better.
· Invincible was demolished and work on that projected continued.
· Litter picking activities had taken place on Saturdays.
· The police had launched a DVD on antisocial behaviour, which was funded through the Community Meeting.
· Thanks were given for support to Members and to the other candidates in the local election.
A resident expressed concern regarding uneven paving slabs outside the pharmacy at the Exchange as a lady had a fall. It was asked if this could be rectified. Further concern was expressed regarding the lack of drop kerbs in the area which made mobility difficult for wheelchair users. The Chair suggested that an accessibility audit be carried out around the estate.
It was raised that certain roads within the ward were not part of the Eyres Monsell estate and were therefore often overlooked. In particular with information about activities, bin collections and bus services. The Chair acknowledged that ward boundaries related to electoral boundaries and did not recognise communities. The Council were working towards changing their approach so not to be restrained by ward boundaries. It was noted that the Monsell mail was a voluntary paper which was geared towards the estate. The Community Meetings were moving location around the ward to try and include all areas of the Eyres Monsell ward.
A resident discussed the council forum called the Forum for Older People Consultative Group and expressed concern that it was not advertised widely. The Chair agree this would be looked into.
Local Police will give an update on the current policing priorities for the ward.
Sgt Andy Partridge attended the meeting and reported the following:
· That funding from the Community Meeting had been used to create a DVD on anti-social behaviour. The DVD was used in schools to try and engage with young people and explained the consequences of anti-social behaviour. The DVD was launched at Samworth academy which was attended by the area commissioner and the City Mayor. The DVD was shown to the meeting.
· Due to a number of bike thefts Fix My Bike were organising a postcode bike events and work was carried out with all schools.
· The Eyres Monsell crime figures were down by 10%.
· There had been three reported thefts of handbags in the ward. The meeting discussed that there had been two other thefts. The police had been carrying out extra patrols and was discussing different ways to tackle the problem.
· There was an office based at the Community Centre for the local police. This would not be occupied all the time due to beat work, however paper work would be completed there and surgeries would be held there 11am-1pm every mid-Wednesday of the month. The next surgery would be 14 July.
It was queried if the perpetrator of the arson attacks had been apprehended. In response it was noted that there was no evidence on the suspect, however work was being carried out with the housing office.
A resident reported receiving a letter from Severn Trent regarding increases in cost and queried if this was a scam letter. It was noted that Severn Trent had sent out letters as they were adopting responsibility of sewage ways for individual properties. It was added that if someone received a letter they suspected as being a scam it could be brought into the community centre and then checked with Trading Standards.
In response to a question it was explained that the police on bikes wore head cameras to gather evidence of people riding motorbikes illegally.
Concern was expressed regarding the amount of time police spent of beat patrols. There was a management tool available which allowed the tracking of the patrols and how much time was spent on each beat.
Louise Cox,Community Safety Development Officer, reported that the Council was working with the police on crime prevention.
· In hotspot areas a campaign would be set up with preventative methods.
· The team would work with residents to find out local concerns.
· Louise would be a link to bring together the different agencies, such as police and City Wardens.
· Investigate how to engage with young people not taking part in youth activities.
· Louise would use the Community Centre.
· Investigate why certain areas were being targeted.
CITY WARDEN REPORT
The City Warden will report on progress and issues in the ward and there will be an opportunity for residents to raise concerns with local street scene issues.
Matthew Copley, City Warden, distributed information regarding key issues addressed in the ward over the last year. He outlined some of the achievements of the wardens, these included:
· Initiatives that reduced the number of vehicles sold on the highway.
· Reducing the number of bins left out on non-collection days.
· Reducing dog fouling incidents.
· Four fixed penalty notices were given out for littering.
· Wardens worked with the betting shop on Swinford Avenue to ensure litter caused by customers was cleaned up.
· Wardens were able to remove small graffiti tags from street furniture with graffiti wipes and had young people remove graffiti from rails and sign.
· Worked with the police on an illegal motorbike riding campaign.
· Through the youth offending service young people who had caused anti-social behaviour were able to give something back to the community.
· The wardens were on Twitter and Facebook.
A resident expressed concern that bins needed to be left out for longer when there had been a mis-collection.
Concern was expressed regarding problems in the local park. Matthew asked that problems were reported to them to identify when problems are occurring. This could then be covered by the park wardens.
Councillors are reminded that they will need to declare any interest they may have in budget applications, and/or indicate that Section 106 of the Local Government Finance Act 1992 applies to them.
The following application has been received and will be considered at the meeting.
Chill Out Group – Lifestyle Focus; £755
To fund a local community group called The Chillout Group, who meet on a weekly basis for two hours in Saffron. The sessions held are ran by two adult tutors who introduce a flexible learning programme, such as art and craft activities, gardening, sampling complementary therapies and Health and Wellbeing sessions. Some of the individuals need confidence and self esteem building, as the group is aimed at people who may feel isolated in the community. The local G.P Dr Kerbal now refers some of his patients that may suffer low level mental health issues, he has over the past 2 years had positive feedback from them due to accessing this group. Many have been given opportunities to engage and participate on other courses such as First Aid, Food and hygiene and gained a qualification. This group is an anchor for people to make the first stages of lifestyle changes, and many have gained employment after attending the group.
Evaluation of this proposal will be done through photographs, G.P feedback and NHS Mental Health workers. We will be introducing a Chillout Craft Sale which will give the group a chance to sell some of the products that are made during the sessions such as cards, christmas gifts, plants etc. This will give the group a chance to understand the importance of sustaining and eventually working towards being a social enterprise, looking at putting a profit back into the group to fund materials as well as promoting business skills through financial literacy.
NOTE: Freemen Community Meeting has supported the approval of half the funding and asked that Eyres Monsell be approached for the other half, due to the spread of users, many of which come from Eyres Monsell.
Ward Councillors also wish to confirm that up to £1000 of the Community Meeting budget will be allocated to support extra publicity for Community Meetings and associated community consultation events.
The Chair reported that the 2011/12 budget was available and that three applications had been submitted.
EyresMonsell Primary School
Amount requested: £500
£500 had been approved through the fast track system for the school fete. It was reported that the event had been well attended.
EyresMonsell Events Committee
Amount requested: £2,410
£500 had been approved through the fast track system for the event Picnic in the Park. The remaining £1,910 was also to be approved.
that the application be supported to the value of £1,910
Chill Out Group – Lifestyle Focus
Amount requested: £755
It was reported that match funding had already been supported through Freemen Community Meeting.
that the application be supported to the value of £755.
The Chair suggested that £1,000 of funding be allocated towards publicity for the meeting. He reported that other meetings had allocated funding towards this purpose.
that funding be allocated to publicising Freemen Community Meeting to the value of £1,000.
EYRES MONSELL STRATEGIC PLAN 2011-2021
Your Ward Councillors will introduce the proposal to write a Strategic Plan for the ward for the next ten years.
The Chair noted that this item would be addressed at a future meeting. It was noted that the Community Meeting was effective when handling immediate issues, however larger problems needed to be addressed over the long term. It was important to identify what was needed in the area in ten years and the project to create a strategic plan would work with the community association and be supported by Demontfort University.
DATES OF FUTURE MEETINGS
The following dates have been agreed for future meetings:
In addition to these meetings there will be Councillors’ Community Consultation events held in October, March and April which will provide further opportunities for residents to get involved in local discussions and decision-making and which will link to the work of the Ward Community Meetings. These events will be publicised and will be held in the daytime and in the evenings.
The dates of future meetings were noted.
ANY OTHER BUSINESS
A resident queried why the picnic benches on the local park had been removed. The Chair agreed to investigate.
CLOSE OF MEETING
The meeting closed at 7.50pm.