Venue: East West Community Project, Wilberforce Road
Contact: Anita Clarke, Community Engagement Officer, (Tel: 0116 454 6576) (Email: Anita.Clarke@leicester.gov.uk) Jason Tyler, Democratic Support Officer, (Tel: 0116 454 6359) (Email: Jason.Tyler@leicester.gov.uk)
INTRODUCTIONS & APOLOGIES FOR ABSENCE
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 Russell, Chair for the meeting led introductions and welcomed everyone to the meeting.
There were no declarations of interest or apologies for absence.
The Action Log of the meeting held on 1 May 2018 is attached for information and discussion.
The action log of the meeting held on Tuesday 1 May 2018 was agreed as a correct record.
As an update concerning the item on Bede Park the following issues were reported and noted:
WARD COUNCILLORS UPDATE
The ward Councillors will provide an update on recent activities.
Councillors Russell and Connelly reported on the following:
It was also noted that conversions to self-contained flats were not included in the HiMO regulations.
The issue of protecting family housing in the ward had been raised in the new Local Plan. Problems with contacting absentee landlords remained a significant issue.
In response to a question it was reported that each licence fee was approximately £900 for a 5-year period.
There will be a presentation to provide an overview of Healthwatch Leicester.
Attendees were asked to note an update from Gillian Jillett, Healthwatch Leicester and Leicestershire.
Points made during Gillian’s update included the following:
Anyone interested in volunteering was asked to speak to Gillian or to contact Healthwatch. Leaflets promoting the organisation’s activities were circulated for information.
In discussing the information, reference was made to the improved A&E department and reduced waiting times. The use of the 111-phone number was also advocated.
In terms of individual experiences and feedback, attendees commented that enhanced training of reception staff was considered necessary as some patients felt uncomfortable with customer service issues, particularly in busy waiting rooms.
The City Warden will give an update on issues in the Westcotes Ward.
Richard Sutton (City Warden) reported on his environmental and enforcement activities.
The following key points were noted:
In response to a query regarding cleansing services and waste management in the city, concern was expressed at the negative publicity and photos on social media on the day of the England football fixture at the King Power Stadium. It was accepted that reports on the LoveLeicester app and other methods of reporting required a lead-in time before being dealt with, although prompt attention was always the intention.
It was also noted that the cleaning and bin-emptying of Bede park had reduced in frequency recently.
The report and update was noted.
POLICE ISSUES UPDATE
Officers from Leicestershire Police will be at the meeting to provide an update on police issues in Westcotes Ward.
Police Sgt Spencer Dyer reported on recent activities in the Ward.
The following key points were reported:
The update was noted.
WARD COMMUNITY BUDGET
There will be an update on the 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.
The Community Engagement Officer provided an update on the Ward Community Budget.
It was noted that 6 applications had been received for consideration.
Approximately £11,000 remained to fund projects.
Information on how to apply could be found at the following link:
ANY OTHER BUSINESS
Braunstone Gate Archway
It was reported that on 29 September 2018 a community temporary residence would be undertaken in a disused Archway to help to decide on its future use. Attendance was encouraged, and the event had been promoted on social media.
It was noted that students had been using shopping trolleys to transport luggage as the £1 fee for use was not a deterrent.
The abandoned trolleys were causing a problem and links to ‘Trolley Watch’ and supermarkets were being enhanced.
East West Community Centre
Reference was made to a recent noise compliant from a party held at the community centre.
A trustee provided further information on the problems caused and apologised to residents. It was confirmed that the issue was being considered by the Management Committee.
Briton Street - Cycling,
A concern was raised by a cyclist regarding lorries and other vehicles misunderstanding of the one-way at Briton Street.
A resident raised concerns at alleged unauthorised development and the associated problems of poor respect for planning and health and safety legislation in the Ward. He suggested that enforcement action should be enhanced.
CLOSE OF MEETING
The meeting closed at 8.50 pm.