INTRODUCTIONS AND APOLOGIES FOR ABSENCE
Councillors will elect a Chair for the meeting.
The Chair will introduce those present and make any
The Chair and any other Councillors who are present will
make any declarations of interest as required by the
Councillors’ Code of Conduct.
Apologies for absence will be noted.
Cllr Singh Johal (in the Chair) led
introductions and welcomed everyone to the meeting.
There were no declarations of interest.
ACTION LOG OF PREVIOUS MEETING PDF 82 KB
The Action Log for the last meeting, held on 7
March 2019, is attached for information and discussion.
The Action Log of the meeting held on 7 March
2019 was confirmed as a correct record.
WARD COUNCILLORS' FEEDBACK
Ward Councillors provided their individual
updates on activities in the Ward as follows:
- The community facilities at The
Grove were developing with ‘Be
Inspired’ taking over the day to day running under the
Transforming Neighbourhoods initiative. It was noted that various
activities were being arranged.
- A local history group were
researching the Winstanley family with the involvement of local
- A memorial service to the airborne
troops had been arranged and publicised, the event would involve
speakers including the City Mayor.
- Increased Anti-social behaviour had
been reported, particularly in the Meredith Road area. The issues were being discussed frequently between
the police and other partners.
- As a new Councillor to the Ward,
several community events had been attended to become more familiar
with issues in the Ward and to meet organisers.
- Surgeries had been arranged and it
was becoming evident that residents were becoming increasingly
disheartened and frustrated by the increased levels of Anti-Social
behaviour. Meetings with Police and
other partners had been convened.
- Consultation on future policies was
reported, as the Council’s desire to increase public
involvement had been made an election pledge. Current consultations included the workplace
parking levy along with proposals on many other issues. Residents were encouraged to become involved and
the availability and use of social media to make responses was
Councillor Singh Johal:
- A planning application that had been
submitted last year for a proposed development on Meredith Road and
refused had recently been re-submitted.
That second application had also been rejected and it was noted
that a meeting to discuss the objections and to make residents
aware of the issues had been important in the process. It was hoped that those informal residents
meetings could continue.
- An open day at the allotments and a
Church event, both on Sunday 18 August were promoted. Attendance at the events was encouraged.
LOCAL POLICING UPDATE
Leicestershire Police will be
at the meeting to provide an update on police issues in the
PCSO Rhiannon Green was welcomed and the
following key issues affecting the ward and details of Police
activities were reported and noted:
- Increased Police presence and
patrols had been arranged, including on Braunstone Park.
- A focus on tackling vehicle crime
had begun due to increased reports.
- Enhanced liaison and engagement with
the Council to consider CCTV footage had been
undertaken. It was considered that this
would also assist in reducing the problem of motorbikes being used
on Braunstone Park. The lengthy process
in dealing with offenders was noted.
- A formal Management Plan had been
introduced to address issues in Gaddesby Avenue. A
family had been evicted recently and engagement with the Housing
Department was ongoing to ensure safeguarding issues were being
addressed. Anti-Social behaviour in and
around Webster Road had been reported and further work with the
Housing Department to have offenders moved was also ongoing.
- Use of a WhatsApp group had been
noted and although welcomed, the importance of reporting crime
using the 111 phone number was emphasised, as this would ensure
Police attendance. It was recognised
that the WhatsApp group and use of other social media could
potentially highlight the problems experienced and provide an
In response to questions the following issues
- Problems with speeding had been
noticed but unless significant numbers of reports were made to the
Police, operations such as the use of speed guns would not be
- Inconsiderate cyclists were becoming
an increased problem, with some using the pavements or shared space
dangerously. It was noted that many
cyclists did not feel safe on the roads and used the pavement
regularly. The use of cycle bells was
discussed, as this requirement seemed to have been ignored by
modern cyclists. It was confirmed that
the nuisance caused by illegally riding on pavements had not been
made a Police priority, though the increased awareness of the
problem was noted.
- The work and increased vehicular
activity at Winstanley House had been noted and physical speed
restrictions were to be introduced in the shared space, together
with traffic bollards to be used from dusk to dawn.
- Issues with burnt out cars were
reported and noted, including an ongoing issue at Cort
CITY WARDEN UPDATE
The City Warden will give an update on issues
in the Ward.
Matt Davinson (City Warden) was welcomed to
the meeting. The following main
environmental and enforcement activities in the Ward were
- There had been an increase in
fly-tipping, including a significant number of reports where
students had vacated properties. Large
items such as beds and mattresses had been deposited outside houses
assuming their collection. Liaison with
local landlords had been increased. The
planning policies to control the occupancy of properties as Houses
in Multiple Occupation (HiMOs) was noted. The working practices of the waste management
contractors, including Cleansing Services and Biffa, were reported
and reasons for leaving items such as wet/sodden mattresses were
- The bins of streets issue was
ongoing, with some bins being left on the carriageway outside
properties to reserve on-street parking.
- Reports of dog fouling had
increased. It was considered by
residents that this issue should be prioritised and dog-owners
re-educated concerning the problem and the potential health
- A driveway and pavement contractor
had left unlawful signage throughout the Ward, with pallet sized
advertising boards, as well as promotional adverts on lampposts and
other street furniture. Enforcement of
the fly-posting had begun and was ongoing.
- A recent initiative to hold an
informal patch-walk with Councillors, members of community groups
and partner organisations was successful and would be
- The use of the ‘One Clean
Leicester App’ was encouraged to report incidents and
problems. It was noted that reports
involved GPS information to accurately identify locations and the
time saving benefits were recognised, as opposed to writing and
sending emails with details of problems. The liaison with the Cleansing Team to remove
discarded needles was highlighted in this regard. Support to known drug users was ongoing but there
were difficulties in maintaining proper engagement in any processes
In response to questions from Councillors, the
following issues were to be investigated:
- The Lambert Road garages had
recently had a clean-up but the area was again becoming
untidy. It was noted that the problem
extended to an area of Network Rail land adjacent to Wilberforce
Road bridge. It was suggested that a
bin be provided to prevent repeated littering of the
land. Problems were also reported with
an increase in pigeon droppings in the areas where birds roost
under the bridge.
- It was suggested that an alleyway
that had been created at the back of Rowley Fields School extending
to the Great Central Railway would benefit from litter/dog bins
being located at either end to prevent continuing problems.
Highways officers will give an update on
highways issues in the Ward.
Stuart Maxwell (City Transport Manager) was
welcomed to the meeting to provide a highways update.
In reference to actions from the previous
meeting, the following points were noted:
- The viability of further parking
restrictions at Haddenham Road was being investigated, it being
noted that some restrictions and ‘keep clears’ were
already in place.
- The installation of pencil bollards
would be considered at further locations around schools in the
ward, as these were now preferred to the previous child-shaped
- The issues concerning the speeding
on the dualled sections of Narborough Road had been referred to the
Police to enforce.
In terms of further updates, the following
points were noted:
- The Road Safety Partnership cameras
at Evesham Road had recently been replaced and updated with digital
technology, which also monitored ‘speed on green’ as
well as the offence of crossing on red.
The data on offences was being gathered. It was reported that proposals for safety cameras
and mobile cameras could be registered for evaluation or
enforcement at: www.speedorsafety.com
- Forthcoming roadworks were
announced, with a programme of surface dressing treatments and
patching works at various locations in the Ward.
- Bus lanes were being updated with
improved lining and signing.
- ‘Low Bridge’ signs were
proposed for the approaches to the railway bridge.
- The design and style of speed humps
and speed cushions were debated and explained. It was noted that motorists often ignored speed
cushions as they could avoid the restriction by steering between
them, maintaining a high speed.
Problems at Cort crescent were raised and it was recognised that
many near-miss incidents had occurred but were not reported, as no
collision or injury had resulted. The
introduction of 20mph zones to control speeds around schools and
parks were noted as measures that could be considered in future
programmes. The possibility of
triggering the need for such measures through petitioning the
Council was also noted.
- Responses to the consultation on
proposals in the Draft Local Plan were encouraged.
In response to questions and comments, the
following points were noted:
- Recent works on Narborough Road had
resulted in road markings being removed but not replaced, with the
left-turn arrow to Meredith Road across the bus lane being provided
as an example.
- Recent resurfacing works had caused
problems to residents. It was
considered that the works had been carried out at an inappropriate
period when the weather was unusually hot. This excessive heat had led to the tar and
chippings being spread into homes. The
complaint was noted.
The Chair referred
to the need to carefully plan the programme and commented on the
poor standard of work of some contractors. The need to properly resurface Dumbleton Avenue
was raised in addition as a particular concern.
- An opposing and contrary view was
raised concerning the height and width of speed humps or cushions
used to calm traffic. It was suggested by some residents that
considerate drivers did reduce their speed for the lower and
narrower measures and that increases in height or severity would
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WARD COMMUNITY BUDGET
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
The Community Engagement Officer provided an
update on the Ward Community Budget.
It was noted that 12 applications had been
supported with a total of £11,056 being
allocated. The remaining balance to
support other projects was confirmed as £6,944.
A list of the organisations supported to date
was read by the Chair.
It was clarified that applications up to
£500 could be agreed by Councillors on an ad-hoc basis as
they were received, and applications for projects with costs in
excess of £500 were deliberated separately and at three
periods per annum. The deadlines for
applications were noted as 31 January, 31 May, and 30 September in
Applications for suitable community projects
or events were encouraged and advice was available online, or by
contacting the Community Engagement Officer.
In conclusion, and as a project update, it was
noted that the Rowley Fields Community Association had installed
the defibrillator adjacent to the Church. It was suggested that a
map showing the location of this and other defibrillators should be
ANY OTHER BUSINESS
A prospectus of courses offered by the
Leicester Adult Skills and Learning Service was made available to
attendees and registration was encouraged.
b) Future Ward
It was reported that the dates and venues of
the Ward Community Meetings had already been arranged for the
municipal year and residents and representatives of community
groups welcomed this early confirmation.
It was noted that the contact details and
surgery information for the Ward Councillors was available.
CLOSE OF MEETING
The meeting closed at 7.50pm.