Venue: St Anne's Church, Letchworth Road, Leicester LE3 6FH.
Contact: Punum Patel, Community Engagement Officer: Tel 0116 454 6575. Email firstname.lastname@example.org
Aqil Sarang, Democratic Support Officer: Tel: 0116 4545591. Email; Aqil.Sarang@leicester.gov.uk
INTRODUCTIONS AND APOLOGIES
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 Cole as Chair led the introductions
and welcomed everyone to the meeting.
Apologies were received from Wayne Gale of the
Fire Service and Vice-Chair of the New Parks Community Panel
ACTION LOG PDF 157 KB
The Action Log from the meeting held on 11
September 2018 is attached for information and discussion.
The Action Log of the previous meeting held 11
September 2018 was confirmed as correct.
WARD COUNCILLORS' FEEDBACK
Councillors reported that:
consultation on a 20mph zone on Letchworth Road and Glenfield Road
had been taking place. A speed-gun had
been borrowed to help demonstrate the need for traffic calming
measures in the area. Patch walks had
been conducted to look at danger spots and identify where signs
could be installed along Glenfield Road and Hinckley
A reconfiguration of the junction on Westfield Road
was being explored to slow down traffic.
were looking at options with the Housing Team to help people who
had been inappropriately housed.
were looking at ways of bringing the eco-housing group into use
using crowd funding under ‘Project Hive’ to try and
Unsworth noted that the New Parks Community Panel had been actively
organising events and commended those involved providing support
such as the Lunch Club.
Cole noted that there were no community groups in Kirby Frith and
Braunstone Frith and that councillors were trying to develop that
as projects in those parts of the ward could benefit from
funding. Councillor Dr Barton added
that the tenants and residents’ association had been growing
and that money had been put in to funded events.
- Work had
been ongoing on Dupont Close and funding for housing projects in Braunstone
Frith had been secured.
- The People
Zone Initiative had been working with the council, the Fire Service
and the Police, looking at how to reduce crime and antisocial
Police had closed a premises that had been
manufacturing drugs and the residents who had been enquiring about
this had been informed.
LOCAL POLICING UPDATE
The local Police Teams will be present to
provide a Policing update.
PC Martin gave an update on local policing issues
across the ward including:
Hastings would be taking over in the area and hoped to attend
- A new
constable would be joining the team in February and those present
were assured that the number of Constables and Police Community
Support Officers would remain the same.
- As a result of a drugs warrant in New Parks 250 cannabis plants had been seized
and one person deported to Albania.
People were urged to continue reporting issues and concerns to
- In an
operation tackling knife crime areas of New Parks had been
identified as knife crime hotspots and ‘Habitual Knife
Crime Carriers’ had been
identified. Operations aimed at the
prevention of knife crime had been implemented.
and motor theft had increased over the Christmas
period. Two suspects had been
identified and reports of burglary and motor theft were
- An operation
targeting cross-boundary organised crime had been
Concerns were raised about drug related
crime. PC Martin replied that the
police were targeting drug hotspots but emphasised that it was
important to look at the wider picture of drug crime in the area
based on information and intelligence.
An update on Housing works in the Western ward
will be given.
Marie Murray, District Manager, provided an update on housing issues which
included the following:
- Environmental and Community projects for this financial year
were almost complete. Most project
funding had been spent in the Braunstone Frith area to make the
area attractive and address antisocial behaviour.
were invited to make suggestions on how to spend £46,000 on
projects in the Western Ward. It was
noted that the main projects so far had been the internal painting
of flats and the creation of parking bays. Possible future projects
suggested included security and landscaping.
issues fell outside remits without direct assigned responsibility
for them, these issues included grass growing between paving slabs,
untidy garage areas and brambles. These
issues had now been identified as matters the ‘Leicester into
Work’ scheme (in conjunction with Leicester College) could
tackle. The scheme was aimed at
long-term unemployed people offering 6 months paid employment
in order to tackle untidy
The Community Payback scheme had undertaken similar
tidy-up work, councillors were assured that the two schemes would
be complementary, and future work would be based on a programme
rather than ad hoc.
HIGHWAYS AND TRANSPORT
An update on Highways and Transport works in
the Western ward will be given.
Robert Bateman from the Highways Team provided an
update which included the following:
Work ongoing in the ward on implementing a 20mph zone on Letchworth Road
and Glenfield Road.
An exercise to measure traffic speed had been
undertaken and collected data would be considered.
Leicester City Council officers were working with
Arcadis to develop plans to install physical features to reduce
Consultation was ongoing and there have been a range
of responses to the scheme, ranging from objection to total
An issue with short crossing times on a pedestrian
crossing in the ward had been addressed to rectify crossing time to
7 seconds in line with Department for Transport
There were currently no waiting restrictions on
Glenfield Road, which had caused parking problems especially at
Works on Dupont Gardens layby and Glengarry Way were
Councillor Unsworth indicated that improvements on
Dupont Gardens and Glengarry Way were not yet evident and requested
a completion date. Robert Bateman replied that according to the
information he had it would be completed by February.
Bateman to make further enquiries.
Work was being instigated on ‘Keep
Clear’ markings outside schools to aid
enforcement. It was emphasised that
keep clear zones were not drop-off zones.
Fencing in the form of wooden knee-rails have been
installed outside Glenfield Football Club in order to deter people
from parking on the verges.
Potholes on Liberty Road continued to be an issue,
however, resurfacing the road was not currently programmed
as £200,000 would be needed
for the project, so planning was needed in order to allocate a
Councillor Unsworth commented that he had reported
a pothole which was tarred-over
shortly afterwards and expressed
gratitude for such a quick response.
There was a brief discussion about HGVs using Brex
Rise. Robert Bateman replied that he
had communicated with the Co Op store and their vehicles had been
told to avoid Brex Rise.
Bateman to investigate ‘No HGV’ signage.
Regarding plans for the 20mph zone it was enquired
whether road plans would be
exhibited and when consultation meetings were. Robert Bateman indicated that it was intended to
hold consultation meetings over two evenings and confirmed that the
plans would be on display.
Concerns were raised about signs and equipment
causing a hazard on Oswald Road where the water works
Concerns were raised about near misses on Dillon Way
and Kemp Road.
Robert Bateman to investigate.
CITY WARDEN UPDATE
The local City Warden will present information
on environmental works within the Western Ward.
Matthew Davinson, City
Warden, gave an update on issues across the ward:
There had been 34 complaints in the ward, 20 of
which were about fly tipping, mostly around Cuffling Drive. Signs
had been put up warning against fly tipping. These signs had since been taken down by an
unknown party, but it was noted that the signs had been effective
while they were there.
The Love Leicester App had received 6 reports,
mostly from on Braunstone Frith area.
There had been 8 reports so far of untidy land (i.e.
front gardens). Letters to owners had
generally been successful. Warnings had
generally been sufficient, and it was unusual that they had to be
followed up with a fixed penalty notice.
Concern was raised that responses were not being
received to issues that had been raised. Matthew Davinson
stated that if an email was sent then the Warden should respond but
warned that issues sometimes took a long time to
WARD COMMUNITY MEETING BUDGET
reminded that under the Councillors’ Code of Conduct, they
should declare any interest they may have in the budget
Information on the Ward Community Budget will
Punum Patel gave an update on the Community Meeting
budget and noted that nine funding applications had been supported
Osbourne New Parks Children’s Centre for the
White Post Farm visit. £500
New Parks Network for the New Parks Winter
Team Troupers Dance Academy Cic for Halloween events. £300
New Parks Community Panel for Christmas Panto Family
New Parks Community Panel- Lunch Club and Umbrella
Groups for New Parks Lunch Club, Thunder Hammers Blue Army Craft
Father J C Nwalozie/African Catholic Chaplaincy Leicestershire
for the summer trip to Buxton Museum and Art Gallery in Derbyshire.
Western Park Beer Festival. £334
Glenfield Road Allotment Society for the provision
of a small wooden shed on new starter/small plots.
Monday Morning Coffee Club for the Monday Morning
Coffee Club Christmas Social. £500
A balance of £6,681 remained in the budget and
there were five applications in the assessment process.
Punum Patel drew attention to how to apply for
funding online on the Leicester City Council website.
Councillor Cole noted that groups who were approved
for funding were expected to produce reports on events. Punum Patel added that an evaluation form was
needed after the event and added that all underspends needed to be
paid back as all monies needed to be accountable.
Concern was raised that people
who had received funding had not been attending ward meetings to
feedback about how the money had been used. Councillor Barton replied that individuals and
groups had attended meetings in the past and expressed confusion as
to why this was no longer the case.
Councillor Cole suggested that the requirement for groups and
individuals to attend meetings needed to be enforced more
ANY OTHER BUSINESS
Councillor Unsworth drew attention to the New
Parks ‘What’s On’ leaflet which was a community
initiative and helpful to vulnerable people. He urged people to take leaflets and also to pass