Cllr Manning suggested a modification to the Police report format:
“I’ve often felt frustrated with the police priority setting process” explained Cllr Manning “where often it’s unclear what the log term effect of our voting is. It is quite common for the root cause of things we ask to not be something the Police can fundamentally deal with.
I’ve asked that the Police add a section for ‘root cause’ when priorities are reported back on. If the Police feel that there is an underlying issue that could be fixed by another organisation – in the case of Fen Road, closing the level crossing; in the case of anti social cycling, changing junction design – they could suggest this.
Cllrs would then vote on whether they agree, and if they do, the North Area Committee would be charged with chasing up the relevant authority.”.
Cllrs voted to drop anti social cycling as a priority, and replace with addressing ASB in green areas in the North; continue with arson prevention work; proactive work to reduce cycle theft.
In the last case, Sgt Wragg explained police had monitored website gumtree and found someone selling over 300 bikes, which they quickly identified as stolen. This was done quite openly and the resulting conviction was easy to find.
Community projects by funding from housing developments
The informal BMX track and Brownsfield Youth Centre is mpossible play moving forward as a project. Cllr Kerr, who worked with the centre and the children who attend it to bring this forward, urged officers to make sure they consulted with those groups before going out to public consultation.
The St Andrew’s Hall extension work is continuing apace and the small funding gap is close to being closed.
City Cllrs were asked to prioritise one of 8 play areas for upgrade – all Cllrs agreed that they didn’t have enough information to make a decision, and the matter was deferred to collect more evidence.
Area Corridor Transport Plan projects
This was an update on transport plans projects. Cllr Manning has asked for his highways bids to be assessed for inclusion.