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Nechells Neighbourhood Tasking Group 19 March 2013 at 1400 hours The Pod, Nechells West Midlands Police Sgt Dave Bates – in the Chair (DB) ASgt Kirsty Pattinson – Digbeth (KP) Birmingham City Council Alex Warsama –LHM – (AW) Russell Davey Env Health (RD)
West Midlands Fire Service Paul Johnson (PJ) Aston Mark Clifton (MC) Highgate Mark Crooke (MC) – Friends of Sara Park John Gordon (JG) – Digbeth Residents Assoc Noran Flynn (NF) – The Pod Mr Hassan (MH) – Somali Community Representative Apologies Kalsoom Zubedah Khan, Pam Pinski, John Street, Ayesha Choudhury, Gail Chamberlain, Val Woodward, Margaret Morcom, Eddie Howard, Inspector Dutton, Emma Gardner (EG) – St Basils, Sgt Amanda Thompson Action WELCOME & INTRODUCTIONS Introductions were made and the Chair welcomed all to the meeting.
Agenda Item 1.
NOTES OF LAST MEETING The notes of the previous meeting were agreed. MC said that he had requested an update from the public meeting held in December. He also added that he had questioned the effectiveness of the tiered system. Any issues arising from the notes would be picked up during the meeting.
PARTNER UPDATES/ PERFORMANCE
West Midlands Fire Service PJ reported stats were very good as they were last month. Accidental fires - leaflet drops to raise awareness. The following were some of the areas that are reported to be reduced from year to date stats Accidental non dwelling, Arson vehicle fires, Arson rubbish fires, False alarms. There was a concern last month in relation to Arson in dwellings. Arson in dwellings are averaging 16 per year of which 83% involve small fires (<1 metre squared) in bin rooms and communal blocks. Fire officers from Aston do inspections regularly in areas like this to put in place preventative measures and the fire service ask if partners can refer any sightings of this nature.
West Midlands Police The Chair provided a hand out relating to police performance from 19 Feb – 19 March 2013. Year to date reductions in total crime remained good with reductions of 4.1% in Digbeth/Highgate, 27.8% in Nechells and 20.5% in Small Heath. The last 4 weeks had been more challenging with increased levels of total crime in Small Heath. There had been a small rise in robbery offences in all of the neighbourhoods since the last meeting and rises for theft from motor vehicle in Small Heath and Nechells. Feeling the difference survey result: 82% Satisfied with the service when reporting a crime 76% Confidence in the police 22% Perceived there is more crime than last year 88% Police dealing with people with respect
Nechells a) Updates
Boy Racers – Update to be provided at next meeting, discussion ongoing regarding future options. The racing had reduced since measures introduced and prosecutions were still being made. The situation would continue to be monitored. MC would like the camera issue to be moved to the tier above. ***Action : DB/AT to chase long term plan with cameras Nechells Parkway, children throwing stones at vehicles – work was progressing with the families of those identified and referrals had been made to Free@Last. Referral to the Aurora Project run by West Midlands Fire Service was being investigated and anti social behaviour contracts had been issued. Further update to the next meeting. ***Action : DB/AT to chase update
Aurora Project PJ reports that he has spoken to the project manager and Aurora has been running for three years from Northfield area but covers all areas across Birmingham. The project is funded by BCC and youth referrals need to be made through partner agencies. It helps 13 – 17.5yrs old by providing a twelve month programme that has three phases which holds between 1215 people. When the application is received each one will be reviewed for acceptance. Accepted via priorities and looking into who would benefit. Email: Aurora@wmfs.net Anti Social Behaviour – Nechells Park Road – patrols had been increased in the area as a result of increased reports of asb. A walk about would be undertaken in the area during the month. MH would like this to re-raised as this is a very big issue to residents. ***Action : AT to make contact with MH and update at the next meeting
Walk Abouts – AW is happy to collate all issues and photographs where possible and generate options to deal with them. Agreed for members to highlight any locations they believe should be included in the walkabout to AW prior to the next meeting so that an itinerary can be decided. ***Action : for all to get locations, photos and issues into AW before 3 May 2013
SMALL HEATH 10. Environmental Issues RD reports that 4/5 business are being visited and the problems and complaints have both reduced. 11. Group of Youths, Bordesley Green – Criminal Damage The damage offences to the buses had stopped for a number of weeks but last week several buses were attacked with stones being thrown at them. Extra patrols of high vis and plain clothes focused in the area resulting recently with two arrests. ***Action : DB to get a further update Talfourd Street, including Hafton Grove – The Chair said that there had been a walk about and a community litter pick with volunteers from Tilton Road Mosque. ASB had reduced and there had been a meeting with the owner of the Cosmos Club. The dome hawk camera had been redeployed to cover the entrance of Talfourd Street. It was agreed to retain for an update at the next meeting. ***Action : DB to update more enforcement actions for next meeting
Business robberies Coventry Road MC reports that businesses without contracts are leaving their rubbish next to the bins (commercial waste not domestic). RD reports that Env Health have been visiting businesses on Cov Road and all have contracts. MH suggests to contact smaller businesses such as Somalian Centre and Parliament St. Business watch meeting arranged for 3 April which will be attended by members of the Police crime prevention team. Crime prevention around the business robberies is the initial focus for this meeting. ***Action : DB to send Business Watch meeting details for 3 April Environmental Issues – MC reported the poor state of the environment around the Coventry Road area with fly tipping, missed collections and a lack of street cleaning. AW asked that the issues be reported to the Council as soon as they arose. MC said that residents did report problems but no action was taken. It was agreed to request an update for the next meeting.
***Action : RD to report any update
DIGBETH/ HIGHGATE St Patrick’s Day Update ***Action : KP to update meeting regarding feedback from the public houses from St Patricks day New Issues Brinklow Tower has become a community priority for Digbeth. Drug dealing and taking. Intelligence so far has been gained by officers observations and KP would like the community to talk to the police. Posters to be placed in the tower block. ***Action : MC will give KP a copy of a poster used locally COMMUNITY PRIORITIES The following priorities were agreed; Youth provision (Nechells) Environmental Issues (Small Heath) Brinklow Tower (Digbeth/Highgate) Other Canal Project Curzon Street – KP advised on the event. Student surgeries at Aston Uni – Regular occurrence Crime Prevention Day for the Elderly – Highgate trip to Stratford Day of Action – officers around Digbeth to be out meeting and greeting vehicle owners and giving Crime prevention advise and anti theft number plate screws
Next Meeting The next meeting on 23 April 2013 at 2pm. Venue Highgate Fire Station.
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