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Minutes of the Previous Meeting pdf icon PDF 93 KB


The minutes of the previous Infrastructure Safety and Growth Scrutiny Committee held on 12th February 2019 were approved and signed as a correct record.


(Moved by Councillor M Oates and seconded by Councillor Dr S Peaple)



Declarations of Interest

To receive any declarations of Members’ interests (personal and/or personal and prejudicial) in any matters which are to be considered at this meeting.


When Members are declaring a personal interest or personal and prejudicial interest in respect of which they have dispensation, they should specify the nature of such interest.  Members should leave the room if they have a personal and prejudicial interest in respect of which they do not have a dispensation. 




There  were no Declarations of Interest



Update from the Chair

To receive an update from the Chair, including on:

·         Tamworth Infrastructure and Roads


There was no update from the Chair.


Responses to Reports of the Infrastructure Safety & Growth Committee

Update on responses received to Reports of the Infrastructure Safety & Growth Committee:

·         Interim Update on Tamworth Castle

·         Taxi Licensing Policy – Taxi points Scheme


There were no further responses from Cabinet on matters previously referred to Cabinet.


Consideration of Matters referred to the Infrastructure Safety & Growth Committee from Cabinet or Council

(Discussion item)




2018/19 Forward Plan

(Discussion item – link to Forward Plan is attached)



No further items from the Forward Plan were identified for this Committee’s consideration beyond the items already on this meeting’s agenda.


Crime Figures for Tamworth and Community Safety

To receive an update from Staffordshire Police and the Assistant Director Partnerships.


The following websites hold relevant data to aid discussion on this agenda item:


Staffordshire Observatory


Staffordshire Police - latest figures ward by ward


National statistics can be found here




The Chair introduced the Assistant Director – Partnerships and Chief Inspector A Farrington to the meeting.


The Chief Inspector highlighted that following changes within Staffordshire Police, neighbourhood policing, problem solving and partnership work within Tamworth had become the Chief Inspector’s responsibility and an increase in resources had been made available to support this.


The Chief Inspector provided the Committee with an update on very recently released and therefore draft crime figures within Tamworth for the previous 12 months to end March 2019.  In particular:

1.    1% reduction in all recorded crime;

2.    3% in all reported incidents;

3.    2% in reported anti-social behaviour;

4.    Burglary dwellings down by 14% (45 less burglary dwellings)

5.    15% reduction in commercial burglary (16 less)

6.    11% reduction in more serious violence (5 less)

7.    33% increase in robbery (17 more)

8.    12% increase in theft of vehicles (15 more)

9.    5% increase in theft from vehicles (16 more)

10.None crime domestic abuse own by 13%

11.Recorded domestic abuse has increased by 1%


The Chief Inspector highlighted:

·         the unique way that high risk domestic abuse cases were handled in Tamworth which involved Local MARAC (Multi-Agency Risk Assessment Conference) which discussed and put in place plans for high risk domestic abuse victims and their families in Tamworth, with the chair of the panel rotating between the senior officers of the Police, Council and Fire Services enabling and supporting a multi-agency approach and focussing on vulnerability and keeping people safe;

·         that the front office of the police station in Tamworth would close in May 2019.


The Committee sought and received further clarification in the following areas:

·         the need to ensure that there were effective communication channels between local ward councillors and the police service, including local police officers;

·         the reasons for the 3% reduction in reported incidents.  Chief Inspector Farrington reported that he considered that the early intervention work had contributed to this and he hoped that the availability of digitised methods to contact the police would also assist in contact and reporting incidents;

·         the impact and extent of drug related crime in Tamworth.  The Chief Inspector reported that this was an area where the police focussed carefully to minimise the impact of drug related activity from Birmingham occurring in Tamworth;

·         police numbers.  The Chief Inspector reported that the key was to ensure that resources were utilised smartly, and that responses were quick.  Furthermore there was a Force Incident Manager who focussed on resources and where they needed to be applied.    The actions which local authorities could take to assist the police in the recruitment of special police officers were raised, and whether additional special constables would assist.  It was recognised that it was important to ensure that the special constables had the appropriate skill sets;

·         areas where partnership working with the police could be strengthened.  It was recognised that the Community Safety Partnership between the Council and the police had improved ways of working in complex cases, including partnerships with Staffordshire County Council  ...  view the full minutes text for item 57.


Borough Wide Vehicle Nuisance Public Space Protection Order pdf icon PDF 87 KB

(Report of the Assistant Director, Partnerships)

Additional documents:


Report of the Assistant Director – Partnerships to consider the extension of the Borough Wide Nuisance Vehicle Public Space Protection Order and support delegation to the Portfolio Holder for implementation.



That Scrutiny Committee



Approved delegation to the Portfolio Holder, Communities and Partnerships for the extension of the Borough Wide Nuisance Vehicle Public Space Protection Order (as Annex 1 to the Report)


(Moved by Councillor R Bilcliff and seconded by Councillor Dr S Peaple)



Working Group Updates

To receive updates from any Working Groups


There were no working group updates.


Infrastructure Safety & Growth Scrutiny Committee Work Plan pdf icon PDF 48 KB

(Update and discussion on the Infrastructure Safety & Growth Scrutiny Work Plan)


Infrastructure, Safety and Growth Scrutiny Work Plan

Work Plan 2019 - 2020



June 2019

CCTV Update

June 2019

Anti-Social Behaviour Policy update (Joint with Health & Wellbeing Scrutiny Committee)

June 2019

Additional PSPOs



State of Tamworth Debate suggestions (tbc)


Uber – Licensing


People Helping People ( Community Safety)

TBC  June 2019

Street Cleansing (Partnering)


Review Local & County Plans

September 2019

Castle –12 month review

When clarity on new legislation

Fire Safety update

TBC 2019

Electric Vehicle Charging

March / April 2020

Review of Taxi Licensing Policy – Points System – 12 month review


Crime Figures for Tamworth and Community safety (tbc) – Annual update - Staffordshire Police to be invited





Exclusion of the Press and Public

To consider excluding the Press and Public from the meeting by passing the following resolution:-


“That in accordance with the provisions of the Local Authorities (Executive Arrangements) (Meeting and Access to Information) (England) Regulations 2012, and Section 100A(4) of the Local Government Act 1972, the press and public be excluded from the meeting during the consideration of the following business on the grounds that it involves the likely disclosure of exempt information as defined in paragraphs 1, 2, 3, and 4 of Part 1 of Schedule 12A to the Act and the public interest in withholding the information outweighs the public  interest in disclosing the information to the public”






That members of the press and public be now excluded from the meeting on the grounds that the business involves the likely disclosure of exempt information as defined in Paragraphs 1, 2, 3 and 4 of Part 1 of Schedule 12A to the Local Government Act 1972 (as amended)



(Moved by Councillor S Goodall and seconded by Councillor T Clements)






CCTV Update

To receive an update from the Executive Director, Communities and the Assistant Director Neighbourhoods