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Minutes of the Previous Meeting pdf icon PDF 248 KB


The Minutes of the previous meeting of the Infrastructure Safety & Growth Scrutiny Committee held on 17th December 2019 were approved and signed as a correct record.


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


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:



The Chair reported that he intended to request an update for the Committee at its March meeting on the recommendations made by Cabinet at its meeting on 1 August 2019 in response to the report of this Committee on Electric Vehicle Charging in Tamworth.


The Chair further reported that he had recently attended a Local Government Association scrutiny training course which was good and that one of the key takeaways was that whilst improvements could still be made in the way that scrutiny was managed in Tamworth there were already examples of good practice.




Motion without Notice to amend the Order of Business


To change the order of business in the agenda, proposing that items 8 and 9 be dealt with before item 4, under rule 9.1.3.


(Moved by Councillor S Goodall and seconded by Councillor Dr S Peaple)




PSPO Renewal Access Road to Dosthill Hall pdf icon PDF 214 KB

(Report of the Assistant Director Partnerships)

Additional documents:


The Chair welcomed the Portfolio Holder for Regulatory and Community safety and the Assistant Director Partnerships to the meeting.  The Report of the Assistant Director Partnerships on the Public Space Protection Order (PSPO) Renewal – Access Road to Dosthill Hall was received by the Committee.  The Committee considered the renewal of the PSPO following the public consultation undertaken and the request to delegate authority to the Portfolio Holder for Regulatory and Community Safety for implementation.


The Assistant Director summarised the responses from the consultation which had closed on 17th January 2020. The responses had been generally supportive with 98% of responses agreeing with the proposed restrictions.  It was reported that the PSPO had been effective in deterring anti-social behaviour and the Committee discussed its continued proportionality and relevance.   


RESOLVED that the Committee approve the delegation to the Portfolio Holder for Regulatory and Community Safety for the renewal of the Access Road to Dosthill Hall Public Space Protection Order (as set out in the report).


(Moved by Councillor Dr S Peaple and seconded by Councillor S Goodall).


Update on CCTV Implementation

To receive an update from Councillor J Chesworth and the Assistant Director, Neighbourhoods.


The Chair introduced the Portfolio Holder for Culture and Operational Services and the Assistant Director, Neighbourhoods, who were attending to provide an update on the implementation of the CCTV review which had been previously considered by this Committee.


The Assistant Director introduced the Head of Safety Security and Emergency Planning at West Midlands Combined Authority (WMCA), who had worked with Officers at Tamworth Borough Council to develop a design and costings proposal for this project.


The Assistant Director, Neighbourhoods explained the steps which the project had gone through including and the options considered before Cabinet approved a shared service model.  All of this Committee’s recommendations were built into the shared service model. 


It was reported that whilst TUPE would have applied to relevant Tamworth Borough Council staff, arrangements had been agreed that meant that no council staff would transfer to the WMCA and that accordingly WMCA were recruiting appropriately.  A CCTV Shared Service Lead had been appointed and would be in post soon. 


It was reported that the installation of the new fibre was progressing well.  At the Control Centre there would be a dedicated bank of screens showing Tamworth cameras and that the footage displayed would be the most relevant intelligence led content.  


The Committee sought and received clarification in the following areas:

·         The extent to which incidents would be able to be tracked across geographic areas.  It was reported that to the extent that the WMCA did operate cameras in the relevant area, this would be possible and the WMCA also had links with CCTV operators in other adjoining areas.  In addition the WMCA operated some regional transport cameras and there were arrangements in place with Highways England.

·         How the staffing of the banks of cameras would work.  It was reported that there would be an operator viewing the Tamworth bank of cameras, and in addition there would be at least 4 other operators in the Control Room.  This allowed some flexibility if there was an incident in one specific area.  It was reported that whilst the WMCA’s knowledge of the Tamworth area was being built up there would be an expectation that the Tamworth operator would be dedicated to that bank of cameras, and that whilst there could be no contractual provision in this respect there would be governance routes to be followed if the outcomes expected were not achieved.

·         How local knowledge was being preserved given that no staff were moving from the council to the WMCA.  It was reported that activities were underway to ensure that all procedures used by current CCTV staff clearly documented and knowledge captured and staff from WMCA would be visiting Tamworth to become more familiar with the geographic area.

·         How any large events such as the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham could affect the service for Tamworth. The Head of Safety, Security and Emergency Planning assured the Committee that the arrangements that were put in place for such large events meant that there would be no detrimental impact on Tamworth.

·         How  ...  view the full minutes text for item 63.


Responses to Reports of the Infrastructure Safety & Growth Committee

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


There were no recommendations from this Committee to Cabinet which had not been previously reported on.


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

(Discussion item)


There were no items for this Committee’s consideration.



2019/20 Forward Plan

(Discussion item – link to Forward Plan is attached)



The Committee considered the recently added items on the Forward Plan.  The chair highlighted that the ICT Strategy had been added as a new item to the Forward Plan which could be a matter for this Committee’s consideration.


The Chair agreed that further clarity on the scope of the strategy was required and the Committee agreed to form a working group to consider this item ahead of it being considered at an additional Committee meeting towards the end of February.  The working group was agreed to comprise the Chair and Councillors Ford and Bilcliff.



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 104 KB

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


The Committee considered its Work Plan and updated it as follows:


Infrastructure, Safety and Growth Scrutiny Work Plan

Work Plan 2019 - 2020



XX February 2020

ICT Strategy (also working group to be set up:  SG, RB and RF)

31 March 2020

Electric Vehicle Charging progress update

31 March 2020

Crime Figures for Tamworth and Community safety – Annual update - Staffordshire Police invited

March / April 2020

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

When clarity on legislation

Fire Safety Update

Q2 2020/2021

Waste Management developments

September 2020 (tbc)

Development of Tamworth Community Offer – interim update

September 2020 (tbc)

Renewal of PSPO Dog Control

September 2020 (tbc)

Renewal of PSPO Alcohol Restriction

January 2021

CCTV implementation review


Castle Update


Review of taxi evidence


Public Transport and taxis


People Helping People ( Community Safety)


Town Centre Growth


Events Offer (possible working group)


Review of West Midlands Combined Authority – Green / Climate Strategy – targets and data for Tamworth


Development of Tamworth Community Offer – review of draft Strategy




Upcoming Infrastructure, Safety and Growth Scrutiny Committee Meetings

XXX February 2020 (additional meeting)

31 March 2020