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Minutes of the Meeting held on 20th January 2021.
The Minutes of the meeting held on 20th January 2021 were agreed as a correct record.
It was noted that the minutes would be signed by the Chair when the minute book was available.
Items of Urgent Business authorised by the Chair
There were no items of urgent business.
Declarations of Interest
To receive declarations by Councillors of interests in respect of items on this Agenda.
Councillors are reminded that, in accordance with the Localism Act 2011, they are required to declare any disclosable pecuniary interests which have not already been declared in the Council’s Register of Interests. (It is a criminal offence not to declare a disclosable pecuniary interest either in the Register or at the meeting).
Whilst not a legal requirement, in accordance with Council Procedure Rule 9 and in the interests of clarity and transparency, Councillors should declare any disclosable pecuniary interests which they have already declared in the Register, at this point in the meeting.
In accordance with Part B Section 2 of the Code Of Conduct, Councillors are required to declare the existence and nature of any other interests as defined in paragraphs 8(1) or 9(2) of the Code of Conduct.
There were no declarations of interest.
Community Safety Partnership Review
The Overview and Scrutiny Committee will be acting in its capacity as the City Council’s designated crime and disorder committee in accordance with the Police and Justice Act 2006 and Crime and Disorder (Overview and Scrutiny) Regulations 2009.
Representatives from Lancashire Constabulary and the Cabinet Member with Responsibility for Community Safety have been invited to the meeting.
The Chair welcomed Chief Inspector Chris Hardy, Sergeant Lindsay Brown, Councillor Colin Hartley, Cabinet Member with Responsibility for Community Safety, the Director for Communities and the Environment and the Head of Public Protection to the meeting.
The Committee was reminded that it was acting in its capacity as the City Council’s designated Crime and Disorder Committee in accordance with the Police and Justice Act 2006 and Crime and Disorder (Overview & Scrutiny) Regulations 2009.
Members were given an overview of the work that was being undertaken by the Community Safety Partnership and Lancashire Constabulary on the issues raised by the Committee especially with regard to the COVID-19 pandemic. The partnership work that was being undertaken, not only the ongoing work with the Council, but with local universities, youth services and the third sector, was highlighted as a particular success in the past year.
Such issues as the upcoming May elections, speeding, drug dealing, off road motorcycles, the potential for a strategic plan for the Community Safety Partnership to fit in with sustainable development goals and a score card to measure the success of the partnership working were discussed.
(1) That the Police and Council representatives be thanked for their ongoing work with regard to the pandemic and attendance at the meeting.
(2) That Police contact details be circulated to the Committee as well as a list of the PCSOs within the district and which wards they were assigned to.
(3) That the verbal updated be noted.