Agenda and minutes

Boston Town Area Committee (BTAC) - Thursday, 15th December, 2022 6.30 pm

Venue: Committee Room Municipal Buildngs West Street Boston

Contact: Karen Rist, Democratic Services Officer  01205 314226 email:  karen.rist@boston.gov.uk

Items
No. Item

96.

APOLOGIES

To receive apologies for absence.

Minutes:

Apologies were tabled for Councillors Alan Bell, Ann Dorrian,  Brian Rush and Yvonne Stevens.

97.

MINUTES pdf icon PDF 91 KB

To sign and confirm the minutes of the last meeting.

Minutes:

The Chairman signed the minutes of the previous meeting.

98.

UPDATE ON ACTIONS FROM THE MINUTES OF THE LAST MEETING

To report progress on outstanding actions from the minutes of the last meeting, for information only.

Minutes:

No updates tabled.

99.

DECLARATION OF INTERESTS

To receive declarations of interests in respect of any item on the agenda.

Minutes:

None tabled.

100.

PUBLIC QUESTIONS

To answer any written questions received from members of the public no later than 5 p.m. two clear working days prior to the meeting – for this meeting the deadline is 5 p.m. on  Monday 12 December 2022.

Minutes:

No questions were tabled.

101.

PUBLIC SPEAKING TIME

To allow members of the public to address the Committee.

Minutes:

None

102.

BTAC SMALL GRANTS SCHEME AND BTAC EMPOWERING HEALTHY COMMUNITIES GRANT SCHEME pdf icon PDF 194 KB

A report by the Local Communities Development Officer and BTAC Grant Administrator

Minutes:

The Local Communities Development Officer and BTAC Grant Administrator presented the report to the committee confirming that 3 applications had been received in Round 3 of the Boston Town Area Committee Small Grant Scheme, which had been considered eligible for consideration and 2 applications received in Round 3 of the Empowering Healthy Communities Grant Scheme, which had also been considered eligible for consideration.

 

BTAC Small Grants Scheme:

 

Transported Arts £1,000.00

Contribution to cost of Town Jewels conservation project

 

Headway Lincolnshire £958.00

Costs towards Support Group established to support brain injury survivors and their families from BTAC area

 

Zion Methodist Church £250.00

Contribution to 24 months energy costs to support the Warm Spaces Initiative

 

BTAC Empowering Healthy Communities Grant Scheme:

 

Health Watch Lincs  £1,000.00

Contribution towards the cost of 2PEAKUP Project aimed at supporting people to have the confidence to speak out at public consultations – pilot project for Fenside area

 

GMLC £1,000.00

To support putting on 50 free self-defence classes to women and girls aged 12+

 

A member questioned the grant to the GMLC and asked if the defence classes were only for women and girls from BTAC area or from the wider borough and was advised that the GMLC would monitor the scheme to see how many attendees were from the BTAC area.   In line with monitoring requirements, following three months delivery of the scheme research would be undertaken to see the scheme had reached BTAC residents.  Confirmation was further provided that the funding was not for the GMLC but was for the trainer who would facilitate the classes.

 

103.

CRIME AND DISORDER REPORT TO INCLUDE REPRESENTATION BY LINCOLNSHIRE POLICE pdf icon PDF 323 KB

A report by the Community Safety Manager

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The Chairman welcomed Superintendent Pat Coates and Inspector Colin Clarkson from Lincolnshire Police and Claire Seaborne the Safer Lincolnshire Partnerships Business Manager and thanked them for their attendance.

 

Prior to presenting the report, the Community Safety Manager thanked the Scrutiny Chairman for agreeing that on this occasion, that the report be brought to the BTAC committee to sit alongside the representation to be made by the members of Lincolnshire Police who had already been scheduled to attend this meeting.  Confirmation was further provided that the annual reporting would once again be reinstated to the Environment and Performance Committee in June 2023 when the data would be up to date, but the data within the tabled report was very historic and the aim was for members to consider the actual new formatting provided, and comment and suggest any other information which may be required to enhance the proposed new structure.

 

The Community Safety Manager provided a brief overview of the report tabled and then invited the Safer Lincolnshire Partnership Business Manager to update in respect of section 5 of the report.

Members were duly advised that the a review had been carried out to capture what had happened over the previous 18 months which also ensured the SLP’s compliance with its statutory duties and that it was efficient and effective in terms of growth and arrangements.  The findings of the review were that the SLP was effective, complied with statutory duty and met its aims and finally was recognised as a true multi agency partnership.  As the formal merger moved forward reporting on its progress would come back to the Scrutiny committee.

A strategic assessment had also been undertaken which was a statutory requirements and had proved a large undertaking. It had been an unprecedented approach which had also included assessing the Safe Guarding Adults Board and the Safeguarding Children’s Partnership to enable an understanding across all boards effectively.

Members were further advised on a new duty coming forward with a Serious Violence Duty scheduled for January 2024.

 

At this point in the meeting the Chairman invited questions and comments from members in respect of the information received from the report tabled, whilst reminding committee that the data within the report was historic and no longer a reflection of the current position.

 

Serious concern was noted at the figures tabled for violence and sexual crime with the CCTV Manager advising that it could be due to how the incidents were catagorised when issues of affray could be included alongside serious issues of violence. 

 

Responding to a question querying evidence packages, the CCTV Manager advised that they were only undertaken following a request from the Police with the evidence being provided on either a DVD or a USB stick.  On occasion an evidence package would not be required due to how the Police case progressed but a log of all evidence was kept for six months and the Police were advised of any not collected.  Confirmation was provided that the action plan  ...  view the full minutes text for item 103.

104.

WORK PROGRAMME pdf icon PDF 163 KB

Standing Item.

Minutes:

Lincolnshire Housing Partnership to be invited to the March meeting if available.