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To receive apologies for absence.
Prior to accepting apologies for absence the Chairman welcomed Inspector Fran Harrod to the meeting in support of the 2nd item on the agenda and thanked her for attending.
Apologies for absence were tabled for Councillors Alison Austin, Alan Bell, Katie Chalmers, Anne Dorrian and Yvonne Stevens
To sign and confirm the minutes of the last meeting.
Committee agreed the minutes of the previous meeting held on the 3 February 2022
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.
No updates tabled
DECLARATION OF INTERESTS
To receive declarations of interests in respect of any item on the agenda.
No declarations of interest tabled.
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 21st March 2022
The Chairman referenced a submission he had received on behalf of Arranging Community Events (copies provided for Members’ information) seeking the committee’s agreement in principle to Arranging Community Events planting a rose tree within Central Park as part of the Queen’s Jubilee celebrations in June. The submission included visual information of the type of Rose to be planted and the suggested location within Central Park.
Committee agreed in principle the planting of the Rose within Central Park.
PUBLIC SPEAKING TIME
To allow members of the public to address the Committee.
Mr Peter Hunn Boston Borough Council’s Community Safety Manager addressed the meeting seeking permission for the siting of a bench in Central Park in memory of Grace Brocklesby (a copy of his submission being provided for Member’s information). The location of the bench had been chosen close to the amazing new MUGA, in an area near to the skate park which would have a target reach for not only the younger community of Boston, but for all persons using the park. More importantly the bench would also include prominent details of the charity MIND, whose key priority was to support young people and it would also include their helpline number, opening hours and a link to a page specifically tailored towards support for the younger population.
Committee agreed the siting of the bench within the preferred location in Central Park.
A report by the Democratic Services Development Manager
The Democratic Services Delivery Manager presented the report advising a brief history of the consideration of the report to date. The Boston Town Area Committee (BTAC) had requested that Council consider conducting a Community Governance Review (CGR) of the town area of the Borough under Part 4 of the Local Government and Public Involvement in Health Act 2007, with a view to establishing a Town Council within the area of the town wards.
That request had then been subsequently considered by the Corporate and Community Committee on 17 August 2021, when a recommendation was put forward to extend a CGR to the whole of the Borough area. At the meeting of the Cabinet held on 20 October it was agreed to refer the matter back to BTAC, proposing that an informal public consultation process be undertaken prior to the request for a CGR being re-considered by Cabinet., to allow Members to gauge the public appetite and interest in such a review, prior to the Council committing further resources.
Committee were advised there were four options available to them:
To recommend that an informal consultation exercise be undertaken on the proposal for a Community Governance Review for the town centre area.
To recommend that prior to an informal consultation exercise be undertaken on the proposal for a Community Governance Review for the town centre area, Parish Councils be contacted to inform them of the proposed consultation and asked to consider if there were any issues within their particular parishes which they felt would necessitate a CGR and any issues identified be incorporated into the informal consultation exercise.
To recommend that a Community Governance Review is not undertaken at this time.
To recommend that a Community Governance Review be re-considered when the direction of local government reorganisation for Lincolnshire is known.
Councillor Nigel Welton Portfolio Holder for the report provided Members with an overview of the Cabinet decision stating he wanted to make it clear that Cabinet were not being obstructive. Cabinet felt it was not appropriate for them to take Scrutiny’s recommendation or permit Scrutiny, to overrule a decision of BTAC with Scrutiny’s request for a borough wide review, without it coming back to BTAC. Cabinet’s recommendation to BTAC was that it carry out an initial informal review to gather supportive evidence for a full review, prior to moving into a full Corporate Governance Review for the whole of the Borough area.
Committee deliberation followed which included:
Members’ recognised the potential forthcoming changes both in the form of a possible Unitary Council for Lincolnshire along with the potential two Council structure and their role within the current South and East Lincolnshire Council Partnership. Other issues included concerns in respect of the indicated costs of holding such a review in light of the changing financial climate and also the need for the committee to prioritise and focus its’ spending on existing services. As the number of concerns weighed heavy in their determination committee’s overriding agreement was that it would be foolhardy ... view the full minutes text for item 39.
A report by the Anti Sociall Behaviour Officer
The Community Safety Officer presented the report confirming it provided members with an update on the two new security measures recently commenced for Central Park. Security measure 1 being the locking of Central Park during the hours of darkness (timings agreed by members at the August meeting this year) and of which commenced on the 6th September 2021.
Security measure 2 being the additional CCTV operator to monitor BTAC assets including Central Park, other green open spaces and assets within the market place.
A brief referral to incidents followed which included notification of:
6th July 2021 – 6th September 2021.
Total calls to Police - 33
‘Daytime’ calls (05:30 – 20:00 hours) – 27
Within future closure hours (20:00 – 05:30 hours) – 6
Of the 6 incidents after 8pm:
1 x ASB, noise nuisance.
1 x call by Fire for deliberate ignition, crimed as Arson (to a container)
1 x criminal damage to doctor’s surgery (called in by Fire dealing with above). Male threw stone and smashed window.
1 x male extremely drunk believed lost in the area.
2 x common assaults, both by youths on other youths, both offenders well known to Police, both crimes. One victim refused to make any allegations, one was dealt for breach of civil injunction.
6th September 2021 to 3rd November 2021.
Total calls to Police – 11
‘Daytime’ calls (05:30 20:00 hours) – 9
Within closure hours (20:00 – 05:30 hours) – 2
Of those 2 incidents within the locked times:
21/9/21 @ 21:52hrs - caller (member of the public) rang FCR (Force Control Room) stating that there were 3 youths climbing the fence. CCTV were made aware to monitor the area, nothing seen.
23/9/21 @ 20:28hrs - Male in park refusing to leave (called in by security). Police attended and the male was arrested for theft, which had taken place in a retail premises earlier.
4th November 2021 – 3rd January 2022
Total calls to Police – 7
‘Daytime’ calls (05:30 20:00 hours) – 7
Within closure hours (20:00 Until 20th December – 05:30 hours) – 0
Within closure hours (18:00 From 21st December – 05:30 hours) – 0
Addressing CCTV data period the following information was provided:
The data referred to the period between the 1st of November 2021, and the 1st January 2022. All CCTV related data is obtained via VTAS which is the data base software for logging CCTV activities.
In the November – December period, CCTV operators worked 123 hours for the purpose of monitoring BTAC areas in CCTV.
The BTAC CCTV Operator position was vacant during this time, so regular CCTV operators were utilised when they were available for extra work.
Of the 39 BTAC shifts available for the period of this report, 17 were covered, and 22 could not be covered.
Due to this the available data was limited, due to the difficulty in separating it from the rest of the CCTV data.
During ... view the full minutes text for item 40.
A report by the Local Communities Development Officer and BTAC Grant Administrator
The Local Communities Development Officer and BTAC Grant Administrator presented the report tabling the applications made to the Small Grants Working Group in Round 4 of the financial year 2021/2022 for both the BTAC Small Grant Scheme and Round 2 of the Empowering Healthy Communities Grant Scheme.
3 applications had been received in Round 4 of the Boston Town Area Committee Small Grant Scheme, which were considered eligible for consideration and 2 applications received in Round 2 of the Empowering Healthy Communities Grant Scheme, which were considered eligible for consideration.
The following grants had been agreed by the BTAC Small Grants Scheme:
Boston Book Festival. £1,000.00.
Cost of hire of the Guildhall for the event
Wednesday Club. £600.00.
Contribution to cost of summer and autumn events / activities
St. Leonard’s Trust £874.24
Cost of purchasing a blue plague commemorating 820
of almshouse provision and to hire a marquee for the celebration in May
The following grants had been agreed by the BTAC Empowering Healthy
Communities Grant Scheme:
Louise and Sarah Memorial Fund. £1,000.00
To contribute to the cost of building and installing further memorial benches
at the site in Lime Woods.
Community Safety Team – Grace’s Bench. £1,000.00
To contribute to the cost of a memorial bench dedicated to Grace Brocklesby which will also provide information about local support services for young people with mental health issues who may be in distress
A Member questioned why a grant of £1,000.00 had been made to the Guildhall which was an asset of the Council and asked why the Council did not just let them hade the site for free. In response and whilst recognising that it did appear a little strange, the Chairman stated that that the applicant would have had to pay for the hire of a venue wherever they held the function. The Guildhall was an income stream for the Council and should a decision be made to offer it free to one organisation, then how could others be refused. The same principle applied to offering free car parking and other services. The Guildhall had costs including staffing of the site and furthermore and more importantly, BTAC had no power to change charges and fees.
That BTAC endorse the recommendations made by the Small Grants
Scheme and the BTAC Empowering Healthy Communities Grant Scheme:
(The Committee’s work programme for the current year for discussion and/or updating.)
The Assistant Director – Leisure and Culture (Lead Officer for the committee) advised that the next scheduled meeting would be on the 14th April with reporting to include an update on the Public Conveniences, reports by the two working groups in respect of the Committee Terms of Reference and the Small Grants review and the financial statement. Furthermore the meeting would also include representation by Members of BTAC who were Lincolnshire County Councillors for the BTAC wards.
Referencing the appended report of the Internal Auditors of the Committee, the Assistant-Director noted the high assurance given by the auditors for the work of the committee and said it was a very positive audit.
Members offered their recognition of the high assurance rating which identified the volume of work undertaken by the committee, agreeing that the committee worked to deliver to the community. They stated one of the committees strengths was that is worked in a non-political manner and noted their appreciation to the officers who supported the committee and the Chairman for his commitment to driving the committee forward.
Summarising the Chairman thanked the committee members for their support in enabling the high assurance rating noting that such a rating was not easily achieved and that it addressed issues some non-committee members had raised in respect of the governance and activity of the committee.