Agenda, decisions and minutes

Corporate Overview and Scrutiny Committee
Thursday, 14th March, 2019 5.30 pm

Venue: Committee Room 1 - City Hall, Bradford. View directions

Items
No. Item

58.

DISCLOSURES OF INTEREST

(Members Code of Conduct - Part 4A of the Constitution)

 

To receive disclosures of interests from members and co-opted members on matters to be considered at the meeting. The disclosure must include the nature of the interest.

 

An interest must also be disclosed in the meeting when it becomes apparent to the member during the meeting.

 

Notes:

 

(1)       Members may remain in the meeting and take part fully in discussion and voting unless the interest is a disclosable pecuniary interest or an interest which the Member feels would call into question their compliance with the wider principles set out in the Code of Conduct.  Disclosable pecuniary interests relate to the Member concerned or their spouse/partner.

 

(2)       Members in arrears of Council Tax by more than two months must not vote in decisions on, or which might affect, budget calculations, and must disclose at the meeting that this restriction applies to them.  A failure to comply with these requirements is a criminal offence under section 106 of the Local Government Finance Act 1992. 

 

(3)       Members are also welcome to disclose interests which are not disclosable pecuniary interests but which they consider should be made in the interest of clarity.

 

(4)       Officers must disclose interests in accordance with Council Standing Order 44.

 

Minutes:

No disclosures of interest in matters under consideration were disclosed.

59.

MINUTES

Recommended –

 

That the minutes of the meeting held on 14 February 2019 be signed as a correct record (previously circulated).

 

(Tracey Sugden - 01274 434287)

 

Minutes:

Resolved –

 

That the minutes of the meeting held on 14 February 2019 be signed as a correct record .

 

60.

INSPECTION OF REPORTS AND BACKGROUND PAPERS

(Access to Information Procedure Rules – Part 3B of the Constitution)

 

Reports and background papers for agenda items may be inspected by contacting the person shown after each agenda item.  Certain reports and background papers may be restricted. 

 

Any request to remove the restriction on a report or background paper should be made to the relevant Strategic Director or Assistant Director whose name is shown on the front page of the report. 

 

If that request is refused, there is a right of appeal to this meeting. 

 

Please contact the officer shown below in advance of the meeting if you wish to appeal. 

 

(Tracey Sugden - 01274 434287)

 

Minutes:

There were no appeals submitted by the public to review decisions to restrict documents.

61.

REFERRALS TO THE OVERVIEW AND SCRUTINY COMMITTEE

No referrals have been made to this Committee up to and including the date of publication of this agenda.

 

Minutes:

No referrals were made to this Committee.

62.

MEETING WITH THE WEST YORKSHIRE POLICE AND CRIME COMMISSIONER pdf icon PDF 63 KB

Previous Reference: Minute 13 (2018/19)

 

In response to a previous resolution of this Committee, the West Yorkshire Police and Crime Commissioner has been invited to attend the meeting to discuss key safer communities issues across Bradford District.

 

Members are also provided with Document “AF” which contains as appendices the West Yorkshire Police and Crime 2016-2021 and the Police and Crime Commissioner’s Annual Report 2017-18.

 

Recommended –

 

That members consider and comment on the work being undertaken in relation to safer communities across the District.

 

(Mark Burns-Williamson – 01274 432574)  

Additional documents:

Decision:

Resolved –

 

(1)  That Mr Burns Williamson, the West Yorkshire Police and Crime Commissioner and Chief Superintendent Bisset be thanked for their attendance and discussion with members regarding safer communities issues across the District and future dialogue be looked forward to.

 

(2)  That the safer communities work being done across the District be welcomed.

 

 

 Action: Overview and Scrutiny Lead

Minutes:

Previous Reference: Minute 13 (2018/19)

 

In response to a previous resolution of this Committee, the West Yorkshire Police and Crime Commissioner had been invited to attend the meeting to discuss key safer communities issues across Bradford District.

 

Members had also been provided with Document “AF” which contained as appendices the West Yorkshire Police and Crime 2016-2021 and the Police and Crime Commissioner’s Annual Report 2017-18. The Chair opened the meeting by reminding colleague members of the background to the invitation to the Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC); advising that an update of the Prevent programme would shortly be provided to the Committee and noting that detailed scrutiny reviews on the issues of domestic violence and hate crime would be undertaken in the near future.

 

The PCC attended the meeting along with Chief Superintendent Bisset and Criminal Justice Advisor Kate Jowett and gave a detailed verbal presentation in respect of his role across West Yorkshire, advising that he was responsible for setting the Police and Crime Plan and the overall budget for West Yorkshire Police. He explained that he had a wide role in terms of criminal justice before turning to the specific issues which the Committee had raised when inviting him to speak.

 

In respect of those issues, he highlighted the following points:

·         A victim strategy had been developed which he viewed as a hugely positive development.

·         A reducing reoffending strategy had also been developed. The PCC considered that any progress that could be made locally in terms of reducing reoffending was extremely important.

·         Bradford District had benefitted significantly from the “Proceeds of Crime” funding, from which grants of amounts of up to £500,000 could be made.

·         A key issue for Bradford was around road safety and dangerous driving and the PCC noted that there was new capacity for roads policing in the last budget. He supported the new Order for the city centre and highlighted that Operation Steerside, which was a road safety policing initiative across Bradford,  had been supported by the Council and he had provided funds back to the Council. He did, however, acknowledge that this issue remained an area of concern for Bradford.

·         A second area of particular concern for Bradford was burglary and the impact of burglary. He explained that more capacity was being built into neighbourhood policing teams to respond to such crimes and a great deal of investment had been made in areas such as number plate recognition technology, which provided a good way of locating criminals.

·         He considered the education of the young in respect of issues such as the consequences of driving without insurance and of speeding to be extremely important and had held meetings with representatives of the motor insurance industry to explore what more could be done on these issues.

·         He noted that the Council was a member of the West Yorkshire Casualty Reduction Partnership, as was the Police, and that the Partnership took a strategic view on hotspot data in respect of road safety. He also  ...  view the full minutes text for item 62.