Agenda and minutes

Community Safety and Environment Policy and Accountability Committee
Wednesday, 27th March, 2019 7.00 pm

Venue: Small Hall - Hammersmith Town Hall. View directions

Contact: Amrita Gill  Tel: 020 8753 2094

Items
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1.

Minutes pdf icon PDF 130 KB

To approve the minutes of the meeting held on 29 January 2019.

Minutes:

RESOLVED

THAT the minutes of the meeting held on 29 January 2019 were approved as a correct record and signed by the Chair.

 

2.

Apologies for absence

Minutes:

Apologies for absence were received from Councillor Victoria Brocklebank-Fowler.

 

3.

Declarations of interest

If a Councillor has a disclosable pecuniary interest in a particular item, whether or not it is entered in the Authority’s register of interests, or any other significant interest which they consider should be declared in the public interest, they should declare the existence and, unless it is a sensitive interest as defined in the Member Code of Conduct, the nature of the interest at the commencement of the consideration of that item or as soon as it becomes apparent.

 

At meetings where members of the public are allowed to be in attendance and speak, any Councillor with a disclosable pecuniary interest or other significant interest may also make representations, give evidence or answer questions about the matter. The Councillor must then withdraw immediately from the meeting before the matter is discussed and any vote taken.

 

Where Members of the public are not allowed to be in attendance and speak, then the Councillor with a disclosable pecuniary interest should withdraw from the meeting whilst the matter is under consideration. Councillors who have declared other significant interests should also withdraw from the meeting if they consider their continued participation in the matter would not be reasonable in the circumstances and may give rise to a perception of a conflict of interest.

 

Councillors are not obliged to withdraw from the meeting where a dispensation to that effect has been obtained from the Audit, Pensions and Standards Committee.

 

Minutes:

There were no declarations of interest.

4.

Partnership Response to Crime - Discussion Item

This item will be a discussion between members and officers around the partnership response to the fatal incident in North End Ward.

 

 

 

Minutes:

Claire Rai, Head of Community Safety introduced the item and provided a brief background of the Council’s strategy for youth violence within the borough. She showed slides that provided an overview of The Ending Gang Violence and Exploitation (EGVE) strategy which also included the Council’s partnership response to EGVE. This delivered an effective, coordinated response, that focused around six key strategic priorities. In addition, this was reviewed annually to monitor progress.

 

The serious youth violence & knife crime action plan (2018-19) was achieved through a partnership approach and was available on the Council’s website. The Council was also working closely with the police to support the prevention of knife crime. The Police Specialist Gang Units for Westminster, Kensington & Chelsea and Hammersmith & Fulham had merged to one Integrated Gangs Unit (IGU). Three Police Constables worked within the Youth Offending Team and engaged with young people at the risk of, or already within, the criminal justice system.

 

It was noted that funding had been secured for the recruitment of a Serious Youth Violence Coordinator. This role would be responsible for coordinating and monitoring delivery of the Councils Knife Crime Action Plan. Furthermore, a Gangs Co-ordinator and Parenting Worker would also be appointed to work with families to build emotional resilience and support family members.

 

The Council provided funding to St Giles Trust to deliver outreach work across the borough. Preventative work was carried out with young people at risk of gang involvement. The Council also funded Street Doctors to deliver first aid training and to carry out knife crime awareness work with young people in schools and colleges across the borough.

 

Claire Rai commented that a ‘One Life, No Knife’ Community Event would be organised in Summer 2019. The event would be aimed at identifying ways the community could collectively tackle knife crime.

 

Inspector Jim Cook, Metropolitan Police explained that two fatal stabbings took place on Lanfrey Place and Gowan Avenue in March 2019. A male was identified via the Council’s CCTV network and was charged with murder in relation to one of these incidents. Inspector Jim Cook praised the Council’s CCTV network, adding that this had played a vital role in identifying the perpetrator.

 

Councillor David Morton said that he had received feedback from residents, relating to a suspected increase in drug related activities within groups of young males in Avonmore and Brook Green Ward. He asked how the three funded police officers were allocated and whether they were ward specific. In response Claire Rai explained that they worked in partnership with the Youth Offending Team to identify and engage with young people most at risk within the borough. In addition, the Council was planning to recruit specialist officers to improve its engagement process with the community and support the development of the knife crime action plan. Upon receiving intelligence, a locality action plan was put together and partnership working with the police was carried out to ensure that this was delivered.

 

Councillor David Morton commented that it had also been brought  ...  view the full minutes text for item 4.

5.

Parks and Open Spaces Overview pdf icon PDF 110 KB

This report provides an overview of the use of public and green spaces within the borough.

Minutes:

 

Ullash Karia, Head of Leisure, Transport provided a presentation of parks and open spaces. He showed slides that highlighted the key points and achievements of this service. The Council directly managed 54 parks and open spaces, including 4 cemeteries across the borough. Income from parks and open spaces was generated from a variety of sources, not all of which were managed by the parks team – these included events and funfairs, outdoor sports bookings, etc. In addition, grounds and landscape maintenance including sports bookings were carried out by Idverde.

 

It was noted that the Council currently held 15 Green Flag Awards for the parks within the borough and a further two had been entered this year. A Green Flag Award was judged against 8 different criteria’s and was a national benchmark for quality and management of parks and open spaces. A total of 7,882 volunteer hours had been spent in parks and open spaces and major projects had been completed in 2018.

 

Ullash Karia highlighted the challenges faced by the Council, noting that the current parks strategy expired at the end of 2018 and officers would shortly commence work on a new one. The strategy would identify areas of open spaces deficiency with the borough but also set policy for the management of parks and open spaces both from a practical and strategical management basis, including a planning perspective. Furthermore, it was noted that much of the infrastructure within parks and open spaces was now aging, therefore an asset management strategy would also need to be developed as part of the new parks and open spaces strategy. Examples were provided of some of the work that had been recently completed by the Council.

 

Councillor David Morton thanked officers for the work that was completed at St Pauls Gardens and asked how the team was currently structured. In response Ullash Karia said that he had a dedicated team that was split between RBKC and H&F. The parks team in the Council was made up of 3 full time equivalent (FTE) officers covering the whole parks service.

 

Councillor Ann Rosenberg said that she had received some feedback, concerning residents feeling unwelcome in certain parks by the park friend’s groups and asked what measures were in place to monitor the work carried by these types of groups. Ullash Karia said that park friend’s groups were established as an independent voluntary local group to promote effective and beneficial usage of the park to the wider community. A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was being updated and reviewed by officers to reaffirm the Councils expectations as part of an ongoing piece of work.

 

Councillor Ann Rosenberg said that a sports provider at a local park was notified by email that his/her contract had been terminated. She queried who was responsible for regulating the handling of the sports booking contracts. In response Ian Ross explained that Ideverde held an annual licence with tennis coaches. He said that details regarding this matter could not be  ...  view the full minutes text for item 5.

6.

Recycling & Waste Management overview pdf icon PDF 131 KB

This report provides members with an overview of waste minimisation and recycling in the borough.

 

Additional documents:

Minutes:

Councillor Wesley Harcourt, Cabinet Member for the Environment commented that at the last meeting the Committee requested clarification around who carried out the street cleanliness inspections relating to the Council’s performance figures. It was noted that street assessments were carried out independently from Serco on random days.

 

Thomas Baylis, Waste Action Development Manager introduced the report and provided an overview of waste minimisation and recycling in the borough. The Council currently had a household recycling rate of 23.7%. When ranked alongside other London boroughs the Council ranked 29th of 33 for 2016/17. The Council had a relatively low recycling rate in comparison to other boroughs. However, this was the same for all inner-city London boroughs as they faced similar challenges.

 

An overview of the challenges faced by the Council was provided. The Council was the 6th most densely populated borough in the country and had a large proportion of high-rise flats which made it difficult to collect waste and recycling. In addition, the lack of space also made it very challenging to store and collect waste which contributed to recycling.

 

As part of the Mayor’s Environmental strategy to increase the municipal recycling rate, the Council would consider measures on how recycling could be improved and what levels they could achieve, including any actions would be taken. One way to increase the recycling rate would be to collect garden waste separately. A successful separate garden waste would boost the municipal recycle rate. Furthermore, collecting food waste separately and disposing of it as recycling would also boost the recycling rate. To complete this piece of work the Council had requested support from Resource London, who worked with the Mayor’s office to model different waste collection systems. The outcome would be presented to members who would have the opportunity to feed into the new waste contract.

 

Councillor Ann Rosenberg asked whether the Council offered instruction guidelines to residents on how to use their composters. Thomas Baylis explained that residents were encouraged to use their composters to help minimise kitchen waste. An event would take place in the summer to install a large composter in the Sand End Adventure Playground (SEAPIA). The community were keen to get this set up as they didn’t already have composting in place. On the day of installation children and staff at the centre would be encouraged to engage and learn about food waste and composting.

 

The Chair asked for further information to be provided around the challenges faced for food recycling. Councillor Wesley Harcourt Cabinet Member for the Environment explained that these would be determined as part of the work carried out by the Council for the Mayor’s environmental strategy. Some of the issues faced by the Council, included the costs involved and developing peoples understanding and behaviours around food waste. The aim would be to set out a pilot with priorities situated in North and South of the borough.

 

The Chair asked what measures were in place to help with the education of textile  ...  view the full minutes text for item 6.

7.

Work Programme and Dates of Future Meetings

The Committee is asked to suggest any ideas for items to be considered at future meetings.

 

Future meeting dates:

 

-       18 June 2019

-       9 September 2019

-       13 November 2019

-       28 January 2020

-       31 March 2020

Minutes:

The work programme was noted.