Agenda and draft minutes

Community, Customer and Organisational Scrutiny Committee - Thursday, 16th September, 2021 5.00 pm

Venue: Committee Room 1, Town Hall, Rose Hill Chesterfield

Contact: Graham Ibberson  01246 345229

Items
No. Item

11.

Declarations of Members' and Officers' interests relating to items on the Agenda.

5.00pm to 5.05pm

Minutes:

No declarations of interest were received.

 

12.

Apologies for Absence

Minutes:

Apologies were received from Cllr Mannion-Brunt.

 

 

13.

Local Government Act 1972 - Exclusion of Public

That under Section 100(A)(4) of the Local Government Act 1972 the public be excluded from the meeting for the following items of business on the grounds that they involved the likely disclosure of exempt information as defined in Paragraphs 3 and 7 (respectively) of Part 1 of Schedule 12A of the Act.

 

Minutes:

RESOLVED -

 

That under Section 100(A)(4) of the Local Government Act 1972 the public be excluded from the meeting for the following items of business on the grounds that they involved the likely disclosure of exempt information as defined in Paragraphs 3 and 7 (respectively) of Part 1 of Schedule 12A of the Act.

14.

Cabinet Member for Health and Wellbeing - Crime and Disorder Scrutiny

5.05pm to 5.45pm

Minutes:

The Cabinet Member for Health & Wellbeing gave an update on the recent Police and Crime Panel where the new Crime Commissioner indicated a 6 point plan for the next 3 years. Full details expected to be presented in November.

 

The Service Director presented a report on “Operation Blofeld”.  The purpose of the report was to provide an overview as to some of the results which had arisen from the early stages of “Operation Blofeld” in Chesterfield.  The pilot will develop a local multi agency action plan aligned to the 4 P’s of policing, Pursue, Prevent, Protect and Prepare.

 

The report highlighted the following areas ;

 

·        “Operation Blofeld” was at the heart of tackling county lines and focussed on disrupting and ultimately dismantling serious and organised crime gangs locally

·        3 organised crime gangs had been formally disrupted since March 2021

·        Over 85 arrests had been made, with 16 resulting convictions so far with a total sentencing of 57 years and a further 4 pending trial

·        Drugs with an estimated street value in excess of £29,000 seized

·        An additional £33,000 in cash from the proceeds had also been seized as well as numerous weapons

·        The work of “Operation Blofeld” had also resulted in 12 children being safeguarded

 

Next stages included enhanced information regarding serious and organised crime being made available to residents and visitors, including the range of contact methods for the reporting of concerns.

 

It was noted that potential barriers related to intelligence and data needed so that Police can build cases and ultimately enforce.  Intelligence gathering was seen by Police Officers working on “Operation Blofeld” as a critical factor to combat the activities of serious and organised crime gangs locally.  The Police and partners will be supported through the community safety partnership to widen awareness and wherever possible encourage reporting by the public.

 

Whilst it was not felt that further scrutiny involvement was required at this time in relation to the actions of “Operation Blofeld”, a future report to scrutiny that provided further updates would be appropriate.

 

 

RESOLVED –

 

That the report be noted

 

15.

Local Government Act 1972 - Re-admission of the public

Minutes:

RESOLVED -

 

That the public be readmitted to the meeting following consideration of items containing exempt information.

 

16.

Cabinet Member for Business Transformation and Customers - Implementation of Universal Credit

5.45pm to 6.25pm

 

Report to Follow

 

Minutes:

RESOLVED –

 

That progress of the implementation of Universal Credit be reported to the Committee in November 2021.

 

17.

Scrutiny Project Groups Progress Updates

6.25pm to 6.30pm

 

Minutes:

Rachel Appleyard, Senior Democratic and Scrutiny Officer provided an update on the Scrutiny Project Groups.

 

·        Scrutiny project group had met with consultants to contribute to the evidence report and development of options for the visitor economy strategy

·        Consultants used this to inform the visitor economy situation report

·        SPG had provided feedback on situation report

·        This would be used to inform the visitor economy strategy

·        Next step is for the draft document to be released, then SPG will meet with the consultants to provide comment and feedback.

 

RESOLVED –

 

That the update be noted.

 

18.

Scrutiny Monitoring pdf icon PDF 248 KB

6.35pm to 6.40pm

Minutes:

The Committee considered the Scrutiny recommendations implementation monitoring schedule.

 

RESOLVED –

 

That the Scrutiny monitoring schedule be noted.

 

19.

Forward Plan

Forward Plan of Key Decisions 1 October – 31 January, 2022 available via link below https://chesterfieldintranet.moderngov.co.uk/mgListPlans.aspx?RPId=134&RD=0&bcr=1

 

6.40pm to 6.45pm

Minutes:

The Committee considered the Forward Plan for the period 1 October – 31 January, 2021.

 

 

RESOLVED –

 

That the Forward Plan be noted.

 

20.

Work Programme for the Community, Customer and Organisational Scrutiny Committee pdf icon PDF 122 KB

6.45pm to 6.50pm

Minutes:

It was noted that the Committee plan to set up future meetings to review the Forward Plan with a view for future Scrutiny.

 

RESOLVED -

 

That the work programme be approved.

 

21.

Minutes pdf icon PDF 334 KB

Minutes:

The Minutes of the meeting of the Community, Customer and Organisational Scrutiny Committee held on 8 July 2021 were presented.

 

RESOLVED –

 

That the Minutes be approved as a correct record and signed by the Chair.