Agenda and minutes

Crime & Disorder, Scrutiny Select Committee – Economic Growth and Communities - Thursday, 26th October, 2023 5.00 pm

Venue: Committee Room 1

Contact: Democratic Services 

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Declaration of Members' and Officers' Interests Relating to Items on the Agenda


No declarations of interest were received.



Apologies for Absence


Apologies for absence were received from Councillors Bagley, Twigg, Dyke, Yates and Wheeldon.

Councillor Jacobs was absent.



Local Government Act 1972 - Exclusion of the Public

To move “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 involve the likely disclosure of exempt information as defined in Paragraph 1 of Part 1 of Schedule 12A of the Act".




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 involve the likely disclosure of exempt information as defined in Paragraph 1 of Part 1 of Schedule 12A of the Act.



Crime and Disorder Update


The Head of Community Safety and Regulatory Services presented a report updating members on issues relating to Community Safety, including an overview of current crime and ASB trends and progress made within the night-time economy.


It was reported that Chesterfield Borough Council has developed an effective Community Safety Partnership. This enables coordinated delivery of appropriate actions that will support the reduction of crime and anti-social behaviour in Chesterfield and contribute to the overall safety of Chesterfield residents, visitors and businesses.


The key concerns identified within local communities are Anti-social behaviour, Violent Crime, Domestic Violence and alcohol and drug misuse therefore efforts and resources are concentrated here.


It was reported that there has been a 19.8% decrease in nuisance ASB within the period September 2022 to August 2023. This accounts for the majority of ASB incidents in Chesterfield and includes neighbourhood disputes, street drinking and youth nuisance within local communities. Analysis also showed that diversionary activity undertaken by Chesterfield Borough Council and partners in Chesterfield town centre has had a positive impact on anti-social behaviour in the town with ASB reducing by 9.3% for August 2022 to July 2023, compared to the previous 12 month period.


Key areas of ASB incidents were discussed, including youth related ASB. It was reported that there would hopefully be funding from the PCC for 2 years for two new enforcement officers who would work alongside PCSOs in Staveley. This would help to expand influence and visibility.


An overview of crime trends within Chesterfield was given.It was noted that there had been a general increase in violence both with and without injury and Public Disorder but that this was due to better recording standards rather than an increase in crime. Similarly, there had also been an increase in recording historical crimes which had impacted upon Domestic Violence figures. There had been a decrease in burglary and car crime. The rise of shoplifting was a concern due to the current economic climate and cost-of-living crisis. This issue is consistent with all other areas of Derbyshire and reflects a national trend.There has been lots of work done from a police and partnership perspective i.e., many shoplifters are receiving Criminal Behaviour Orders which restricts their movements.


As a partnership, significant work is being done in the key areas of alcohol related crimes, domestic abuse crimes and violence against women and girls.


The report then focussed on how Chesterfield Borough Council and Derbyshire Police are working in partnership to provide a mechanism to coordinate and prioritise the resources and activities of the partnership, and all other relevant agencies to enable the further development of Chesterfield town centre as a safe and prosperous place to be in, with particular focus on the Night-time Economy.


An integrated and co-ordinated approach to the Night-time Economy at a strategic, tactical and operation level is now utilised. This takes the form of a monthly strategic meeting between Chesterfield Borough Council and Derbyshire Police with a fortnightly tactical meeting and a weekly operational meeting  ...  view the full minutes text for item 14.


Scrutiny Project Groups Progress Updates


There were no Scrutiny Project Groups updates to be presented.


Scrutiny Monitoring


This is a standard agenda item for the Committee to consider the scrutiny recommendations implementation monitoring schedule.

Members discussed the planned reports for up-coming meetings. It was agreed that in order to properly scrutinise and devote time to the big issues that would be raised, it would be best to have just one large report each meeting. Members were asked if they had any smaller items that they would like to focus on which could then be added into these meetings. It was agreed that there would need to be a scrutiny focus on the recent flooding within Chesterfield. This would likely be early next year.




There was no scrutiny monitoring schedule to be noted.




Forward Plan


The Committee considered the Forward Plan for the period 1 November 2023 to 29 February 2024. Members were reminded to check this document regularly as dates are changeable. As this Committee can complete pre-decision scrutiny it is timely to scrutinise areas before they go to Cabinet for decision. It was noted that if any Members had any queries or questions they should contact the Chair for discussion.




That the Forward Plan be noted.




Work Programme for the Scrutiny Select Committee - Economic Growth and Communities


There is no current formulated plan, however there are items over-running from the last programme which need signing off.



That the action be noted.



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That the Minutes of the meeting Scrutiny Select Committee – Economic Growth and Communities on 13th July 2023 be approved as a correct record and signed by the Chair.