Greenwich Council

Agenda and minutes

Venue: Town Hall, Wellington Street, Woolwich SE18 6PW

Contact: Clare Chapman  Email: clare.chapman@royalgreenwich.gov.uk or tel: 020 8921 6160

Items
No. Item

1.

Apologies for Absence

To receive apologies for absence from Members of the Panel.

Minutes:

Apologies for absence were received from Councillor Christine May.

2.

Urgent Business

The Chair to announce any items of urgent business circulated separately from the main agenda.

Minutes:

There was no urgent business.

3.

Declarations of Interest pdf icon PDF 65 KB

Members to declare any personal and financial interests in items on the agenda.  Attention is drawn to the Council’s Constitution; the Council’s Code of Conduct and associated advice.

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Minutes:

Resolved –

 

That the list of Councillors’ memberships as Council appointed representatives on outside bodies, joint committees and school governing bodies be noted.

4.

Minutes pdf icon PDF 79 KB

Members are requested to confirm as an accurate record the Minutes of the meeting held on 29 November 2016.

 

No motion or discussion may take place upon the Minutes except as to their accuracy, and any question on this point will be determined by a majority of the Members of the body attending who were present when the matter in question was decided.  Once confirmed, with or without amendment, the person presiding will sign the Minutes.

Minutes:

Resolved -

 

That the minutes of the meeting of the Community Safety and Environment Scrutiny Panel held on 29 November 2016 be agreed and signed as a true and accurate record.

5.

Cleanliness and Safety in the Public Realm, including Parks and Open Spaces pdf icon PDF 65 KB

To provide members with an overview of the Safer and Cleaner Public Spaces Strategy and the Parks and Open Spaces Strategy as background to the in-depth scrutiny into how Royal Greenwich manages the cleanliness and safety of its public realm including its parks and open spaces.

 

Minutes:

The report was introduced by the Assistant Director, the Policy, Partnerships and Performance Officer and the Head of Parks, Estates and Open Spaces. 

 

The Panel raised the issue of the state of disrepair of some privately owned properties and was concerned these properties had a negative impact on their immediate environs.  The Panel asked how the Royal Borough was dealing with this and what powers could be utilised to tackle the problem.  The Assistant Director Community Safety would investigate this and circulate a response to Members.

                                                             Action: Community Services

 

The Panel enquired about the possibility of obtaining funding from Transport for London to improve shop fronts and streetscapes in the borough.  This was in response to concerns raised by Members regarding several poorly maintained shops and privately-owned open spaces in the area.  The Assistant Director Community Safety would speak to colleagues in the Directorate for Regeneration, Enterprise & Skills (DRES) and update Members on funding opportunities. 

                                           Action: Community Services and DRES

 

The Panel raised concerns about the volume of correspondence from residents regarding enviro-crime, particularly in Plumstead.  Residents reported a lack of improvement and the Panel requested an update on the action being taken by the Royal Borough.  The Assistant Director Community Safety reported that an environmental task force to tackle anti-social behaviour and cleanliness had been introduced to target littering and other enviro-crime in this area. 

 

In response to a question from the Panel, the Head of Parks, Estates and Open Spaces confirmed that some parks within the borough were not covered by a Park Friends Group.  The Royal Borough was currently undertaking a six month project examining the Royal Borough’s engagement with these groups and looking at what could be done to encourage a more joined up approach and greater involvement from the community.  

 

Trevor Russell from the Friends of Bostall Woods was invited to address the Panel.

 

Mr Russell gave credit to the Royal Borough for its continued work with Park Friends Groups and its “excellent” relationship with the Friends of Bostall Woods.  He reported that the many repairs had been carried out in Bostall Woods with materials provided by the Royal Borough.  However, he was concerned about the dangerous driving of motorbikes through Bostall Woods.  He felt that the Police and the Royal Borough were not doing enough to tackle this.  In addition, whilst pleased that the toilets in Bostall Woods had been revamped, he felt these needed to be open more often.  He reported that the female toilets had not been open at all recently. 

Superintendent Joe Macdonald was invited to address the Panel to provide a Police response to the issue of motorbikes.  He confirmed the Police do seize motorbikes using CCTV and information from the public to identify the drivers.  However, he reported that the Police would not chase motorbikes whose drivers are not wearing safety helmets as there was a high risk of serious injury.  In addition, the Police would require off-road motorbikes to chase in parks. 

 

The Panel echoed Mr Russell’s  ...  view the full minutes text for item 5.

6.

Commissioning of Future Reports pdf icon PDF 49 KB

To note the work items that are scheduled to be presented to the meeting of the Community Safety and Environment Scrutiny Panel on 23 March 2017 and to identify any specific themes or lines of enquiry to be covered.

 

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Resolved -

 

The Chair moved that the item be noted.