Agenda and draft minutes

Venue: St Alphege CE Infant School, Oxford Street, Whitstable CT5 1DA

Contact: Vanessa Montgomery, 01227 862 009, Email: democracy@canterbury.gov.uk 

Items
No. Item

505.

Meet and Greet Session

Meet and greet session, with formal business starting at 7pm.

Minutes:

A meet and greet session took place for the first thirty minutes of the Forum.

 

506.

Apologies for absence

Minutes:

Apologies were received from Councillors Ian Thomas, Kenny and Fitter- Harding

507.

Declarations of any interests by councillors or officers

Councillors are reminded that the code of conduct as set out in the constitution still applies at these meetings. This means you are required to make declarations relating disclosable pecuniary interests and other significant interests and that you should consider any other voluntary announcements you would like to make.

Minutes:

Councillors Spooner, Clarke and Todd made Voluntary Announcements they were retired policemen. 

 

Councillor Caffery made a Voluntary Announcement that he lived near the green shelters on Island Wall that would be discussed under item 5.

 

508.

Minutes of the meeting held on 11 September 2019 pdf icon PDF 76 KB

To agree the minutes of the previous meeting.

Minutes:

The minutes of the previous meeting were agreed as a true record by general assent. 

 

509.

Anti-Social Behaviour in Whitstable

To note the verbal presentation from Lacy Dixon, the Enforcement Manager.

 

Inspector Guy Thompson and Chief Inspector Elena Hall to attend representing Kent Police.

Minutes:

[Councillors Spooner, Clarke and Todd made Voluntary Announcements they were retired policemen.] 

 

[Councillor Caffery made a Voluntary Announcement that he lived near the green shelters on Island Wall]

 

The Enforcement Manager introduced herself and gave an overview of the issues that were currently being explored by her team. 

 

She highlighted the example areas that they had been made aware of regarding anti-social behaviour, including the recreation ground at Westmeads, various areas on the seafront and the Co-op end of Oxford Street. She then updated the Forum on measures that had been taken by the team to address the issues and key projects they were working on. 

 

The Enforcement Manager encouraged the public to report any issues of anti-social behaviour to the relevant authority. She advised on the various ways to do this, and said that cards promoting reporting methods would be distributed in hot-spot areas within the town to local businesses and domestic dwellings. 

 

Inspector Guy Thompson, representing Kent Police, then introduced himself and his team who were in attendance, acting Sergeant Chris Green and PCSO Victoria Lee the Youth Engagement Officer. He gave an overview of the current projects and work being undertaken by the police in the local area and explained that a new Police Constable would be assigned to Whitstable and Herne Bay from mid December. 

 

The public and councillors asked questions, and the Enforcement Manager from Canterbury City Council and representatives from Kent Police gave clarification where necessary. The following points were made:

 

  • The contribution from council tax towards Kent Police paid for all elements of policing in the district not just the specific allocated Police Constable for Whitstable and Herne Bay. 
  • Visibility of police on the street offered the public reassurance.
  • The public were urged to report all issues of antisocial behaviour to the police by calling 101 or reporting online, this enabled the correct allocation of resources across the district. 
  • The police were working closely with the Special Constabulary and Community Policing Volunteers and the public were encouraged to consider joining these schemes. 
  • Youth provision in the town was an essential part of prevention of antisocial behaviour and this is under review to examine any gaps and overlaps in current youth provision. 
  • Local events encourage youths to the area, and there was a correlation between those events and antisocial behaviour. The police agreed to try and assign officers to the area during these scheduled events. 
  • The option of introducing a local business crime prevention network in Whitstable could be helpful and should be explored.
  • Issues at the railway station were discussed and it was clarified that this would be the responsibility of the British Transport Police.
  • The lack of  ticket barriers at the station enabled the public to arrive in Whitstable without a ticket and can contribute to antisocial behaviour. The Transport Police and Southeastern Railway should be contacted directly to report the issues and make suggestions for improvement.
  • Empty buildings were attracting antisocial behaviour and the council are examining ways to improve these  ...  view the full minutes text for item 509.

510.

Question and Answer Session

This item will last a maximum of 20 minutes.

Minutes:

Members of the public addressed the Forum and asked councillors if they could seek answers to the following questions: 

 

1. Can the number of parking spaces for motorbikes and scooters in public car parks within Whitstable be examined?

 

The Forum discussed the request and it was agreed that the transportation team would be consulted on this. 

 

2. Have Canterbury City Council got plans to do a mass planting of trees to help climate change issues?

 

Trees were being planted in areas in Whitstable by various groups, but the trees require care and watering in their first year to survive, which the public were encouraged to do. It was confirmed that a climate change officer had recently been employed by the council. 

 

3. Is free parking in Whitstable in the public car parks before 10am going to be withdrawn? 

 

It was confirmed this would be discussed at the next Forum meeting but there was a strong feeling from the Forum that it should not be withdrawn. 

 

4. Can anything be done regarding speeding cars and motorbikes along Marine Parade?

 

The Forum discussed the question and were directed to report to Kent Police, to explore a speed watch unit and speak to their local councillor to liaise with council officers. 

 

5. Can the Whitstable Forum meeting be moved to an earlier time?

 

They are set for the reminder of the year. Timings were discussed and explored carefully but due to the public's difficulty in attending earlier, due to work and family commitments, the current timings were set. They can, however, be reviewed in the future if there is the desire to do this.

 

511.

Future Items

To note the following items for future meetings of the Forum and to discuss possible items for the coming year:

 

·         Traffic management in Whitstable – To be confirmed

·         Annual on-street parking review - March 2020

 

Councillors and members of the public can request items to be included on future agendas by email democracy@canterbury.gov.uk

 

You can see the items requested since the start of this council here.

 

Minutes:

The future items were noted and the Fourm were made aware of a request from the Director of Commissioned Services that the Street Cleansing contract be added to the January meeting.

512.

Monitoring Sheet pdf icon PDF 48 KB

The updates relating to the recommendations of previous Forum are contained in the Monitoring Sheet to note.

 

Minutes:

The monitoring sheet was noted by the Forum.

513.

Date of next meeting

Wednesday 15 January 2020.

Minutes:

6.30pm, Wednesday 15 January 2020.

514.

Any other urgent business to be heard in public

Minutes:

There was no discussion under this item.

515.

Any other urgent business to be heard following the exclusion of the press and public

It will be necessary to pass a resolution to exclude the press and public before business can be taken under this item.

Minutes:

There was no discussion under this item.