Agenda and draft minutes

Special, Overview and Scrutiny Commission - Monday, 25th April, 2022 5.30 pm

Venue: Council Chamber - Civic Centre, St Luke's Avenue, Harrogate HG1 2AE. This meeting will be livestreamed here: https://bit.ly/HarrogateYouTube (Copy and paste the link in your browser).. View directions

Contact: Claire Wilson - Scrutiny Officer  Tel: 01423 500600 ext. 58323 Email:  claire.wilson@harrogate.gov.uk

Items
No. Item

118.

Apologies for absence and notification of substitutes:

Minutes:

Notification had been received that Councillor Paul Haslam was to act as a substitute for Councillor Michael Harrison.

(5.31 pm)

119.

Declarations of interest:

Members to advise of any declarations of interest.

Minutes:

There were no declarations of interest made at the meeting.

(5.32 pm)

120.

Minutes: pdf icon PDF 376 KB

Of the meeting of 12 April 2022.

Minutes:

The Minutes of the meeting of the Commission held on 12 April 2022 were approved as a correct record.

 

(Six Members voted for the motion and there were three abstentions)

 

(5.33 pm)

121.

Exempt information:

To determine whether to exclude the press and public during the consideration of any exempt items.

Minutes:

There was no exempt information.

 (5.34 pm)

122.

Public arrangements- questions:

To consider any questions under Standing Order 27.

Minutes:

There were no public questions under Standing Order 27. The Chair explained that members of the public could contact Democratic Services via the Harrogate Borough Council website and submit a question to be answered at a future meeting of the Commission.

(5.34 pm)

123.

Invitation to the Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner:

The Police, Fire and Crime and Commissioner for North Yorkshire to be in attendance.

 

UPDATE 25 April 2022 - due to an unavoidable change the Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner cannot attend.

Minutes:

The Chair introduced the item, explaining that due to an unavoidable, last minute change the Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner (PFCC) was not available to attend the meeting in person and she had sent her apologies for this. It was anticipated that the PFCC would attend a future meeting of the Commission.

(5.34 pm – 5.35 pm)

124.

Invitation to the Chief Constable (North Yorkshire Police):

The Chief Constable for North Yorkshire Police to be in attendance.

Minutes:

The Chair welcomed the Chief Constable for North Yorkshire Police (NYP), Lisa Winward and Detective Superintendent (DSI) Steve Thomas, District Commander for Harrogate, Craven, Hambleton and Richmondshire to the meeting and thanked them both for their flexibility in arriving at the meeting earlier than planned.

 

DSI Thomas provided an update on local crime trends. He stated that incidents of violence against the person had increased, this was largely attributed to improved crime recording, particularly in cases of domestic abuse where multiple offence types were now individually recorded. In terms of geographical reporting, Low Harrogate Ward area was seeing more incidents of crime and anti-social behaviour. NYP were working with shops and bars to tackle this and had implemented a problem-solving plan. A problem-solving plan that included increased police visibility, was also in place for McDonalds in Harrogate town centre following the assault of two Police Community Support Officers in early April 2022. It was noted that the number of anti-social behaviour incidents in Ripon and the Saltergate area of Harrogate were significantly reduced, some interventions that had been used were around alcohol sales, working with schools and a Crimestoppers survey. This had received many responses, particularly from the over-65s age group. Councillor Mike Chambers, Cabinet Member for Housing and Safer Communities and Ward Member for Ripon Spa who was in attendance at the meeting, explained that NYP had engaged with Ripon City Council and a targeted, partnership approach had seen good results in tackling specific issues.

 

The Neighbourhood Policing Team in Ripon was arranging a public meeting. The meeting would take place at Ripon Leisure Centre on 16 May and would be an opportunity to discuss community concerns. Members of the public, elected Members and local stakeholders were invited to attend. NYP would then develop plans to respond to any concerns raised. It was noted that it would be important to involve young people and work in collaboration, looking at the causes of issues to bring about longer-term solutions, this included addressing issues associated with deprivation.

 

Other crime areas discussed were burglaries (of non-domestic premises) and drugs/County Lines activity. In relation to hate crimes, there were no repeat victims or repeated patterns. Incidents of fraud, which had increased during Covid-19 lockdowns, were now showing a significant downward trend.

 

Following a question from Councillor Paul Haslam about the process for initiating a Crimestoppers survey for the Bilton area, it was agreed that this could be followed-up outside of the meeting.

 

Details were provided about the NYP strategy to combat violence against women and girls (VAWG). It was noted that this included a focus on stalking, harassment and coercive and controlling behaviour, as well as work associated with the night-time economy. Night-time economy work also included rolling out the promotion and understanding of the “Ask for Angela” process and an increased visible police presence over the summer as well as identifying and investigating people who were a threat to women and girls. In response to a question about support for victims, it  ...  view the full minutes text for item 124.